159 year-old shotgun displayed at Tulsa Gun Show goes for more than $250,000
Tulsa, Oklahoma - One thing you can count on when walking into the Wanemacher’s Tulsa Gun Show is that you never know what you’re going to find. A shotgun that’s been through the wringer, a President’s pistol, or perhaps a priceless heirloom that’s been hiding out in Grandpa’s closet for the better part of a century. But if you make you’re way to the Rock Island Auction Company's booth, just like NRA Museums Director Jim Supica did earlier last month, one thing you know you’re going to find value.
Joined by NRA News Executive Producer John Popp and Rock Island’s Kevin Hogan, Supica was on front and center for a first hand glimpse at some are calling the finest European gun that Rock Island has ever offered.
“It’s a cased Le Page Double Barrel Shotgun,” Hogan explained. “It was commissioned for one of the Grand Expositions in 1855 and then it was subsequently presented from the President of France to the President of Mexico.
“One of my favorite features is that head (of the screws securing the buttplate to the stock). And if you put it in perspective of the screw, it puts into perspective how deep this thing is.”
According to the Rock Island website, this exhibit quality piece is adorned with a damascus barrel, foliate scrollwork, a carved ebony stock, and everything from a vulture to dogs to French President Grevy and a boar depicted in the inlays and engravings decorating the gun.
From the Rock Island description:
The gun was examined by San Francisco jewelers Shreve & Company who stated, "there is no person living today capable of executing such metal carving. If such a person could be found, it would unquestionably take him 5 to 10 years to complete such as job."
Supica, who regularly finds himself surrounded by a collection of priceless guns, suddenly turned into a kid in a candy store.
“The sculpting on the gun is what knocks my eyes out,” he exclaimed. “The case, the accessories … it is just exceptional.”
According to Hogan, the 19th century shotgun eventually found it's way to the famed Harolds Club Museum of the Old West Collection in Reno. Ah, but there's more.
But for that you'll have to tune in to the Sportsman Channel this afternoon around 6:40pm eastern. There you'll find Supica, Popp, and all the other reasons why everyone was drooling over Hogan and his gun.
Though the Le Page isn't there, you can see all the other guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at nramuseum.com