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Box bird gun. The executives at Field and Stream and other outdoor publications headquartered in NYC spend a lot of time at a couple of pigeon clubs convenient to town. New York Athletic Club and the Philadelphia Gun Club were two of them. The little repair that Dave shows is just a poor job of fixing a chip that exists in many double guns. No mystery there. No mystery about the date of manufacture either. Information is available on this site, early to mid 20s is the date of manufacture. Left barrel first is not only an Olin trait. Many custom pigeon guns are made to fire left barrel first, or, at least the more open barrel on the left.

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This gun just sold for $9225 including premium which is somewhat above the estimated price.
Some lucky person got a nice gun and I hope he/she shoots well with it.
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This gun was built for E.F. Woodward, a Texas oilman and top trapshooting champion of his day, in 1924. He said it didn’t shoot as well as his old high grade L.C. Smith, so he went back to the Smith. If you google his name, a lot of info will come up. Champlin had this gun for sale 5-10 years ago for $17K. Sandlapper

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Originally Posted by sandlapper
This gun was built for E.F. Woodward, a Texas oilman and top trapshooting champion of his day, in 1924. He said it didn’t shoot as well as his old high grade L.C. Smith, so he went back to the Smith. If you google his name, a lot of info will come up. Champlin had this gun for sale 5-10 years ago for $17K. Sandlapper

I just did a Google search and found that he was indeed a top gun and is a member of ATA Hall of Fame. I'm surprised the write-up didn't include this provenance.
I'm trying to explain the difference between Champlin's asking price 5-10 years ago and the actual selling price. Does this mean the market for fine doubles is diminishing or did Champlin simply mis-interpret the market?

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For what it is, I think Champlin was asking a fair price; that model sold tor $1200 in 1924, which was more than a Boss or Woodward O/U. But I think you’re right about the generally declining prices for English 12 bore guns since then. Regards, Sandlapper

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