Model 60E Wood Grade 6 (possibly higher?) Side by Side Sidelock Shotgun by Merkel of Suhl, Germany.
Brand new today these retail in excess of £14,000.00.
The last one I sold new was the 28G ‘English’ Spec. Lt Ed. version which retailed well over £20K.
28” (710mm) Barrels, 2 ¾” Chambers with Fixed Chokes at Full and X Full. A Raised, Tapering Rib with Machined flat top finish and runs from 7/16” to 5/16” (12-8mm) width.
Hand Engraved Action and Side Lock Plates depicting a Dog on point and Wildfowl in flight to each face. The action also features a Double Hidden Bite with Cross Bolt Lock up. In effect as strong and safe as it is possible to make. The Locks also feature Cocking Indicators. These guns are that well made everything is hand fitted and individually numbered to each individual gun.
The HIGH QUALITY, GRADE 6 (or higher?) Pistol Grip Walnut Stock comes at a pull length of 14 5/8” (372mm). It has some Wonderful Deep Colour and Grain. The Extra Fine Hand Cut Chequering (26 lines per inch) just finish off the quality of this SUPERB gun.
Perhaps slightly surprising is just how well these guns mount considering the raised cheek piece to the left side. They always seem to fit exceptionally well to either shoulder. Everything is still extremely tight to open or close and the ONLY real blemish to detail can be seen just below the raised cheek piece. Other than that the gun is just about as new and also comes with the additional option of Polished Triggers.
Total O/A length finishes at 44 3/8” (1127mm) and a weight of 6Lbs 10oz. It is also an assisted opener.
This offers a chance for a ‘once in a lifetime’ (to most) TOP END, TOP QUALITY gun at a huge discount.
This gun / model is actually shown on the makers web site: