High Grade Shotguns
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High grade shotguns with engraving, gold inlays, fancy wood and elaborate checkering were once reserved for only the wealthiest of shooters. Today, the demand for these “high grade” guns far outweighs the supply. In addition to offering full restorations on original “high grade” shotguns, we are also able to upgrade existing guns to any configuration you would like. Models such as Parker A-1 Special, Fox FE Grade, Ithaca Sousa Special and L.C. Smith Monogram are all possible.
The craftsmen at Turnbull Restoration are able to restore and upgrade these “high grade” guns to their original beauty utilizing the same polishing, engraving and finishing techniques as the original makers. With painstaking attention to detail and use of the original techniques and processes our high-grade shotgun work is considered by many to be as good, and in some cases better than the original makers.
High grade double shotguns are considered by many to be at the pinnacle of the gun
making trade. The combination of mechanical form and function, blended with artistic design must come together to create a singularly unique firearm that reflects the individual owner’s style. Whether you are restoring an existing “high grade” or considering an upgrade, rest assured that only the finest in materials and craftsmanship combined with a meticulous eye for detail will be used to obtain a perfect result.
A.H. Fox CE Grade
A standard Fox Sterlingworth upgraded to a CE Grade. New stocks, hand cut checkering, complete metal polish and a period correct engraving pattern have transformed a standard field gun into an elegant and stylish side-by-side. Finishes include: Bone Charcoal Color Case Hardening, Charcoal Bluing and Rust Bluing.
L.C. Smith Specialty Grade
This L.C. Smith Specialty Grade has been restored to its original factory beauty. The original stocks were restored as well as the original factory checkering pattern. After a complete metal polish each line and detail cut of the factory engraving was meticulously hand re-cut to ensure a stunning result. Metal finishes include: Bone Charcoal Color Case Hardening, Charcoal Blue and Rust Bluing.
L.C. Smith Deluxe Grade
The “Deluxe Grade” was the highest grade L.C. Smith shotgun ever built. It was advertised in the L.C. Smith catalog as “A gun of exquisite detail and superb workmanship; the last word in the gun makers trade”. The L.C. Smith “Deluxe Grade”
out sold its principal rival, the Parker Bros. “Invincible Grade” by a margin of 30 to 3. The gold birds and gold wire scroll are done in raised bas relief, while the hand cut scroll work is executed in the finest manner possible. This “Deluxe Grade” was built using a standard field grade gun as a foundation.
A.H. Fox XE Grade
Using a standard Fox Sterlingworth, this Fox has been upgraded to an XE Grade. The rear of the frame was scalloped to create a very unique receiver to stock fit. Both the butt stock and forend wood were built from scratch to ensure a perfect wood to metal fit. The checkering was hand cut in the correct original pattern for an XE grade. The engraving was cut with the traditional “hammer & chisel” method with deep relief on both the receiver and barrels. Finishes include: Bone Charcoal Color Case Hardening, Charcoal Bluing and Rust Bluing.