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    Sale 7547

    Exceptional and Fine Sporting Guns and Rifles

    12 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE PAIR OF 12-BORE LOVENBERG ENGRAVED SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS BY LEBEAU COURALLY, NOS. 45329 30

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    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE PAIR OF 12-BORE LOVENBERG ENGRAVED SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS BY LEBEAU COURALLY, NOS. 45329 30
    Rounded action bars, best quality leaf and floret scrollwork carved in relief on a stippled ground, hand detachable locks, gold washed tumblers, automatic safes, articulated front triggers, rolled-edge triggerguards, well figured stocks, Anson pattern forends, the chopper-lump barrels with matt raised rib
    Weight 6lbs. 9¼oz., 14 7/8in. stocks, 27 5/8in. barrels, chokes approx. IC & 5/8 (no. 1 gun), 3/8 & ¾ (no. 2 gun), 2¾in. chambers, nitro proof
    In Maker's oak and leather case (double), and canvas cover


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    Special Notice

    Sporting Guns. Unless otherwise stated, this gun is a double-barrelled hammerless shotgun. Every gun (blue label), with specific exceptions (yellow label), requires a Shot Gun Certificate.
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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the estimate has changed to £28,000 - £48,000.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Alain Lovenberg was born in 1950 in the small Belgian Ardennes village of Durbuy, virtually at the gates of Liège, where gunmaking has been practised since the 16th century. As he says himself, "I entered the world of engraving almost inevitably."

    He has practised the art in his home village since 1972, and is now considered to be one of the top five engravers in the world. He works almost exclusively for the gun makers Lebeau-Courally and Hartmann & Weiss, two makers whose products are of the highest quality. If he accepts a commission to engrave it will take between four and five years from the final design stage to completion of the finished product. He has exhibited examples of his designs and works internationally in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and the United States of America. His work has been written of consistently over the years in books and periodicals.