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203E Sidelock 20 Gauge

Gebruder Merkel, Suhl Germany, circa 1955, 203E Sidelock Ejector, 20 Bore, 6 lbs. 9 oz., nitro proved 75mm (3") chambers, 71 cm (28") Bohler steel barrels with a solid machined game rib, double Kersten lock extensions, ejectors, front bead, choked .018 IM and .026 Full, left rear of barrels engraved with maker "Gebruder Merkel, Suhl", hand-detachable sidelock action with double Kersten cross-bolt locks, cocking indicators, right side lock lever, hidden toggle lever lock release, top-tang automatic safety, selectable single trigger, old silver finish with very fine game scene hand engraving depicting pointing setter and pheasants on the left side and fox and ducks on the right side both in natural setting scenes along with bold acanthus scroll throughout remainder and on bottom, full background stippling gives great contrast, bottom engraved "Gebruder Merkel, Suhl" European walnut stock with extra acanthus scroll carving behind action locks, 14 1/4" LOP over an original horn butt plate, 1 9/16" DAC, 2 1/2" DAH, 1/8" cast off for right hand shooter, straight grip, 3-piece forend.  Excellent mechanical condition used gun nice and tight and correct, looks to have been dropped on horn butt at some time with chips and crack on horn butt plate showing but stable, toe of stock shows repair and a 3/4" hairline crack from rear of butt at plate, all seemingly a result of the drop. All seems stable as is but a little cosmetic cleanup would benefit it.  Really a stunning post-war high-grade small bore sidelock.


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