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#223960 - 03/30/11 10:56 PM New Toy... Baker Paragon
BPFischer Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 53
Loc: Mid-Missouri
I feel like a kid at Christmas! Just got my "new" Baker Paragon today!!

I picked it up from an auction house and think I got a pretty good deal on it considering what I've seen others going for recently. I was a little nervous since some things didn't show up clearly in the provided pictures, but I called and asked tons of questions and the gun ended up being in better condition than I expected. Only a few issues other than honest wear on a 100+ year old firearm.

Here are some pics... Enjoy!






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#223961 - 03/30/11 11:03 PM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
BPFischer Offline
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The metal is in great condition with traces of case color in a handful of protected areas. Normal dings and scratches here and there, but nothing nasty. No rust and no pitting!

Barrels show good damascus pattern and bores are nice with no pitting.

The wood is good and solid with no cracks. Typical wear and handling marks with the fore end being a bit more beat up than the stock, but not bad.

The only real issues I can find is a chip out of the ebony fore end tip



The bead is split



And the bottom rib has a small area that is loose. This is my main concern, although it's definitely fixable.

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#223965 - 03/31/11 02:44 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
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Loc: Massachusetts
A beautiful old gun!

Pete

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#223966 - 03/31/11 02:49 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
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Looks really nice. smile
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#223971 - 03/31/11 05:48 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
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Registered: 11/29/05
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Love it! I gotta get one now smile

Pete

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#223973 - 03/31/11 06:34 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
Philbert Offline
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Wow, that's beautiful. Enjoy.

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#223988 - 03/31/11 08:56 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
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That's a nice 3 Iron "Oxford" or Hufnagel Brent; similar to the pattern on Quality No. 4 & 5 Smiths. Do the barrels have a maker's or importer's stamp?
This is a Baker with Chain damascus stamped ADH; Arthur-Delvaux-Heuse

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#223991 - 03/31/11 09:09 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
Franchi Offline
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Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 467
Loc: Pa.
Hi:

What a great old gun!

Enjoy it!

Franchi

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#223994 - 03/31/11 09:41 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: Drew Hause]
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Originally Posted By: Drew Hause
Arthur-Delvaux-Heuse


Little Gun is wrong. It is Jacques Delvaux-Heuse, who registered the mark in 1889. He held 2 patents for making barrels.

It seems that the Heuse family was very large. The cemetery outside of Trooz / Nessonvaux is full of graves with hyphenated Heuse's. All with very expensive head stones.

There is a street in Trooz named Rue Docteur Heuse. Off of Rue Docteur Heuse is Rue des Armuriers. Cross a small bridge and you are in Nessonvaux, about 100 yards away.

If Jacques had his own business it was most likely handling the over flow from the Heuse shop.

Pete

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#223996 - 03/31/11 09:48 AM Re: New Toy... Baker Paragon [Re: BPFischer]
BPFischer Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 53
Loc: Mid-Missouri
I'll check this evening when I get home Drew and see if there are any markings under the barrels. I didn't even think to look last night while I was checking things out and taking pics.

I really love the beauty, character, and diversity of the laminated steel barrels on these old doubles! The different types and patterns of damascus steel is incredibly interesting. And although not as desirable as damascus, the twist barrels are attractive as well. I have a nice Batavia Leader that shows great pattern in its London Twist.

I love those chain damascus barrels! Absolutely gorgeous!! What grade Baker are those fitted to?

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