I'd figured that's just where you stepped off the bidding.
Didn't know (myself) that the bidding stopped there.
Good grief, guys. I posted the price way back in the thread. $5170 including buyer's premium.
Looking at the photos, I'd been thinking that this gun had been handled (some time ago) by 'one of those guys' who has screwy skin PH levels.
You know - the guys who leave rusty fingerprints on EVERYTHING they touch...
The forend wood looks like it'd been soaked in water though - hard to say exactly what happened.
The back end of the gun appears to be in extrememly fine condition, maybe unused since the conversion. Look at the wood to metal fit!
I own a two-barrel set where the gun barrels are 12-bore and the rifle barrels are 16-bore.
Looking at the standing breech, the 'witness marks' on the metal of THIS gun appear to show a fair bit of use with two different diameters of case-head.
Re-bore? I'd thought re-bore from rifle first before I saw the barrel length, my next thought was re-barrel - there's always the possibility that we're seeing 'what's left' of a two-barrel set.
The existing barrels (could be re-bore but I doubt it - lots of meat at the muzzles!)
have classic pin-fire period 'flash marks' engraved at the breech tops.
They also have little filler wedges dovetailed in where the firing pins would protrude.
I think this particular set of barrels may just be original confituration.
Hard to say without the metal in the hands though!
I couldn't get excited enough to keep up with the bidding because of the scant breech walls which indicated a rebore from eight gauge. Of course, a real preservationist may reconvert to eight gauge rifle by sleeving and have quite a machine. I love those stalking safeties and Jones lock.
Also missing from my head-scratching is a view into the case.
The lid-label is neat and all, but I really would like to see how the innards are configured and how they've worn over the years (and the years 'yonder...)