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Here are some some photos of the Italia. Bluing on the barrels is good. Note scratches on the stock. Curious what your estimate of the value might be after seeing the pictures.
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The weight of the barrels at proof will be stamped on the underside in grams, which should help you.

In looking at print ads, lifted from Shooters Bibles on eBay, I found one from 1969 showing a 20 gauge Brescia with 25 inch barrels. Other years show 26 inch barrels.
Another lesson to not say " they never made that."

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Bernardellis commonly had 25 inch barrels. I have a 20 gauge Gamecock from the early 70s with original 25 inch barrels and I've seen quite a number of other Bernardellis advertised for sale with that length barrels. When I was looking for a 20 gauge hammer gun (which proved surprisingly hard to find, by the way), there were several Bernardellis for sale with 25 inch barrels, but I wanted longer barrels and finally found one with 70 cm barrels, which I still have.

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The following numbers are stamped on the underside of the barrels and the frame flat: 653xx that I assume is the serial number.
The number 1173 is stamped on the barrels, frame and inside surface of the trigger guard. Could that be the date the gun was made?

There is XXV stamped on the barrel flat. There is also 15.9 stamped on the underside of each barrel. Also XX on the left barrel and XXXX on the right barrel.

I measure the chokes as .010 for the right barrel (Lt. Mod) and .030" (Full) for the left barrel with my Skeets Bore Gauge.

Although I don't see it marked anywhere, it appears that the gun is chambered for 3" shells. By using a stiff piece of plastic as a gauge, the chambers are about 0.1' longer to the forcing cone than my 20 ga Ithaca SKB that is chambered for 3" shells.
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XXV is the date code for 1969, which would be the year of manufacture.

I can't help with the 1173 number.

If it's chambered for 3 inch shells, I'm pretty sure you'll only fire one in it before you decide you've had all the fun you need. I learned that (the hard way) with my Gamecock.

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Choke marking is Improved Modified and Improved Cylinder.

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Around 1970 the profile of the crossbolt was changed from square to round. I had a 20 ga Bresica a couple years ago. Shot it well and could cock both hammers at once, most of the time. Missed the left hammer a couple times on wild birds and decided I'd had enough fun. I really enjoyed it and glad I got it, and not sorry about moving it down the road. Still have a nice Husky hammer gun to shoot targets with.

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Around 1970 the profile of the crossbolt was changed from square to round. I had a 20 ga Bresica a couple years ago. Shot it well and could cock both hammers at once, most of the time. Missed the left hammer a couple times on wild birds and decided I'd had enough fun. I really enjoyed it and glad I got it, and not sorry about moving it down the road. Still have a nice Husky hammer gun to shoot targets with.

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"There is nothing wrong with that gun if you like the barrel length. I have a composed pair (about 4 S/N apart) of Brescia 12s with 30" barrels and they are great guns. I wish mine were Italias. If you like the gun, buy it. They are not that easy to find.

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On Gunsinternational right now; I’d love one in 20 gauge with longer barrels.
That’s an elegant, user-friendly little gun you have there.

https://www.gunsinternational.com/g...a-brescia-excellent.cfm?gun_id=101645994

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