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Arguably World's Most Beautiful Ithaca Model 37 20 Gauge Pump Shotgun
I am 83 years old and have collected fine firearms for over 50 years. Among my favorites, were high grade Ithaca shotguns. My collection included Dollar Grade, Sousa Grade, and various "one-of-a-kind Special Order shotguns, including a super rare 6E Knick single barrel Trap Gun (Yes, they do exist), and Keith Houghtling's personal Model 37, that he built from scratch, one part at a time, and had Alpen engrave for him.
I only tell you this, so you will know, that I know what I am talking about, when I describe this gorgeous one-of-a-kind special order Bill McGraw engraved 1952 Model 37R solid rib 20 Gauge modified choke factory Ithaca. (This gun is in 99% original cosmetic condition of the metal and 99% cosmetic condition of the wood. (the wood was carved in 1952, so it is 69-70 years old and it is very dense highly figured wood, so there are some The photos tell it all. I have owned the gun for more than 5 years, since trading a $25,000 collection of Lionel Pre-war toy trains for the gun. It was my last acquisition to my collection, and the last survivor. The others have all been sold to advanced collectors. Only this gorgeous firearm needs to find a new home.
I am too old to consider trades, so it will take $25,000 to make it yours.
Here is what I know and what I believe about this rare and beautiful shotgun: It is not a dollar grade; it left the factory in 1952, fully engraved and inlaidwith white gold inlays done by Ithacas top engraver Bill McGraw (look at ducks and pheasants and compare with his other work); It is not an aftermarket custom gun; the original bluing, engraving and inlays are all in 99% original condition, and the metal shows no signs of ever having been refinished or touched since new, which can only indicate that it is all original and clearly could only have been done at the factory. The inlays clearly indicate they were done by McGraw, and since just about all the metal surface is engraved, this gun was obviously a one-of-a-kind custom special order, superior to a dollar Grade.
The wood is another matter. While it does match the etal in its quality of elegance and workmanship of the metal, it is unlike any Ithaca stock I have ever seen, however, it does resemble the one-of-a-kind stock/forend, Keith Houghtling made for his own Model 37 shotgun. However, I can not say with certainty, that he did this stock/forend.
Price: $25,000.00 Buy Now
Model: 37R Solid Rib
Serial Number: 1952
Metal Condition: 99%
Wood Condition: 99%
Butt Pad: Ithaca Sunburst
Rib: 28" Solid
Manufacture Date: 1952