Scarce California Retailed Shotgun by Christian Homerich

12 gauge, 30" barrels, no S/N. Browned Damascus patterned barrels, color casehardened frame and locks, checkered pistol-gripped stock with hard rubber hunting scene buttplate, checkered splinter forend. Receiver and locks with simple English foliate engraving and geometric boarders. Double triggers and double exposed hammers. Bottoms of barrels with post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks and gauge marked 13. Water table with Birmingham proofs as well. Barrels engraved C. HOMMRICH SAN JOSE CAL LAMINATED STEEL. Locks engraved C HOMMRICH. Length of pull 14", drop at comb 2", drop at heel 3.25", 2.75" chambers, bores measure 12 gauge "cylinder". The misspelling of Homerich's name as "Hommrich" suggests the engraving of the lock and barrel marks was performed in England by the original maker, rather than in California. Christian Homerich (1855-1905) worked in San Francisco as a gunmaker and retailer ca1872-1882 and in San Jose from 1883-1905. His name is primarily associated with breechloading shotguns, most of which he likely imported from England like this one, as well as Belgium. California retailer marked guns from the 19th century are rather scarce and very collectible. 

Provenance:ex Jim Davis Collection


Very good. Retains traces of brown mixed with a moderately oxidized plum brown patina, retaining some strong Damascus patterning. Markings remain legible, action functional with crisp lock up and minimal wobble. Metal with some scattered surface oxidation and minor roughness. Mechanically functional, dark bores are moderately oxidized but might clean to better. Stock with wear, lightly sanded with soft checkering, scattered bumps and dings and a crack across the buttplate.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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