“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
Even better is the antique shell to go along with it.
The gold inlaid 4 on the rib is curious. Back in the early days of cartridge firearms the very wealthy would buy a matched pair prominently marked 1 and 2. The shooter would fire #1 and exchange it with his servant for #2, the servant would then reload #1 and be ready to exchange guns after #2 was fired. I can't imagine who would be wealthy enough and shoot fast enough to require 4 shotguns and 3 servants to load them.Al_in_Ottawa
I do like good wood and color case hardening.
Paper shotgun shells are making a bit of a comeback. Federal and Rio are both making them now. I've still got a few live paper 12 gauge rounds laying around that I got from my grandfather.