L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

Price: $24,950.00
Brand:L.C. Smith
Product Code:L.C. Smith Crown 20ga snFWE89799
Availability:In Stock
Used SxS Shotgun For Sale - American Double

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun


General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1926, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 11oz, Side by Side
Serial Number: FWE89799

The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced…a “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 made in all gauges, and only 145 made in 20 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 125 Crown Grade 20’s left on the planet.  What a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CROWN GRADE we have here in this 1926 vintage Elsie, snFWE89799.  What is rare...really?  How about 1 of 29 20ga. Crown Grades with 30” barrels?  How about 1 of 32 with vent rib barrels?  How about 1 of 3 with every factory option, ie. Beavertail forend, ejectors, Hunter One trigger, factory pad (we replaced the hard, mushroomed pad with the same, original Hawkins pad it came with), vent rib?  How about 99% factory case color, 98% blue, exceptional wood with original factory finish and checkering?  The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun.  I have seen many Crown Grade Elsie’s and all have a version of the same engraving.  THIS GUN HAS UNIQUE, SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVING with waterfowl flying over a marsh in the ovals.  It is definitively factory original and shown in Col. Brophy’s book “LC Smith Shotguns” on page 96.  HOW ABOUT 1 OF 1, THE ONLY L.C. CROWN GRADE 20GA. OF ITS KIND.  I think we can all agree this is the epitome of a truly rare, high condition, highly desirable vintage American double.  This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent checkering and wood finish, tight as new on breech face and hinge pin with lever right of center, and perfect screws.  This gun has desirable 30" barrels, M/F chokes, double beads, and great shooting dimensions.  Nicely balanced, weighing a mere 6lbs. 11oz on a feather weight frame with a reinforced forend lug, it would be a great clays or upland gun.  A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use.  All parts are original to the gun.  People often ask me "What is the best investment in a firearm?"  I always tell them the same thing...low production guns in smaller gauges, in high grades, with tons of original factory original condition...and with features sought after by the modern day shooter/collector.  Today's shooter/collectors want long barrels.  So this is one of those guns that have it all; rarity, condition, and desirability, including outstanding wood figure and overall aesthetics.  WHAT A GREAT FIND!  DON'T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY!


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Barrel Length: 30"
Chokes: .020/.025 M/F
Bores: perfect mirror
Bore Diameter: .619/.620
Wall Thickness: .032/.028
% Blue: 98%
Chambers: 2 3/4"
Ribs: vent rib, tight factory
Sights: double metal


Action: tight, way right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 98% vivid factory
Screws: perfect
Engraving: special ducks on side, clear, sharp, one of a kind
Trigger Type: single selective trigger, crisp excellent
Trigger Guard Color: 95% factory


Type: rare 1/2 round pistol grip,  beavertail forend, trap factory, figured
LOP: 14 1/8"
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 1/4"
DAH: 2 1/2"
DAC: 1 5/8"
Cast: 1/4" off
Checkering Condition: near new factory
Butt Treatment: pad


There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase.


Payment & Shipping

Payment Methods: Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $250.00 We ship internationally!  
(**NOTE that most all of this is INSURANCE.  If you have your own, we could arrange your insurance covering it.)​
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


If you have any questions about this item or payment, please email me at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. You can also call us at #616-292-6240. Thanks! Jay Shachter, Vintage Firearms, Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.