The Most Beautiful Guns I have Seen: Two Bespoke Le Page Shotguns up for Auction

While we have come so far with modern manufacturing, it would seem that we have lost many of the old skills. Rock Island Auction company is soon to offer two two Le Page shotguns that showcase the true art of gun-making from the 1800’s. There are precious few people left who can craft such remarkable weapons.

Just gawk at them with me. The level of craftsmanship is truly astounding.

Note: Additional High-Res photos are available on the auction listing. Click on the links for each gun below:

Extraordinary Documented Cased Exhibition Quality Le Page Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun with Relief Chiseled Embellishment Elaborately Carved Ebony Stock Presented By the President of France to the President of Mexico and Once Part of the Harolds Club Museum of the Old West Collection

Estimated from $275,000 to $425,000

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Spectacular Exhibition Deep Relief Chisel Engraved and Gold Inlaid H. Faure Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock

Estimated from $85,000 to $130,000

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Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Andrew

    Do you even picatinny rail, bro?

    • iksnilol

      You do know that is ancient? Now you are meant to say:

      “Do you even Keymod, brohemski?”

  • iksnilol

    I am going to be honest; not for me.

    They look way to gaudy in my opinion. I respect those who have the skills to engrave these but there is also too much. What happened to some simple, classy floral engravings (preferably with gold inlay on the metal if it is blued) coupled with high-grade wood and bluing?

    Something like this:

    EDIT: I will admit that the first one has that nice, eldritch look going on. That is probably due to the dark gray metal and black wood.

    • Blastattack

      I have to agree. The art and workmanship is absolutely fantastic, but that does not make the gun any more classy or any less obnoxious. While impressive, it’s ornamentation comes at the cost of actual usefulness.

      • iksnilol

        Though I will also have to admit that is my own subjective taste in the matter. I have a clear preference towards elegant (that means simple yet tasteful in my dictionary). Also one of the reasons why I find “ugly” firearms beautiful, like the AK/AR (AR only if it has carrying handle) or Nagant revolver while finding beautiful guns like Purdeys or H&Hs either beautiful or repungnant (depending on amount of engraving).

        There is someone who probably likes a firearm that is engraved from heel and toe to muzzle.

        NOTE: Why does this post seem like an posh, English person wrote it? I have never really done anything like this before.

      • Anonymoose

        If I were rich enough to afford such things, I would hang these on the wall of my chateau, and use a Benelli Super Vinci when I actually go out to hunt.

  • An Interested Person

    Unreal craftsmanship. I have never seen anything like it.

    If I owned it, I would be too scared to touch it. I`m pretty sure my fingers would irreparably stain the finish.

  • Micki Mahoney

    Yeah, much as I love the detail and craftsmanship involved, when it comes to guns, (and cars,) I like clean lines and elegant curves. Designs that speak of graceful efficiency.

    For me, these two pieces are like purple prose in a haiku competition.

  • Seth Martin

    This should be titled “The most beautiful guns I (me, not you) will never own”.

  • gunslinger

    why on the first gun do i see something that came out of Pirates of the Caribbean 2? yes, the individual detail on the pieces are great. but for some reason, to me, the sum is equal to less than the total of the parts.

    The second one isn’t bad.

  • Manny Fal

    The skills remain, I just think the engravers these days have no imagination. Floral and hunting motifs don’t fit with a self defence gun. And with polymer pistols, they think engraving polymer is beneath them.

    • iksnilol

      I disagree, floral motifs show that you are classy. You will shoot the scumbag (who attacked you), wrap his body in a carpet and dump him of a bridge, but you will be classy doing it (as long as you wear something appropriate).

      Regarding polymer, I kinda understand them. What is the point of making an unique one of a kind piece when someone else can just copy that, make a mold (mould?) and mass produce it? The entire point of these is that they are one of a kind.

  • BryanS

    Functional sculptures or jewelry, just fantastic. May not be fully useable, but at the time this was the equivalent of showing off your new MP4-12C

  • DV

    At first it was ugly, but those animals are beautiful (the dogs).

  • 101nomad

    It is firearm art. I could not bring myself to shoot it, and I can not afford it. But, still, very nice work.

  • verymiddleeuropean

    These are Le Page HV* grade models.

    *Horror Vacui

  • Fred Johnson

    Those aren’t firearms, that is art! Truly amazing work, indeed.

  • Mark Griffin

    Wow, its old vintage gun, very royal

  • sanks
  • Mark Griffin

    Heartly it is wonderful and vintage look having king syle. But not useful for me. Nice post. Thank u