Ithaca Flues Model No. 3 Engraving 12 GA SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 1919 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1210
Make: Ithaca Gun Company
Model: “The Flues Model” Grade 3
Serial Number: 311904
Year of Manufacture: 1919
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Top Break, Hammerless Dual Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: the left side of the receiver is marked “ITHACA GUN CO.” and the right side is marked “ITHACA, N.Y.”. The left of the water table is marked “3 / 12” and the right of the water table is marked “311904” and “PATD.”, the top of the trigger plate is marked “904”. The forearm bracket and wood are marked “311904” and “3”. The left barrel flat is marked “311904”, “3”, and “4”, the right flat is marked “2”. The receiver features grade 3 engraving. The lower tang is marked “311904”.
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: The left measures Improved Modified and the right measures Modified, Both are Fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead at the front of the rib and a smaller white bead mid rib. The top of the rib is serrated and checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: 7 lb., 6.2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece walnut set with checkered splinter forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb and a ventilated orange Ithaca recoil pad. The forearm has a light wood inlay. The stocks have some scattered nicks and scratches. There is a notable gash on the top of the comb at the rear. There is a repaired chip on the right side of the wrist. There is minor material loss on the right upper edge of the forearm. There are no cracks. The checkering is well defined. The drop at comb is 1 3/4”, drop at heel is 2 5/8″. The LOP measures 14 1/8” and 13 1/4” from the triggers to the back of the recoil pad, 13 1/8″ and 12 1/4″ to the back of the wood. The pad has light wear at the heel, toe and around the edges, but remains supple. The buttstock is not original to the gun. Overall, the stocks rate in Good-Very Good condition as repaired.
Type of Finish: Blued Barrel Assembly and Case-Color Receiver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is a small amount of faint erosion at the muzzles.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 83% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrels have handling wear, and some scattered nicks, dings and scratches. The worn areas tend to show discoloration from oxidation. The receiver has lost some case coloring on the bottom and is generally strong on the sides. The receiver shows scattered marks similar to the barrels. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with serviceable slots, most appear to be replacements. The pinheads are clean and the screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up with no perceptible play. The safety does not engage automatically when the lever is pushed, but functions properly when engaged manually. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Designed by Emil Flues, the Flues Model was introduced in 1909 as Ithaca’s newest and most advanced design, yet. The new hammer and cocker design produced a faster lock-time, measured at 1/625th of a second and the frame was stronger due to a simpler lock system which required less metal to be removed and thus did not require reinforcement of the water table and standing breech. This example is a grade 3 produced in 1919, around the middle of production, and is chambered for 12 gauge shells. This shotgun has survived the last century fairly well, especially for a field gun which has likely served a very useful life. Please see our photos and good luck!