Model: New Ithaca Double (NID) Grade 4E
Serial Number: 443573
Year of Manufacture: March 7, 1928
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Double Barrel Lever Opening Side by Side Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger
Markings: The underside of the forend is marked “443573 / 4”. The forend lug on the barrels is marked “T” and with an inspection stamp. The undersides of the barrels are both marked “LLH”. The bottom face of the barrel lug is marked “Nitro Powder / Proved”. The left barrel flat is marked “443573” and “4”. The right side of the water table is marked “332573” and “PATENT / APPLIED FOR”. The left side is marked “4 / 12”. The left side of the receiver is marked “ITHACA GUN CO.” and the right side with “ITHACA, N.Y.” The forend latch, the rear of the forend piece, the receiver, trigger guard and lever are all elaborately factory scroll engraved. In addition, there is an engraved scene of a flying duck on the left side of the receiver and what appears to be a pheasant on the right side. The lower tang is marked “443 573”.
Barrel Length: 32”
Choke: The barrels are threaded for Briley thin walled choke tubes. The left barrel choke is marked “S-2VX” and “LMOD” (Light Modified.) The right barrel choke is marked “S-2VX IC / BORE .733” (Improved Cylinder.)
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a vented rib having a tiny white mid-rib bead and at the muzzle is a larger white bead front sight that has yellowed with age. The top of the rib is finely checkered to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece extra fancy checkered walnut. The buttstock has a pistol grip with smooth fleur-de-lis patterns in the checkering of the grip and wide beaver-tail forend. There is a solid black rubber recoil pad marked “LimbSaver” on the buttstock and a smooth black hard rubber cap on the grip. There are two tiny marks on the left side of the buttstock and a few more on the right side, along with two very small compression marks. The forend shows two compression marks on its right rear, with several tiny marks on the rear of the underside and a few light marks at the front. The checkering shows very light wear without mars. The drop of the comb at the heel is 2 3/8”. The LOP measures 14 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. There are light scuff marks on the sides of the recoil pad where it was shaped, and an abrasion on both the left and right rear edges. The recoil pad is still pliable and is in about Fine overall condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrels, trigger guard and lower tang are blue and the receiver is case colored.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The top of the left barrel shows a small nick about 6” back from the muzzle and there is a small nick in the left edge of the barrel rib just behind the mid-rib bead. There is also a tiny mark on the right side of the right barrel just behind the mid-rib bead. A few light handling marks show on the underside of the receiver and trigger guard. The upper tang shows a small scuff mark from the lever and thinning is visible on the lower tang. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes with 4 extra choke tubes, a T-handled choke wrench, accessories, a leather covered fitted case and paperwork. The choke tubes are all marked “S-2VX”, and individually with “IMOD”, “LFULL”, “MOD”, and “FULL”. All of the chokes and the choke wrench are in Excellent condition. The accessories include the original vented red rubber recoil pad marked “ITHACA / GUN CO.”, the original embossed blue steel grip cap with a gold plated letter “A” in the center (getting the grip cap adorned with your initial came with the Grade 4) and a black rubberized elastic sheath that fits over the buttstock to protect it when out in the field. The recoil pad is in Excellent condition and the grip cap has been lacquered and is in Fine condition. The case is covered with black leather and has heavy brass plated steel reinforcements/feet on all eight corners. It has two brass plated lockable latches (with key) and a leather covered carrying handle. The top of the lid is marked “SportLock”. The inside is foam lined and covered in black nylon. There is an elastic mesh bag in the top of the lid on the right side and a box with a hinged cover on the left side for storage of accessories. The bottom of the case is fitted for a shotgun, with extra pieces of foam added for an exact fit to this particular shotgun. The case is in about Fine condition. The paperwork consists of two reprints of “Hammer and Hammerless Double Barrel Shot Guns” and a “Catalogue of the Ithaca Gun Co.”, along with a letter from the historian of the Ithaca Gun Company stating that this shotgun is a NID model made in 1928 in Grade 4E.
Our Assessment: The Ithaca NID was one of the classic American doubles. It was introduced in 1925 to replace the Flues model and remained the mainstay of the Ithaca line until they discontinued all double gun production in 1948. It had an improved Ithaca boxlock action that featured a rotary bolt locking system and a strengthened frame, with fluid steel barrels suitable for modern shells but not steel shot. This is a 12 Gauge Grade 4E model that features deluxe checkered wood with pistol grip and beavertail forend. The forend latch, the rear of the forend piece, the receiver, trigger guard and lever are all elaborately factory engraved. The shotgun has a ventilated rib on the barrels with bone beads at mid-rib and at the muzzle, and with a single selective trigger. At some point, the 32” barrels were fitted for Briley thinwall choke tubes, the recoil pad was replaced with a LimbSaver and the original grip cap with the gold initial of the original owner was replaced with a smooth black hard rubber cap. This shotgun is in about Excellent condition with 97% of its finish remaining. It shows a few tiny marks in the barrel, with light marks on the receiver and trigger guard. The wood also shows only a few marks. The barrels are bright with no erosion. The shotgun comes in a fitted leather covered case with a total of six choke tubes, a choke tube wrench, reprints of vintage Ithaca catalogs and a letter from the Ithaca historian stating that this shotgun was shipped in 1928 in Grade 4E. This is a very nice find for the collector of American double barrel shotguns. We don’t often see Ithaca shotguns of this high grade and in such nice condition.