Pawnee Bill's F. Williams 12 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, Engraved Buttstock, Unique & Historical. Serial Number 20271, No FFL Required.
This is an F. Williams double barrel fancy engraved shotgun that was owned by Major Gordon William "Pawnee Bill" Lillie. 30" laminated twist steel barrels. Bead front sight. the rib on the barrels is marked Laminated Steel. On top of the right barrel just in front of the breech in small letters is stamped Pawnee Bill. The bores are relatively clean but rough. Both barrels are stamped 13 under the forearm, and the proof stamps may be British. Case hardened receiver with box lock and exposed hammers. The receiver and tang, lockplates, hammers, thumb release, and trigger guard are engraved with fancy open scrollwork. All exposed screwheads are engraved as well. The screw for the left hammer is missing and an old period replacement is in its place. The barrel has some scratches and dings, and the original finish is worn thin revealing the twist pattern on the barrels, and the remaining finish is an uneven brown patina. No case hardening colors remain on the receiver, and the receiver and tang, lockplates, hammers, thumb release, triggers, and trigger guard are all an uneven medium to dark gray patina. The hamnmer srpings are strong and the trigger/hammer mechanisms function well. The serial number is located on the flat of the receiver and on the underside of the barrels. The dark walnut pistol grip buttstock has some scratches and dings, with one good sized deep scratch that is 2" long on the right side. No cracks or chips. The pistol grip and wrist area of the buttstock is checkered and this is worn smooth in a couple of small areas. The right side of the buttstock is engraved in 1/4" high letters "Pawnee Bill's W.W.S." across the front, with the Pawnee Bill;'s in an arc over the W.W.S. Engraved vertically just in front of the buttplate is "Maj. G.W. Lillie". The iron top notched buttplate has some scratches and dings and has turned a dark gray-brown patina, and the notch part at the top has a bit of scrollwork engraving. The dark walnut forearm is checkered, with the checkering being worn fairly smooth. The metal attaching plate on the forearm is engraved to match the rest of the shotgun, and no original finish remains with the matel being an even medium gray patina. One the front end of the forearm is a vee-shaped insert original to the gun, which looks like it may be ebony wood. The right edge of the forearm is lightly chipped for about 3-1/2", which does not detract from the beauty and historical significance of this shotgun. When the barrels are attached to the receiver there is a bit of play and wiggle, and the barrels want to catch instead of breaking open when the thumb release is worked (probably due to some play in both of the firing pins which might be causing the barrels to bind). The left hammer is a bit loose due to the period replacement screw holding the hammer in place.
What a great celebrity owned shotgun from one of the more famous western people of all time. Don't miss out on this shotgun as it is quite nice, proving that Pawnee Bill took care of his personal firearms.
Condition Very Good. No FFL Required. Due to the high value of this rifle the insurance charges make the shipping seem high.
From the personal collection of Robert E. Johnson (Collector of Western Americana & Celebrity Guns), Hermitage, PA.
Mr. Johnson has supplied a notarized personal Certificate of Authenticity.