DescriptionNichols & Lefever Hammer Gun.
Serial no. 5528, 10 gauge, 32 ¼-inch Damascus barrels with concave rib marked: SYRACUSE, NY. Breech with: NICHOLS & LEFEVER. Fine engraving on breech, lock, hammers and screws. Figured walnut stock with checkered pistol grip and engraved grip cap. Part steel, part hardwood buttplate. Daniel Myron Lefever was in partnership with John Nichols in Syracuse, New York from 1876 until 1878. They made fine grade, Damascus breech-loading double-barrel shotguns. By 1880 Lefever was in business for himself. In that year he patented the hammerless shotgun. This example is a rare gun.
Condition: Good to very good. Metal mostly a smooth gray patina with scattered spotting. Action functions. Dark bores. Stock is very good with moderate to heavy wear and light soiling. Checkering with heavy flattening.
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