8/11/21 - This is an exquisite R. Mahrholdt-Innsbruck master engraved, side by side 12ga shotgun. Super high quality, old world craftsmanship. Fabricated by master gun makers and embellished by German master engravers. This SxS shotgun is in perfect working order. The wood is perfect, no cracks or splits or damage. There is only one slight section of discoloration behind the trigger guard and by the chambers that can be polished out with a brass brush. Both bores are beautiful. 30 inch barrel, LOP average is 13.5 inches. Comes with period sling. Richard Mahrholdt lived from 1878-1949. From 1898 to 1918 he was head of Tiroler Waffenfabrik Peterlongo Richard Mahrholdt & Sohn in Innsbruck/Austria. That factory was founded by Johann Peterlongo in Innsbruck in 1854. R. Mahrholdt was in good contact with the Suhl gunsmith August Schüler. In his time he was known as a good expert of gunnery. He is the author of the "Waffenlexikon", which was published in 1931 and its second edition in 1937. This book is even today in publication and revision. Mahrholdt was one of the biggest gun gurus of pre-war Germany. He was also a master gun maker with a safety drilling of his own design.