August 26, 2020
I'm guessing this is a long shot, but what better place to try than here. I'm interested in tracking down the owner of a custom Model 21 skeet gun that was auctioned off back in 2013 by Morphy Auctions. The gun was once owned by a member of a club in the Bahamas called Cat Cay and has the logo of the club inlaid on it. I tried contacting the auction house, but they were understandably not eager to give out any information. If anyone happens to own this gun or knows who owns this gun I'd very much appreciate being put in touch. The lot description and pictures from the auction catalog can be found here and below. Thanks!
*WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET GUN HAVING GOLD INLAID “CAT KEY” LOGO WITH CASE. SN 16603. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls are engraved “CUSTOM BUILT BY WINCHESTER” on milled out portion of matted rib. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with SN, gauge, and chamber length. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with “Winchester Proof Steel” and “WS-1”. Rounded frame, blued action fitted with single selective trigger and non-automatic safety, is gold inlaid with arched back cat perched on shaft of key inside double ring. This is the logo of Cat Cay, an exclusive island in the Bahamas; venue for many of the rich and famous during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Cat Cay was the brainchild of Louis R. Wasey. This shotgun was ordered for Mr. Wasey by John M. Olin who had a house on the Cay (Tradewinds). Gun is fitted with XXX feather crotch American walnut straight grip stock measuring 14″ over leather faced solid red pad, having English comb, standard point pattern checkering, and gold oval on toe line engraved “L. R. W.” Braced, large beavertail forend matches well. Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.727. Bore restrictions: left -.002, right -.004. Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14″. Abercrombie & Fitch marked toe under leather case with stitched leather corners, is lined in burgundy cloth, and contains two pieces of BGI birch cleaning rod, pair of snap caps, tube of Winchester gun grease, Cat Cay Club book of matches, and a Cat Cay Club postcard depicting a skeet shoot at the club, shooter (Mr. Wasey ?) quite possibly holding this particular gun. PROVENANCE: Factory records. Various magazines and papers regarding Cat Key, Fishing, Skeet, other records. Hand printed letter from Pauline Muerrle with custom shop information. Copies of build cards and repair records from Cody Firearms Museum. Copy of John M. Olin’s guest book from “Tradewinds” showing a number of his important guests, including Jane and Jack Heminway, Wallis Windsor and Edward VIII. 1939 LIFE magazine with article on Cat Cay. 1956 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. As well as 2012 Winchester Calendar page picturing this gun, entitled, “A members favorite”. CONDITION: Excellent, as factory refinished numerous times, as evidenced by factory records, with order number dates for 1951, 1952, and 1959. Gun presently retains 98% blue, with the slightest silvering on thumb lever and sharp edges. Wood retains nearly all of an older factory finish, with a number of minor marks, mostly on left side of butt, checkering re-cut. 1″ Incipient crack on left front forend. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Right bbl is slightly off face. Mechanically excellent. Case leather is fine with a number of scrapes and abrasions. Interior cloth is fine, slightly marked and soiled. Matchbook ha no matches. Postcard is excellent, in protective sleeve.
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