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 Post subject: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:13 pm 
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I have a 1918 4e that has the term 'Olympic Club', seemingly factory engraved on side of barrel and an 'OC' gold medallion on under portion of stock.

I've been told gun was made by Ithaca for the Olympic Club in San Fran, probably as a 'guest' gun to be shot by folks after a round of golf or swimming and tennis.

Was hoping someone may be able to provide any clearer provenience of this gun. SN is 290350-T




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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:49 pm 
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Very possible. Ithaca did a couple guns up for the Dupont Shooting Club/School. A search of old records/invoices would have to be done to confirm it or turn up some old photos/documentation.

The Olympic Club is very old and did have trap shooting events, it makes sense they would have "club" guns for member use.

Some pictures of the gun would help.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:04 pm 
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It is posted on Gunbroker as we speak https://www.gunbroker.com/item/794395604


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:49 am 
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So he has it, but it's listed for sale.... Yeah, it's a Flues. All the metal has been reblued. Basically the whole gun's been refinished. The recoil pad is a later replacement, way later. I see no value at all here unless someone wants a trap gun to shoot with. Even if the provenance can be proved, which probably can't, the gun has little to no collector value due to the poor restoration.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
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I agree with Matt that the "Olympic Trap" history has no effect on the value. I also agree that the refinish hurts the value to a collector. All that being said, $1000 for a solid single barrel trap gun is a very good price.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:09 am 
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The Olympic Trap does document. In fact Ithaca sent 2 of them to the club. But I certainly agree with the posters that state no premium because of provenance and a deduction for improper refinish. I think there are better deals out there.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:44 am 
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ithacanut wrote:
The Olympic Trap does document. In fact Ithaca sent 2 of them to the club. But I certainly agree with the posters that state no premium because of provenance and a deduction for improper refinish. I think there are better deals out there.



How did you find that out?


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
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Ithacanut is Walter C. Snyder, shooter, collector and author of several books on Ithaca firearms and the Ithaca Gun Company. He has many of the company's records and is a bona fide Ithaca expert.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:59 pm 
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Actually, by now Walter has sent most of the Ithaca records he had to the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:20 pm 
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Indeed I have done so. A few boxes of personal research notes, some vintage photographs and that will be about it. Still have my catalog collection though--for now.
It has been a fun ride! :D


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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:12 pm 
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Congrats, Walt !

As we age, it's very satisfying to "do the right thing", and not squander hard-gained knowledge.

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 Post subject: Re: 'Olympic Club' 4e
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:46 pm 
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Oh!! Wow!! The title of this thread got me thinking of a favorite watering hole from the spring quarter of my senior year, 1968, when we were doing field work near Centralia, Washington.

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In those days the area to the right was an open to the sidewalk smoke shop. The area through the angled doors to the left the soda fountain. Straight in took one to the bar, the card tables in back and the pool tables off to the right side. Right in the middle a huge wood stove to heat the place.

Now it has been trendified, they scrubbed a hundred years of tobacco smoke off the stained glass and wood work. Card table tables gone. They serve upscale food and the building next door has been made into the Olympic Club Hotel.

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