Well with Czar Nicholas II's shotgun, I'll post this one also. http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/ggps/7330/ It’s a custom-made Mauser 81/74 sporting carbine, with a short (21") octagonal barrel, and a stock that reflects quite possibly the finest carving I’ve ever seen, on any piece of wood. Here are a couple of close-ups of the rear stock, so you can see the detail. The carving, incidentally, involved no machine tools—all done by hand, and I suspect that dental tools were used. The detail is impossibly fine. On the face of the cherub, for example, you can see the eyelashes, if you look closely enough. On the barrel is a goodly amount of gold leaf work, such as this example from the top of the barrel It reads: “Mauser Brothers, Oberndorf”—which, as Mauser Brothers & Co. became Mauser Waffenfabrik in about 1897, tells us the gun was made between 1888 and 1897. The cost of such a rifle must have been staggering, even in those days. But I doubt that the original owner cared. Here’s a look at his family crest: Yup, that’s the royal crest of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and this rifle was his personal property. To answer the inevitable questions: -- Yes, I’ve held it in my hands. I even worked the action ("butter"). -- No, it’s not for sale; it’s not even displayed. -- Its value is beyond words. -- I saw it at Collectors in Houston. Just a work of art. Nothing else can describe it. Oh, and by the way, it’s probably unfired (except maybe when tested). The Kaiser had a withered left hand, and couldn’t have supported a rifle with it.