This has come back to me after a summer at Briley to have thin walled choke tubes installed and a trip to have the stock bent. Those familiar with double guns will know the model Ithaca Flues. Its name originates from the designer, Emil Flues, who was a contract gunsmith to Ithaca and designed the Ithaca Flues. Based on the little we know about Emil, he was employed with Ithaca starting in 1890. The Flues model was a mass production piece, and at the time was the number one selling gun in America. When production ceased 237,000 units were sold. This gun is not an Ithaca Flues. During his tenure at Ithaca Emil, being a fine gunsmith, sought creative fulfillment by producing a few exquisite guns for family. After Ithaca he set up shop in Buffalo, NY, where he focused on very high quality guns and was regularly courted by royalty from around the world. This gun is one of Emil's creations. In the 25 or so years that I have had an infatuation with double guns I have seen fewer than half a dozen of his guns for sale. This is a 12 gauge, 30" barrels, weighs 6.5 pounds and is serial #523 (we don't know where his numbering started). The Circassian walnut stock shows much darker in person than in studio images. It is as delightful and as lively as any gun, in any gauge, from any maker. With a hidden third fastener the action is robust and the side clips just increases its sex appeal. And what can you say about ebony inlays, except that it is pure class. The barrel regulation is spot on, and based on the fact that the chokes were at .045" and the screws are totally unmolested says to me that it was probably never shot. It was likely produced in the early 1920's, although no production records exist. In tracking down the history of this, and that is half of the fun for me, I have contacted a number of Flues' relatives. Each says that they heard about Emil, but knew nothing more. One inherited one of his guns that he created while at Ithaca. Next to John Browning Emil may have been the most influential gunsmith in American history, yet he died broke and in obscurity. I'll be stoked to hunt this unique piece of American history this fall. Someday I am going to get a job and buy me a new gun. Something with a shiny black stock instead of this old knotty wood.