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Has any one here ever heard of an engraver named Angelo Bee? If you have what do you think of his work?
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I have seen majority of his work done on SKB o/u's.  Have not had the chance to see it in person and am no expert in engraving, but I like the looks of some of his work. It sure adds to the price of the gun

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One of the most famous engravers of all time. Did a lot of Browning Superposed shotguns. I've heard he just put his name on a lot of stuff, which isn't hard to believe given the number of Bee guns you see out there. With that in mind, the quality varies. If it was really done by him, it is going to be very nice, and priced accordingly.

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I had a K-32 that was engraved by Angelo B..

It was a nickel colored receiver with a gold quail on the trigger guard. The rest of the  gun was game scenes. It was not the deep relief stuff, but yet not the very light Italian style that I believe they call Bulino style.

I liked it. It got a lot of comments on the skeet and sporting courses. It probably helped that it also had a very nice piece
of English walnut on it also.

At that time he would never do two guns the same. So yours will always be unique.

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I've seen his work many times.  I've attended the Winter Antique Arms Show in Vegas numerous times in the past and he was usually there displaying his work, maybe still does.  To my eye, he does very nice work and is an accomplished engraver.  Most of what I've seen done by him has more gold than what I prefer, but that's just a matter of taste and what's asked for.

Here's a link to a Browning .22 rifle he did that is sans the gold that I think of when I hear his name:

http://www.gunsinternational.com/BROWNIN....0219736
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I met him at the Glastonbury gun show(s) many years ago when I lived in CT.  He is a real gentleman.  I think his work is top notch.  He has engraved a variety of firearms, notably Winchesters and Colts.  He does indeed like to use gold.  Mostly, I don't care for gold on firearms, but his work is an exception.  It is never gaudy.  

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Yes,. I've heard of him.  He is one of the true master engravers working in this country.  Here is his web site:  http://angelobeeguns.com/

Mr. Bee did my 42.  I'm not usually a fan of gold inlay on working guns - they look like they might belong to Liberace.  However, his work on my 42 is just superb and a really fancy 42 doesn't seem as inappropriate as some guns.  The doves on one side and the quail on the other side look like they are going to fly off the gun - not even close to the cartoon birds you see too often with inlays.



There are other good engravers, but he's right up there with the very best of them in traditional engraving.  However, if I was looking for really top bulino work, I'd look elsewhere.


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He was at Las Vegas in January at the Beinfield show with some nice Winchesters, and is approachable, a gentleman and a fine artisan.

I don't own examples of his work, can't afford them, but know people who do. They are some of his biggest fans.


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Angleo Bee has been trading on his time at FN for many many years.
I have seen a lot of Angelo's work done in the US, much more than I would have liked to have seen.
I personally think his 'style' hasn't contributed much to the value of many firearms. I usually cringe when mention of any of his work comes up.
The 42 pictured is certainly attractive but a little too ornate for my taste.-Dick


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I have seen majority of his work done on SKB o/u's.  Have not had the chance to see it in person and am no expert in engraving, but I like the looks of some of his work. It sure adds to the price of the gun

SKB offers a special one of a kind engraved shotguns by him.

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