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*SUPERB HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 27692. (1916 per factory letter) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Chopper lump bbls with narrow, swamped, concave game rib are engraved “Holland & Holland” and “98. New Bond Street. London.” on tops. Rear of rib and breech ends of bbls are engraved with feather border and about 3/4″ of open, flowing, scrolled acanthus. Gun is no. “1” of a pair, with “1” gold inlaid at rear of rib, on top lever, and forend tip. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot (2-1/2″). Case hardened Royal action has rounded bar with well filed beads, and is fitted with automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold) and Holland non-selective single trigger. Action also features hidden third fastener, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and Holland patent detachable sidelocks. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut, classic, Holland deluxe, large, semi-relief, shaded, scrolled acanthus with some strapwork highlights. “Holland & Holland” is in scrolled band on the front of each plate. This fine engraving surrounds a vignette of a pair of pheasants at front bottom of action (factory information indicates “engraved with game subjects”). Single beaded, small bow, trigger guard is engraved with matching scroll and with SN on short tang. Beautifully marbled and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 15-1/16″ over black leather covered pad, and features diamond hand, drop points, classic point pattern checkering at grip, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.005 (IC), right -.005 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.025. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 15-1/16″. Orig makers leather case is lined in scarlet cloth with patterned, black leather, gold embossed H & H label, cleaning instruction label, and orig charge card for this gun, in lid. Case contains 3-pc brass and ebony cleaning rod with brushes and mop, and remains of case straps. PROVENANCE: Factory letter with “weapon history” and copy of ledger page. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refurbished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine satin re-black, engraving slightly softened. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, mostly in background of engraving, which is very pleasingly silvered. Top lever and trigger guard retain nearly all of a quality re-blue. New buttstock is very well crafted in Holland style, and retains nearly all of its orig finish. Checkering is still bright. Orig forend wood has been nicely freshened. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather is dark, corners worn through, and with numerous marks and scrapes. What appears to be orig handle is good. Interior cloth is considerably soiled with a few rubs through. Labels are good. Cleaning label is chipped at corner. Charge card is foxed, soiled, and rubbed. Cleaning rod is good. Straps are dry and broken. Deluxe grade guns from H&H’s “prime period” are quite rare and very desirable. 4-49199 MGM233 (27,500-37,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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