Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3410: Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Paradox Gun

Auction Date: May 5, 2019

Iconic and Rare Antique Factory Engraved Holland & Holland "Royal" Side Lock Ejector Side by Side Hammerless Double Barrel "Paradox" Shot and Ball Gun

Estimated Price: $25,000 - $37,500

Iconic and Rare Antique Factory Engraved Holland & Holland "Royal" Side Lock Ejector Side by Side Hammerless Double Barrel "Paradox" Shot and Ball Gun

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Paradox
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 180
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured approximately 1895. Blued barrels signed "HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON." on the right barrel and "'PARADOX' FOSBERY PATENT" on the left barrel, bead front sight, and two leaf folding rear sight graduated for "50" and "100" yards. "R.CHOKE" markings and London nitro reproof marks for "CORDITE 750 BULLET MAX" on the barrel flats. Casehardened side lock featuring near full coverage Holland & Holland Royal pattern scroll engraving, each lock signed "HOLLAND & HOLLAND," "ROYAL/HAMMERLESS/EJECTOR" on the underside, gold inlaid cocking indicators, double triggers, break lever and trigger guard engraved to match, and tang mounted automatic safety with "SAFE" in gold. Nicely figured walnut straight grip stock with multi-point checkering, push button forend release, forearm hardware engraved to match, blank initial oval and checkered horn buttplate. Bore and stock measurements (R/L): chambers measured at 2 1/2 inches; bores 9 inches from the breech proved and measured at "12/1" (.742/.741); minimum wall thickness .027/.029; drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 3/8 inches; length of pull 14 1/2 inches; weight 7 lbs. 1 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrels show a fine aged plum patina overall with traces of an old factory refurbished blue in sheltered areas. The action retains strong original case colors deep and rich again in sheltered areas. The engraving is crisp. The wood is also fine with small repair at stock toe, minor scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.



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