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.
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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