Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1360: Engraved Holland & Holland Single Shot Sporting Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare Antique Engraved Holland & Holland Single Barrel Hammerless Sporting Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Rare Antique Engraved Holland & Holland Single Barrel Hammerless Sporting Rifle

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Rook
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 375
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 841
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 307
Class: Antique
Description:

Blued steel barrel with ramped blade front sight and three leaf rear sight (marked "100", "200", and "300") in addition to the folding ladder rear sight graduated to 600 yards/meters, extractor, and "HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND ST LONDON." and "WINNERS OF ALL THE 'FIELD RIFLE TRIALS" on the right and left of the barrel respectively. The chambering "375 FL NE 2 1/2" is marked on the underside of the barrel ahead of the flat along with a 2013 dated Birmingham reproof. The casehardened boxlock action features beautiful floral scroll engraving, "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" marked on either side, bushed firing pin, and a tang mounted safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with horn tip, engraved fittings, and an underlever release and pistol grip stock with casehardened grip cap, cheekpiece, an initial oval with an armored arm holding a broken mace, and horn buttplate. Length of pull 13 5/16 inches. Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% plus original blue finish, 40% case colors with the balance a silver patina, and mild handling evidence. There is a chip on the right rear of the forend and a tiny crack on the right of the horn forend tip, otherwise the wood is very fine with a few small scratches and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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