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
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 307
Class: Antique

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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