Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1469: Holland & Holland U.S. Historical Society 20 Gauge Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Engraved Holland & Holland U.S. Historical Society "Discovery of America" 20 Gauge Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun with Case

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000

Engraved Holland & Holland U.S. Historical Society "Discovery of America" 20 Gauge Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: SxS
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/coin
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 778
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 240
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Single steel bead sight on the smooth, concave solid rib which is marked "*THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA*1492-1992*" , marked "MADE EXPRESSLY FOR/THE U.S. HISTORICAL SOCIETY" and "BY HOLLAND & HOLLAND LTD/31 & 33 BRUTON STREET. LONDON." on the left and right respectively, chambers proved at 2 3/4 inches with ejectors, and Birmingham proofs. The satin finished action is essentially a Holland & Holland Cavalier action that features engravings of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria on the left, Columbus in the Bahamas on the right, Columbus' coat of arms on the underside, and nautical map themes in between. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings and Anson button release and straight grip stock with blank inscription oval and checkered bare butt. According to the consignor this shotgun was ordered as a prototype by the U.S. Historical society but never went into production. Includes a leather bound Holland & Holland takedown case with nickel oiler, snap cap, and cleaning tools. Stock measurements: 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 1/16 inch drop at heel; 15 3/16 inch length of pull; weight 5 lbs 14 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% plus original finishes, minor handling evidence, and light spotting on the barrels and action. The wood is excellent with a few minor marks and sharp checkering. The case is very fine. Mechanically excellent.



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