Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 404: Holland & Holland 10 Bore Sidelock Ejector Paradox Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Factory Game Scene Engraved and Gold Inlaid Holland & Holland 10 Bore Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Paradox Shot & Ball Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Factory Game Scene Engraved and Gold Inlaid Holland & Holland 10 Bore Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Paradox Shot & Ball Gun

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Paradox
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 10
Barrel: 27 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 505
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 249
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured circa 1895-1900. Blued steel barrels with beaded blade and flip up disk front sights, fixed rear 50 meter sight on the raise quarter rib, single extractor, period London proofs, and "HOLLAND & HOLLAND 98 NEW BOND STREET LONDON." and "'PARADOX' FOSBERY'S PATENT." marked on the right and left barrels respectively. The casehardened receiver and sidelocks display fine border scroll engraving with game scenes on either lockplate. The left shows a lion in pursuit of a gazelle and the right shows a Bengal tiger. "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" is inlaid in gold on either lockplate and the left side of the receiver is marked with the load data "CHARGE 8 DRAMS BRASS CASE 2 7/8 INCHES". The gun features double triggers, bushed firing pins, and tang mounted manual safety. Beautifully figured , multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings including the rotary latch release and pistol grip stock with horn grip cap and blued scroll engraved toe and heel caps over the checkered butt. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at (.803 inches) and both measured at .808 inches; rifled "Paradox" chokes; 14 7/16 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 12 lbs 8 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% plus professionally reapplied blue finish, 99% re-casehardened colors, scattered areas of minor oxidation, and minor handling evidence. The replacement wood is also very fine with a few light scratches and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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