Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 406: Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Double Barrel Paradox Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Factory Engraved Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Double Barrel Paradox Gun

Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Factory Engraved Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Double Barrel Paradox Gun

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Royal
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 250
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued steel barrels with beaded blade front and two folding leaf rear sights on the smooth concave rib and raised matted quarter rib respectively. The barrels show light engraving at either breech, "HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON." and "'PARADOX' FOSBERY PATENT." on the right and left respectively, London proofs and later 1999 dated reproofs, and chambers proved at 2 1/2 inches with single extractor. The sidelock action displays beautiful full coverage floral scroll engraving surrounding "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" banners on both lockplates and "THE ROYAL/HAMMERLESS" on the underside. The gun features double triggers and tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold "SAFE". Highly figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings including the Anson button release and straight grip stock with tear drop flats, a four letter monogram consisting of an A, K, I, and C in the silver inscription oval, and red rubber recoil pad. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech proved at 18.9/18.8 mm (.744/.740 inches) and measured at .745/.741 inches; Paradox rifled muzzles; minimum wall thickness .025/.029 inches; 1 11/16 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 3 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally refurbished, retaining 99% blue finish, bright action with some spotting on the underside, a few pin prick pits on the left barrel, and light handling evidence. The wood has been sanded and is slightly undersized around the locks and tangs, otherwise it is very fine with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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