The makers' records confirm that this “extra best finish” rifle was completed in October 1892 for an R.L. Mullins. The records note that the rifle was to be “L.O.G.” (lever over guard), have rebounding locks with the safety catches in front of the hammers, a horn heelplate and a gold oval. With blacked barrels, raised partially matted rib, and rear sight of one standing and two folding leaves with platinum center lines, respectively signed on the barrels “HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON.” and “WINNERS OF ALL THE “FIELD” RIFLE TRIALS. LONDON.”, and engraved at each breech end with a band of stylized foliage. Casehardened side-clipped action with carved percussion fences and engraved “CHARGE 4 DRAMS. CASE 3 1/4 INCHES” on the left side, rebounding back action locks each with safety catch and signed “HOLLAND & HOLLAND”. Furniture including underlever with loop finial, trigger guard and pistol grip cap. Fine border and scroll engraving throughout. Barrels and action struck with London black powder proof marks. Well figured 14 7/8 inch pistol grip stock with raised cheekpiece, checkered dark horn butt plate, and checkered grip and forearm, the last with Anson & Deeley snap fastener. The underside of the butt with blank gold oval initial escutcheon. Weight 8 lbs. 10 oz. With brass cornered oak and leather fitted case lined in green baize, the lid with printed Holland & Holland trade label. With accessories including brass bullet mold numbered “3199”, a Bartram .450 cartridge extractor, turnscrews, spare mainsprings, a small Dixon & Sons loading tool and a key for the case. A copy of the Holland & Holland record entry for this rifle accompanies the rifle. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Barrels retaining near 98% reblacked finish, front sight element missing, one leaf sight is missing it’s platinum center line and the barrel signatures are softened and an area of pitting on the rib. Action and locks retaining 10% faded original case hardened finish in sheltered areas, engraving remains crisp and clear. Stock has been expertly refinished, checkering remains crisp. Mechanically excellent. The case is of recent manufacture and is in very good condition as is the reproduction trade label.
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