Blued steel barrels with a single steel bead sight on the smooth concave solid rib which shows a flourish of floral scroll at the breech end, barrels marked "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" and "33. BRUTON STREET. LONDON." on the right and left respectively, single band of engraving at either breech, 1987 dated London proofs, and 2 3/4 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The brush silver finished back action sidelock action displays beautifully executed English scroll engravings with some of the pins and screws showing a lovely nitre blue. The lockplates show more of the fine scroll engraving along with "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" at the bottom on either side. The engraving extends to the toplever, both tangs, and the triggerguard. The gun features double triggers and a tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings including the Deeley latch release and straight grip stock with "A.R.W." in a gold inscription oval and checkered bare butt. Included with the lot is the latest sale invoice from Holland & Holland and copies of factory ledgers including information stating that this gun was completed in 1899, rebarreled in 1954, and finally had an extra set of barrels built in 1987, which appear to be the barrels on the gun at current. Also included is a leather bound takedown case containing cleaning tools and a nickel oiler. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at .728 inches and measured .729/.728 inches; choke constriction .035/.035 inches; minimum wall thickness .034/.036 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 1/16 inch drop at heel; 14 3/4 inch length of pull; cast-off: weight 6 lbs 8 oz.
Very fine as factory restocked and rebarreled, retaining 98% plus blue and attractive brush bright finishes, scattered light handling evidence, small white spot on the underside of the stock near the toe, and sharp checkering on the forend and stock. The case is very fine. Mechanically excellent.
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