Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1330: Holland & Holland 12 Bore Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Fine Engraved Early Holland & Holland 12 Bore 'Royal' Double Barrel Side Lock Ejector Hammerless Shotgun with Extra Barrel and Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Fine Engraved Early Holland & Holland 12 Bore 'Royal' Double Barrel Side Lock Ejector Hammerless Shotgun with Extra Barrel and Case

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Royal Ejector
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 12 Bore
Barrel: 30 inch
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 255
Class: Antique
Description:

This rare two barrel set was manufactured in circa 1889. Each set of barrels of fine browned Damascus twist and each numbered “2” in gold on the raised concave rib, London reproof marks dated 2005. Casehardened treble grip action signed “THE ROYAL PATENT/SAFETY/HAMMERLESS EJECTOR”, with blued toplever numbered “2” in gold and engraved “HOLLAND/&/HOLLAND/PATENT/NO. 23”, automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, patent gas check grooves to the face of the action, and dipped edge locks with blued pins and screw heads, each signed “HOLLAND & HOLLAND”, and blued trigger guard. Best quality bouquet and scroll engraving throughout. Well figured straight hand stock with checkered grip and forearm, leather covered recoil pad, and the underside of the butt with blank silver initial escutcheon. In brass cornered leather case with some accessories, the lid with trade label and instructions. Barrel (R/L) and stock measurements: chambers proofed and measured at 2 3/4"; bores proofed at 18.6 (.732) and measured at .732/.734; chokes measured at .037/.037; minimum barrel wall thickness at .028/.027; weight 7 lbs. 2 oz.; length of pull 15 5/8 inches. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrels retain nearly all of the rebrowned finish with clear signatures. Action and locks each retaining faded traces of original casehardened finish, engraving fine and sharp, some scattered light flecks of corrosion marking throughout. Trigger guard and toplever retaining nearly all their reblued finish. The refinished stock has light handling marks, checkering sharp, possible small crack in the grain visible to right side of wrist. Mechanically fine.



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