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Lot 1442: Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Ejector Paradox Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Lot 1442: Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Ejector Paradox Gun

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: August 26, 2023

Estimated Price: $22,500 - $35,000

Documented Factory Engraved Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Ejector Double Barrel Paradox Gun with Case

Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Ltd
Model: Paradox
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 354
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Blued steel barrels with a small beaded blade front sight, a two folding leaf rear sight on the matted rear quarter rib, "HOLLAND & HOLLAND 98. NEW BOND STREET, LONDON." and "'PARADOX' FOSBERY PATENT" marked on the right and left barrels respectively, chambers proofed at 1 1/8 oz. (2 1/2 inches) with automatic ejectors, and London nitro proofmarks. The casehardened sidelock action displays light border engraving with flourishes on the pivot pin, Holland & Holland signatures on both lockplates, and "ROYAL/HAMMERLESS/EJECTOR" marked on the underside. The gun features double triggers, gold centerline cocking indicators, and a tang mounted automatic safety with gold inlaid "SAFE" marking. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with Anson button release and round knob pistol grip stock with blank inscription oval and red rubber recoil pad. This gun is pictured on page 106 of "Paradox: The Story of Col. G. V. Fosbery, Holland & Holland, and the Paradox, Volume One" by David J. Baker and Roger E. Lake. Includes an oak and leather takedown case made by Ray Stark with H&H trade label and load data on the lid, nine rounds of H&H Paradox ammunition in a factory box, nickel oiler, and loading tools as well as a letter from Mr. Selleck noting his ownership of the gun and the quality of the refurbishment done by his friend Master Gunsmith Les Pittman. Length of pull 15 3/8 inches. Cast-off. Weight 7 lbs. 9 oz. Provenance: The Tom Selleck Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as expertly restored by Master Gunsmith Les Pittman, retaining 99% blue and casehardened finishes with minor handling evidence and sharp checkering on the stock and forend. The case is very fine. Mechanically excellent.



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