Holland & Holland Dominion double rifle, 500/450 Express …

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I love guns that tell a story, and as I was checking out the doubles in Poulin Auctions’ upcoming sale, this old double rifle starting telling me one the moment I saw it.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I could tell it had seen a lot of action, and considering the caliber, I could imagine what that action was: Africa during the golden days and lots of big, dangerous game. I sure it has had many cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants in its sights.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express

Instead of being a Holland & Holland Royal, it’s a Grade 3 / Dominion. Rifles like these were workhorses, favored by professional hunters and serious sportsman who wanted a rugged gun that could be counted on to perform flawlessly safari after safari.

What a double rifle: A Holland & Holland 500/465 Nitro sidelock…

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

How would you spend $75,000? On a BMW 6-series, a year-and-a-half of fancy college for your kid, or on this  Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle — one of the nicest DRs I’ve seen in a long time.

Unlike your standard H&H Royal rifle, this one has a slightly rounded bar (nice is you ever carry it there) and a blued action with minimal engraving. The blued action is gorgeous to the eye. But to the gunmakers, I’m sure it was pain in the ass. On a finish like that, the tiniest screw-up stands out like fresh blood trail on snow.

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

Size and performance wise, the .500/.465 Nitro Express pushes a 440 grain bullet @ 2,150 ft/s and generates a tooth-rattling 4,930 ft·lbs of force. That’s a bit less than a .470 Nitro Express (500 grs @ 2,150 Ft/s, generating 5,140 ft lbs of force), but more than enough to clobber all but the biggest, most POd animal (and a lot more than a .30-06 — about 2,850 ft lbs).

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle: 26″ Whitworth chopperlump barrels, quarter rib, one standing, two folding sights.  Front sight with folding moon.  An unusual Holland described in the ledger as a “best-quality hammerless ejector cordite express rifle”.  Border engraved hand-detachable action with a blacked finish throughout.  Fitted with the Holland detachable mounts, the scope is marked British made W. Ottway & Co. Ealing London.  The rifle went back to Holland & Holland in 1951 for regulation of sights and scope.  Appears to have seen little use since that time.  Stock of densely grained, well-figured dark walnut measures 14-1/4″ over a leather pad.  Tight on the face, the bores are perfect.  Weighs 11 lbs, 12 oz with the scope.  Cased.  A fabulous rifle for your next safari! Price: $75,000

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

A super rare Holland & Holland Royal OU shotgun…

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Back in the early 1900s,  a new kind of shotgun appeared in British. It was the hammerless OU, probably Merkel’s “Bock” over unders. Even though stack-barrel guns had been around for centuries, the German design was unique, and it’s inventiveness inspired several London makers to come up with OUs of their own.

Boss & Co’s John Robertson was one of the first with his OU patent of 1909. James Woodward & Sons locked down their design in 1913. Not wanting to be outdone, other makers followed, including Holland & Holland.

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

The 12 gauge shotgun you see here is a Holland & Holland Royal built on the company’s first OU design. Patented in 1914, this model was made into the 1930s. But with its deep action and complex design, it flopped. According to author Donald Dallas, the company built just 14 of them (including this incredible double rifle, SN 28482).

After scrapping this model, Holland & Holland made another run at OUs in the ’50s with a second design. It failed. Then in the ’80s the company introduced their current Royal OU (a design developed by W.W. Greener gunmakers Richard Tandy and David Dryhurst).

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Action: Sidelock

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/4 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/4 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: 1915Finish: Case Colored

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 5/8 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: C/IC
Rib type: Solid
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes.

Take a closer look at these extraordinary 4 gauge stopping rifles…

Here’s some more about the fabulous big-bore rifles coming up next week in James D. Julia’s Spring 2016 Firearms Auction. The info is a little off, but it’s amazing to see so many of these beasts together in one place.

INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.
INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.

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Flli. Piotti --- Model BSEE Boxlock Ejector --- 12 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers
Flli. Piotti — Model BSEE Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers

Flli. Piotti — Model BSEE Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 28″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with smooth concave rib choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/4″pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 1/2″ – 2 3/8″ drop. 1/4″ cast-off. Dark, oil-finished, highly figured Turkish walnut with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forend, flat sidepanels, diamond-section straight English grip, and fine classic point-pattern checkering. Scalloped, casehardened receiver with manual top tang safety, SAFE inlaid in gold, and beaded-edge triggerguard, fine English rose & scroll engraved and with maker’s name inlaid in gold on both sides of the receiver, signed Granetti. Weight: 6lbs, 8oz. Built 2000. Retaining 99%+blue and 99% casehardening colors. Tight, with mirror-bright bores and ejectors in perfect time.  Price: $12,950.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 500 3" BPE- UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER- EXC BORES- 28" STEEL Bbls.- EXC. WOOD- ORIG. BLACK & OIL FINISH- ACCURATE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 500 3″ BPE- UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER- EXC BORES- 28″ STEEL Bbls.- EXC. WOOD- ORIG. BLACK & OIL FINISH- ACCURATE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 500 3″ BPE- UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER- EXC BORES- 28″ STEEL Bbls.- EXC. WOOD- ORIG. BLACK & OIL FINISH- ACCURATE#5891, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London; Henry Jones Double Screw-Grip Underlever Rebounding Hammer Double Rifle Made in 1880 in a 500 3″ Black Powder Express with 28″ Steel Barrels with a full length rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Percussion style fences, Wedge forend attachment, The frame engraved “Charge 4 1/4 Drams Case 3 Inches”, 14 5/8″ L.O.P. over a checkered horn buttplate, 9 lbs. 2 oz., Horn grip cap, Sling eyes, 85% coverage of period scroll engraving, Both the forend and buttstock are very solid in every detail and every respect, Excellent wood with great color and contrast, The gun remains with original finish and the barrels retain their original blacking at 60%, Original oil finish at 80%, Original checkering at 90%, The screw heads remain excellent, The striker holes have no primer burn, Both bores are very close to excellent plus with solid grooves & lands and without any pits and have almost no surface blemishes. It is cased in a vintage brass cornered trunk that also remains in very nice shape. This is a very stout classic BPE double that has a lot of life to go and completely ready for the 21st century. The records loading and shooting go with the gun based on several loads using nitro for black that shot 2 1/2″ groups at 60 yards and dead on to point of aim. About 50 loaded rounds go with the gun. This is another first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and H&H romantic from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Price: $12,900

ITHACA, FLUES, GRADE 5, 12 GAUGE.  TWO SETS OF BARRELS
ITHACA, FLUES, GRADE 5, 12 GAUGE.  TWO SETS OF BARRELS

ITHACA, FLUES, GRADE 5, 12 GAUGE.  TWO SETS OF BARRELS: 30″ FULL & FULL (MARKED 4 & 4), VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – 26″ CYLINDER AND MODIFIED (MARKED 0 & 2), VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  BOTH HAVE SPLINTER FOREARMS.  GORGEOUS ENGRAVING, DEEP RELIEF CUT SCROLL AND FLOWERS, INTRICATE BORDERS.  RIGHT SIDE HAS A WHITE GOLD QUAIL INLAY, LEFT SIDE A WHITE GOLD STANDING PHEASANT, EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD ON FLOORPLATE.  ALL SCREW HEADS NICELY ENGRAVED.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT WITH FLEUR DI LIS PATTERN, EXTREMELY FINE CHECKERING, GOLD SHIELD INLAY, SILVERS SOLID PAD.  AN OUTSTANDING GUN ENGRAVED BY BILL MCGRAW, ITHACA’S TOP ENGRAVER.  BUILT IN 1922, ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS, ALL ORIGINAL FINISH.  A RARE SET IN VERY PLEASING ORIGINAL CONDITION.  DIMENSIONS:  1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, WEIGHT WITH 26″ BARRELS 7 POUNDS 4 OUNCES, WITH 30″ BARRELS 7 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  BOTH SETS RING, GUN IS TIGHT ON FACE WITH EITHER SET.  PRICE: $6500

20GA FERLACH AUSTRIA VINZ URBAS SxS SHOTGUN, GAME ENGRAVED
20GA FERLACH AUSTRIA VINZ URBAS SxS SHOTGUN, GAME ENGRAVED

20GA FERLACH AUSTRIA VINZ URBAS SxS SHOTGUN, GAME ENGRAVEDSeldom found 20 Austrian double gun. Photos tell the story. Handels as good as it looks. Diamond grip, Game engraved, Horn drop points and butt plate. Price: $3495
Bore: 20 GA
Chambers: 65MM
Condition: EXCELLENT
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Triggers: 2
Stock Comb: 1 5/16
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 7/8IN
Weight: 5.8LBS
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .023 BORE .622
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .027 BORE .622

BERETTA – RARE – Model 427 – 12ga – 28″ SK / IC – Hand Engraved Side Plates1981 – Beretta Model 427 – 12ga, 28″, SK / IC (.007 / .011), Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm,  LOP 14-3/4″ Over a Leather Covered Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP will go 14-3/8″ with a Standard 1 inch pad. RARE! The 427 was never imported to the U.S. It is the predecessor to the Model 627EL. Previous owner opened the chokes and used the gun for SxS Sporting Clays. Price: $2,950

BERETTA - RARE - Model 427 - 12ga - 28" SK / IC - Hand Engraved Side Plates
BERETTA – RARE – Model 427 – 12ga – 28″ SK / IC – Hand Engraved Side Plates

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LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE: #149XXX 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 HUNTER ONE SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $29,500

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE: #30204, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Bar Action Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector Badminton Grade 16 Bore Made 1935 with 26 1/2″ Dovetail Lump Barrels at .668 .017 & .022″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 1/2″ chambers, The wall

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2" Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE

thickness on the right and left at .025″, London Nitro Proof at 1 ounce, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a 3/4″ pad, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. even, Nice wood with nice color, Border engraving, This gun retains 92-93% barrel blue, It retains 40% original case colors, The butt and forend wood remains at 90%, The checkering still at 92%, The barrels inside and out are in excellent plus condition and totally free of any pits, dings or dents, The barrels ring with a nice chime, John Stanton & Son locks (John Stanton was the inventor & patentee of the Stanton rebounding gunlock), Cased in the original factory brass cornered leather trunk with all the proper trade labels including the serial number. This is a very nice Badminton Sidelock Game Gun with excellent barrels, game gun weight at 6 lbs., made in the Golden Era, great dimensions and points like a dream. Price: $15,750

J. Blanch & Son --- Scalloped Boxlock Ejector --- 12 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers
J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers

J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 30″ SxS fluid-steel barrels with smooth concave rib and rib extension third fastener choked improved cylinder & full. 14 1/2″pull from front trigger to striated horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2″ drop. Highly figured dark walnut stock with Anson-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering, checkered sidepanels, teardrops, and vacant silver oval. Scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped Anson & Deeley action with carved fences, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weight: 6lbs, 6oz. Built early 1880s. 99% barrel reblack. 25% original casehardening colors. Excellent bores. Tight on the frame with the forend in place. London reproofed for 70mm (2 3/4″) cartridges in 2010. Price: $3675

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210
1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210:  Serial Number 16561. 16 GA over 8.1 x 72.  Barrels are clean and smooth.  Wood is good condition.  The gun was used, thus some small nicks are visible.  Arabesque scrolling.  Originally listed at $3900.  Appraisal letter for $2,900.  Willing to take less. Inherited gun for which I have no use. Price: $2700

Serial Number: 16561
Caliber: 8.1 x 72

Condition: good
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: good
Bore Condition: excellent
Triggers: set trigger for rifled barrel
Gauge: 16

BERETTA - 626 Onyx - SxS - 20ga - 28" - 3" - SST - Ejectors - Mobilchokes - Box
BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box

BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box: 1991 – Beretta 626 Onyx- 20ga, 3″, 28″ MobilChokes, Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″” to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Gun is mechanically EXCELLENT Plus. Finish on wood and barrels is clearly original, and 98+%. The finish on the Receiver is a little off, but I don’t know why. It appears to be polished, where these guns are typically matte. It might have been polished, or possibly even blued. Either way, the gun is extremely nice. Price: $2,450.00

Auction alert: A Holland & Holland double rifle you can actually use…

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

Double rifles are just plain cool. But while have a huge “wow” factor, most have three things that stink about them: Their recoil will knocks your teeth loose, their ammo costs a fortune, and their arm-aching weight makes them a PIA to carry all day.

This rare boxlock Holland & Holland DR coming up in a couple weeks at James D. Julia Auctions’ Spring 2015 sale has none of those problems. It’s all “wow,” and a fantastic little double rifle you can really use.

It’s a 30-30, so the recoil is mild and ammo is inexpensive. And because  it weighs just 6lbs 10 oz, carrying it all day would be easy. With it’s ghost-ring peep sight and shotgun-like handling, it just might be the ultimate rifle for northern New England deer hunting.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE: SN 17638. (ca 1899) Cal. 30-30 and .410. 3″ Chambers. 24″ Dovetailed 30-30 rifle bbls with partially file cut flat full length rib, are fitted with screwed-on ghost ring rear peep and gold bead front sight in ramp. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street. London.” and “Winners of All The “Field Rifle Trials” London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs with no caliber information. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. 26″ Dovetailed .410 bbls with flat matted rib are engraved “Griffin & Howe Inc.” and “New York” on tops. There are 1″ triangles of Germanic scroll engraving at breech ends. Bbl flats are stamped with German nitro proofs for .410 and 12mm, with the proof date of 9/35. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Krupp – Laufstahl” and bottom of right bbl is engraved “Made in Germany”. Small boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and a Miller single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with 60% coverage well cut open shaded scroll. “Holland & Holland” is on each side of action. Bottom of action is engraved “Patent Ejector”. Steel trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, and SN on tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Nicely marbled and lightly fiddle figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over ribbed composition buttplate, and features classically shaped shadow line right hand cheekpiece, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a gold circle engraved “H. C. P.” on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. 30-30 Rifle bbls: Drop at heel: approx 3-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. .410 Bbl set: Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.373, right -.386. Minimum wall thickness: left -.040, right -.039. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. A & F marked leather motor case is embossed on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and contains 3-pc aluminum and plastic “Tri-Pak” cleaning rod, a leather wallet containing pull-through cleaning kit, along with brushes and mop,and a pair of .410 snap caps.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE

CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Rifle bbls retain nearly all of a fine satin re-black, engraving slightly softened, rear sight dovetail plugged. Shotgun bbls retain approx 95% of their orig blue, with some spotting, rubs, and silvering. Action retains traces of case color, and is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, considerably rounded at sharp edges, and a fairly large piece of new wood has been inlet at top of grip into comb. Checkering is good, and does not appear to have been re-cut at grip, but has been freshened on forend. All bores are excellent, rifling sharp throughout. Action is a bit loose with rifle bbls. (Tight with shotgun bbls) Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather is excellent with a few rubs and scratches. Handle and straps are excellent. Interior cloth is excellent with some rubs. Snap caps are corroded. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND, SELF OPENER BREVIS 12GA SHOTGUN
HOLLAND & HOLLAND, SELF OPENER BREVIS 12GA SHOTGUN

HOLLAND & HOLLAND, SELF OPENER BREVIS 12GA SHOTGUN: S/S, WITH HAND DETACHABLE LOCKS, 1930 MFG DATE, HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL SCROLL WITH CASE COLORS, 98% ORIGINAL, 26 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BBLS, 2 1/2″, CHOKED 1/4, 1/2, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS WITH HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 14 1/2 TO CK BUTT, 1 3/8, 2 1/8, CAST OFF 1/4, 6LBS 3OZ, ORIGINAL MAKER’S CASE WITH ACCESSORIES, INCLUDES ORIGINAL EXTRA PINS IN IVORY, ONE OF THE VERY BEST , ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION, RETAINS NEAR ALL CASE COLORS, ORIGINAL BLUE & STOCK FINISH! Price: $36,750

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: MADE 1972 ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK 27 1/2″ 007 AND 016 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14 3/4 Price: $25,000

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

A.H. FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS  SHOTGUN: #22XXX PHILADELPHIA GUN 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP LIKE NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 7LBS 2 OZ X 3 X 2 X 14 Price: $17,500

A.H FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS American Shotgun
A.H FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS American Shotgun
WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 12ga - 30" M / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejector - Splinter
WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ M / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 12ga – 30″ M / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejector – Splinter: 1932 – Winchester Model 21 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″, Mod / Full (.010 / .034), Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm, Double Triggers, Ejectors, Automatic Safety, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-5/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Excellent Condition. Appears to be original finishes – at about 92% overall. Bores are excellent. Price: $4,750

LC SMITH LONG RANGE 12 GAUGE WITH 30″ BARRELS – 3″ ORIGINAL CHAMBERS – FIELD GRADE: Here is the famous LC Smith “Long Range” 12 gauge in Field Grade. Designed for long range waterfowl shooting this gun features 3″ chambers and special chokes. Correct “Long Range” features and markings (see last photo). Mirror 30″ bores as original, Right at .727 with 30/1000 choke (Full) and Left at .728 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Chambers measure 3″ and have correct forcing cones. Barrels ring true with no loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Case colors in protected areas. Extractors. LC Smith buttplate. Weight is 7 LBS 15 OZ. Beavertail forend. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $1,650

LC SMITH LONG RANGE 12 GAUGE WITH 30" BARRELS - 3" ORIGINAL CHAMBERS - FIELD GRADE
LC SMITH LONG RANGE 12 GAUGE WITH 30″ BARRELS – 3″ ORIGINAL CHAMBERS – FIELD GRADE

Making a double the Holland & Holland way…

What does it take to build the best? Check out these videos to find out. They do a great job of documenting just how Holland & Holland builds their legendary shotguns and double rifles.

Pair of new Holland & Holland Royal side-by-side shotguns
Pair of new Holland & Holland Royal side-by-side shotguns

Compared to the Beretta video I posted the other day, it looks like H & H uses a lot more handwork. Is this true? Maybe, or maybe the people who created the video chose to focus more on the handwork. Either way, I think the first video does a great job of what we call “Building Value” in the ad world.

The second video is another look inside the Holland factory. It’s worth watching if you have the time.

A trio of awesome H&H Royal double rifles. But will they sell?

Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 375 Magnum Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 375 Magnum Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

Talk about extraordinary. Rock Island Auctions has this incredible set of Holland & Holland Royal double rifles coming up in this week’s sale:

Magnificent Set of Three Consecutively Serial Numbered Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifles Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

The guns are from 1954 and consecutively serial numbered: 35248 – a 7 M/M Magnum Flanged35249 – a .300 H&H Flanged, and  35250 – a .375 Magnum Flanged. They’re all original and they come cased with just about every option imaginable: original scopes & mounts, extra sets of locks, ivory-bead front sights, a full compliment of cleaning accessories and more.

But while they’re certainly nice, I just can’t convince myself that they’re worth the amount quoted at the low end of the estimate – $90,000 a piece or $275,000 for all three. We’ll see if anyone disagrees with me.

Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 300 H&H Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 300 H&H Flanged Cartridge Complete with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 7 M/M Magnum Flanged Cartridge with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation
Cased Holland & Holland Engraved Royal Double Barreled Express Rifle in 7 M/M Magnum Flanged Cartridge with all H&H Accessories and Factory Documentation

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE in a H&H- EXC. PLUS BORES- EXC. GUN INSIDE & OUT: #19100, Holland & Holland Sidelock Royal Ejector 450 No. 2 Nitro Express Finished at the Factory on August 30, 1906. This gun is a new offering on the U. S. market in a very rare cartridge offering of the great 450 #2 chambering, It has 26″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold-up night sight, London proof at 80 Cordite and 480 grain bullet, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, An extended top strap over the comb, Trapdoor grip cap with spare strikers and 2 spare front sights, Original LOP at 14 11/16″ over the original 1″ Silvers pad that is removable with plugs over the tiedown screws, Cast-off for the right hand, Proper weight of 10 lbs. 13 oz., The gun with 98% coverage of typical H&H Royal scroll, The frame retains 75% of original case colors, The breech face with 95% case colors, The inside forend metal with 99% case colors, The barrels have 96% original blue, The outside barrel striking is perfect, The buttstock re-oiled professionally and remains in 98% condition, The checkering remains at 96%, The bores are excellent plus and remain in super condition and for all intents and purposes look like they did over a 100 years ago, It is smack on the face, It has a Deluxe Oak & Leather brass cornered trunk case that is more modern than the gun and has a reproduced H&H trade label. This is flat out one nice 450 #2 Royal in a very rare chambering that is seldom ever seen or heard of in a H&H. Then top it all off; it has super bores, great condition, points like a dream with the proper cast-off and is offered in one of the greatest English cartridges of all time that shoots .458″ diameter bullets all day long. This is nice stuff here, most likely the only one of its kind on the world market. ////////////////////////////// Relative to the records from Holland & Holland, it was originally to be built as a 500/450 3 1/4″ nitro express. On the original build sheet it has a memo on June 12, 1906 that it was shot with Eley’s No. 2 nitro cartridge with 80 grs cordite and a 480 grain bullet. The gun is so marked and was proved accordingly. The length of pull on the build sheet is exactly as the gun measures to this day. Another memo on August 10, 1906 mentions fitting a spare Ivory front sight and it still is there in the trap grip cap and never installed. This piece remains almost exactly as it left H&H in August 1906. It was ordered by Fusils Guinard Armuriers in Paris and there is a very strong chance it never made it to India or Africa. Also, a very good chance that the First World War interupted the intended purpose or use of this gun and it remains to this day a very well kept piece. Price: $89,000

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE - RARE
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE – RARE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE – RARE: This a wonderful little Francotte Pre War Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge, with 2.5 inch chambers, auto ejectors, double triggers, splinter forearm, English stock w/checkered butt, etc. Barrels are 25 & 5/8 Inches in length choked imp cyl & modified. European 3/4″ swivels are installed on the buttstock and bottom center of barrels. Barrels marked under the forearm Fluid Compressed Steel,  Left barrel marked A Francotte Maker & Patentee Liege. Barrels retain most all blue and receiver retains approx 95% original blue finish. Gun was not a case colored gun. Wood is totally original with original finish and while solid with no cracks, chips, or issues I would (if I kept it) bring the wood to new and to include a freshening of the very fine checkering. Very minimal engraving on receiver for a sidelock firearm. Serial number range indicates gun was made circa 1937/38. Price: $8,995.

1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R: Serial #20329  This beautiful gun includes the original Carl Zeiss 4X scope and a very complementary case is also included.  Barrel length is 26 & 3/4 with the length of pull set at 14″. Price: $8,500

1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R
1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R

Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I: Straight english stock, 14 1/4″ LOP, 26 1/2″ barrels, IC/MOD, vent rib, single trigger, hard butt plate, all original and 99% as new.  Price: $4,350

Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I
Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I
Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32" bbls
Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32″ bbls

Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32″ bbls:  A very early Model 21 with double triggers, extractors and splinter forearm.  This 21 appears, in all regards, to be almost completely original and untouched.  The 32” barrels are chambered 2 3/4″ and choked Mod & Full: measuring Mod (.018) and Full (.035(; the bores are perfect and barrel blue retains over 95% original blue.  The frame has bright spots on the fences and on the bottom edges..otherwise the frame has 90-93% original blue.  The back of the top tang is bright and I think the trigger guard has been “freshened”.  The wood finish is original.  No major damage or cracks; just an assortment of 70+ years of handling; checkering is smooth in spots.  Butt plate is original and in great shape.  14” LOP, 1 9/16” DAC & 2 7/8” DAH.  Weighs 8 lbs. Price: $3700

They cost how much? Check out this 1965 Holland & Holland new & used gun catalog…

1965 Holland & Holland Sporting Guns & Rifles Catalog
1965 Holland & Holland Sporting Guns & Rifles Catalog

Value is something I always think about when I’m looking at old guns. Is this Purdey a good value? What about this Parker? Which ones will people want 20 years from now? Which will fall out of favor? To understand stuff like this, I collect old gun catalogs – especially ones with price lists in them.

The catalog you see was an especially nice find for me. It’s a Holland & Holland New & Used Gun Catalog from the Spring of 1965. It’s full of ton of useful info: prices, lots of different guns from different makers, etc. More importantly, because this catalog was shipped to customers in the UK and the US there’s a key paragraph inside which unlocks the British £ to US $ conversion mystery:

“As an indication of your approximate total delivered costs including duty you may multiply the price of the weapon in £’s in London by 3.5. For example, a gun offered at £100 will cost you about $350, all charges and duties paid”

So what did a brand new, 12 gauge sidelock Holland & Holland Royal cost in 1965? £650 pounds, or $2,275 (that’s without a case or accessories). A 12 gauge H&H Northwoods boxlock was £200 or $700. New H&H Rifles were more expensive. A .470 Royal cost £985 ($3,447.50) with case and tools. It punished you with more than just recoil.

1965 Holland & Holland Sporting Guns & Rifles Catalog
1965 Holland & Holland Sporting Guns & Rifles Catalog

As for used guns, decent 12 gauge Royals were £375 – £425. A 12 gauge Purdey with new barrels by the maker was £500. The most expensive used guns are both O/Us: an early and super rare 12g H&H (#36000) and a 12g Woodward. Both are £950.

As for bargains, I spotted two. One was a cased Edwinson Green 12g Best-quality sidelock for £285. I’ve seen a few of these and they are fabulous – equal to a London Best. Then there’s a 16g Szulovsky sidelock for just £130. I’ve never seen or heard of a Szulovsky, but I bet it was a very fine gun.

To make sense of the prices, here’s are some figures from 1965: a basic Rolex Submariner was around $230, a Corvette Fastback Coupe was $3947 from the factory , the typical American home sold for $19,900, and the median American family income was $6,900. A new Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was £6,557.

Today, a brand new 12 gauge Holland & Holland SxS Royal costs $118,000. A stainless Rolex Sub runs $8,000, a new 2014 Corvette Stingray costs $54,950, the typical American house sells for around $213,000, and the median family income is $51,000. And a new Rolls Royce Wraith is $379,000.

And what about that H&H Royal from the mid 1965? In excellent original condition, here’s about it’s worth today:

HOLLAND & HOLLAND (A&F) MODEL SIDELOCK SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

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Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate - 12 ga
Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga

Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga: 28 inch barrels, S.S.T., auto ejectors, both are choked I/C and I/C. LOP 14″.  The barrel flats are stamped  with 2 3/4″,  3 1/4 ton,  1 1/8 oz .  Made in 1912 according to Griffin & Howe. Triggers and ejectors work well. One trigger guard has a Pointer engraved; the other a Setter. Both have a little cast off of  1/8 – 3/16″.  Stocks have leather pads. The dimensions are: #1   DAC 1 5/8,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs., #2: DAC 1 1/2,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs. Price: $19,600

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammer 450 BPE SxS Rifle: Circa. 1886. SN: 8772.   Steel Barrels are Proofed: 52 Cordite – 365 Bullet.   Exceptional overall condition.  Bores appear, as new ,  in virtually unused condition.  Action is total sound.  Case colors and blue remain in very rich color. This would be a pleasant rifle to shoot and hunt with.  Rare find in this condition. Barrels: 26″, Fluid Steel,  Stock well Figured French Walnut Butt Horn L.O.P. 14 1/2″ Weight 7 lbs. 13.3 oz  Price $16,500

Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14" BPE Circa. 1886.
Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14″ BPE Circa. 1886.
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F

A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F100% case color, 99% blue, and wood finish.  Small handling marks.  Original pad that has been deteriorated from sitting in a rack.  Twin ivory sights, ultra rare barrel length.  This gun is near perfect Philadelphia, PA gun, no excuses, right out of the woodwork, virgin gun. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”. 6 lbs 5oz. Price: $5,500

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL 20GA 28″ BARREL: Double Triggers, Case Color on Receiver is 90%+, Barrel Blue is 85%+, Both Screw Heads on Side-plate, are slightly damaged. This gun was Made in 1936, and we believe this is a “Standard Weight Frame”, Only 22 standard weight frame 20GA Ideal’s were ever made. London Steel Barrels, most likely Mod/Full. Wood is 95% and has very few handling marks. Grip Cap, and Butt Plate excellent. Price: $3300

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28" BARREL
L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28″ BARREL
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28" O/U shotgun
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U shotgun

B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U: This gun is barely used, in “as new condition” with beautiful AAA upgraded wood. The barrels are 28″ with 7 Rizzini chokes: Cyl, Skt x 2, IC, LM, LF, XF & 3″ chambers. Right hand 1/8″ cast off, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH and 14 1/2″ LOP to Rizinni wood butt plate. Rizzini hard case and cloth sleeves are included. Price: $2495.

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HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame
EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag
PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

Finally…a Holland & Holland I can afford…

Holland & Holland baseball hat on Ebay
Holland & Holland baseball hat on Ebay

Holland & Holland is one of the most famous gunmakers in the world, and the Holland & Holland Royal shotguns is one of the most influential shotgun designs of all time.

But I don’t know about their baseball hats. From the price on this one, it looks like people are willing to pay top dollar for the right name, even when that name is just stitched on a hat.

Holland & Holland baseball hat on Ebay
Holland & Holland baseball hat on Ebay

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Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle
Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle

HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE .500 3 1/4″: 27″ steel barrels, ramp front sight with folding night sight. Two leaf rear express sight. Lightly engraved back action locks and rebounding hammers. Stock dimensions LOP: 14 1/2″ Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 1/4″ Weight: 9lbs 2oz. Super untouched original barrel blue. The action and locks are lightly engraved and retain areas of casehardening with the remainder fading to a pleasing mottled gray. Mint bores and tight action. Beautiful wood and checkering. Left side of the receiver engraved “CHARGE 5 DRAMS, CASE 3 1/4 INCHES”. Price: 12,500

12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga: Serial # 23670, Made in 1916, Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. Hand Engraving. This gun is a fine piece of American craftsmanship. This gun has been shot very little. 2 5/8” chambers, 28” bbls, Full & Mod, Chromox steel, #4 weight, 13 ¾” X 1 5/8” x 2 ¾”, 6lbs 13oz. Price: $11,995.00

12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun

CHURCHILL REGAL XXV ORIGINAL CASE: 12g Boxlock Ejectors: Nice original cased Churchill XXV Regal. 25” bbls. This Churchill is in very good condition and with a 59xx serial number is an early 30’s gun. Nice dimensions on a straight grip DAC 1 ½ X DAH 2 ¼ X LOP 14 to end of pad, with a 5/8 cast off for a right handed shooter. 6lbs. Priced to sell $3975.00.

16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun

DM LEFEVER #7 GRADE 16 GAUGE: 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION THE WOOD IS PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED 6LB 6 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 3/4 X 13 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $7,500.00

16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun

Darne Halifax 16 Gauge: Retains most of the case color on the action with blue in similar condition. 25 ½” bbls, 2 ½” chambers, double triggers, straight stock, 14 1/8″ LOP. 1 3/4″ DAC. 2 5/8″ DAH. 1/4″ cast on (for left-handed shooter), Price: $1,499.99

 

 

Auction Alert: W.W. Greener, Holland & Holland double rifles…

Good guns are where you find, and you never know where a nice side-by-side will pop up. Just check out these double rifles coming up at this little auction in Kuna, ID.

BTW: You can get great deals at little auctions like this. You can also get very burned. Be sure you have these guns checked out thoroughly before bidding.

W.W. Greener Double Rifle
W.W. Greener Double Rifle

W.W. Greener .450/400  – W.W. Greener DRs are hard to find and from what I can see this one looks very original. With a litt’e cleaning up and care, it could be  a great gun.

Holland & Holland Double Rifle
Holland & Holland Double Rifle

Holland & Holland – this DR has problems, and it looks like a P-R-O-J-E-C-T. But it does look original and it is an H&H.

Daily Double: a minty Holland & Holland boxlock ejector…

12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector shotgun

Original condition is the #1 thing I look for in a double barrel shotgun, and the more of it a side-by-side has, the more I like it. So when I saw this 12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector, I was very impressed. From what I can see, this gun is all original and basically brand new.

Holland & Holland always offered shotguns and rifles in a wide variety of grades. To me, this boxlock looks like a lower-grade double. That being said, it’s still an awefully nice gun. And when you consider that it’s brand new and from 1920, it looks even nicer.

12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

Good guns at Julia’s: a 12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal…

A big problem with old shotguns is that they’re…well..old. This has given people lots of time to mess with them. And while I love double barrels, I hate ones that have been messed with.

12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Shotgun at Julia's Spring 2012 Auction
12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Shotgun at Julia's Spring 2012 Auction

That’s why this 12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal at Julia’s caught my eye. They’re calling it “An exceptional original solid gun.” That’s what I like to see.

I like honest wear. As long as a gun has been looked after mechanically, there’s nothing wrong with a worn, original finish. The Brits disagree. They love to refinish their barrels and buffing the actions. They call this “brushed bright and reblacked.” I call it ruined, and I hate how flashy these guns end up looking.

There’s nothing flashy about this old H&H Royal. Instead, it still has the quiet elegance that makes best-quality London guns so appealing.

Here’s the full write up from Julia’s website:

Lot 1155: HEAVY PROOF HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS EJECTOR PIGEON/ WATERFOWL GUN.

SN 30509. (ca 1923) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Chopper lump bbls with slightly raised, concave, matted rib, are engraved “Holland & Holland.” and “98. New Bond Street, London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/4 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs.

Unusual robust H & H Royal action is fitted with Purdey type third fastener as well as side clips and double triggers with front articulated. It also features typical H & H patent detachable sidelocks and gold band tumbler end cocking indicators. Action and locks are engraved in H & H house style with large shaded acanthus scroll. “Holland & Holland” is in acanthus device on each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Royal Hammerless Ejector”.

Single beaded trigger guard is scroll engraved with SN at grip. Nicely streaked and fiddle figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over 3/4″ ribbed wood extension fitted to orig curve of butt. Stock features drop points, standard 24 LPI flat top checkering with mullered borders and a vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release.

Bore diameter: left-.733, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.040, right -.040. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 5.8 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″.

CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain most of their orig blue, considerably silvered and grayed. Action and lockplates retain traces of orig case hardening color in protected areas, but are mostly silver, browning somewhat. Trigger guard has traces of orig blue. Stocks retain most of their orig oil finish with numerous minor marks. Checkering has slight wear, and is missing a number of diamonds. Wood of extension matches well, and surface is somewhat below buttstock. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with no visible imperfections. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time.

An exceptional original solid gun. Hollands in this configuration with side clips are considerably rarer than those of other makes. 4-45109 MGM202 (13,500-18,500)

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