Here’s an odd double rifle I would like shoot. It’s a Hoenig Rotary Round action–the quirky vision of a man named George Hoenig. Watch as Ron Spomer of Ron Spomer Outdoors tries out this one in 9.3x74R and then gentleman Mr Hoenig himself.
You don’t often you see a 100+-year-old double rifle in this kind of condition. Not only is it all original, but it also retains a ton of that original finish.
This gun was made by Webley & Scott for Army & Navy, a co-op that started in the 19th-century for military members. Army & Navy offered all kinds of firearms for its members, and Webley & Scott was one of the co-op’s biggest suppliers.
This rifle is chambered for .450 Black Powder Express (.450 31⁄4-inch BPE), one of the most popular rounds of the late 19th century. Many different types of rifles were chambered for .450 BPE and these guns were used for everything from deer stalking in Scotland to elephant hunting in Africa. The round was replaced by the more potent .450 Nitro Express in 1898 (BTW: go here to see how the .450NE compares to a .470NE).
Along with the gun’s original finish and overall finish, a few things about it caught my eye, from the engraving and the ribbon fences to the wide top strap, the long top lever, and the toe-and-heel plates. While this wasn’t a best-quality gun in its day, it was a very nice one.
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle: 26″ Steel Barrels with a Dolls Head Rib Extension Third Bite, Full-Length Rib with 1 Standing & 1 Folding Platinum Lined Rear Sights, Bushed Strikers, Lever Release Forend, Steel Engraved Grip Cap, Shadowline Cheek Piece, Sling Eyes, Double Triggers, 14 1/2″ LOP to an Engraved Steel Butt Plate, Weight 8 lbs. 7 oz. All Original Rifle – Built on the Great Webley action. Sold in 1896 for 40 Pounds Sterling! Bores look day one new. Tight and Sound in Every Regard. Lots of handling marks from being around for 123 years. Price: $9995
There’s a list of things I like to see when I look at doubles. This James Purdey double rifle checks all my boxes: It’s vintage; it’s gorgeous; it’s by a famous maker, it’s top quality; it’s in great orginal condition; and it’s cased and comes with most, if not all, its original accessories.
Unfortunately, other than stare at it, I have no idea what I would do with it. Why? Because of its only flaw: It’s a 28-bore rifle. This means it has rifled barrels, but shoots a 28g shell (probably 2 1/2″) loaded with a lead slug. While this load would be fine for whitetails, getting the ammo would be a PITA.
Even if you could get it or wanted to do through the trouble or loading up your own, getting the rifle to regulate and shoot right could be just a difficult. A .450 BPE like this is more practical and, in a most ways, just plain better.
Lot 535: Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed on October 2nd 1867 for Viscount Downe of the 2nd Lite Guards, as a center fire double hammer rifle in 28 bore with 30 inch Damascus barrels. Only 327 hammer double rifles were manufactured by Purdey in 1880-1900 per page 200 of “Purdey: Gun & Rifle Makers, The Definitive History” by Dallas. A rather similarly laid out pinfire double rifle is pictured in plate 36. The rifle has the matching serial number on the bottom of the barrels, the forearm hardware, and the lever. The barrel rib has a bead blade front sight and four leaf rear sight (three folding leaves) with platinum sight lines and is signed “J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON” on top ahead of the rear sight. The barrel flats have standard London black powder proof marks, and the water table has London view marks. The non-rebounding floating back action locks are signed “PURDEY” in small letters, and “PATENT” is marked on the upper tang. The checkered buttplate is marked “CHARGE/3 DMS No. 6 POWDER” at the heel. The action, locks, and furniture have fine English scrollwork engraving. The action has carved percussion fences, the pistol grip trigger guard acts as the rotary underlever, and the locks each have blued sliding safety catches. The well figured stock and forearm are checkered, and the length of pull is 14 3/8 inches. The initial escutcheon on the bottom of the buttstock is inscribed with a coronet and monogram. It comes in a factory oak case with a trade label with hand marked loading information and a second handwritten label indicating where powder could be purchased in Calcutta and Bombay indicating this rifle was likely taken to India at some point. The case contains a variety of equipment for loading and maintenance.
Condition: Very fine with 90% brown finish and distinct Damascus twist patterns along the barrel group which has some soft spots and small patches of minor surface oxidation, 75% plus original case colors with particularly vibrant colors in the protected areas, some mottled patina, and crisp engraving and marking; remnants of original bright blue finish on the heel of the buttplate and gray and brown patina on the balance, and general minor marks and scratches throughout. The wood is also very fine and has crisp checkering, some minor edge wear (including some small chips on the forearm), light pressure marks and scratches, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are fine with mild storage wear.
Here’s something new I’m trying: gun videos.
This first one focuses on 4 Purdeys coming up at www.PoulinAuctions.com this Saturday, 10/20. There’s a nice, antique 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge game gun, a 12 gauge Pigeon shotgun, and up last, a rare .360 Express underlever double rifle.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Holland & Holland Royal .577 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle: Cased. Hensoldt-Wetzlar Diasta 4×32 scope. Price: $124,500
Serial Number: 35242
Barrels: 23 inches
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock Comb: 1 5/8 inches
Stock Heel: 3 1/8 inches
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 7/8 inches
LOP: 14 1/4 inches
Weight: 12 lbs. 5 ounces
William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815: Weight: 5 Lbs. 15 oz. Superb 30” Damascus barrels retaining much of an original brown finish have excellent bores which appear to be unaltered from their original boring. Stepped-in breeches with platinum touch hole liners retain much of the original hardening color and show little evidence of use. One of the gold breech poincon is a replacement. Extremely fine locks show little use and feather springs retain traces of the original fire blue from being “drawn” after tempering. Stock shows lots of minor handling marks but retains virtually all of the original varnish. Original ramrod. Overall in beautiful , little used, condition retaining a fair amount of original finish throughout and in superb mechanical condition. Extremely fast ignition comparable in lock time to the best British maker’s of the day. This gun (each barrel) will still place 37% of a 1 oz. load of #6 shot on a 22”x 32” sheet of paper at 43 yds. using 2 ¼ drams of Goex fffg powder (1100 ft/sec). Compare that performance with your favorite modern sporting gun ….. you might be surprised at the results! These late British flintlock-era double guns are quite rare in this condition and you would be hard pressed to find a better example. Price: POR
John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:This high grade English sidelock is just plain elegant and beautiful. Look at the pictures and see the stunning Damascus pattern and the wonderful wood, engraving, and fences, and I am sure you will agree. The nitro proofed bores are totally shiny and clean with no pitting. The Balance is perfect. I hunt with a forward underlever and find them very ergonomic. I probably will never go back to a top lever gun I like these guns so much. Price: $4,800
Serial Number: 5263
Barrel Type: Damascus
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 3/16
LOP: 14 3/4″ to heel and
Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Choke Left: .034 full
Choke Right: Cylinder
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .021
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage SidelocK OU: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .012) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. A wooden spacer and Beretta butt plate have been fitted to extend the stock. The stock has NOT been cut. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Excellent Condition. The stocks have been refinished. The barrels appear to be original. Price: $3550
CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4″ SxS Shotgun: 28″ bbls, bright shiny smooth bores, fixed FULL/MOD chokes, blued finish, very nice checkered grip stock and forearm, double trigger, LOP (front trigger) – 14″, DAC – 1 3/4″, and DAH – 2 3/4″. This shotgun is in excellent condition. Price: $699
Simon Clode, Chairman & Managing Director or Westley Richards, passed away this week. In honor of the man and company he worked so hard to keep at the forefront of British gunmaking, I’m going to dedicated a few posts to Westley Richards’ fabulous guns.
To start, let’s leap back in time and check out this jaw-dropping, “Treasure Grade” Westley Richards droplock double rifle in 300 Sherwood. Made in 1912, it’s 100+ years old and still in stunning original condition.
HOLLAND&HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465: MADE 1921 26″ BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES 1/4 RIB 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT HOLLAND FLIP NIGHT SIGHT EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP LONG BOTTOM TANG WITH ENGRAVED TRAP DOOR GRIP CAP EXTENDED TOP TANG EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 10LBS 5 OZ X 14 1/8″ LOP. Price: $95,000
FABBRI – O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1967: Here is a Fabbri “Tipo Piccione Extra”. This is a hand made gun of the finest quality, before Fabbri began using CNC machines. Barrels and Receiver are marked “ARMI FABBRI BRESCIA”. Engraving second to none with fine cut ribbons, roses and scroll. Case colored receiver exhibiting the majority of original case colors. Proof date code of XXIII indicating 1967 production date. Barrels are 29 1/2″. Bores are approximately .741 with 25/1000 (Imp Mod) for the under barrel and 43/1000 (Full) for the top. These were typical box pigeon chokes for that time period. Weight of the gun is 7 LBS 11 1/4 OZ. The gun is not formally cased, however a protective shipping case will be included. A high quality 4-way adjustable stock has been installed with the hardware polished to a high luster in keeping with the fine quality of the gun. Partial trades are possible on this gun with fair and reasonable valuations. Price: $25,000
CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28″ SxS Prussian Shotgun: Price: $8,500
Make CHARLES DALY (Lindner)
Model Diamond Quality
Gauge / Caliber 12 GA
Serial # 1390
Country of Origin Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches) 28
Choke R/U IM
Choke L/O IM
Trigger DT (Double)
Stock Configuration Round Knob Semi-PG
Forearm Type Splinter Forearm
Rib Type Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish Casehardened
Engraving Type Fine Scroll Engraving with cameo game scenes on bottom
Other Options Side clips, Cocking indicators, Drop points, Excelsior steel barrels, Gold oval in stock, Silvers pad, Horn tip on forearm and grip
Condition Near EXC. Condition, all original finish
Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 3/4 with 1/8 cast off
Other Details A really nice example of Linder quality
AyA SXS 28 Gauge shotgun, 28″ bbls: Sidelock double with full coverage rose and scroll engraving, Double Triggers auto ejectors, and cocking indicators. Has 28” modified/improved cylinder chopper lump barrels. The straight stock is finely checkered and nicely figured. A beautiful bird gun, in excellent condition with canvas hard case. Price: $4,995
Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R Price: $3,999.99
Manufacturer: Merkel — Made in the German Democratic Republic.
Metal Condition: Fair with scratches and surface rust. The blue finish remains on the barrels, while there is some CCH remaining on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 25 1/2″
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Factory black plastic.
Weight: 8-lbs., 14-ozs.
Sights: 4×32 Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope plus front bead and rear blade.
Item Location: Fort Worth, TX
Double rifles are another lust of mine. I’ve always wanted an Alexander Henry, and if I had to take it, this one would do just fine.
Alexander Henry was one of the most important gunmakers of the 19th century. These days, most of the sporting rifles you see from him have hammers like this one. Sidelock hammerless models, especially ones in .303, are very unusual.
(BTW: If you have an Alexander Henry double rifle or any other firearm you’d like to know more about, drop me an email. I would be happy to help you out: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle: 26″ chopperlump barrels with Metford rifling, proofed for 38 grains of Rifleite, an early nitro load. Excellent bores. Double triggers, automatic ejectors. Flat rib marked ” Alex. Henry Ltd. Makers to Her Majesty, Edinburgh and London”, single standing, one folding sight for 100 and 200 yards, auto-safe. The wonderfully proportioned sidelock action features the finest foliate style engraving, carved serpentine fences and gold cocking indicators. Beautifully endowed with rich vibrant case color throughout. Splinter forend with lever release, capped pistol grip, classic kidney cheekpiece stock of nicely figured walnut measures 14-1/8″ to a checkered butt with steel heel and toe plates. Stock oval bears original coat of arms. Completed in 1897 for the 7th Duke of Atholl, noteworthy that he was the only British nobility that was allowed his own standing army. Weighs 8lbs, 9oz. Cased in a later period canvas and leather trunk. Price: $17,900
The British gun trade has always had ups and downs, but the 1950s were especially tough for the industry. Coming off of the ruin of WW2 and the hard times that followed for all of Europe, a lot of gunmakers were having a tough time finding people to build their shotguns and rifles.
E.J. Churchill was one of them, and as you can read in this letter, they were having so much trouble that they were turning away work. This letter was sent to an American customer looking to have a Churchill Premier sidelock double rifle made for him .22LR. Yeah – .22 Long Rifle! Talk about cool. To bad it was never built. Driven wabbits, anyone?
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.
James D. Julia’s Spring, 2016, Firearms Auction kicks off next Monday, 3/14. As usual, there a bunch of impressive doubles in this sale.
Along with a pile of big-bore rifles made for Indian Royalty (check out this 4 bore) and this great looking 12 gauge Lefever Optimus made for President Benjamin Harrison, the sale also include this exceptionally rare MacNaughton .450 BPE hammerless double rifle.
James MacNaughton was a gunmaker in Edinburgh, Scotland, and he opened a shop in the city’s center in 1864. In 1879, he patented his ‘Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector’ design, on which this double rifle is based.
With the lockwork mounted on the triggerplate and behind the standing breech, the actions on MacNaughton’s guns were very strong. Because of their strength, they could be adapted to the “Skeleton” design you see here and also used in double rifles, which generate far higher pressures and strain than shotguns.
MacNaughton’s hammerless design evolved over time, and I think this rifle is built on one of the earlier, or the earliest, variation. It uses the opening-motion of its extra long toplever to cock the locks. Later ones had regular sized toplevers and cocked on the drop of the barrels (here’s one in 12 gauge).
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE: SN 1156. (ca 1885 ?) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed steel bbls are fitted with full length matted rib with one standing, one folding leaf rear sight. Leaves are unmarked and unnotched. Standing leaf has inset “certifiable antique ivory” sighting triangle. Central portion of rib is swamped and rises at muzzle to ramp holding steel bead.
Tops of bbls are engraved “James Mac Naughton” and “26 Hanover Street. Edinburgh.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, and bottoms of bbls with SNs. A sling eye is screwed into bottom rib. Bbls are fitted with early bail type extractor system, often used by Purdeys on early breech loaders. Round bodied, trigger plate action has wood which extends over bar in a style favored by MacNaughton, in which they referred to as their “Skeleton” action. This trigger plate action was the first (1879) of the famous “round” actions of Edinburgh. This basic design was used by John Dickson beginning in 1880 with resultant lawsuit over the concept. The action on this rifle is patent use no. “66”, and incorporates early long top lever which also cocks hammers. Central area is milled away to access action pin and view hammers through glass window as cocking indicators. Action also features MacNaughton’s toggling safety, pivoting third fastener, and dbl triggers. Large trigger plate has tail which extends to grip cap. Trigger guard is attached to trigger plate at front and back. Metal parts are engraved with near full coverage well cut scroll with Celtic knotwork borders. Top of action is engraved “MACNAUGHTON EDINBURGH”. Finely fiddle figured and lightly streaked, dense, European walnut horn capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered horn buttplate, and features slim shadow line right hand cheekpiece, and flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders. A gold oval on toe line is engraved with wild boar in sling held by cleft in oak tree all over motto “Lock Sicker” (Keep Securely) This is the Douglas family crest – either Kinglassie or Sir Arthur Percy Baronet of Carr. This crest plate is behind sling eye engraved with star. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″.
PROVENANCE: Email stating that Dickson records indicate that a rifle with this SN was sold Aug 1895 to Sir A. M. MacKenzie (3rd Baronet), and “A relatively small amount of MacNaughton round actions were made about 400 in total. Of these, a mere handful were dbl rifles around 4 or 5.” (This rifle is most likely from an earlier period, and different SN series. Published records began with SN 110 in 1894. Info on Sir Arthur Percy Douglas and Banglapedia info on Sir Alexander MacKenzie (Not Alexander Muir MacKenzie).
CONDITION: Excellent, original, as found. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig blue thinning overall, silvering on sides of rear portion from normal hand wear, with some attendant minor scratches and marks. Action retains 70 – 80% orig light case hardening color. Top lever retain most of its orig fire blue, as does cocking window housing. Stocks retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some fairly deep scratches on the right side of butt, and some minor marks and scratches scattered overall, checkering lightly worn. Bores are very fine, shiny with sharp rifling throughout. There is some pitting toward breech end of right bbl, and a few other scattered light pits. Action has a hint of looseness with forend removed, feels tight with forend installed. Bbls are slightly off face. A wonderful Scottish deer stalking rifle. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
Like lightweight guns? Then you’ll hate this 4 gauge. At 21 lbs 4 oz., it weighs more than 3 Browning Superlights, and with its 4″, 4-bore chambers, it pushes out more lead, too.
Back in the 19th century, short barreled shotgun/rifles like this were used on the largest of large land mammals. They were essentially shotguns with rifled barrels. With it’s massive size, this one is more cannon than gun. It fires two shotgun-style shells, each stuffed with a single, ping-pong sized lead ball. That’s almost enough umph! to stop a train, and also why the thing is so heavy. Even at 20+lbs, I bet the recoil is more vicious than the animal you would be shooting at.
This particular one was made for an bigwig in India. Indian nobleman used to buy crates of shotguns and rifles from the major British makers. Who knows what this one saw or who hands touched it? We do know that James D. Julia Auctioneers sold it October, 2015, for $149,500. For a 130-year old gun, that’s a very princely sum.
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Here’s all the info on this double from the auctioneer:
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE. SN 8336.: Cal. 4 bore. (.955 Groove diameter, 11 groove Enfield type rifling) 4″ Chambers. 24″ Fine Damascus bbls, swamped at center with slight flare toward muzzles, are fitted with full length flat rib with dolls head extension. Rear portion behind single standing leaf express rear sight marked for 50 yards, is file cut. Central portion of rib is engraved “Presented to Mirza Toffal Ali Beg Khan Bahadur by Nawab Salar Jung Mukhtar-ul Mulk, Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Ootagamund, June 15, 1885”. Silver bead front sight is longitudinally dovetailed into rib. Top of right bbl is engraved with H&H New Bond street address. Top of left is engraved “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials London 1883″. Breech ends are engraved with wide acanthus bands behind 2-3/8″ triangles of exceptionally well cut scrolling acanthus with floral centers. Matching bands are at muzzles. Gun is numbered “2” on top of dolls head extension, top tang, and on forend iron. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 6 bore. SNs are stamped on bottoms of bbls. A large sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Massive case hardened Jones underlever round bar action (almost 3-1/2″ across breech face) has nicely filed fences, and is fitted with rebounding back action locks by Brazier sporting large, flat bodied, serpentine hammers with dolphin heads. Top tang extends over comb. Action and locks are engraved with 30% coverage well cut sprays of scroll, as background and accent to very well rendered scenes of big game animals, many for which this rifle would be suited. Right side of action depicts a rhinoceros with large deciduous and palm trees in background. Left side depicts an elephant strolling through open savannah with some trees and mountain in background. A bear in similar background is on left lockplate, and a well limned tiger burns bright from the right. A fine portrait of a lion is on top of action between hammers. SN and “2” are on trigger guard tang which extends to horn grip cap. Fiddle figured and lightly streaked dense European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over Silver type pad, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a sling eye, matching but smaller than that on bottom of bbl, on toe line. Central portion of cheekpiece has inset gold circle engraved with complex monogram including the large letters “S” and “J” intertwined with smaller letters “M” and “K” and “JUS”. (This rifle is almost identical, except for some nuances of engraving, with four bore rifle no. 8333, made for the Nizam of Hyderabad, and pictured and described on pages 67-69 in HOLLAND & HOLLAND THE ROYAL GUNMAKER by Donald Dallas. Factory records indicate that both rifles were ordered through Rogers, Rock & Co., H&H’s Indian agents. This rifle was undoubtedly part of a large shipment of big bore rifles for various Indian princes.) Matching broad splinter forend has pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 3-5/16″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/4″. Weight: 21 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14-3/8”.
PROVENANCE: Copy of factory ledger page, confirming specs and stating rifle was regulated with 14 drams of powder in a spherical ball.
CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain over 80% orig Damascus brown with some areas of further browning and discoloration with a number of light marks and dings. Action and locks retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color with some brown staining and high edges silvered. Top of action colors are vivid, fading and turning brown along grip strap. Trigger guard is essentially all gray to brown patina with traces of dark color hardening under opening lever. Stocks retain most of an old oil refinish over numerous marks and dings, both heavy and light. Sharp edges are slightly rounded. Wood is somewhat below metal at top of grip, which shows a number of well done repairs. Checkering nicely re-cut. Forend wood is fine, checkering re-cut, with a small chip at right front of bbl channel. Pad is an old replacement, fitted to orig curve, and factory specs state rifle was originally made with a “recoil buttplate”. Bores are excellent, very shiny with sharp rifling throughout, with one or two minor imperfections, most likely small flaws in Damascus. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. An exceptionally cool big bore. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000.
Think you could hit a target at 1200 meters? Check out how these guys do it.
This video goes into the history of target shooting in England and the UK. It’s interesting, and very, very British.
The Holland & Holland Royal is one of the most iconic doubles every made. Introduced in 1885, the Royal’s design was based on a 1883 patent filed by Henry Holland and John Robertson. Throughout the 1880s, the Royal’s look & design was tweaked and refined until it evolved into the kind of gun we see here.
This Royal, coming up in James D. Julia’s Fall sale, was finished in 1894. At that time, the shooting world was transitioning from black powders to smokeless powders, and rifle makers were starting to introduced new “nitro express” loads to replace their black-powder express (BPE) cartridges.
The .450 BPE 3 1/4″ was one of the most popular cartridges of the black-powder era, and today it’s still a great round for anything you can hunt in North America. Because the 450BPE generates far less energy than the .450 Nitro Express, guns made for .450 BPE tend to be on the light side for double rifles. They ‘re also tend to be much more comfortable to shoot.
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE: SN 17818. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are fitted with full length file cut rib, central portion swamped, and not file cut, forming long, low ramp for white bead front sight. Rear portion of rib is fitted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 450 express. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. H&H Royal sidelock action with top tang extending over comb, features automatic safety with “SAFE and BOLTED” inlaid in gold. Action also has gold band tumbler end cocking indicators and dbl triggers. Action is engraved in early Holland “Royal” style with near full coverage well cut, varying sized, shaded scroll, surrounding “Holland & Holland” within broad scroll bordered device on front portion of each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Charge 4 Drams” “Case 3-1/4 Inches”. Fences are engraved with exceptionally fine scallop shell central motifs, flanked by scroll and floral highlights. Trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN at grip, which extends to engraved steel cap. Lovely fiddle figured and lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock is finished in classic H&H style with drop points, and point pattern checkering at grip, with mullered borders and inward curving rear line. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “W. H. C. Ll” “FROM R. W. & H. A. Ll.” “Nov 1st, 1904″. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-13/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. What appears to be orig makers leather case with brass corners is embossed “Walter Lloyd” (matching engraving on gold oval on toe line) on top. Case is lined in royal blue cloth, and has large paper H&H label in lid, along with instruction label. The maker’s have kindly confirmed that the rifle was finished in 1894, and that in 1904 was sold 2nd hand to R. W. Llewelyn.
CONDITION: Very fine, original, as found. Bbls retain approx 60% orig blue, thinning overall, with some minor flecking. Action retains 50 – 60% orig case hardening color, strong where protected. Locks retain 60 – 70% orig color, right lock somewhat stronger. Top lever retains 80 – 90% of its orig blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains perhaps 30% of its blue on bow, grip completely silvered. All engraving remains sharp and clear, no noted pitting. Stocks retain most of their fine orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some light marks and scratches, checkering lightly worn. Bores are excellent with bright sharp rifling throughout. A bit of looseness can be felt in action with forend removed, feels tight with forend in place. Bbls are very slightly off face. Case leather is darkening and has many light marks and scuffs. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine, with a bit of insect damage, and some blocks and partitions loose, with the butt block replaced and lined in green cloth. An exceptionally fine, elegant and rare, early top-lever Holland Royal rifle in a caliber suitable for almost any game with proper loads and bullets. Estimate: $27,500-$37,500
Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle: Brand new. Fired only for regulation at factory. Regulated for 570-grain bullet. Articulated front trigger. Perfectly balanced.
Best double rifle maker in the world. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. Barrel length: 24″. LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $85,000
CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels: A round elegant, classic timeless design that is more than just the sum total of its parts, TruLock chokes, Exhibition American black walnut pistol grip stock, Leather covered pad, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, Long tang trigger guard, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, vent rib, spectacular game scenes featuring quail in flight on one side and woodcock on the other with miniature rose & scroll engraving covering the rest of the receiver, the frame is French grayed and plasma hardened, available for immediate delivery. Base Price – $8,995.00, options include: Exhibition wood – $900, TruOil finish – $500, Long tang trigger guard – $700, Leather covered pad – $550, S&H – $75.00. 6 lbs. 10.6 oz. 14 ½” X 1 ½” X 2 3/8″. Price: $4,995
Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELS: s/n 01092PX918 (mfg. 1983-1988 only). Action: FULL SIDELOCK SHOTGUN, double triggers, floral and scroll hand engraved, satin grey finish. Barrels: VERY DESIRABLE 28″ LENGTH, CHOPPER LUMPED AS ONLY THE FINEST GUNS ARE, double underlocking lugs, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, choked Modified & Full. Stock: English-style (straight) SELECT Walnut stock, splinter forearm, CHECKERED BUTT, nicely checkered, DAC 1 1/2″, DAH 2 1/4″, slightly cast off for a right hand shooter. 100% original metal and wood, metal retains 100% bright blue, receiver retains perfect satin grey finish, wood is 98-99% exhibiting only two storage marks on right side of buttstock. Price: $4,495
BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors: 1981 – Beretta 424 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.017 / .040) Vent Rib, Double Triggers, Extractors, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $1,350
BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/4″ BARRELS, CHOKES IMPROVED CYLINDER & IMPROVED MODIFIED, MINT BORES, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, MANUAL SAFETY, 13 9/16″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER PAD, 98% CONDITION. Price: $799
A couples friends of mine are crazy about muzzleloading Purdeys. Take a look at this one and you’ll see why.
James Purdey built 809 double-barrel percussion rifles. The first was sold in 1827 and the last — 32-bore back action for eccentric Scottish collector Charles Gordon — left Purdey’s in 1896.
According to the The Early Purdeys, this percussion rifle was sold by Purdey in August of 1847. It was a 50-bore (not a 50 caliber) with 27″ barrels.The JP marks on the underside of the barrels indicate that these barrels were forged by James Purdey (the firm), instead of being outsourced to barrel maker like Charles Lancaster (CL).
When this rifle was made, James Purdey had been running his own business for 31 years. Shotguns, rifles, and pistols like this built his reputation and established his firm as one of the top gunmakers in the UK.
J. Purdey, 314 1/2 Oxford Street, London, 50-bore Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage: Hammergun with stalking safeties. Scroll engraved furniture and lockplates. Barrel Inscribed ” J.Purdey. 314 1/2, Oxford Street, London”. Price: $19,999.99
Metal Condition: Refreshed at sometime showing strong damascus brown patterns , Bluing worn on lower hardware.
Wood Condition: Shows a few dings and scratches
Barrels: 27 Inch
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Straight Grip.
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Butt Pad: Blued Steel Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Ozs
Sights: Open Sights
*Ggood guns are SxS, O/Us or double rifles with decent original condition and a fair price that have appeared on Gunsinternational.com in the last week .
Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber: Auto ejectors, weight 10.2 LBS.,doub triggers w/sing sets, Barrels 25 1/2″ with exc bores, DAC 1 3/8″/ DAH2 1/8″ LOP 141/4″ to front trig. Weaver K-2.5 with see through claw mounts. Full Clam Shell Action, cocking indicators, 95% CC and blue. A wonderful Double Rifle in a great caliber. Price: $16,500
LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36″ DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECE: Price: $11,500 #5156, Charles Lancaster, 151 New Bond St., London, Patent Breech Loader, Choke: A Massive Lancaster Jones Back Action Underlever 8 Bore Rebounding Hammer London Nitro Proved Smoothbore Made in 1882 with Barrels that are 3 Feet Long, .843 .043 & .043″ (Imp.Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 3 1/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .054″ & .053 on the left, 36″ Damascus Steel London Nitro Proved barrels at 2 1/4 ounce,
Rebounding Hammers, Hinged front trigger, Long top tang that goes nearly to the point of the comb, Splinter forend with a lever release forend, Straight hand stock at 14 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/4″ over the original 3/4″ Silvers pad, Cast-off for the right hand, True 8 Bore weight at 13 lbs. 12 oz., Very nice wood with very nice color and contrast, 10% of nice border engraving, The original barrel browning remains at 70%, Original case colors at 25%, The original wood finish is still at 80%, The checkering at 85%, The wood remains excellent and super sound in every respect, The barrels are excellent inside and out without a pit to be had, The barrels ring with a very pronounced chime. It is cased in the original trunk with the original trade label. This is a very nice serious Big Bore piece that has London nitro proof barrels. It will take you shooting well into the 21st century. Here is the embodiment of 1882 Lancaster Quality; excellent bores, strong wood with nice figure, 8 bore weight, nitro proof barrels and it comes to the hand with ease even with this size and weight plus it balances very well. All these city-light gun writers that try to convince the shooting public that we all need shot barrels that are 3 feet long; here is there piece to grind clay targets into dust. We are working on a source for proper 8 bore loads that already have been used in this nitro proved piece that patterns well at 40 yards with either #5 or 6 shot. Fun stuff here. Price: $11,500
JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MEISTERWERK – MODEL XVIIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $11,500
1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition: This is a LC Smith field 410 with 28 inch full and modified choke barrels. This gun is 98% case on the receiver 97%, blue on barrels, 80% blue on trigger guard and 97% wood. Small chip in forearm. Serial # is 56057. Second to last known 410 serial number of 56059 on the LC Smith collectors. Price: $7,000
PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA: Serial #190291. Barrel Length: 32″, Chokes F & F. Triggers: DT (Double) Stock: Pistol Grip Foream: Splinter Forearm Rib: Matted Concave Rib. No.2 frame, 1920 gun special ordered with Damascus barrels and French walnut. EXC. Condition. Weight Description 8#4oz. Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 5/8 with 1/8 cast off. This is a very nice unmolested gun, The damascus barrels aree spotless and show no signs of tampering, All finish original, This gun would be ideal for Classic SxS sporting clays shooting. Price $6,500.00
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER: SN 6687. (1893) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Fine Damascus bbls with full length file cut rib are engraved “Alexr Henry Edinburgh and London.” and “Maker to Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh” on uncut portion of rib in front of one standing, three folding leaf express rear sight. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, SN, and “AH”. Case hardened Jones under lever action is fitted with unusual bar locks (most Henry rifles are fitted with back action locks). Locks have front sliding stalking safeties and round bodied serpentine hammers with dolphins heads and tall spurs. Action is engraved with well cut small intricate scroll. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. Water table stamped with SN and “AH” has lightening cuts. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has SN at grip.
Intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel trap capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. A thin shadow line beaded cheekpiece is on left side, and point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Copies of factory ledger pages. Biographical info on Joseph Lister, founder of antiseptic surgery, for whom it appears this rifle was made. Richard Schreiber Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig brown with excellent definition to pattern. Action and lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on tangs and slightly on beads and fences. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with a number of light marks, dents, and scratches, a bit dry on butt. Henry rifle bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout, with just a hint of frosting near breech end of left bbl. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A beautiful Scottish rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000
VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE: SN 48880. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib mounted with two white beads, are engraved “KRUPP” and “FLUID STEEL” on tops. Krupp markings are also on bottoms of bbls. SN is on bottom left bbl. Typical late action with sideplates covering sears, features Lefever’s automatic safety (S engraved), cocking indicators, adjustable trigger pull, nickel-plated double triggers, and usual Lefever ejector system, ball and socket hinge, and cocking hook. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical “E” style with 30% coverage well cut scroll with geometric borders surrounding oval vignettes of nicely engraved dogs on lockplates; a pointer on left and setter on right. “Lefever” “Arms Co” is engraved on each lockplate. A duck is flushing from marsh on trigger guard bow. SN is at grip. Interesting, well marbled, stump grain European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over old, most likely original, Silver pad, with edges and face cleaned up. Standard point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has usual steel tip, steel escutcheon at
center, and usual friction release. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.040 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 60 – 70% orig blue, with some flecking and silvering on sharp edges. Bottom rib has an old striation/ scratch running from muzzle to 1″ in front of loop. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, silvered from normal hand wear on fences, beads, and around bottom. Lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, right plate a bit less. There is about 20% color on trigger guard bow. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with butt slightly lightened after pad has been cleaned up. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. There are a number of short stable cracks behind lockplates. A neat old gun with great dimensions. Estimate: $6,500-$9,500
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE: SN 10120. (Ca 1911)Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls are engraved “William Evans (From Purdey’s) 63 Pall Mall. St. James’s, London.” on low, concave game rib. Bbl flats are damascened and stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, bushed strikers, and screw grip dolls head third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with bold, large, open, shaded scroll with acanthus highlights, and an attractive floral and scroll device on lockplates. Action beads are well filed and fences engraved with large shaded scroll somewhat deeper in relief than that on action. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has relief SN on short tang. Well figured and lightly streaked, dark European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line.
Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Maker’s leather case with brass corners is embossed “L. C. C.” and “JUNR” on lid, which also has remnants of numerous shipping labels. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth having gold embossed black Evans label on lid. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, retaining an exceptional amount of what appears to be its orig finish on wood and metal under more than a half century’s accumulation of wiped on oil and dust. Bbl blue appears to be smooth, with only a few rubs through. Case colors appear to be vivid, with silvering only on action beads and fences. Oil finish of stock shows slightly raised grain and a number of minor nicks and dents. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are bright and shiny with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is dark, crazed, and with considerable amount of top grain lifted. Handle, straps, and retainers are missing. Interior cloth shows considerable insect damage, some mildew. Partitions are tight. Label is excellent. A solid, good handling gun in need of a judicious cleaning. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX. SN FWS38768. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls with raised, matted, single sighting plane rib, are marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA. – Field – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” on top of right bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with Hunter proofs, SN, and “FIELD 2 3/4 IN CHAMBER”. Typical case hardened featherweight action features automatic safety and Hunter single selective trigger. “L.C. SMITH” is on each lockplate. Trigger blade, selector, and trigger guard are blued. Relatively plain American walnut capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Flat top point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Matching schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and secondary knurled release button in blued oval escutcheon. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14″. Gun is accompanied by its orig yellow hang tag with
correct information penciled in. Brown corrugated cardboard shipping box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on both sides, has blue and white Smith shipping label with destination penciled in, along with railway express label with cost of gun and shipping penciled in. Inner packing box with orig waxed wrappings inside is marked “16 Ga Field” on end. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, appears unfired, with a few very light scratches across rib at rear, and a few light marks in buttstock. Finish on grip cap lifted. There are also a few light marks on trigger guard bow. Bores are excellent. Trigger works. Left ejector is “live” and undoubtedly just a bit gummy from disuse. Hang tag is good, considerably creased and soiled, information legible. Box is fine, some tape lifting, labels lightly foxed and soiled. An unusual, investment quality L. C. Smith. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000
EDWINSON GREEN 450 #2 N. E.- A REAL DOUBLE RIFLE- EXC PLUS BORES- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 75% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS: #6445, Edwinson Green & Sons, Makers, Cheltenham, England: A Real Double Rifle, Made by the Makers of Jeffery Boxlock Double Rifles, A Very Solid 450 #2 Nitro Express with Excellent Plus Bores that was Made in 1906, 28″ Krupp Steel Extractor Chopper Lump Barrels, Dolls Head Extension, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 3 folding rear sights, Nitro proved at 75 cordite & 480 grain bullet, No sling eyes, Bushed strikers, No cheekpiece, 14 7/8″ LOP over a 1″ leather pad, Cast-Off for the right hand, The proper and correct 450 #2 Big Bore weight of 11 lbs. 7 oz., 15% coverage of very nice scroll, Near exhibition wood with deep black/brown contrast, The buttstock and forend wood remains extremely solid with a lifetime of game field use left in both the forend and buttstock, The strength to this gun is the excellent plus bores & wood condition, The barrel blue appears totally original at 90%, The buttstock refinished & now at 96%, The checkering is at 98%, The frame has 75% original case colors, The breech face has 90% case colors, The inside of the forend has 99% case colors. This is one extremely solid rifle that remains in excellent condition with excellent plus bores that look new for all intents and purposes. This is real stuff that was owned by one of the best double rifle hunter/shooter enthusiasts in the U.S. It is an accurate double that will shoot 2″ at 50 yards and put both 350 & 480 .458″ diameter bullets into 4″ at 100 yards. All the loading information will be furnished with the purchase. 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. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Serious rifles have two barrels, everything else just burns gunpowder. Some guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this 450 #2 has depth of the ocean./////////////////////////////// Edwinson Charles Green learned his craft in Birmingham and moved to Cheltenham in 1863 and remained active until his death in 1927 at the age of 89. He was very skilled as his patented O/U laid the ground work for the first Purdey O/U. Mr. Ernest Lawrence Sr. was the works manager at Purdey in 1924 and was approached by Mr. Atholl Purdey to build an O/U gun. Mr. Harry Lawrence was then in the factory and he drew from the ideas of Mr. Edwinson Green. He also patented a 3 barrel gun and built a round action nearly identical to the Dickson. Edwinson Green & Sons was still operating as late as 1983. Price: $27,000
F.W. Kessler Very Best Grade .250 Savage Ejector Clam Shell Action Double Rifle: With all the great features and in spectacular condition. F. W. Kessler was known for the highest quality and best workmanship available in his day. The bores of these 27 inch barrels are mint. The barrels retain about 97% original blue except a small blemish, (see photo 14) likely a blood spot, on the right barrel just forward of the rear sights. This rare clam shell action has full coverage of very delicate bouquet and scroll engraving. Original case colors ,in protected areas, are about 99% plus with original 80% fading colors on remaining exposed areas. The stock has excellent figure and finish with a leather covered pad. Checkering is excellent on both stock and forearm. The stock has a beaded cheek rest and the forearm has a horn insert in the tip. The rear sights are 1 standing and 4 folding to 500 yards. The front sight is hooded with a flip up night sight. Just a few additional fine features are a scalloped action ,excellant screws, both triggers set, cocking indicators, sling swivels, rib extention with Greener cross bolt and bushed strikers. Price: $10,950
Francotte Pre-War 16ga 28in BLNE 2 1/2in IM/F: A sweet 5lb 14oz DT 2 1/2in 16ga Francotte BLNE with lots of condition 60-70% case color 95% blue 98% wood 14 in LOP to a horned buttplate. Price: $2,200
PAUL JAEGER 12 GAUGE DOUBLE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION – 4 BITE LOCKUP: Here is a high condition Paul Jaeger 12 gauge double. This interesting gun has FOUR bites – two Purdey style under bites, Greener style cross bolt and a rib extension bite. Early Paul Jaeger, Philadelphia, PA import from Belgium. Gun retains most of original case color. Extractor. Auto safety. Side clips. Mirror bores with .726 measurements. Barrels are 26″ choke Full and Full (40/1000). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5 OZ – a great carry weight. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $1,450
LC SMITH LONG RANGE IN 12 GAUGE – 30″ BARRELS: 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. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″ Price: $1,400
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: 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.
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
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010). Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”. Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for. The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz. Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger. Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt. Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner. Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20. Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500
A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun. *** The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz. *** The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib. *** This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”. *** This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price: $18,495
Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price: $14,500
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500
Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod. Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price: $4995