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HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BL
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BL

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BLPRE OWNED, HARDLY SHOT. MANUFACTURED IN 1907. FIXED SIGHT REGULATED FOR 30 YARDS, THREE FOLDING AT 100, 200, 300 YARDS. FLIP UP MOON SIGHT. ENGRAVED WITH BORDER SCROLL, MAKERS NAME ON LOCK PLATE.  DELUXE GRADE WALNUT, FULL PISTOL GRIP WITH CAP BOX, LOP 14 ½” INCLUDING 1 “ RECOIL PAD.  LEVER FOREND.  DOUBLE TRIGGER, FRONT ARTICULATED, NON-AUTO SAFETY. WEIGHT: 10LBS 11OZ. Price: $64,900

 

Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $7,950
Serial Number: 433760
Barrels: 32 inches
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 10 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 1 inch
LOP: 14 5/8 inches
Weight: 8 1/2 lbs.

Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel ShotgunFully Engraved. Gun is of Exceptional condition and quality.  Sidelock guns from this maker are rarely encountered.   Engraving is superbly well done. Gun retains 95% original blue. Bores are excellent.  Excellent w ell figured wood is impeccably well checkered.  Hidden third fastener barrels are tight on face.  This sidelock gun certainly ranks up here with the worlds “Best Guns” rating – with a lifetime of service included. Price: $6995 
Barrels: 28 3/8″ (72 cm) Bore dia. .729 L & .728 R. Min. Walls. .025 R & .025 L
Chokes: Mod & Full.  .023 & .038.
Butt: Checkered
L.O.P.: 14 5/8 to center of butt.
Weight: 6 lbs. 6.2 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 1/8 x 14 5/8 with 3/8 cast off

Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter ForearmThis Parker has 28” barrels with 2 1/2” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .025 right and .027 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .667 right and .664 left. The barrels retain 90% of their original finish and have a single silver bead on a solid rib. There are various light handling marks, light freckling and a couple of thinned areas where someone tried to steel wool some rust off. The rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. VULCAN. STEEL. The #1 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. The forearm and buttstock have had varnish added and have various light scratches and dings in them. Length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 1/2”, drop at heel: 2 3/8”, weight: 6.6 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $5,250 

Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double
Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double

Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double: Circa 1840s, S/N 1989, 12 ga. percussion, 30″ Damascus barrels bear initials “CL”.  Rib inscribed “Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street London”.  Nice original example with some repair to the top left hammer.  Wonderful stock, original checkering, fire-blued steel buttplate.  Bores appear mint.  Shot and powder flasks, tools in leather pouch, original maker’s oak case. This is a best gun of the period. Lancaster began in 1811 as a gun barrel maker, then set up shop as a gunmaker at 151 New Bond Street, building guns of the highest quality.  His barrels were used in the early guns of Joseph Manton and James Purdey.  Really neat ” barn find”.  Price: $2,500 

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)

Auction alert: Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe, Winchester 21s, and a lot more…

There are two decent gun auctions coming up over the next few weeks.

Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun

12/10: DuMouchelles, Detroit, MI.

These guys have a few Winchester Model 21s and  this 12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side by side shotgun that was made for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. This H&H may be a really nice gun. It has an original single trigger, beautiful engraving, and a lot of nice finish. The problem is that the barrels may have been cut from 30″ to 28″. Either way, it’s worth checking out.

12/18: Morphy’s Auctions, Denver, PA

There area handful of decent side-by-sides shotguns at this auction, inlcuding some Parkers, a Syracuse Arms, a decent looking Lefever, and a neat Whitney. The guns look clean and original.

Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Holland & Holland Royal Model de Luxe side-by-side shotgun
Whitney side-by-side shotgun
Whitney side-by-side shotgun
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