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Serial Number 33915/6
Finished in 1953 and acquired from the family of the original owner, this pair of guns remain in as new, original condition.
A fabulous pair of heavy proofed game guns from one of the world’s most respected gun makers. Each gun is built on the H&H patented “Royal” Model bar-action, sidelock ejector with hand detachable locks and Treble Grip action bodies. The guns have two triggers, rolled trigger bows and hinged front triggers. Automatic safeties with “SAFE” inlaid in gold and gold lined cocking indicators. The square bar actions have beautifully shaped beads and fences and the actions are superbly engraved in the classic house or “Royal Engraving” pattern of bold foliate scroll surrounding the Maker’s name. The bottom of the action is engraved "Royal Model" each gun is appropriately numbered in gold “1” or “2” on the top lever, top rib and forend tip.
The guns have their original 28” chopper lump barrels with Holland’s hidden Treble Grip third fasteners and raised concave game ribs. The barrels have original 2 ¾" chambers (as proofed) and carry Holland’s patent self-opening assembly. The barrels are engraved with the maker’s name and the 98 New Bond St. address (ca. 1858-1960). The bottom rib is engraved “Made in England” and “Royal”.
The straight hand walnut stocks have Holland’s classic diamond shaped hands and a dark, subtle figure. The stocks match perfectly with 14 3/4" length of pulls over checkered butts. Splinter forends have an Anson push rod and Southgate ejectors. Stocks and forends are checkered in a very well-cut point pattern checkering with Mullered borders and traditional drop points. Each gold stock oval has the previous owner’s initials: D.J.M
The guns come complete in the Maker’s two-gun motor case with its canvas cover and the original owner’s name and hometown on the initial patch.
This pair of Holland “Royal” models retain nearly all their original color hardened finish, the No. 1 gun faded slightly more than the No. 2. The stocks also remain all original and show no signs of use. Equally well preserved, the black on the barrels and hardware remains original showing, most prominently, marks from resting in their case. The bores are in as new condition, expertly struck and bored, both measuring precisely at .729” with .030” min wall thickness in each barrel. The No. 1 barrels both -.003” at the muzzle and the No. 2 gun is choked ½ and Full.
I know that guns made in the supposed “Golden Eras” (e.g. prior to WWI and between the Wars) are the most sought after, but, it has been my experience that guns and rifles made in the 1950’s and 60’s by Holland’s were as nice as any gun from any era. This pair of guns is a prime example of that quality. Simply a stunning pair of guns with no apologies, that are in a very relevant and desirable configuration for today’s driven shooting and, without doubt, some of the nicest Hollands to hit the market in recent memory.
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