Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
12 bore 'Royal' Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
no. 14169

Date of manufacture: 1891

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This is a very fine example of Holland & Holland's 'flag ship' gun from the last quarter of the 19th Century and is in unusually good and original condition for its age. As with so many older guns, the Damascus barrels had been soft solder sleeved by Westley Richards in 1970 and we have recently re-sleeved the gun using the so-called 'Invisible Sleeving' TIG welding method and re-proofed it for 2 3/4" cartridges.
Holland & Holland records show that the gun was finished in 1891 for a Mr Christy who specified cylinder chokes in both barrels, not that unusual in those days when shooters were not so preoccupied by choke constriction. The new sleeved barrels are choked English 1/4 & 1/2 (0.010" & 0.020") in keeping with more modern practice.
With its interceptor sears, three point bolting and excellent barrel dimensions, this gun would make a very safe and classy target or game gun for the discerning shooter.



The action is of combined Rogers and Scott design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Bar action locks,
Roger's cocking levers,
Breech face 'Gas Checks',

'Patent Safety Lock' Interceptor Sears,
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle',
rib extension providing a 3rd bite,
Holland & Robertson's patent ejector and split extractors,
and Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 13 1/2oz
Engraving style
Best Bouquet & Fine Scroll. Carved fences with bold acanthus leaf design. Gold inlaid '2' to top lever and barrel rib, engraved '2' to forend iron and trigger guard.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2lbs Rear trigger 4 1/2lbs

The Damascus to Steel TIG sleeved
barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave game type.
London reproof
for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2009.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.031" Minimum
0.010" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.027" Minimum
0.020" (1/2)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. We believe that the stock and forend wood is the original, judging from its quality and similarity to the original specification in the maker's records. There are two very fine 'settling' cracks, one behind each lock, and a repair inlet to the forend wood edge.

Highly figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering is to normal sidelock pattern. The stock is lightly cast off for a right-handed shot and if fitted with a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad and carries a blank oval.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 7/8"
14 7/8"
15 1/2"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 11/16"
1 15/16"
2 5/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)

For the purposes of these measurements, 'Drop at Face' is the 'drop' measurement taken on a line perpendicular to the
line joining the trigger and centre of the butt at approximately 8" from the trigger (front trigger on a double trigger gun).

Patents Exhibited include:
Scott's gas check patent no. 617 of 1882,
Holland & Robertson's interceptor sears patent no. 5834 of 1887,
Holland & Robertson's ejector patent no. 11623 of 1887,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.