Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
12 bore 'Royal’ Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
No. 14145
Date of manufacture: 1891

   
 
 

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Holland & Holland records show that this gun was finished in 1891 for ‘Munday’ and is a very lovely example of Holland & Holland's 'flag ship' gun. The origin of the replacement barrels is unknown but we know from the proof marks that they were made circa 1960. Records of rebarrelling of these early Royals is notoriously patchy and all we can say is that the work is of top quality and may have been done in house by the Makers. The restocking is thought to be more recent but we have no indication of just when it was done. However it is the work of a professional and very experienced stocker and this might lead one to assume that the work was done by a stocker with considerable experience of H&H stocks, maybe even an ex-H&H worker. The gun balances almost exactly on the hinge pin. With its excellent weight and balance, interceptor sears, fine stock and barrel dimensions, this gun would make a superb target or game gun for the discerning shooter.

Fantastic value at only $8495

On Consignment in USA with MacNab Fine Firearms

 

 The action is of combined Holland & Robertson design and features:
Rounded, bar action;
'Dip Edge', 9 pin bar locks with bolstered tumbler pivots;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Breech face 'Gas Checks';
 ‘Block Patent Safety' interceptor sears;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Top rib extension providing a 3rd bite;
Holland’s patent cocking levers;
Holland & Robertson's patent ejector
and Anson's push rod forend catch.
There is some light pitting and staining to the forend iron and under-bar.
Gun weight 6lb 12oz. 
Engraving style Best Fine Bouquet & Scroll.
'”THE ROYAL” PATENT SAFETY HAMMERLESS EJECTOR' on underside of action;
Top lever engraved ‘HOLLAND & HOLLAND PATENT NO.23’.
Gold inlaid ‘SAFE’.
Beaded fences.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4lbs.
The replacement steel barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' construction with soft soldered ribs. 
Top rib
is of concave game type.
Bores
are clean and bright.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges 2017.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

 
Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction


Right Barrel

18.5mm (0.728")
0.730"
0.024"
0.005" (Skeet)

Left Barrel

18.5mm (0.728")
0.730"
0.023"
0.018" (Mod)

Replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut.
The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a gold oval engraved ‘MB’,
well defined drop points and is finished chequered butt.
The forend is fitted with a finely engraved steel forend tip, diamond and Anson pushrod tip.

Well Figured Walnut

The 26 lines per inch chequering is refreshed to a normal sidelock pattern.
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
15"
15 3/16"
15 1/8"
15 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 9/16"
1 5/8"
2 1/8"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
Negligible
3/16" (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,
Needham & Hinton interceptor sears patent no. 706 of 1879,
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.