Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
12 bore Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
No. 14146

Date of manufacture: 1891

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Holland & Holland records show that this gun was finished in 1889 for 'Standish', it is in unusually good condition for its age and is a very lovely example of Holland & Holland's 'flag ship' gun.
Early in the 20th century, the gun was rebarrelled and all indications are that it was done by the 'Makers although due to patchy record keeping at this time it is impossible to confirm.
The original case accompanied this gun when we purchased it and now relined, it presents this lovely old gun very nicely.
With its excellent weight, interceptor sears, long stock and barrel dimensions, this gun would make a fine target or game gun for the discerning shooter.


The action is of combined Holland & Robertson design and features:
Bar action, 'Dip Edge' locks with bolstered tumbler pivots;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Breech face 'Gas Checks';
'Patent Block Safety' interceptor sears;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Top rib extension providing a 3rd bite;
Holland & Robertson's patent ejector
and Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 10oz
Engraving style Best Fine Bouquet & Scroll. 'ROYAL EJECTOR PATENT 11623' on underside of action; Top lever engraved 'PATENT EJECTOR'. Fences chiselled with bold acanthus leaves.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 4lbs 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 the smooth, concave game type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2012.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.025+" Minimum
0.006" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.027" Minimum
0.027" (IM)
Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. There are 2 small inlet repairs to the forend edge. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot, features a yellow metal oval engraved with a coat of arms, well defined drop points and is finished with a 1 3/8" well matched wood extension.
Highly figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to 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 1/8"
15 1/4"
15 3/16"
15 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
3/8" (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,
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.