Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
12 bore 'No.2 Royal’ Bar Action, Sidelock Ejector
No. 14495
Date of manufacture: 1892

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Holland & Holland records show that this gun was ordered in 1892 for ‘Norton’ but actually sold to ‘E.A. Lee’ and it is a fascinating and quite rare example of Hollands’ style transition during the establishment of their first factory in Harrow Road in 1893. Although the internals remain broadly similar to the earlier, pre-1890’s Royals, the makers’ records shows this gun as the new style ‘No.2 Royal’ (not to be confused with the No.2 quality SLE’s) and it exhibits the new lock plate shape and evolution of engraving from fine bouquet & scroll to the new Art Nouveau bold foliate. Internally the ejectors remain the coil spring powered, 1887 design of Holland & Robertson but the cocking is achieved by a Roger’s type lever and ejectors tripped by the mechanism described in the 1888 H&R patent. A flat back action and bolstered tumbler pivots are in still in evidence. Interestingly, although the locks are internally stamped with ‘BLOCK PATENT SAFETY’, the interceptor sear used is Robertson’s favoured ‘Spear’ design.
This gun represents a rare glimpse into the development of the No.2 Royal and with its interceptor sears, fine stock and barrel dimensions, this gun would make a superb and fascinating target or game gun for the discerning shooter.
Presented in it's relined Leather & Brass case with some named accessories.



 The action is of combined Holland & Robertson design and features:
Bar action, No.2 style, nine pin locks with bolstered tumbler pivots;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Breech face 'Gas Checks';
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 trip and ejector;
Anson's push rod forend catch.
There is some light staining to the metalwork.
weight 6lb 10oz. 
Engraving style Best Bold Foliate Scroll & Bouquet. ‘ROYAL EJECTOR PATENT No 16691' on underside of action. Gold inlaid ‘SAFE’ on top tang. Beaded fences.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4lbs.
The original steel barrels are 30" 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 2018.

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")
0.001" (TC)

Left Barrel

18.6mm (0.732")
0.018" (Mod)

The Possible Replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The all-wood, one piece stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant gold oval and well defined drop points.
The Forend is fitted with a finely engraved steel forend tip and diamond and has two inlet repairs to its edge.

Well Figured Walnut

The 22 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
14 3/8"
14 5/8"
14 1/2"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 3/4"
2 3/16"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
3/16" (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,
Smallman interceptor sears patent no. 5405 of 1884,
Holland & Robertson's ejector & trip patent no. 16691 of 1888,
'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.