Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London
12 bore Bar Action, Sidelock Non-ejector
No. 20192

Date of manufacture: 1896

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Holland & Holland records show that this gun was finished in 1896 for 'Goggs'. It is in unusually good condition for its age and is in the new 'Royal' style that was replacing the old style 'Royal' as the company's flagship gun. As far as we can ascertain, the barrels and stock are the originals. What is fascinating is the silver plaque that is set into the left hand side of the stock, detailing the gun's 'gift' from 'CG to RWG 29th October 1896' although whether this was a 'coming of age' present, wedding present or whatever is unknown. The oval also carries the initials 'RWG'.
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 traditional hammerless design and features:
Late 'Royal' style bar action, 9 pin sidelocks;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Breech face 'Patent Gas Checks';
Late 'Royal' style interceptor sears;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Perkes style cocking rods with antifriction rollers;
Rising cocking rod retainer/retractors
and a Deeley forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 14oz
Engraving style Best Bold Foliate Scroll, Gold inlaid SAFE, Engraved silver plaque on stock.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3lbs Rear trigger 4lbs
The Videx 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 the smooth, concave game type.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2015.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.6mm (0.614")

0.008" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")

0.023" (Mod)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from boldly figured walnut. There is one small inlet repairs to the forend edge. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot, features a white metal oval engraved with 'RWG', a silver plaque engraved 'CG TO RWG 29th Oct 1896', well defined drop points and is finished with a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad.

Boldly Figured Walnut Stock & Forend

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
14 7/8"
15 1/2"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 9/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
3/16" (approximate)
1/4" (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:
Holland & Robertson's interceptor sears patent no. 5834 of 1887,
Scott's gas check patent no. 617 of 1882,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Perkes' cocking rod patent no. 1968 of 1878,
Deeley's forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.