HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A 16-BORE 'ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 27457,
27 1/2in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels (in 2018, partially struck off), the rib engraved in script "Royal", the tubes engraved 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, hand-detachable lockplates, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best bold Royal scroll engraving, the underside with 'ROYAL HAMMERLESS EJECTOR' in an elaborate cartouche, 15 1/2in. stock (swept at comb) including 1 5/8in. wooden extension, gold oval escutcheon engraved 'TO PAM FROM JH', weight 6lb. 2oz., in a lightweight leather case with full complement of labels and with a detached 'From Holland & Holland' rail label inked 'Mrs Gavin Johnson, Roxburgh Station - To Be Called For', the lid outer initialled P.G.J.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was ordered on August 11th 1914, the order initially made for 'Munn' though this name is scored out and over-written 'Johnson'.
It was made as a '16-bore Royal Hss Ejector Gun, 28" steel barrels, 2 triggers, detachable locks, recoil heel plate'
We are kindly informed by the vendor that the gun was gifted to his Mother, Mrs Pamela Johnston (nee Holland) by her Father, Lt. Col. Jack Holland, D.S.O., M.C. in the 1930's, having the escutcheon so marked to celebrate the occasion.
Lt. Col. John Edmund David (Jack) Holland, was a vital cog in the Holland & Holland dynasty, continuing the longstanding family gunmaking tradition by running the company between 1927 and 1957, after a distinguished military career with the 7th and 5th Dragoon Guards. He became a director of the company in 1927 and became Chairman in 1930.
In 1904 Col. Holland married Phyllis Lindsay-Watson, the couple had three children, Pamela being born in 1912 as the middle child. She married Gavin Johnston in 1934.
Literature: For an extensive history of Lt. Col. Jack Holland's early life, military career and his part in the running of the company, please see Chapter Eight 'The Colonel Commands' in Donald Dallas' 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND - THE ROYAL GUNMAKER - THE COMPLETE HISTORY'
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act