HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A RARE 10-BORE (2 7/8IN.) 1885 FOSBERY PATENT "PARADOX" RIFLED CHOKE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER SHOT AND BALL DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 15219,
27in. black powder only barrels with short sight rib, open sights, bead fore-sight with flip-up moonsight, the tubes engraved HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98 NEW BOND STREET LONDON. "PARADOX" FOSBERY PATENT', 2 7/8in. chambers, Col. G.Vincent Fosbery V.C. patent rifled chokes, patent no. 7568 of 1885, ornately carved percussion fences with side-clips and shouldered action, elongated top strap, rebounding back-action locks with flat side dolphin hammers (one a replacement), best bold acanthus scroll engraving with fine feathered bordering, the action bar engraved 'CHARGE 8 DRAMS. 2 7/8 INCH CASE', retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 1/4in. figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, engraved steel pistolgrip-cap and including 1 1/4in. rubber recoil pad, fore-end with grip-catch release lever (light damage to right edge), weight 12lb. 14oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1894 for Sir Lewis Molesworth.
Sir Lewis William Molesworth Bt. (31 October 1853 – 29 May 1912) was an English landowner from Cornwall and Liberal Unionist Party politician
Other Notes: In Donald Dallas' book 'Holland & Holland - The Royal Gunmaker - The Complete History', his research into the makers records revealed that just one hundred and one 10-bore Paradoxes were built
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