HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A .450 / .400 NITRO EXPRESS 'ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 30460,
26in. nitro chopperlump barrels with matt sight rib, open sights and two folding leaf sights marked for 100, 200 and 300 yards, ramp-mounted bead fore-sight with flip-up moonsight, the tubes engraved 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET, LONDON.', the rib engraved '.400. BORE.', slight dent to left muzzle, treble-grip action with hidden third bite and removable striker discs, carved foliate fences, toplever engraved 'ROYAL EJECTOR', elongated top strap with automatic safety, gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, hand-detachable lockplates, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, articulated front trigger, rolled-edge triggerguard, best bold Royal scroll engraving, retaining much renewed colour-hardening and finish, 14 7/8in. boldly-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, engraved steel pistolgrip-cap (with trap), sling swivels (rear re-located), including 1 1/4in. wooden extension and 1in. rubber recoil pad, weight 10lb. 3oz., in a re-lined brass-cornered oak and leather case with Holland & Holland (Bruton Street) trade label
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed in 1927 for a "Stanley"
Further research would indicate this to be Colonel the Right Honorable Sir G. Stanley of 46, Cadogan Square
Lieutenant Colonel Sir George Frederick Stanley (14 October 1872 – 1 July 1938), sixth son of Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician who served as a member of the UK Parliament for Preston and later, Willesden East. He also served the Governor of Madras from 1929 to 1934 and as Acting Viceroy of India in 1934.
Other Notes: The rifle is supplied with a 'Certificat de Reglage' by Gastinne Renette, the rifle shot at 50 metres, with sighting target
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