HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A 12-BORE 1878 PATENT 'CLIMAX SAFETY HAMMERLESS' ROTARY-UNDERLEVER BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 6279,
for 1880, 29 3/4in. replacement nitro barrels (in 1934), the rib engraved 'THOMAS BLAND & SONS. 4 & 5. KING WILLIAM STREET. STRAND. LONDON. W.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke, W.M. Scott and T. Baker patent action, patent no. 761 of 1878, use number 453, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, ornate scrolling acanthus border engraving with some beaded details, the left side engraved 'CLIMAX SAFETY HAMMERLESS', the lockplates signed 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND', the underside with two pinhole perforations, bright finish with some surface patination, 14 1/4in. stock including buttplate, fore-end wood with minor losses to edges, weight 7lb. 1oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in October 1880 for a Mr R.M. Caldwell
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act