HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A MATCHED PAIR OF 12-BORE 'THE ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 34722 / 34755,
circa 1970, 28in. nitro barrels (Birmingham proof for 1970), the ribs gold-inlaid '1' and '2', the tubes engraved 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 13. BRUTON STREET. LONDON.', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke (No.1) and 1/2 and 3/4 choke (No.2), toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, hand-detachable lockplates, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, special border and scroll engraving surrounding vignettes of pheasant and partridge in their naturalistic habitats to No.1, No.2 with vignettes of a hound couchant surrounded by border and acanthus scrollwork, both with the makers name engraved within scrolling banners, 14 3/4in. figured stocks (No.1 triggerguard dented, No.2 with insert repair to left underhorn), weight 6lb. 9oz. (No.1) and 6lb. 7oz. (No.2), in their makers leather motorcase
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that Gun No. 34755 was completed to pair with Gun No. 34722 with 28in. barrels, and the engraving was a special order. The guns were made for a 'Gibbs'
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act