HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A .275 MAGNUM (2 1/2IN. FLANGED) 'ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 31490, with extra 7x75R Vom Hofe Super Express barrels,
25in. nitro chopperlump .275 Magnum barrels with finely matted sight-rib, open sights marked 50 and 200 with white metal inlaid sight line and folding leaf sight marked 350, ramp-mounted bead fore-sight with fold-over protector / moonsight, the rib engraved '.275 MAGNUM', the tubes engraved 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON.';
additional 25in. nitro chopperlump 7x75R Vom Hofe Super Express barrels (Belgian proofed) with matt sight rib, high visibility open sights and ramp-mounted high visibility fore-sight, the breech end with quickly-detachable telescopic sight mount bases;
treble-grip action with hidden third bite, arcaded fences, side-bolsters, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, elongated top-strap, hand-detachable lockplates, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, matted front trigger, rolled-edge triggerguard (with repair), best bold Royal scroll engraving, the underside with 'ROYAL EJECTOR' in an elaborate cartouche, brushed finish overall, 14in. well-figured replacement pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, engraved steel pistolgrip-cap (with trap), sling eyes, including 3/4in. leather covered recoil pad, matching replacement fore-end wood, weight 8lb. 13oz. (.275 Magnum barrels) and 8lb. 9oz. (7x75R Vom Hofe barrels), in a leather motor case (provision for one set of barrels only)
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the rifle was completed on the 21st November 1932 for 'Narsingarh' as 'a .275 Magnum R.E. D/B Rifle' with '25in. steel barrel, Treble grip, top lever & auto, pistol hand Recoil plate, cap box, cheek, loops for sling, extra sent'.
'Narsingarh' is likely to refer to Narsinghgarh, a Princely State with an eleven gun salute and a municipality in the Rajgarh district of Malwa, Madhya Pradesh. The ruler at the time the rifle was built would have been HH Shri Huzur Raja Sir Vikram Singhji K.C.I.E.
Born on the 21st September 1909 he succeeded to the title of Raja in 1924 and invested with full ruling powers in 1929. He signed the Instrument of Accession to the Dominion of India on the 15th August 1947 and on the 28th May 1948 joined with twenty-four other Princely States to form the Madhya Bharat. He died in 1957, passing the title to his adopted son and current head of the family, HH Shri Huzur Maharaja Bhanuprakash Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Narsinghgarh.
Literature: A quantity of 7x75R Super Express ammunition can be made available to the buyer of this Lot
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act