HOLLAND & HOLLAND
A 12-BORE 'NO.3 GRADE' SINGLE-TRIGGER BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 24837,
30in. nitro barrels, the rib gold-inlaid '2' at the breech end, the tubes engraved 'HOLLAND & HOLLAND. 98. NEW BOND STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/4 choke, toplever gold-inlaid '2', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, border engraving, retaining slight traces of colour-hardening, 13 7/8in. figured stock including buttplate, weight 6lb. 10oz., in a lightweight double case with Holland & Holland trade label
Provenance: The vendor has kindly provided us with the following provenance on the gun:
"My Paternal Grandfather, Major George Stopford-Adams, XX Lancashire Fusiliers had only a few years of use of the Holland & Holland, serial 24837, single trigger back action sidelock, as after service in South Africa, he fought at Lancashire Landing, Gallipoli. He was killed by a sniper on May 11th 1915, aged 42 years"
A photograph of Major Stopford-Adams in uniform from the Wellington School Yearbook can be found on the Imperial War Museum website in their 'Bond of Sacrifice - First World War Portraits Collection' HERE
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act