Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge sidelock ejector, perfect condition, antique & fully in proof.

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Description: Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge sidelock ejector, perfect condition, antique & fully in proof.

Upland wildfowling at its finest with Holland & Holland’s “Royal” model Best Quality Hammerless Ejector, this exceptional find is outstanding in every aspect. Lightweight even with 28 & 1/4” barrels and a 15” length of pull, this perfectly balanced Holland is an absolute pleasure to shoot, mounts effortlessly to the shoulder and moves like an extension of your arm. The slightly longer stock is perfectly suited to today’s taller shooters. And it’s priced so you can enjoy taking it into the field without the worry of a small mortgage in your hands.

This gun was completed in 1896 during the height of Holland & Holland's late Victorian production years and emergence as one of Britain’s premier gunmakers, with serial number 165xx. What makes Holland’s pedigree even more extraordinary is the fact that all shotgun manufacturing, engraving, fitting, etc., down to the thousandth of an inch, was hand-crafted without the assistance of automated machining, computer measurements, or electronic assistance. Absolute master craftsmen invested hundreds of hours into each shotgun they made by hand, with hundreds of more hours dedicated to the engraving, fitting and finishing of each masterpiece.

In extremely handsome condition, the sidelocks are hand-engraved in ornate and bold acanthus scrollwork with finely detailed border highlights throughout the locks, trigger guard, floorplate, top lever, and topstrap, with the maker’s name “HOLLAND & HOLLAND” bolstering each lock in an elaborate arched cartouche surrounded by fleur-de-lis type engraving. Floorplate has similar bold acanthus scrollwork bordered by geometric meander-style engraving, and “ROYAL HAMMERLESS EJECTOR” in a large cartouche at the top of the plate. Double-bite action locks up tight with absolutely no play or looseness. Matching serial numbers 165xx on the fore-end, action flats, and trigger guard. Top safety reads “SAFE” inlaid in gold, cocking indicators on each sidelock are also inlaid in gold. The fences are ornately engraved in a combination of bold acanthus scrollwork and foliage. The face, flats and action are spotless with just the faintest of wear on the faces. Southgate ejectors function powerfully and flawlessly.

Chokes are fixed and measure approximately ¼ for the right barrel and ½ for the left barrel. The 28 & 1/4” barrels with brass sight bead have outstanding measurements, and come in at 35 thousandth for both the right and left wall thickness and are even/consistent throughout the barrels. Standard nitro proof compliance to accommodate modern 2 & 3/4” shells (“70MM” annotated on the flats showing 70 mm metric measurement).

Barrels have been sleeved to the highest standard by Holland & Holland themselves, essentially equivalent to having new barrels made by the maker. Jason Abbot, renowned gunmaker who co-founded Bonham’s gunroom and trained Nick Holt (of “Holt’s”, the UK’s largest premier gun room), fully inspected this gun and stated this work by Holland & Holland is “One of the best sleeving jobs I’ve ever seen,” with the sleeving being completely invisible and offering perfectly consistent measurements throughout the walls. Full servicing, lubrication & cleaning by the maker was also accomplished when sleeving was completed, including the addition of their regulating stamp on the fore-end loop.

Noted British gun specialist Jack Rowe rates Holland & Holland as England’s top gun maker: “In my estimation, number one of the English gunmakers.” George Caswell, an American expert on British guns, agrees, stating “I feel H&H guns and rifles have contributed more to the British trade than those of any other maker,” and describes their “overall quality is excellent…and command a 20 to 30 percent premium.”

This is a pre-1898 firearm and qualifies as an antique with direct shipment to the purchaser.

Condition: Used, As New
Brand: Holland & Holland
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Location: NY

Trades Accepted: No

US military family stationed in England

Shipping Notes: We are a US military family stationed in the UK, and ship at an insured and flat rate of $125 because this package with the gun case is heavy; usually takes less than a month to arrive in the US. However, for purchases at or above listing price I will cover the cost of shipping. Online member since 2002 with 100% positive feedback. Payment via certified bank check or other methods accepted.

Item #: 930716404
SKU: Royal
Seller Since: Mar. 2003
Identity Verified ( Alexandria, VA )
This seller is NOT an FFL
City: APO
State: NY

Shipping: See Description
Accepted Payment Methods: Check Money Order
Returns: No Returns

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