Holland & Holland .375 Royal sidelock ejector rifle makes $61,500



2015-06-26 13:33:22

Holland & Holland .375 Royal sidelock ejector rifle makes $61,500

A Holland & Holland .375 Royal sidelock ejector rifle led Bonhams' Modern Sporting Guns sale

A .375 Royal sidelock ejector rifle built by Holland & Holland (H&H)in 1961 has made 37,500 ($61,492) at an auction at Bonhams London.

The rifle led the December 4 Modern Sporting Guns sale, achieving a figure towards the higher end of its 30,000-40,000 ($48,222-64,296) estimate.

H&H sidelock ejector rifleThe H&H Royal weighs 10lb 13oz, including the scope

It features a treble-grip action-body decorated with foliate-scroll engraving, topped with a Swarovski 1.5-6x42 Habicht telescope-sight with quickly detachable mounts.

Founded by Harris Holland in 1835, H&H produces some of the world's most luxurious sporting guns, with customers including members of the British royal family and US president Teddy Roosevelt.

In the early 1990s, an H&H double rifle belonging to Roosevelt made $550,000 at a US auction.

A Chung engraved 12-bore single-trigger sidelock-ejector by J Purdey & Sons also sold for 37,500 ($61,492).

The gun, produced in 2005, features bold foliate scroll engraving with a rolled edge trigger guard and comes presented in a brass-mounted oak and leather case.

J Purdey & Sons was founded in 1814 and has a strong reputation as a high-end rifle maker.

In 1838 Queen Victoria bought a pair of pistols made by the company, which still retains warrants by various members of the royal family.

A fine .303 sidelock ejector rifle by J Rigby & Co realised 27,500 ($45,058).

It was produced in 1904 for Viscount Castlereagh (1878-1949), secretary of state for air in the British government in the 1930s.

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