Sporting guns and rifles go off with a bang in Scotland



2015-06-26 10:49:36

Sporting guns and rifles go off with a bang in Scotland

6 Aug 2012, 10:34 GMT+01

Gavin Gardner’s 45th annual auction of Finest Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles, held in association with Sotheby’s, will take place on 20th August at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland.

Featured among the 240 exceptional firearms is a considerably rare Australian engraved rifle, depicting kangaroos and emus in the Outback. This RFHT 60 Royal grade .310 cadet boxlock ejector sporting rifle is one of only three known to exist. Dating from 1912, produced by W.W. Greener in Birmingham for the Australian market, it is estimated to sell for £7,000-£9,000.

Another highly anticipated gun at the auction is a .22 double barrel rifle, created by E J Churchill for the Marchioness of Londonderry in 1925. Similarly, only a few are known to exist, and this one having particularly impressive provenance is expected to fetch £10,000-£15,000. The Marchioness was known for her role in World War I, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve (later The Women’s Legion). The rifle includes a gold embossed case.

Closer to home, a Scottish made .450 hammer rifle by Alex Henry, maker to their Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh, is valued at £4,000-£6,000.

Additionally, modern Scottish makers are represented, including a pair of 12-bore round-action ejector guns by John Dickson valued at £12,000-£15,000, and a 12-bore single trigger round action under and over ejector gun by David McKay Brown, estimated at £30,000-£40,000.

Great historical London gunsmiths will make an appearance, with a James Purdey & Sons pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns made in 1889 for Baron Schroder estimated at £26,000-£32,000, and a Holland & Holland pair of 12-bore Royal Brevis model self-opening sidelock ejector guns valued at £24,000-£28,000.

With the Gleneagles Hotel known as a venue for achieving world record auction prices for sporting firearms, this auction is sure to be the event of the year for gun collectors.

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