"HOLLAND & HOLLAND SIDELOCK DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN . SN 20634. Cal. 12 ga. Very fine Italian made first quality sidelock dbl with 28" fine steel bbls choked MOD/MOD with tapered concave smooth rib, sgl bead, ejectors, dbl chopper lumps & dbl triggers. Rib is engraved "HOLLAND & HOLLAND, 13 BRUTON STREET, LONDON W". It has a Holland-style action with assisted opening & 5-pin sidelocks. It is beautifully engraved with Bulino-style vignettes of a Brittany Spaniel & two flushing partridge with a very detailed background field scene signed by "A.M. Brown" on left side. Right side, also signed by Mr. Brown, has a flushing hen & rooster pheasant with a very detailed field scene in background. Balance of receiver has extremely fine English rose & scroll engraving with bouquets of blossoms in various locations. Both lockplates have tiny "HOLLAND & HOLLAND" in raised gold on a ribbon. Trigger guard is right hand and is engraved to match as is all of other appended metal. Mounted with very nicely figured tiger striped English walnut with checkered splinter forearm & straight hand stock with raised teardrop side panels, 14-3/4" over a smooth solid red pad. It has a blank gold initial oval on bottom. Consignor states that Holland & Holland has acknowledged that this shotgun, while bearing their name, was not made by them but by an individual who imported Italian made barreled actions into England, finished them, and had them engraved by English engravers. Of course the well known Alan M. Brown is one of England's premier engravers with a multiple year waiting list to have work done at great cost. Bbl flats have London proofs to 3-1/4 tons and have 2-3/4" chambers. Bore diameter: left - .735, right - .733. Bore restrictions: left - .021, right - .013. Wall thickness: left - .026, right - .027. Drop at heel: 1-7/8", drop at comb: 1-5/8". Weight: 6 lbs. 14.72 oz. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retain most of their orig fine English blue with some thinning on rib over forearm area. Receiver & lockplates retain about all of their orig factory polish with lower tang a gray metal color. Stock has a tiny hairline back of top tang, another back of right lockplate with a couple of minor chips back of lockplates, otherwise wood is sound & retains about all of its fine orig factory finish with minor nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. 4-32764 JR240 (7,500-12,500)"
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