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Lot 188: FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF IAN SMITH A BRASS-CORNERED LEATHER CARTRIDGE MAGAZINE,

Fine Modern & Antique Guns - December 2016

by Holt's Auctioneers

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF IAN SMITH A BRASS-CORNERED LEATHER CARTRIDGE MAGAZINE,
  • FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF IAN SMITH A BRASS-CORNERED LEATHER CARTRIDGE MAGAZINE,
  • FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF IAN SMITH A BRASS-CORNERED LEATHER CARTRIDGE MAGAZINE,
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Description: FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF IAN SMITH
A BRASS-CORNERED LEATHER CARTRIDGE MAGAZINE,
fitted for approx. 300 cartridge, the lid interior lined with maroon baize (some moth damage), five oak dividers, six leather lifters, brass lock (key missing), the lid exterior embossed with ''IAN SMITH'', one strap broken


Provenance: The vendor has kindly informed us Ian Smith was his step father, Ian Scott Smith (31 October 1903 – 18 September 1972). He was a rugby union wing who played 32 Tests for Scotland and two Tests for the British Isles. Born in Melbourne, Australia, and brought up in New Zealand, Smith moved to England and was educated at Winchester College, before studying at Oxford University and later Edinburgh University. At Oxford he took up rugby and was eventually selected for Scotland, for whom he was eligible because of his Scottish parents. He toured with the British Isles (now known as the British and Irish Lions) to South Africa in 1924, and played all four matches in Scotland''s first ever Five Nations Grand Slam in 1925. He represented Scotland until 1933 when he captained them in their Triple Crown winning season. His 24 international tries, all scored in the Five Nations or Home Nations, was an international record until 1987 and a record for the Five/Six Nations until 2011. Smith holds joint possession of the Scottish record to this day.

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