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Auction Description for Holt's: Main Sale - December 2012
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Main Sale - December 2012

(758 Lots)

by Holt's Auctioneers


758 lots | 750 with images

December 13, 2012

Live Auction

London Saleroom: Princess Louise House

Hammersmith Road

London, W6 7DJ United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1485 542822

Fax: +44 (0)1485 544463

Email: enquiries@holtsauctioneers.com

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J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10864,

Lot 1809: J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10864,

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Description: J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10864, 30in. nitro sleeved steel to damascus barrels (in 2012), 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. full choke in both, carved percussion fences, rebounding sidelocks with dolphin hammers, best bouquet and scroll engraving, brushed bright finish overall, 14 1/4in. highly-figured replacement stock and matching fore-end wood, weight 7lb. 2oz. Provenance: We are kindly informed by the makers that this shotgun was completed December 1880 for H.W. Fugwell, Esq.

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BOSS & CO. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 12-BORE SIDELEVER HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, serial no. 4016,

Lot 1810: BOSS & CO. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 12-BORE SIDELEVER HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, serial no. 4016,

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Description: BOSS & CO. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 12-BORE SIDELEVER HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, serial no. 4016, 30in. replacement nitro chopperlump barrels (by the makers, barrel number 5324), rib engraved 'BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.', and gold-inlaid '2', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/2 choke, carved percussion fences, action incorporating Perkes patent ejector system (first version), patent no. 12176 of 8th September 1887, use number 107, rebounding sidelocks, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with feathered and scrolling borders, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 1/2in. highly-figured stock with engraved steel heel and toe plates, engraved Anson push rod fore-end release catch, weight 6lb. 10oz. Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was ordered as No.2 of a pair of 12-bore hammer ejector guns for the Hon. Rowland Winn M.P. in January 1889 and that the gun was subsequently re-barrelled by them circa 1905 Rowland Winn was born 19th February 1820 to Charles Winn of Nostell Priory near Wakefield. He became an industrialist of note during the 1850s and 60s after he discovered iron ore on his family property, Appleby Hall near Scunthorpe. He knew that the Romans had mined iron there and it was in 1859 that he found a rich vein of ironstone on his land. Following the discovery, he leased some of the land for mining and also engaged in bringing up the ore himself, as well as having an ironworks built in the area to process the ore. As production grew he looked at new ways of sending his produce to the great iron works of Sheffield, and to that end petitioned parliament to sanction the building of a new railway. This they did and the Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway opened in 1866. To assist the growth of his local empire, Winn had 193 labourers houses built in New Frodingham and extended the local school. Later he financed the building of Scunthorpe Church of England School and St. John's Church. He spent a deal of time as Conservative M.P. for North Lincolnshire and served as a Government Whip in Benjamin Disraeli's second government from 1874 to 1880. He then became the Conservative's Chief Whip from 1880 to 1885. His service was duly noted when the Conservatives were returned to power and Winn was ennobled, becoming Baron St. Oswald of Nostell in 1885. His son and namesake, who may have inherited the shotgun, also acted as an M.P., and represented Pontefract from 1868 until 1885. He acceded to the title on his father's death in 1893. Literature: In his definitive book 'Boss & Co. Best Gunmakers 2nd Edition', page 110, Donald Dallas makes reference to there being only fourteen true Boss hammer ejector guns built.

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HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S) A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 165,

Lot 1811: HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S) A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 165,

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Description: HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S) A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 165, 30in. black powder only damascus barrels (pitted), the rib gold-inlaid '2' and engraved 'HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S). 2 JERMYN STREET. HAYMARKET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, carved percussion fences, the topstrap gold-inlaid '2', rebounding locks, brushed bright finish, 15in. figured stock including 1in. extension (fore-end missing finial), weight 6lb. 14oz.

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PURDEY A 12-BORE TOPLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMER EJECTOR, serial no. 9886,

Lot 1812: PURDEY A 12-BORE TOPLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMER EJECTOR, serial no. 9886,

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Description: PURDEY A 12-BORE TOPLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMER EJECTOR, serial no. 9886, 30in. black powder only damascus barrels (pitted, bulged and rivelled), the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.' and engraved '2', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, action converted to ejector (ejectors not functioning), carved percussion fences, rebounding locks with dolphin hammers, acanthus scroll engraving, brushed finish, 14in. figured replacement stock (split to stock at knuckle, fore-end wood with damage), weight 6lb. 10oz. Provenance: The makers have kindly informed us that this shotgun was completed 1877 with 30in. barrels for E.C. Baring.

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H. CLARKE & SONS A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10502,

Lot 1813: H. CLARKE & SONS A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10502,

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Description: H. CLARKE & SONS A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 10502, 28in. sleeved nitro barrels, the rib engraved 'H. CLARKE & SONS. MIDLAND GUN WORKS. LEICESTER.' and with a flash of scroll at the breech-end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/4 choke, treble-grip action with carved percussion fences, rebounding locks, the action, lockplates and furniture profusely engraved with foliate and acanthus scroll engraving interspersed with game scene vignettes, retaining traces of colour-hardening and finish, 15in. figured stock (very slight crack at hand) including 1in. rubber recoil pad, weight 6lb. 13oz.

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J. PURDEY A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8429, with extra barrels,

Lot 1814: J. PURDEY A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8429, with extra barrels,

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Description: J. PURDEY A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8429, with extra barrels, 27in. original black powder only damascus barrels (shortened), rib engraved 'J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. cyl. in both; 27in. steel nitro reproved extra barrels (circa 1939, by another) with spuriously signed rib, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke; action incorporating J. Purdey 1863 second patent thumbhole underlever and Purdey 1863 double bite, patent no. 1104 of 2nd May 1863, carved percussion fences, patent gold-inlaid 'loaded' indicators, rebounding back-action island locks with dolphin hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, 13 7/8in. replacement semi-pistolgrip stock, weight 6lb. 11oz. Provenance: The makers have kindly informed us that this shotgun was completed in 1871 with 31in. barrels for Capt. H.D. Streatfield. Henry Dorrien Streatfeild (the family used both spellings of the surname) was born 2nd August 1825 into a landed Kentish family. In the 1871 census, when this shotgun was completed, his occupation is listed as 'Landowner/late Capt, 1st Life Guards'. He died at Chiddingstone, Kent on 27th March 1889.

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MADE FOR H.H. MAHARAJAH OF PATIALAALEXR. HENRY A FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3505

Lot 1815: MADE FOR H.H. MAHARAJAH OF PATIALAALEXR. HENRY A FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3505

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Description: MADE FOR H.H. MAHARAJAH MAHENDER SINGH. MAHENDER BAHADOOR G.C.S.I. OF PATIALA ALEXR. HENRY A FINE 12-BORE 1871 JOHN THOMAS PATENT SINGLE-BITE SNAP-ACTION TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3505, 29 3/4in. nitro reproved bold damascus barrels, rib engraved 'ALEXR. HENRY 12 SOUTH ST. ANDREW ST. EDINBURGH. MAKER TO THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESS' THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH.', the tubes finely gold-inlaid in gothic script 'Made by order of H.H. Maharajah Mahender Singh. Mahender Bahadoor G.C.S.I. of Pattiallah. November 1874', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, John Thomas 'Rectangular Wedge Bolt Patent' single bite snap-action, patent No. 3091 of 15th November 1871, use number 3445, carved percussion fences, rebounding sidelocks with dolphin hammers, fine acanthus scroll engraving with feathered bordering, the makers name inlaid in gold in gothic script, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, toplever and triggerguard reblued, 14 1/2in. highly-figured stock with comb insert and 3/8in. ebonite extension, fore-end with Deeley & Edge patent release catch, weight 6lb. 13oz., in a canvas case Provenance: This Lot is accompanied by a copy of the original ledger entry. It tells us that this shotgun was orderedMarch 1875 as a best quality snap-action hammergun with 30in. barrels by the Maharajah of Patiala. Relatively little has been written about H.H. Mahender (sometimes Mahendra) Singh of Patiala. He was born 1852 into the Phulkian Dynasty and acceded to the title of Maharajah of the princely 17-gun salute state at only ten years of age, although a Council of Regency would have been empowered in his name. He took full control of the state in 1870 and received the Grand Commander of the Star of India the following year. He died only five years later aged only twenty four.

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J. PURDEY A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 4633,

Lot 1817: J. PURDEY A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 4633,

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Description: J. PURDEY A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 4633, converted from muzzle loading and subsequently pinfire, 28 3/4in. nitro reproved damascus barrels (in 2012), rib engraved 'J. PURDEY, 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, single bite rotary underlever, carved serpentine fences, unengraved replacement crosspin, non-rebounding sidelocks with poor replacement hammers, bowed triggerguard, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, 14 1/4in. figured stock (with some ink enhancement) including engraved steel buttplate, weight 6lb. 9oz. Provenance: The makers have kindly informed us that this shotgun was completed 1851 as a percussion muzzle-loader with 30in. barrels for Mr. Latham.

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