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English Double Shotguns

The makers of English double-barreled shotguns pride themselves on their long histories of design and innovation. They hold a long-standing reputation for their dedication to building the best shotguns in the world.

England has a long history with the shotgun that traces back to royalty and aristocracy. English double barrels are prized for the craftsmanship and high-quality materials used to manufacture them.

Due to gun laws in the U.K. and most of Europe, the ability to own a firearm is restricted and difficult. Because of this, Europeans who purchase shotguns may only purchase one their entire life. Understandably, many insist on making this single purchase the highest quality possible. English double-barrel makers including Holland & Holland, Charles Hellis, Boss, and Purdey manufacture shotguns that have earned a time-honored reputation. These companies have been producing shotguns for over a century and are revered for their works.


Quick Facts

  • Athol Purdey was one of the biggest proponents of the over-and-under shotgun and championed the Purdey company to design one
  • Holland & Holland have received two royal warrants for their firearms
  • The Prince of Wales, the Earl of Carnarvon, and the King of Portugal were all owners of Charles Ellis Shotguns

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PATON & SON AN UNUSUAL VARIANT 12-BORE 1875 PATENT BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 3104,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
PATON & SON AN UNUSUAL VARIANT 12-BORE 1875 PATENT BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 3104,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1501 Bid
BENJAMIN EDWARDS A 10-BORE (3IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 3847,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
BENJAMIN EDWARDS A 10-BORE (3IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 3847,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £2,000- £2,500
£2,0001 Bid
E. J. CHURCHILL A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'PREMIERE' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 6801/2,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
E. J. CHURCHILL A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'PREMIERE' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 6801/2,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0001 Bid
E. J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) A .410 BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 2789,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
E. J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) A .410 BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 2789,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7001 Bid
E.J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD. A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'IMPERIAL' SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 7727 / 8,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
E.J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD. A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'IMPERIAL' SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 7727 / 8,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0001 Bid
J. RIGBY & CO. A 12-BORE 'CLASS B' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 17577,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
J. RIGBY & CO. A 12-BORE 'CLASS B' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 17577,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5001 Bid
C. & H. WESTON A 28-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 4619,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
C. & H. WESTON A 28-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 4619,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £500- £700
£5001 Bid
ADKIN A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 1025,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
ADKIN A 12-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 1025,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
JOHN MANTON & SON, LONDON A RARE CASED 14-BORE TUBELOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN, serial no. 7535,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
JOHN MANTON & SON, LONDON A RARE CASED 14-BORE TUBELOCK DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING GUN, serial no. 7535,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 16-BORE 'ROYAL MODEL' SELF-OPENING HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 33456,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 16-BORE 'ROYAL MODEL' SELF-OPENING HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 33456,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £8,000- £12,000
£8,0000 Bids
GALLYON & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'THE NORFOLK MODEL' BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 12257 / 8,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
GALLYON & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'THE NORFOLK MODEL' BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 12257 / 8,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,200- £1,600
£1,2000 Bids
HENRY ATKIN A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 745,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HENRY ATKIN A 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 745,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
J. & W. TOLLEY A CASED 8-BORE DOUBLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 5647,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
J. & W. TOLLEY A CASED 8-BORE DOUBLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 5647,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
W. J. PIERCE & SON A LIGHTLY-USED 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 19781,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
W. J. PIERCE & SON A LIGHTLY-USED 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 19781,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
E. JAMES & CO. SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN.
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
E. JAMES & CO. SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $900
$2500 Bids
HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S) A MATCHED PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 2335 / 2606,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HENRY ATKIN (FROM PURDEY'S) A MATCHED PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 2335 / 2606,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0000 Bids
WATSON BROS. A 28-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 4888,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
WATSON BROS. A 28-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 4888,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
HENRY ATKIN LTD. (FROM PURDEY'S) A 28-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 2724,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HENRY ATKIN LTD. (FROM PURDEY'S) A 28-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 2724,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids

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