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English Shotguns

The first English shotguns were designed in the early 1700s before the word shotgun was recognized. They were known as fowling pieces and were often signifiers of status, affordable only to those of good fortune.

The aristocratic past of the fowling piece has followed the English shotgun into the modern day. English shotguns are often meticulously crafted and of extremely high quality.

English shotguns are most commonly single- and double-barrel designs that vary between over and under and side-by-side designs. English shotguns are very popular worldwide for the craftsmanship implemented in their construction. English shotguns by Holland & Holland, Boss, and other leading shotgun manufacturers are often considered heirloom or investment-grade shotguns.


Quick Facts

  • A 12-gauge Purdey shotgun once owned by champion shooter Russell B. Atkins sold for $52,800
  • The term automatic was first applied to firearms when English shotgun manufacturers designed an automatic cocking mechanism in 1876
  • Eric Clapton is known to enjoy English shotguns. A Boss shotgun is the most well known of his firearms

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F. BEESLEY (FROM PURDEY'S) A PAIR OF 16-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 2137 / 8,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
F. BEESLEY (FROM PURDEY'S) A PAIR OF 16-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 2137 / 8,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£8503 Bids
J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 13941,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 13941,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £2,500- £3,500
£2,4001 Bid
** E.J. CHURCHILL A LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE 'IMPERIAL XXV' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5507,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
** E.J. CHURCHILL A LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE 'IMPERIAL XXV' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5507,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0001 Bid
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE 'DOMINION' BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 31332,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE 'DOMINION' BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 31332,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7001 Bid
E. J. CHURCHILL A 12-BORE ''UTILITY XXV'' MODEL BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 33
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
E. J. CHURCHILL A 12-BORE ''UTILITY XXV'' MODEL BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 33
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £1,400- £1,800
£1,4001 Bid
W.W. GREENER A 12-BORE 'GRADE G IMPERIAL' HAMMERLESS UNIQUE EJECTOR, serial no. 50162,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
W.W. GREENER A 12-BORE 'GRADE G IMPERIAL' HAMMERLESS UNIQUE EJECTOR, serial no. 50162,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7001 Bid
GEORGE GIBBS A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN, NO. B1751 30-inch barrels with
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
GEORGE GIBBS A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN, NO. B1751 30-inch barrels with
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £200- £400
£2001 Bid
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'NO.2 GRADE' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 24780,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'NO.2 GRADE' SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 24780,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £600- £800
£6001 Bid
D. EGG A 12-BORE PERCUSSION SPORTING GUN 28-inch damascus barrels, the engr
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
D. EGG A 12-BORE PERCUSSION SPORTING GUN 28-inch damascus barrels, the engr
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £500- £800
£5000 Bids
J. & W. TOLLEY LTD. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 9072 28-inch barrels
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
J. & W. TOLLEY LTD. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 9072 28-inch barrels
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £250- £350
£2500 Bids
COGSWELL & HARRISON A 20-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 57427 27 1/2-inch ba
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
COGSWELL & HARRISON A 20-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 57427 27 1/2-inch ba
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £200- £400
£2000 Bids
A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN 28-inch replacement barrels by C. H. Smith &
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN 28-inch replacement barrels by C. H. Smith &
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
ARMY & NAVY A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN, NO. 24588 30-inch barrels with
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
ARMY & NAVY A 12-BORE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN, NO. 24588 30-inch barrels with
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
P. KNIGHT A 12-BORE (3-INCH) BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR WILDFOWLING GUN 28-inch b
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
P. KNIGHT A 12-BORE (3-INCH) BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR WILDFOWLING GUN 28-inch b
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £150- £250
£1400 Bids
J. BLANCH & SON AN 8-BORE SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 10348 36-inch damas
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
J. BLANCH & SON AN 8-BORE SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 10348 36-inch damas
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £5,000- £7,000
£5,0000 Bids
GEORGE GIBBS A SCARCE 8-BORE GIBBS & PITT PATENT LEVER COCKING GUN, NO. E12
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
GEORGE GIBBS A SCARCE 8-BORE GIBBS & PITT PATENT LEVER COCKING GUN, NO. E12
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £5,000- £7,000
£5,0000 Bids
W. HORTON A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 2726 28-inch barrels with 2 1/
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
W. HORTON A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 2726 28-inch barrels with 2 1/
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £250- £400
£2500 Bids
COGSWELL & HARRISON A 12-BORE ''AVANT TOUT'' MODEL BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO.
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
COGSWELL & HARRISON A 12-BORE ''AVANT TOUT'' MODEL BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO.
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £150- £250
£1400 Bids
THOMAS BLAND & SONS A 12-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 18960 28-inch ba
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
THOMAS BLAND & SONS A 12-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 18960 28-inch ba
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £80- £120
£800 Bids
GEORGE GIBBS A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. B7694 27-inch barrels with
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
GEORGE GIBBS A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. B7694 27-inch barrels with
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
WATSON BROS. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 4948 30-inch damascus b
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
WATSON BROS. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR GUN, NO. 4948 30-inch damascus b
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £200- £400
£2000 Bids
CHARLES LANCASTER A 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SELF-OPENING BACKLOCK EJECTOR GU
Oct 05, 10:00 AM BST
CHARLES LANCASTER A 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SELF-OPENING BACKLOCK EJECTOR GU
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Shotguns


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Gavin Gardiner Limited

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