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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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JOHN DICKSON & SON A 12-BORE 'SKELETON-ACTION' TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3574,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
JOHN DICKSON & SON A 12-BORE 'SKELETON-ACTION' TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3574,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £500- £700
£5502 Bids
ARMY & NAVY STORES LTD. A .410 ( 2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 67905,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
ARMY & NAVY STORES LTD. A .410 ( 2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 67905,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7001 Bid
ELDERKIN & SON A 12-BORE 'THE PREMIER EJECTOR GUN' BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 9564,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
ELDERKIN & SON A 12-BORE 'THE PREMIER EJECTOR GUN' BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 9564,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £500- £700
£5001 Bid
* J. WOODWARD & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 5351/ 2, with extra barrels by Gallyon,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
* J. WOODWARD & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 5351/ 2, with extra barrels by Gallyon,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
C. G. BONEHILL A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6203,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
C. G. BONEHILL A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6203,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
J. PURDEY & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 18212 / 3,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
J. PURDEY & SONS A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 18212 / 3,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
Richard Jeffery Push Forward Underlever Hammer Shotgun
Aug 25, 9:00 AM CDT
Richard Jeffery Push Forward Underlever Hammer Shotgun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5000 Bids
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'ROYAL' SELF-OPENING HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 30890,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'ROYAL' SELF-OPENING HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 30890,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £5,000- £7,000
£5,0000 Bids
ARMSTRONG & CO. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 41046,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
ARMSTRONG & CO. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 41046,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
W. W. Greener Trap Shotgun Owned by John M. Studebaker Jr.
Aug 25, 9:00 AM CDT
W. W. Greener Trap Shotgun Owned by John M. Studebaker Jr.
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,000- $7,000
$3,5000 Bids
JOHN DICKSON & SON A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6923,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
JOHN DICKSON & SON A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6923,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
CHARLES HELLIS & SONS LTD. A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 3967 / 8,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
CHARLES HELLIS & SONS LTD. A PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 3967 / 8,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0000 Bids
CHARLES LANCASTER A PAIR OF 12-BORE ASSISTED-OPENING BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 8132 / 3,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
CHARLES LANCASTER A PAIR OF 12-BORE ASSISTED-OPENING BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 8132 / 3,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
WILKINSON & SON A SCARCE HARVEY 1866 PATENT 16-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 6169,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
WILKINSON & SON A SCARCE HARVEY 1866 PATENT 16-BORE ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 6169,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
JOSEPH LANG & SON A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 7434,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
JOSEPH LANG & SON A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 7434,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
GALLYON & SONS LTD. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 11680,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
GALLYON & SONS LTD. A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 11680,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
* HOLLAND & HOLLAND A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'NO. 3 GRADE' BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 20579 / 80,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
* HOLLAND & HOLLAND A PAIR OF 12-BORE 'NO. 3 GRADE' BACK-ACTION SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 20579 / 80,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0000 Bids
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 25112,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
HOLLAND & HOLLAND A 12-BORE 'ROYAL' HAND-DETACHABLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 25112,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
S. GRANT A 12-BORE 1871 PATENT SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3384,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
S. GRANT A 12-BORE 1871 PATENT SIDELEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 3384,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
BOSS & CO. A PAIR OF 12-BORE EASY-OPENING SINGLE-TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 6513 / 4,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
BOSS & CO. A PAIR OF 12-BORE EASY-OPENING SINGLE-TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 6513 / 4,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £15,000- £20,000
£15,0000 Bids

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