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Renowned internationally for their quarterly sporting and gun auctions, Holts' next fine modern and antique guns sale is set to take place on Thursday 16th March in London. In the first of their main sales this year, there will be aproximatelly 900 Lots available including shotguns, rifles, edged weapons and associated sporting ephemera.

Included in this sale are two pairs of 12-bore easy-opening sidelock ejectors made by top London gunmaker Boss & Co., a rare 12-bore ‘Purdey-action’ self-opening sidelock ejector made in 1908 by London gunmaker Boss & Co., and a pair of 12-bore spring-opening sidelock ejectors made by London gunmaker Henry Atkin for acclaimed British journalist Sir Max Hastings.

Screen Shot 2017 02 21 at 02.12.04Sir Max Hastings

The Hastings guns feature 28in. nitro chopperlump barrels, ribs gold-inlaid '1' and '2' and engraved 'HENRY ATKIN LTD (FROM PURDEY'S). 88 JERMYN ST. LONDON. S.W.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, spring opening actions based on the Beesley / Purdey 1880 patent with 1909 model improved ejectors, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the undersides with 'HENRY ATKIN FROM PURDEY'S' in an oval, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 15 3/4in. replacement stocks, weight 6lb. 6oz.

Screen Shot 2017 02 21 at 02.29.57Lot 1310: The Hastings Guns - Estimate £8000 - £12,000

1300 minLot 1300:  Best quality lightweight 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector shotguns made in 1980 by Kent gunmaker Greenfield & Son. Estimate: £12,000 - £16,000

Screen Shot 2017 02 21 at 02.58.45Lot 1110: A unique commemorative ‘40th anniversary’ RPA rifle - Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

1415 1 1 min 1Lot 1415: A rare Boss & Co. 12-bore ‘Purdey Action’ sidelock shotgun made in 1908 - Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000

1314 1 1 min 1Lot 1314: Pair of 12-bore easy-opening sidelock ejectors with 26 inch barrels made by London gunmaker Boss & Co. - Estimate: £70,000 - £90,000

1315 1 min 1Lot 1315: Pair of 12-bore easy-opening sidelock ejectors by Boss & Co. features 30in. barrels - Estimate:  £100,000 - £120,000

Notice: Sporting guns, rifles and ammunition will only be released to a valid and appropriate Section 5 / Firearm / Shotgun certificate holder, after payment of the auction invoice. All auction purchases are subject to buyers premium and VAT. Please see terms & conditions for further details. Holt’s next auction in London is on Thursday 16th March.

The rest of the sale may be viewed here

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