SOLD FOR: $1,958
Make: Holland & Holland
Model: Hammerless Dual Trigger Side by Side
Serial Number: 5931
Year of Manufacture: 1875-1887
Gauge: 10 Gauge (The chambers have been lengthened to 3″)
Action Type: Internal Hammer Side by Side (SxS) with Double Triggers and Automatic Extraction
Markings: The top rib is marked “HOLLAND & HOLLAND 98 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON”. Both sides of the barrel flat are marked with a crowned “GP”, crowned “V”, “10 / 12 NOT FOR BALL, 5931” and a crowned “S”. Both lock plates are marked “HOLLAND & HOLLAND”. The water table is marked “NO 761 / PATENT / 223” in a diamond. The water table is marked “5931 PATENT ACTION”. There is also a crowned “V”. The forend wood is marked “5931”. The bottom tang is marked “5931”.
Barrel Length: 32” Damascus Steel
Choke: Cylinder and Cylinder
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut. The buttstock is of straight English style. There is a circular metal insert on the belly of the buttstock. There are a couple of very tiny chips in the wood at the receiver. The LOP measures 14 ¾” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the red rubber recoil pad. The stock is slightly cast on. The drop at comb measures 1 5/8”. The drop at heel measures 2 1/8”. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: In the White / Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The boresarebright; however there is a dent in the left bore. There is some faint erosion and frosting.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 10% of its metal finish in well protected areas and on the trigger guard. The balance of the finish shows a near total in the white finish on the receiver and barrels. The trigger guard and bottom tang retains 90% of its finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun weighs just under 9 pounds. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Holland & Holland is one of the finest gun makers in the United Kingdom. Starting in 1835, Harris Holland left the family organ making business and went off to create firearms. In 1858, as the company expanded Holland thought it was important to attract an upscale clientele so he moved his business to 98 New Bond Street which is the UK equivalent of Rodeo drive in Beverly Hills. Holland & Holland stayed at the Bond St. address for over 100 years. This shotgun is marked with the 98 New Bond St. Address and ages from approximately 1875 to 1887. This shotgun has very interesting Damascus steel pattern barrels which are beautiful, so please see our photos. There is border engraving on the receiver. It has no cracks and has a beautifully grained buttstock. This is a fine English antique shotgun which has been cared for well throughout the years.