A pair of 20 bore Holland and Holland sporting model over and under ejector guns will be among the highlights at Gavin Gardiner’s annual auction of fine modern and vintage sporting guns at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland on August 24. This prestigious sale attracts buyers from the US to Europe and Australia to acquire pieces by the greatest makers. Built in 2000 the Holland and Holland guns are estimated at £60,000-80,000. If ordered new today they would cost £160,000.
The sale features a pair of 16 bore pin fire hammer guns built by Alfred Staehle for Prince Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover and 3rd Duke of Cumberland (1845-1923). He was the last Hanoverian Prince to hold a British royal title. Although the senior male line great grandson of George III the Duke of Cumberland was deprived of his British peerages and honours for having sided with Germany in World War I. The guns are estimated at £2,000-3,000.
The sale will include over 200 lots of fine sporting guns, rifles and shooting accessories dating from 1860 to the present by makers including Purdey, Holland and Holland, Boss and Company and Westley Richards.