Bring in the big guns

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

SHOOT like a god, or a king, at least. Holt’s Auc­tion­eers, Lon­don W6, has an ‘ex­cep­tion­ally fine’ 18-bore per­cus­sion ri­fle built for Ge­orge IV. Signed and made in about 1825, it has an oc­tag­o­nal bar­rel, flo­ral en­grav­ing, a dol­phin-head ham­mer, wal­nut stock, a vel­vet cheek-piece and a gold es­cutcheon en­graved with the King’s mono­gram. It will go un­der the ham­mer on June 22 and is es­ti­mated at £3,500– £5,000 (www.holt­sauc­tion­eers.com).

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