One of England’s premiere gun makers, Holland & Holland, had a double barreled big game rifle show up at Rock Island Auction Company during their annual Premiere Firearms Auction last week.
Unlike other firearms up for auction, this rifle is relatively modern, having been made in the last 20-30 years. “People don’t usually think of engraving at this level as being capable in the modern age. They think ‘They don’t make ’em like they used to’ and this [gun] is the counterpoint to that,” said Joel Kolander, RIA interactive production manager.
The gun — blurring the line of functional artwork — has amazing scrollwork around the receiver and side locks. The design sports gold inlaid tigers on either side and appear to be creeping out of the vine work. On the under, two hunters perch atop an elephant as they look for the tigers.
Ultimately the gun didn’t reach the desired price tag of $150,000, so it will go back to the consignor.