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Holloway & Co 12 Bore BLNE Shotgun

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Holloway & Co 12 bore box lock non-ejector shotgun in good used condition. Owned by the same family since new.

Maker: Holloway & Co

Address: 10, 12 and 14 Vesey Street, Birmingham, England

Date of Manufacture: Circa 1927 [Serial number: 46193]


Action: Break action, box lock, non- ejector with extractors

Lever: Right hand top lever, firm to centre with Greener cross bolt

Triggers: Twin

Plates: Side and base plates with sharp engraving. Side Plates signed “Holloway & Co”


Composition: Walnut, right cast with unsigned, silver escutcheon

Chequering: London flat top style, tear drop points

Length of Pull: About 14 ¼” [about 360mm] to centre

Grip: Chequered - some bruising, semi-pistol grip

Safety: Automatic safety to top tang

Butt Plate: Horn butt plate


Composition: Side by side steel, rust blued finish [thinning to blued finish with stains] signed “Holloway & Co Makers Birmingham”

Birmingham Proof House marks show the barrels were proven post 1925 for 1 ¼ oz [36 gram] loads

Length: 30” [about 760mm]

Chambers: 2 ¾” [about 70mm]

Chokes: Full [1st barrel] and Full [2nd barrel]

Bores: Clean, bright with very slight wear to both bores

Rib: Raised, file cut, tapered pigeon top rib. Both ribs appear sound

Sight: Brass bead

Fore end: Walnut, with London flat top chequering with Anson push rod catch [catch spring requires attention]


It is thought that Holloway & Co was founded by George Holloway [1818-1904] about 1837.

The firm was continued by George’s son, George O’Connor Holloway [1846-1920], from 1887 from the premises located at 10, 12 and 14 Vesey Street, Birmingham, England.

In 1901, the business was sold, by the then owner H.L. England, to Tommy Naughton, who had previously been the firm’s manager. Naughton continued to trade under the name Holloway & Co and then under both Holloway & Co and Holloway & Naughton Ltd [registered in 1909].

Holloway had a reputation for making good quality trade guns, many of which were exported to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

Unfortunately, the firm’s records were destroyed by bombing in World War II. Few guns were manufactured post World War II until the company was resurrected in the 1990s.

Reasonable offers considered.

Price plus shipping and transfers to your licenced firearm dealer.

Transfers through Andrew Hepner & Sons Fine Guns, Geelong, Victoria.
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