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2023 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 1)

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 616

2 Early 20th Custom Leather Gun Cases Fitted For Big Game Rifles

Estimate: $500 - $550
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1st item: Wood and leather gun case originally fitted for a Joseph Lang .470 caliber rifle, with engraved brass nameplate to the top identifying the owner as "MAHARANEE / HOLKAR / of / INDORE/ 1921", likely a wife of Tukojirao Holkar III, who was the Maharaja of Indore State in central India from 1903 to 1926. The case has reinforced brass corners, push-lock enclosure, and double closing straps with brass buckles and opens to reveal a felt-lined multi-compartmented interior with an affixed gun manufacturer label reading "Land & Hussey Ltd/ Late Joseph Lang & Son/ Gun and Rifle Manufacturers, 102 New Bond Street London, W" and an additional label describing the firearm for which the case was fitted for. Maintain accessories including a cleaning rod with replaceable tips, a screwdriver, a stainless steel oil bottle, leather straps, an additional oil can, and polishing cloths. Barrel compartment measures 26 1/2" L. Stock compartment measures 20 1/2" L x 5 1/2" W. Overall: 12" H x 30 1/4" W x 3 1/2" D. 2nd item: Leather gun case fitted for a Manton and Company .400 caliber BP B firearm. Has a leather exterior with top handle, brass hardware, reinforced brass corners, a push-lock enclosure, and double-closing straps with brass buckles. opens to reveal a green felt-lined multi-compartmented interior with an affixed gun manufacturer label to top reading "Manton and Company/ Gun, Rifle, and Pistol Manufacturers. 13, Old Court House Street, Calcutta/ Established 1825". Maintains accessories including a cleaning rod with replaceable tips and leather strap. Affixed tag to handle describes the firearm for which the case was fitted for. Barrel compartment measures 27" L, stock compartment measures 20 1/2" L x 5 1/4" W. Overall: 10" H x 29" W x 3 1/2" D. Likely English, both early 20th century.

Condition

1st item: Light wear to exterior including scuffs, creasing, and patination, especially to underside of straps. Tarnish to gold hardware and light green oxidation to belt buckles. 2nd item: With moderate wear to exterior including scuffs, creases, and patination. Tarnish and wear to hardware.

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