Holland & Holland recently acquired this rare 28-bore side lever opening hammer gun manufactured for Lady Randolph Churchill in 1874, Mother of Winston Churchill.
This special gun has 28-inch barrels with 2½ inch chambers and choke boring of R ½ & L½, a rounded back action frame with rebounding hammer locks, side lever opening and decorated with fine scroll engraving. The locks are finely etched with the owner’s name “Lady Churchill”. The highly figured stock to 13½ inches finished off with a chequered horn heel plate with the gun weighing in at 5lb -5oz.
Born Jennie Jerome, Lady Churchill was the American born English wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Born in Brooklyn in 1854, she was the second daughter of financier, sportsman and speculator, Leonard Jerome. Long considered one of the most beautiful women of the time, she married Lord Randolph Churchill at the British Embassy in Paris on 15th April 1874. The couple had become engaged within three days of their initial meeting, though the marriage was delayed for some months. Their first son Winston, the future Prime Minister, was born that same year.
Holland & Holland’s Brevis Collection is an archive of shotguns and rifles of significant importance to the company.