A fine 11 Bore double barrelled percussion gun by Hollis of 346 High Street, Cheltenham, number 57** with case hardened back action locks of novel design, Damascus barrels of good quality which are only 24 inches in length. The gun is of high quality, it has a grip safety after the trigger guard and the trigger guard is enlarged for gloved hand. It is questionable whether this gun was designed as a ball and shot gun for India or the Colonies with barrels of this length, they were sometimes used for hunting boar and other things from horseback hence the short barrels. It is in its red baize lined mahogany original case with accessories including a game licence issued to the previous owner dated 24th August 1854, naming him as Sir William Russell Bart of Charlton Park. This gun retains most of its original finishes including case hardening to the lock-plates, some fire blue to the trigger guard and butt plate and all its original brown to the barrels. The barrels are in excellent condition. The stock has a few marks but the finishes are original.
Sir William Russell Bart, born in Calcutta in 1822, entered the army as a Cornet in the 7th Hussars in 1841. He became a Lieutenant in February 1846, Captain in 1857, Major in August 1857, Lieutenant-Colonel in November 1858, and Colonel in July 1863.
In April 1854, Sir William was appointed as ADC to the Earl of St Germans, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He served in the Crimean War and during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 he served at Alumbagh and at the Siege of Lucknow, and commanded the 7th Hussars on further operations in India and Nepal. He received a medal and clasp, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1859. He became the MP for Dover in 1857, thereafter from 1860 MP for Norwich until 1874. Made Lieutenant General in 1881.
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