Holt’s Charity Shoot

Featured in:
October 2017

I’m just back from Sandringham, where my team ‘Resolution’ has been competing at Holt’s Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot. This year we raised money for The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust headed by Sir John Scott. Thirty teams of four, shooting at some 500 clays each, followed by lunch and an auction, raised around £30,000. Many had made donations; lunch, cartridges and Her Majesty the Queen had lent the ‘Old Shooting Ground’ at Wolferton. Opportunities like firing a flintlock 8 bore and shooting a petrol driven model airplane added to the coffers.

This William Powell sidelock ejector with 30” Damascus barrels (top picture) is rare as it has been made to imitate a hammer gun – notice there are no firing pins! Many shooters had grown up with hammer guns from the 1860s; they shot well with them and crucially used the hammers to help them line up on their target – it was a step too far to dispense with them. They are entirely rigid but serve their purpose, also making a very attractive gun. In our September sale: £5-700.

Cartridge display boards are not uncommon. They are easy to date by looking at the types of cartridges, occasionally big game loads. Sometimes local boards appear, everyone of course keen to sell their own patent cartridges: Smith of Newark selling ‘The Clinton’, Robinson of Hull selling ‘The Kingston’, Arnold of Louth selling ‘The express special’. These boards (see example, left) achieve between £200–£8,000 dependant on age of contents and provenance!

Finally, these duellers by Nock, in this case Henry as opposed to Samuel, are stunning (bottom picture). They are presented in their original case with accessories. They are plain but have the latest developments – rain proof pan and a roller beneath the frizzen to speed up ignition. Henry was gunmaker to George III in 1789 at various London addresses and became a famous name. Ultimately his foreman took over the business, he was called Wilkinson. At its height his factory produced 60,000 bayonets and 6,000 swords annually – now of course Wilkinson Sword.

Next valuation day is at Belvoir Castle on 12th October or call for collection, Simon Grantham 07860 300055.

Never miss a copy!

Big savings when you take out a subscription.

YOUR FAVOURITE NEEDS YOU! We need your nominations – Celebrating Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses in our Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2022. Click here to vote bit.ly/lincstasteawardsWe are asking you, customers and connoisseurs of the best eateries, hospitality venues, producers, pubs and venues, to send in your nominations for businesses across the county, between May and August, in the following categories:• Best Restaurant of the Year• Best Dining Pub of the Year• Best Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year• Best Farm or Local Shop of the Year• Best Food to your Door• Best Bakes or Sweet Treat of the Year• Best Drinks Product of the Year• Best Producer of the Year• Best Hotel of the Year• Best Wedding Venue of the Year• Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year• Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year• Best Newcomer of the Year• Business.VisitLincolnshire Green and Sustainable AwardClosing date for nominations 26th August 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·