Holland & Holland
is a British
gun-maker based in London
. They offer hand-made sporting rifles
. H&H holds two Royal Warrants
Holland & Holland was founded by Harris Holland (1806–96) in the year 1835.
At first the guns bore the inscription H.Holland, without an address, and it is probable that these were built in the trade to his design. It is not known when Harris started his own manufacturing but it is estimated to be in the 1850s. This start makes him very unusual among the London Best makers, as others such as Purdey
and Lancaster had apprenticed with Joseph Manton
, while others such as Beesley, Grant and Atkin apprenticed with Purdey or Boss.
In 1883 Holland and Holland entered the trials organized by the magazine The Field
, and won all of the rifle
categories. This set a new standard of excellence for the competition among English gunmakers. In 1885 patents
were granted to Holland and Holland for their Paradox gun
, a shotgun with rifling
in the front two inches of the barrel.
In 1908, they patented the detachable lock feature with small lever, for sidelock shotguns. The last major development in the evolution of the sidelock side-by-side gun occurred... Read More