Gavin Gardiner auctioneers sold an 8 bore hammer gun built by John Dickson & Son for noted collector Charles Gordon for £41,000 yesterday (April 15).

The scarce hammer gun, ordered by Charles Gordon on May 10, 1886, was one of 15 vintage guns to go under the hammer – some counting 19th century sporting icons Lord Ripon, Lord Walsingham and the Prince of Wales as previous owners.

Gavin Gardiner had originally placed an estimate of £18,000 – £20,000 on the Dickson hammer gun.

Elsewhere in the sale, a Westley Richards 12 bore bar-in-wood hammer gun, bought by Queen Victoria as a present for her son Albert Edward the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) in 1869, was sold for £14,700.

Three-hundred-and-thirty-seven lots were offered during the auction of modern and vintage sporting guns at Sothey’s on New Bond Street, which realised a total of £338,801.

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