A pair of rare guns made for a member of the exclusive Sandringham Set are expected to fetch up to £30,000 when they go up for auction next week.
The 12-bore Hammer Ejector shotguns by London-maker James Purdey and Sons were built in 1895 for the Honorary Harry Stonor, who shot extensively with the finest gameshots of his day.
Grandson of the 3rd Lord Camoys, Sir Harry Stonor spent much of his youth at Sandringham where he developed his capacity for shooting.
He became gentleman usher to Queen Victoria in 1883, a position he continued to hold under King Edward VII and King George V. He was also deputy master of the King’s Household from 1918 until his retirement.
He was placed fourth in the 1903 Bailey’s magazine list of the 12 best shots in Britain, a list headed by The King, and Lords Ripon and Walsingham.
The guns are among more than 200 lots up for sale in Gavin Gardiner Ltd’s auction of fine modern and vintage sporting guns and rifles, being held at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Wednesday.