20 January 2017
Gavin Gardiner’s first sale of 2017, to be held on April 12 at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, will include nine sporting and big game rifles from the H. Frank Wallace Collection.
H. Frank Wallace of Corrimony (21 March 1881 to 16 September 1962) was an artist, author and naturalist.
A widely admired and successful sporting artist, he was also remembered as a writer, illustrator and authority on all aspects of hunting, from the stalking of British native deer to the shooting of the more exotic big game species found in many different parts of the world. At well over six feet tall, and of an extrovert appearance, he was as comfortable with his easel painting as he was on the hill with his rifle.
The collection comprises several examples by John Rigby & Co including .275 HV bolt action sporting rifle, built Sept 1 1903 and the first Rigby .275 regulated for the High Velocity ammunition, which is expected to fetch £2,000-£3,000; while a. .350 Magnum bolt action sporting rifle, built in 1911 for H. Frank Wallace is estimated at £3,500-£5,000 and a .450 Cordite Express double barrel hammer rifle, built in 1905 is estimated at £3,000-£5,000. Elsewhere, a 450/.400 double barrel boxlock ejector rifle by Charles Osbourne is expected to fetch £4,000-£6,000 and a .318 accelerated Express bolt action rifle by Westley Richard carries an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.
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