Bonhams to Sell Rifle Owned by Hunter Who Took Teddy Roosevelt on Safari


LONDON.- A rifle that belonged to a man who was a legend in his own lifetime, Frederick Selous, one of Africa’s greatest white hunters, will be sold at Bonhams Sporting Gun sale on December 8, in Knightsbridge. It is estimated to sell for £5,000 to £7,000. The rifle is a rare Holland-Woodward patent .256 falling-block rifle by Holland & Holland, no. 21873, generally used for small game “but in the hands of an expert capable of dropping an elephant if shot through the ear,” according to Patrick Hawes, Bonhams Sporting Gun Specialist. He adds: “This is an absolute must for anyone who loves that period of African history, and who reveres the memory of Selous. He lived at a time when swashbuckling white hunters were king of the African bush and took an American president, Hollywood stars and crowned princes on safari to shoot game animals which then numbered in the millions.” As Roosevelt wrote of Selous