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Shotgun made for HRH Prince Alfred could reach £15,000 at auction

PUBLISHED: 13:21 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:21 16 October 2018

'Brothers Reunited' at the Sandringham Library this Summer. Photo: Andrew Orr

'Brothers Reunited' at the Sandringham Library this Summer. Photo: Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr

A gun made for a former Duke of Edinburgh is being auctioned in Norfolk and auctioneers expect it to reach £15,000.

Gun made for HRH Prince Alfred is being auctioned. Photo: Andrew OrrGun made for HRH Prince Alfred is being auctioned. Photo: Andrew Orr

The shotgun was commissioned in 1854 for 10-year-old Prince Alfred, later Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who died at the age of 55 of throat cancer 12 months before his mother.

The gun, due to be auctioned off on December 13 by Holts Auctioneers in Wolverton, was made by Prince Alfred’s personally appointed gun makers Messrs Westley Richards of London. The firearm and its case each bear an escutcheon engraved with a coronet of the British Blood Royal.

It is identical to the one previously commissioned for his elder brother Prince Albert Edward, later King Edward VII, that currently resides in the Royal Gun Collection at Sandringham House.

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