THE JACKIE STEWART ROLEX CELEBRITY CHALLENGE TOP LADY GUN PRIZE - GLENEAGLES 1995
A COMPOSED PAIR OF P. BERETTA 20-BORE 'SILVER PIGEON SPORTING' SINGLE-TRIGGER OVER AND UNDER EJECTORS, serial no. L88502B / M93403B,
for 1995, 28in. nitro barrels with 8mm ventilated matt top-ribs, 3in. chambers, multichokes (with spares), hold-open toplevers silver-inlaid with a pigeon in flight, automatic safeties with integral barrel selector switches, gold-washed triggers, border and floral scroll engraving with game scenes of duck and pheasant, the undersides with depictions of the Gleneagles Hotel above the Rolex brand name and logo and 'JACKIE STEWART CELEBRITY CHALLENGE 1995', bright and blued finish overall, 13 1/4in. figured pistolgrip stocks including 5/8in. recoil pads, No. L88502B slightly springing at head, the toes with a silver oval escutcheons, blank on No. L88502B and initialled 'RN' and surmounted with the coronet of a Marquis on No. M93403B, weight 6lb. (No. L88502B) and 6lb. 3oz. (No. M93403B), with universal cases
Provenance: We are kindly informed by Rosemary Marchioness of Northampton, that gun No. L88502B was presented to her by Pietro Beretta himself as the prize for Top Lady Gun at the Jackie Stewart Rolex Celebrity Shoot at Gleneagles in 1995 and that soon after, Gun No. M93403B was ordered and engraved to match and make up a pair.
"I have shot in all three of the Rolex Jackie Stewart Celebrity Challenges in 1998, 1990 and 1995 amongst a few great lady shots, so I consider myself lucky to win Top Lady Gun. My friend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who I have shot with for several years was Top Lady Gun in 1988.
My guns and I have travelled together far and wide in the UK and Spain and have never let me down…happy memories"
Other Notes: Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, whilst best known for his racing career has always had a keen interest in shooting. Before retiring from competitive shooting at the age of 23 to pursue motor racing, he won the British, Irish, Welsh and Scottish Championships and the Coupe De Nations twice, narrowly missing out on being in the British Olympic team for the 1960 Summer Olympics
The Jackie Stewart Shooting School opened at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1985, which would become a regular host to his Celebrity Challenge clay shooting competitions, the participants ranging from across all arenas of music, film and television and frequently members of the Royal family, raising funds for charity. He authored 'The Jackie Stewart Book of Shooting' in 1991 and in 2003 the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities presented him with the Sport Shooting Ambassador Award, an award presented to 'an outstanding individual whose efforts have promoted the shooting sports internationally'
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act