HARTMANN & WEISS\nA SUPERLATIVE LOVENBERG-ENGRAVED 'THE MILLENNIUM' DOUBLE SQUARE-BRIDGE TAKE-DOWN SPORTING RIFLE WITH SIX INTERCHANGEABLE BARRELS, serial no. 1923-1,\n\nCalibres .300 H&H; .350 Rigby; .375 H&H Magnum; .338 Lapua Magnum; .416 Rigby and .500 Jeffery,\n\nMagnificently presented in a Vincent Rickards bespoke brass-mounted elephant hide oak and walnut two-tiered case with goatskin leather lined interior,\n\neach barrel gold-inlaid 'HARTMANN & WEISS . HAMBURG.', and platinum-inlaid 'The Millennium', the breech ends chiselled in relief with scrolling floral and acanthus motifs and inlaid with two gold bands, finely matted sight ribs with further chiselled scrolls in art nouveau style, surrounding a central gold-inlaid calibre designation and with open sights and two folding leaf sights, gold-inlaid sighting lines and calibrated for 50, 100 and 200 yards, the .350 Rigby barrel calibrated for 50, 100 and 150 yards, the .500 Jeffery barrel calibrated for 50, 80 and 100 yards; finely matted ramp-mounted gold bead fore-sights with floral engraved flip-up moonsights; highly-figured fore-end woods with dark wood finials, screw-heads adorned with floral motifs, the release catches chiselled with foliate ribbonwork; double square bridge Mauser action with solid side wall, quickly-detachable telescopic sight mount bases, five Zeiss telescopic sights, elongated top-strap, recoil blocks carved with the head of a flower, extended hinged straddle floorplate with push button release, the action, floorplate and furniture exquisitely chiselled in high relief with diversifying nouveau-esque scrolling acanthus and geometric designs, on an impeccably stippled background, triggerplate signed 'Lovenberg', chequered trigger, both bolts with flag safeties with gold-inlaid 'F' details and mounted with adjustable peep-sights with engraved protective plates, bolt handles deeply carved en suite and with chequered circular panels, first bolt engraved '.375 .350 .300'; the second '.500 .416 .338', highly-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, fully engraved steel pistolgrip-cap (with trap), blank gold escutcheon, sling swivels with flower-head screws, elegant skeletal buttplate engraved en suite, with central silver contoured map of North and Southeast Asia, 14 3/4in. pull; the whole fitted in its case with provision for all barrels and telescopic sights and with full complement of nickel plated and mammoth ivory-handled accessories, the lid interior finely gold-tooled with Hartmann & Weiss coat of arms\n\nSpecifications:\n.300 H&H barrel: 25 14in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 9lb. 7oz.\n.350 Rigby barrel: 24 3/4in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 9lb. 7oz.\n.375 H&H barrel: 25in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 9lb. 7oz.\n.338 Lapua Magnum barrel: 26 1/4in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 9lb. 2oz.\n.416 Rigby barrel: 26 1/4in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 10lb. 5oz.\n.500 Jeffery barrel: 24 1/2in. nitro barrel, weight (unscoped) 10lb. 8oz.\nTelescopic sights:\nZeiss Diavari V 3-12x56T*\nZeiss Diavari V 3-12x56T*\nZeiss Diavari Z 1,25-4x24T*\nZeiss Diavari Z 1,5-6x42T*\nZeiss Diavari Z 1,5-6x42T*\n\nProvenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the rifle was completed in 2000. The exquisite artistry of Alain Lovenberg was a year in the completion and is unlikely to ever be replicated.