Britain has won an individual gold medal for clay shooting at the Olympics just three times – most recently in 2012 by Peter Wilson, in 2000 by Richard Faulds and in 1968 by the late Bob Braithwaite.
To mark the upcoming auction of Bob’s shotguns, members of the press are invited to join Peter and Richard at Owls Lodge Shooting School in Hampshire on Tuesday 17 May at 10am to shoot the actual shotgun the legendary trap shooter used to beat 55 competitors from 34 nations.
Born in Cumbria in 1925, Bob sadly died at the age of 89 last year. As per Bob’s wishes, his family has consigned the 12-bore C Grade Browning that he used to score 198×200 and win gold at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Holt’s Auctioneers has given the shotgun (Lot 1600) an estimate of £7,000-9,000. It features 29 7/8in. nitro reproved barrels, fine acanthus scroll engraving with the right side later gold-inlaid with the Olympic Rings.
Holt’s Auctioneers is also selling Lot 1601, a special edition D Grade shotgun also made by Browning that was presented to Bob in recognition of his sporting achievements. Also estimated at £7,000-9,000, the one-of-a-kind over-and-under 12-bore shotgun features 30in. nitro barrels, Bob’s signature gold-inlaid and a gold oval inscribed ‘Presented to J.R. Braithwaite Gold Medal Olympic Trench MEXICO 68’.
Both guns are for sale in London on Thursday 30th June through Holt’s Auctioneers.
For more information on Owls Lodge Shooting School, visit www.owlslodgeshootingschool.co.uk