Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II



Object Number



Old Tower Collections.

Physical Description

General Type Description: The breech chamber consists of the junction between the barrel and the stock. The breech of the barrel is enlarged at its base to form a chamber for the cartridge. A moveable block is operated by a pivoting lever. The short arm of the lever fits into a groove formed in the block its extremity is rounded to allow free movement. The block is supported in position by the lever preventing any change in position being caused by the force of discharge. On the upper side of the block is a hollow which corresponds with the aperture in the barrel when it is in position for the cartridge to be placed in it.
A cocking indicator is found on the right side of the action body taking the external form of a 'tear-drop' shaped switch.
Butt and fore-end of wood stocked to within 3.25 inches of muzzle. A single Baddeley barrel band is found forward of the main sight where the sectional measurement of the stock decreases slightly. The fore-end is fitted with a barrel band which carries a bayonet bar and the forward sling swivel
The rear sling swivel is fitted to the underside of the butt
Plain iron buttplate
A full length cleaning rod is found beneath the barrel
The main sight is of the ramp and ladder type
The foresight is of the unprotected inverted V block type


Dimensions: Overall length: 49.5 in (1257 mm), Barrel length: 32.5 in (826 mm)


Serial Number None visible


.577/.450 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the right side of the action body: Crown over VR, ENFIELD 1872, crown over downwards pointing Broad Arrow, II. On the knocksform: Crown over x over 11, addorsed R's, crown over x over 1, crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P, broad arrow over 'WD'. Left of action body: Conjoined broad arrows, crown over VR over crosed lances over 2P, crown over E over 22, broad arrow over 'WD'.Underside of triggerguard: Crown over E over 69. Underside of lever: Crown over E over 86, broad arrow over 'WD'.Underside of butt: Crown over BR over 46, Crown over BR over 53. Right side of butt: 1 over 1855 (struck through), conjoined broad arrows, addorsed R's, V over EE1 over 37(struck through)


Places Britain


See I.D.Skennerton and B.A.Temple,'A Treatise on the British Military Martini', Arms and Armour Press 1983.