Object Title

Needlefire bolt-action rifle

Needlefire bolt-action rifle

Date

1867

Object Number

XII.1189

Provenance

A present to H.R.H. Prince Arthur,Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942) on his seventeenth birthday from his sister Princess Victoria, Princess Royal and Crown Princess of Germany and her husband Prince Frederick William later the Emperor Frederick III. From the 1946 Firearms Amnesty, transferred from COD Weedon in 1948. _ _

Physical Description

Of small size
Barrel with blued finish inscribed in gold 'Leue u. Timpe Berlin.' 'ARQUEBUSIERS DE SA MAJESTE L'ENPEREUR DES FANCAIS
Stock with steel mounts the butt-plate inscribed Arthur May 1. 1867.F W & V. The mounts, which have a dull grey finish are etched with scrolling foliage. Hair trigger

Dimensions

BarrelLength527mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.380 in

Associations

Notes

The design of this little rifle appears to be based on the rifle adopted c. 1864 for the Schaumburg-Lippe Jagercorps.
Compare XXIV.558A.


Replaces a Colt percussion revolver, see XII 1188.