Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. II

Date

1861

Object Number

XII.9895

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. First found in the Bowyer Tower in rack 22/A, 1992.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Standard Snider patent action with trapdoor breech block hinged to the right.
The action is operated by pressing upward and to the right on a knurled thumb-piece which is found on the left of the breech block. The extractor is operated by manually pulling the breech block backwards against the action of a piston found to the right side of the block. The cock hammer has the superficial appearance of a percussion hammer but in fact works against a striker whose downward action operates a centrefire pin housed in a hole which runs through the breech block.
Stocked in one piece with two barrel bands fitted with a sling swivel on the upper barrel band and on the underside of the butt.
A bayonet bar is attached on the right side of the barrel.
The fore sight is of the unprotected barleycorn type
The rear sight is graduated to 1000 yards

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the lock; Crown over VR; 1861 over TOWER.Stamped on the barrel: Crown over crossed sceptres; conjoined broad arrows; crown over VR over 1P; crown over VR over 27; upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; crown over E over 10 (twice).Receiver: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P; upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; crown over E over 42; II **.Top of breech block: Crown over E over 49; upwards pointing broad arrow over WD. Right of butt: I.C over T; Roundel with Tower of London mark within it; 1861 over crown over WO; conjoined broad arrows. Left of butt: Crown over 2; 19;

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

See I.D.Skennerton, 'A Treatise on the Snider', 1978