Object Title

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Gibbs-Farquharson Rifle

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Gibbs-Farquharson Rifle

Date

1885-1895

Object Number

XII.11438

Provenance

Purchased, Sotheby's, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perth. Lot No 36: 25 August 2003

Physical Description

Originally made as a .450/.400 rifle, the barrel was replaced by W J Jeffery & Co with one in .22 in. Hornet. The grip is reinforced with steel plates which were developed by George Gibbs as an accessory after Selousmentioned to him how he had to mend a broken rifle butt with elephant ear skin soaked and dried onto the wood. So successul was the repair he offrered it to Gibbs.
The 25 inch parkerised replacement barrel is sined 'W.J. Jeffery & Co' and has a raised foresight. The breech end of the barrel is fitted with a modern Ruger type scope rail. The frame and underlever has fine scroll engraving and retains some of its original hardening colour. There is also a bolted safety catch. The reciever ring is engraved with the patent use number '817'. The figured walnut stock has a pistol grip and is fitted with the Gibbs 'Selous' reinforcing metal plates.

Techniques

Forged

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength25inched
BarrelLength635mm
OverallWeight3.97kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 16909

Calibre

.22 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof marks
Birmingham proofs
right side of barrel
stamp
makers name
W.J. JEFFRY & cO
yop of barrel
engraved

Associations

Notes

Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was one of the most famous and respected professional big game hunters of his age. He was also the hunter who guided Theodore Rooservelt on his African Safari.