Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading target rifle - Target Model

Percussion muzzle-loading target rifle - Target Model

Date

1877

Object Number

XII.3774

Provenance

Exchanged with Holland & Holland for one chastity belt (XVIII.119) and three sea service pistols. Bought by them at auction from Christie's 18th July 1973.

Physical Description

Incorporating Alex Henry's and Daniel Fraser's Patent No 1559 of 1877 for the two-position stock. Built with an additional forward pistol grip. This type of rifle was offered in both muzzle and breechloading configurations from 1877

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 50.625 in (1286 mm), Barrel length: 34 in (864 mm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 4295

Calibre

.51 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel should be separately serialed as 3330

Associations

Bibliographic References

Winfer, W.G. 1998. 'British Single Shot Rifles Vol.1', R&R, p.178

Notes

This rifle appears as 'No.5' on a list compiled by Peter F. McGowan in Winfer (1998) p.178, and was one of six weapons sold to R.B. Rodda on 26.1.1878. Rodda was an operator of retail outlets in Calcutta and Delhi until the mid-1980s.