A Rare Irish 52-Bore Percussion Match Prize Rifle

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Lot 268
A Rare Irish 52-Bore Percussion Match Prize Rifle
By John Rigby & Co., Dublin, No. 12492 For 1865

Sold for £ 6,600 (US$ 7,978) inc. premium
A Rare Irish 52-Bore Percussion Match Prize Rifle
By John Rigby & Co., Dublin, No. 12492 For 1865
With blued barrel (some surface rust patination) rifled with five grooves, breech with sighting flat and signed in full beyond, windage adjustable fore-sight (loose) and calibrated folding adjustable back-sight, case-hardened breech with threaded plug, border engraved tang with Vernier folding adjustable long-range peep-sight calibrated along a white-metal panel on one side, border engraved detented flat lock signed in gothic script and with Rigby mirror monogram on the tail, figured half-stock (some bruising) with chequered pistol-grip and fore-end, each with dark horn cap, the butt with oval silver plaque on one side engraved with dated presentation inscription, border engraved steel mounts (surface rust patination) comprising matted butt-plate (toe slightly damaged) and serial numbered trigger-guard, and no provision for a ramrod
91.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    D.H.L. Back, Great Irish Gunmakers Messrs Rigby 1760-1869, 1992, p. 173. Recorded as one of eight 'Best Match rifles' sold to the National Rifle Association for £20.0.0. each

    The Presentation inscription reads: 'Won by Sergt. A. Little, 3rd Gloucestershire A.V. In Competition for the Queens Prize, National Rifle Association, Wimbledon, July, 1865.'
A Rare Irish 52-Bore Percussion Match Prize Rifle
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