A .303 CAL. SINGLE-BARRELLED FALLING-BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 7047,
26 1/2in. rifleite proofed barrel, block-mounted open sights with folding leaf sight for 200 yards with white metal inlaid sighting line, block-mounted bead fore-sight, barrel engraved 'ALEXr. HENRY Ltd, MAKERS TO HER MAJESTY. EDINBURGH AND LONDON.', action with non-rebounding cranked back-action lock with bolted dolphin hammer, action and furniture with fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, retaining some colour-hardening, 14 1/2in. highly-figured replacement pistolgrip stock with engraved steel pistolgrip-cap (with trap) and engraved steel heel and toe plates, matching replacement bolstered fore-end wood with Henry tip, weight 6lb. 12oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in October 1898 for the Earl of Minto.
Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto KG GCSI GCMG GCIE PC (July 1845 - March 1914) was a British nobleman and politician who served as Governor General of Canada from the summer of 1898 until 1904 and as Viceroy and Governor-General of India from 1905 until 1910.
His time in Canada was marked by a period of strong nationalism which saw economic growth coupled with massive immigration to Canada, and his convictions of preserving Canadian heritage led to the creation of the National Archives of Canada.
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