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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - July 2022

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Sale A0722 Lot 5

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* BSA, BIRMINGHAM

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE .25 UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, MODEL 'IMPROVED MODEL 'D' .25', serial no. 21373,
for 1908-09, with 19 1/2in. barrel (partially stripped of finish), dove-tailed fore-sight, fixed notch standing rear-sight (possibly a replacement but appears period), broad arrow stamp behind the rear-sight, marked 'LOAD 3' forwards of the load tap, plain air-chamber stamped 'THE BSA AIR RIFLE (IMPROVED MODEL 'D'), THE BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS COMPANY LIMITED - SOLE MANUFACTURERS' (rubbed, areas illegible), single screw trigger block, walnut saw-handled butt-stock, trigger guard absent, no provision for fore-end and 'spade' style under-lever catch, minimal traces of finish with exposed iron surfaces frosted and pin-prick pitted, well worthy of restoration

Provenance: The .25 BSA Improved Model 'D' is now recognised as probably the rarest pre-war BSA model and turns up in auction even less frequently than the Military Model.

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Estimate £300-500

Pre-1939




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