SWINBURN & SON, BIRMINGHAM,
A RARE AND HISTORIC .524 DOUBLE BARRELLED JACOB'S PERCUSSION RIFLE, no visible serial number,
with 24in. barrels rifled with four deep grooves (Jacob's rifling), lug for sword bayonet at muzzle marked " S & S / 165" numbered for its individually fitted bayonet, the rifle is fitted with its Jacobs pattern long range leaf and ladder sights, three leaves graduated for 100, 200 and 300 yards and the 5 in, ladder from 400 to 2000 yds, the back-action locks stamped with the makers name "SWINBURN & SON / 1859", iron mounted walnut half stock, mounts include butt-plate, scroll trigger-guard and circular patchbox inscribed with the legend "JACOB'S RIFLES", the rifle is complete with its unique and original rammer.
Provenance: This pattern of rifle was designed by Brigadier General John Jacob commandant of the Scinde Irregular Horse and commissioner for Scinde Province on the southern sector of the turbulent North West Frontier whose achievement with the S.I.H. is the stuff of legend. In 1858 he was authorised to raise an infantry regiment as part of the Scinde Field Force this was the pattern of rifle he designed for them. Jacobs died in 1858 and the regiment named Jacobs Rifles in his honour. Rifles of this type were made between 1858 and 1862 total production is estimated at between 1000 and 1200 for the regiment. Swinburn also produced a limited quantity of identical guns also bearing the legend "JACOB'S RIFLES" for commercial sale. In service they proved to be a failure and withdrawn from service. This rifle is a true piece of history and a memorial to one of British India's great leaders as well as an excellent example of the Birmingham gunmakers skill.
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