A GOOD .450 NO. 2 MUSKET WESTLEY RICHARDS PATTERN 1869 IMPROVED MARTINI SPORTING RIFLE RETAILED BY GEORGE ARMSTRONG, serial no. 723,
circa 1870 with 31in. barrel with machine cut anti-glare top rib inscribed in gold with the retailers details 'GEORGE ARMSTRONG & CO. CRADOCK. NO 723', dovetailed blade front-sight and African express leaf and ladder rear-sights, with one fixed and six platinum lined leafs to 700 yards and a ladder graduated from 500 to 1000 yards, under barrel rib with two pipes holding the the brass mounted wooden cleaning / clearing rod, the action and furniture with large foliate scroll engraving, pivoting safety lever on the right, two piece figured walnut stock, the butt with chequered full pistol grip, iron butt-plate and foliate engraved large rectangular butt-trap, cross bolted chequered fore-end with horn cap, some fading finish
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament