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Sale A1122 Lot 535

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A RARE .577 PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD 3RD MODEL THREE BAND PERCUSSION RIFLE, CIRCA 1860, serial no 45,
with 39in. barrel rifled with three grooves, the breech marked with Enfield proof and inspection stamps together with a small crowned B.R. mark for Birmingham repair, fitted with a block and blade front-sight and standard Enfield pattern ladder rear-sight, the lock stamped on the tail with the Crown V.R. cypher and '1860 / Enfield' to the centre, together with the small crowned arrow inspection stamp, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock the right butt stamped with the R. M. Enfield roundel with 2nd class stamp and '4 / 1882' , complete with its original Enfield inspected rod and an old black leather sling, overall in exceptionally good condition with much original finish

Provenance: This is a true Enfield made Enfield P53 rifle, such rifles were made to the highest standards of the day in the most modern arms factory in Europe, they were machine made and all parts fully interchangeable. Enfield made P53 percussion rifles are exceptionally scarce as almost the entire production was converted to Snider / Enfield breech loaders and very few escaped. This example did escape and was one of a quantity refurbished in 1882 and supplied to the East India Government, probably for issue to the private army of a loyal Maharajah - possibly the Maharajah of Jodhpur



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Estimate £500-700




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