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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - December 2020

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Sale A1220 Lot 5

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WEBLEY & SCOTT, BIRMINGHAM
A CASED .22 FULLY ENGRAVED BARREL-COCKING AIR-RIFLE, MODEL 'WEBLEY SERVICE MKII FOURTH SERIES', serial no. S11055
for 1937, the engraving later, with matching number 25 1/2in. detachable .22 reblued barrel fitted with a scroll engraved ramp fore-sight, large scroll engraved panel approximately two thirds of the way along the barrel, a smaller panel engraved to sit between the barrel cradle supports and the calibre re-engraved near breech, blued barrel cradle engraved with scrolls and running vines, push button barrel locking catch, turn bolt barrel lock, 'H' shaped peepsight to back of the scroll engraved receiver, blued air chamber engraved with the model details in a banner on the left hand side, the remainder profusely engraved with scrolls continuing onto the trigger unit, walnut chequered half pistol semi saw-backed butt-stock, the underside of wrist marked 'MADE IN ENGLAND' (faint), replacement ribbed vulcanite heel-plate and no provision for fore-end, the whole professionally refinished and together with an amateur produced wooden case, the lid hand stencilled with 'WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD' the interior lined in blue baize for this rifle and the barrel detached, silver and black coloured reproduction Webley trade label inside lid and including a rectangular Webley pellet tin with contents, an original Webley valve-spout oil can, a reproduction 'Hints on Air Rifle Shooting' by F.E. Morton, a later cleaning rod and a packet of darts, the case with hook closure.

Other Notes: The engraving on this rifle is almost certainly the work of Don Blocksidge.

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Estimate £800-1,200

Pre-1939




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