A RARE .177 & 9mm (FLOBERT) BREAK-BARREL CONVERTIBLE AIR-RIFLE, MODEL 'ARBENZ PATENT GEM', serial no. 10413,
circa 1910, with smooth-bore .177 insert inside the smooth-bore 17 3/4in. two-stage blued shot-barrel, dove-tailed fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight to the dolls-head locking latch, the top-flat of barrel signed 'PATENT' with the Langenham crossed pistol trade-mark and 'GEM No. 10413', the left hand upper flat marked 'ARBENZ'S PATENT', the breech-face marked '13 20673 95' on the barrel section, the air-chamber face with floating firing pin and marked '73', two exposed tabs for inner barrel removal and a further wing-nut on the right hand side possibly for pin replacement, slanted nickel-plated air-chamber, walnut butt-stock, semi crescent plated heel-plate, plated cocking link forming the trigger-guard (link pin poor replacement) and much original finish remaining
Provenance: PLEASE NOTE: This air-rifle requires a Section One licence for a 9mm shotgun to possess within the UK.
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act