W.R. PAPE, NEWCASTLE
A .297-250 (ROOK) SINGLE-SHOT SPORTING-RIFLE, MODEL 'MARTINI ACTION', serial no. 12484,
circa 1900, with round 25 1/4in. barrel, dove-tailed fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight with two additional folding leaves, the top of barrel at breech signed 'W.R. PAPE, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE', scroll engraved slab-sided receiver signed 'W.R. PAPE' on both sides within a central banner, polished feed-ramp, the rear of action drilled for a tang-sight (absent), walnut butt-stock further reduced at wrist for the same sight, blued iron furniture, walnut fore-end, two iron sling eyes and traces only of original finish, woodwork re-finished
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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