A RARE PRE-WAR .177 'MODEL 58 (THIRD VARIANT)' UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE BY DIANA, serial no. 58-236,
possibly a date-code for February 1936 and concealed below the loading tap plate, with tapering 19 1/2in. barrel, dove-tailed fore-sight, elevating blade rear-sight, tap-action breech, plain air-chamber marked with the figure of Diana holding an air-rifle aloft trademark above 'DIANA MOD 58', transitional walnut half-stock with chequered half pistol grip and retaining the finger-grooves of the second variant to the fore-end, the left face of butt embossed 'GORDON CORDUKES' (presumed a previous owner), iron 'Mauser' style heel-plate, adjustable guarded trigger and push-button under-lever, fitted with eyelets for sling, traces of original blued finish with some additional refinishing
Provenance: Built in three variations between 1915-40, the Diana 58 was the flagship air-rifle of the Diana range. Few were made as the purchase cost outweighed many fine shotguns of the same period.
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