A .577 ENFIELD PATTERN 1853 2ND MODEL THREE BAND PERCUSSION SERVICE RIFLE OF THE INDIAN MUTINY, CIRCA 1857, serial no. 524,
with 39in. barrel stamped with Ordnance proofs at breech and inscribed with Hindi symbols, block and blade front-sight with ladder rear-sight, the lock stamped with the usual Crown V.R. cypher on the tail and '1857 / TOWER' to the centre together with Ordnance inspection stamps, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock, the right butt bearing a faint 'W.D' mark, large well executed repair to butt, complete with sling swivels and original rammer with swell and cupped end
Provenance: This interesting rifle was supplied by the British War Department to the East India Company in 1857, cartridge for this rifle was supposedly one of the reasons for the mutiny and this rifle must have been there at that time. After official use it was one of a quantity supplied to the loyal Maharajah of Faridkot in the Punjab for issue to his private army
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