A .524 DOUBLE BARRELLED JACOB'S PERCUSSION RIFLE BY SWINBURN & SON, CIRCA 1859, serial no 247,
with 24in. barrels rifled with four deep grooves (Jacobs rifling), lug for sword bayonet at muzzle stamped 'S & S / 247' (faint), numbered for its individually fitted sword bayonet, the rifle is equipped with its Jacobs pattern long range leaf and ladder sights, the three leaves graduated for 100 to 300 yards and the 5in. ladder from 400 to 2000 yards, the back-action locks stamped with the makers details 'SWINBURN & SON / 1859', iron mounted walnut half-stock, mounts include butt-plate scroll trigger-guard and circular patchbox inscribed with the legend 'JACOB'S RIFLES', the wrist has been repaired during its working life (probably in India) and fitted with Selous strengthening plates adding history and character, the wrist was a weak spot on the Jacobs rifle and one of the reasons it was taken out of service, the rifle is complete with sling swivels and its original and unique rammer.
Provenance: This pattern of rifle was designed by Brigadier General John Jacob, Commandant of the famous Scinde Irregular Horse and Commissioner for Scinde Province on the southern sector of the turbulent North West Frontier, whose achievements were the stuff of legend. In 1858 he was authorised to raise an infantry regiment as part of the Scinde Field Force, this rifle was specially made for issue to his regiment. Jacobs died in 1858 and the regiment named Jacob's Rifles in his honour. Rifles of this type were made between 1859 and 1862, total production is estimated at between 1000 and 1200. In service they proved a failure, and withdrawn for service
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