A GOOD CASED DOUBLE-BARRELLED .577 PERCUSSION RIFLE BY WESTLEY RICHARDS, WITH 16-BORE SHOTGUN BARRELS, CIRCA 1855, serial no. 8416,
the rifled barrels are 30in. long and rifled with four grooves (Minie' rifling) and of .577 calibre, fitted with a ladder sight graduated to 800 yards, the makers name 'WESTLEY RICHARDS LONDON' is engraved on the rib near the breech, with some foliate decoration and two gold lines, the 16 bore shot barrels are also 30in. in length with a bead front-sight engraved at the breech 'WESTLEY RICHARDS 110 NEW BOND ST. LONDON', and decorated to match the rifled set, bar-action detented locks both decorated with panels of foliate engraving at front and back, with makers name 'WESTLEY RICHARDS' to the centre, the whole surrounded by a feathered border, fitted with dolphin headed hammers, the bodies engraved to match the locks, the fixed breech profusely engraved in the same style as the locks and to a very high standard, fine figured walnut half-stock, with chequered wrist and fore-end, the iron mounts engraved to match the rest of the engraving, some original colour, the barrels rebrowned, the set is contained in its original blue baize lined brass bound mahogany case, the lid with original Westley Richards / William Bishop trade label, accessories include a correct Minie' bullet mould, a copper bodied Hawksley flask, (spring repaired), wad punch, cleaning rod, nipple key
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