A .577 SNIDER / ENFIELD MK I* CADET CARBINE, CIRCA 1862, no visible serial number,
with 20 1/2in. barrel rifled with three grooves, stamped at breech with W.D. proof and inspection marks, block and blade front-sight and standard rifle rear-sight, the lock with the Crown V.R. cypher on the tail and '1862 ENFIELD' to the centre, regulation brass mounted walnut half stocked the right butt spuriously marked "6 PENN CAV", the left butt with some indecipherable marking, some bruising to stock, barrel to a grey patina
Provenance: Originally made in 1862 as an Enfield P53 three band rifle, being a rare Mk I* it was one of the first Snider conversions, and probably issued in Canada as many of the early Snider's were. Later in the century it was converted into a carbine for cadet use, these conversions are generally Canadian
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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