A .577 SNIDER MK III THREE BAND VOLUNTEER RIFLE BY PARKER FIELD & SON, LONDON, CIRCA 1880, no visible serial number,
with 36 1/2in. barrel rifled with three grooves, struck at the breech with London proofs and the acknowledgement to Snider's patent, fitted with the P53 pattern ladder rear-sight and block and blade front-sight, the hinged breech-block with Mk III positive locking latch and bolt, the borderline engraved lock with the makers name to the centre 'PARKER FIELD & SONS. / 59 LEMAN STREET LONDON', brass-mounted full walnut stock of the regulation pattern with chequered wrist and fore-end, complete with sling swivels, snap-cap and chain and original rod, this is a good sharp gun with potential, having some original finish, slightly dirty and in need of some TLC
Provenance: Parker Field were an old established London firm with numerous London premises, they were contractors to the War Department, East India Company, Hudson Bay Company and armourers to the Metropolitan Police. They were established at 59 Leman St. 1879 to 1881
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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