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Sale A1219 Lot 700

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W & J RIGBY, DUBLIN
A 12-BORE NEEDLEFIRE DOUBLE-BARRELLED BOLT-ACTION SPORTING-GUN, MODEL 'NEEDHAM'S PATENT', serial no. 12049,
circa 1870, with 27 1/2in. damascus barrels, the top-rib signed 'W. & J. RIGBY DUBLIN', the individual breeches with borderline engraved apertures, scroll engraved swing out turn-bolt breech-blocks, each with individual safety catches, the body of the right bolt marked 'RIGBY' and the left 'DUBLIN', fully engraved 'butter-knife' bolt-handles with bulbous tips, fully scroll-engraved top-tang and small dummy sideplates, chequered walnut half-stock (cracked and repaired at wrist), iron heel-plate, border and scroll engraved trigger-guard tang and bow, escutcheoned take-down key and horn tip to fore-end, traces of finish

Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:

No. 12049
12-b Needlefire (Needham Patent)
32" barrels (measured from muzzle to tang)
Sold to Graves Warren of 40 Rutland Square, Dublin and Killiney Castle on 23 December 1860
Price £42
Rutland Square was one mile North of Rigby's factory at 24 Suffolk St.



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Estimate £800-1,200

Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament




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