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:
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
Rutland Square was one mile North of Rigby's factory at 24 Suffolk St.
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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