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British Pattern 1859 India Service Enfield "Short Rifle"

.65 caliber, 33" barrel secured by two clamping bands, no S/N. Blue finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Lock marked 1860 / TOWER forward of hammer and with a small {CROWN}/{broad arrow}. The usual British {crown} / VR is present at the tail of the lock. Stock with WO / {broad arrow} War Office roundel that reads TOWER LONDON 1860. Stock additionally with a {BROAD ARROW} / I / 1862 India Service storekeeper's mark. Fixed V-notch rear sight, front sight/socket bayonet lug, upper sling swivel present with toe swivel missing, full-length ramrod. After the Sepoy rebellion, the British military adopted a policy of supplying the native troops in their service with arms that were one or two technological steps back from those used by front line British troops. In 1858 a smoothbore version of the Enfield was adopted for issue to the Indian troops and the following year a slightly improved variant with a thicker barrel was adopted. These guns were nominally .656 caliber but were smoothbore rather than rifled, although from casual examination they appeared to be standard Enfield pattern arms. These native troops' arms are not regularly seen for sale in the United States.

Condition:

Very good. Retains no finish with a mostly smooth plum patina with some light to moderate pitting, mostly at the breech. Clear markings, mechanically functional, good bore that is is dirty and oxidized. Stock with scattered bumps and dings and clear markigns.

Estimate: $750 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$705
05/02/2019

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