British Pattern 1860 Commercially Re-Worked Enfield Short Rifle

.577 caliber. 33" barrel length. SN: NSN. Blued finish, color casehardened lock and hammer, brass furniture, hardwood stock. British military lock marked “1859 / TOWER” forward of hammer and with the the British “{CROWN / VR}”. Barrel with two sets of British military proof marks, including a set of Pimlico refurbishment marks and a later set of Birmingham commercial proofs. The gun is a period composite using a 5-groove Pattern 1860 military rifle barrel, an earlier Pattern 1856 rifle lock and a later brass mounted commercial stock. The gun was assembled using surplus military parts for trade or Volunteer use, probably during the 1870s as the large supplies of muzzleloading arms were being permanently removed from service being replaced with breechloading arms. Features include an 1,100 yard Pattern 1856 rifle sight, rifle front sight, saber bayonet lug, sling swivels in the toe of the stock and on the upper barrel band. Also includes a modern reproduction steel ramrod and an apparently period leather rifle sling that may be Continental and not British, as the brass adjuster is of the sliding tension type and not an actual buckle.


Fine as refurbished. Retains most of the applied blued finish with some minor thinning and wear. Lock with muted, mottled case colors. Markings remain clear and fully legible. Mechanically functional, fine bore, stock with scattered bumps, dings and surface mars. Sling very good.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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