• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 80

    A RARE RUSSIAN SMALL-BORE SNAP-LOCK BIRDING RIFLE

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

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    A RARE RUSSIAN SMALL-BORE SNAP-LOCK BIRDING RIFLE
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    With swamped sighted barrel formed in three stages with chiselled beaded lines at the breech and muzzle, beaded girdles overlaid with brass, iron lock with external springs and fitted with dog-catch, beechwood full stock, the fore-end with carved projection for fitting a rest, the butt with deep cheek-piece and patch-box closed by a simple cover pivoting on the underside, iron mounts, sling-swivels, and original iron ramrod
    34 5/8in (88cm) barrel


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