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A FINE WESTLEY RICHARDS 1871 PATENT .577/.500 (No. 2 BLACK POWDER EXPRESS) D.B. BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMER RIFLE BY WESTLEY RICHARDS, No. 12754, Westley Richards patent toplever, non-rebounding sidelocks with bolted dolphin hammers, best foliate-scroll engraving with some hardening-colour, the triggerguard engraved with a lion in a naturalistic landscape, well-figured stock with pistolgrip, engraved and colour-hardened pistolgrip-cap, cheekpiece and engraved butt-plate, sling-eyes, the bar-in-wood extending to cover the forend-hinge in a crab joint, the browned damascus barrels with Henry patent rifling, sunken-rib, open-sights and block-mounted foresight

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A FINE WESTLEY RICHARDS 1871 PATENT .577/.500 (No. 2 BLACK POWDER EXPRESS) D.B. BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMER RIFLE BY WESTLEY RICHARDS, No. 12754, Westley Richards patent toplever, non-rebounding sidelocks with bolted dolphin hammers, best foliate-scroll engraving with some hardening-colour, the triggerguard engraved with a lion in a naturalistic landscape, well-figured stock with pistolgrip, engraved and colour-hardened pistolgrip-cap, cheekpiece and engraved butt-plate, sling-eyes, the bar-in-wood extending to cover the forend-hinge in a crab joint, the browned damascus barrels with Henry patent rifling, sunken-rib, open-sights and block-mounted foresight Weight 8lb. 10oz., 14¼in. pull, 28in. barrels, Black Powder proof In its studded oak and leather case

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Westley Richards have kindly confirmed that the rifle was completed circa 1875. It is of superlative quality and is the companion to rifle No. 12753 sold in these rooms on 22 March 1995 as part of the Tulchan Collection. Rifle No. 12754 appears to have been very little used

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