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Rifle - Sporting, Hollis & Sons, London, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 021839

British breech-loading sporting rifle, Field's Patent, cal. .450 in., blued steel rifled seven-groove round barrel, 66.50cm long.

Made by I. Hollis & Sons, Brimingham, serial number 1084, circa 1880.
Steel receiver with loading lever on R.H. side, steel oval triggerguard, steel butt plate, two sling swivel eyelets. Bedded bladed front sight, rear sight graduated to 1000 yards. Wooden half-stock with pistol grip with horn cap, horn foreend, chequering at wrist and foreend and vacant silver escutcheon.
Statement Of Significance:
William Field, gunsmith, Birmingham, England, filed his patent - Letters Patent No. 200,041 - in December 1877, which was subsequently dated on the 5 February 1878. Field's patent was yet another variant to the now popular and common Martini breech-loading action, making improvements - at least in Field's opinion - to the falling block action, particularly in regards to the right hand side mounted lever, and to the internals of the action itself. Following the widespread introduction of the Martini Henry rifle as the standard British military longarm in 1870, it was quickly adopted and adapated by various gunsmiths, and found increasing use on sporting rifles. This particular rifle has been produced by the well-known and established English firm, I.Hollis & Sons, using Field's patent for the action.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 18.50 cm (Height), 4.40 cm (Width), 109.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 66.50cm

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Tagged with: rifles muskets british, makers to her majestys war department
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel breech top: AMMUNITION/ No 2. MUSKET
Stamped on barrel top: I. HOLLIS & SONS LONDON
Stamped on barrel breech L.H.side: Birmingham proofmarks and '52'
Stamped on barrel underside: 1084; No.2 MUSKET; G.V; 260; H 773 M E
Stamped on receiver front: 1084
Stamped on receiver L.H.side: FIELD'S PATENT/ No 1927/ 1877
Engraved on receiver R.H.side: I. HOLLIS & SONS
Stamped inside foreend: J.E
Model Name/Number: Field's Patent
Manufacturer: I. Hollis & Sons, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1880
Patentee: William Field, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1877
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
References: http://users.pandora.be/Gert.Claes1/

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