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Rifle - Hay Pattern Rifle, Hollis & Sons, circa 1860 Object Reg. No: ST 000678

British Service percussion rifle, General Hay's pattern, cal. .577 in., steel round barrel, 915 mm long. Made by Isaac Hollis & Sons, Birmingham, circa 1860.

Buttplate tang stamped 'F/ 433/ V.V' denoting use by the Victorian Volunteer forces. The model was used in Victoria by the Volunteer Forces and featured in competitive range shooting.

One of 26 guns donated in 1871 by the Victorian Ordnance Department from its Melbourne Armoury, for the newly created Industrial and Technological Museum. The display was intended to show mechanics and gunsmiths the principles of gun construction and recent technical developments in weapons.
Steel lock and hammer on R.H. side, bronze oval triggerguard with small front spur, no sideplate, bronze butt plate, two sling swivels. Bedded bladed front sight, graduated rear sight to 1150 yards, barrel fastened to stock via three steel barrel bands, steel ramrod missing.
Statement Of Significance:
The Hay Pattern was designed by General Hay of the School of Musketry at Hythe, England, with the intention of producing a better service rifle, particularly for range shooting. It was produced under private contract to Isaac Hollis & Sons, hence the markings on the lockplate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Melbourne Armoury, 1871
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20.80 cm (Height), 5.60 cm (Width), 131.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 91.50cm

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Tagged with: rifles muskets british, rifles muskets military, victorian colonial defence forces
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Victorian Colonial Military Forces Units, 1854-1901, Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel L.H.side with London proof marks and bore size (25) stamped twice.
Stamped on butt tang: F/ 433/ V.V
Stamped on stock L.H.side: 517
Stamped on stock underside: ISAAC HOLLIS & SONS
Painted in white on stock R.H. side: GENERAL HAY (Converted) [probable former Museum markings]
Model Name/Number: 1856 General Hay's Pattern
Manufacturer: I. Hollis & Sons, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1860
User: Victoria: Ordnance Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1860-1870


mark cisler Posted on 26 Sep 2013 9:31 AM
i have one but mine has a brass sun wheel inlaid on the hammer side of the stock. does anyone know if this is original and if yes what is the origines

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