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Rifle - Martini Henry Mk III, Birmingham Small Arms Co, 1885 Object Reg. No: ST 039532

British Service rifle, Martini Henry Mk III, cal. .450in., steel Henry rifled (seven groove) round barrel, 844 mm long, bayonet mount on R.H.side. Made by Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd, 1885.

This Martini Henry rifle was used by Fred Mills of the Hastings Battery Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery. The rifle was given to the donor in 1942 by a then elderly Fred Mills, a farmer at Tyabb, Victoria, who stated that he has used it when a member of the pre-federation Hastings Battery.
Martini falling block single shot breech loading action, steel triggerguard, loading lever, foreend and butt plate. Barleycorn foresight, graduated rear sight, barrel fastened to stock via two steel barrel bands, the rear one being a baddely band with a recessed screw head, missing screw, two sling swivels, rear mounted from triggerguard and front from forward barrel band, steel cleaning rod.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Harry Cole, 1992
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 4.50 cm (Height), 16.80 cm (Width), 124.60 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 84.40cm

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Tagged with: rifles muskets australian, rifles muskets military, victorian colonial defence forces
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Victorian Colonial Military, 1854-1901, Victorian Colonial Military Forces Units, 1854-1901
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Stamped on R.H.side of receiver: crown/ V.R/ B.S.A & M.Co/ 1885/ crown with a downard broad arrow/ III/ I
Stamped on R.H.side of receiver: VIC/ GOV (framed in circle)
Stamped on R.H.side under receiver: crown/ upward broad arrow/ B'HAM (framed in circle)
Stamped on barrel top: crown/ 9/ B; crown/ 12/ B (Birimingham proof marks)
Stamped on triggerguard frontplate with ordnance marks
Stamped on triggerguard with ordnance marks
Stamped on loading lever with ordnance marks
Stamped on stock underside with ordnance marks
Stamped on rear sight bed with ordnance marks
Stamped on R.H.side of stock: VIC/ GOV (twice); 11054
Model Name/Number: Martini Henry Mark III British Military Service
Manufacturer: Birmingham Small Arms Co (BSA), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1885
User: Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery, Victoria, Australia, 1885-1900
User: Mr Fred Mills, Hastings, Mornington Peninsula , Victoria, Australia, 1890s

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