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Rifle - Lee-Enfield Mark III, 1944, with Wire Cutters 1914-1918 Object Reg. No: HT 28985

Summary:
A Lee-Enfield, short magazine rifle Mark III, 1944, mounted with World War I vintage wire cutters, manufactured by C. H. Pugh Ltd of Birmingham, England.

The Lee-Enfield was designed at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. Its bolt system was designed by James Paris Lee. It became known as the '303'.

Part of the Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection.
Description:
A Lee-Enfield rifle, Mark III* with a wire cutting tool clamped on the end of the barrel. Leather shoulder strap with brass fittings attached to rifle. Brass butt plate. Bolt and magazine removed.
Acquisition Information:
Bequest from (Estate of) Jack Chisholm
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 190 mm (Height), 80 mm (Width), 1230 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: world war ii 1939-1945, world war i 1914-1918, rifles, firearm accessories, fencing equipment, rifle musket accessories
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Wire Cutters: " PAT NO 17886 / C H. PUGH LTD / BIRMINGHAM / ENGLAND / NO. 1 MARK II "
Barrel: " SLAZ / 43 ", " B ", " BA "
Receiver: " E / 89524 ", " [broad arrow] S [broad arrow] ", " MA / VII ", " [crown]/ L / [crossed pennants] ", " CENTRAL / NO 4 ", " CENTRAL PAT 111048 / 14-7-39 "
Under trigger guard: " BA "
Butt socket: " L / 4223 ", " MA / LITHGOW / S.M.L.E. / III* / 1944 "
Under barrel, on wood: " [crown?] / 5 / S "
Under stock: " AZ / 3 / [crown] / 3 / S / O ", " [crown] / 3 6 "
Stock: " MAO / SMLE / III* HV / 1944 ", " [upside down broad arrow] / S / [broad arrow] "
Manufacturer: Belling & Lee Ltd, 1944

Date of the manufacture of the rifle.
Manufacturer: Charles H. Pugh Limited, 1914-1918

Based on dates of World War I, to which the wire cutters are provenanced.

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