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HENRY, ALEXANDER 450 3 1/4" BPE BEST GRADE HAMMER SPORTING FALLING BLOCK - A NEAR PERFECT BORE - FINISHED 1897 for LORD AVA - TOTALLY ORIGINAL - 95% ENGRAVING COVERAGE - Only 6 Lbs. 11 Oz. - 14 1/2" LOP - 28" Steel Barrel - Very Solid Wood - Right Side Lock - It Feels Like it is Alive

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Single Shot Rifle 450 3 1/4" BPE $9,900.00

#7043, Alex'r Henry Ltd., Makers to Her Majesty, Edinburgh and London: A Very Nice Best Alexander Henry Front Bolted Right Hand Lock 450 3 1/4" Black Powder Express Sporting Model Single Shot with Alexander Henry's Hammer Falling Block Action that was Finished in 1897 and sold to Lord Ava September 28, 1897, 28" Steel barrel, An island sight with 1 standing & 1 folding platinum lined rear sights, Island front ramp, The barrel carries the original serial number of 7043 and stamped A.H., London proof marks, It has a right hand lock, Stepped lockplate, It has the later style/type of lock attachment, The hammer with a front bolted lock/safety, Dolphin style hammer, The trigger guard tang comes to within 3/8" of the grip cap, Horn grip cap, 95% coverage of classic period scroll engraving with full coverage on the top tang that is superb in style and execution, 14 1/2" LOP over a full checkered butt with engraved steel heel & toe plates, Great weight at 6 lbs. 11 oz., A nice piece of wood with excellent color and contrast and matches the forend perfectly, Alex Henry fluted forend with a cross key fastener that is a classic mark of nearly every Henry single shot, The stamped #47 on the butt could be an armory number or there for Home Guard rifles during WWI, This 122 year old Classic remains totally original in excellent condition since leaving 12 South St. Andrew Street in Edinburgh, The original barrel black remains at 88%, The original case colors are still an unbelievable 70-75%, The original wood finish is at 85-87%, The checkering is at 94%, The buttstock & forend remain as solid today as it was 122 years ago, The beauty of this Original Classic is a bore that remains in excellent plus condition and totally free of any pits or graying from breech to muzzle, All of the screws are 97-98% correct and sharp, Every screw lays north & south including the heel & toe plates. This rifle has a great past with a proper custodian that shot it both with smokeless black powder loads using cast bullets. This is another first-rate quality piece with style, grace, workmanship, handling and Alexander Henry romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. This piece embodies classic Alex Henry from a firm that appreciates all things Edinburgh and Scottish. Here is a 122-year-old gun that is as intense as gravity near a black hole. If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fine guns.

Archibald James Leofric Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Ava was born July 28, 1863. He was a lieutenant in the 17th Lancers and a fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute. He was a war correspondent in South Africa in 1899 during the Second Boer War. On January 6, 1900 he was wounded at Waggon Hill during the Siege of Ladysmith while carrying a message. He died of his wounds January 11th at the young age of 36. He was the son and heir of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. Ava was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Burma.

Alexander Henry was born in 1828 and became the inventor of the gun barrel that revolutionized small arms as it was a new principle in rifling a barrel. In the brief on his patent in 1860 it stated, "The rifled bore is of polygonal cross-section, and is provided, in addition, with curved, square, or angular spiral projections or grooves, so as to increase the bearing points of the projectile." His barrels became the very part of the Martini-Henry rifle; in 1874 the War Office realized how good his invention was and issued it to the British army. Mr. Henry died in Edinburgh on January 27, 1894 at the age of 76.

 
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