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Lot 206: Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Westley Richards "Monkey Tail" Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600

Westley Richards "Monkey Tail" Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Monkey Tail
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 25 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1486
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 83
Class: Antique

Features a blade front sight, notch and folding ladder rear sight, "WHITWORTH*PATENT" stamped ahead of the rear sight, ".483" and ".451" on the barrel at the breech, British proofs and the serial number on the left at the breech, "WESTLEY RICHARDS/PATENT" and a triangle on the breechblock, "1863" in a triangle on the tail of the lock and "WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co" ahead of the hammer, old leather sling, and smooth stock with steel forend cap, full front barrel band, partial second barrel band, and buttplate with trapdoor to access the tool compartment (tools not included). The basic pattern matches the 600 manufactured for the Victorian Volunteers in southeastern Australia.

Rating Definition:

Good with dark brown patina, mostly light pitting, heavier pitting/oxidation on the buttplate, scattered minor marks and scratches, and some scrapes and dents in the stock. Mechanically fine.

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