Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1361: W.J Jeffery & Co. .255 Rook Rifle with Telescopic Sight and Case

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare Engraved W.J. Jeffery & Co. .255 (Jeffery Rook) Single Barrel Snap-Underlever Hammerless Rook Rifle with Scope and Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Rare Engraved W.J. Jeffery & Co. .255 (Jeffery Rook) Single Barrel Snap-Underlever Hammerless Rook Rifle with Scope and Case

Manufacturer: Jeffery W J & Co Ltd
Model: Single Shot-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 255 Jeffery
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 522
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 307
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Features a push-forward snap-underlever system and is chambered for the proprietary .255 rook rifle cartridge. The barrel is signed “W.J. JEFFERY & CO. 13. KING STREET ST. JAMES’S LONDON” and engraved “JEFFERY RIFLES HOLD THE HIGHEST RECORD/IN THE WORLD FOR ACCURACY OF SHOOTING" and has a partially matted top flat, a bead front sight, a Jeffery “No. 2” rear sight graduated to 150 yards and designed for use with the Lyman aperture sight with deep U-shaped standing leaf and three folding leaves with platinum center lines, bases for the quick detachable scope, and an automatic ejector. The scope is signed “JOHN RIGBY & CO. 72. ST. JAMES’S ST. LONDON”. The engraved boxlock action is signed “W.J. JEFFERY & CO. LONDON” and has a manual safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” and a thumb catch on the right to allow operation with the Lyman sight. Birmingham nitro proof marks and import marked under the forearm. The checkered stock has a horn forearm cap, a grooved dark horn buttplate, and a blank silver oval initial escutcheon. With a maker’s leather case lined in burgundy baize with a Jeffery trade label and a pewter oiler. 14 1/2 inch length of pull. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel retains 95% older reblued finish with softened engraved details, some minor muzzle wear, and scattered shallow pitting mostly around the edges of the forearm. The action and furniture have a dull grey patina and softened engraving. The stock has well-defined checkering and numerous scattered age related storage and handling marks and bruises. Mechanically needs work (trigger not engaging). The pin for securing the scope to the barrel is absent. The case is generally in very good condition with some staining and mothing to the hinge area of the baize lining, replaced straps, and restored ends.

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