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Lot 3426: Westley Richards Falling Block Takedown Rifle in .400 N.E.

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Westley Richards Single Shot Falling Block Takedown Rifle in .450/.400 Nitro Express

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $10,000 - $16,000

Westley Richards Single Shot Falling Block Takedown Rifle in .450/.400 Nitro Express

Manufacturer: Westley Richards
Model: Single Shot
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 450/400 3 1/4"
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 436
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 235
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued steel barrel with beaded blade front and three leaf express replacement rear sights, matted flat, front sling eye, and marked "WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co. LONDON" and "W. R. HIGH VELOCITY NITRO EXPRESS RIFLE. 400 BORE." on the left side of the barrel with patent marking on the right. The loading is also listed on the underside as "CORDITE 60 GR BALL 400 GR". Blued falling block action with under lever to open the chamber and marked "WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co./LONDON" on the left and barrel patent on the right. The barrel is hand detachable and easily comes off when the lever is fully opened. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered walnut forend with horn tip and Deeley latch release and pistol grip stock with tear drop carved flats, cheekpiece, blued steel grip cap, rear sling eye, blank silver initial oval, and red rubber recoil pad. 15 1/4 inch length of pull. weight 8 lbs 3 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% plus reblued finish, plum coloration on the barrel, strong case colors present on the lever, some thinning on the barrel, and some areas of spotting. The wood is also very fine with some scattered small dings and scratches and sharp checkering. Mechanically needs work as firing pin does not reset .

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