Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 405: R.B. Rodda .500 Nitro Express Double Rifle with Raja Inscription

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Engraved R.B. Rodda .500 Nitro Express (3 Inch) Double Rifle with Raja Inscription

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $7,000

Engraved R.B. Rodda .500 Nitro Express (3 Inch) Double Rifle with Raja Inscription

Manufacturer: Rodda
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 500 Nitro Ex
Barrel: 26 1/4 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 249
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued steel barrels with raised ramp, beaded blade front sight and two leaf (one standing, one folding) rear sight, light flourishes of floral scroll at the breeches, Birmingham reproofs on the flats, barrels sleeved, and single extractor. The blued boxlock action displays floral scroll engraving surrounding "R. B. RODDA & Co. LTD" on either side. The engraving extends to the upper and lower tangs, the top lever, and the triggerguard. The rifle features bushed firing pins, double triggers, and a tang mounted manual safety switch. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with Deeley latch release and engraved shoe along with the pistol grip stock that features a hard rubber grip cap, a inscription oval marked "RAJA OF PARIKUD", and a rubber recoil pad. This rifle may have come from the collection of Raja Radha Mohan Mansingh. The length of pull is 15 inches. The weight is 12 lbs 7 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as refurbished, retaining 97% blue finish, a few areas of scattered minor pitting in under the finish, loss of definition to the marking, and some brown streaking in the blue finish. The wood is also very fine with a few light scratches, slightly loose fit, a few chips around the inlets and on the grip cup, and sharp checkering. The action is slightly off face otherwise mechanically very good.

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