Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1313: R.B. Rodda 4 Bore Double Barrel Dangerous Game Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Incredible Engraved R.B. Rodda 4 Bore Double Barrel Rotary Underlever Dangerous Game Hammer Rifle with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $50,000 - $80,000

Incredible Engraved R.B. Rodda 4 Bore Double Barrel Rotary Underlever Dangerous Game Hammer Rifle with Case

Manufacturer: Rodda
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 4 bore
Barrel: 24 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 247
Class: Antique

Representing the ultimate stopping power for the well-heeled Victorian hunter, enormous rifles such as this found favor in India. Manufactured in circa 1880-85 and retailed by the famous firm of R.B. Rodda & Co. from their Calcutta premises, such a grand and expensive rifle would no doubt have found its way into the armoury of a discerning noble or Maharaja. Of considerable weight to aide with the recoil, this rifle has browned Damascus twist barrels respectively signed in gold “R.B. Rodda & Co. Gun Makers. to H.E. the Viceroy” and “& H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. London & Calcutta" towards each breech end, each breech end with a thin engraved band of stylized running foliage. A broad raised rib extends to a doll’s head at the breech end, is matted with engraved panels of fine chevron patterned checkering, and fitted with a bead front sight and blued rear sight of three folding leaves each with platinum inlaid center line and respectively calibrated from “100” to “200” yards. Casehardened border and scroll engraved action with carved percussion fences and Jones patent rotary underlever. The casehardened back action non-rebounding locks each have a blued safety catch, are engraved en suite with the action and signed “R.B. Rodda & Co.” in gold. The remaining furniture comprising casehardened forearm with cross bolt fastener, blued trigger guard, turned dark horn grip cap, sling eyes and blued iron buttplate engraved with a large panel of checkering and the loading instruction “SHOT WITH SPHERICAL BALL/CHARGE OF POWDER 9 DRS/CURTIS & HARVEY’S NO. 6”. The flats of the barrels and water table are struck with London black powder proof marks. Straight grain 14 1/4 inch pistol grip stock with checkered grip and forearm and large blank silver oval initial escutcheon. Weight 20 lbs 13 oz. The rifle comes with a recent eel skin covered brass cornered oak fitted case lined in dark purple velvet, the lid with reproduction printed R.B. Rodda trade label, and a set of accessories, among them brass ball mold, brass bullet mold, brass cartridge extractor, casehardened mainspring clamp, takedown cleaning rod, brass snap caps, five assorted containers, wad cutter, powder measure, three screwdrivers, wrench and brush. Together with a framed printed advert for R.B. Rodda from “The Oriental Sporting Magazine” dated June 1868, Thad Scott letters from 1982 indicating he had purchased "what I consider to be the finest pair of 4 bores in existence" and describing this rifle and its mate, advertisements for the pair, and information on these rifles and their accessories being in the Chuck Swinehart collection. Provenance: The Thad Scott Collection, The Chuck Swinehart Collction; The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrels with attractive twist pattern retain 99% expertly applied rebrowned finish, and the rear sights have been reblued. The action retains 98% strong original casehardened finish with some slight handling fading to tail of the top strap. The locks each with blemish free gold inlaid signature and retaining 98% strong original casehardened finish on the plates and hammers. Engraving clear and sharp throughout. The trigger guard retains 90% original deep blued finish with some handling rubbing to the bottom of the grip tang. The stock has some minor storage and handling marks, and the checkering remains crisp with some pressure dents to the checkered panel on the forearm wood. The buttplate retains 90% original blued finish with crisp engraved checkering and loading data and some light surface discoloration wear bluing absent. Mechanically excellent. The case is of recent manufacture and in excellent condition. Rather than the normal leather wrapping, the case is wrapped in strips of eel skin. The trade label is a good quality printed reproduction. Some wear to the exterior straps. Accessories are in very good to excellent condition.

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