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H9640 Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion, .577, metal / wood, Britain, c. 1860. Click to enlarge.

Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion

    Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion, .577, metal / wood, Britain, c. 1860

    This rifle features two bands, a side-hammer, lock-plate and hammer on the left side. Fixed sling rings - one on the butt, and one on the top barrel. Bayonet boss on right side of the barrel. The lock-plate is marked with the Queen's Crown, and dated 1860. The fixed rearsight is calibrated to 400 yards.

    Summary

    Object No.

    H9640

    Object Statement

    Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion, .577, metal / wood, Britain, c. 1860

    Physical Description

    Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion, .577, metal / wood, Britain, c. 1860

    This rifle features two bands, a side-hammer, lock-plate and hammer on the left side. Fixed sling rings - one on the butt, and one on the top barrel. Bayonet boss on right side of the barrel. The lock-plate is marked with the Queen's Crown, and dated 1860. The fixed rearsight is calibrated to 400 yards.

    Dimensions

    Depth

    1245 mm

    Production

    Notes

    Made in Britain by unknown maker, c. 1860.

    History

    Notes

    The breech loading system of Thomas Wilson (British Patent 1318) was submitted for official examination by the Ordnance Select Committee in April 1860. The Wilson Patent made the short list, along with the Mont Storm, Westley Richards and the Snider. Although the Snider was adopted by the military, the Wilson went on to have some success commercially, particularly in the British colonies: South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

    This type of rifle was used in Tasmania; however, this particular piece has no identifiable Tasmanian marks.

    Source

    Credit Line

    Gift of Warren Anderson, 1982

    Acquisition Date

    26 July 1982

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 December 2021, <https://ma.as/257857>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/257857 |title=Rifle, Wilson's patent breechloader percussion |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=7 December 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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