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Revised: 10/2/2013 

Additional information: This rifle is the desirable Take-Down model with detachable barrel patent.

*WESTLEY RICHARDS MODEL 1897 DROPPING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT EXPRESS RIFLE. SN 34605. Cal. .450-400 3-1/4 Nitro Exp. 28″ Tapered ovate detachable bbl has matted top flat and island bases for one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight, and silver bead longitudinally dovetailed front. Left side of bbl is stamped “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO LONDON” and “W. R. HIGH VELOCITY NITRO EXPRESS RIFLE .400 BORE”. Right side is stamped “PATENT No 9711. DETACHABLE BARREL 714”. Blued Model 97 single shot action is marked “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO LONDON” and with SN on left side. Right side is marked “PATENT DETACHABLE BARREL No. 9711”. Top tang is fitted with automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), surmounted by the number “360” which is the patent use number of the tang safety. Opening lever is cranked to the right with detent latch in thumbpiece, and is color case hardened, as is breechblock. Nicely streaked European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15-1/4″ over Silver type pad, and features small shadow line beaded right hand cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, steel grip cap, and a vacant silver oval as well as sling eye, on toe line. Detachable forend has Deeley latch, heavy iron shoe, and horn tip. Drop at heel: approx. 2-1/4″. Drop at comb: approx. 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP. 15-1/4″. Also included are the original steel trap buttplate, a black Decelerator pad, and spare front sight. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 70 – 80% orig plum blue, silvering on thin edges, and thinning overall. Action retains 85 – 90% of its orig bright blue with numerous scratches and marks. Under lever and breechblock retain most of their orig case hardening color. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish, grain slightly raised, checkering re-cut, new pad. Bore is very fine, shiny with strong rifling throughout, slightly frosted at breech end. A very fine big game rifle. 4-48307 MGM18 (7,500-11,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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