An extremely fine English double barreled rifle in .500 caliber by J.H. Crane of London & Birmingham. The rifle is an exceptionally nicer example of a black powder cartridge double rifle of heavy caliber. It is outside hammer, and has a lever under the trigger guard to release the barrels. It has the serial number 19320. The barrels have a damascus pattern, with a heavy rib with a matte finish between them. The rear sight has folding leaves. The locks are back action, and the only engraving on them is a single sun circle on each side. The sun circle is repeated on the steel cap to the pistol grip, and also on the screw pivot of the under lever, and on the screw on the tang. The wood is very nice, with a fine grain, and a carved cheek rest. The pistol grip and the forend are checkered. There is a modern rubber butt pad on the gun at present. There is an oval escutcheon plate on the underside of the butt, and the rifle has two mounts for sling swivels. Both barrels are serial numbered, and have Henry’s patent A& T on them. The gun is in a fine leather case with tools by Thomas Warner of Birmingham. These include a patch knife, hammer, a brass sizing tool in .500 caliber by C. & J.W. Hawksley, and empty box of .500 cartridges by Kynoch, several other unidentified tools, wads, bullets, and one round of original ammunition by Eley Bros. These are all contained in a green enameled box within the rifle case. J. H. Crane was known for both the quality and plainness of his guns. He operated in London and Birmingham until 1879. Dimensions: The rifle is 44.5 inches long, with 28 inch barrels. The case is 32 by 7 by7 inches. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $65.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
Very good plus to excellent overall. The barrels and locks have a smooth grey finish. The trigger guard retains its original brilliant blue finish. There are traces of case hardening on the action. The stock is generally excellent, but there are two dents on the cheek rest. The leather bound case is very good, complete with straps and buckles. The leather has become slightly detached at one corner/ It is felt lined, and almost all of the felt is intact, and there is a good label in the lid for Thomas Warner Gun & Riflemaker Birmingham. The action is slightly stiff, but the triggers have excellent let off, and the bores are excellent.
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