NICE 1864 DATED JOHN DICKSON & SON ENFIELD SHORT RIFLE

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Item Code: 1111-06

This iron mounted, commercially produced Enfield short rifle is complete, all original, and has nice medium brown color to the wood, lots of barrel blue, crisp markings, and a minty bore.  There were three official versions of the short rifle: the models of 1856, 1860, and 1861. This uses a Baddeley pattern lower band, bayonet stud with no guide-key, 1250-yard rear sight, and five-groove rifling, all typical of the 1861 pattern. The lock plate is delicately engraved with a lined border and floral scrolls at either end, and engraved below the bolster, “John Dickson & Son / Edinburgh 1864.” Dickson was established in 1820 is still known as a maker of fine guns, only recently closing their retail establishment.

The barrel is smooth metal with better than 90% coverage of thin blue showing just the smallest of wear to the finish at the muzzle and edges of the bayonet stud and no corrosion from firing at the breech. The nipple is not battered. The bolster is excellent. The mechanics are good. The bore is bright, mint, and shows the correct 5-groove rifling that also used progressive depth and a faster twist than previous models. Both sights are in place and retain their blue. The rear sight is complete and graduated for 1-400 yards on right side and on the sides of the ladder for 5-1100 yards. The nose cap shows thin traces of blue. The bands are smooth and show mostly muted silver, as does the ramrod. Swivels at the upper band in the belly of the buttstock are in place. The barrel shows crisp view, proof and 25/25 gauge marks at the left breech. The lock is smooth metal with very nice, delicate engraving, and shows some thin case colors behind the hammer, around the lock screws. The hammer screw, the side screws and the buttplate tang screw have engraved heads. The breechplug tang screw is plain. The nipple protector and chain are in place. The iron buttplate is very good, showing engraved borders and decorative end to the buttplate tang, with some delicate floral swirls around the screw head. The decorative elements are tasteful and not overdone.

The wood has good edges and nice color, showing some attractive graining on the buttstock, but with an old varnish that shows some crackling and wear, and some small dings. The edges of the lock apron and side flat are sharp but have some very tiny dings. The lower left butt flat and comb just forward of the buttplate tang show a few larger, but still relatively small, dings or handling marks. The metal and finish would rate excellent; the wood rates about fine. This is a very nice Enfield short rifle and as a percussion muzzle-loader, is near the last of the breed. With the introduction of breechloading metallic cartridge arms many of those in government hands ended being converted to the Snider system within a few years. As one privately purchased and likely carried in a volunteer or militia unit, this one was well cared for and has survived intact.  [sr]

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