5. Superb British Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle

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.577 caliber, 39" round barrel with a fair to good bore that shows mostly bright but with areas of oxidation. This is a very crisp and clean Enfield rifle exhibiting wonderful clean edges and markings. The lock is marked with crown to rear of hammer with the forward portion being marked "1863 / TOWER" along with a small "(crown) / J.S / I". The toeline of the stock is marked in block letters with the maker's name "JOSEPH SMITH" and the right side of the butt bears a crisp Birmingham Small Arms Trade roundel. The top flat of the barrel, top tang and stock directly adjacent to these other two areas are marked "N 15" with the top flat of stock also showing an ampersand and the barrel shows standard Birmingham proofs. The BSA Trade was an association of Birmingham makers who fulfilled contracts for the War Department. Joseph Smith was a member of the BSAT and his maker mark shows on toeline of the stock and lock with the BSAT roundel showing on the right side of the butt as is proper. The barrel retains a mix of original blue and a pleasing even brown patina with just a little old light surface oxidation present in some areas. The lock retains lots of strong original color case-hardened finish. The stock is really wonderful with super crisp edges, the lock, lock screw escutcheons and other furniture all fit perfectly, the stock has lots of original oil finish, crisp marks and a nice raised grain coming through. The rifle features three split bands and a brass forend cap. The gun comes with what looks to be its original ramrod. A super Enfield which would make a great reference example with its wonderful condition and markings. (17657 -189) {ANTIQUE} (2000/3000) SOLD FOR $2,185.00