A Fine Volunteer Match Prize Rifle Dated 1862
A Fine Volunteer Match Prize Rifle Dated 1862. A very fine 2 Band .577 Percussion Volunteer Match Prize Rifle No 10, Dated 1862, Highly Figured three-quarter stock with chequered grip, the butt with oval silver plaque on one side engraved with the presentation inscription, steel mounts of regulation type, sling loops, original steel ramrod, much original finish throughout, Birmingham proof marks, 33 inch or 84 cm barrel. Sighted barrel rifled with five bright grooves, serial No 10 to the bayonet lug, ladder back sight for 1000 yds, case hardened lock with crown and Tower 1862.
The Barrel is by Moxham and the lock by Reeve of Spittle Brothers.
The presentation inscription reads, Prize Rifle, Presented by “Captain Reeves” to the Birmingham Battalion, Rifle Volunteers, won by Private “CCI. Cooper” No 5 Company , Sept 23rd 1862.
The Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket (also known as the Pattern 1853 Enfield, P53 Enfield, and Enfield rifle-musket) was a .577 calibre Minié-type muzzle-loading rifled musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867; after which many were replaced in service by the cartridge-loaded Snider–Enfield rifle.