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Old 01-03-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Odd 1866 British Enfield

I picked up an interesting British Enfield at auction on New Years Day, and can't turn up anything much on it online. The lockplate clearly says Enfield 1866, and has the crown mark and VR. What's baffling is that every reference I can find to an 1866 Enfield concerns the Snider-Enfield breechloader conversion, which this is definitely not.

Also, the barrel, trigger guard, and some of the other metal parts have been extensively engraved (what looks to be a stylized cheetah or leopard and gazelle in some areas); and the stock has been inlaid with what's probably bone, including camels on the buttstock (both sides). I've attached some pics that show the whole gun, close-up of the lockplate and hammer/nipple, detail of the inlays and engravings.

I've seen "WD" on several of the parts, and I understand that this means it was military issue. Possibly it saw action in North Africa, and was engraved after falling into private hands?

In any case, it is going to look very cool hanging on pegs in my log home that's currently being planned.



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Old 01-05-2010, 10:58 PM   #2
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That's because it's patterned after the 1853
but is most likely a Khyber Pass special so could have very well have been made in 1866, as a lot of the makers didn't know how to read. At least the Letters look right... and the crown looks classic for Khyber Pass Sovereign’s Cypher



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Man thats sweet could the inlay maybe be ivory. some one shure put a lot of work into that.
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That enfield musket is a piece of art. Have you shot it yet? I have a 1857 Tower that I shoot for fun. Made sure it was sound. Cleaned the bore and lock. Even using the musket nipple that was on the rifle. Doesen't shoot bad for the age for being 160

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I haven't hardly had a chance to log back in since I posted this, been so busy at work. The Khyber Pass theory is intriguing, but would an Afghani decorate with camels and cats chasing gazelles? As for shooting it, I think this gun will be for art only, but I am tempted to find another, undecorated Enfield or a replica to take to the range.

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That,s one sweet looking rifle.



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