Item #34852

Alexander Henry Target Rifle Belonging to Col. Frederick Trench-Gascoi

  • Maker: Alexander Henry
  • Model: Target
  • Caliber: .451

  • Description: Serial #999, .451 Caliber, 37” barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a handsome rifle, rebarreled by Rigby, and fitted with Henry's patented “Elevator Stock” adjustable cheek-piece. The barrel (numbered 13366 under the wood) has typical Rigby flats at the breech, and is marked “John Rigby & Co. Dublin & London” along the top, while the exquisitely engraved lock is marked “Alex.r Henry” along the bottom edge of the lockplate. The barrel has traces of original blue remaining under even, plum-brown freckling, as well as faint streaks of gray metal and pinprick pitting along its length. The barrel is fitted with an adjustable target front sight base, but no sight is included. The lock has a mottled dark gray patina with tight scrollwork engraving throughout, as well as an engraved rear sight seat on the tang. The walnut stock has numerous small handling marks and blemishes throughout the thick oil finish, with some flattening of the checkering points, as well as a small chip missing from the edge of the patchbox finger cut-out, and some stable cracks in the horn forend tip. The large patchbox and buttplate have the same scrollwork engraving, and match the patina on the lock. The formed leather “Elevator Stock” cheek-piece is adjusted by means of a large screw on the belly of the stock, and allowed the firer to comfortably view the Vernier aperture even at maximum elevation (the original rear sight is no longer present). The rifle comes with a small file of information including an excerpt from the Rigby ledger that lists “13366 Best match barrel fitted to Henry stock” for “Col. F. Gascoigne”, at a cost of 10 Pounds, 10 Shillings. Col. Frederick Richard Thomas Trench-Gascoigne, was the scion of a prominent Yorkshire family and resided at Partington Hall, near Leeds, as well as Lotherton Hall. Col. Gascoigne was one of the sponsors of the Irish Rifle Team that famously competed at Creedmoor against the fledgeling American Rifle Team in 1874, and is acknowledged in “Irish Rilfemen in America” by Arthur B. Leech (1875). The rifle was sold with other household items by the City of Leeds after the Gascoignes had donated Partington Hall to the city in the late '60s. It was purchased by John Anderson, late of the W.R. Yorkshire Constabulary, and twice a member of the Great Britain Police Shooting Team, having competed in the European Police Shooting Championships in 1960 and 1963. P.C. Anderson became a gun dealer after he retired, and bequeathed the rifle to the current owner. This is an amazing, high quality rifle, that has connections to two legendary makers, a prominent Victorian soldier, and the Great Rifle Match of 1874. Antique