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Gibbs – Farquharson – Metford Match Rifle w/Original Case

  • Price: $8,495.00
  • Maker: Gibbs
  • Model: Farquharson
  • Caliber: .461

  • Description: Serial #9344, .461 Gibbs No. 1, 36” barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a handsome rifle that has retained some of the original blue on the barrel, but is otherwise a darkly mottled plum-brown, with some pinprick pitting at the muzzle. The frame retains 80-85% of the original color case-hardening and has extensive floral scroll engraving throughout, including the tang and lever. Some dark freckling is present on a few of the exposed surfaces, and the freckling continues onto the exposed portions of the breech-block, which was brightly finished originally. The checkered walnut forend has a dark horn tip, and is in fine shape with some mild flattening of the points, as well as scattered handling marks and minor blemishes. The buttstock has a matching varnish finish with scattered light marks, and is fitted with an old rubber recoil pad that has cracked and crumbled along the edges, but is still serviceable. The rifle does not have a front sight, but the original Gibbs marked vernier rear sight and base are included, however the base fits a bit loosely within the tang dovetail. The rifle is housed in an original wooden case that has no lining, but does have a heavily worn, but legible George Gibbs paper label on the inside of the lid. The outside of the lid has a faint, but still legible owner's address stenciled on in black paint: “M.A.B. / 101 EATON SQUARE / LONDON”. The case is mostly intact, but is missing all of the original leather fixtures. This is a splendid, British falling block target rifle, that needs very little rehabilitation, and would make a fine addition to any collection. Antique