Pattern 1853 New Brunswick Issue Rifle
- Price: $2,495.00 CAD
- Licensing Category: Antique
A very scarce Pattern 1853 4th Model percussion rifle. Most of the 4th Model rifles were kept in stores and later converted into Sniders. This example is one of relatively few that were sent to Canada for arming the New Brunswick militia. The butt tang is stamped N.B. #1425. This rifle shows the butt marking WD broad arrow class 1. The wood remains in sound condition showing contractor names and is correctly mounted with Baddeley's pattern barrel bands. The rammer is original and shows the NB issue #1425. The bore is bright, rating very good with strong 3 groove 577 caliber rifling. The barrel and bands show overall brown petina with slight pitting. The lock shows crown GR, 1856 tower and broad arrow proofs. This is an exceptionally scarce Canadian marked rifle. Very few have been identified with the New Brunswick issue markings. The majority of NB and NS percussion rifles were returned to England for conversion to the Snider system. This example survived that process.