W.G.R. Rawbone Percussion Rifle/shotgun

Antique Item #C3950

W.G.R. Rawbone Percussion Rifle/shotgun

  • Price: $2,895.00 CAD
  • Licensing Category: Antique
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    An interesting percussion firearm marked on the lock and barrel W.G.R. Rawbone.  The barrel is marked with the Cape Town, South Africa address.  The barrel is 33 1/4" and shows a 10 gauge bore.  This item appears to have been built as one of the W.G.R. Rawbone's .900 caliber dangerous game rifles.  (1850-1860).  This piece retains the flip up rear rifle sight, the flat rifle rib bullet puller rod mounted on the Rawbone rifles.  At some point in time the barrel was bored smooth to create a 10 gauge percussion shotgun.  This Rawborne was sourced out of a Southern Ontario collection. It is interesting to speculate as to part of the past history of this time.  William Rawbone (gunsmith) (1834-1919) moved to Canada from South Africa and established a firearms business in Toronto together with his son, Joseph.  The business was located at 123 Young Street (1873-1876).  It continued on up to 1882 under the management of Joseph Rawbone.  A very interesting and collectable antique rifle built in Cape Town South Africa as a dangerous game rifle and later bored out to be used as a fowling piece.  Excellent browning on the barrel, sound working lock, original rod with bullet puller, excellent wood showing obvious usage but no cracks or breaks. Reference page 153 ,"The Canadian Gunsmiths 1608-1900" by James Gooding, P. 153-154