A fine Pattern 1856 volunteer short rifle by Thomas Turner. In very nice
The rifle has the sought after five grove
1 in 48" rifling. The bore is very good
with the rifling sharp and well defined to
the muzzle. Some minor frosting and
marks but no patches of deep pitting,
The bore reflects bright and shiny,
although I've struggled to photo this.
The underside of the breach has a full
crisp set of Birmingham commercial
proofs and T. Turners barrel smiths mark.
Thomas Turner was a celebrated and
respected rifle maker and Government
The stock of dark heart wood walnut has
an attractive figure and a lovely deep
shiny patina. Typically of a higher quality
volunteer rifle it is well chequered at the
wrist and forearm and absolutely free of
any splits or cracks.
Intriguingly The lock is just marked
Tower and 1861 rather than carrying
Turner's name. Internally it's stamped
Siddons, who was a very good quality
lock maker and often associated with
Turner. A Snider three band by
T. Turner, formally in my collection had
a Siddons lock.
The rear sight elevator tension spring
was rather weak and I'm currently
having Peter Dyson make me another.
I've also requested he supply the
absent sling swivel and these items are
included in the asking price.
A fine quality five grove volunteer short
rifle by one of the most respected of the
old masters. A credit to any collection
and difficult to better.