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'The Britannia' Anglo sure shot Mark I .177 calibre air rifle, Cox's Patent, made only for R Ramsbottom, Manchester. The first patent for the Britannia style Break Action Air Rifle was dated 1902 and they were produced between 1905 -1908 (see page 12 & 13 of a Collector's Guide To Air Rifles By Hiller). The break action is achieved by a thumb operated, gate type, barrel latch which when pulled backwards releases the barrel and allows the weapon to be cocked and loaded. This is an excellent example with original wood which has age related marks and previous owners markings * see images*. The metalwork throughout has a nice aged patina. It has a 22 ¼”2 stage rifled barrel with clean bore & typical light rifling and measures 37 ½” overall. It has a blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The top of the frame is correctly stamped Cox's Patent, made only for R Ramsbottom, Manchester *feint*. The left side is stamped with the Britannia name and rubbed 'Trade mark'. The steel stock frame and barrel section are stamped with matching numbers '1341' together with ' RD 394207' on the frame. The rifle comes in a bespoke lined, dovetailed fitted case with four boxes of vintage pellets *see images*. The break action loading and firing actions work as they should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. 21051.