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    William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus Bolt Action Rifles

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    William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus  Rifles
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    • William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus  Bolt Action   Rifles
    • William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus  Bolt Action   Rifles for sale in United Kingdom
    • William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus  Bolt Action   Rifles for sale

    UNIQUE, MINT DEEP CUT MULTI GROOVE RIFLED BORE, Transitional C1840’s Victorian William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Patent .600 Calibre Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus Steel Barrel & Clearing Rod. - A 607

    William Golden was born in 1801 in Sherborne, Dorset. He had four sons and three daughters, the sons were Charles (b.1826 who probably worked only briefly for his father before establishing his own business in Bradford), Edward (b.1835), Henry Booth (b.1838 who worked for his father), and Joseph (b.1839 who also worked for his father). William established his business as an ironmonger in 1833 at 2 & 3 Cross Church Street, Huddersfield (the shops were on opposite sides of the street). It is not known when he became a gunsmith but on 2 November 1841 together with John Hanson he patented breech-loading firearms and self-contained ammunition (patent No. 2129) including a cartridge that contained in a recess in its base a charge of fulminating powder which served to shoot out the projectile. The discharge was effected by a needle striking against the base of the projectile, and was intended for use in a breech loading arm. We have no further information regarding John Hanson. In 1851 William was an exhibitor at the Great Exhibition. It is not known which of his Firearms were exhibited but it would not be surprising to learn that a transitional firearm similar or the same as our example had been exhibited. In the 1871 census at the age of 70 William Golden gave his occupation as gunsmith and ironmonger. William died in 1873 and the family business ran by his sons continued trading until 1914. We have never encountered a firearm patented by Golden & Hanson nor a transitional breech loading needle fire rifle in the same form as ours. This Golden & Hanson Patent rifle is in excellent condition. The rifle has a 25 ½” screw off octagonal Damascus steel barrel and is 47 ¼” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp, deep cut, multi groove rifling. The barrel has English black powder proofs. It has a large trigger guard, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The action has tooled foliate decoration. The top of the breech is signed ‘Golden & Hanson, Huddersfield Patent’. The underside of the breech is numbered ‘23’. Its original Walnut shoulder stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The breech is a transitional early bolt action needle fire form and no doubt would have fired Golden & Hansons patent needle fire cartridge (we have not found an example of this cartridge) . Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The rifle has its original ebony rod with brass end caps. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 607
    £2,800.00
    £ 2,800
    Category:Rifles
    Subcategory:Bolt Action
    Condition:Used - Good condition for age
    Price:£ 2,800
    Sale type:Trade
    Make:William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield
    Model:Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus
    Manufactured Year:c.1840’s
    Antique:yes
    Certificate:No Licence - Antique/Obsolete Calibre - Section 58 (2) Firearms Act 1968
    Barrel length:25 3/4 inches
    Overall length:47 1/4 inches
    Your reference:A 607
    Gun Status:Activated
    Recommended Usage:Collection item
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    William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus  Bolt Action   Rifles
    William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus Bolt Action Rifles
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