A very fine and rare Gilbey’s Patent 72 bore breech loading percussion sporting rifle
Firearms,Long Guns and Rifles
A very fine and rare Gilbey’s Patent 72 bore breech loading percussion sporting rifle by E.Akrill of Beverley serial No 2. The octagonal browned barrel cut with 9 groove rifling, and fitted with 3 leaf rearsights, the sprung hinged breech is engraved “GILBEY’S PATENT-WITHOUT PRIMER” and inlaid with twin platinum lines. The action, lock, breech and steel furniture are finely engraved with scrolling foliage. The signed back action lock is fitted with a detent, and with a set trigger. The left side of the frame is engraved “E. AKRILL-MAKER-MARKET PLACE. BEVERLEY” and is fitted with a sprung slide which releases or locks the breech. Breech gasses are exhausted through 2 vertical ports cut into the action either side of the chamber, and through a brass lined chimney inset into fore end parallel with the bore. The figured walnut stock is chequered at the fore and wrist. Excellent working order and condition, and retaining traces of original finish overall.
Barrel length to breech 30¾” (78cms) Overall length 49¼” (125cms)
John Gilbey’s Patent No 620 of 12th March 1853 relates to the breech loading mechanism. For a good account of Esau Akrill, John Gilbey and his patent see A. Credland “Akrill of Beverley” in Royal Armouries Yearbook Volume 4, 1999.