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Classic Military Rifles



Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket

London Armoury Company
4th Pattern
Calibre .577

Commission Sale £1,900

A rather nice Volunteer London Armoury Company Pattern 1853 fourth model rifle musket.
The lock has a Crowned VR to the tail and 1860 LACo. to the front of the hammer.

Dark walnut stock with regulation pattern brass furniture with the snag free Baddeley 4th model barrel bands.

The right side of the stock struck with London Armoury Company "Bermondsey" 1861 roundel.

Minnie .577 rifled barrel with rear ladder sight graduated to 900 yards and struck with Victorian London proof marks next to two LAC inspection stamps.

The Pattern 1853’s were the first fully interchangeable arms manufactured in England.

Made to the army pattern these civilian rifles were manufactured to be sold to the men of the volunteer regiments of the Victorian period.

The LAC rifles are considered the better of the P53’s and were sought by shooters then and now. These 4th models were the final variant of the P53 issued to British troops and volunteers and feature the recessed screw, snag free, barrel bands developed for the army by Major Baddeley.

The retailers name marked under the wrist: Baker - 88 Fleet Street

Thomas Kerslake Baker is listed in the records of the London Gun Trade from 1833
He had several Addresses 1 Stone Cutter Street, Black House Court & 88 Fleet Street

Baker is recorded as being a Gun & Pistol Maker and Gun Lock Maker,

In very good condition with very good bore
The dark walnut stock is nice & sharp with metal work to brown finish.

A nice example of a classic Victorian military rifle by the best maker of the day.


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