Alexander Henry, Edinburgh. Extremely rare Falling Block "Takedown" Rifle in .450, 3 1/4" BPE, ca. 1887 - SOLD

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Alexander Henry, Edinburgh and London. Extremely rare and fine Falling Block “Takedown” rifle in .450 3 1/4” BPE made ca. 1887. Weight: 7 ½ lbs.  14 ½” LOP over a deteriorating original Silver’s recoil pad. Superb 28” steel barrel with rear sight consisting of one fixed leaf for 100 yds. and a single folding leaf for 200 yds. Barrel retains 99 % of an old reblacked finish and bore is excellent. Falling Block action is beautifully engraved, retains much of the original hardening colors, and is perfectly tight showing little evidence of use and no corrosion whatever. Superb back-action hammer side lock with stalking safety is mechanically absolutely perfect and retains much of the original case color. Lever release forend which allows removal of the forend wood exposing the release mechanism for rapidly detaching the barrel from the action all of which makes for easy and compact transport. Untouched original, nicely figured, pistol grip stock and forend with original untouched checkering showing little use. The original Silver’s pad is deteriorating, however, the original horn pistol grip cap is in fine condition. Overall a rare and extremely desirable rifle in beautiful original condition throughout.