Item #37430

British Martini-Henry Mk. I Cavalry Carbine (Australian Marked)

  • Maker: British
  • Model: Martini
  • Caliber: .450

  • Description: Serial #9166, .577/.450, 21 1/4” barrel with a very good bore that has even freckling within the grooves. This is an “I.C.1.” marked, 1877 dated, Enfield-made carbine that has an overall dark plum-brown patina that has mottled gray pitting at the muzzle, as well as gray fading along the sides of the barrel, mainly towards the breech, and along the undersides of the receiver. The lever has visible color case-hardening along the protected surfaces, and a mottled gray-brown patina on the balance. The carbine has visible traces of original blue on the breechblock, and a faint, but legible “(Crown) / VR” cypher on the right side of the receiver too. The walnut forend has numerous small handling marks with a worn, but intact, original leather rear sight cover installed. The buttstock has similar handling marks and blemishes marring the added military oil finish, with still crisp Birmingham WD Broad Arrow cartouche, and additional Australian “-VIC- / GOV” stamp (Victoria Government). The original ramrod is also included. This is a great looking example of a Mk. I Martini-Henry Cavalry Carbine, and has seldom seen Australian property markings. Antique