Fine Modern & Antique Arms - November 2023 : Sale A1123 Lot 775
A RARE .577/.450 BOER STEYR PEABODY MARTINI HENRY, SIGNED 'STEYR', serial number R9901,

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A RARE .577/.450 BOER STEYR PEABODY MARTINI HENRY, SIGNED 'STEYR', serial number R9901,
dated 1882, with 32 1/2in. sighted barrel with inspection marks, left side of the receiver with large OE WG monogram for √Ėsterreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft, with 'STEYR - 1882' in the center, opposite side marked 'AMATA ROMANA / ARMA / Md.1879' within a belt surmounted by a crown, an arrow through a 'S' and inspection marks, the serial number on the right side of the receiver, fore-end and barrel, wooden stock without roundels or cartouches on the butt, complete with sling swivels and cleaning rod, markings clear but steelwork with surface rust and some pitting, particularly to the trigger-guard, rear-sight slider frozen, 49 1/2 in. overall length

Provenance: This is a commercial version of the M1879 Romanian Peabody-Martini, usually referred to as the "1883 Boer Steyr Peabody Martini Henry Rifle." In 1883, following the First Boer War, the the Transvaal / South African Republic sourced additional arms. Already familiar with the British Martini-Henry, they went to Steyr, who supplied them with the commercial version of the Romanian rifles in 1883. This appears to be an early example manufactured in 1882



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Estimate £400-600

Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament