Fine Modern & Antique Arms - November 2023 : Sale A1123 Lot 1120
DWM A 7x57mm MAUSER 1895 PLEZIER BOLT-MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 7476 / 40,

Product Details

A 7x57mm 'MAUSER 1895 PLEZIER' BOLT-MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 7476 / 40,
circa 1900, 27in. octagonal nitro reproved barrel with tangent rear-sight and adjustable winged fore-sight, receiver with solid side wall engraved 'DEUTSCHE WAFFEN - UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN. BERLIN.', barrel, receiver ring and floorplate numbered '40', bolt numbered 7476 and shroud numbered '76', floorplate with military type release, figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece and flat side panels, schnabel fore-end, sling swivels, the right side of the butt with border engraved blank oval escutcheon with central ornate banner, 13 7/8in. pull including steel buttplate, weight 8lb. 3oz.

Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following provenance on the rifle:

"The Mauser belonged to my Grandfather Rev Arthur Leonard Helps M.A. Cantab. Vicar of Puddletown and Rural Dean and Surrogate, Dorset. Acting Chaplain in "South African War" and "Great War" - 3 medals and Mons Star, mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in the field.
Family say that the Mauser came from "The South African War" when Grandfather captured the owner who had a pair of rifles, but Grandfather as Chaplain had to hand the other one over to his CO.

A.L. Helps was a true sporting vicar who shot extremely well, rode to hounds and played tennis to Wimbledon standards"

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Estimate £700-900

S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act