A .300 (ROOK) SINGLE-BARRELLED TOPLEVER HAMMER ROOK & RABBIT RIFLE SIGNED HARDY BROS., no visible serial number,
circa 1898, 27in. lined (in 1998) octagonal barrel with matted sighting flat, dove-tailed blade fore-sight, standing notch rear sight with two folding leaf sights marked for 50, 100 and 150 yards and with white-metal inlaid sight lines, engraved at the breech-end 'HARDY BROS. ALNWICK & MANCHESTER.', the adjacent flat marked '300', carved percussion fence, rebounding back-action lock, acanthus scroll engraving, retaining traces of renewed colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/4in. well figured pistolgrip stock, Hackett type snap-on splinter fore-end with carved tip, weight 5lb. 1oz.
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament