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A Fine 19th C Cape Rifle By John Hayton, Grahamstown SA.

Stock Number: 50142


This is a superb example of a mid 19th Century double barrelled "Cape Rifle", made by the famous South African maker of such items ..."John Hayton Grahams Town SA"
It has a right smooth bored barrel of 14 bore, and a left hand 24 bore barrel, rifled 2 grooves. with twist, probably designed for a Conical Winged projectile [ similar to that of the Jacobs Rifle], or possibly for a simple belted ball.
The barrels are a re- browned, twist, to a very high standard, as is the Broad Twist central rib. This is fully signed at the breech by the maker, together with the serial number ...6196.
There are 3 folding leaf sights to the rear, and an adjustable brass foresight. The barrels measure to 30.5" ... 76.5 cms.
Both locks are in vg condition, and signed "J Hayton".
The Dolphin shaped percussion hammers are in fine condition, and lightly engraved to the top aspect.
Both barrels are clearly stamped beneath "14" & "24". and both with the serial number.
There are triggers to each barrel, enclosed within a plain steel trigger guard, with the serial number stamped to the rear tang.

The beautifull walnut half stock, has a fine figured grain with clear chequering to the wrist and forestock .... proberbly refinished/varnished to a very high standard, at sometime in it's life.
There is a full length ebonised ramrod, with a brass screw cover to spiral worm, and a brass foreend, hollowed and used as a powder measure. .... retained by 3 steel holders.
There is a steel butt cap, and rear and foreend sling rings.
The action to half and full cock, to both barrels, is strong.

John Hayton worked at 94 High Street Grahamstown, from 1850 - 1873, was very sort after as a gunsmith, especially by game hunters, and retired a very wealthy man.


1850 - 1870


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Geographical area

Sub-Saharan Africa

Category: Firearms


A Muzzle loading Double Barrelled Cape rifle, as used by game hunters in South Africa, mid 19th Centu

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GB Millais Antiques

I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 14 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.

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