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1892 short British proof
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July 5, 2014 - 1:24 pm
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This 1892 short rifle, OB, 44-40, has the British proof standing lion, circa 1856, London proof house.
Mfg. 1913. Came from a collection in Great Britain or France.

Mark behind lower tang on stock has an " R " stamped into it.
Any way to research the combined lion and R on the rifle to get to it’s origin after leaving factory and any provenance ?

Serial search only says serial applied July 3, 1913

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Bill,

Short answer to your question is No, there is not. The fact that it has British proof marks on it tells enough of the story for most collectors.

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Bert,

I was thinking since the British Empire covered 1/5 of the world land area about then, and things were uneasy in Western Europe before Germany’s invasion of Belgium in 1914, they may have concluded they needed a few more Winchesters to protect what they had.
That may be an interesting story to some.

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