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Henry didn't do any conversions that I've read about.
I suspect Tamid made a mis-statement.

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The gun is an Alex Henry and it was marked on the bottom of the receiver conversion by Alex Henry. Conversion from what to what I do not know. It was suggested at the auction it was a 500 BPE. This is the description of the gun "Alexander Henry ( 12 St. Andrews St., Edinburgh , Patent # 1071 ) Side By Side Hammer .500 BPE ? Cal Double Rifle w/29" bbls [ bottom of rcvr marked " Converted by Alexander Henry, Edinburgh ", re-blued barrels w/barrel sights, fine scroll engraved rcvr & hammers, etc., case colored hammer safeties , Jones under lever, double trigger extractor, deluxe checkered walnut pistol grip stock & forend, with checkered metal butt plate, appears excellent over all ] Ser # 1708" Gun can be viewed here, http://www.wardsauctions.com/sales/2014/204-guns-2/index.htm scroll to Index 27, auction item #736A.

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Skeettx,
Thanks for posting the pictures up. If anyone is in doubt of the gun don't shoot the messenger. I personally viewed the gun and all markings would indicate it is a true Alexander Henry.


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I'm surprised but, that's not the first time. That's a very early looking Henry but I've never heard of those markings before. The top strap is different for a rifle. It would be interesting to have McNaughton check the records and hopefully find out what conversion was done to it. The engraving was probably done at that time also.

That is a beautiful rifle!

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Conversions were quite common in the early breech loader period. I own one that has no makers marks. In that period of time it was the barrels that really held the value. Owners often wanted to able to use the new, faster breech loading system. This could be done for less expense by saving the existing barrels and often times the locks as well. As the saying goes, labor was cheap back then. I always enjoy looking over conversions in person. It gives a guy inspiration if nothing else. I'm restoring mine currently and hope to have it up and running well before this deer season. I have a feeling it has been much too long since the old gal has drawn blood and I want to change that.


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Wow! So there really is a lucky guy in Canada. Man, I'd LOVE to see this gun "in the flesh". I'd love to have it as mine even more, greedy SOB that I am.

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+1 conversions are fascinating in themselves. You can go around a look really carefully and see where certain parts have been re used.

I have a 14 bore under lever breach loader by Higham and Son, it was a high quality muzzle loader with highly figured wood at one time, but was later converted, retaining many original parts from the muzzle loader, some lock work must have been carried out to the original locks as its got rebounding hammers and a grip safety was added i think.

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The purchaser recently listed this gun on a Canadian gun site for $6400. I don't know if it has sold or not.


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That's only $5126.56 USD. One heck of a good price for we see now. IMO.

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