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#545675 - 05/11/19 04:56 AM Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time
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The Henry double rifle, commissioned by Queen Victoria as a Christmas present for John Brown, has been bought by the National Museum of Scotland and will be displayed in public for the first time this summer, from 26th June until November.

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/culture/a-historic-weapon-goes-on-show-for-first-time/?

https://www.nms.ac.uk/wildandmajestic

I have a letter from Henry to Brown dated 1876, where he suggests Brown should bring his rifle with him to Edinburgh, for it to be serviced.

Queen Victoria was on a royal visit to unveil the Prince Albert Memorial in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.


Edited by Richard B (05/11/19 09:45 AM)
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#545693 - 05/11/19 10:41 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Good going, Richard. I've admired Brown for as long as I've known he had a special place in Victoria's heart; often wondered of his influence in making of the Empire.

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#545743 - 05/12/19 06:28 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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#549083 - 06/25/19 07:02 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Just a reminder that this exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until November.

https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collec...to-john-brown/?

To coincide with this, I am starting these tours of Alexander Henry's Edinburgh :

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/z...3-original.jpg?



Edited by Richard B (06/27/19 09:30 AM)
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#551281 - 07/22/19 11:11 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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I had been curious who bought this gun, which was auctioned recently
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#551309 - 07/22/19 03:43 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: pamtnman]
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Interesting - which auction house sold it "recently" ?
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#551310 - 07/22/19 03:52 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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It was either sold by Julia in their last auction, or by Morphy, Julia's successor. Was sold in the past year or so
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#551311 - 07/22/19 04:02 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Julia's, at their last auction, OCTOBER 31, 2017. "ALEXANDER HENRY DBL RIFLE 3210 450BPE(1873) Cal. .450BPE"
"This fine rifle was given to John Brown for Christmas in 1873"
It seems to be the same gun
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#551312 - 07/22/19 04:15 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Yes I knew about that one (see above) but I just wondered if it had been sold again since 2017 …

Whoever bought it in the UK (£35k) made a loss (£28k) ...
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#551314 - 07/22/19 04:23 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Originally Posted By: Richard B
Yes I knew about that one (see above) but I just wondered if it had been sold again since 2017 …

Whoever bought it in the UK (£35k) made a loss (£28k) ...

Wasn't that fascinating? Caught my attention, for sure. I purchased several rifles in that Julia's auction and watched that one carefully.
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#551353 - 07/23/19 05:07 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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For me, it's sad that in the above exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland it's displayed in its case.

I'm told that rifles should always be displayed thus, but I couldn't see the majesty of it that way.

https://beta.photobucket.com/u/rrdb/p/1b6fa1f3-7981-46fd-9b86-0c740b48d425


Edited by Richard B (07/23/19 05:07 AM)
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#553049 - 08/18/19 10:14 PM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Originally Posted By: Richard B
For me, it's sad that in the above exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland it's displayed in its case.

I'm told that rifles should always be displayed thus, but I couldn't see the majesty of it that way.

https://beta.photobucket.com/u/rrdb/p/1b6fa1f3-7981-46fd-9b86-0c740b48d425

Goodness gracious that is a travesty. It's almost a back-handed compliment: "Oh, and here is a GUN, but we don't want you to see it fully assembled as a GUN, but broken down into its constituent parts that you can barely see or comprehend how together they could be a GUN..."
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#553056 - 08/19/19 07:37 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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There are a couple of other rifles, including a Henry, in the exhibition, shown in their entirety … so they "could" have.
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#553071 - 08/19/19 11:44 AM Re: Historic Henry double rifle displayed for 1st time [Re: Richard B]
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Rifles in a museum or similar display are always hung up so viewers get as close to a 360 as possible. Many have mirrors to show the off side when the gun is reclining.


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