Giles Whittome      Falling Block Single Shot     "The Elephant Rifle"      .577 3" Nitro Express


24″ tapered round barrel with long full-band front sight base, broad-based

swivel stud, and 1 standing silver-lined island-based rear express sight

engraved 50 YDS. Top of barrel engraved “Giles Whittome. London.” and

“The “Elephant” Rifle”. Left rear of barrel with 1989 London nitro proofs,

right side engraved “.577 NITRO EXPRESS 3″” and “.750 GRNS. BULLET

100 GRNS. CORDITE”. Casehardened, Farquharson-inspired, falling-block

action built by J. A. Shirley & Co with single pin visible on side, adjustable

trigger and manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold, engraved with

nearly full-coverage fine shaded scroll surrounding central floral bouquets

around banner engraved “Giles Whittome” on each side. Blued breech block

and trigger. Casehardened, scroll engraved loading lever with roller-bearing

detent, checkered at fingertip. Highly figured, dense European walnut stock

with horn forend tip, flat sidepanels fore and aft the receiver, classic point

pattern flat-top checkering wrapping fully under the forend and over the

wrist, skeleton steel capped pistol grip, beaded Monte Carlo cheekpiece,

vacant gold oval, rear swivel stud, and leather-covered recoil pad. Drop at

heel: 3″, drop at rear of Monte Carlo: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Pull: 13

7/8". Weight: 12lbs, 8 oz. Built 1989. Excellent condition, nearly new, appears

essentially unfired since proof, with only a few light handling marks, and

some light scratches in wood. The exact rifle pictured in Whittome's catalog.

With fine quality oak and leather case with brass corners, lined in burgundy

cloth, with gold embossed black leather maker's label in lid, a pair of

rosewood handled turnscrews, 3-piece brass and rosewood cleaning rod

with mop, brush, and jag, snap cap and crystal oil bottle marked “Giles

Whittome London”.   $22,450.

 

Above is the actual rifle pictured in Whittome's catalog---a copy included with the rifle.

 


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