Daniel Fraser Sporting Rifles
Serial number 5




DANIEL FRASER SIDE LEVER SINGLE SHOT DROPPING BLOCK TAKEDOWN (VELOX)
.303 RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL SCOPE.
SN 2251. Cal. .303 British.
This very fine rifle has a 26" full file cut ribbed bbl, with dovetailed in front sight, which has a flip-up night sight and hood. The rear sight has one standing, and two folding leaves(graduated for 300 yards.) Original scope mounts are also dovetailed into the rib. The bbl is marked "Danl. Fraser & Co. Gun & Rifle Manufacturers. 4 Leith St. Terrace Edinburgh." and has scroll engraving in front of the address, and in two areas near the rear scope base. The action shows 90% coverage of extremely well executed English shaded scroll engraving, with Celtic borders. The opening lever is also scroll engraved to match the action, and has a detent lock in the thumb piece. The action internals are gold plated. Top tang has "safe" inlaid into a gold rectangle with automatic safety, and a red enamel dot to indicate when safety is in fire position. The action is marked on the top, "Frasers Patent No. 278." (patent use number) Trigger guard is engraved the serial number 2251. Nicely streaked European walnut pistol grip butt stock measures 14-1/2" over coarsely checkered horn butt plate. Stock has a sling eye, a gold shield with the initials G.L.A.Y, and a horn grip cap. The forend has a Deeley type takedown lever, and horn "Alexander Henry" type tip. The Davidson patent telescope is marked, "Danl. Fraser & Co. Gun & Rifle Manufacturers. 4 Leith St." is also marked "Sole Patentees & Manufacturers." Rear scope ring is marked with the serial number 2251 inside dovetail. Leather case has brass corners, and a newly applied brass plate on top. The interior has a Daniel Fraser label, another label with directions for use of the Fraser patent telescopic sight, and a label describing Fraser Velux .303 rifle, with instructions for mounting the bbl, cleaning etc. The case contains a round pewter oil bottle. This rifle is described and pictured on pg. 236 of Jonathon Kirton's book "The British Falling Block Breechloading Rifle from 1865" It is interesting to note that there were fewer than 410 Fraser single shot rifles ever made. PROVENANCE: Kiser Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% of a quality over a few scattered nicks and dents. Action retains 80-90% of it's orig case colors with most loss on the bottom side of the action, and behind the breech block. Takedown lever, safety, and trigger retain about 40-50% of their fire blue. Foreplate and trigger guard retain about 30% of their charcoal blue in protected areas. Butt stock and forend have been nicely refinished in a hand rubbed oil finish, and have a few slight nicks and scratches from handling. Bore shows strong rifling with some cordite erosion in the throat, and is a bit dark in the grooves. Telescope retains 90% of it's orig blue, and optics are hazy and just need cleaning. Leather on case is dark, but in good condition. Interior cloth and all petitions are all original, but labels are a bit wrinkled and tattered. 4-33688 MGM31 (7,000-10,000)





DANIEL FRASER PATENT SINGLE SHOT DROPPING BLOCK
COMBINATION M.B.L. ("MILITARY BREECH LOADER" NRA CLASSIFICATION "ANY" RIFLE).
SN 1406. Cal. .303 British.
Total production SN 1046, and action patent use No. 64. This is a very early production Fraser rifle that was sent back to Fraser's for a new bbl and at that time was refitted with the lever lock. The 34" round bbl is marked on the top, "Barrel manufactured by Danl. Fraser & Co. Edinburgh." On the left side it is marked with nitro proof marks for .303. The windage adjustable front sight is dovetailed into the bbl. There is no rear sight mounted onto the bbl. The case hardened action is marked, "Frasers Patent No. 64" on the top, number "1046" is on the right side, and left side is marked, "Frasers Patent. Edinburgh." in a circle with shield in the center. The trigger is bolted by a sliding button safety inside the trigger guard. The European walnut straight grip butt stock measures 14-1/8" over a 7/8" wooden lengthening piece with coarsely checkered butt. (looks as if it may have been done at the factory.) Butt stock has a sling eye, and a back position mounted Vernier sight, which folds into a groove cut into the top of the comb. When not in use the folded sight is covered by a wooden cover secured by a transverse pin. Forend extends to within 3" of the muzzle, and is secured by two bbl bands. This particular rifle is pictured and described on pg. 233 of Jonathon Kirton's book The British Falling Block Breechloading Rifle from 1865 PROVENANCE: Kiser Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 95% of it's orig blue. Bore is very fine with no visible imperfections. Case hardened action has turned mostly silver with some case color visible in protected areas, and has not been polished.  Butt stock and forend retain most of their orig oil finish but are dull and have numerous handling and storage marks. 4-33682 MGM33 (3,000-5,000)





Daniel Fraser Sporting Rifle
Serial number 5
A rare and very early example of Fraser's 1880 falling block actions in a classic British sporting rifle. From the initial manufacturing batch and serial numbered 5 on all parts including the A and T barrel #38 which was numbered "5" by Fraser. The caliber is .450-3 1/4" black powder express with the barrel measuring 30" and showing a fair bore with some roughness. All parts are numbered with the same die stamp indicating that all parts, including the barrel, are as originally assembled by Fraser. The 1880 patent was the second obtained by Fraser after serving a 7 year apprentiship with the great gunmaker Alexander Henry. His brother John helped found the business as an accountant, and remained as partner until between 1887-1889 when the partnership was disolved. Patent number 5111 of April 13,1879 covered breech actions with drop down barrels. His second patent, number 5403, with which we are concerned, was granted on 23 December, 1880 for the Falling Block design with main spring mounted on the barrel, and automatic safety engagement when the action is opened. The barrel breech and receiver show London Proofs and View marks with all action parts showing serial number 5. Down East Antiques has also sold a Fraser model 1880 with serial number 2, and is now proud to offer number 5 of these great single shots. Fraser was not only a famous maker but a noted marksman as quoted from his obituary in the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch "He was at one time one of the best known shots in the country." This example of his work shows a replaced (period) forend, and shows overall light pitting. Antique good overall condition. A very scarce single shot.