Lot 99: French Gras Model 1874 11mm rifle, and associated bayonet
December 4, 2009
West Columbia, SC, USALive Auction
French Gras Model 1874 11mm rifle, and associated bayonet patented 1874
serial number L79133; bolt action, walnut stock, blue finish, marked "S1878" on right barrel flat, "MANUFACTURE D'ARNES ST. ETIENNE M80" on receiver, many small inspector's marks on most parts; together with Model 1874 bayonet, marked "Mre d'Armes de St. Etienne Mai 1878", serial number M93270 on bayonet, M15286 on scabbard.
overall L51 1/2" barrel L31 1/2", bayonet L26"
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #999990010302 and H666 on rifle, 56.12.2 on bayonet). Brass plaque with State of Texas Inventory #724-16651 riveted to the buttplate.
Literature: Mowbray, Stuart C. & Joe Puleo. BOLT ACTION MILITARY RIFLES OF THE WORLD. Mowbray Publishing, 2009. pp.100-102.
Peterson, Phillip. STANDARD CATALOG OF MILITARY FIREARMS: THE COLLECTOR'S PRICE AND REFERENCE GUIDE. 5th ed. Gun Digest Books, 2009. pp.96-97.
Bore a bit rough, generally good condition.