All original, unmolested - looks identical to the early MH MKI - with safety!
To me it looks like its never been apart!
So going to leave it that way.
The wood is not as nice as the British MH's - maybe as its not been handled much??? (all original wood too). Different type of wood?
Interesting Bayonet set up - can not find one piece of evidence to indicate this is the right bayonet type - Peabody design yes (they made several versions for different rifles, no lug for sword bayonet; that was later with the Type A).
But bayonet hanging in front of the clearing rod??? Can any one direct me to any evidence to what type of bayonet the Type A actually had, is this the right one ???
[Seem to be bit like the .303 MH - without clearing rod].
Rifle: Turkish Peabody Martini M1874 Type A
Serial No*: 200082 (*Arabic-Turkish translation from receiver)
Year of Manufacture: 1875-1876; Second Contract to Turkish Govt.(?)1
[something is in conflict here, as second contract was Type B - without safety, interesting......]
Caliber: 11.3x59R (.45 Turkish) – obsolete black powder metallic cartridge
Military service: Russo-Turkish War (1876–78)
Specifics of Peabody Martini M1874 Type A: (i) Fitted with external sliding trigger safety (receiver, right hand side) [specific and unique indicator from the later more common Type B, 1876-1879; in which safety is absent]; (ii) Brass breech block pivot pin secured with retaining screws (left hand side), (iii) no bayonet lug – upper barrel band, present in Type B.
Rifle is identical/ copy to the BRITISH made 577/450 Martini Henry MK I (1871-1874)
1First contract Peabody-Martini rifles range from serial no. 1 -- 200,000 (1874-1875); second contract rifles range from 200,001 -- 500,000 (1875-1876); and third contract rifles range from 500,001 to 600,000 (1877-1879).
In 1882, Providence Tool. Co put up for sale its entire inventory of gun making machinery, ceasing production some 12 month earlier, then declaring bankruptcy in 1883.
The Turkish Connection - The Saga of the Peabody-Martini Rifle, by William O. Achtermeier, (Originally published in Man At Arms Magazine, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 12-21, 5557, March/April 1979).
Web version of above: http://www.militaryrifles.com/Turkey/Pe ... yStory.htm
Information regarding: Providence Tool. Co.:
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