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gun, spring alarm

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  • Other titles
    • percussion spring gun (alternative)
    • poachers gun (alternative)
    • spring alarm gun, anti-poaching device used in the Bay of Islands (alternative)
    • trap gun (alternative)
  • Description
    spring alarm gun, anti-poaching device used in the Bay of Islands
    percussion action; 15mm bore; has solid bracket for attaching to post; triggering device with tripwire arms, one arm broken off; hole for safety pin in top arm
    maker's name: C. OSBORNE
    Maker: C. Osborne
  • Place
  • Other Number
    A7038, col.0492, 1926.168, 10279
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gun, spring alarm, 1926.168, A7038, col.0492, 10279, Photographed by Richard NG, digital, 31 Mar 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1926.168, A7038, col.0492, 10279
  • Notes
    spring gun, an anti-poaching device made in the UK but acquired by donor from the Bay of Islands where it is believed to have been used
  • Place
  • Subject category
  • Production
    C Osborne & Company (gunmaker)
    Circa 1800
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 190mm
      (overall length: 190mm barrel length: 65mm height: 100mm bore: 15mm (.51"))
    • 0 - Whole length : 65mm
    • 0 - Whole height : 93mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 120mm
  • Classification
    military (Level 1)
    › arms & armaments (Level 2)
    › firearms (Level 3)
    › gun, spring alarm (Level 4)
  • Record created
    12 December 2000

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