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alarm gun

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  • Other titles
    • Osborne percussion spring or alarm gun (English) (descriptive name)
    • poachers gun or trap gun
  • Description
    percussion spring or alarm gun (English)
    steel; with large threaded screw and heavy chain (for attaching to post) attached at one end; .72" bore; flared to 1.14" barrel
    missing: locking pin
    makers name marked on left hand side: C. OSBORNE
    on right hand side: INVENTOR
    Maker: C.Osborne, c.1800.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    38005.41, W0105
  • Accession date
    27 November 1919
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
alarm gun, W0105, 38005.41, Photographed by Richard NG, digital, 31 Mar 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
alarm gun, W0105, 38005.41, Photographed by Richard NG,… … Read more


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W0105
  • Notes
    C Osborne percussion spring or alarm gun (English), circa 1800s
    Such guns were frequently employed in parks in England to warn the owners or gamekeepers of the presence of trespassers
    Compare with A7038 which is a smaller model
  • Subject category
  • Collection
  • Production
    C Osborne & Company (gunmaker)
    Circa 1800
    George III (1760 - 1820), House of Brunswick, Hanover Line, English reign
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › iron
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 90mm
    • 0 - Whole length : 110mm
    • 0 - Whole height : 137mm
    • 0 - Whole length x width x depth (l x w x d) : 270mm
      (overall length: 270mm barrel length: 90mm bore: 30mm screw: 110mm)
    • 0 - Whole width : 160mm
  • Classification
    military (Level 1)
    › arms & armaments (Level 2)
    › firearms (Level 3)
    › gun, spring alarm (Level 4)
  • Record created
    22 December 2014

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