The provenance of this rifle has been explored. It was sold by Bonhams in 2012 with a different scope and bracket. In 2016 when it was for sale by Highwood Classic Arms, an original bracket with the same rifle number was for sale with The Devizes Gunsmith. The bracket was sold so that it could be paired with this rifle. At that time the rifle had a Mk2 scope as now fitted and the owner had restamped the scope number on the wrist ‘9172’. Since that time the rifle has been in private ownership of two collections until coming on the market now.
The rifle has been examined by Richard Stork of The Devizes Gunsmith and he states that it has the correct inspection marks, correct original bolt body with codes as expected, correct coded, dated and marked barrel, he commented how nice it is that it has it’s original barrel, bolt body and in his view, woodwork.
Subsequent owners have built up a part CES with original mismatched components, as seen in the photographs.