A .577 Snider patent percussion carbine. " N.Z. 222 " is marked on the butt plate. A crown with " 1872 " under it is marked on the lock plate. There are proof marks on the side of the barrel. Initials " J. W " on side of stock and " Jo (obscured) " is also marked on the carbine.
This carbine was probably purchased by the New Zealand Government for use in the prison service or by the police forces in the late 1880s.
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