A rare helmet, two early sniper rifles and the medals awarded to one of the Royal Navy’s greatest gunnery experts surpass expectations
‘SHARPBIDDERS’ CLAIM SHARPSHOOTER RIFLES
A pair of Whitworth Rifles proved a highlight of a recent Wilson55 auction
Known as the most accurate firearm of its generation, the Whitworth was designed by Sir John Whitworth in 1854 and some 13,500 were produced. A single-shot, percussion cap, muzzle-loading rifle firing an unusual .451-calibre hexagonal round, Whitworths had excellent accuracy and were capable of precision well in excess of 1,000 yards – especially when used with a contemporary 4x Davidson telescopic optic.