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3DogMike
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British History: Gordon of Khartoum?
      #349071 - 10/01/21 01:38 PM

Interesting that I "may" have an Alexander Henry rifle that could be attributed to Colonel (later Major General) C.G.Gordon......
Logged in Henry records on 31AUG1872 and sold to one "Col. Gordon".
So perhaps THE "China" Gordon or later "Gordon of Khartoum".

Not that my research is unimpeachable, but I can find no other "Colonel" Gordon in online British Army records that fits the 1872 time frame.
At any rate a very nice and fully shootable 1870 Patent Hammerless in .577/.450 MH.
28" barrel, 7lbs 14oz, 13 7/8' LOP

This posted mostly for the British History buffs........and I am interested in knowledgeable comment.
More pictures later if I can get IMGUR to cooperate.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: 3DogMike]
      #349072 - 10/01/21 01:49 PM

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This posted mostly for the British History buffs........and I am interested in knowledgeable comment.
More pictures later if I can get IMGUR to cooperate.





Email me the images and I will load them up on the NE servers. A rifle definitely for our archive.

nitro AT nitro express dot com

Obviously fix the address to email. I will need to check my email account. Haven't for many days. It may be full.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: NitroX]
      #349074 - 10/01/21 03:14 PM

beside of being a very nice rifle that seem me the find of the year
definitely needs more work to prove and confirm the "gordon" connection

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: lancaster]
      #349084 - 11/01/21 03:12 AM

There still exists a British boarding (private fee-paying) school called the Gordon School in the village of West End, Surrey, just two miles west of Bisley Camp and the famous rifle ranges. I used to drive past it every day.

It was founded in memory of the late General Gordon to educate boys for the British Army. I expect they know a lot about his life and career, with postings. All schools and travel are currently locked down, but I will check to see if they have a website.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: 3DogMike]
      #349099 - 11/01/21 10:28 AM

A very good looking rifle and top find even if it did belong to another Gordon. Hope the research shows it did belong to the General Gordon.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: Rule303]
      #349119 - 12/01/21 05:35 AM

"...a world with no room for the Gordon, is a world that will soon return to the sands..."

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: EDELWEISS]
      #349121 - 12/01/21 05:40 AM

This time line seems to fit:


Gordon was promoted to colonel on 16 February 1872.[82] In 1872, Gordon was sent to inspect the British military cemeteries in the Crimea, and when passing through Constantinople he made the acquaintance of the Prime Minister of Egypt.

Lots more on Wikipedia.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: HistoricBore]
      #349156 - 12/01/21 08:02 PM

You indicated you logged in to the Henry records. I didn't know they were available on line. Do they show the actual ledger page or a text version of the information. I believe that John Dickson & Sons are the custodians of the Alex Henry records. They charge for copies of the ledger pages. https://www.john-dickson.com/gun-history

It might be important because during that period there was another Charles Gordon (Charles Ferrier Gordon born 1859 of Halmyre Scotland) who was an active buyer of high quality firearms. He bought so many guns from John Dickson & Sons it was mused that the company would have gone broke without him. So the question is, does the actual ledger page record Colonel Charles Gordon or simply Charles Gordon which a later transcriber has assumed to be Col Gordon? Interesting it is thought that Charles Ferrier Gordon made his first purchase in 1875, therefore your odds are more favourable that an 1872 purchase was the Colonel Charles Gordon.

Either way you have a beautiful rifle irrespective of its provenance.


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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: Hunter4752001]
      #349175 - 13/01/21 02:35 AM

Hello Hunter475
To date I have actually used the extracts from the Henry records found in the Donald Dallas and Wal Winfer books; you are correct the Alexander Henry records are not online.
Dickson Managing Director, Mr. J-P Daeschler, is sending me the copies of records, etc. by Post. Yes, £55 gets one the whole works and includes cost of Post.

In my research I certainly did come across mention of the noted eccentric C.F. Gordon, and you are spot on, he probably DID keep Henry in business. The man would have been 13 years old in 1872 so quite unlikely that he bought the rifle; that man's story is an interesting read in and of itself.
Thanks for your input,
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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: 3DogMike]
      #349181 - 13/01/21 03:01 AM

A bit more about this Alexander Henry:
There were only 88-90 total hammerless single shot actions (and not all even conform to the several different Patent designs or specifications) produced by Henry, and of those, perhaps up to 20, were not finished into complete rifles. It appears from the records that 47 were made as sporting rifles, the balance were made as military pattern for government trials or as gifts by the British and/or Henry to other interested governments or influential individuals.
Of the ~88 Alexander Henry hammerless rifles produced, there are only 14 known examples, this Action #18 is one of those known 14.
It is based on the 1870 Patent, has a thru bolt to secure the buttstock, internal side hammer, and a lever actuated “beam” that actuates the breech block. The firing pin is not bushed, but rather has a rear retention plate similar to a Sharps rifle.
As can be seen in the last picture, the top cover/loading trough is removable. The actual entire action lockwork, trigger, and lever are mounted on a lower action plate and are removed from the bottom. The buttstock and forend do not need to be dismounted in order to remove the action plate.

A few more pictures








Top cover plate removed, note the internal side hammer:


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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: 3DogMike]
      #349247 - 15/01/21 12:20 AM

What a treasure!! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: degoins]
      #349259 - 15/01/21 07:08 AM



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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: 3DogMike]
      #349274 - 15/01/21 01:49 PM

Looking very positive, on Gordon of Khartoum, Mike.

Saw the sent pics in my email yesterday. But you have managed to post anyway in the meantime. Good work.

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Re: British History: Gordon of Khartoum? [Re: NitroX]
      #349278 - 15/01/21 02:50 PM

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Looking very positive, on Gordon of Khartoum, Mike.
Saw the sent pics in my email yesterday. But you have managed to post anyway in the meantime. Good work.



My internet and IMGUR are a real cock up.......... anyones guess day to day if I can get photos posted.

As to “Col. Gordon”; it looks like it well could be “Chinese” Gordon or “Gordon of Khartoum”.....but I lack definitive resources.
Scottish ancestry, British Officers were usually keen sportsmen, a Scottish gunmaker, and a military calibre. Not to mention that I cannot find another “Colonel Gordon” noted in available records of the British Army Officers in exactly 1872
His diaries of that period apparently were published at one time, but are elusive and not so far found online or available in print.
I have sourced a book of his letters to his sister (paperback)....we shall see. I doubt he might have mentioned his sporting arms to his sister, but who knows.
Thus far an enigma.
- Mike

ADDED:
As an interesting (and perhaps controversial) aside; the old .577/.450 MH as in this Henry, with black powder, equals the traditional .375 H&H 300 grain load in Taylor’s KO values..... ~39 for either one. Maybe those old boys were not as under gunned as modern guys would think?

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