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Fenian rifle used in failed invasion of Canada to be auctioned in U.S.

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  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Member

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    Fenian rifle used in failed invasion of Canada to be auctioned in U.S.

    Randy Boswell
    CanWest News Service


    March 17, 2005

    Its owner had dreamed of a liberated Ireland and perhaps even an Irish-controlled Canada. But the rare antique rifle -- carried by a renegade American Irishman 140 years ago during the failed Fenian invasion of Canada -- was instead seized by the defenders of British North America and is now set to be auctioned in the U.S. The battered rifle, the highlight of next month's sale of vintage firearms by Bonhams and Butterfields of San Francisco, is expected to fetch $12,000 because of its association with the famous episode from Canadian history. The lever-action Henry model, manufactured in 1860 pre-dates the classic Winchester of frontier-era America.

    http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=f1c2aa85-df2c-4131-b1d6-c0cd2aa52c26

    any takers?
     
  2. MudPuppy

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    Now what would I do with another one of those? :neener:
     
  3. SteveS

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    I would if I had the money. What a fascinating story behind that rifle.
     
  4. Hypnogator

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    Should go for a lot more than $12K.

    Original Henry's from that era sell for $10-$15K. :eek:
     
  5. hkOrion

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    Somene should buy it, and pick up where the Irishman left off :).

    IRISH CANADA!
     

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    Fenian

    They would have been a real threat if they had tried to liberate something besides the saloons.
     
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