What is it? Here’s an amazing example of how research – and a little luck – can pay dividends for the collector. This rare Boer War Mauser carbine was owned by an elderly Shropshire enthusiast who had bought it from a North Wales gunshop.
What makes it special? The stock was engraved ‘P. Snyman Sep.1899’ and in an attempt to learn more, details of his find were published in an article in the South African specialist magazine Man Magnum. It was read by Ben Snyman who wrote back explaining that his great-grandfather, Pieter
Andries Snyman, owned two of the rifles, one still with Ben, who lives in Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal Province. The other disappeared after the war and Pieter died in 1918. Correspondence ensued with the delighted owner sending Ben a target group of five shots at 30 metres, with three hits in one hole, adding ‘not bad for a rifle that is 121 years old and a 72-year-old shooter. Both of us in good condition for our age’.
How much did it sell for? The 7x57 bolt action rifle by Loewe and Co. sold for £950 at Nantwich auctioneers Peter Wilson.