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Cheshire Life - - An­tiques -

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.

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