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Just noticed that this exact miniature Uberti Henry rifle is pictured on pages 150 – 151 of the book The Art Of Miniature Firearms – Centuries Of Craftsmanship!!!

I have received this piece back from Doug Turnbull, and it is now finished with a rust blue barrel, screws, and sling swivel, with case colored lever, hammer & trigger!  I’ll get new photos up when I have a chance!

Just received back from Roger Sampson who did a fantastic job of engraving the barrel address for me!!!!!

In my opinion, Aldo Uberti did more to stimulate the miniature firearms collecting hobby than everyone else in history put together.  Aldo loved miniatures, and had his craftsmen make him many different miniatures of Colt revolvers and Winchester lever action rifles.  Uberti was making full size replicas for the United States Historical Society, and once their representatives got a look at some of Aldo’s miniature collection, they decided there was a market to produce them on a limited scale.  Before this, only the very wealthy could afford to collect miniature firearms.  Aldo Uberti as the maker, and the U.S. Historical Society as the marketer, made miniatures firearms that the average person could afford, thus hundreds, if not thousands of new collectors started collecting miniature firearms.  One of the projects Uberti was going to make was a limited edition of 1500 miniature Henry rifles in their typical 47% scale.  This turned out to be much more difficult task than they initially imagined.  Because of the integral under barrel tubular magazine, they had to drill two perfectly aligned parallel holes in the barrel stock, one for the bore and one for the magazine.  Out of who knows how many attempts, they were only successful in making four correct barrel assemblies  The project was then shelved.  All four barrels were made into rifles, all of which stayed “in house” at Uberti.  Aldo kept one, his business partner kept one, and the other two went to family members.  Recently, Also’s business partner, now living in Switzerland, emailed me asking me to appraise his personal miniature collection which he was going to sell.  And there, in one of his photos, was one of the Uberti Henry rifles!  I asked if he would consider selling it to me, but alas, his friend who was buying the collection also wanted it, and he had first dibs.  The partner then told me that he might be able to get me one.   After many emails, several months, and a big monetary wire transfer to Italy, I was finally able to buy this rifle.

This was Aldo Uberti’s personal 47% scale miniature Henry rifle, serial numbered 1AU on the top of the barrel, and again on the rear of the lower tang.  20 3/8″ long overall with a 11 3/8″ octagon barrel.  The steel parts are finished in the white.  The receiver, sideplates, cartridge lifter, buttplate, and buttplate cleaning rod trap door are gold plated brass, but have a more realistic brass looking finish, not like their highly polished Winchester 1866 rifles and carbines.  Beautiful highly figured French walnut buttstock.  Long range ladder type adjustable rear sight with calibrated distance markings.  Typical Henry blade type front sight.  There is a sling swivel on the left side of the buttstock, and a loop screwed to the left side of the barrel, for a military type sling, which most of the early Henry’s had in hopes of garnering military contracts with the U.S. and other governments.   I am immediately sending this piece to master engraver Roger Sampson to have him hand engrave the proper Henry barrel address.  From there it will go to Doug Turnbull Restorations in New York for final finishing in blue and case colors.  Sorry, not for sale, this historic piece is going into my small personal collection, and I am very proud to own it!  !!!!!NOT FOR SALE!!!!!

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