Alberdi was active in Eibar from the 1870’s until his death in 1888, and he was a prolific gun maker.
Many questions !!!
There is an unusual safety cap that moves down over the nipple, appears to be Spanish made, with British view (acceptance) marks on all parts.
What would say all these marks:
J. N. ARANG on the barrel?
Crown/V (English acceptance?)
On inside of lock: AGUADO?
PLA in cartouche?
As you can see, it lock is identical with that on the rifle Model 1851 Of Artillery of Spain (photo of Museo Arqueologico Nacional of Madrid). The model of the lock is of 1846. It goes with the date of 1858 on the lock. The crown which surmounts “AR” is identical with that in my image which surmounts an “O” for Real Fabrica de Oviedo, therefore it lock is of Real Fabrica de Artilleria.
Alberdi is a family of Eibar, with several representatives at the time of this weapon. J.N. Is Arang perhaps one of the members of the family Aranguren, famous gunners of Eibar.? Although 'V 'surmounts by a crown resembles the English “sight”, I believe that in this case it is only one mark of Spanish inspection.
Peter Bower (USA)
AR under crown with "E" stands for ARTILLERIA and EIBAR. The gun was privately converted from a "1856 Mousqueton Rayado para cabballeria"of Spain
Udo Lander (Germany)
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