Hi, yours is one of the first batch of 'BSA' air rifles made in the last quarter of 1905......The very first was 1130, and the last 2129.
History.....well a simplified story is;
The design of the gun was by Lincoln Jeffries, but he did not have the facility's to produce them in quantity, so approached the well established BSA company, who normally dealt in huge military contracts and also sporting firearms. They were having a relatively quiet period, so accepted the job of producing the guns.....The original agreement was for BSA to make the guns to Mr Jeffries' design, to be sold by him under his name and under his trade mark.....However, it was also agreed that BSA would also market a version of Mr Jeffries' gun under their own name and with their trade mark.
They were made in alternate batches, with the guns being almost identical except for various markings, and with the Lincoln guns apparently being hand finished to a slightly higher standard at Mr Jeffries' works on delivery. On your gun, you will see the patent number attributable to Lincoln Jeffries registered design on the cocking arm, this was a condition of the deal. But it is BSA made, and a BSA rifle. The top of the cylinder will have 'the BSA air rifle' whilst on a Lincoln it will say 'H' the Lincoln. The lincoln patents remained on BSA guns for a while pre WW1, but as time passed BSA's greater sales and marketing network resulted in them far outselling Mr Jeffries, and they basically bought him out, and started on an aggressive sales campaign which culminated in no mention of the original designer, and the guns being known and marketed as pure BSA designed rifles....A great shame really, for his design was revolutionary at the time, and stood the test of time with guns 80 years later being recognisable in function to his original idea.
The brass part you mention sounds like a foresight protector, as the front bead was prone to damage being as it was without a hood, and of quite thin material at the end. It would be interesting to see a photo, as the BSA ones in the early days are folded and riveted thin steel, although after market ones were made by some firms. It could also of course be one made by a previous owner with the ability and skill to make such a part.
All in all, sounds like a very nice gun, and photos would be very welcome for all the fans on here!
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