Unit initials "RNB"

ugly

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Found stamped into the top of the brass butt plate for a Lee enfield. its a factory parts bin sporter in my opinion but the unit id has me scratching my head!
 
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Might be the owners initials if a sporter? I did wonder "Royal Naval Brigade" but that doesn't seem to be quite correct as a term....
 

Auld-Yin

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If it is WW1vintage could it be Royal Navy (Naval?) Battalion, part of the RN Div?
 
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There was a "Royal Naval Brigade" created on several separate occasions so it is possible, it was almost a "standard" Victorian ad hoc military unit made up of available ships crews. They were though very ephemeral.
 

ugly

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#5
thats been bandied about but if I recall a big N stamped on the socket would indicate Naval use. look at the pick, I thought Royal new Brunswick regt but they are fairly new as a name. Its a typical butt plate stamp and rack number from the 1900's.
 

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thats been bandied about but if I recall a big N stamped on the socket would indicate Naval use. look at the pick, I thought Royal new Brunswick regt but they are fairly new as a name. Its a typical butt plate stamp and rack number from the 1900's.
RNB Portsmouth opened in 1903 as an accommodation establishment the Royal Navy built ashore.
For any Devonport residents/ex-residents, that was the first RNB built in 1890, Portsmouth RNB followed 13 years after. But would they have stamped RNB on the Pick?
 

ugly

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RNB Portsmouth opened in 1903 as an accommodation establishment the Royal Navy built ashore.

For any Devonport residents/ex-residents, that was the first RNB built in 1890, Portsmouth RNB followed 13 years after. But would they have stamped RNB on the Pick?

Who knows perhaps we can find out. The butt is possibly from a differrent rifle altogether. I don't recall there being any other N naval markings on the rest of it!

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Beyond my knowledge but it is a poser, wonder if any of the model specific gunboards/ Forums/collectors out there would be able to tell you. Chances are it's not the original butt, but if it were? .. and it could be RN Barracks, as someone said, one of the big three perhaps.
 

ugly

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Believe it or not there isn't a record or list of unit markings anywhere on any firearm listed on the web. There are lists for accoutrements such as bayonets but not rifle buttplate stamps. I believe the practice faded with the move to the short rifle and the use of the brass marking disc!

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AlienFTM

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Rhythm 'N' Blues?

Coat, taxi, yada yada yada
 

ugly

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OK so an early Lee-Enfield Mk 1. What we would otherwise term a "Magazine Lee Enfield" Well that dates it to 1895 - 1903 manufacture then and probably withdrawn shortly after the Great War.

If it is the original unit stamping it is probably unlikely then to be Naval.
 

ugly

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#17
definetly a post 1918 barrel, BSA fluid steel, some of my rimfires are marked that way.
 

ugly

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#19
No I agree, its a parts gun but allegedly built at BSA from their bin, that said in the years since original selling who knows what has happened to it!
 
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