Alexander Henry

User: Bob

Date: 11 Oct 2005 at 15:20

I have an Alex Henry rifle serial number 1645. I've dated it to 1868 but the missing piece of the puzzle is the Patent No. on the top rib - 1032. No one so far has been able to tell me what that is for, and if any
of your sources could come up with that information I would be most grateful.

User: bpesteve

Date: 27 Oct 2005 at 20:43

Wal Winfer's book on Alexander Henry rifles makes frequent mention of patent use numbers appearing on AH rifles. The AH falling block single shot I had certainly showed this feature and my guess is that it is one of those, either for the action or the Henry rifling of the barrel. What type rifle is it?

User: Bob

Date: 29 Oct 2005 at 10:46

Hi bpesteve,

I'm not familiar with Wal Winfer's book, but this isn't a patent use number. The gun is an Alex Henry BPE double, made probably early 1868. The top rib has the Alex Henry name and address, followed by "Patent No. 1032". The number is actually engraved as No with the "o" high on the line of characters, and a small line beneath the "o" as is common in such period engraving. I contacted John Dickson who said that the original entry in the books stated Patent No. 1032 was used. Perhaps it is a patent for the early snap-on fore-end, which has a very simple mechanism and apparently is rare.

User: mehulkamdar

Date: 29 Oct 2005 at 16:48

Hello Bob,

Have you checked the Historical Database here? it has a considerable amount of information on the Alexander Henry company. If it is specific patent information that you are looking for, the British Library has a very useful service at and they should be able to help you.

Best wishes and do post pictures of your rifle here. It must be a beautiful piece!