Condition: EXCELLENT Comments: With the bore of this rifle being in mint condition it is possible that it has never been fired. All Markings are sharp both on metal and wood. Made by H.HOLLAND New Bond Street . Butt tang stamped with Crown SA 1320 During a time when Australian was in the midsts of one of several "Russian scares," the state of South Australia, contracted to purchase from the British firm of H.Holland 500 Enfield breechloading muskets of the Albini-Braendlin system. These were bought as a stopgap measure and their purchase was unpopular at the time. The rifles either never entered service or were withdrawn shortly thereafter. Many were converted to shotguns for use in the S.A. prison system. "BRAENDLIN-ALBINI PATENT" Birmingham proof markings are present on both rifles. The Australian rifles are additionally marked with a 4 digit serial number below the patent stampings. The barrel ahead of the receiver is marked "H. Holland" above the firm's address "New bond Street" (London). The immediately dispositive characteristic of the South Australian issue rifles are their "CROWN S.A" markings on the tang of the butt plate. The rifles are chamberd for the .57 Snider cartridge, the British standard also utilized in the M1866 British Snider-Enfield.
The rifles were ordered from H.HOLLAND London after a trial involving several breech loading systems of the day as the preferred option of Government Pattern Sniders was not available due to the Britain first policy of the Imperial Government. The 500 arrived in Australia around 1868 many were issued. 87 were issued to the Police between 1870 & 1881 and some went to the Prisons Dept. 400 were handed over to the new Commonwealth Government some time on or after the Federation of the Australian Colonies in 1901. They remained in store until World War 1 when they were issued for recruit training. It is from this period that the only known photo of Braendlin-Albinis in military service emanates.
Extract from http://www.militaryrifles.com/Australia/SouthAustAlbini.htm To Read the complete article go to above link. Serial Number: 2473 Make: H.HOLLAND Model: BRAENDLIN ALBINI Calibre/Gauge: .577 snider Location : VIC Licence No. : 55155261B Seller's Phone : 0407552655 Transferring Dealer : All firearm transfers must be conducted using a licenced firearms dealer.