Siamese Contract SMLE Rifle
This has to be one of the more interesting rifles in the Lee Enfield story. Siam was ruled by King Vajiravualh from 1910 to 1925 and while he attended school in England, he used and became extremely impressed with the rifle (SMLE), so much so that he commissioned 10,000 rifles from BSA.
The rifles themselves are unique, as on the wrist of the rifle is a Tigers Head, that represented “The Wild Tiger Corp”. Sadly not many of these wonderful rifles remain today. This is due in part to the climate, and if you have ever been lucky enough to visit Thailand, then you will understand how ordnance grade steel is eroded by the tropical climate. This was further compounded during WWII by the destruction of captured weapons by the invading Japanese forces. As such, there are pitifully few really good examples that remain today. Yet there are some fair ones still out there and that’s great, as they are an important piece of the Enfield story.
This rifle is in Fair condition with pitting in the metal and cracks and gouges in the stock. Half of the front handguard is missing altogether behind the band. That being said, this is an extremely rare example and would be a fine addition to any advanced Enfield Collection. Consignment rifle.
Cal .303 British.