London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. showcased its highly anticipated elephant skin engraved London Best .450 Rigby rifle at the SCI Convention.
The exquisite hand engraving, which covers all metal work and required more than 2,000 hours of meticulous craftsmanship, was undertaken by one of Rigby’s master engravers, Tony Maidment. He noted that the Elephant Gun features around 100,000 individual skin pores.
“This is the work I am most proud of in my 36-year career as an engraver,” he said. “It was technically the most difficult and most challenging but by far the most rewarding. I am so pleased the rifle is going to a home where it will be cherished and looked after.”
Managing director Marc Newton added: “This long-awaited eye-catching rifle has been a joy to create, a real passion project. Historically, Rigby has always been a trailblazer when it comes to creativity, and this latest rifle has all the hallmarks of the much-loved brand. As with all Rigby guns, this beautiful rifle is designed to be used in the field, not just admired under glass.”
The rifle has attracted a lot of interest from collectors all over the world, and recently sold for an undisclosed amount to an overseas big game hunter.