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Joseph Whitworth, Manchester, England

Joseph WhitworthApproached in 1854 by Lord Hardinge to investigate 'the mechanical principles applicable in the construction of an efficient weapon,' Whitworth's experiments revolutionised rifle design.

Through their ongoing Whitworth Research Project, Bill Curtis and De Witt Bailey established a database of 700 known Whitworth rifles. This database is now being managed by Research Press.  If you have access to ANY original hex bore Whitworth from the period 1857-1865 please note its serial number and letter for recording. Please contact David Minshall at Research Press with details.

These pages are dedicated to the late Bill Curtis (1931-2021)

See the Ordnance pages for further information on Whitworth guns.

Whitworth Rifles

Ammunition & Accessories

  • Whitworth Hexagonal Bullet Mould - Whitworth produced moulds for bullets in hexagonal or cylindrical form. His moulds were serially numbered but these numbers are not related to the rifle’s serial numbers.
  • Whitworth: Bullets - A selection of bullets and packaging

Monument To Sir Joseph Whitworth

A handsome monument from the inhabitants of Darleydale, Derbyshire, was presented to Lady Whitworth, in token of the esteem felt for the memory of the late Sir Joseph Whitworth, Bart. The monument occupies a space in the centre of the grounds at the Whitworth Institute, and has an imposing appearance, the base being formed of one block of Stancliffe stone.

Read more: Monument To Sir Joseph Whitworth

Whitworth: Rifle No. B143

This rifle was sold by auction 7 May 2006, Hammer price: AU$14000
Auctioneer: Australian Antique Arms Auctions

Whitworth: Rifle No. B143

Dealers Catalogue Description (Lot 576a)
WHITWORTH PERCUSSION VOLUNTEER RIFLE: 461 Cal; 33" rnd barrel; exc bore with hexagonal rifling, strong blue finish & marked whitworth patent with British proofs & 52; knox form & lock display case hardening colour; bolted hammer safety; lock marked with plumbed coronet over w & whitworth; the 3 barrel bands show blue thinning to plum finish; coarse chequering to wrist & forend; v.g. wood with sharp profiles; patch box & steel butt plate showing signs of case hardening colour; r.rod marked f.preston manchester & numbered to the gun. This rifle is in magnificent cond & appears little used. #B143.