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QUALITY, RARE, Victorian Era Japanese Samurai Niju Makibari (Twice Bound) 28 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel & Brass Fittings. Wood & Barrel Signed By The Gunsmith Katsumasa & Oshima Yoshioka (Stockmaker), 3 Oak Leaves Family Mon & Translation. - 13641
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a quality made Victorian era Matchlock. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It has a massive 40 ½” long barrel with cannon muzzle which is .555” at the muzzle opening (approx. 28 Bore) which is clean smooth bore and blade fore sight. It measures 63” overall length. It has a beautiful, full wood stock and wood ram rod with horn end cap. It has a post fore sight & block with notch rear sight. It has heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silvered fittings including Floral, Bird & Animal forms. The top of the barrel has the 3 Oak Leaves cluster family Mon indicating that this piece was made for a family member of one of the Japanese families associated with that mon (the Kasai, Horimoto, Kuboto, Makino, Kasawa, Nagaoka, Tanabe, Fujii, Matsuda, Nishikigori, Ogihara families used this form of mon). A brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. The lock is fitted with a cord to represent the ‘quick match’ and to demonstrate the action. The wood and metal are superb. The weapon is ingeniously held together by immensely strong bamboo pins and the barrel is Niju Makibari (Twice Bound- a term used to indicate that the barrel is made of 2 spiral rods forged around a central mandral much stronger than single wrapped barrels). The wood and barrel are signed by the Japanese Smiths who made this quality piece ‘Ni Ju Maki Bari’, ‘Goshu Kunitomo’ (Omi Province on the main Island of Honshu. Kunitomo family licenced to operate by the Tokugawa Shogunate) and Daiyosuke/ Tayosuke alternative personal name of Gunsmith) and’ Oshima Yoshioka San’ (The name of Stockmaker). Kunito Katsumasa is believed to have worked in the 18th century and normally uses the Kani ‘masa’ instead of the Kani on our piece. The reversal and mis-spelling of the first part of his name ‘Daiyosuke’ instead of the correct ‘Sukedayu’ in the signature indicates that this was made in his tradition by a later probably mid 19th Century Smith most likely a descendant. A translation of the Japanese signatures accompanies this piece. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13641
£2,250.00

C1870 Continental 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Silver Etched Frame & Cylinder, Folding Trigger, Antique Ivory Grips & Period Chamois Holster. Sn 13727 - 13727
This is an excellent 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 3 ¼” barrel (7 ¾” overall). It has lovely antique Ivory grips which are undamaged. The frame, grip strap, cylinder and part of the barrel are decorated with an attractive foliate and geometric design highlighted in silver. It has its original ejector rod and side gate. It is side gate loading, has a blade fore sight and fixed rear sight. It has a folding trigger and is fully functioning with all springs working and nice tight action. The frame has a small ‘AB’ within oval mark (unknown). The pistol is accompanied by its period Chamois leather holster with button fastening flap cover and belt loop to the rear. The holster is intact but does have wear consistent with age. The price for this pistol worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13727
£595.00

C1830 English William Green Of Canterbury 20 Bore Percussion Duelling/ Target Pistol With Gold Inlaid Decoration & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13733 - 13733
William Green was an English gunsmith with premises at Lady Wooton’s Green, Canterbury Kent between 1795 & 1804. He is then recorded as working from Cattle Market Canterbury between 1815 & 1832 then Upper Bridge Street Canterbury between 1838 & 1866 (see page 231 of Brown’s book ‘British Gunmakers Vol2’). This is a quality made percussion target or duelling pistol made C1830 by Green. It measures 14” overall and has an 8 ¼” octagonal colour case hardened barrel with blade fore sight. The barrel is .610” muzzle diameter (approx. 20 Bore). Its smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is engraved Green Canterbury’ inlaid with gold. It has a blued stepped side plate, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial all with foliate engraved decoration and inlaid / highlighted in gold. It has a dark walnut full stock with chequered panels grip. The top of the stock’s wrist is inlaid with a void German silver escutcheon. The pistol has a wooden ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this quality pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13733
£875.00

C1860 Tranter .30 Rim Fire Brass Framed 7 Shot Revolver With Octagonal Barrel & Removable Cylinder By Enoch Hartford. Sn 13852 - 13852
This is an excellent C1860 Tranter .30 Rim Fire Brass framed 7 Shot Revolver. It is 7 ¾” overall with a 3” steel octagonal barrel. The top of the barrel is faintly engraved with manufacturer’s name which appears to be ‘Enoch Hartford’ (illustrated in image 2). It has a removable steel cylinder for speed loading, sheathed trigger, blade fore sight, notched frame rear sight and finely chequered original undamaged walnut grips. The brass frame is ornately engraved with a foliate design. The cylinder and barrel have proof marks. The single action firing mechanism is fully functional. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to possess this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13852
£845.00

MINT, Late 1800's .32 Rim Fire Colt 'New Line' 5 Shot Single Action Revolver With Removable Cylinder. Sn 13851 - 13851
The Colt New Line was a single action pocket revolver introduced by the Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in 1873. This is a superb, near mint example. These pistols were popular in the late 1800's. The revolver has a 2 ¼” round barrel (6” overall). The top of the barrel is crisply marked 'Colt's PT FA MFG CC Hartford CT USA'. The barrel is marked ‘Colt New 32’. The frame is stamped '32 Cal'. It has a blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. It has a shrouded trigger and the action which is perfect, is single action only. It has a removable cylinder for speed loading. The original Colt roundel gutta percha grips are in similar mint condition. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13851
£845.00

RARE, 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54” Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 13857 - 13857
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is an original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 12085. It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13857
£1,875.00

RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860's Spencer .52 Calibre Repeating Rifle/ Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar. Sn 13856 - 13856
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was the designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. It was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the Cavalry, during the American Civil War. Production began in 1860 and ended in 1869. Our example is serial number 52362 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11,001 and 62,000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a good all original example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, correct steel butt plate & with correct tubular magazine and latch plate. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece but the breech is crisply marked with the serial number. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13856
£1,795.00

Victorian C1860 British Militia Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield .600 Regulation Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Short Rifle By E. Bond London With 3 leaf Rear Sight, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 13859 - 13859
Edward Bond was an English Gunmaker with premises at 108 Leadenhall Street and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, London between 1762 until his death in 1790. His Sons continued the business with premises at Cornhill London until 1861. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The East India Company. This is a quality private purchase .600” Regulation Calibre 2 Band Short Rifle by Bond no doubt commissioned by a Militia or Volunteer Cavalry Officer. It has excellent all original woodwork throughout. Its steel side plate is nicely engraved by the maker ‘E.Bond London’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 40 ¾” inches overall with a 24” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, steel ram rod, 3 leaf rear sight, blade fore sight & brass nipple protector with chain. The bore is nice and clean with crisp rifling. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13859
£895.00

Victorian English Form Steel Frame 40 Bore Boot Pistol With Octagonal Screw Off Barrel Sn 13837 - 13837
This is an excellent steel framed percussion boot pistol in the English form made in the Victorian era. It is 7” overall length with a 3” octagonal screw off steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age and it measures .455” muzzle diameter (approx. 40 bore). One of the barrel flats has black powder proofs. The pistol has no manufacturer marks. The Dolphin hammer and frame have light foliate engraved decoration. It has a bead fore sight and notch rear sight. It has a large trigger guard to accommodate a gloved hand. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The smooth Walnut grips are secured by screw bolt. The wood is excellent & undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13837
£575.00

1841 -1850 English John Witton City Of London Steel Frame 17 Bore Overcoat Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 13836 - 13836
The English Gunsmith John Witton is recorded as having premises at 82 Old Broad Street, City Of London between 1841 & 1850 (see page 216 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This is an excellent steel framed percussion overcoat pistol by John Witton. It is 8 ½” overall length with a 3 ½” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age, but no pitting and it measures .650” muzzle diameter (17 bore). The top of the barrel is faintly signed ‘Witton 82 Old Broad St, City Of London’. The action, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard and pommel cap have fine foliate engraved decoration. It has a bead fore sight, ‘v’ notch rear sight and captive steel ram rod. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The Walnut grip with fine chequering is excellent & undamaged. The back of the grip is inlaid with void German Silver escutcheon. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13836
£675.00
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