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1885 & 1894 Dated MK II Enfield Martini Henry 577x450 Calibre Artillery Carbine With Stock Disc Regiment Marked ‘1.V.ML.A’ & Leather Sling . Sn 13712 - 13712
This is a very good original example of the MK II Martini Artillery Carbine in .577x 450 calibre. The right side of the action is date stamped 1885 with 'Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) and number '2' below 'II' (Mark II designation). The wood work is all original with nthe knocks bumps and bruises to expected with age and service use. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is complete with bayonet lug, block & blade foresight, ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with original leather sling & cleaning rod. The stock is fitted with a brass disc, stamped With Regiment mark ‘1.V.ML.A 250’ (1st Volunteer ?? Artillery Weapon Number 250) together with date ‘3 1894’ (March 1894). The stock is also nicely stamped with a crisp Enfield roundel and 'II 2' designation. The action works as it should. The price for this carbine worthy of further research re the Regiment marking includes UK delivery. As an obsolete calibre, antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13712
£1,275.00

HIGH END QUALITY, Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 15 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Crisp Rifling, Enfield Tower George III Brown Bess Flint Lock, Heavy Octagonal Barrel & Wood Stock Intricately Inlaid With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 13724 - 13724
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a high end quality Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a heavy 39” long octagonal steel barrel which is .680” muzzle diameter (approx. 15 bore). The bore has deep rifling and staining consistent with age. It measures 53” overall length. The barrel has brass barrel bands with naïve hand tooled decoration. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked ‘Tower’ (Enfield), Kings crown and George III cypher ‘GR’ together with inspection mark. It has a wood stock intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt, small silver blade bead fore sight & block with 2 drilled holes rear sight. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. Its action works. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13724
£675.00

British 1863 Dated London Armoury Co 3 Band Enfield .577 Calibre Percussion Prize Rifle With Engraved Silver Stock Disc ‘Fife & Kinross Rifle Association Presented By 5th Kircaldy Fife Artillery Won By Serjt Major Johnston 1864’. Sn 13723 - 13723
This is an excellent original 3-band Percussion Prize Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate ‘LA Co’ (London Armoury Company), dated 1863 and is stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has excellent, all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block together with original brass chain and nipple protector, steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has a block & blade foresight and ladder rear sight. The barrel's bore has just light staining consistent with age and use but no pitting or rust and has crisp rifling. The barrel has Victorian proof/ inspection marks. Total length is 55 ½” with a 39" barrel. The metal has excellent original finish and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock is inlaid with a contemporary silver disc which is 2” diameter and beautifully engraved ‘Fife & Kinross Rifle Association Presented By 5th (Kircaldy) Fife Artillery Won By Serjt Major Johnston 10th Fife Artillery’ & dated ‘1864’. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13723
£1,875.00

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Regulation Oval Bore 2 Band .450” Bore Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 13682 - 13682
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in regulation .450" bore. It is faintly stamped on the barrel 'Lancaster's Patent' and the side plate of the action ‘Lancaster’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang / finger rest, forward barrel block, barrel bands, block fore sight, 1200 yard flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, nipple protector with brass chain, sling swivels and steel ram rod with ribbed brass end cap. Its 36” barrel has a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 52 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13682.
£1,975.00

Victorian 'Plain' Small Copper and Brass Powder Flask. Sn 13533 - 13533
An original Victorian copper and brass plain powder flask. It is in excellent condition and has just one pin point dent on one side. The seams are in perfect condition. The neck has an external thumb spring which operates smoothly as it should. The brass collar retains the original brass rivets. (see 'The Powder Flask Book' by Ray Riling, pages 271 and 275 fig 174). It measures from the top of the neck to the bottom 5 1/4". It is in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13533
£135.00

Small Victorian Copper & Brass 'Bag' Plain Powder Flask With Ring Attachment For Pistol Shooters Of The Percussion Era. Sn 13534 - 13534
A small Victorian 'Bag' plain powder flask with a ring attachment. This small powder flask only measures 4 1/2" from the top of the neck to the bottom. It is in perfect unmarked condition, free of any dents and damage. Small flasks have over the years been erroneously considered to be priming flask but with a ring attachment were in fact used with a cord attached for handy accessibility by pistol shooters of the percussion era. (see Pages 272 & 274 Fig 152 of 'The Powder Flask Book' by Ray Riling.) The flask is in excellent condition. It has an adjustable three position neck which adjusts smoothly. It has an external thumb spring which operates smoothly. The collar retains the original screws. It has a brass ring on the base. The flask seams are in perfect undamaged condition. The flask has a very nice patina. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13534
£145.00

Victorian 'Pine Cone' Design Copper and Brass Powder Flask By G. & J.W. Hawksley. Sn 13532 - 13532
An original Victorian copper and brass powder flask with an overall 'pine cone' design. It is in excellent condition and free of dents and with the seams in perfect condition. The neck has an external thumb spring which operates smoothly as it should. The brass collar retains the original screws. The neck is nicely stamped with the manufacturers name "G. & J.W. Hawksley" (A Sheffield maker from 71-75 Carver Street and appears in directories from 1876, see 'The Powder Flask Book' by Ray Riling, pages 114 and 297 fig 414) and it has four adjustable dram settings "2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3". It measures from the top of the neck to the bottom 8". It is in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13532
£125.00

VERY RARE, Number 31 OF 2,500 1860’s British Westley Richards, Henry’s Patent Action New South Wales Australia Military Contract Falling Block .577x .450 Service Rifle With Henry Patent Rifling. Sn 13681 - 13681
Alexander Henry, the famous Edinburgh gunsmith most renowned for his involvement in the introduction the Martini Henry rifle and invention of ‘Henry Patent Rifling’, patented his falling block breech loading action which competed unsuccessfully with the Martini action in Ordnance Board trials for British service rifles leading to the British army adopting Martini action rifles with Henry rifling. In the 1860’s, the New South Wales Government ordered 2,500 Henry action rifles. As an order of this size was far beyond the capacity of Henry's factory, the rifles were produced under licence by Westley Richards Company. This is an excellent original rare example of the Henry action .577x .450 Rifle, one of the 2,500 made for the new South Wales Military & Police. It has all original woodwork throughout. The stock is impressed with New South Wales Government War Dept marks ‘NSW with arrow’ and number ‘31’ indicating it is weapon number 31 of 2500. It has block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The 33 ¼” steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp Henry Patent rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. The top of the barrel is stamped ‘Henry’s Patent Rifling’. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the left side ‘Henry’s Patent’. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price for this very rare limited number piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13681
£1,795.00

RESERVED...RESERVED...VERY RARE, British Victorian Prison Officer’s 1865 Dated Carlisle No.1 County Gaol 6 Shot 9mm Pinfire Revolver With Victorian Black Powder Proof Marks. Sn 13660 - 13660
The ancient city of Carlisle is situated in Cumberland ward, nearly surrounded by the rivers Eden, Pettrell, and Caldew, 305 miles from London on the great western road to Glasgow, and not more than 13 from the borders of Scotland. In 1830 a County Gaol was built on the site of a medieval Black Friars Monastery and housed many dangerous criminals. In the Victorian era Gaolers / Prison Guards were issued with truncheons, short swords/ hangers and revolvers for escorting high risk prisoners and quelling prison riots. This is an obsolete calibre 9mm pin fire, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod marked to Carlisle No.1 County Gaol & dated 1865. It is double action only & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 6 ¼” barrel and chequered walnut grips. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The barrel is engraved ‘Carlisle 1865’ and the underside of the grip frame ‘No.1 County Gaol’. The cylinder has small Victorian Black Powder proofs. The weapon's loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price for this very rare find which is a must for any serious collector of Police or Prison Service memorabilia includes UK delivery. Sn 13660
£1,275.00

QUALITY, C1860 Imperial German Carl Delp In Darmstadt Combination Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Gun (8mm Patch Ball Rifle / 36 Bore Shotgun) With Figured Walnut Stock & Patch Box. Sn 13663 - 13663
This is an excellent double barrel percussion combination hunting gun made in Imperial Germany C1860. It has 29” steel barrels and measures 45” overall. The barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib which is crisply signed ‘Carl Delp In Darmstadt’ . It has its original walnut stock with chequered wrist & figured cheek piece. The stock has a patch box compartment on one side with sliding lid. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang, stock block tang, side plates & hammers have best quality crisp scrollwork engraved decoration. The gun is fitted with rear sling swivel, small blade foresight and 3 leaf graduated rear sights 100-300 yards. It has its original steel ramrod with brass end cap. The weapon has double triggers and strips cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion combination gun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13663
£1,875.00
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