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FORERUNNER OF THE BRITISH ARMY MARTINI HENRY SERVICE RIFLE, Mid 1800’s Martini Tanner & Co, Martini’s Patent No. 2425 Action .41 Swiss Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle. Sn 14715 - 14715
The Hungarian born Swiss Friederich Martini is famous for developing the Peabody rifle (Peabody-Martini) and in collaboration with the Scotsman Alexander Henry designing the Martini- Henry rifle that the British army used from 1871 till 1891. Before taking part in the British Army trials that led to his action being adopted by the British Armed Forces, Martini worked with Tanner & Co to create their Martini Patent No 2425 action, Stutzen rifle (Martini Tanner & Co worked together from 1833 to 1897, the Company was in existence until C1916). This is an excellent example of the Martini Tanner & Co Stutzen in .41 Swiss calibre made prior to the British Military Trials. The Stutzen walnut stock is all original, excellent and undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate with finials typically Swiss of that era, two sling swivels and steel ramrod. It has a 32 ½”round stepped to octagonal blued steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 3435. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The left side of the action is marked ‘Martini’s Patent 2425’, the right ‘Martini Tanner & Co Frauenfeld’. The rifle measures 48 ¾” overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB 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 14715
£1,200.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss Army, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Straight Pull Rifle With Sling. A 591 - A 591
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military mark ‘D6+CI’ and the steel butt plate with 'Swiss Cross' together with numbers ‘4’ and ‘422’. The metal work retains its original bluing. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '154422' on the breech housing, barrel and magazine. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels with original leather sling, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It’s cocking & firing action works perfectly as it should and its barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Price includes UK delivery. NB 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. A 591
£745.00

1930's 3rd Series Webley Service MK II .22 Calibre Air Rifle. Sn 11261 - 11261
This is a very good, original 1930’s 3rd Series Webley Service Mark II Air Rifle in .22 Calibre. These rifles introduced C1935 had a modified centrally mounted flip up aperture rear sight, an improvement on the earlier Type 1 & Type 2 side mounted Webley Service sights (see Chapter 2 of Thrale's book Webley Air Rifles 1925-2005). The trigger guard of the rifle is stamped with serial number ‘10543’. The left side of the cylinder is stamped 'WEBLEY SERVICE AIR RIFLE MK II MANUFACTURED BY WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND’ and with the Webley 'winged pellet logo'. The barrel is stamped '.22 CALIBRE'. It has the Great Britain, USA, Spain, Germany and Canada 1925 patents stamped on the Right Side of the air chamber. It also has the correct patent Number '371548'.' Its original wood stock is excellent and undamaged with chequered panels at the wrist & undamaged ribbed horn butt plate. It has its correct original centrally mounted flip up rear sight, dial adjustable sight, block and blade fore sight & push button barrel retaining catch. The rifle loads and fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11261
£595.00

Scandinavian Military Remington 1864-1868 Patent 10.7 x 57R Krag Peterson Obsolete Calibre Rolling Block Rifle. Sn 11419:20 - 11419:20
Remington Rolling Block rifles and carbines were breech-loading weapons produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This type of rifle was used in the Franco/Prussian War, Egyptian War 1882 and The Sudanese War 1884-85. All Scandinavian Remington rolling block rifles were made under license in Sweden and Norway. This is an excellent original Military Remington 1864-68 Patent 'Rolling Block' rifle. The action and barrel have small ‘E’ inspection marks. The barrel bands have small 'B' inspection marks. The action tang is marked with Remington’s 1864-1868 Patent detail (illustrated). It has a 35” barrel (50” overall), an external hammer, block & blade fore sight and ladder rear sight. It is fitted with bayonet bar, sling swivels steel clearing rod and curved steel butt plate. The metal is undamaged and has nice patina throughout. The bore is clean with well defined rifling. The woodwork is all original with no damage. The stock is impressed with cartouche and number ‘789’ (illustrated). The loading and firing actions work as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 11419:20
£745.00

QUALITY, English, Porter,16 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Flintlock Shotgun With Damascus Barrels, 1811 Birmingham Sterling Silver Mounts & Ram Rod. A 590 - A 590
This is an early 19th Century English double barrel shotgun. It has all original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and void silver disc escutcheon in excellent condition. The quality made shotgun with double 82cm long, 16 bore Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. The bores have staining and residue consistent with age. The barrels have silver bands and roundels at the breech. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & pineapple finial have foliate engraved decoration. The pineapple finial has Birmingham 1811 sterling silver hallmarks. Both side plates are engraved with game birds in the field scenes and signed by the maker or retailer ‘Porter’ (a number of gun makers named Porter are recorded as working in both London & the Provinces during the 1800’s). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading flintlock shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 590
£1,795.00

C1800 Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 40 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass And Sling. A 589 - A 589 / 14688
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 very good quality Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 45 ½” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and hand tooled brass barrel bands. The muzzle diameter is 11.5mm approx. 40 bore. The bore is rifled and has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a massive 5’1” overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with the East India Company Rampant Lion mark and small inspection mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. The metal has ornate silver a gold coloured decoration. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. It is fitted with sling swivels and its original hand made leather sling. It also has its original steel ram rod. The Jezail cocks and dry fires. The 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. A 589
£695.00

QUALITY, Victorian, English, D. Wales, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 10 Bore (2 5/8" Black Powder Ctge) , Double Barrel Under Lever Breech Loading Shotgun. Sn 14686 - 14686
The English Gunmaker Durrant (or Durrent) Wales is recorded as being in business in Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth in 1868, moving to Regent Street C1874. The business closed C1909. This is an obsolete calibre Victorian double barrel breech loading, break action shotgun by Wales. It has undamaged Walnut furniture with finely chequered pistol grip which has a tooled steel butt cap and polished horn butt plate. The shotgun with double 32” brown wash, round steel barrels set side by side, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 49” overall. The barrels are 10 bore, chambered for the obsolete calibre 2 5/8"black powder cartridge. The bores have light staining consistent with age but no pitting or rust. The under side of the barrels have Victorian black powder proofs. The action tang, trigger guard with extended tang and under lever have foliate tooled decoration. Both side plates are also tooled with foliate decoration and signed by the maker ‘D. Wales’. The central barrel rib has a very faint indistinct signature, most likely ‘D. Wales Great Yarmouth’ (to faint to photograph). The loading & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price for this quality made piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre breech loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14686
£1,600.00

Early 1900’s British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth WD ‘CMF’ (Citizen Military Force) Markings. Sn 14685 - 14685
This is a BSA Martini Action .310 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Military markings. These British made rifles were used as training rifles and fire the now obsolete calibre .310 Cadet (310 Greener) round which was introduced by Greener in 1900. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'Made By The Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd' & with the BSA stacked rifles trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia’ & numbers '4166' & ‘19538’ together with ‘Q’ inspection mark. The top of the breech is stamped with ‘S’ between War Dept arrows. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The stock is faintly impressed ‘CMF’ to the Citizen Military Force (Australia’s Home Guard). It is also impressed with matching number ‘4166’ and ‘6-11’ (possibly June 1911 date). As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14685
£745.00

C1900 Liege Francotte’s Patent Martini Action .230 (297/230) Calibre Cadet Rifle With Victorian Queen’s Crown Western Australia WD Cadet Force (WACF) Military Markings. Sn 14684 - 14684
This is a Liege Belgium made Martini Action obsolete calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian WD Markings. These Rifles were used as training rifles for Military cadets. It has a blade foresight & adjustable ladder rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped ‘Western Australia Government’ and with Victorian Queen’s Crown together with ‘Francotte Patent’ roundel and number ‘67195’. The top of the breech is stamped ‘Auguste Francotte & Co Liege’ (the Company was founded in 1810 and was most active between 1860 and 1914. It had premises at Rue Mont Saint Martin 61, in Liege. The Company made weapons based on other manufacturers designs. The Francotte house manufactured a number of rifles shotguns based on the Martini system and supplied them to a number of Countries armed forces). The stock is crisply stamped on one side ‘Western Australia Government’ and with Victorian Queen’s Crown. The other side is stamped ‘W.A.C.F.’ (Western Australia WD Cadet Force), number ‘1173’ and ‘S’ between War Dept arrows. As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no Licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14684
£745.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Late Victorian Era English Holland & Holland, London .360 Rook Rifle Calibre, Breech Loading, Side Lever, Break Action Single Shot Rifle. Sn 14683 - 14683
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is a .360 Calibre Rook rifle by Holland & Holland. It has a blued 26” Octagonal rifled barrel. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered 6726 & has black powder proofs. It has an external hammer, blade foresight, and 2 leaf rear sight. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond St. London’. The underside of the fore stock and action have matching numbers ‘6726’. The rifle has a walnut shoulder stock with chequered pistol grip and chequered fore end. It has a steel butt plate and pistol grip cap. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this Rook rifle by prestigious English Gunsmiths includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre Rook rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14683
£1,200.00
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