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RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860 Spencer Repeating Rifle Company .52” Obsolete Calibre Repeating Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar With Ring. Sn 15140 - 15140
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine. 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 14321 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11001 and 62000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a very good example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just 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 fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar with ring. It is also fitted with sling swivels, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is stamped very faintly stamped with partially visible ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War carbine 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 15140

EXTREMELY RARE, American Civil War, Sharps Model 1859 ‘Berdan’s Sharpshooter’s’ .52” Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle With Double Set Triggers, Patch Box & Sling. Sn 15144 - 15144
Civil War Sharps model 1859 breech loading rifle with factory double set triggers, manufactured circa 1862. The rifle is serial number 55955 which is in the correct date range to indicate that this rifle is one of 2,000 special order Sharps model 1859 rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April 1862 to arm the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments,"Berdan's Sharpshooters" (see "HIRAM BERDAN, HIS FAMOUS SHARPSHOOTERS AND THEIR SHARPS RIFLES", by Wiley Sword). The Sharps rifles ordered by Berdan to arm his Regiments were equipped with factory installed double set sniper’s triggers. Berdan Sharpshooters rifles had the Lawrence patent pellet primer and a stock with casehardened patch box. The 2,000 model 1859 Sharps rifles purchased for issue to Berdan's Sharpshooters fall in the 5,400-5,700 serial number range (the lowest known Berdan Sharps serial number is 54374 and the highest serial number is 57567). Berdan's Sharps rifles had the standard finish with blue barrel and breechblock, casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and butt plate and walnut stock. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The two U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments were recruited from selected marksmen from Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin by Colonel Hiram Berdan. Equipped and trained as skirmishes and issued the dark green uniforms with black buttons made famous by British rifle Regiments in the Napoleonic Wars, Berdan's Sharpshooters formed an elite corps in the Army of the Potomac. The Sharpshooters saw their first action in the Peninsula Campaign in April 1862 and subsequently fought in nearly every engagement of the Army of the Potomac until they were disbanded in February 1865. Berdan's Sharpshooters claimed to have inflicted more Confederate casualties than any other regiments in the Federal Army. Sharps model 1859 rifles in the 53000-57000 serial range with factory double set-triggers are scarce. The top of the barrel, left and right sides of the receiver have Sharps patent markings. The rifle’s 30” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The double-set triggers and mechanics are tight. The stock is excellent with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. Few, if any, of the Berdan's Sharps rifles survived in better than "good" condition and most show combat use. This is an excellent example of a scarce, highly desirable and very historic Berdan Sharps rifle. Berdan's are truly becoming harder to obtain on the market than a Henry. This would be for the advanced collector and would be hard to find one in better condition. A rare chance to own this historic and epic Civil War weapon. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15144

MINT BORE, VERY RARE, American Civil War Era, U.S. Cavalry Joslyn Model 1864 .54” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Carbine With 2 Leaf Rear Sight Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15143 - 15143
The Joslyn carbine Model 1864 used an innovative breech loading, single-shot, .52 calibre system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1861. His company, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced these carbines for the U.S Government. Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the Joslyn was simple to use and employed a cartridge very much like the Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special .54 Joslyn cartridge. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of pulling out the breech block knob, pivoting the breechblock up and then inserting the round. The US Government contracted a total of over 16,500 Joslyn carbines during the American Civil war. The M1864 Joslyn carbine has a 22” long barrel fitted to a one-piece walnut stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The weapon has an overall length of 38½”. The barrel of our example retains its original bluing. The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a case hardened action plate and mountings have a dark patina. The action plate in front of the hammer is stamped with “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co STONINGTON CONN” while the rear of the breechblock exhibits the clear patent stamping of “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 24th 1862”. The breech cover is numbered ‘11281’. It has a 2 leaf rear sight with fixed ‘v’ notch plate at the rear of the barrel while at the front is a large pinched blade sight. The tang of the steel butt plate is stamped with the ‘U.S.’ Army mark. The breech loading and firing mechanisms work perfectly with tight strong actions. This Civil War Joslyn Model 1864 carbine is an excellent representative weapon used by the Federal Cavalry in the Civil War. The price for this very rare piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15143

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 3 Band .442 Calibre Heavy Barrel Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 15141 - 15141
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 .442 Calibre. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’ and the top of its heavy barrel ‘151 New Bond St London’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 3 barrel bands, shrouded target fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod with brass end cap and threaded tip. The stock at the rear of the hammer has a bar for addition of an additional target rear sight. Its 39” barrel has Victorian proofs, 442 calibre detail and a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 54 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 15141

Cased, 1846 – 1860 English John Sampson Liverpool 18 Bore, Muzzle Loading, Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun With Accessories. Sn 15108 - 15108
John Sampson was a Liverpool based Gunsmith recorded as working between 1846 & 1860 (see page 103 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent cased muzzle loading double barrel shotgun by Sampson. It has blued 28” smooth bore barrels with flat top barrel rib. The rib is signed by the maker ‘John Sampson 21 North John St Liverpool’. The barrel’s bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of each barrel are numbered 240 & have Victorian black powder proofs and other inspection marks. One barrel is marked ‘18’ (bore). Both barrels have inlaid roundels beneath the percussion nipples. The weapon has a bead fore sight. The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration incorporating a hunting dog scene and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘John Sampson’. It has double Dolphin hammers and double triggers. The shotgun’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered wrist and steel butt plate. The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and worm. The stock has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The rifle comes with its original wood case. The inside of the lid has its original Sampson Liverpool trade label. It has a hinged lid with folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). The inside of the case has green felt lined compartments which protect the rifle in its broken down form, with additional compartments for accessories. The accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), a Sykes marked copper and brass powder flask, a leather and brass shot pouch with sprung nozzle which contains a small amount of lead shot, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator & a box of cloth patches. The price for this impressive cased shotgun by a provincial English gunsmith includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15108

RARE, Austrian Model 1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock 18mm (.69") Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15078 - 15078
The Austrian 1842 Kammerbuchse is one of a long line of short rifles and carbines used by skirmishers in the Austrian army. It is a relatively heavy weapon which sports a 18mm (.69¡È) calibre rifled barrel with deep grooves and also a Delvigne stepped breech as found on the French 1833 cavalry officer¡¯s pistol. An immediatly recognisable feature of the rifle is the lock. Unlike most European countries, the Austrian army did not make a clean transition from flintlock to percussion lock. They instead took an intermediate step by adopting the Augustin tube lock. This lock used a sealed copper cylinder filled with fulminant for ignition which was pushed into the flash tube of the lock pan, the pan top which incorporates an anvil element was then flipped shut and the lock was ready to fire. When the hammer struck the anvil the copper cylinder was crushed, igniting the fulminant and thus firing the rifle. The cylinders had a wire loop on one end which would stick out of the slot seen on the end of the lock pan so that the used cylinder could be quickly tugged out of the lock for the next shot. The cylinders were also pretty much waterproof. The Augustin lock was used on muskets, rifles, and pistols. The rifle has a few refinements which indicate its use by skilled troops, namely the heavy trigger guard spur for a more comfortable grip and, the raised cheek rest on the shoulder stock. Clearly this carbine was not for the common soldier. These carbines first shot ball ammunition before changing to a conical bullet. Many of these rifles were imported to the Unites States during the civil war where they were converted to conventional percussion. As such, these rifles are quite rare in original condition. Our example of the M1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock Cavalry Carbine is in excellent condition. It has the correct tube lock mechanism with heavy military hammer. The action plate is numbered '831'. Its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has the correct spurred steel trigger guard and original walnut stock with correct figured cheek piece. The wood is undamaged. The bore of its 14 1/2" long round steel barrel has residue and staining consistent with age and use and crisp rifling. The top of the barrel has indistinct lettering which is illustrated in image 2. The carbine measures 28 1/2" overall length. The carbine has a block and blade fore sight, notched block rear sight, steel butt plate, saddle bar and ring. The price for this rare skirmisher's carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this carbine if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15078

MINT BORE, CRIMEAN WAR, Victorian British 1853 Enfield Snider MK 1 ** 3 Band .577 Calibre Rifle Regiment Marked ‘1.BN 6RT.401’. Sn 15003 - 15003
This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. These rifles were used by British forces during the Crimean war 1853-1856. The side plate is stamped With crisp Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1853' together with inspection marks. It has all original undamaged wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘1.BN 6RT.401’. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. The breech is stamped with ‘BSA Co’ inspection marks and MK 1** designation. It has the correct knurled steel breech cover release catch. Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. The bore is near mint clean with crisp rifling. The loading and firing action works perfectly. The price for this Crimean war era rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment mark includes UK delivery includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 15003

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 18 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 15105 - 15105
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 44” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and hand tooled brass barrel bands. The muzzle diameter is 16mm approx. 18 bore. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a massive 5 feet overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with the East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. 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 and the right side of the fore atock at the muzzle has a contemporary native repair to a small crack which can be seen in image 2. It also has part of its original steel ram rod which can be seen in image 3. 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. Sn 15105

Victorian Pattern 1844 British 1873 Dated Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Smooth Bore Cavalry Carbine With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14862 - 14862
This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original walnut full stock which has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate which has areas of pitting is faintly stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1873' date & inspection mark. The brass butt plate is numbered ‘21345’. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean smooth bore. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14862

1869- 1873, American Wild West Era Brown Manufacturing Co Brass Framed Single Shot .41 Rim Fire Calibre, Southerner Derringer With Pivot Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14894:33 - 14894:33
The American, Brown Manufacturing Company began production of their 'Southerner' .41 Rimfire Calibre, Single Shot, Derringer on Feb 2nd 1869 and continued production until July 23rd 1873 when the Company ceased trading. Less than 10,000 of these derringers were made by Brown Manufacturing Co. This is a very good example with even patina & original undamaged American Rose wood grips which have just the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. It has a 2 ½” octagonal steel barrel & measures 5" overall. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp well defined rifling. Loading is achieved by pivoting the barrel which is achieved by depression of a steel button on the underside of the frame when the pistol is at half cock. It has a brass frame stamped with serial number '2313' and sheathed trigger. The number is repeated on the underside of the barrel at the breech. Number 7929 is also on the barrel. The top of the barrel is crisply stamped 'Southerner' & the left side with manufacturer and patent detail 'Brown MFG. Co. Newburyport, Mass Pat April 9 1867' (all illustrated). The derringer's loading and firing action works perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14894:33
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