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C1850 English, Brass Framed 24 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Octagonal Barrel. A 1000 - A 1000
This is an original Victorian era percussion pocket made C1850. It is 7 ¾” overall length with a 2 ¾” screw off octagonal steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has residue and staining consistent with age and use. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The brass action frame has foliate engraved decoration. It has a steel trigger guard. There are no manufacturer or date marks on this pistol. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The original walnut grip with chequered panels has just knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The grip has a brass butt plate and inlaid void brass 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. A 1000
£275.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1860 British WD Enfield MK II** Snider .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment / Unit Marked ’TG 86’ & Sling. Sn 15987 - 15987
This is an original British MK II** .577 Snider Artillery Carbine by Enfield. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Snider converted carbine has a 21” round steel barrel with near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 40 ½” overall length. The blued metal work has been professionally re-blued at some point in its life. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment or Unit marked ‘TG 86’. The original woodwork has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a crisp 1860 WD Enfield ink roundel. The action plate is dated 1860 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection marks. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II**’ designation and WD inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has an adjustable rear ladder sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet lug & sling swivels fitted with brown leather sling. The price for this carbine worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 15987
£1,350.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1853-1870 James Aston Hythe (Kent) British Volunteer’s Private Purchase 1853 Pattern Enfield 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment / Unit Marked ’70 OU’. Sn 15988 - 15988
James Aston was an English Gunmaker recorded as working in Hythe, Kent between 1853 & 1870 (see page 159 of British Gunmakers by Brown). This is an original British Volunteer’s Enfield 1853 Pattern 3 band Percussion Rifle by James Aston. The weapon’s action plate is stamped by the manufacturer ‘J.Aston Hythe’. It has all original walnut wood work which has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate Regiment / Unit marked ’70 OU’, Brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and original sling swivels. The 39” barrel has a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. Overall length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. 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. The price for this rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark includes UK delivery. Sn 15988
£1,395.00

MINT, BEST QUALITY, MASSIVE, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 6 Bore Round Ball Big Game Rifle With Round Stepped To Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 15986 - 15986
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a best quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 27” round Damascus steel barrel is stepped to octagonal in the mid section up to the breech and is a massive 6 Bore. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 44” overall (the length indicates that this heavy, massive bore rifle was made to fire from the shoulder). The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional hinged leaf rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15986
£2,950.00

RESERVED RESERVED 1855 British Board Of Ordnance Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets & Stock Unit Marked ‘II O.R’ . Sn 5148 - 5148
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smooth bore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has staining consistent with age & use. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The wood is impressed with Board Of Ordnance ‘BO with arrow’ mark most likely a Unit mark ‘II O.R’. The stock has rear sling swivel and the fore end has a contemporarily drilled hole no doubt for a sling swivel or anchor which is absent. The plain steel lock is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1855’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 5148
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (26/01) MINT BORE, ZULU WAR ERA, 1873 Dated British WD Enfield Martini Henry MK 1 577 x 450 Obsolete Calibre Service Rifle With Correct MK1 Features & Buff Leather Sling. Sn 15972 - 15972
The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom Between 11 January – 4 July 1879 . 2019 is the 140th Anniversary of the Zulu War and the heroic battle fought at the defence of Rorke's Drift,where over the 22nd & 23rd January 1879 just over 150 British and Colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. This is a very rare, original, Zulu War era 1873 dated MK 1 Martini Henry Rifle in superb condition. The right side of the action is date stamped ‘1873’ together with ‘Enfield Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) and correct MK 1 designation. The metal work has excellent finish and many WD ordnance / proof marks including on the barrel bands (illustrated). The wood work is all original with just very light bumps and bruises to expected with age and service use. The barrel is complete with bayonet lug, block & blade foresight, graduated ladder rear sight, Mk1 chequered steel butt plate, Mk 1 grooved trigger, sling swivels fitted with original period buff leather sling & original steel cleaning rod. The stock is impressed with correct Enfield Mk 1 WD roundel. The action works as it should with a crisp action. The rifle has a 33” barrel and measures 49” overall length. The barrel’s bore is pristine, clean with crisp Henry rifling. The price 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 15972
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (15/02) C1850's Adams Patent 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel Retailed By Lowe Chester With Accessories Including An Adams Marked Bullet Mould. Sn 15 - 15970
Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Robert Adams. This is an excellent, original, cased Adams Patent 5 shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame is crisply marked by the retailer ‘W. Lowe Chester’ . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘No. 20693T’. The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proofs. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original finish which has even patina. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including 2 empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tins, a brass and steel double bullet mould which is marked ‘54’ (bore) and with Adams patent cartouche, a brass black powder flask which signed by the manufacturer John Dixon Sheffield (illustrated), a wood cleaning rod with ball top and threaded brass cap, 3 tools and a brass oil container with screw top lid. The inside of the lid has its original Adams trade label (illustrated). The price for this cased pistol with original accessories includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15970
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**23/1**Unusual Form British Victorian G. & J.W. Hawksley Sheffield Copper and Brass Black Powder Flask. Sn 15980:19 - 15980:19
An original Victorian copper and brass powder flask in unusual form. It’s copper body has an embossed chequered design and 2 rectangular central ‘hunting dog & master scene’ panels on the front and back aspects. The flask has small fixed hanging rings on the left and right sides. The body has some denting but no cracks or holes. The flask has a sprung brass nozzle which screws off. The brass collar of the nozzle is crisply signed with the manufacturers name "G. & J.W. Hawksley Sheffield" (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) . It measures 7 ½” height with nozzle attached, 2 3/4" at its widest and is 1 ¼” thick in the mid- section. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:19
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (25/01) 1800's, English Joseph Rock Cooper Patent, 6 Shot, .38” Calibre, Under Hammer Pepper Box, Percussion Pistol With Fluted Cylinder Block, Ring Trigger & Safety Bolt. Sn 15056 - 15056
The revolving pepper box multi shot percussion pistol was produced from the late 1820s and was meant mainly for civilian use. The design of these pistols which were made by a large number of manufacturer's in different calibres & barrel lengths spread rapidly in the United Kingdom, the USA and some parts of Continental Europe. Joseph Rock Cooper was a one of the leading gun, rifle & pistol makers working in Birmingham during the mid-19th century, who was active from 1838 through 1863. This is an excellent J.R. Cooper Patent 6 shot, .38" calibre, ring trigger pepperbox percussion pistol. It has an under hammer action and even patina throughout. It has crisp Victorian proof marks on the cylinder block. The firing action works as it should. It has an unusual sliding safety catch on the top of the frame. The steel frame has foliate engraved decoration on one side and the left side is signed 'JR Cooper’s Patent' within a banner. The pistol has attractive Walnut grips. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 15056
£0.00

SOLD (01/02) , Remington USA Model 1858 & 1863 Patent Army New Model Pocket 5 Shot, .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver Contemporarily Converted From Percussion To Rim Fire With Original Removable Cylinder & Cylinder Plate. Sn 15980:18 - 15980:18
The Remington 1858 Army New Model Revolvers were used during the American Civil War, and the design was the beginning of a successful line of medium and large frame percussion revolvers. It is commonly referred to as the Model 1858 due to its patent markings "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858 MAR 17 1863 E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. NEW MODEL". Pocket versions were produced and 1858 Pattern pistols saw use in the American West, both in its original percussion configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion. This is an original ‘New Model Pocket’ percussion Pocket Revolver with sheathed trigger and removable cylinder for speed loading. This example was contemporarily factory converted from its original percussion form to fire metallic 32 Rim Fire cartridges by modification of the cylinder and addition of a factory made cylinder plate cut with open notches to allow the hammer to strike rim fire cartridges. The rim of the cylinder is stamped with number ‘3593’ & the plate has matching number. The New Model Pocket was the smallest of the Remington range of New Army/ New Navy pistols in that era to have a sheathed trigger. The pistol has a 3 ½” octagonal barrel and measures 8" overall. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & well defined rifling. The pistol is serial number 25269 which is stamped on the underside of the barrel. The barrel is crisply stamped with correct manufacturer and 1858 -1863 Patent detail (illustrated). It has a factory nickel plated steel frame. Areas of the nickel plating are worn with age. It has a captive lever ramrod, brass blade fore sight & grooved frame rear sight. Its Walnut grips have just knocks and bruises to be expected with age and use. It cocks and dry fires. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15980:18
£0.00
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