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American Hopkins & Allen Arms Company 1870 Patent .41 Cal Rim Fire Single Shot (Colt) 'XL' Derringer with Pivot Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14246 - 14246
Hopkins & Allen Arms Company was a U.S. firearms manufacturing company based in Norwich, Connecticut that was founded in 1868 by Charles W. Allen, Charles A. Converse, Horace Briggs, Samuel S. Hopkins and Charles W. Hopkins. The Hopkins brothers ran the day-to-day operations of the company until it went bankrupt in 1916 and was subsequently bought by Marlin-Rockwell. Known as the ‘XL’ range of pistols, these derringers & revolvers were one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original .41 Cal Rim Fire ‘XL’ derringer of the type made by Hopkins and Allen similar in design to Colt’s patent derringers. Our ‘XL’ derringer has a nickel plated steel frame with a sheathed trigger. Most of its original nickel plating is present. Its 2 ½” steel barrel pivots for loading which is achieved by depression of a steel button under the frame when the pistol is at half cock. The barrel pivots as it should and is tight. Its rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is signed ‘XL Derringer’ and one of the barrel flats is marked ‘Pat Apr 5 1870’. It has its original American Rosewood grips which are in very good condition and secured with a single recessed brass screw bolt. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. There are no other external visible numbers or manufacturer’s marks on this piece. NB As an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display, the price includes UK delivery. Sn 14246
£545.00

RARE, American Remington- Elliott 1867 Patent 'Mississippi' Single Barrel Breech Loading .41 Rim Fire Calibre Vest Pocket Derringer. Sn 14245 - 14245
William Elliot, an employee of Remington, invented the Remington –Elliott 1867 patent derringer. Known as the Mississippi vest pocket derringer, these derringers were favoured by River Boat gamblers and dealers for self defence. Only approx. 10,000 were made. Our example has a steel frame. The metal work has even patina. The round steel barrel is 2 ½” long and stepped to octagonal at the breech. The derringer measures 5 ¼” overall length. The barrel is .41 RF calibre and the smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The derringer has a small bead fore sight. The barrel is marked ‘Remington Ilion NY Elliott Pat Aug 27 1867. The underside of the barrel and frame have matching numbers ‘7773’. There are no other external manufacturer, date marks or numbers on this piece. The undamaged grips are American Rosewood. The derringer’s loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display, the price includes UK delivery. Sn 14245.
£645.00

SCARCE, American Remington- Elliott 1860 Patent 4 Barrelled Break Action .41 Rim Fire Calibre Derringer With Ring Trigger. Sn 14248 - 14248
A scarce Remington-Elliot 4 barrelled ring trigger Derringer in obsolete .32 rimfire calibre. William Elliot, an employee of Remington, invented the Remington –Elliott 4 barrelled 1860 patent derringer. It has a steel frame with 4 barrel cluster. The metal work has even patina. A small sliding lever on the underside of the frame releases the barrel cluster which breaks open for loading. To fire each barrel the ring trigger moves forward to cock the weapon and is pulled back to fire the first round. The system is repeated to fire each chamber which is achieved by means of a rotating firing pin within the action. The loading and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The barrel cluster is 3 ¼” long and the derringer measures 5” overall length. The barrels are .41 RF calibre and the bores have just light staining consistent with age and well defined rifling. The derringer has a small blade fore sight and the rear sights consist of notches in the frame of the derringer. The barrel cluster is faintly engraved to one side "Manufactured by E. Remington & Sons. Ilion N.Y", the other side faintly marked " Elliot's Patents May 29 1860.- Oct 11th 1860". There are no other external manufacturer, date marks or numbers on this piece. The grips are American Rosewood. The bottom edges of the grips have a few nibbles which are only visible on close inspection. Both grips are totally secure. The price for this unusual and desirable 4 shot derringer 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 14248.
£1,175.00

RARE, 1860’s American Civil War Era Morgan & Clapp New Haven CT Single Shot .25 Rim Fire Calibre, Brass Framed Derringer With Octagonal Pivot Barrel. Sn 14243 - 14243
There is little information available regarding the American gunsmiths Morgan & Clapp other than they were based in New Haven Connecticut and produced quality derringers and revolvers during the American Civil War. This is an excellent derringer by one of the rarer makers Morgan & Clapp, made sometime in the early 1860’s. It has a brass frame with even patina & original American Walnut grip which has no damage. It has a 2 ¾” octagonal steel barrel & measures 6” overall. The bore has faint rifling & staining consistent with age & use. It has a sheathed trigger and brass post foresight. The rear sight consists of a notch in the hammer spur. The top of the barrel is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Morgan & Clapp New Haven CT’. The frame is stamped with number ‘3665’. There are no other visible external manufacturer marks or numbers on this piece. The derringer's loading and firing actions work perfectly. The barrel pivots for loading at half cock and the barrel is released for loading by depression of a small steel button on the underside of the action. The price for hard to find Wild West era derringer 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 14243
£575.00

RARE, 1856-1874, American Wild West Era Merwin & Bray New York Single Shot .30 Rim Fire Calibre, Brass Framed Derringer With Octagonal Pivot Barrel. Sn 14247 - 14247
The American Joseph Merwin was involved with marketing and manufacturing revolvers as early as 1856. Based in New York City he formed an arms company known as Merwin & Bray. The company ceased trading under that name by 1874. This is an excellent example of the Merwin & Bray derringer which are hard to find. It has a brass frame with even patina & original American Walnut grip which has just the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. It has a 3 ¾” octagonal steel barrel & measures 6 ¾” overall. The bore has faint rifling & staining consistent with age & use. It has a sheathed trigger and brass blade foresight. The rear sight consists of a notch in the hammer spur. The top of the barrel is signed by the manufacturer ‘Merwin & Bray New York’. The derringer's loading and firing actions work perfectly. There are no other visible external manufacturer marks or numbers on this piece. The barrel pivots for loading at half cock and the barrel is released for loading by depression of a small steel button on the underside of the action. Price for hard to find Wild West era derringer 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 14247
£675.00

American Wild West Era, Ethan Allen’s 1845 Patent Top Bar Hammer .30” Smooth Bore Muzzle Loading Single Shot Derringer. Sn 14241 - 14241
The American Gunsmith and inventor Ethan Allen of Worcester Massachusetts held 22 firearms patents in the mid 1800’s. His 16th April 1845 top bar hammer patent was used on derringers, pepperbox pistols and other revolvers by a number of U.S. manufacturer’s. This is an original wild west era Allen’s 1845 patent bar hammer muzzle loading derringer. It has a steel frame, with steel trigger guard and 2 ¼” half round, half octagonal barrel and measures a diminutive 5” overall length. The metalwork has even patina. The barrel is .30” smoothbore. The bore has staining consistent with age and use. Its American Rosewood grip has just knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The underside of the barrel and trigger guard are numbered ‘179’. The left side of the hammer is stamped ‘Patented April 16 1845’. There are no other external manufacturer marks visible on this piece. The double action firing mechanism works perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14241
£395.00

1875-1912 American .41 Cal Rim Fire Colt No.3 Single Shot Derringer with Pivot Barrel & Period Ladies Chamois Leather Purse Holster. Sn 14239 - 14239
An original .41 Cal Rim Fire, Colt No.3 derringer. The No.3 Colt derringer, also known as the Thuer model after a patented design by F. Alexander Theur, was the most popular of the three Colt derringer models. Production ran from 1875 through until 1912. The serial numbers are often stamped beneath the grips, and are not visible unless the grips are removed. (We have not removed the grips).Our example has a nickel plated steel frame with a sheathed trigger and brass blade fore sight. Most of the derringer's original nickel plating is present. Its 2 ½” barrel pivots to the right for loading (the hammer must be at half cock to pivot the barrel). The barrel pivots as it should and is tight. It’s rifled bore has just staining consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is signed by the manufacturer ‘Colt’. It has its original American walnut grips which are in very good condition and secured with a single recessed brass screw bolt. It is faintly stamped on the left side of the frame with calibre detail "41 Cal". Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The pistol is accompanied by its original period ladies chamois leather purse holster with clasp fastener. The leather has some scuffing consistent with age but is all intact and fits the pistol perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display, the price includes UK delivery. Sn 14239
£795.00

Victorian, Williams & Powell, Liverpool British Officer’s Private Purchase Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue .600 Bore Percussion Pistol With Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar. Sn 14232 - 14232
Thomas Williams & Samuel Powell were English Gunsmiths based in Liverpool. Their business was established in 1780 and the Company traded under that name until C1909 (the original partnership lasted until 1846). The original partnership is recorded as having premises at various Liverpool addresses including 10 Pool Lane Liverpool, South Castle Street. Later addresses after 1846 include Thomas Street, Old Hall Street, 25 & 27 South Castle Street, Old Hall Street & Finally C1909 1 Exchange Street West (see page 368 of Brown’s book ‘British Gunmakers Vol. 2’). This is an excellent original Officer’s private purchase, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue percussion pistol by Williams & Powell. It is 12” overall length with a 6” barrel which is .600" smooth bore. The bore is clean with no pitting. The Walnut stock is excellent with brass furniture & is undamaged with just the bumps & bruises to be expected. It has its original captive ram rod & the barrel has proof marks. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring. The stock fitted with steel belt bar. The side plate is signed ‘Williams & Powell’. The action functions perfectly. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14232
£875.00

VERY RARE, C1860 Victorian English Barnett Of London Whitworth Patent Polygonal Rifled Barrel .450 Calibre Muzzle Loading Military Percussion Carbine. Sn 14237 - 14237
The London based Barnett family of Gunsmiths are recorded at various addresses in London from 1796 to 1908 starting with Thomas Barnett at 134 Minories who later became Thomas Barnett & Sons and later John Edward Barnett at the Minories & 37 Camomile Street, ending as JE Barnett & Sons Ltd at Brewhouse Lane, Leaman Street & Duncan Street (see page 140 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.1). This is an excellent muzzle loading military Whitworth patent barrel carbine size rifle by Barnett London made C1860. The side plate is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Barnett London’ together with Queens crown and Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). The top of the barrel near to the breech is marked ‘Whitworth (patent).450 Bore’. The barrel has Victorian proof marks. It has excellent all original wood work with chequered panel wrist, steel butt plate, brass fore end block, steel trigger guardand barrel bands. It also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, curved block fore sight, military heavy hammer and sling swivels. The 24 ½” barrel has crisp polygonal rifling. The Total length is 41 ¾”. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare muzzle loading percussion carbine includes UK delivery. NB This is 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 14237
£875.00

VERY RARE, One Of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 3 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers & U.S. Marked Socket Bayonet. A 581 - A 581
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contract was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 757 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the Lancers post Crimean War. The barrel has proof / inspection marks (all illustrated). The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean rifled bore. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The weapon is accompanied by its original U.S. made socket bayonet. The bayonet has the correct swivel collar and 18” flat triangular section blade which is straight and undamaged and tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade is stamped ‘U.S.’. The price for this very rare Crimean War era American made British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 manufactured, with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 581
£1,295.00
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