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QUALITY, UNUSUAL, C1840 Victorian English Henry Eden Smith Sheffield 50 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13955 - 13955
Henry Eden Smith was an English, Sheffield, Yorkshire, based gunsmith with premises at 3 & 9 Market Street & 2 bakers Hill between 1832 & 1842 (see page 335 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian percussion hunting rifle by Henry Eden Smith. It has 28” browned octagonal barrel and measures 44” overall. The bore is clean with 3 groove rifling which is unusual to find on a hunting rifle of this type. It has its original walnut half stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and polished horn fore end cap. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer has foliate engraved decoration. The side plate also has foliate engraving together with the depiction of a Stag in the field and the manufacturer’s name ‘Eden Smith’ . The stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is chequered and has an inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle is fitted with blade foresight, ‘v’ notch block rear sight and has its wood ram rod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13955
£1,175.00

C1860's American Civil War Era Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York 6 Shot Brass Framed Front Loading .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge Single Action Army Model Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13913 - 13913
An excellent example of the unusual front loading Army Model .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York (Merwin & Bray made the .42 Army Model aimed at Military contract sales and a smaller .30 cartridge pocket version for the civilian market). Our Army Model example has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “Merwin & Bray Firearms Co NY”. The circumference of the cylinder is faintly marked “PATENTED July 12 1859 July 21 1863”. It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “7592”. The front sight is a half round blade. It has a grooved frame rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The steel barrel, removable cylinder, sheathed trigger and hammer retain their original blue finish. The rifled bore is clean. The action functions correctly. This revolver loads its special cartridges from the front, and extracts them with a captive rod with bolt action mounted on the frame’s right side. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. This revolver was manufactured C1860's by Merwin & Bray. It was designed as a front loading cartridge revolver in an effort to circumvent the Rollin White patent held by Smith & Wesson which allowed for chambers bored completely through the cylinder and loaded from the rear. Price for this unusual American front loading pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13913
£845.00

C1800 English, Twigg Of London Brass Frame 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 13909 - 13909
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is an excellent, brass framed flintlock pocket pistol by Twigg, London. It measures 6 ¼” overall with a 1 3/4" screw off steel barrel. The frame is marked ‘Twigg’ within roundel surrounded by banners & arms on the left side and the right ‘London’ within roundel, arms and banners. The underside of the frame has proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety catch feature and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13909
£575.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD C1830 English, Simmons Of London, 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. Sn 13911 - 13911
This is an excellent 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. It is 14 ½” overall with a steel 9" browned steel barrel. The smoothbore is clean.It has a border engraved stepped lock and swan neck hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply engraved 'Simmons' (most likely William Simmons Gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). It has a lovely walnut full stock with brass butt plate. Its brass fittings including trigger guard with extended tang and ram rod mounts have foliate engraved decoration. It has notched frame rear sight and is complete with its original wood ramrod with horn cap & steel worm. It's action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the top of the barrel is engraved ‘London’ within a border. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13911
£0.00

C1870, Continental Military 12mm Calibre Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Antique Ivory Grips. Sn 13912 - 13912
This is an excellent, Continental, 12mm, military, pinfire, 6 Shot Revolver. It is side gate loading with a 6 ¼”round steel barrel, sturdy undamaged frame with crisp engraved foliate decoration which is also present on the grip frame and cylinder. It is fitted with its original, attractive antique Ivory grips. The frame is stamped with a small 'Y' below Crown inspection mark. The pistol is double action and strips, cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is side gate loading and complete with its original military lanyard ring and captive steel clearing rod. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre, antique pinfire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if part of a private collection or display. Sn 13912
£745.00

French Military, Model 1866/74 11mm Calibre Fusil Gras Carbine By Manufacture Imperialle St Etienne. Sn 13890 - 13890
An excellent French M1866/74 Infantry carbine. The all original wood is very good and has a contemporary professionally applied field repair to the stock wrist (illustrated in image 3). It has a ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels. It measures 39" overall with a 20 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The breech is crisply marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and with 'Mle 1866-74' model detail (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 13890
£675.00

C1870 Silver Plated, Continental 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Engraved Decoration & Folding Trigger. Sn 13728 - 13728
This is a very good, 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 2 ¾” barrel (6 ¾” overall). It has undamaged, finely chequered walnut grips. The frame & grip strap are silver plated & decorated with an attractive foliate and geometric design. The folding trigger, cylinder and hammer are blued. The pistol retains some of its original silver plating. It has its original ejector rod and side gate. It is side gate loading, has a blade fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It is fully functioning with all springs working and nice tight action. The frame has no visible manufacturer marks and the underside of the barrel has indistinct faint proof marks. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13728
£575.00

C1870 Continental 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Silver Etched Frame & Cylinder, Folding Trigger, Antique Ivory Grips & Period Chamois Holster. Sn 13727 - 13727
This is an excellent 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 3 ¼” barrel (7 ¾” overall). It has lovely antique Ivory grips which are undamaged. The frame, grip strap, cylinder and part of the barrel are decorated with an attractive foliate and geometric design highlighted in silver. It has its original ejector rod and side gate. It is side gate loading, has a blade fore sight and fixed rear sight. It has a folding trigger and is fully functioning with all springs working and nice tight action. The frame has a small ‘AB’ within oval mark (unknown). The pistol is accompanied by its period Chamois leather holster with button fastening flap cover and belt loop to the rear. The holster is intact but does have wear consistent with age. The price for this pistol worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13727
£595.00

RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860's Spencer .52 Calibre Repeating Rifle/ Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar. Sn 13856 - 13856
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was the designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. 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 52362 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11,001 and 62,000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a good all original example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, correct steel butt plate & with correct tubular magazine and latch plate. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece but the breech is crisply marked with the serial number. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history 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 13856
£1,795.00

Victorian C1860 British Militia Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield .600 Regulation Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Short Rifle By E. Bond London With 3 leaf Rear Sight, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 13859 - 13859
Edward Bond was an English Gunmaker with premises at 108 Leadenhall Street and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, London between 1762 until his death in 1790. His Sons continued the business with premises at Cornhill London until 1861. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The East India Company. This is a quality private purchase .600” Regulation Calibre 2 Band Short Rifle by Bond no doubt commissioned by a Militia or Volunteer Cavalry Officer. It has excellent all original woodwork throughout. Its steel side plate is nicely engraved by the maker ‘E.Bond London’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 40 ¾” inches overall with a 24” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, steel ram rod, 3 leaf rear sight, blade fore sight & brass nipple protector with chain. The bore is nice and clean with crisp rifling. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13859
£895.00
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