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SOLD SOLD (06/10) MATCHING NUMBERS 1868, Belgian, Albini-Braendlin Front Hinge Breech 11mm Calibre Military Service Rifle With Socket Bayonet. Sn 13988 - 13988
The Albini rifle (or Albini-Braendlin rifle) was a single-shot 11mm rifle adopted by Belgium in 1867. The action on the Albini rifle was designed by an Italian officer Augusto Albini and was perfected by an English gunsmith, Francis Braendlin. The rifle has a front-hinged, forward lifting action that has a mechanism which works together with the hammer-striker assembly to simultaneously lock and fire the rifle. When fired, the striker moves into the back of the breech block striking the firing pin and locking the block in place at ignition. Both striker and firing pin move in the same line as the rifle bore. Pulling the hammer back withdraws the striker from the breech block allowing it to be lifted on its pivot pin by means of a small fixed knob on the right side of the block. This is an excellent example of the Albini-Braendlin 11mm calibre service rifle. It has 33 1/2" barrel which is clean with crisp rifling and measures 53 1/2" overall. It has all original wood work which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang, adjustable ladder rear sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet block, a rear sling swivel, the front one is missing and original steel clearing rod which is nicely stamped "E 1639" which matches the number stamped under the ladder frame rear sight on top of the barrel and one the firing mechanism. It has the correct hinged breech which is stamped with " D 474" and heavy military hammer. The barrel is stamped with inspection marks and '1868' date. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle is complete with an original socket bayonet with 17 3/4" triangular blade which has a small stamped mark which appears to be 'FJI' or 'PJI'. The socket is stamped 'J669' and fits the rifle snugly. 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 13988
£0.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, Original, American Civil War Era, 1851-1869 Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co Frankford Philadelphia .36" Calibre, 5 Shot, Cap & Ball Double Action Percussion Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13995 - 13995
The Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co of Philadelphia, manufactured pistols From 1851 To 1869. When Colt's Patents for revolving firearms expired in 1857 Cooper Firearms Co began Manufacturing Colt Patent expired weapons. Many of their weapons were used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent, original 5” octagonal barrel version of their .36" Calibre, 5 shot percussion revolver with captive lever ram rod. The metal work has even patina throughout. Its cylinder is stamped with number '2665'. The pistol's brass grip frame is stamped with matching serial number. The top of the barrel is marked by the manufacturer ' Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co, Frankford, Phila PA. PAT JAN 7, 1851-APRIL 25, 1854-SEPT 4, 1860-SEPT 1, 1862-SEPT 22, 1863'. It has an undamaged Walnut grip. The pistol's loading and firing actions work as they should in both single and double action. Price 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 13995.
£1,275.00

ORIGINAL, All MATCHING NUMBERS, 1868-1869 Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 6 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Octagonal Barrel & Notches Carved Into Grip. Sn 13994 - 13994
The family of Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers evolved from the iconic 1860 Army and 1851 Navy Revolvers and were produced between 1849 and 1872. This original U.S. Colt .31 Calibre Cap and Ball, 6 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in excellent condition with even patina throughout and original blue finish. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame. The pistol has the correct brass pin fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has undamaged American Walnut grip. The left side of the grip has a row of 7 contemporarily carved notches (It was common practice in the Western era for the owners of weapons to carve notches into woodwork of their firearms whenever they were fired in combat, used in a dual or hunting and successfully struck their target). The left side of its frame is stamped 'Colts Patent'. The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked ' Address Col Saml Colt New York US America'. It has matching serial numbers '300902 / 09022' stamped on its cylinder, frame, barrel, trigger guard and butt which dates its manufacture to between 1868 & 1869. The cylinder has the correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’ and marked 'Colts Patent'. The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13994
£1,275.00

RARE, Large,1865-1868 American Civil War Era, Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co, Hammond's 1864 Patent, .41 Rim Fire Calibre 'Swing Breech' Bulldog Derringer Pistol. Sn 13998 - 13998
The Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co. was one of many firms formed during the American Civil War. Founded in 1863 by brothers Henry B. and Lewis Hammond, the company was located at Naubuc, a town located about ten miles southeast of Hartford. This is an excellent .41 Rim Fire calibre single shot 'swing breech' loading Hammond's 1864 patent Bulldog pistol. Introduced in 1865, approximately 7,400 of these single shot pistols were manufactured before production ceased in 1868. Loading was accomplished by depression of a steel button on top of the breech when the pistol is at half cock and pivoting the breech block to the left. One of the largest Derringers, It has a 4" octagonal barrel which is stamped ' Connecticutt Arms & Manf'g Co Naubuc Conn'. The rim of the swing out chamber is marked 'Patented Oct 25 1864' in small lettering. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The pistol’s original chequered brown 'gutta percha' grips are excellent and undamaged. The pistols loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this rare Civil War era pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique pistol, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13998
£975.00

SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 - 13991
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13991
£3,750.00

SOLD SOLD (09/10) VERY RARE & DESIRABLE, Original 1890 - 1891 American Large Frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ 38-56-255 Winchester Calibre Pump / Slide Action Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Full Length Tube Magazine. Sn 13990 - 13990
The Colt Lightning Rifle was a slide /pump-action rifle manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 1904. Colt made the Lightning Rifle in three different frame sizes, to accommodate a wide range of cartridges. Its profile somewhat resembles the pump-action rifles made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms. The large-frame Lightning with barrel lengths of 22” or 28”, also called the "Express Model" were manufactured between 1887 and 1894. The Lightning was adopted for use by the San Francisco Police Department. This is an excellent original example of the large frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ rifle in 38-56-255 Winchester calibre. It has a 28” blued octagonal barrel and measures 46 ¾” overall. The barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. It’s all original American Walnut wood work is excellent and undamaged. The slide has chequered panels. It has a steel butt plate & correct full length tube magazine. The top of the barrel has crisp Colt Hartford address detail and Patent dates (illustrated inset in image 2). The barrel has calibre detail ’38-56-255’ (illustrated in image 2). The frame has a loading port on the right side & is very faintly marked with the Rampant Colt trade mark on the left. The rifle is serial number ‘4751’ which is stamped on the trigger guard tang. The serial number dates its manufacture to between 1890 & 1891. It is fitted with buck horn rear sight and brass blade fore sight. Its pump action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price for this rare obsolete calibre American Frontier / Wild West era rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13990
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**17/10**CASED, ORIGINAL, EARLY PRODUCTION, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING CYLINDER, 1853-1854, Colt 1851 Navy .36 Calibre, Cap And Ball Percussion 6 Shot Revolver And Accessories. Sn 13989. - 13989
The Colt Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Calibre (i.e. .36 calibre), later known as the Colt 1851 Navy or Navy Revolver, is a single action, cap and ball revolver. It was designed by Samuel Colt between 1847 and 1850. It remained in production until 1873. Famous 'Navy', users included Wild Bill Hickok, John Henry "Doc" Holliday, Ned Kelly, and Robert E. Lee. This original, early production, Colt made, Navy revolver is in excellent condition with even patina throughout. It has attractive undamaged walnut grip, a 7 ½” octagonal barrel and measures 13 ½” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The cylinder has traces of its correct Naval battle scene depicting the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche engaged on May 16, 1843. (The Texas Navy had purchased the earlier Colt Paterson Revolver, but this was Colt's first major success in the gun trade; the Naval theme of the engraved cylinder was Colt's gesture of appreciation). The cylinder is numbered ‘26309’ which dates it’s production to between 1853 to 1854. It has matching serial numbers stamped on its frame, barrel block, trigger guard and butt. The top of the barrel is marked ' Address Col SamL Colt New York City’. It has a brass grip frame, captive lever ram rod, small conical post fore sight and ‘v’ notch hammer rear sight. The weapon has a nice tight action and works perfectly as it should. It is contained in its attractive, original, tailor made, wood case with hinged lid. The case is lined with blue felt and has compartments which snugly fit the weapon with additional compartments for accessories. The accessory compartments contain a copper and brass ‘Sykes Patent’ marked black powder flask, a moulded .36 calibre lead ball, a moulded .36 calibre conical bullet, an empty percussion cap tin with paper label ‘Eley Bros London Expressly For Colt Pistols’, a double bullet mould (for 1 ball and 1 bullet) marked ‘Colt’s Patent’, a steel adjustment tool and wood handled cleaning rod. The inside of the case lid has its original Colt paper instructions for use adhered. The case has its original lock (the key is absent). On top of the lid, in its centre, is a void brass roundel. The price for this excellent complete Colt pistol set includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13989
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (30/10) VERY RARE, ORIGINAL, American Wild West Era 1870-1880 Colt No.1 ‘Knuckle Duster’ Single Shot Derringer In .41 Rim Fire Calibre. Sn 13896 - 13896
Colt made the No.1 derringer between 1870 and 1880. This is an excellent, very rare, original .41 RF Calibre steel framed ‘Knuckle Duster’ No.1 derringer By Colt. It measures 5 ¾” overall with a 2 ½” barrel which has a flat ribbed top with brass blade fore sight. The frame has foliate engraved decoration and ‘knurled oval sections’ to assist grip. The barrel rib is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Colt’ PTFA MFG Co Hartford CT USA’ together with ‘No.1’ all between stylised Maltese cross symbols. The right side of the barrel is numbered 'W1756'. It has a knurled spur steel hammer incorporating a ‘v’ notch rear sight and sheathed trigger. It’ hooked shaped handle with the appearance of a knuckle duster could be used to strike an assailant. The barrel is released by a sliding knurled steel button on the frame. The barrel swings out for loading. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly with a strong spring action. The price for this very rare derringer includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13896
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (8/11) 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
£0.00

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
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