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C1870 Continental 7mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Ladies 6 Shot Double Action Purse Revolver With Folding Trigger, Removable Screw Out Extractor Rod & Original Period Leather Covered Wood Clamshell Case. Sn 6656 - 6656
This is a very good 6 shot 7mm pin fire revolver made C1870. Its small calibre and frame allowed this type of pistol to be carried by ladies in their purses for personal protection. This example is in full working order with all the springs functioning. It measures 6” overall with a 2 ½” barrel. The rifled bore has just staining consistent with age & the pistol's metal work has even patina. It has a typical folding trigger and undamaged wood grips. The pistol is stamped with a small crown above ‘V’ proof mark. The pistol is side gate loading, has a post fore sight and screw out steel ejector rod in the butt. The pistol is correctly double action only and its firing mechanism works as it should. The pistol is accompanied by its original leather covered wood clamshell hard case with clasp fastener. The case is lined and padded with rich purple material. The leather has some scuffing consistent with age but is all intact and fits the pistol perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 6656

C1840 RARE UNUSUAL TRANSITIONAL / EXPERIMENTAL German Form 7mm Calibre Percussion Rook / Small Game Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Double Set Hair Trigger Configuration, ‘Waterproof’ Screw Off Internal Nipple Block, Original Figured Walnut Stock. - 15241
This is a rare unusual German form Rook / Small game rifle made C1840 when the race was on to find innovative & efficient percussion actions for firearms. We have been unable to find any other examples of this form of rifle, nor identify the maker. This rifle has an ingenious percussion action & is no doubt an experimental / transitional piece. The action has a screw off nipple block with winged flange on the underside of the action. The block is unscrewed and a percussion cap placed on the nipple at the top of the block. The block is then screwed back into the underside of the action. The nipple and percussion cap remain within the action sitting under a plate / firing pin on top of the breech which is struck by the hammer when firing. The firing pin plate strikes the percussion cap seated within the action, ignites the cap and discharges the weapon. This system reduces the risk of water ingress into firing mechanism making it ideal, in the period, for hunting in the field (the barrel is loaded with black powder shot and wadding in the normal way from the muzzle end). The rifle has double triggers which can be set for hair trigger shooting. The 22 ½” octagonal steel barrel has a clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The rifle is 39 ½” overall length). The right barrel flat has indistinct small letters which appear to be ‘L*K’ and number ‘95’ (unknown). The top of the barrel has a small blade fore sight and block with notch rear sight. The action, hammer, trigger guard with scrolled tang & steel butt plate tang have crisp tooled foliate decoration. The all original walnut shoulder stock has a figured cheek piece, chequered panel wrist and chequered sliding patch box held in place by a small sliding metal pin catch with metal plate at the butt plate edge. The patch box contains a steel worm which screws onto the end of the weapon’s steel ram rod which slides into ram rod mounts under the barrel. The underside of the shoulder stock has a steel rosette which sits proud of the stock and may have been intended as a sling anchor. All wood and metal is original and undamaged with even patina. The loading and firing actions of this piece work perfectly. The price for this rare, unusual rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15241

QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1850 Irish John Neill Belfast, 22 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistols With Octagonal Barrels, Captive Ramrods & Accessories. Sn 15476 - 15476
The Irish Belfast based Gunsmith John Neill Traded at various High Street addresses in the 1800’s and is first recorded at 4 Rosemary Street Belfast in 1831. His High Street trading dates & addresses are as follows: 1839 42 High Street, 1843-1854 78 High Street, 1856-1865 82 High Street, 1868 80 High Street, 1870 62 High Street, 1877/1880 62 High Street. During the period 1877/1880 the company traded as E. Neill, possibly John Neill's widow. This practice being very common in the gun trade at that time. This is a superb matching pair of percussion pistols by John Neill made C1850. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips, inset void German silver escutcheons & 10 cm octagonal browned steel barrels. The pistols have engraved foliate decorated trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, action plates & Dolphin hammers. The action plates of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘J.Neill’ within the foliate decoration. The top of each action are nicely engraved with game bird in flight scenes. The top of each barrel is crisply signed ‘J.Neill Belfast’. Both pistols are complete with their original captive steel ram rods & small post fore sights. The barrels are each 15mm muzzle diameter (approx. 22 bore). The smooth bores are clean. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original walnut case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock and key. The interior of is later re- lined in green material and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a steel bullet mould, an empty tin for percussion caps labelled ‘ E Joyce & Co London metal lined percussion caps’, 8 moulded lead balls, some wadding and 2 wood handled tools. The lid of the case has a brass shield with period stylised monogram. The corners have reinforced brass edges. The price for this quality made pair of cased Irish pistols includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15476

1836-1856 English John Blissett Of London 16 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistol Converted from Flintlock With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 15328 - 15328
John Blissett (1808-1872) was an English Gunmaker and Jeweller recorded as working at 74 High Holborn London between 1832 & 1835 then at 321-322 High Holborn between 1836 & 1856. He and his son together with a later business associate named ‘Tomes’ are later recorded at other High Holborn addresses until 1885 (see page 143 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 1). This is an original traveling percussion pistol made by John Blissett while working at the 321 High Holborn address. It is 12 ¾” overall with an octagonal Damascus barrel which is 17mm muzzle diameter (approx. 16 bore). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The barrel has a small bead fore sight and the action tang has 'v' notch plate rear sight. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer and the action plate, trigger guard with extended tang and pineapple finial, barrel tang and stepped steel butt plate have tooled foliate decoration. The trigger guard is large for gloved hand. The top barrel flat is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘John Blissett 321 High Holborn London’ (illustrated). It has a walnut full stock with fine chequering at the grip, inlaid void German silver escutcheon and German silver stock mounts. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. 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. Sn 15328

English C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons, London .300 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Top Lever Rook Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15331 - 15331
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 an excellent C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons Rook rifle in .300 CF calibre. The action has foliate engraved decoration. The blued 26” octagonal barrel has a tooled top with panels, one inscribed ‘Isaac Hollis & Sons, London’ & the other ‘Ammunition 300’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. Overall length is 42”. It has excellent all original undamaged Walnut furniture with ribbed butt, chequered fore stock, chequered pistol grip & inlaid brass roundel on the underside of the shoulder stock. It has steel fittings including, trigger guard with extended tang, 3 leaf graduated flip up sights and blade fore sight. The top lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 15331

EXTREMELY RARE, IMPRESSIVE, ORIGINAL, NAPOLEONIC BRITISH PENINSULAR WAR ERA, 1 ½ Pounder Cannon On English Heritage Supervised Professionally Restored Peninsular War Portuguese Allies Wheeled Oak Field Carriage With All Original Period Iron Fittings. - 15398
The Peninsular War (1807–1814) was a military conflict between Napoleon's Empire (as well as the allied powers of the Spanish Empire), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Portugal, for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. The war began when the French and Spanish armies invaded and occupied Portugal in 1807, and escalated in 1808 when France turned on Spain, previously its ally. The war on the Peninsula lasted until the Sixth Coalition defeated Napoleon and is regarded as one of the first wars of National liberation. During the Peninsular war Britain supplied its ally Portugal with arms including artillery pieces to assist the war effort. This original Georgian 1 ½ pounder field cannon was found in the early 1980’s on its Portuguese form wheeled carriage indicating that this cannon was one of those supplied to Portugal by Britain during the Peninsular war. These Cannon were often pulled / transported by Mules to and around the battle field. Although the cannon itself and all of the carriage’s original metal work was found to be in excellent condition for its age the woodwork had to a great extent perished. To the credit of the finder, they understood the historical significance of this artillery piece and consulted with English Heritage who supplied detailed plans of period artillery carriage construction & with their advice and supervision made an exact reproduction of the woodwork in Oak. The carriage is mounted with a brass plate inscribed ‘carriage made by A.C Cruse Ipplepen Devon April 1982’. All of the original iron fittings including many iron pyramid studs, bolts, nuts, wheel rims, elevation adjustment wheel, trunnion brackets, rope drag hooks, handling bars, strengthening frames, assembly pins and chains were then painstakingly re-fitted to the carriage to bring this superb artillery piece back to life. The cast iron cannon barrel itself measures 100cm length, the touch hole is open and the smooth bore clean. The top of the barrel has the George III crown as depicted on coins of the era and calibre detail ‘1 ½’ (Pounder). There are no visible proof marks on the cannon. The cannon has even patina, no rust and correct trunnions. The cannon sits securely on the carriage and is held in place by the correct removable iron trunnion plates with 4 chains and pins on the carriage which allows the barrel to be easily removed for inspection or transport. All metal work of the carriage has even patina and no rust. The Oak, spoked wheels with iron pyramid studded rims and iron supports are secured by the correct chains and pins, allowing the wheels to be easily removed for inspection or transport. The cannon including the carriage measures 2.1082 Metres overall length, 96.5 cms width from axle hub to axle hub and 73.5 cms height (diameter of wheels). This is a substantial, extremely rare, historic artillery piece and delivery will be by arrangement and at cost. Sn 15398

QUALITY, Late 18th Century English Twigg London Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Pistol With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 15428 - 15428
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 a quality made over & under, tap action flintlock pistol by Twigg. It's round steel screw off barrels are 1 ¾” in length (6 ¾” overall). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notches within the muzzle opening of each barrel (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age and the underside of the action has black powder proofs. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with foliate motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s name 'Twigg' and the right ‘London’. The trigger guard is engraved with a foliate design. It has a steel slide safety, steel pan and hammer which is fitted with a flint. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and the tap action operated by a rounded lever on the left side of the pan functions perfectly. Price for this desirable pistol by a quality maker 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 15428

C1840 Irish Mc Dermot Dublin 40 Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Silver Stock Mounts & Damascus Barrel. Sn 12756 - 12756
The Irish Gunmakers Farrell & Henry Mc Dermott / Mc Dermot were two prolific makers of pistols in Dublin and are recorded at 1 Abbey Street Dublin in the early to Mid 1800’s. Their guns appear with both spellings "Mc Dermott" or "Mc Dermot". The relevance of the different spellings and the connection between these two gunmakers has yet to be established (they were originally listed by M.S. Dudley Westropp, MRIA, Journal Arms & Armour Society, 1957 Vol.11. No 1). This is an excellent percussion pistol by Mc Dermot, Dublin. It has an undamaged walnut full stock with chequered pistol grip and inlaid silver escutcheon. It has steel furniture and silver stock mounts,. The trigger guard with pineapple finial and hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The action has a sliding safety bolt feature. The action plate is signed ‘Mc Dermot’. It measures 8 ½” overall length and has a 4 ½” Damascus barrel grooved for sighting and small blade fore sight. The sighting groove is marked ‘Dublin’. The action tang and muzzle edge have foliate engraved decoration. The pistol’s smooth bore is clean. The pistol has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this Irish overcoat pistol by prolific Dublin gunsmiths worthy of further research 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 private collection or display. Sn 12756

MASSIVE, 1823- 1851 William Burnett Southampton 9 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 15395 - 15395
William Burnett was an English Southampton based gunsmith between 1823 & 1851. This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun by Burnett. This size of gun (5’ 5” overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl. It is 9 bore and has a 49” round, browned, steel barrel. Its bore has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has a small indistinct inspection / proof mark (illustrated).It has walnut stock with horn fore stock cap. The wood has just knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The metal work has engraved foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Burnett’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass threaded tip. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 15395

MINT BORE, ORIGINAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1854,Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Grip Frame, Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15351 - 15351
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, 5 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in very good original condition with even patina throughout. 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 an undamaged American Walnut grip. 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 City'. The bore is near mint clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '87772' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates its manufacture to 1854. The cylinder and frame are marked 'Colt's Patent’. The cylinder has the faint but correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’ (illustrated). The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver 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 15351
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