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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
£745.00

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
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (19/02) English, Early 1800’s Parsons & Son 1.5 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15327 - 15327
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss. This Blunderbuss is 29 ¾” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with inlaid void silver escutcheon. Chequerd panel wrist, brass mounts including butt plate engraved with banners and arms, trigger guard also with banners and arms, acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is signed 'Parsons & Son' (There are many Provincial gunsmiths named parsons in the late 1700’s / early 1800’s and none recorded in London. This Blunderbuss was likely made by the Gunsmith recorded only as G. Parsons & Sons C1815 at Lichfield Street & Gt Brooke Street Birmingham, see page 302 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). The action has crisp foliate engraved decoration and safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 10 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. Price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15327
£0.00

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
£9,750.00

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
£975.00

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
£895.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY 15/11**SOLD**Early 19th Century English, Moody London 24 Bore, Brass Frame Percussion Pistol With Screw Off Brass Cannon Barrel & Fine Inlaid Silver Wire Grip Decoration. Sn 15392 - 15392
This is an excellent, brass percussion pistol by Moody London. It is 12 ¼” overall with a 5 ¼” screw off brass cannon barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The underside of the frame has crisp proof marks. The brass frame is engraved on both sides with foliate panels. The left side is signed by the manufacturer 'Moody London' (The English Gunmaker Charles Moody of Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire, is only listed in local directories for 1854–9, (see page 100 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). It may be that this pistol was originally made in the early 19th Century as a flintlock and converted to percussion by Moody. We cannot find an earlier record of an English gunsmith named Moody). It has a steel Dolphin hammer, trigger and trigger guard. Its original undamaged walnut grip has attractive, fine, foliate decoration inlaid with silver wire. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. 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 private collection or display. Sn 15392
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 16/10) 1887 Dated WW1 Era Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle Regiment Marked ‘B2R 13.212’ To The 13th Battalion 2nd Bavarian Bayerische Reserve Div. - 15421
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company. It was issued to Infantry Regiments. This is an exceptional, original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has just light knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use and is all original. The wood is impressed with imperial inspection marks. The metalwork is undamaged with original finish. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp well defined rifling. The breech is crisply marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks, model designation and 1887 date. The single shot bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and rear sling swivel. It is serial number ‘4016 / 16’ which is stamped on all parts including the bolt. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘B2R 13.212’ To The 13th Battalion 2nd Bavarian Bayerische Reserve Division Weapon Number 212. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15421
£0.00

RARE, 1790 - 1801 English, Martin Brander, London, 2 Bore, Brass Barrelled Coaching Flintlock Short Blunderbuss. Sn 15396 - 15396
Martin Brander (1760-1827) was an English gunsmith's recorded as working on his own for just 11 years at 70 Minories London between 1790 & 1801 before entering into partnership with Thomas Potts between 1802 & 1827 (see page 144 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Martin Brander before he entered into partnership with Potts. It is 31 ¼”overall length with a 15 ½” long brass cannon barrel with flared muzzle. The muzzle opening diameter is 32 mm (approx. 2 bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint & original undamaged Walnut stock and brass mounts including butt plate with extended tang. The brass trigger guard has an extended tang. The ram rod mounts are brass. The steel lock plate is crisply marked 'Brander’. The top of the barrel has crisp black powder proof marks (all illustrated). It has its original wood ramrod with brass cap and steel worm. The weapon’s cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Blunderbuss includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15396
£1,975.00

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
£2,200.00
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