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WW2 Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa U.S. Navy USN Mark 1 Training Rifle (1903 Springfield). Sn 14972 - 14972
The Parris-Dunn Corporation was founded by William G. Dunn and Cecil L Parris when they formed a business partnership in 1937. Each of these men brought unique contributions to this partnership. Although Dunn had no formal technical training he, like many great inventors, could see the interrelationships that existed between different mechanical devices and could modify or combine them to solve problems. Parris had a background as sales manager for the Kari-Kleen company of Souix City, Iowa and was a talented merchandiser. Initially Parris was the President of the corporation and Dunn the Vice-president but during the war years their positions reversed. William G. Dunn (1883-1968) ran a hardware business in Clarinda, Iowa in the early 1900's. In 1917 he formed the Dunn Counterbalance Company operating out of the back of his hardware store. He eventually built a factory on South 15th Street in Clarinda and the name was changed to the Dunn Manufacturing Co. He was a very talented inventor and eventually held patents for 75 different mechanical devices, many of which were related to the early automobile and aircraft industry. In 1936 he formed a partnership with Cecil Parris in order to better promote his generator business. When WWII broke out there was a severe shortage of military firearms at the start of the war and they were approached by US Army Ordnance to produce a non-firing training rifle. Shortly after, the US Navy also expressed interest in this project but they wanted some slight modifications in their model. The stock and the bolt mechanism are identical on both models and both models have 3 sling swivels. The following differences identify each model. The typical Army Model 1.It has a simple trigger that does not move. 2.It has a sheet metal trigger guard. 3.It either had no middle barrel band or it had a painted black stripe to simulate this band. 4. It has no bayonet lug. The typical Navy Model 1.It has a movable trigger that makes an audible click when pulled. 2.The trigger guard was made of cast iron 3.It has a metal middle barrel band. 4.It has a bayonet lug on the metal front barrel band. In July of 1942 the Army let contract 271 ORD for 35,000 training rifles of their pattern at a cost of $166,000. In August the Navy let contract NROS 10993 for 190,000 training rifles having their changes at a cost of $903,000. In October of 1942 the Army contract was completed and in November they finished the first Navy contract. In January of 1943 the Navy let contract NORD 808 for 110,000 additional training rifles and in June that contract was completed. The Parris-Dunn Training Rifle is not a very accurate replica of the 1903 Springfield Rifle. It has a similar profile but is thinner in cross section and 3 pounds lighter in weight. The receiver, bolt and trigger mechanism are simple by comparison to the Springfield. Plastic training bayonets and scabbards were available for the Navy Model training rifles. This is an original, WW2 Parris-Dunn Mk 1 USN training rifle. It measures 43 ¾” overall length, has the correct 3 sling swivels, large blade fore sight and bayonet lug (The rear sight is absent). The bolt action works as it should and it correctly cocks and dry fires. The steel butt plate is crisply stamped ‘Dummy Training Rifle Mark 1 USN Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa’ (illustrated in image 2 along with a contemporary image of a US Navy Sailor with a Parris Dunn USN MK1 dummy training rifle). The woodwork has old stable cracks and scratches but is complete. NB As a dummy training rifle incapable of firing ammunition, no licence is required to own this item in the UK. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14972

Original Victorian Era Steel Cleaning Rods For The British Martini Henry Service Rifles. A 606 - A 606 / 13932
We have a number of original steel cleaning rods for the British Martini Henry service rifles available. All are clean and undamaged. The price is for an individual cleaning rod and includes UK delivery. A 606

SOLD SOLD (01/07) C1840 English, Nock Of London, 40 Bore, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15265 - 15265
Henry Nock was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is a very good percussion pocket pistol by Nock. It is 7 ¼” overall with a 3" screw off barrel (a barrel key tool is required to unscrew the barrel). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The action has foliate engraved decoration and the action tang is signed ‘Nock London’. The trigger guard is decorated with foliate decoration. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The chequered walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The price for this pistol by a quality maker 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 15265

19th Century Ottoman Empire 24 Bore Miquelet Lock Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Tiger Stripe Olive Or Palm Wood Stock, Silvered Hand Tooled Decoration, Action & Barrel Arabic Gunsmith / Family Signatures & Ram Rod. Sn 15226 - 15226
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has an octagonal 34" long steel barrel which is 14.93 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 24 Bore). The barrel has a small silver blade fore sight and grooved block rear sight. The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel flats and underside of the action have detailed silvered Arabic signatures most likely gunsmith and or family names. It has steel barrel bands. The hammer and action have ornate silvered decoration. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original Olive or Palm wood stock has an attractive Tiger stripe hue and bone or Ivory inlays. It has a steel ball end trigger on the underside of the stock. The butt is mounted with decorative metal plates. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. The rifle cocks and dry fires but due to age and condition it is advised that this action is not performed to avoid damage to the action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15226

Original, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Merchant Ship Defence Deck / Rigging Cannon With Wooden Display Stand. Sn 15227 - 15227
Lantaka were a type of bronze cannon mounted on merchant vessels travelling the waterways of Malay Archipelago in the 1800’s. Their use was greatest in precolonial South East Asia especially in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The guns were used to defend against pirates. Many of these beautiful guns were mounted on swivels and were known as swivel guns. Small examples could be mounted in rigging and be fired hand held by Ship’s crew. This is an original 19th Century Cast bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon. It is 26” in length . It has a 1” bore at the muzzle opening. It has a 5 ¾” long blackened iron mounting shaft with curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel. The shaft is intact and has no damage. The cannon barrel has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the cast design which features stylised foliate motifs and birds within panels designs. Its aiming handle is hollow for adding an additional wood handle to assist aiming. The barrel is open and it has its original open touch hole. The Lantaka is complete with a later wood display stand which is 13” x 8 ½” x 7 ¾”. The stand is mounted with 2 decorative iron plates. The top of the stand is holed and fits the cannon’s spike snugly and allows the barrel to swivel freely. The Lantaka itself weighs 5.95 Kg. The stand weighs 3.11 Kg. The price for this historic Lantaka with stand which would make a superb display / conversation piece includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15227

C1820 English, Thomas Hewson, London .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15231 - 15231
The English London based gunsmith Thomas Hewson is recorded as having premises at 133 Fetter Lane between 1805 & 1808, 36 Piccadilly 1808 to 1820. He is believed to have emigrated to South Africa C1820 and worked as a gunsmith at Grahamstown from 1837 (see page 169 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion traveling pistol converted from flintlock by Hewson. It is 11 ¾” overall with a 6 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The top barrel flat is crisply signed ‘London’. The smooth bore is clean. It has a Dolphin hammer. The lock plate is crisply signed ‘Hewson’ and has foliate engraved decoration. It has an undamaged all original walnut full stock. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration and it has its original captive steel ram rod with steel ram rod mount. The pistol has a brass bead fore sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. 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 15231

QUALITY, RARE, 1803 – 1852 English Thomas Conway Manchester Hunting ‘Stone Bow’ (Large Wood & Steel Bullet Shooting Crossbow) In A Bespoke Period Solid Mahogany Case With Inscribed Plate To ‘Henry Burgess Springfield Salford’. Sn 15212 - 15212
The bullet-shooting crossbow, referred to as “Stone bow,” is a modified version of the classic crossbow. The bow was usually constructed with wood and steel, depending on the preference. It typically utilizes bullets and stones as projectiles instead of the traditional quarrel. The Stonebow reached its height of popularity between 1760 and 1810. The designs of the period, as well as later versions, remained popular even after the invention of the gun, probably due to their silence when shooting. This trait made the Stonebow a good weapon for poachers. Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a quality made Stonebow by Conway of Manchester. It has its original walnut rifle type stock with steel butt plate and chequered wrist and steel trigger guard. The wood has some aged stable cracks. The top of the stock is slotted for its integral cocking leaver and the ovoid plate at the top of the action is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’. The action works as it should. The cocking lever with handle is retained in its slot by means of a sprung metal catch at the butt end. The steel bow with central winged 4” prongs is riveted to the stock via steel tangs either side. All metal work is clean with no rust or signs of repair. The Stonebow measures 30” at its widest and 29” length. The Stonebow is contained in its quality period made solid Mahogany case with hinged lid and lock with key. The lid has a brass plate inscribed ‘Henry Burgess Springfield Salford’ no doubt the name of the original owner of this fine piece. The heavy solid case has no damage and the lock functions as it should. The Stonebow is un-strung but the case contains remnants of an original period cat gut bow string dried with age. The case measures 31 ½” x 33 ½” x 6 ½”. The price for this large Stonebow unusual to find with case includes UK delivery. Sn 15212

MINT BORE, 1872 British Enfield Tower Snider Conversion .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine By V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London With Royal Canadian Mounted Police ‘RCMP’ Stamped Stock. Sn 15204 - 15204
This is an excellent, original British Military .577 Snider Conversion Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Enfield Tower cavalry carbine has a 23” round browned steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate & brass trigger guard. The all original woodwork is excellent & undamaged. The wood is impressed ‘RCMP’ to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The action and side plate are also browned steel. The side plate is crisply marked with Crown, dated 1872 and has the Enfield ‘Tower’ mark. It also stamped ‘V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London’ (this is most likely the Gunsmith who performed the snider conversion before supply to the RCMP). The breech and barrel have proof / inspection marks together with very faint ‘Snider Patent’. The breech cover has a knurled steel button release catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15204

Cased, 1840-1850 Irish Edward Basset Dublin 60 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistols With Consecutive Dublin Castle Registration Marks DC-1707 & 1708, Screw Off Barrels & Accessories. Sn 15202 - 15202
This is a superb cased, matching pair of small percussion pocket pistols by a Dublin maker with consecutive Dublin Castle registration marks. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut bag stock inset German silver escutcheons, 4 cm screw off round steel barrels & Dolphin hammers. The barrels bores are clean and the top of each barrel have consecutive Dublin Castle Registration numbers ‘DC-1707 & DC-1708’. The underside of the barrels and actions have black powder proofs. The actions of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘Edwd Basset’ on one side and ‘Dublin’ on the reverse (Edward Basset was a Dublin based Gunmaker recorded as working between 1840-1850). These small pistols are each just 12.5cm overall length. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. They are complete with wood case. The case with hinged lid has its original brass lock (key absent). The interior of the case with compartments is contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a steel nipple key / barrel spanner tool and quantity of moulded lead balls. The price for this excellent pair of cased consecutive Dublin Castle registered 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 15202

RARE, American Civil War Era Gallager’s 1860 Patent .525” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine By Richardson and Overman Philadelphia With Patch Box, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15159 - 15159
The Gallager carbine is an American black powder breechloading rifle produced during the American Civil War for use by Union Cavalry. The weapon was designed by Mahlon J. Gallager, who licensed the design to Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia for production. The Gallager was loaded from the rear with brass cases, which contained the projectile and the propellant. Covered by a disc made of greased felt, the projectile was inserted in the barrel after it was tilted up by a lever, followed by the case, and (like the concurrent muzzleloaders, such as the Springfield) were ignited by percussion cap, which was placed on the bolt face. The brass cases had a paper patch in the base, to prevent powder seepage and still allow the cap to fire the round. The weapon is .525” (13.3 mm) calibre. This is an excellent example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 22” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and it measures 39 ¼” overall. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with steel butt plate and patch box with hinged lid. The action plate is crisply marked with Gallager’s 1860 patent detail and Richardson and Overman Philadelphia manufacturer’s address together with number ‘7805’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War era carbine 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 15159
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