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RARE, American 1866-1871 Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Peabody’s 1862 Patent Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army .45- Peabody Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Ring. Sn 15650 - 15650
The Peabody action was an early form of breechloading firearm action, where the heavy breechblock tilted downwards across a bolt mounted in the rear of the breechblock, operated by a lever under the rifle. The Peabody action most often used an external hammer to fire the cartridge. The Peabody action was developed by Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts, and was first patented on July 22, 1862. Peabody carbines and rifles were made by the Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island; c. 1866–1871. The total production was, 112,000. Our example is in excellent condition. The weapon is 39 ½” overall length. By operating the under lever, the breech plates falls to allow loading of a cartridge. The weapon has a 21” long, blued barrel. It is chambered for a .45 Peabody Rim Fire Cartridge. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina. It has a pinched block foresight and adjustable rear sight. The left side of the frame is crisply stamped with manufacturer and patent detail (illustrated in image 2). The weapon is serial number ‘10405’. The all original wood work is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The butt plate is steel and it has a single sling swivel and saddle ring. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15650
£1,795.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, American 1861 - 1871 Patent Forehand & Wadsworth Worcester Mass USA ‘SWAMP ANGEL’ .38 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre 5 Shot Single Action Revolver (Named After An American Civil War Cannon) . Sn 15633 - 15633
Sullivan Forehand was first employed by the American Firearms manufacturer's Allen & Wheelock in 1860. He married Ethan Allen's daughter and entered the Firearms business. Henry C. Wadsworth, while an Officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, also married one of Ethan Allen's daughters. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he joined the Allen firm. The Company name subsequently changed name to Forehand & Wadsworth Firearms Manufacturing Co. This is a good example of the .38 RF Calibre "Swamp Angel" Revolver built by the U.S Gun manufacturer Forehand & Wadsworth. The name SWAMP ANGEL was derived from a powerful Civil War cannon. The Swamp Angel was the nickname given to a 16,500 pound rifled Parrott cannon with an eight-inch bore that briefly shelled the city of Charleston in August 1863. The massive gun was positioned near Morris Island in an earthwork made of sandbags known as the Marsh Battery. The construction of the Marsh Battery, which virtually floated on the Marsh, was considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of the war (the company co-owner was a Union Army Officer during the Civil War). The pistol has a 2 ½” barrel and measures 6 ¾” overall. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has an undamaged walnut grip and the cylinder axle has a removable steel extractor rod. This 5 shot revolver has a shrouded trigger and the left side of its octagonal barrel is marked with the Forehand & Wadsworth name together with 'Worcester Mass U.S.' address & ‘Pat Sept 24 Oct 22/61- 31 Jany 27 71’ patent detail. The top of the cylinder frame is crisply marked with the ' Swamp Angel' model detail (illustrated). It has a blade foresight & notched frame rear sight. The single action cocking and firing action works perfectly. The barrel and grip frame have matching numbers ‘4364’. The price for this revolver with connection to the American Civil war includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15633
£395.00

SOLD SOLD (10/09) C1850 American Connecticut Arms Company Norfolk Brass Framed 6 Shot Front Loading .28 Cup-Primer Cartridge Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15652 - 15652
A very good example of the unusual front loading .28 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by the American Connecticut Arms Company. It has a 3" octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “CONN. ARMS CO. NORFOLK CONN.” It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “2730”. The front sight is a half round blade. The pistols were made without rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel, cylinder and hammer retain much of 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 lever mounted on the frame’s right side, between the trigger and cylinder. The extractor reaches through the same notch in the cylinder that the hammer uses to strike the primer. The extractor then hooks into the rear of the cylinder and pushes the cartridge out the front. The revolver can only be loaded and unloaded with the hammer in the half cock position; otherwise the chamber openings are partially blocked by a portion of the barrel assembly. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. The hammer swung through the hollowed out centre of the “cup” and struck the compound from the side, pinching it against the inside of the cartridge wall. 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. The 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 15652
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**30/8**LEE ENFIELD CONNECTIONS**American 1870’s Lee Arms Company ‘RED JACKET No 3’ .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Nickel Plated 5 Shot Single Action Revolver. Sn 15651 - 15651
James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 - February 24, 1904) was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles. The Lee Model 1879 rifle was his first successful magazine-fed rifle, which was adopted by China and the US Navy, and two later designs - the Remington-Lee M1885 and the Winchester-Lee or Lee Navy M1895 - were also adopted militarily and sold commercially. It is a portion of the Model 1879 that earned Lee his place in the pantheon of arms designers. Lee designed the first practical detachable box magazine - an item that would become an absolute requirement for military arms of the future. His bolt and magazine design was investigated by the British and in 1889, after extensive trials and tests, the British Army decided to adopt the Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Metford as a standard issue arm. This in turn developed into the Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield (or SMLE), the British service arm for many decades. In 1864 James Paris Lee established the Lee Arms Company. Known as the ‘Red Jacket No3 ’ Model, this revolver is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original example of the ‘Red Jacket No3’. It retains its original factory nickel finish with small areas of staining consistent with age. It has a 2 ½” octagonal steel barrel ( 6 ½” overall). The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘80378’. The top of the frame is crisply marked 'The Lee Arms Co Wilkes Barre Pa'. It has a shrouded trigger, steel hammer and original undamaged ornate Gutta Percha hard rubber grips. The pistol has a blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The pistol’s single action firing mechanism works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15651
£0.00

American 1871 & 1879 Patent Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company ‘BLUE JACKET No 2’ .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Nickel Plated 5 Shot Single Action Revolver. Sn 15653 - 15653
Hopkins & Allen Arms Company was a US firearms manufacturing company based in Norwich, Connecticut that was founded in 1868 by Charles W. Allen, Charles A. Converse, Horace Briggs, Samuel S. Hopkins and Charles W. Hopkins. The Hopkins brothers ran the day-to-day operations of the company until it went bankrupt in 1916 and was subsequently bought by Marlin-Rockwell. Known as the ‘Blue Jacket No2 ’ Model, this revolver is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original example of the ‘BLUE JACKET No2’. It retains much of its original nickel finish with areas of staining consistent with age. It has a 3 ¼” round steel barrel (8” overall). The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘7279’. The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Hopkins & Allen Mfg Co Pat MCH 28 71 MAY 27 79 32 Cal Rim Fire BLUE JACKET No2'. It has a shrouded trigger, steel hammer and original undamaged ornate Gutta Percha hard rubber grips. The pistol has a blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The action which is perfect, is single action only. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15653
£475.00

RARE, Victorian Pre 1897 British Swinburn’s Patent Martini Action No 2 Musket Ammunition (.500/.450 Obsolete Calibre) Sporting Rifle By W&C Scott & Son (Webley). Sn 15648 - 15648
The Swinburn rifle in outward appearance is very similar to a Martini Henry, however the action is of the Swinburn patent. In simple terms this has a falling block and cocking lever as in a Martini, but employs a V leaf spring and hammer to strike the firing pin and has an additional side lever which allows the hammer to be cocked without operating the under lever. This is a very good example of the scarce Swinburn Patent rifle in No 2 Musket Ammunition Calibre(.500/.450). The action has the correct additional side mounted Swinburn cocking lever and is stamped by the manufacturer ‘ W&C Scott & Son Makers London Swinburns Patent’ (In 1897 Webley amalgamated with W & C Scott and Sons to become The Webley & Scott Revolver and Arms Company Ltd of Birmingham). The action tang is numbered ‘35500’. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has a chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the shoulder stock near to the steel butt plate has a small, contemporary, professional repair and the butt plate is holed for trap (trap lid absent). The underside of the wrist is holed for sling swivel lug. The fore stock has a polished horn end cap. The 26” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and the rifle measures 42 ¾” overall length. The underside of the barrel has a fixed ring for sling swivel. The barrel is marked ‘No2 Musket Ammunition’ and has proofs. The barrel has a block and blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15648
£1,200.00

1888 Dated WW1 Era Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 15662 - 15662
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 a very good, original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use and is all original. The metalwork is undamaged with original finish. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp, well defined rifling. The breech is crisply marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks, model designation and 1888 date. The 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 sling swivels. 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 15662
£975.00

WW1 Era, French Military, St Etienne Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (M74/80) 11mm Calibre Rifle Converted from Chassepot Needle Fire. Sn 15628 - 15628
This is an early breech loading French military rifle. Originally a model 1866 Chassepot needle fire rifle used during the Franco-Prussian War it was decided to extend their service life by converting them to fire the 11 x 59.5 mm brass cartridge using the Gras bolt system. The rifle was designated the Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874). The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a Gras 74/80 rifle. The wood is all original with just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has heavy military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight, bayonet block, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels & original clearing rod. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31 ½” barrel. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The breech is marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and 'M80 & M1874' model detail together with other numbers and inspection marks (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15628
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (21/08) 1854 – 1855 Grand Tour English Nobleman’s .44 Belted Ball Calibre Long Octagonal Damascus Barrelled Convertible Percussion Pistol / Rifle, Brunswick Rifling, Removable Shoulder Stock & Accessories To Charles Bennett 6th Earl Tankerville. - 15610
Charles Bennett 6th Earl Of Tankerville was an Officer of the Gentlemen at Arms, the Royal ceremonial bodyguards to Kings & Queens and was said to be a very popular member of the English aristocracy. During his Grand tour 1854-1855 a close friend of the Earl, Captain Dorian Fitzherbert presented him with this fine unusual cased pistol / Rifle combination. During his tour, the Earl stayed with an Italian Nobleman and the cased weapon was left with Italian Nobleman’s family for safe keeping while the Earl continued his travels. The weapon was never retrieved by the Earl and 95 years later it was found in the Coach house of an Italian Villa near Florence when the Villa was being renovated. The case and weapon were in the condition to be expected having been left unattended for nearly a Century. The finder commissioned the expert, painstaking restoration of the weapon and case to the superb condition in which it is presented today. The pistol has an unusually long octagonal 24” Damascus barrel. The top barrel flat has a 2 leaf rear sight and small post fore sight. The bore has just staining consistent with age and Brunswick rifling. The underside of the barrel has proof marks and numbers (illustrated inset in image 2). The action and hammer have scroll foliate engraved decoration. The walnut stock with chequered pistol grip is undamaged and has German silver fittings including an inlaid escutcheon at the wrist which has a stylised ‘CB’ monogram to Earl Charles Bennett. The back of the wrist has a steel plate with lug for the shoulder stock. The pistol has a steel ram rod. The pistol’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The walnut shoulder stock which converts the pistol to a rifle when attached is undamaged. The stock has a steel butt plate and recessed steel cap which allows it to twist fit to the lug on the pistol’s grip. In its rifle configuration the weapon measures 39” overall length. The rifle comes with its original restored Oak case. The inside of the lid has a later trade label. It has a hinged lid and lock (key absent). The top of the lid has its original presentation plate inscribed ‘Charles Bennett Sixth Earl Of Tankerville From His Close Companion Captain Dorian Fitzherbert Travel Safely My Friend’. The inside of the case has green felt lined compartments which protect the pistol / rifle in its broken down form, with additional compartments for accessories. The accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), an ornate copper and brass powder flask with 2 hanging rings, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator. The lid is inscribed with ‘CB’ monogram. The case also contains a number of cloth patches, a wood box with screw top lid, a sprung primer tool & 3 wood handled tools , 2 of which are inscribed with ‘CB’ monogram. The price for this impressive cased pistol / rifle with connections to English nobility includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15610
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (19/08) American, Mid To Late 1800's, Forehand & Wadsworth Model 32 .32 Rim Fire 6 Shot Double Action Pocket Revolver By. Sn 15634 - 15634
Sullivan Forehand was first employed by the American Firearms manufacturer's Allen & Wheelock in 1860. He married Ethan Allen's daughter and entered the Firearms business. Henry C. Wadsworth, while an Officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, also married one of Ethan Allen's daughters. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he joined the Allen firm. The Company name subsequently changed name to Forehand & Wadsworth Firearms Manufacturing Co.This is an excellent undamaged example of a Forehand & Wadsworth Model 32 Pocket Model double action, 6 shot, nickel plated revolver in .32 Rim Fire. The gun has a 2 1/2" octagonal barrel and measures 6 1/2" overall. The gun is complete with ejector rod & has nice undamaged black rubber grips embossed with the F&W logo. It's cocking & firing action work as they should. The top of the barrel is marked by the manufacturer ' Forehand & Wadsworth, DOUBLE ACTION No32 Worcester, Mass.'. The butt strap is stamped number 11148. Price for this American rim fire pistol includes UK delivery. NB as obsolete calibre antique weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15634
£0.00
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