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MINT, BEST QUALITY, MASSIVE, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 6 Bore Round Ball Big Game Rifle With Round Stepped To Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 15986 - 15986
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 a best quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 27” round Damascus steel barrel is stepped to octagonal in the mid section up to the breech and is a massive 6 Bore. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 44” overall (the length indicates that this heavy, massive bore rifle was made to fire from the shoulder). The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional hinged leaf rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15986
£2,950.00

RESERVED RESERVED 1855 British Board Of Ordnance Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets & Stock Unit Marked ‘II O.R’ . Sn 5148 - 5148
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smooth bore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has staining consistent with age & use. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The wood is impressed with Board Of Ordnance ‘BO with arrow’ mark most likely a Unit mark ‘II O.R’. The stock has rear sling swivel and the fore end has a contemporarily drilled hole no doubt for a sling swivel or anchor which is absent. The plain steel lock is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1855’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 5148
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (26/01) MINT BORE, ZULU WAR ERA, 1873 Dated British WD Enfield Martini Henry MK 1 577 x 450 Obsolete Calibre Service Rifle With Correct MK1 Features & Buff Leather Sling. Sn 15972 - 15972
The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom Between 11 January – 4 July 1879 . 2019 is the 140th Anniversary of the Zulu War and the heroic battle fought at the defence of Rorke's Drift,where over the 22nd & 23rd January 1879 just over 150 British and Colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. This is a very rare, original, Zulu War era 1873 dated MK 1 Martini Henry Rifle in superb condition. The right side of the action is date stamped ‘1873’ together with ‘Enfield Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) and correct MK 1 designation. The metal work has excellent finish and many WD ordnance / proof marks including on the barrel bands (illustrated). The wood work is all original with just very light bumps and bruises to expected with age and service use. The barrel is complete with bayonet lug, block & blade foresight, graduated ladder rear sight, Mk1 chequered steel butt plate, Mk 1 grooved trigger, sling swivels fitted with original period buff leather sling & original steel cleaning rod. The stock is impressed with correct Enfield Mk 1 WD roundel. The action works as it should with a crisp action. The rifle has a 33” barrel and measures 49” overall length. The barrel’s bore is pristine, clean with crisp Henry rifling. The price includes UK delivery. 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 15972
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (15/02) C1850's Adams Patent 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel Retailed By Lowe Chester With Accessories Including An Adams Marked Bullet Mould. Sn 15 - 15970
Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Robert Adams. This is an excellent, original, cased Adams Patent 5 shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame is crisply marked by the retailer ‘W. Lowe Chester’ . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘No. 20693T’. The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proofs. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original finish which has even patina. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including 2 empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tins, a brass and steel double bullet mould which is marked ‘54’ (bore) and with Adams patent cartouche, a brass black powder flask which signed by the manufacturer John Dixon Sheffield (illustrated), a wood cleaning rod with ball top and threaded brass cap, 3 tools and a brass oil container with screw top lid. The inside of the lid has its original Adams trade label (illustrated). The price for this cased pistol with original accessories 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 15970
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**23/1**Unusual Form British Victorian G. & J.W. Hawksley Sheffield Copper and Brass Black Powder Flask. Sn 15980:19 - 15980:19
An original Victorian copper and brass powder flask in unusual form. It’s copper body has an embossed chequered design and 2 rectangular central ‘hunting dog & master scene’ panels on the front and back aspects. The flask has small fixed hanging rings on the left and right sides. The body has some denting but no cracks or holes. The flask has a sprung brass nozzle which screws off. The brass collar of the nozzle is crisply signed with the manufacturers name "G. & J.W. Hawksley Sheffield" (A Sheffield maker from 71-75 Carver Street and appears in directories from 1876, see 'The Powder Flask Book' by Ray Riling, pages 114 and 297 fig 414) . It measures 7 ½” height with nozzle attached, 2 3/4" at its widest and is 1 ¼” thick in the mid- section. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:19
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (25/01) 1800's, English Joseph Rock Cooper Patent, 6 Shot, .38” Calibre, Under Hammer Pepper Box, Percussion Pistol With Fluted Cylinder Block, Ring Trigger & Safety Bolt. Sn 15056 - 15056
The revolving pepper box multi shot percussion pistol was produced from the late 1820s and was meant mainly for civilian use. The design of these pistols which were made by a large number of manufacturer's in different calibres & barrel lengths spread rapidly in the United Kingdom, the USA and some parts of Continental Europe. Joseph Rock Cooper was a one of the leading gun, rifle & pistol makers working in Birmingham during the mid-19th century, who was active from 1838 through 1863. This is an excellent J.R. Cooper Patent 6 shot, .38" calibre, ring trigger pepperbox percussion pistol. It has an under hammer action and even patina throughout. It has crisp Victorian proof marks on the cylinder block. The firing action works as it should. It has an unusual sliding safety catch on the top of the frame. The steel frame has foliate engraved decoration on one side and the left side is signed 'JR Cooper’s Patent' within a banner. The pistol has attractive Walnut grips. 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 collection or display. Sn 15056
£0.00

SOLD (01/02) , Remington USA Model 1858 & 1863 Patent Army New Model Pocket 5 Shot, .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver Contemporarily Converted From Percussion To Rim Fire With Original Removable Cylinder & Cylinder Plate. Sn 15980:18 - 15980:18
The Remington 1858 Army New Model Revolvers were used during the American Civil War, and the design was the beginning of a successful line of medium and large frame percussion revolvers. It is commonly referred to as the Model 1858 due to its patent markings "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858 MAR 17 1863 E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. NEW MODEL". Pocket versions were produced and 1858 Pattern pistols saw use in the American West, both in its original percussion configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion. This is an original ‘New Model Pocket’ percussion Pocket Revolver with sheathed trigger and removable cylinder for speed loading. This example was contemporarily factory converted from its original percussion form to fire metallic 32 Rim Fire cartridges by modification of the cylinder and addition of a factory made cylinder plate cut with open notches to allow the hammer to strike rim fire cartridges. The rim of the cylinder is stamped with number ‘3593’ & the plate has matching number. The New Model Pocket was the smallest of the Remington range of New Army/ New Navy pistols in that era to have a sheathed trigger. The pistol has a 3 ½” octagonal barrel and measures 8" overall. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & well defined rifling. The pistol is serial number 25269 which is stamped on the underside of the barrel. The barrel is crisply stamped with correct manufacturer and 1858 -1863 Patent detail (illustrated). It has a factory nickel plated steel frame. Areas of the nickel plating are worn with age. It has a captive lever ramrod, brass blade fore sight & grooved frame rear sight. Its Walnut grips have just knocks and bruises to be expected with age and use. It cocks and dry fires. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15980:18
£0.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, Original American Wild West Era, Sharps 1859 Patent .30 Rim Fire Calibre 4 Barrelled Brass Framed Pocket Derringer. Sn 15980:17 - 5980:17
4 barrelled derringer pistols pistols were made by the C. Sharps Company beginning with their 1859 Patent. Production of the Sharps, 4 shot pistols ended in 1874. This is an original Sharps 1859 Patent 4 barrelled pocket derringer in .30 RF calibre. It is a fully functioning example in excellent condition. The pistol’s barrel cluster has 4 x 3" steel rifled barrels and measures 5 ¾” overall. The frame is brass. It has a brass bead fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The left side of the frame is stamped 'C. Sharps Patent 1859'. The right side ‘C. Sharps & Co Philada. PA’ (all illustrated). The underside of the barrel cluster is numbered '14401'. The butt of the grip frame is stamped with matching number. It has a revolving firing pin and loading is achieved by depression of a steel button at the underside of the frame, the barrel cluster can then be moved forward for loading of rounds. It has a sheathed trigger & chequered grips which are undamaged. The rifled bores of the barrels have staining consistent with age and its loading cocking and firing actions work as they should. 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 15980:17
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (11/02) C1860’s American Remington .41 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Barrelled Derringer. Sn 15980:16 - 15980:16
The design of the Remington double derringer was little changed by Remington during a production run of nearly 70 years. This is an excellent fully functioning example. The pistol has two 3" barrels and measures 5" overall making it easy to conceal and therefore popular with Wild West Gamblers. The top of the barrel rib is stamped 'REMINGTON Arms Co Ilion NY’. The underside of the bottom barrel is numbered '695'. It has a sheathed trigger & undamaged original finely chequered gutta percha hard rubber grips. The pistol’s factory nickel plated finish has small areas of wear consistent with age. The barrels bores have staining consistent with age and use and crisp rifling. Its loading cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this iconic piece of American Wild West history 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 15980:16
£0.00

Cased, Victorian C1850's Deane Adams & Deane London Bridge, 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel With Accessories Including An Adams Marked Bullet Mould. Sn 15969 - 15969
The famous English gunsmith's Deane Adams and Deane had premises at 30 King William Street, London Bridge, London in 1852. Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Deane Adams & Deane. This is an excellent, original, cased, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame and top barrel flat are crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge' . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘Adams Patent’ and ‘No. 8779.R’. The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proof and is marked with matching number ‘8779.R’. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original finish. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a brass and steel double bullet mould which is marked ‘54’ (bore) and with Adams patent cartouche, a copper and brass black powder flask which signed by the manufacturer Dixon (illustrated), a wood cleaning rod with ball top and threaded brass cap. The price for this cased pistol with original accessories 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 15969
£2,250.00
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