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1858 – Early 1860’s American Civil War Era Eli Whitney (Whitneyville Armoury) USA .36" Calibre, 6 Shot Single Action Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver With 7 ½” Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14894:14 - 14894:14
The Whitneyville Armoury USA was founded 1798 in New Haven Connecticut by Eli Whitney. Whitney produced approx. 33,000 revolvers to compete with Colt patent revolvers. Many were purchased by the Union Army & Navy and saw service in the American Civil War. In 1888, the Whitney Arms Company was sold to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. This is an excellent, original 7 ½” octagonal barrel Eli Whitney Colt Navy .36" Calibre, 6 shot percussion revolver with drop down loading lever. The metal work has nice patina throughout. The top of the barrel is stamped ‘E. Whitney N.Haven’. The pistol has a small post fore sight, notched hammer rear sight and brass trigger guard. It has original undamaged Walnut grips. The pistol's loading and firing actions work as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14894:14
£1,475.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, American Civil War Era, Manhattan Arms Manufacturing Co (Colt Navy), .36" Calibre, 5 Shot 6 ½” Octagonal Barrel, Single Action Percussion Revolver. Sn 14894:13 - 14894:13
The Manhattan Arms Manufacturing Co. was founded in New Jersey U.S.A. When Colt's Patents for revolving firearms expired in 1857 Manhattan began Manufacturing Colt Patent expired weapons including the iconic Colt Navy Revolver. Production continued until C1873. Many of their weapons were used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent, original 6 ½” octagonal barrel version of the Manhattan Colt Navy .36" Calibre, 5 shot percussion revolver with drop down loading lever. The metal work has nice patina throughout. It has a lightly engraved cylinder and the top of the frame is engraved Manhattan Fire Arms Co Newark N.J'. The pistol's steel frame, barrel block, brass butt strap & trigger guard assembly are undamaged and stamped with matching serial number '23097'. The cylinder is lightly decorated and engraved 'Patented Dec 27 1869'. It has an attractive Walnut grip. The pistol's loading and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14894:13
£1,275.00

ORIGINAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1859, Colt Pocket Model of 1849 (Model 1851 Navy) .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With 6” Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14894:12 - 14894:12
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 (1851 Navy) is in nice original condition with even patina throughout. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame. Some of its original nickel plating is still present. 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 6" octagonal barrel is correctly marked ' Address Col Saml Colt New York’. It has all matching serial numbers '147221' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates it to 1859. The cylinder is marked 'Colt's Patent’ . The cylinder has a faint, correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’. The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. Price for this historic 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 14894:12
£1,375.00

Victorian English, C1860, 28 Bore, Drew Of Winchester Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14863 - 14863
Henry Drew was an English gunsmith recorded at Market Place, Romsey & Winchester, Hampshire between 1850 and C1901 (see page 209 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a very good original percussion overcoat pistol made C1860 by Henry Drew. It is 8 ¼” overall length with a 3 ½” octagonal barrel which has a small bead fore sight. Its smooth bore is clean. The original Walnut full stock furniture is undamaged and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wrist is inlaid with a void German silver escutcheon. It has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. Its Dolphin hammer & steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial have foliate decoration. The action plate is marked by the manufacturer ‘Drew’ & the top of the barrel ‘Winchester’. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. 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 14863
£745.00

1913-1914 Crawford Smuggling Operation, Irish U.V.F, 1897 Dated British WD BSA Co Martini Henry Mark 1 Converted To MK II .577x .450 Artillery Carbine With Red Hand Of Ulster and ‘For God And Ulster’ Stock Stamp & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:2 - 14894:2
The Larne gun-running was a major gun smuggling operation organised in April 1914 in Ireland by Major Frederick H. Crawford and Captain Wilfrid Spender for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Other smuggling operations also secured weapons for the UVF). Smuggled UVF rifles usually bear the Red Hand Of Ulster symbol. This is an original British WD Martini Henry Artillery Carbine, one of the smuggled guns sold to the UVF. It has all original wood furniture. The stock has bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and the metalwork has even patina. The action is dated 1897 and is marked by the manufacturer BSA Co together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The action also has the MK1 Conversion to MK II designation. The breech and barrel also have British WD ordnance marks (all illustrated). The stock is crisply impressed with the UVF Roundel which contains the Red Hand of Ulster and motto ‘For God And Ulster’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels, steel butt plate, cleaning rod and original leather sling. 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. NB The rifle strips cocks and dry fires but is not suitable for shooting as at some point in its life the breech has been cut internally. The price for this historic UVF marked piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:2
£1,200.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian 1870 Dated British Enfield Tower .600 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With 3 Groove Rifling, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 14847 - 14847
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1870' date. Its 21" rifled barrel has a superb bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The carbine measures 37" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with faint proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring & nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sights. It also has a small block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine has a brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14847
£1,375.00

FINE COLLECTOR QUALITY’ RARE, 1833-1835 American 2nd Type, 40 Bore, Percussion Henry Deringer With Full Wood Stock, German Silver Fittings, Ram Rod & Appraisal Document From American Expert L.D. Eberhart. Sn 14833 - 14833
The original Deringer pistol was a small single-shot muzzle loading percussion pistol with wood stock named after Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form known as a derringer. This rare 2nd Type Henry Deringer is in excellent condition and has been appraised by American author and firearms expert L.D. Eberhart. His appraisal document accompanies this pistol which in 2011 he valued at $ 5,250. In his appraisal, the text of which is illustrated in image 2, he dates the pistol’s manufacture to between 1833 & 1835 and describes it as a ‘fine collector quality Henry deringer pistol’. It measures 8 ½” overall length with a 4 ½” octagonal steel barrel and ¾” breech. The barrel’s rifled bore is approx. 40 Bore (11.40mm at the muzzle opening). The bore is clean with crisp well defined rifling. All iron parts are blued apart from the barrel which is the correct, period solid plum brown. The breech and action plate have crisp decoration in the period style and have second type Henry company markings ‘Deringer Phila’ . It has German silver fittings and small German silver fore sight and iron ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. Its original walnut full stock is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The grip has light chequering . The back of the wrist is inlaid with a void German silver shield. The derringer has its original ram rod with brass end cap. Its cocking and firing actions function perfectly. The price for this rare collector’s piece with appraisal document 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 14833
£2,200.00

VERY RARE, Un-Altered, 1859 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Rifled Barrel Percussion Rifle By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 14786 - 14786
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This very rare, excellent, original Jacob double-barreled rifle has not been altered in any way and retains its original military double rifled barrels which are 32 bore. The barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. Both barrels are clean and the rifling is crisp and well defined. This weapon has its original military bayonet lug. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both faintly marked 'Swinburn & Son 1859' and its patch box lid, crisply marked 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. The price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14786
£5,250.00

RARE, 1860 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Barrel Percussion Rifle (One Barrel Rifled,The Other Smoothbore) By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 7387 - 7387
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This is a rare, excellent original Jacob double-barreled rifle. The 32 Bore barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. The right barrel has had the majority of its rifling contemporarily removed to allow use for shot/ musket ball. The left has all of its original crisp rifling. Both barrels are clean. This weapon has had its bayonet lug contemporarily removed. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both crisply marked 'Swinburn & Son 1860' and its patch box lid 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. Price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 7387.
£4,250.00

UNUSUAL, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s, British .750 Musket Calibre, Flintlock Cavalry Carbine, Officer’s Private Purchase By Mortimer London, Regiment Marked ‘26’ (To The 26th Light Dragoons) With Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14750. - 14750
This is an excellent example of an unusual variant Officer’s private purchase Cavalry carbine. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mortimer’ (many Gunsmiths named Mortimer are recorded as working in London during the 1700’s & 1800’s). It has a 19” barrel (34 ½” overall) and is .750 musket calibre. The smooth bore has light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with black powder proofs & ‘London’. It has its original steel ram rod, grooved breech rear sight and block fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, void inlaid brass escutcheon, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate which is engraved with Regiment mark ‘26’ (most likely to The 26th Light Dragoons. The Regiment was raised 25th March 1795, renumbered in 1803 as the 23rd Light Dragoons. The Regiment was disbanded after the Napoleonic wars in 1819). It is complete all original, undamaged Walnut furniture in Brown Bess form of the era. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14750
£1,850.00
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