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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

Rare, C1800 English Saynor’s Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Travelling Pistol With Screw Off Barrels & Folding Bayonet. Sn 14656 - 14656
This is a rare C1800 brass framed over & under, tap action Flintlock Travelling Pistol. It's round steel screw off barrels are 3" in length (8 ¾” overall with bayonet closed, 11 ½” overall with bayonet open). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notched cut into the muzzles of the barrels (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age. The muzzle diameter of each barrel is 12.41mm (approx. 40 Bore). The underside of the bottom barrel is fitted with a 2 ½” folding triangular section blade bayonet. The bayonet block has a sprung steel release button to allow the bayonet to fold into the closed position. When closed the tip of the bayonet fits into a notch in the front of the trigger guard. The bayonet is released and flicks open by bulling the trigger guard to the rear. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with a banners & arms motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s or retailer’s name 'Saynor’s'. 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 finely walnut grip is undamaged. The bottom of the barrel block has crisp black powder proofs. 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 rare desirable pistol worthy of further research re the maker or retailer 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 14656
£1,475.00

English Late 18th / Early 19th Century ‘Segary’ 16 Bore Flintlock Holster Pistol. Sn 14657 - 14657
This is a very good English form flintlock holster pistol made sometime in the late 18th / early 19th Century. It has a 9” round steel barrel. The barrel is 16.71mm muzzle diameter (approx. 16 bore). The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has crown V and crown P proofs (illustrated). It has a swan neck hammer, and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and ram rod mount. The lock plate is signed ‘Segray’. The walnut stock full stock is undamaged. The pistol has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. The price for this pistol worthy of further research re the 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 14657
£975.00

BEST QUALITY, 1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Rolling Block 9.5 x 60R Mauser Obsolete Calibre Match Grade Target Rifle. Sn 14618 - 14618
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this best quality, heavy, rolling block match grade target rifle which is in the obsolete calibre 9.5 x 60R Mauser introduced C1887 for the Peabody Martini Action rifle. It has blued metal work and figured walnut stock, the left side with raised cheek piece. The stock is mounted with an oval brass plate engraved ‘F.F. Kesting’ most likely the name of the original owner of this rifle. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels fitted with leather sling and steel ramrod. The action tang is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a 31 ¾” round stepped to octagonal blued steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 48” overall length. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent match target rifle worthy of further research, which would have been an extremely expensive weapon to buy when it was made 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 14618.
£1,875.00

**SOLD 12/9**SOLD**C1840 Archer Of London Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Rifled Barrel. A 586 - A 586
This is an excellent English percussion pocket pistol made by Archer of London made C 1840 (there are several Birmingham based Gunsmiths named Archer recorded in that era but we can find no record of this London based maker). It is 8” overall with a 2 ¾” turn off blued steel barrel which is 11.44 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 40 bore). The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has plain bag shaped wood grip which is undamaged & has a void, oval silver escutcheon inlaid on its top edge. It has a strong cocking & firing action. Both sides of the action have scroll engraving within which, on the left, is the name of the maker 'Archer' & on the right 'London'. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. 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. A 586
£0.00

SUPERB, RARE, Late 19th Century Japanese Samurai 32 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Ornate Silver & Copper Inlay, Brass Fittings & Signed Barrel. Sn 14614 - 14614
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th Century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock made in the late 19th century has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings with silver inlay. It has a 106cm long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is 13.4mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 32 Bore). The smooth bore is clean. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 135cm overall length. It has a full hard wood stock and original bamboo ram rod. The metal and wood has ornate brass fittings with silver and copper inlay. The barrel is inlaid with a sinuous dragon over mountain ranges design in copper and brass. The stock has a silver ‘mon’ family badge pinned to the wood. It has a brass serpentine, trigger guard, button trigger and is inlaid in brass with chrysanthemum heads, the underside with cloud bands. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel is signed with Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock worthy of further research regarding the signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14614
£1,745.00

1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Martini Action 10.4 x 38R Swiss Vetterli Obsolete Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14619 - 14619
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this Martini action sporting / target rifle which is in10.4 x 38R Swiss Veterli, an obsolete calibre. It has a rotating bolt feature which allows the use of both rim fire and centre fire rounds in that calibre. The right side of the action is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a double scroll trigger guard/cocking lever, walnut half stock, the right side of the butt inset with an oval brass panel engraved "J.VAN SILLEVOLUT, ROTTERDAM", the left side with raised cheek piece. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels and brass ramrod. It has an 86cm octagonal blued steel barrel with bow type rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 852. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 129cm overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent sporting rifle worthy of further research 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 14619
£1,795.00

18th Century English, 28 Bore, Brass Flintlock Travelling Pistol With Cannon Barrel & Walnut Slab Grip. Sn 14617 - 14617
This is a quality, brass Flintlock travelling pistol made in the English form sometime in the 18th century. It is 10" overall with a 5" cannon barrel. There are no visible exterior manufacturer, date or proof marks on this piece. The barrel is 14mm muzzle diameter (approx. 28 bore). The smooth bore is clean. The brass frame is engraved on both sides with banners & arms. It has a sliding safety bolt, steel hammer fitted with flint and steel trigger guard. The pistol has an undamaged bag shaped slab walnut grip. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price for this impressive pistol 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 collection or display. Sn 14617
£745.00

British WD 1886 Dated MK III BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) Martini Henry .577x .450 British Service Rifle With Australian Victoria Government Stock Marking. Sn 14611 - 14611
This is an excellent original MK III 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. It has block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp Henry rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout and retains its original blue finish. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897), Mark III model designation and dated '1886'. The metal work has inspection marks (illustrated). The stock has an impressed British WD BSA M Co Birmingham roundel and MK III designation together with numbers and Australian Victoria Government roundel stamp (all illustrated) indicating that this rifle was sent to the Australian armed forces after British service. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14611
£1,250.00
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