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VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14573
£1,895.00

C1870 French St Etienne 7mm ‘Mouvement Acier Fondu’ (Cast Steel Movement) Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Folding Trigger . Sn 14499:11 - 14499:11
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 7mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod and folding trigger. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 3 ½” round steel barrel and plain bag shaped wood grips. The cylinder is stamped ‘Acier Fondu’ (cast steel). The barrel block is stamped on one side ‘Fabrique De St Etienne’ (Manufactured in St Etienne). The other side is marked ‘Mouvement Acier’ (steel movement). The cylinder has an inspection mark (illustrated). The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work as they should. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:11
£395.00

C1870 9mm Nickel Plated Belgian Liege Military Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver. Sn 14499:10 - 14499:10
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 9mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 5” round steel barrel and plain wood grips. The metal retains much of its original nickel finish. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The cylinder is stamped with Liege ‘ELG*’ proof mark and ‘star above X mark’. The barrel block also has the ‘star above X mark’. The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:10
£545.00

BRITISH NITRO PROOF MARKED, Victorian 1886 Dated MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks & Additional Parker Hale Vernier Target Sight . Sn 14499:2 - 14499:2
This is an original MK IV. 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The all original stock is impressed with India Arsenal stamps, roundel & MK IV designation (illustrated). It has a post fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. It is also fitted with an additional Parker Hale Vernier target sight. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has ordnance / proof marks and British Nitro proofs. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV I’ model designation and dated '1886'. 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. Price includes UK delivery. NB A FIREARMS CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED TO OWN THIS RIFLE FOR SHOOTING. Sn 14499:2
£975.00

C1830’s English Simmons London Single Barrel 17 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 14492 - 14492
William Simmons was a London based gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Simmons. It has a 32 ¼” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal (47 ½” overall). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The muzzle opening is 16.61 mm diameter, approx. 17 Bore. It has a walnut stock with brass fittings. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The fore stock has a horn end cap. The action plate is signed ‘Simmons’. The barrel has a small blade foresight and grooved action rear sight. The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 14492
£545.00

C1870 J. Harper Of London 6 Shot .36 Calibre Percussion Pepperbox Ring Trigger Revolver. Sn 14450 - 14450
A very good pepperbox ring trigger revolver made circa 1870. The revolver measures 7 ½” overall and the barrel cluster is 3” length. The German Silver frame has banners on the left and right sides. One side ‘J. Harper’, the other ‘London’. The barrel cluster has small proof marks. The revolver has undamaged finely chequered walnut grips. The grips are secured with a single screw bolt. The barrel bores have just staining consistent with age and its loading cocking and firing actions work as they should. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14450
£895.00

Excellent Quality Victorian British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase .650 Calibre Muzzle Loading Carbine By Greener Gunmaker To HRH Prince Albert With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14329 - 14329
The famous W.W. Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a Victorian British Officer’s private purchase percussion cavalry carbine Greener. It has a 24” steel barrel which is a clean .650 carbine smooth bore and measures 40 ½” overall. The barrel has a hook catch, Birmingham Proofs and is marked underneath 'T Turner' (Thomas Turner barrel Maker). The bluing is best quality and original. The side plate is marked ‘Greener’ and the top of the barrel ‘Greener maker To HRH Prince Albert’. It has its original walnut stock which is excellent condition as is its metal work with original blue finish. The right side of the stock has its original steel saddle bar and the shoulder stock is fitted with sling swivel. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, ram rod mounts and fore end block. It has a heavy military hammer, blade fore sight, block with ‘v’ notch rear sight and original captive steel ram rod. The weapon cocks & dry fires with a strong action. Price for carbine by a famous maker 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 14329
£1,295.00

Victorian English Reade Of London .36" Calibre Brass Framed Bar Hammer, 6 Shot Pepper Box Revolver. Sn 14349 - 14349
Revolving pepper box multi shot pistols were produced from the late 1820s and were designed for civilian use. They were made in numerous calibres. This is original bar hammer pepperbox is in .36" calibre. The pistol has 6 x 3" barrels and measures 7 ½” overall. The barrels are stamped with proof marks and have clean bores. The barrels are also numbered 1-6. The brass action, grip frame, steel bar hammer and trigger guard are decorated with foliate and geometric engraving. The left side is signed ‘Reade London’ (either the manufacturer or retailer). The pistol has an undamaged Walnut grip. A nice example of a Victorian personal protection weapon worthy of further research re the manufacturer. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14349
£975.00

SCARCE, 1876- Early 1900's French 8mm Calibre Repeating Palm Pistol By Mitrailleuse D’Armes St Etienne. Sn 14350 - 14350
These pistols unusual small calibre 4 shot 'palm squeeze' repeating pistols were made between 1896 and C1911. They were marketed as self defence weapons. This is a good example in obsolete 8mm calibre. The barrel is stamped ‘Mitrailleuse’. The right side of the frame is marked "Manufacture Mitrailleuse D’Armes St Etienne " within panel (illustrated). The left side ‘Surete’ within panel above ‘Dechargement Et Demontage’ within panel (illustrated). The action casing has tooled decoration and features a 3 position switch on the left side and it has a wood palm grip butt. The action casing has areas of staining and pitting consistent with age and use. The squeeze firing action works as it should. The pistol has a 2" barrel and measures 5 ¼” overall. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘3204’. The pistol has a sliding ribbed steel breech cover and flat top barrel rib. It’s post fore sight is absent. The price for this hard to find, unusual pistol 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 14350
£1,200.00

C1820 English .67 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel By Thomas. Sn 14344 - 14344
There were many English gunsmiths by the name of Thomas operating in both London and the Provinces during the Georgian and Victorian eras. This is an excellent flintlock pocket pistol made C1820. It is 5 ½” overall with a 2½” screw off barrel which is 10mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 67 bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age but no pitting or rust. The underside of the barrel has crisp proof marks (illustrated). The action is decorated with shield and banners on the right side and signed by the manufacturer ‘Thomas’ on the left. It has undamaged original bag shaped wood grip and sliding safety catch feature. The hammer is fitted with flint. The cocking & firing actions work as they should. Price 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 private collection or display. Sn 14344
£495.00
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