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1829-1857 English William Egan Bradford Yorkshire Steel Frame 17 Bore Belt Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 14041 - 14041
The English Gunsmith William Egan is recorded as having premises at Hustler Gate, Bradford, Yorkshire between 1829 & 1857 (see page 214 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent steel framed percussion belt pistol by Egan. It is 10 ½” overall length with a 5 ¾” octagonal brown wash steel barrel which has black powder proofs. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 16.45mm muzzle diameter which is approx. 17 bore. The top of the barrel is crisply signed ‘Egan Bradford’. The action, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard and pommel cap with hinged trap have fine foliate engraved decoration. It has a brass bead fore sight, ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and captive steel ram rod. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The Walnut grip with fine chequering is excellent & undamaged. The back of the grip is inlaid with void German Silver escutcheon. 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. Sn 14041
£895.00

LARGE, Original, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Ship's Quater Deck Pirate Defence Cannon (Swivel Gun) With Wooden Display Stand. A 573 - A 573 / 14075
Lantaka were a bronze cannon mounted on the quarter decks of ships travelling around the Malay Archipelago in the 1800’s. Their use was greatest in pre-colonial South East Asia especially in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The guns were used to defend against pirates. Many of these guns were mounted on swivels and were known as swivel guns. The smaller ones could be mounted almost anywhere including in the rigging. This is an original 19th Century Cast bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon. It is an unusually large example measuring 35 ½” in length and has a 1” diameter muzzle opening. It has the correct 5 ½” hinged bronze mounting spike with thick cast curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel which allows vertical elevation. The barrel is ornately decorated with foliate and geometric designs and it has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the cast design. The centre section has 2 cast stylised Fish or Dolphin form handles. The barrel is open and it has its original open touch hole. The rear of the barrel has a tubular handle for directing fire. The Lantaka comes with a later, quality, purpose made heavy duty wooden display stand which fits the Lantaka spike snugly and allows it to freely rotate 360 degrees horizontally and positioning of the barrel up and down vertically . The Lantaka itself weighs a hefty 20.6 Kilos and the display stand 3 Kilos (23.6 Kilos together). This historic Lantaka would make a superb display / conversation piece. The price includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 573
£1,675.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Original, American Civil War Era, 1851-1869 Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co Frankford Philadelphia .36" Calibre, 5 Shot, Cap & Ball Double Action Percussion Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13995 - 13995
The Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co of Philadelphia, manufactured pistols From 1851 To 1869. When Colt's Patents for revolving firearms expired in 1857 Cooper Firearms Co began Manufacturing Colt Patent expired weapons. Many of their weapons were used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent, original 5” octagonal barrel version of their .36" Calibre, 5 shot percussion revolver with captive lever ram rod. The metal work has even patina throughout. Its cylinder and barrel are stamped with number '2665'. The pistol's brass grip frame is stamped with matching serial number. The top of the barrel is marked by the manufacturer ' Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Co, Frankford, Phila PA. PAT JAN 7, 1851-APRIL 25, 1854-SEPT 4, 1860-SEPT 1, 1862-SEPT 22, 1863'. It has an undamaged Walnut grip. The pistol's loading and firing actions work as they should in both single and double action. Price 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 13995.
£1,275.00

RARE, Large,1865-1868 American Civil War Era, Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co, Hammond's 1864 Patent, .41 Rim Fire Calibre 'Swing Breech' Bulldog Derringer Pistol. Sn 13998 - 13998
The Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co. was one of many firms formed during the American Civil War. Founded in 1863 by brothers Henry B. and Lewis Hammond, the company was located at Naubuc, a town located about ten miles southeast of Hartford. This is an excellent .41 Rim Fire calibre single shot 'swing breech' loading Hammond's 1864 patent Bulldog pistol. Introduced in 1865, approximately 7,400 of these single shot pistols were manufactured before production ceased in 1868. Loading was accomplished by depression of a steel button on top of the breech when the pistol is at half cock and pivoting the breech block to the left. One of the largest Derringers, It has a 4" octagonal barrel which is stamped ' Connecticutt Arms & Manf'g Co Naubuc Conn'. The rim of the swing out chamber is marked 'Patented Oct 25 1864' in small lettering. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The pistol’s original chequered brown 'gutta percha' grips are excellent and undamaged. The pistols loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this rare Civil War era pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique pistol, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13998
£975.00

SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 - 13991
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 has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock 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 13991
£3,750.00

C1860's American Civil War Era Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York 6 Shot Brass Framed Front Loading .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge Single Action Army Model Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13913 - 13913
An excellent example of the unusual front loading Army Model .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York (Merwin & Bray made the .42 Army Model aimed at Military contract sales and a smaller .30 cartridge pocket version for the civilian market). Our Army Model example has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “Merwin & Bray Firearms Co NY”. The circumference of the cylinder is faintly marked “PATENTED July 12 1859 July 21 1863”. It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “7592”. The front sight is a half round blade. It has a grooved frame rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The steel barrel, removable cylinder, sheathed trigger and hammer retain 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 captive rod with bolt action mounted on the frame’s right side. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. This revolver was manufactured C1860's by Merwin & Bray. 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. 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 13913
£845.00

C1800 English, Twigg Of London Brass Frame 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 13909 - 13909
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is an excellent, brass framed flintlock pocket pistol by Twigg, London. It measures 6 ¼” overall with a 1 3/4" screw off steel barrel. The frame is marked ‘Twigg’ within roundel surrounded by banners & arms on the left side and the right ‘London’ within roundel, arms and banners. The underside of the frame has proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety catch feature and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price 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 13909
£575.00

C1870 Silver Plated, Continental 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Engraved Decoration & Folding Trigger. Sn 13728 - 13728
This is a very good, 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 2 ¾” barrel (6 ¾” overall). It has undamaged, finely chequered walnut grips. The frame & grip strap are silver plated & decorated with an attractive foliate and geometric design. The folding trigger, cylinder and hammer are blued. The pistol retains some of its original silver plating. It has its original ejector rod and side gate. It is side gate loading, has a blade fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It is fully functioning with all springs working and nice tight action. The frame has no visible manufacturer marks and the underside of the barrel has indistinct faint proof marks. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13728
£575.00

C1870 Continental 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Silver Etched Frame & Cylinder, Folding Trigger, Antique Ivory Grips & Period Chamois Holster. Sn 13727 - 13727
This is an excellent 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 3 ¼” barrel (7 ¾” overall). It has lovely antique Ivory grips which are undamaged. The frame, grip strap, cylinder and part of the barrel are decorated with an attractive foliate and geometric design highlighted in silver. It has its original ejector rod and side gate. It is side gate loading, has a blade fore sight and fixed rear sight. It has a folding trigger and is fully functioning with all springs working and nice tight action. The frame has a small ‘AB’ within oval mark (unknown). The pistol is accompanied by its period Chamois leather holster with button fastening flap cover and belt loop to the rear. The holster is intact but does have wear consistent with age. The price for this pistol worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13727
£595.00

Victorian English Form Steel Frame 40 Bore Boot Pistol With Octagonal Screw Off Barrel Sn 13837 - 13837
This is an excellent steel framed percussion boot pistol in the English form made in the Victorian era. It is 7” overall length with a 3” octagonal screw off steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age and it measures .455” muzzle diameter (approx. 40 bore). One of the barrel flats has black powder proofs. The pistol has no manufacturer marks. The Dolphin hammer and frame have light foliate engraved decoration. It has a bead fore sight and notch rear sight. It has a large trigger guard to accommodate a gloved hand. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The smooth Walnut grips are secured by screw bolt. The wood is excellent & undamaged. 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. Sn 13837
£575.00
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