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MINT BORE, Victorian British Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With Mark 1 Trigger. Sn 15786 - 15786
This is an excellent MK II Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has excellent all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged, has Birmingham proof marks and excellent blue finish throughout. It also has numbers ‘52’, ‘1184’, and ‘588’ stamped on the metal work and small inspection marks (illustrated). There is no manufacturer’s name or dates on this rifle. It has a 33” barrel and is 49 ½” overall length. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has smooth steel butt plate and MK 1 grooved trigger. It has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15786
£1,275.00

SOLD SOLD (15/10) RARE, MINT BORE, Original 1877 American Wild West Era Winchester Model 1866 .44 Henry (Flat Rim Fire) Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Yellow Boy Saddle Carbine With Bronze Action & Saddle Ring. Sn 15780 - 15780
The 1866 Yellowboy lever-action rifle was a marked improvement over the Henry rifle. The Yellowboy had a convenient new type of loading gate, devised by Winchester plant superintendent Nelson King (King’s Improvement). The gate passed cartridges through the side of the receiver. This improvement made the lever action more functional and allowed for the installation of a wooden fore-end integrating a round sealed magazine which was covered by the fore stock. The rifles chambered in the rimfire .44 Henry were nicknamed the "Yellow Boy" because of its "brass" receiver (actually a bronze alloy called gunmetal). This is an excellent original example of the yellow boy saddle carbine in .44 Henry Flat RF calibre. It has a 26” blued barrel and measures 39 ½” overall. The barrel's bore is near mint clean with crisp rifling. It’s all original wood work is undamaged. It has the correct ‘bronze’ action, butt plate with sliding trap, tube magazine and ‘King's Patent’ side gate. The trap contains a steel 3 part screw together cleaning rod. The top of the barrel has the original manufacturer detail "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER. 16. 1860.". It is fitted with flip up rear sight, pinched blade fore sight and has its original steel saddle ring. Its lever action and firing mechanisms works perfectly. The serial number is 141090 which dates its manufacture to 1877. The price for this rare obsolete calibre iconic Wild West era rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15780
£0.00

MINT, Cased, Victorian C1850 British Deane Adams & Deane London Dragoon Pattern .54 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer, Octagonal Barrel & All Original Accessories. Sn 15745 - 15745
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 Dragoon Pattern percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should with a crisp action. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore is clean with well defined rifling. The barrel has a small 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. II.844.R’. The cylinder has Victorian black powder proofs. The metal work is near mint retaining 90 % plus of its original blue finish. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in great undamaged condition. 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) and 2 metal hook fasteners. The case is lined with green baize and has compartments which contain accessories. The inside of the lid has a clean trade label. The accessories comprise, an empty ‘Eley Bros London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a brass and steel bullet double mould marked by the manufacturer Adams with 1852 patent detail and ‘54’ (calibre), a single moulded lead bullet, a copper and brass black powder flask which is signed by the manufacturer ‘C&JW Hawksley’, a small steel container with screw top lid and oil applicator tool, a wood cleaning rod with screw on attachments, a ball of fibre wadding & 2 ebony handled steel tools. The price for this cased pistol with many 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 15745
£3,950.00

**SOLD**SOLD**9/10**VERY RARE, Victorian C1850 English 20 Bore Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Coaching / Traveling Shotgun / ‘Ball’ Short Carbine With Removable Screw Off Walnut Shoulder Stock & Brown Wash Barrels. Sn 15747 - 15747
Victorian Coachmen & Gentlemen regularly armed themselves against the threat of attack from Highwaymen with short barrelled blunderbuss or Shotgun type weapons. This is a very rare, Victorian era double barrel percussion coaching / traveling shotgun in the C1850 English form. Unusually this carbine size shotgun has a screw off stock which would allow the weapon to carry or conceal the piece, broken down, in a long overcoat / duster or small travel bag. It has 13 ¼” brown wash steel barrels and measures 20 ½” length without shoulder stock (31” with stock attached). The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib with fixed sights. The barrels are made of thick steel making them capable of firing lead shot or single lead ball. The ramrod mount on the underside of the barrels has a sling swivel lug and is fitted with original wood ram rod that has a brass end cap. The smooth bores have staining & residue consistent with age and use consistent with age. The action has plain steel side plates and double Dolphin hammers. It also has double triggers. The trigger guard has engraved foliate decoration and extended tang with acanthus bud finial. The original walnut furniture has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The pistol grip of the stock has chequering and a stepped steel butt plate with foliate engraved decoration. The back of the grip has a holed screw thread plate to accommodate the removable shoulder stock which has a screw thread lug plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The shoulder stock also has a steel butt plate and single sling swivel lug. There are no external manufacturer or date marks on this weapon. The gun cocks & dry fires perfectly. The price for this unusual, antique English shotgun carbine 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 15747
£0.00

Georgian British Enfield Tower Brown Bess India Pattern .750” Musket Bore Flintlock Musket To The 98th Regiment Of Foot (Prince Of Wales Regiment) & Socket Bayonet. Sn 15744 - 15744
A very good, original India Pattern Enfield Tower, Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 55” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel which has proof/ inspection marks at the breech. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) Crown ‘GR’ (George Rex). It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use, iron ramrod, sling swivels and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The cocking and firing mechanism work as they should. The butt plate tang is inscribed ‘98’ to the 98th Regiment Of Foot (the 98th (Prince of Wales) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army. It was originally raised in 1824 as the 98th Regiment of Foot, before assuming the title of the 98th (Prince of Wales) Regiment of Foot in 1876. Later, in 1881, following the Childers Reforms of the British Army, the regiment was amalgamated with the 64th Regiment of Foot to become the Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment). The metal work has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 16 ½” in length and it measures 21” overall. The blade has small indistinct inspection marks which can be seen inset in image 2. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 15744
£1,895.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain . Sn 15682 - 15682
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar, trigger guard with extended tang and sling swivels. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and nipple protector with chain. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has excellent blue finish. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. NB This is an antique percussion 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 15682
£1,200.00

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian Match Lock 20 Bore Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15728 - 15728
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. This is a C 1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a massive 44” long 20 bore octagonal barrel and measures 5 feet overall length. The smooth bore has residue and staining to be expected. It has a wood stock and the metalwork has hand tooled decoration and brass fittings. It has a bead fore sight and block with notch rear sight. It has a metal press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' to the metal powder pan which has a swivel cover (illustrated inset in image 2). The musket is fitted with a steel sling ring. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15728
£425.00

C1930 English Holland & Holland Novelty, Ornate, Nickel Plated Metal Hip Flask In The Form Of A Rifle / Shotgun Shoulder Stock Numbered 94923 With Screw Top Lid. Sn 15730 - 15730
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an unusual nickel plated drinking hip flask by Holland & Holland made sometime in the 1930’s. It measures 8” overall length with ball screw top lid attached and the butt of the ‘stock’ is 3” width x 1 ¼” depth. The neck of the flask is marked by the maker Holland & Holland (illustrated in image 2). The flask has ornate embossed foliate decoration and chequered panels as would be found on rifle and shotgun stocks. One side of the flask has a lozenge shaped mark and the reverse has a panel with ‘No. 94923’ both of which can also be seen in image 2. The price for this interesting novelty flask by a famous firearms manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 15730.
£295.00

Late 1700’s –Early 1800’s English Form Frosst & Sons 16 Bore Flintlock Overcoat Pistol. Sn 15716 - 15716
This is an excellent 16 bore flintlock overcoat size pistol in the English form. It is 11 ½” overall with a 6” round steel blued barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore is has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has black powder proofs and small brass bead fore sight. It has a blued stepped lock with swan neck hammer. The side plate is crisply signed ‘Frosst & Sons’ (an unusual spelling. A Birmingham Gunmaker, John Frost is recorded at Moland St and Snowhill between 1834 & 1842). It has a lovely walnut full stock with brass fittings including trigger guard with pineapple finial. It is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and steel worm. It's action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15716
£1,650.00

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of English Naval Officer’s William Bond London 28 Bore Flintlock Pistols With Brass Barrels & Ram Rods Retailed By Lombard’s London. Sn 15717 - 15717
A large family of English Gunsmith’s named Bond had premises at various London addresses including at 108 Leadenhall Street, 45 Cornhill and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, between 1762 & 1879. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The British East India Company. A member of that family William Thomas Bond is recorded as working as a Gunsmith on his own at the family addresses in 1836. A William Bond is also recorded as working as working with Edward Bond at 45 Cornhill 1826-1855 and Northumberland Alley London 1871-1879 (see page 143 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a superb pair of English flintlock Naval Officer’s pistols by W. Bond. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with 6” round brass barrels, undamaged walnut full stocks, brass trigger guards with extended tangs and pineapple finials, brass shield escutcheons & ram rod mounts. The barrels have black powder proof marks and are signed by the retailer ‘Lombards London’ together with stylised shooting star design. The smooth bores have just staining consistent with age and use. The barrels are un-sighted. The lock plates with safety bolts are signed by the maker ‘W. Bond’. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. Both pistols have their original wood ram rods with brass end caps. The price includes UK delivery. NB as antique flintlock weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15717
£2,950.00
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