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Georgian / Victorian Era Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Musket With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 15360 - 15360
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a good Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 38” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The weapon has fixed front and rear sights. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures 53” overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with partially visible East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. As is common with these old native weapons the action does not function. The 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 collection or display. Sn 15360
£575.00

SOLD SOLD (14/05) 0British Board Of Ordnance Georgian Brown Bess Tower Enfield .75” Bore Flintlock Musket With 39” Barrel Marked ‘20’ To The 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, Irish ‘L-Y’ Londonderry County Registration s & Socket Bayonet. Sn 15352 - 15352
A very good, original Enfield Tower, Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 54 ¾” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel with proof/ inspection marks at the breech together with Irish Londonderry ‘L-Y’ County Registration mark (the Registration of Firearms (Ireland) Act of 22nd August 1843, provided for the granting of licences for Firearms and required the arms to be marked by the Superintendent of the County). The metal has stable aged pitting but no rust and the bore has staining and residue consistent with age and service use. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) & Crown ‘GR’ (George Rex). It has its all original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The barrel has a block fore sight. It is complete with original steel ramrod, and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The brass stock plate is marked L-Y County registration marked and the wood carved with number ‘20’ to the The 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot 1782–1881 ( the Regiment embarked for Holland in August 1799 to take part in the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland and fought at the Battle of Krabbendam in September 1799 and the Battle of Alkmaar in October 1799. It next departed for Egypt in spring 1801 and saw action at the Battle of Alexandria in March 1801 during the French Revolutionary Wars. After moving to Calabria it took part in the Battle of Maida in July 1806 during the War of the Third Coalition. The regiment embarked for Portugal in 1808 for service in the Peninsular War. It saw action at the Battle of Vimeiro in August 1808 and the Battle of Corunna in January 1809 before being evacuated home later that month.[15] The regiment returned to the Peninsula and fought at the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813, where it formed part of the "backbone" of the Duke of Wellington's forces. It then pursued the French Army into France at took part in the Battle of the Pyrenees in July 1813, the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813 and the Battle of Orthez in February 1814 as well the Battle of Toulouse in April 1814. The Regiment was renamed The Lancashire Fusiliers 1881–1908). The wood is also date stamped ‘1831’ and Board Of Ordnance marked ‘BO’. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The Musket comes complete with its original 16 ½”, triangular blade, socket bayonet. The blade and socket have staining consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 15352
£0.00

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of Irish J. Bloomer Flintlock Pocket Pistols With 40 Bore Screw Off Barrels & Concealed Triggers. Sn 15343 - 15343
The surname Bloomer was first found Ireland where the Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times. This is an excellent pair of flintlock pocket pistols signed ‘J. Bloomer’ most likely made in Ireland. They are each 6 ¼” overall with 1 ¾” screw off barrels which are 40 bore. The bores of each barrel have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of the pistols have crisp proofs. On the left side they are engraved 'J. Bloomer’ within banners and the right sides have engraved banners and void centre panel. Both pistols have concealed triggers and swan neck hammers, one fitted with flint. Both pistols have sliding safety bolts which have tooled decoration. The firing actions of both these pistols work as they should. Their bag shaped wood grips with chequered panel back edges are undamaged and fitted with void silver escutcheons. The price for this matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistols no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15343
£1,295.00

SOLD SOLD (17/05) 1793 East India Company (EIC) Brass Barrelled 1 Bore Flintlock Naval Boarding Blunderbuss By William Henshaw, London With Ram Rod. Sn 14752 - 14752
This an excellent brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss made By William Henshaw who was an English London based Gunmaker recorded as having premises at 279 Strand in 1780, 181 Strand from 1784 & 1791 & 44 New Bond Street between 1801 to 1808 (see page 168 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). These weapons were used by sailors when boarding ships during attacks or repelling enemy crews attacking their vessels. It is 33 ½” overall with a large bell mouth 17 ½” long brass barrel. The mouth of the barrel measures 1.633” (approx. 1 bore). The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock plate crisply marked with the East India Company ‘EIC’ mark and trade mark together with 1793 date, inspection marks and manufacturer’s name ‘Henshaw’ below number ‘1’. It has a Heavy military hammer & original, undamaged Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and brass mounts including butt plate, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang and flat side plate. It has its original wood ram rod with brass cap. Its cocking and firing actions work as they should. The 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 14752.
£0.00

RARE, QUALITY, MINT, Cased, Victorian C1824 English Isaac Riviere, London, 20 Bore, Officer’s Percussion Pistols With Damascus Barrels, Captive Ramrods & Accessories. Sn 15348 - 15348
Isaac Riviere (1781-1841) and his sons Henry and Augustus were London based gunsmiths operating from premises at Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Union Street, Bedford Street & Barclay Square between 1809 & 1866 (see page 198 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). Riviere made made pistols of fine design and workmanship. Riviere spanned the flintlock / percussion era and patented his percussion locks in 1825. This is a superb matching pair of Officer’s percussion pistols by Riviere made C1824 before he patented his locks. The pistols are in mint condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips and inset void silver escutcheons, 7” Damascus steel barrels with flat tops & best quality tooled foliate decorated action tang, breech top, trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, action plates & heavy dolphin hammers. The side plates of each pistol are crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Riviere’. The top of each barrel is crisply marked ‘London’. Both pistols are complete with their original captive steel ram rods, have small post fore sights and fixed rear sights. The barrels of each pistol are smoothbore. The bores are pristine and have the appearance of never been fired. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original Mahogany case. The case with hinged lid has its original hook fasteners and lock with key. The inside of the lid has an excellent original Riviere trade label. The interior of the case is lined in green felt and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a heavy copper and brass powder flask marked by the manufacturer ‘Dixon & Sons (the flask has 2 hinged covers at the base, one for storing moulded ball ammunition, 4 lead balls are contained in this internal magazine, the other for storing small lead shot or percussion caps), a tin of wadding patches, the tin is numbered ‘25’, a brass tipped wood ram / cleaning rod with brass attachments, a wood handled tool and wood loading hammer. The case comes with its soft velvet bag cover with draw string top in which the cased pistols were found. The price for this quality made pair of cased pistols, rare to find in this outstanding condition includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15348
£4,950.00

RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Pre 1863 American Civil War Smith’s 1857 Patent .50” Calibre Break Action Percussion Cavalry Carbine Massachusetts Arms Co Distributed By Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland With Leather Sling. Sn 15323 - 15323
The Smith Carbine is a .50” calibre breech loading rifle patented by Gilbert Smith on June 23, 1857. The weapon successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850s and was used by various Cavalry units during the American Civil War. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading by depression of a break lever located within the trigger guard and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. The carbines were built by the Massachusetts Arms Company in Chicopee Falls and other American manufacturers . The name of the distributor for the manufacturer, Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland, is often stamped on the carbine's receivers. Early versions are often known to modern collectors as Artillery models, but all Smiths were issued to Cavalry units. Saddle bars and rings were only added to these carbines after 1863. This is an excellent original example of these rare carbines made pre 1863 and correctly without saddle bar & ring. The metal work has even patina throughout with no rust and original finish. Its wood work is all original with just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The carbine has a 21 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The carbine measures 38 ½” overall. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, dolphin hammer, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, pinched fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The trigger guard has the correct barrel release lever and the top of the frame and barrel have the correct flat barrel release bar. The frame is crisply stamped with Mass arms co name & address, Smith’s 1857 patent detail and by the distributor Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland (all illustrated). The barrel block and trigger block have matching numbers ‘4806’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare American Civil war piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15323
£1,895.00

SOLD SOLD (21/05) 1861 Dated British 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower 3 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Volunteer Regiment Mark. Sn 15302 - 15302
This is a very good original Enfield Tower 3-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the action plate ‘Tower’ (Enfield), 1861 date and Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & single sling swivel. It has a block & blade foresight and ladder rear sight. The barrel has proof/ inspection marks. The butt plate tang is Volunteer Regiment marked (unknown Regiment markings illustrated). Total length is 54” with a 39" barrel. The barrel's rifled bore is clean. The metal has original finish and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock has a Birmingham WD roundel. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15302
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (21/05) Large 1810 Dated Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 26 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 15301 - 15301
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a very good quality Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 41” long octagonal steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The barrel has a brass bead fore sight and slotted block rear sight. The rifle is 26 Bore. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use and well defined rifling. It measures 55 ¾” overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with the East India Company Rampant Lion mark together with 1810 date. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. It has its original steel ram rod. As is common with these old native weapons the action does not function. The 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 collection or display. Sn 15301
£0.00

**VICTORIAN ROYAL CONNECTIONS** A Pair Of Late 1700’s / Early 1800’s 10 Bore Bronze Ships Cannon On Wheeled Mahogany Deck Carriages Fired In Salute At The Duke of Connaught’s Wedding (Son Of Queen Victoria) Windsor Castle 13th March 1879 - 15200
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, (Arthur William Patrick Albert; 1 May 1850 – 16 January 1942) was a member of the British Royal Family who served as the Governor General of Canada, the tenth since Canadian Confederation. Born the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Arthur was educated by private tutors before entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich at the age of 16. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the British Army, where he served for some 40 years, seeing service in various parts of the British Empire. During this time he was also created a royal duke, becoming the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, as well as the Earl of Sussex. At St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, on 13 March 1879, Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia, the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles and a great-niece of the German Emperor, Arthur's godfather, Wilhelm I. In 1911, he was appointed as Governor General of Canada, replacing the Earl Grey as viceroy. He occupied this post until he was succeeded by the Duke of Devonshire in 1916. He acted as the King's, and thus the Canadian Commander-in-Chief's, representative through the first years of the First World War. After the end of his viceregal tenure, Arthur returned to the United Kingdom and there, as well as in India, performed various royal duties, while also again taking up military duties. Though he retired from public life in 1928, he continued to make his presence known in the army well into the Second World War, before his death in 1942. He was Queen Victoria's last surviving son. These quality cannon were reputedly fired in salute at the Duke of Connaught’s wedding ceremony. The bronze cannon each measure 11 ½” overall length and are 10 Bore. The bores of each cannon are clean and their touch holes open. The cannon are working models of the weapons used on British War Ships in Napoleonic times (there are no visible manufacturer, date or proof marks). Each cannon is mounted on their original Mahogany wheeled deck carriages with blackened bronze fittings including thick rings on the left & right sides of each carriage which would be used for tying the cannon down prior to firing. Each cannon mounted on their carriages are 14 1/2" overall length and 9 1/2" wide. The price for this superb pair of bronze cannon with Victorian Royal connections includes UK delivery. NB. As antique black powder muzzle loading cannon no licence is required to own these items in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15200
£2,400.00

VERY RARE, TRANSITIONAL, Cased, Cogswell & Harrison London, Victorian C1860 Double Barrel, Over & Under .40 Calibre, Percussion Pistol With Revolving / Turn Over Barrel Block, Concealed Folding Trigger & Internal Firing Pin. Sn 15234 - 15234
Cogswell & Harrison are London’s oldest surviving Gunmaker. The company founded in 1770, has, for generations made quality fireams. This is an excellent cased transitional Victorian percussion pistol with revolving, over & under barrels. It's steel barrels are 3” in length (7 ¾” overall). Each barrel has small silver bead fore sights and the rear sight consists of a ‘v’ notch block which forms part of the action. Its steel action is undamaged with even patina throughout. The barrels have clean smooth bores. The action and barrel block near the breech have foliate tooled decoration. The top of the action within the foliate decoration is signed ‘T.Cogswell 224 Strand London’. The action has a transitional firing mechanism featuring a cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer but which actually cocks the weapon’s internal firing pin. It has a concealed trigger which folds out when the pistol is cocked. The barrel block turns over as it should and its firing mechanism works correctly. The pistol's Walnut grip with chequered panels and bulbous grooved butt is undamaged. The grip has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The pistol is complete with its original walnut case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock & key. The lid and base of the case are reinforced with brass edges and corner panels. The centre of the lid has a void rectangular brass plate. The interior of the case is lined in green felt and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistol and its accessories which include a copper and brass powder flask, a steel bullet mould and a brass tipped wood ram / cleaning rod. The inside of the lid has an original Cogswell & Harrison trade label. The price for this quality made cased transitional pistol includes UK delivery. NB as an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15234
£1,200.00
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