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MASSIVE, C1790 Indian North West Frontier Match Lock 8 Bore Musket With Cannon Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 16633 - 16633
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 C1790 Indian matchlock musket as used against British troops on the North West Frontier. It has a 4 Feet 1 Inch long 8 bore cannon barrel with flared muzzle and measures 5 feet 8 Inches overall length. The bore has typical residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has a metal bar press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' arm to the metal powder pan arm and iron ram rod. The metal has even 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 if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16633

A Pair Of Late C1750 16 Bore Bronze Ship’s Black Powder Signal Cannon Recovered From The Wreck Of British Battle Ship HMS Royal George Which Capsized & Sank Un 29th August 1782 At Spithead On Later Wheeled Deck Carriages. Sn 16631 - 16631
HMS Royal George was a 100-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Woolwich Dockyard and launched on 18 February 1756. The largest warship in the world at the time of launching, she saw service during the Seven Years' War including being Admiral Sir Edward Hawke's flagship at the Battle of Quiberon Bay and later taking part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent. She sank undergoing routine maintenance work whilst anchored off Portsmouth on 29 August 1782 with the loss of more than 800 lives, one of the most serious maritime losses to occur in British waters. Several attempts were made to raise the vessel, both for salvage and because she was a major hazard to navigation. Many items of guns and equipment were recovered during the attempts. In 1839 Major-General Charles Pasley, at the time a colonel of the Royal Engineers, commenced operations to break up the wreck using barrels of gunpowder and in 1840, the remaining structure of the wreck was destroyed by the Royal Engineers in an explosion that shattered windows as far away as Portsmouth and Gosport. These quality cannon were recovered from the wreck of HMS Royal George. The bronze cannon each measure 12 ½” overall length and are 16 Bore. The bores of each cannon have staining & residue consistent with age and their touch holes are open. Each cannon has very faint partially visible original etching to ‘HMS Royal George 1756’. Each cannon is mounted on their later wooden wheeled deck carriages with blackened bronze fittings. Each cannon mounted on their carriages are 12 ½” overall length, 7 ¼” wide axle end to axle end and 4 ½” high to trunnion top. The price for this superb pair of bronze cannon with connections to a documented Royal Navy Battle Ship includes UK delivery. NB. As antique black powder muzzle loading cannon no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16631

CASED WITH TRADE LABEL, C1840 English, Beckwith, London, Gunmakers To The Honourable East India Company (HEIC), Officer’s Private Purchase Brass Action .420 Calibre Bar Hammer, 6 Shot Pepper Box Revolver & Accessories Including WD Bullet Mould - 16679
The English gunmaker William .A. Beckwith operated in London from 1800 until approx. 1840 from which time business was conducted at 58 Skinner Street, Snow Hill. His son Henry was also involved in the family business until 1868. Henry Beckwith is listed as participating in the International Exhibition of 1851 (see page 123 of Pepperbox Firearms by Dunlap and Fig.53 on the same page where a pepperbox pistol by Beckwith is illustrated). The Honorable East India Company (HEIC) renowned for its exploration and trading throughout the World had its own Army and Navy. The company was often in conflict with British Governments regarding trade but ultimately would often fight on behalf of the British Government for both their own & British interests. This cased, bar hammer pepperbox by Beckwith of London is most likely an HEIC Officer’s private purchase piece and is in excellent condition. The action works perfectly. The pistol has a cluster of 6 x 3 ½” barrels and measures 8 ½” overall. The barrels are stamped with Victorian black powder proofs & the smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. On one side the brass action is signed ‘Beckwith London’ within a foliate engraved panel and the reverse ‘Improved Revolving Pistol’ within a foliate engraved panel. The brass grip frame, steel trigger guard & steel bar hammer, have foliate decoration. The grip frame decoration incorporates a number ‘18’. The pistol has its original undamaged Walnut grip. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void brass roundel. The inside of the lid has its original W.A. Beckwith London To The Honourable East India Company trade label which has the Company’s Skinner Street address. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including an empty percussion cap tin, a steel bullet mould marked ‘42’ (calibre) and ‘WD’ (British War Dept), a copper and brass black powder flask, a small metal container with screw top lid and oil applicator tool, a wood ram rod with brass caps, & an Ebony handled tool. The price for this excellent cased pistol with many accessories & connections to the HEIC 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 16679

SOLD SOLD (29/09) MASSIVE FRAME, MINT BORE, WW1 Era ‘Montenegrin Gasser’ 6 shot, 11mm Obsolete Calibre Double Action Military Revolver & Holster. Sn 16229. - 16229
The title 'Montenegrin Gasser' covers a variety of six-chamber large calibre revolvers. In 1910 King Nicholas I of Montenegro proclaimed that all male citizens were the Militia and had a right and a duty to own a Gasser Pattern revolver. The standard issue in the Montenegrin military was the Austrian Gasser Model 1870 in 11.2mm which became known as the Montenegrin Gasser. The sudden demand was met by producers in Austria, Belgium and Spain. Single and double-action locks were used, grips were often in ivory or bone, engraved decoration was common, and the predominant impression was one of weight and bulk. Gasser revolvers were used by the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War 1 and by various Armies including Italy & Yugoslavia in World War 2. The pistols were produced by the firm Leopold Gasser Waffenfabrik in Vienna from 1898 to 1912. This is an excellent massive frame Montenegrin Gasser revolver. The metal work in the white and bone grips are in excellent condition. The metal work has intricate foliate engraved decoration and ‘Crown R’, ‘Star P’ inspection marks. The 9 ½” barrel has fixed sights and its bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling (16 ½” overall length). It has its original captive steel ejector rod, military lanyard ring lug & the pistol’s firing mechanism works perfectly in both single and double action. The pistol is complete with its original period brown leather holster. It has a full flap cover which has a retaining strap with eyelet and brass stud fastener to the body. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop. All leather and stitching of the holster are clean & intact. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the holster. The price 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 16229.

C1790 British Henry Nock Flintlock Naval Pattern .700 Calibre Musket With Brass Furniture. Sn 16634 - 16634
Henry Nock (1741–1804) was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty and was an appointed gun maker to the King. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is an original British Naval Pattern flintlock musket by Henry Nock. It is 43” overall length with a 27 ½” round steel barrel with block foresight and proof marks at the breech including Henry Nock’s ‘HN with Crown’ mark. Its smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. It has its original lock plate crisply signed ‘H. Nock’. It has regulation brass furniture and heavy military Swan neck hammer. It has all original walnut stock & iron ramrod. The top of the stock’s wrist is inset with a void brass roundel. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this Naval musket by a famous maker includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16634

SOLD SOLD (16/09) QUALITY, C1850 German Officer’s Private Purchase ‘A.Brecht Vorm A. Burkhardt In Weimar’ 22 Bore Percussion Holster / Target Pistol With Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 16655 - 16655
This is an excellent quality German Officer’s percussion holster / target pistol by A. Brecht Vorm A. Burkhardt In Weimar (August Brecht, Weimar, Sachsen, 1800 - 1882, Anton Burckhardt, Weimar, circa 1850). The pistol has a 10 ½” octagonal Damascus steel barrel (16 ½” overall length). The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The top barrel flat is signed ‘A.Brecht Vorm A. Burkhardt In Weimar’. The barrel has gold lines inlaid at the breech. Its walnut stock is in excellent condition with fluted, flared grip and stepped steel pommel cap with scalloped edge . It has a heavy hammer, small blade fore sight & 'v' notch plate rear sight. The action plate and trigger guard with acanthus bud finial and extended tang have foliate tooled decoration. The pistol has an adjustable target trigger. The pistol’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality pistol 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 16655

C1800 English Blake Of London Pair Of 54 Bore Brass Flintlock Pocket Pistols With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 16632 - 16632
George Blake was an English gunsmith recorded as having premises at various London addresses, 168 Fenchurch Street 1784-91, 104 Gun Dock Wapping 1793-1804, succeeded by wife Ann Blake 95 Wapping Old Stairs 1805-1816, 253 High Street Wapping 1817-22, succeeded by her son John Alkin Blake 1823-33; John Alkin Blake & Co 1834-53, 35 Upper East Smithfield 1853-64 (see page 142 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.1). This is an excellent pair of brass flintlock pocket pistols by Blake of London. The matching pistols have steel hammers fitted with flints, steel pans and sliding safety catches. The brass frames are both signed ‘Blake’ on one side and ‘London’ within Martial banners & arms on the reverse. Both measure 5 ½” overall & have 1 ¼” screw off brass barrels. The smooth bores of each barrel are clean. Both pistols have concealed folding triggers & crisp black powder proofs on the underside of their actions. They both have undamaged bag shape walnut stocks, each inlaid with void silver escutcheon. Their cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own these antique flintlock pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16632

1793 British D.Wilson London Brown Bess Pattern Volunteer India Pattern .750” Musket Bore Flintlock Musket. Sn 16415:14 - 16415:14
This musket was made by one of the longest running of the London gun making families. Richard Wilson from Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland founded the company in London in the 1730’s. Many of Wilson’s Colonial Brown Bess muskets ended up in the hands of American Militia Units during the American War Of Independence (1775–1783), such as the 3rd New Jersey Militia who are recorded as being armed with Wilson India Pattern Brown Bess muskets. 512 India Pattern Brown Bess muskets were made for the government between October 1803 and August 1805 for use in the war against Napoleon. The company ended trading in 1832. This is an original Volunteer India pattern Brown Bess flintlock musket by D.Wilson (most likely one of Richard Wilson's family members involved in the business) . It measures 54 ¼” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel. The bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has numbers ‘SA1206’, ‘1173’ & ‘498’ together with what appears to be ‘MOIN’. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer ’D.Wilson’ & dated ‘1793’. It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & rear sling swivel. The stock is impressed with what appears to be ‘I over 5’. It has its iron ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The hammer is fitted with flint & the cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. This historic musket is suitable is worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:14

MINT BORE, C1890 British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .250 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Under Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 16628 - 16628
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English listed as gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .250 CF calibre. It has a plain steel action & the breech has calibre detail ‘CF.250’ and the blued 26 ¼” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Non Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with chequered panel fore stock which has a polished horn fore end cap, chequered panel pistol grip and ribbed butt. It has leaf graduated flip up sights graduated 50-150 yards and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is near mint, shiny & clean. Total length is 41 ¾”. The under lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The action tang and action are numbered '8809'. The price includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 16628

American Marlin Safety Model 1892 .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Tube Magazine. Sn 16609 - 16609
This is an increasingly hard to find Marlin Model 1892 lever action rifle in obsolete calibre .32 RF. It has all of its original woodwork which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metalwork has even patina to its original blue finish. The rifle strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Its 23 ½” barrel has a clean rifled bore (40 ½” overall length). The top of the barrel is marked with the Marlin Fire-Arms Co. New Haven address & patents for 1878- 1892. It has an external hammer & full length tube magazine. The top of the action is marked 'Marlin Safety'. The underside of the frame is stamped with number '84574'. The action / firing mechanism can be quickly exposed for inspection / cleaning by unscrewing a bolt on the right side of the action. It has a curved steel butt plate, brass blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16609
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