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BEST QUALITY, C1780 English, Twigg, London, Gentleman’s 28 Bore Long Octagonal Damascus Barrelled Convertible Flintlock Traveling Pistol / Rifle (Shoulder Stock Absent). Sn 15715 - 15715
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire, 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 London 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. Twigg is considered to be one of the best English Gunmakers. This is an excellent long barrelled convertible traveling pistol by Twigg. These pistols were made so that a shoulder stock accessory could be added to convert the pistol to a carbine sized rifle and were easier to transport in luggage than long rifles when traveling. Our example without shoulder stock has a beautiful 14 ¼” long octagonal Damascus barrel and measures 19 ½” overall. The top barrel flat has a ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and small brass blade fore sight. The barrel is also crisply signed by the maker ‘Twigg London’. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and superb deep cut rifling. The lock plate is signed ‘Twigg’ & the Swan neck hammer is fitted with flint. The action has a gold roundel insert and safety bolt. The action tang and trigger guard have foliate engraved decoration. The trigger guard tang has an acanthus bud finial. The walnut stock with chequered pistol grip has a deep brown hue and is undamaged. The back of the grip has a steel plate with lug for twist fit addition of a removable shoulder stock. The pistol has its original steel ram rod with brass end cap. The pistol’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this impressive pistol by a quality maker 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 15715
£4,250.00

Victorian 1865 Dated British WD LA Co (London Armoury Company) Snider .577 Calibre 3 Band Rifle. Sn 15687 - 15687
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK III 2 band rifle by LA Co (The London Armoury Company). The Snider action was introduced to British service in the mid 1800’s and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Snider rifle has a 35 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling. The barrel has inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp WD roundel. The action plate is marked ’LA Co’ together with ‘1865’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘Snider Patent’. The breech has a steel cover correctly without locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels, cleaning rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15687
£995.00

1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15681 - 15681
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is an excellent original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 19458 . It also has crisp manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rh** (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15681
£1,845.00

SOLD SOLD (02/10) 19th Century Ottoman Empire 32 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Hand Tooled, Wire & Stud Decoration & Ram Rod. Sn 15688 - 15688
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th Century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has 34" long round steel barrel which is 32 Bore. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age. It has ornately tooled brass barrel bands. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original wood stock is ornately carved with chevron designs inlaid with wire work and brass studs. It has a steel trigger and brass trigger guard. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. Typical of this type of old native weapon, the musket’s action spring works but it does not cock and dry fire. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15688
£0.00

Victorian, 1844 English Enfield Tower Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue .577 Calibre Percussion Pistol With Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar, Butt Plate Numbered ‘12’. Sn 14060 - 14060
This is an excellent original Victorian, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue percussion pistol by Enfield Tower. It is 12” overall length with a 5 ¾” barrel which is .577 Calibre. The Walnut stock is a nice deep brown with brass furniture & has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the barrel has crisp ordnance / proof marks. The barrel’s bore has staining and residue consistent with age. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring and the stock fitted with belt bar. The butt plate is numbered ‘12’. The action plate is marked ‘Tower’ (Enfield) with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and dated ‘1844’. The action functions perfectly. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14060
£975.00

1777 & 1799 Dated British East India Company (EIC), Harrison/ Manton Marked Brown Bess .75” Bore Flintlock Musket & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 15689 - 15689
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 54 ½” overall length with a 38 ½” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The hop of the barrel is marked ‘Harrison 1777’ most likely the maker and date together with black powder proofs and EIC company mark. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC mark and 1799 date together with lettering which appears to be ‘Manton’, most likely the famous English gun maker Joseph Manton (6 June 1766 – 29 June 1835). It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The brass has some Hindi marks. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 16 ¼” in length and it measures 20” overall. There are small Hindi marks on the socket. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. 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 15689
£2,400.00

SOLD SOLD (07/10) Late Victorian Era English Chas (Charles) Golden, Bradford Tranter’s Patent .360 No.5 Rook Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre, Breech Loading, Break Action Single Shot Rook Rifle. Sn 15700 - 15700
Chas (Charles) Golden was a Yorkshire based gunsmith with premises at 10 Cheapside, Bradford between 1864-C1870, 10 Cheapside C1874-C1883, Market Street C1866, 53 Tyrrell Street C1890-C1897 and was finally recorded at 7 Northgate C1901 (see page 227 of the book British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a .360 No.5 Rook Calibre Tranter’s patent Rook rifle by Chas Golden. It has a 26” Octagonal rifled barrel. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered has proof / inspection marks, number ‘105’, together with ‘Steel’ and ‘380 Gauge’ (The .360 No.5 Rook was introduced between 1875 & 1880 by lengthening the older .380 long cartridge, we have checked the calibre of this rifle to confirm it is .360 No.5 Rook obsolete calibre). It has an external hammer, blade foresight, and 2 leaf rear sight. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Chas Golden Bradford’. The action is marked ‘Tranter’s Patent’ above number ‘34971’. The rifle has a walnut shoulder stock with chequered panel wrist. The stock has a steel butt plate. The brake action is achieved by depression of a lever on the underside of the action. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre Rook rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15700
£0.00

1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15668 - 15668
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The stock has contemporary hand carved initials ‘WP’ and ‘JL’ carved into the wood. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 9549 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15668
£1,695.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 02/10) ORIGINAL AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA, Rare Savage Revolving Firearms First Model, 6 Shot, .36 Calibre Double Action Revolver. Sn.15669 - 15669
ORIGINAL AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA, Rare Savage Revolving Firearms First Model, 6 Shot, .36 Calibre Double Action Revolver. Sn.15669 This is a rare original American Civil War Savage U.S. Navy First Model Savage 6 shot double actioned revolver. The revolver manufactured by the Savage Revolving Fire-Arms Co. of Middletown, Connecticut from 1861-1865, the total production being approximately 22,000 guns. This revolver features a unique heart shaped trigger guard with round cocking lever, off-set hammer, six-shot cylinder, 7” octagon rifled barrel and hinged loading lever. The Savage Navy had a unique way of cocking and firing the gun. The gun is cocked by using your middle finger to draw back the figure 8 lever to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder. The figure of 8 lever is then released forward and the separate trigger is pulled to fire the gun. The Savage Navy revolvers were used by both Union & Confederate Officers during the Civil War. The 7 inch rifled barrel has sharp rifling and is fitted with a brass foresight bead. The action is crisp and the gun cocks and dry fires correctly. 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. Sn.15669
£0.00

Early 1800’s C&JW Hawksley Pear Shaped Copper Black Powder Flask With Graduated, Sprung Brass Nozzle & Copper Lanyard Ring. MISC 892 - MISC 892
This is an original C&JW Hawksley, black powder flask. It has a pear shaped copper body. The brass top has graduated measurement adjustment and spring lever which is fully functioning with a strong action, for different loads. The top is crisply stamped C&JW Hawksley’. The flask is 5” length and 1 ½” diameter at its widest. The bottom of the flask has a small lanyard ring lug fitted with small copper ring. There are no signs of damage or repair. Price includes UK delivery. MISC 892
£225.00
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