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RARE, Victorian C1860 Tranter's Patent Double Action, Double Trigger .54" Bore 5 Shot Percussion Revolver Retailed By Thomas Blissett Liverpool. A 576 - A 576
The Tranter revolver is a double & single action black powder cap & ball revolver invented around 1856 by English firearms designer William Tranter (1816 - 1890). Originally operated with a special dual-trigger mechanism (one to rotate the cylinder and cock the gun, a second to fire it) later models employed a single-trigger mechanism. The hammer on this double trigger Tranter has no spur and therefore could not be cocked with the thumb. To fire the weapon in the Single Action mode, the lower trigger is pressed, which pulls the hammer back and rotates the cylinder, at this point the gun can be fired with a light pull on the upper trigger. To fire more rapidly both triggers are pulled simultaneously, making it a double action weapon. Famous users of Tranter revolvers included Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency and the Confederate General James Ewell Brown Stuart. This is an excellent example of the Tranter Patent revolver in .54 Bore. It measures 12" overall with a 6" octagonal barrel with blade foresight and notch 'v' plate rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The pistol has the correct double trigger feature and captive lever ram rod. The pistol's frame, butt & trigger guard have foliate engraved decoration and the top of the frame is signed ‘Thos Blisset South Castle Street Liverpool’. Thomas Blissett was an English Gunsmith with premises at 38 South castle Street and 11 Water Street, Liverpool between 1834 and 1870 (see page 174 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). The trigger assembly and ramrod are crisply stamped 'Tranter Patent'. It's finely chequered Walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The firing action works perfectly. Price for this piece of history includes UK delivery. 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. A 576.
£1,875.00

British Victorian Snider Patent .577 Calibre Smooth Bore Police & Prison Officer’s Carbine For Use With Snider .577 Shot Shells. Sn 14102 - 14102
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This snider carbine was contemporarily re-barrelled for the .577 Calibre Snider shot cartridge for use by Victorian Police and Prison Officers for riot control and escort duties (examples of the snider shot cartridge are illustrated in image 2 but are not for sale and not included with this carbine). The barrel is fitted with the correct shotgun type bead fore sight and is correctly without rear sights.The barrel’s bore is clean. It has steel furniture. The woodwork is original & undamaged . The top of the breech is stamped with Snider’s Patent. The action is strong and works as it should. 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 14102
£795.00

QUALITY, Victorian C1860 William Powell Birmingham .450” Bore Percussion Sporting Rifle With German Silver Mounts & Octagonal Damascus Barrel . Sn 14101 - 14101
William Powell was an English Birmingham based Gunsmith with premises at Park lane in 1860, Aston New Town in 1868 and Whittall Street C1870. He is also recorded at those premises working as Powell & Son (see page 310 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 By Brown). This is an attractive antique C1860 Percussion Sporting rifle by Powell. It has a 30” octagonal damascus steel barrel and measures 45 ¼” overall. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has a small blade fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. Its steel side plate, trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial and dolphin hammer are engraved with a foliate design. The side plate is signed by the maker 'W.Powell'. The all original wood stock with chequered wrist has German Silver mounts and the back of the wrist inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon. The stock has a steel butt plate with extended tang. It has its original steel ramrod. All wood and metal have their original finish. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion sporting rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14101
£975.00

C1850 Victorian British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Rifled 13 Bore Fusil Musket Saddle Carbine. Sn 14111 - 14111
This is a very good British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Fusil saddle carbine made C1850. It has 20” long round steel barrel and measures 35 ½” overall. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. Its walnut full stock has just minor bumps and bruises and is all original with no damage. It has brass fittings including forend block, butt plate, ramrod mounts and trigger guard with extended tang. The action has a plain steel side plate and heavy military hammer. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof marks. The stock has also has a brass plate engraved ‘Bore 13’. The weapon has its original steel ramrod. It has a block and blade fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. It has a strong cocking and firing action. There are no visible manufacturer or retailer marks on this piece. Price 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 14111
£895.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Large, Quality, English 1833-1841 James Burrow Preston Lancashire 7 Bore Percussion Wild Fowling Piece / Punt Gun. Sn 14109 - 14109
The English Gun maker James Burrow is recorded as having premises at 116 Fishergate, Preston, Lancs between 1833 & 1841 (see page 184 of Brown's book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent large percussion fowling piece/ punt gun by Burrow. It is 7 bore and has a 35” brown wash steel barrel with flat top rib near the breech. It measures 52” overall length. Its smooth bore is clean. It has an attractive walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist & Fore stock. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a void silver shield. The steel trigger guard with extended tang and pineapple finial, steel butt plate tang, action and Dolphin hammer have quality engraved scrollwork decoration. The action is crisply signed ‘Burrow’. The barrel has a small post foresight. The top of the barrel near to the action is faintly marked ‘James Burrow ****Preston’ (illustrated inset in image 3). The underside of the barrel beneath the fore stock has proof marks (illustrated inset in image 2). Its firing action works perfectly. Price for this large fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 14109
£0.00

MASSIVE, Quality Made, 19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 40 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Ornate Hand Tooled Brass Decoration & Colonial French Protectorate Moroccan 10 Franc Coin. Sn 14114 - 14114
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. They usually had very long barrels. 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 weapon 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. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket. It measures a massive 5’ 2” overall length. It has a round steel barrel which is .450” diameter at the bell shaped muzzle opening (approx. 40 Bore). The barrel has brass barrel bands with intricate hand tooled foliate decoration. It has a wood stock with ornately hand tooled decorated brass plates applied and typical curved butt with thick polished horn or bone butt plate framed by decorative brass plates. The stock has a small chain attached which is mounted with an original Colonial French Protectorate Moroccan 10 francs coin. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons the hammer moves under spring tension and the trigger moves 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 14114
£575.00

MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 22 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Hand Tooled Decoration. Sn 14113 - 14113
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. They usually had very long barrels. 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 weapon 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. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in North Africa / Algeria. It measures a massive 5’ 3” overall length. It has round steel barrel with bell mouth which is .594” muzzle diameter (approx. 22 Bore). It has hand tooled brass barrel bands. The hammer is fitted with flint and the weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original wood stock has hand tooled decoration and typical curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons, it does not cock and dry fire although its hammer moves under spring tension and its trigger moves. 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 14113
£475.00

***SOLD***SOLD*** 1885 & 1893 Dated MK II Enfield Martini Henry 577x450 Calibre Artillery Carbine With Stock Disc Regiment Marked ‘V.1.LIN.A’ (1st Volunteer Lincolnshire Artillery). A 575 - A 575
This is an excellent original example of the MK II Martini Artillery Carbine in .577x 450 calibre. The right side of the action is date stamped 1885 with 'Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) and number '2' below 'II' (Mark II designation). The wood work is all original with just the knocks bumps and bruises to expected with age and service use. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is complete with bayonet lug, block & blade foresight, ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, cleaning rod & sling swivels. The stock is fitted with a brass disc, stamped With Regiment mark ‘V.1.LIN.A’ (1st Volunteer Lincolnshire Artillery), Weapon Number 577 & date ‘11 1893’ (November 1893). The stock is also nicely stamped with a crisp Enfield roundel and 'II 2' designation. The action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 575
£0.00

QUALITY, C1860 W&J Rigby Dublin Ireland .500” Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Captive Ram Rod. Sn 14091 - 14091
John Rigby & Company (or John Rigby & Co. (Gunmakers) Ltd) is the oldest gunmaking firm in continuous operation in the English-speaking world. Rigby has a distinguished history of technological advancement for both sporting and military application. Rigby rifles, guns and pistols have played prominent roles throughout the British Empire and particularly in Asia and Africa. The company was established by the first John Rigby in Dublin, Ireland in 1775. After the founding John Rigby's death, in 1818, his sons William and John Jason Rigby operated the business as W. & J. Rigby from circa 1820 to 1865, a period that spanned flintlock, percussion, pinfire and needlefire ignition and marked the start of the modern metallic cartridge era. Rigby was a leader in barrel-making and rifling technology and, at the time, it was also recognised for its high grade duelling pistols. This is a fine quality W&J Rigby Dublin percussion overcoat pistol, made around 1860. It is a sturdy pistol, 8 ½” overall length with a 4” heavy steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The round steel barrel has a flat barrel rib crisply marked ‘Dublin’. The stock is made from Walnut and it has brass furniture. It has its original captive steel ram rod. The action is engraved 'W&J Rigby' and works perfectly. 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 14061
£895.00

AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH, RARE, Victorian English C1860’s Patrick Of Liverpool .700” Bore Percussion Holster Pistol To The Liverpool River Police. Sn 14055 - 14055
The River Mersey has borne silent witness to much over the years, non more so than during the American Civil War, the North of England supported the Confederacy due to its reliance on the Cotton producing South. So in addittion to the normal lawlessness one would associate with a Seaport the size of Liverpool, there was the intrigue associated with the support of the Confederate States of America (The CSA Embassy was in Rumford Place, Liverpool 2) including the Smuggling of General goods and the illegal transportation of Gunpowder. At a meeting of the Liverpool Borough Police Watch Committee on the 12th January 1865, upon the recommendation of the Head Constable, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company agreed to fund a River (Mersey) Police. The River Police was formed in June 1865, with the responsibility of patrolling the river itself. Its initial strength consisted of one Inspector, three Sergeants and thirteen Constables. The main duties of the New Force related to the movement of Cargo and Policing of general movement of Seamen, Cargo and Explosives. Volatile Explosives and ammunition would be removed by the River Police and would be taken to the Magazines at New Brighton. Although a part of the Borough Police, the officers of the River Police wore a separate distinctive Badge and collar dogs. These would be worn on a Naval style double breasted reefer coat. The main working uniform of men was normal uniform issue trousers and a thick Naval Pullover with the Police logo and in some instances the officers number thereon. The role of the River Police was a dangerous one as the duties entailed weaving in and out of the shipping lanes, boarding moving boats and the rescue of persons in distress. This is a rare .700” bore percussion holster pistol marked to the Liverpool River Police. It is 15 ½” overall with a 9" round steel barrel. The barrel has black powder proof marks and it has a clean smooth bore with no pitting. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer and brass furniture. The side plate is engraved by the manufacturer 'Patrick Warranted' (Jeremiah Patrick was an English Liverpool based Gunsmith between 1795-1814. The business was then taken on by Edward Patrick between 1814-1820 & finally by Ann Patrick into the mid 1800’s. The top of the barrel is crisply engraved ‘River Police Liverpool’ and one side of the brass butt cap is engraved ‘B/17’ (weapon number or Police designation). The pistol is as found and un-messed with. As is common with these pistols its ram rod is absent. The metal has no damage and even patina. The wood has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The price for this nicely marked historic River Police 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 14055
£1,450.00
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