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Victorian, 1860’s, Webley Bentley Patent 80 Bore Five Shot Double Action Cap & Ball Percussion Revolver. Sn 16384 - 16384
Joseph Bentley held the patent for a double action revolver which he allowed to lapse in 1861. Thereafter the Birmingham Gun Trade made them in various forms. This is a very good, original, Webley Bentley Five shot percussion revolver. Made sometime in the 1860’s, the weapon's folding loading arm & double action only firing actions work as they should. It has a 5” octagonal barrel (10 ½” overall). The pistol’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a spurred grip strap, spurless hammer and closed frame. The barrel and frame have Victorian proofs. The frame is crisply marked ‘Patent No. 28 244’. It's finely chequered Walnut grips are in great undamaged condition. It has a stepped steel butt cap. The pistol's metal work and grips have even patina throughout. The price 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 16384
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (08/07) Cased, Victorian C1860 Blissett London & Liverpool, Tranter's Patent Double Action, 54 Bore 5 Shot Percussion Revolver With Accessories. Sn 16382 - 16382
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 Tranter revolver is a double 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. This is an excellent example of the Tranter Patent revolver in 54 Bore with single trigger by Blissett . It measures 12" overall with a 6" octagonal barrel which has a blade foresight and notch 'v' frame rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The top of the frame is signed ‘T. Blissett Water Lane London Sth Castle Street Liverpool’. The frame is marked ‘Patent No.5033’. It's finely chequered Walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The double action only firing action works correctly. It is contained in its wood case. The case is lined with felt and has compartments which snugly fit the weapon with additional compartments for accessories. The accessory compartments contain an original copper and brass black powder flask which has a measurement adjustment feature on its neck, ebony rod with brass screw thread tip, brass and steel double bullet mould, a folded cloth which contains 7 moulded lead balls, an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, an ebony handled steel tool and a steel oil bottle with screw top applicator lid. The case with hinged lid is undamaged. It has a brass lock (key absent). On top of the lid, in its centre, is a void brass roundel. The inside of the lid has a Blissett trade label which is clean. The price for this rare, complete Tranter set 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 16382
£0.00

1792 - 1815 Richard Fenton London English Officer’s 16 Bore Flintlock Holster Pistol. Sn 16381 - 16381
Richard Fenton was an English gunmaker with premises at 19 Shoemaker Row, Doctor's Commons, Blackfriars, London between 1792 & 1815. This is an original English Officers' Flintlock Holster Pistol by Fenton. It is 15 ¼” long with a superb 9 ¼” 'watered' Brown Barrel which is 16 bore. The barrel has an inlaid silver band at the breech end. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The woodwork is a nice deep brown with steel furniture including trigger guard with extended tang and pineapple finial. The back of the pistol's chequered grip is inlaid with a void silver shield escutcheon. It has it's wood ramrod with brass end cap and the hammer is fitted with a Flint. The lock is signed by the maker ‘R. Fenton’ and nicely engraved with a Stag in the field scene. The lock functions as it should. As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a display or collection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16381.
£1,275.00

**MAN STOPPER**Early 1800’s English R. Horton London 22 Bore Flintlock Traveling Pistol With Folding Trigger & Turn Off Barrel. Sn 16380 - 16380
This an excellent large calibre flintlock pocket pistol made or retailed by R.Horton London. It is 8” overall length and has a 2 ½” screw off barrel (the underside of the barrel has a lug for tool to turn off the barrel. We do not have the tool). This man stopper pistol is 15mm at the muzzle (approx. 22 bore). The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. The underside of the frame has crisp proof marks. It's action is decorated on both sides, one side with Martial banners & arms and is signed ‘R.Horton’ within panel. The other side has Martial banners & arms and is signed ‘London’ within panel . The action has a sliding safety bolt to the rear of the Swan neck hammer which is fitted with flint. It has its undamaged original bag shaped wood grip. The grip is inlaid with a void silver escutcheon. It has a folding trigger & the weapon cocks and dry fires as it 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 16380
£975.00

RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine With Correct Rare To Find Leather Barrel Cover. Sn 16317 - 16317
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure its original and rare to find leather barrel cover. The cover has a stitched seam which is intact and the leather has scuffs consistent with age but no tears. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 5953 and the loading lever has matching number. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16317
£1,945.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Leech & W.Ling Gunmakers Marked 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank / Punt Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. A 1010 - A 1010
William John Leech was an English Gunmaker recorded as having premises at Castle Alley 1813-14 & Union Street Whitechapel C1817. William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863 (see pages 180 & 178 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 signed by Leech & W. Ling. This size of gun (5 feet 1inch overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl or mounted on punts. It is 8 bore and has a 43 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & polished horn fore stock cap. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and is impressed ‘W.Ling’ indicating that the stock was supplied by the gunmaker William Ling. The wood has heavy brass mounts and heavy brass butt plate. The action plate and barrel block are signed ‘Leech’ (most likely William John Leech) It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive 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. A 1010
£2,750.00

Victorian 1840- 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price 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. A 1009
£2,450.00

SOLD SOLD (18/07) QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 12 Bore /.750 Musket Calibre Big Game Rifle With Octagonal Damascus Barrel & Accessories. A 1008 - A 1008
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 33” octagonal Damascus steel barrel is .750 Musket Calibre (12 Bore). The top barrel flat is signed 'I.Hollis & Sons Makers'. The underside of the barrel has proof inspection marks. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 51” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void brass escutcheon and the shoulder stock has a patch box with hinged steel lid. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional 2 leaf hinged sights graduated 100 & 200 yards. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The weapon is contained in its correct but later wood case with hinged lid. The case has a void brass plate set into the lid and a lock with key. It is lined with green felt and the inside of the lid has a nice paper trade label to I. Hollis & Sons. The inside of the case is contoured to fit the rifle and it's later but correct accessories which include tools, adjustable powder flask marked ‘James Dixon & Sons Sheffield’ and ‘Parker Hale Ltd’ and a heavy brass and steel single ball bullet mould stamped ‘No 12’ and ‘Trade Mark’ together with ‘B’ within diamond cartouche . The price for this cased quality Victorian rifle 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. A 1008
£0.00

Late 1700’s, English Wilson London Queen Anne Style Flintlock Pistol With .600" Calibre Screw Off Cannon Barrel & Cudgel Butt. Sn 16246 - 16246
This is an excellent English flintlock pistol in the Queen Anne style made sometime in the late 1700’s. It is 12” overall length with 6 ¾”, .600” calibre screw off cannon barrel. The barrel’s bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The barrel block has crisp black powder proofs and is signed ‘London’. The action is signed by the maker ‘Wilson’ (most likely William Wilson, a London gunmaker recorded as working at 154 Minories 1767-85 as William Wilson & Co, then as William Wilson alone 1786-93 until when he is then recorded as working as William Wilson & Son 1794-1808 when he then reverts to William Wilson 1809-1832, see page 215 of Vol 1 British Gunmakers by Brown) . The pistol has a Swan neck hammer. The pistol’s cocking and firing mechanism works as it should with a crisp action. It’s original walnut stock is excellent & undamaged. The stock has a heavy steel cudgel butt with tooled decoration that could be used as a striking weapon. The price includes UK delivery. NB As 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 16246
£1,475.00
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