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WW2 1940 Italian Fascist Military Youth Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL) Marked Beretta Fabbrica Nazionale d’Armi-Brescia (FNA-B) 5.5mm Blank Cartridge Bolt Action ‘Balilla’(Boy’s) Training Carbine (Reduced Size Carcano Mod 1891) - 15913
In 1926, after barely four years in power and following Mussolini’s expressed desire to provide pre-military training and to arm Italian youths beginning at a very young age, the fascists established the Opera Nazionale Balilla (ONB) youth organization. The term “Balilla” evoked the memory of a young boy, Giovan Battista Perasso, whose nickname was Balilla, who on December 5, 1746, touched off a popular revolt against the Hapsburg occupiers in Genoa. By December 10, the revolt had managed to free the city from the Austrian troops. The ONB program encompassed boys from six to 18 years of age, organized along military lines, who, depending on their age group, were issued uniforms and weapons of various types ranging from strictly toy weapons to light machine guns. In October 1937, the ONB was replaced by the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL). In response to a request by the Youth Organisation, production began of a very faithful blank-firing copy approximately four-fifths the size of the corresponding full-size Carcano moschetto modello 1891carbine. These small carbines were designated the moschetto regolamentare Balilla modello 1891 ridotto (reduced size Model 1891 Balilla regulation carbine). Three different firms were associated with the manufacture of the Balilla blank-firing carbines: Napoleone & Vittorio Castelli (usually referred to as Castelli), Fabbrica Nazionale d’Armi-Brescia (more commonly referred to as FNB) and Fratelli Grazian (Grazian Brothers). In all respects, the Balilla is a very faithful reduced-scale version of the regulation Carcano cavalry carbine. The calibre of the weapon is conventionally referred to as 5.5mm, which is the diameter of the “bullet” of the dummy carrier cartridge used with the weapon. The regulation weapon has an overall length of 36 ¼” with bayonet folded closed. Our example is a just 29 ¾”. This is an excellent original example of the reduced size ‘Balilla’ Training Carbine. It has all original wood and metalwork & is equipped with original folding bayonet. It has a steel butt plate with trap, sling bar, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The breech is stamped with Fascist youth Organisation, manufacturer and WW2 date marks, ‘GIL’ with organisation arms (Gioventù Italiana del Littorio), ‘FNB’ (Beretta Fabbrica Nazionale d’Armi-Brescia) and ‘1940’ together with ‘XVIII’ & ‘Grazan Verona’ (all illustrated). The stock is stamped with number '47238' and indistinct roundel. The carbine strips, cocks & dry fires as it should. As a blank firing training rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Price includes deactivation certificate & UK delivery. Sn 15913
£695.00

1861 Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern, 3 Band .577 Obsolet Calibre Rifle, Monogram Or Regiment Mark ‘HSJr’, Nipple Protector & Chain, Wood Muzzle Plug, Sling & Socket Bayonet With Matching Monogram, Leather Scabbard & Frog. A 622 - A 622
This is an original British Enfield 1853 Pattern 3 band Percussion Rifle. The weapon has a replacement lock and the action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with 1861 date. It has walnut wood work which has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate, Brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The butt plate tang has an engraved stylised monogram which appears to be ‘HSJr’ most likely a personal monogram or Regiment mark. The rifle has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and removable wood muzzle plug to protect water entering the barrel when marching in foul weather. Its original sling swivels are fitted with a brown leather sling which has a large brass buckle. The barrel’s 39” barrel is stamped with proof marks. It’s bore has crisp rifling and staining consistent with age and use. Total length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The rifle comes with an original period socket bayonet with locking ring. The bayonet fits the rifle perfectly. The bayonet’s triangular blade is 17 ¾” length. The blade has small inspection marks and the socket is engraved with matching stylised monogram / Regiment mark . The bayonet comes with a black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and an integral black leather frog. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. A 622
£1,250.00

RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, 1870-1873 U.S Army Springfield Model 1870 .50 / 70 Springfield Obsolete Calibre Erskine S. Allin Trap Door Rifle Converted From An American Civil War Era Model 1863 Springfield Percussion Rifle. Sn 15649. - 15649
The Springfield model 1870 was one of several model "trapdoor Springfields", which used the trapdoor breech block design developed by Erskine S. Allin. The model 1870 was a minor improvement to the Springfield Model 1868, and retained most of the Model 1868's features. Wild Bill Hickok, the famous gunfighter, used a variant of the Springfield model 1870. Model 1870 conversions were performed from 1870 – 1873. This is an excellent, rare to find Springfield Model 1870 rifle converted From an American Civil war era Model 1863 rifle. This rifle has the correct trapdoor loading system, modified lock and hammer. It has its all walnut stock which has knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The action plate is marked: "U.S (Army) SPRINGFIELD" together with 1863 (model) & American Eagle & Shield mark . The top of the action is marked ‘1870’ (model) together with American eagle and shield mark. The steel butt plate tang is stamped "US" (Army). It has a fixed fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The bore of the rifle’s 32 ½” round steel barrel has well defined rifling and is clean. The rifle measures 51 ½” overall length. The rifle has its original steel ram rod and sling swivels. The barrel and breech have matching numbers 14535. The weapon cocks and dry fires and the action is strong. The price for this rare piece 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. Sn 15649
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 31/12) Crimean War Era Deane Adams & Deane London Large Frame 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver. A 621 - A 621
The famous English gunsmith's Deane Adams and Deane had premises at 30 King William Street, London Bridge, London in 1852. Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Deane Adams & Deane. Their Large frame Large Calibre Revolvers were popular private purchase weapons for British Army Officers. This is an excellent, original, Deane Adams & Deane 54 Bore Five shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism with spurless hammer works as it should. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12" overall). The barrel’s rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has Victorian black powder proofs and is fitted with blade fore sight. The cylinder frame has a ‘v’ notch rear sight. The pistol has a large closed military frame. The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge'. It has foliate engraving to the frame trigger guard, grip tang & butt. The frame is marked ‘Adams Patent 8599’. The butt is fitted with fixed military lanyard ring. Its dark coloured finely chequered walnut grip is in great undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged. The price for this 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. A 621
£0.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING STRIKER BOLT & CLEANING ROD, 1867 Belgian Military, Albini-Braendlin Front Hinge Breech 11mm Obsolete Calibre Military Service Rifle. Sn 15866 - 15866
The Albini rifle (or Albini-Braendlin rifle) was a single-shot 11mm rifle adopted by Belgium in 1867. The action on the Albini rifle was designed by an Italian officer Augusto Albini and was perfected by an English gunsmith, Francis Braendlin. The rifle has a front-hinged, forward lifting action that has a mechanism which works together with the hammer-striker assembly to simultaneously lock and fire the rifle. When fired, the striker bolt moves into the back of the breech block striking the firing pin and locking the block in place at ignition. Both striker and firing pin move in the same line as the rifle bore. Pulling the hammer back withdraws the striker from the breech block allowing it to be lifted on its pivot pin by means of a small fixed knob on the right side of the block. This is an excellent example of the Albini-Braendlin 11mm calibre service rifle. It has 33 ½” barrel which is clean with crisp rifling and measures 53 ½” overall. It has all original wood work which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and steel butt plate. It also has a steel trigger guard with extended tang, adjustable graduated ladder rear sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet block, sling swivels and original steel cleaning rod. It has the correct hinged breech and heavy military hammer. The barrel is stamped with inspection marks and '1867'. The central barrel band, butt plate, barrel, striker bolt and cleaning rod have matching numbers ‘709’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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 15866
£975.00

VERY RARE, One of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers. Sn 13313 - 13313
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contact was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. It is without bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 434 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the lancers post Crimean War. The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with 3 groove rifling. Total length is 46" with a 30" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The price for this very rare Crimean War era British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13313
£1,450.00

SCARCE, 1892-1910 Chicago Fire Arms Company USA .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Factory Nickel Plated 7 Shot Repeating Palm Pistol. Sn 15878 - 15878
The Protector Palm Pistol is a small .32 rimfire revolver designed to be the size of a pocket watch and is a unique pistol in that it is not fired using a conventional trigger, but by the operator squeezing his or her fist when the pistol is concealed in the palm of the hand. It was unique in that the revolver was clasped in a fist with the barrel protruding between two fingers and the entire handgun was squeezed in order to fire a round. The Protector Palm Pistol was first patented and built in France in 1882 by Jacques Turbiaux and sold as the "Turbiaux Le Protector" or the "Turbiaux Disc Pistol". Later in 1883 it was built in the USA as The Protector by Minneapolis Firearms Co.. Peter H. Finnegan of Austin, Illinois bought the patent in 1892 and founded the Chicago Fire Arms Co. to make and market the pistols. In anticipation of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, he contracted the Ames Sword Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts to manufacture 15,000 pistols. Ames made 1,500 of the pistols by the deadline of the exhibition. Finnegan sued for damages and engaged in a lawsuit with Ames. The company countersued and settled with Finnegan, but, through the years, had amassed a large production run of 12,800 pistols. The company sold the inventory and abandoned the design by 1910. Remington manufactured the rimfire ammunition for this pistol, 32 Extra Short and alternatively 32 Protector, until 1920. Most Protectors were nickel-plated to prevent corrosion from being carried in close contact with the owner. These guns were shipped with gutta percha hard rubber inserts for additional protection. This is an excellent fully functioning example of the factiory nickel plated Chicago Firearms Co ‘Protector’ palm pistol. The 1 ¾” barrel has a foliate engraved collar. The barel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The pistol has the correct disc body with foliate edged engraved decoration and gutta percha decorative disc inserts. The steel centres are marked on both sides with crisp manufacturer and patent detail (all illustrated). The inside of the turn off disc on the left side of the frame and the internal 7 shot rotating cylinder mechanism are both numbered ‘738’. The front of the disc frame has the correct finger spur and safety lever. The rear of the disc frame has the correct sprung steel firing lever with chequered panel gutta percha grip which is undamaged. The price for this hard to find, unusual pistol 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 15878
£1,475.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY 29/11**SOLD**EXTREMELY RARE, 1860-1869 American Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent Buffalo Hunting Rifle In .52” Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre With Removable Tubular Magazine & Flip Up Long Range Sights. Sn 15849 - 15849
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine. Production began in 1860 and ended in 1869. The Spencer had an innovative tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. Carbine versions of the Spencer are rare but rifles are extremely rare. This is an excellent example of the very rare Spencer rifle. These large calibre rifles were used for hunting Buffalo. The metal work has original blue finish & even patina. Its original wood stock is undamaged and has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The 28 ½” barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling crisp. The rifle is 47 ¼” overall length. It is fitted with a small flip up rear sight and additional large long range flip up sight. It also has a block & blade fore sight & correct steel butt plate with tubular magazine & latch plate. The top of the breech is stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The stock tang is numbered ‘1444’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for extremely rare Spencer Buffalo rifle 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 15849
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (17/02) , 1877 American Wild West Era Winchester Model 1866 .44 Henry (Flat Rim Fire) Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Yellow Boy Saddle Carbine With Bronze Action & Saddle Ring. Sn 15850 - 15850
The 1866 Yellow Boy lever-action rifle was a marked improvement over the Henry rifle. The Yellow Boy had a convenient new type of loading gate, devised by Winchester plant superintendent Nelson King (King’s Improvement). The gate passed cartridges through the side of the receiver. This improvement made the lever action more functional and allowed for the installation of a wooden fore-end integrating a round sealed magazine which was covered by the fore stock. The rifles chambered in the rimfire .44 Henry were nicknamed the "Yellow Boy" because of its bronze alloy action frame. This is an original example of the rare, yellow boy saddle carbine in .44 Henry Flat RF calibre. It has a 20” barrel and measures 39” overall. The barrel's bore is near mint clean with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel has the original manufacturer detail "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER. 16. 1860". It’s all original wood work has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has the correct ‘bronze’ action, butt plate with sliding trap, tube magazine and ‘King's Patent’ side gate. It is fitted with flip up rear sight, blade fore sight and has its original steel saddle ring and sling swivels. Its lever action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The carbine is serial number 135807 which dates its manufacture to 1877. The serial number is marked on the action tang together with an incised ‘V’ mark. The price for this rare obsolete calibre iconic Wild West era rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15850
£0.00

MATCHING NUMBERS AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA Colt Police Model 1862 Constabulary & Civil War Officer’s .36 Calibre Single Action 5 Shot Percussion Revolver. Sn 15854 - 15854
The Colt 1862 Police 'Constabulary' Percussion Revolver is considered by many collectors as the epitome in development of the cap and ball revolvers. Manufactured from 1861 until approximately 1873, it was designed in response to the demand for pocket pistols by both civilians and early Police Forces. This model was the concluding design of Colt percussion pistols and in addition to, the Police for whom this pistol was designed these weapons were popular with Civil War Army Officers. This original example of the Model 1862 revolver has even patina throughout. The pistol has a 4 ½” steel barrel & measures 9 ¾” overall. The top of the barrel is stamped 'Address Col. Saml Colt New York U.S. America'. The barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. The brass grip frame has calibre detail ’36 Cal’. It has a captive steel lever ram rod, correct brass pin fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has a heavy brass trigger guard, grip frame & undamaged walnut grip. The underside of the frame, barrel block, trigger guard and butt are stamped with matching serial numbers ‘19500’. Its single action firing mechanism works perfectly. The price for this historic revolver 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 15854
£1,275.00
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