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VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14573
£1,895.00

BEST QUALITY, C1860 English Victorian Westley Richards London English Double Damascus Barrelled 14 Bore Percussion ‘Howdah’ Pistol With Belt Hanger & Captive Ram Rod. Sn 14523 - 14523
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. The Howdah pistol was a large-calibre handgun, often with two or four barrels, used in India and Africa from the beginning of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule. It was typically intended for defence against Tigers, Lions, and other dangerous animals that might be encountered in remote areas. The term "howdah pistol" comes from the howdah, a large platform mounted on the back of an Elephant. Hunters, especially during the period of the British Raj in India, used Howdahs as a platform for hunting wild animals and needed large-calibre side-arms for protection from animal attacks at close quarters. The earliest Howdah pistols were flintlock designs, and it was not until about 60 years later percussion models in single or double barrel configuration were seen. Even though Howdah pistols were designed for emergency defence from dangerous animals in Africa and India, British Officers adopted them for personal protection in other far-flung outposts of the British Empire. This is a best quality, original, percussion double barrel Howdah pistol by Westley Richards. Its side by side finely figured Damascus barrels are 6” in length and are 18.80mm muzzle diameter which is approx. 14 Bore. It measures 11 ¾” overall length. The smooth bores are clean. It has a broad top rib and small brass bead fore sight. The action plates have foliate engraved decoration and are signed by the maker Westley Richards. The left action plate is fitted with steel belt bar. It has safety bolts on each action. Both barrels at the breech have silver roundel inserts. The barrel rib is engraved ‘Westley Richards 170 New Bond Street London’. It has double triggers, heavy Dolphin hammers and is complete with its original captive steel ram rod. The weapon has a lovely walnut full wood stock which has chequering at the grip and inlaid void silver escutcheon on top of the wrist. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this impressive large calibre percussion pistol by renowned English gun smiths 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. Sn 14523
£2,750.00

Original, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Merchant Ship Deck/Rigging Pirate Defence Cannon With Wooden Stand. Sn 14425 - 14425
Lantaka were a type of bronze cannon mounted on merchant vessels travelling the waterways of Malay Archipelago in the 1800’s. Their use was greatest in precolonial South East Asia especially in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The guns were used to defend against pirates. Many of these beautiful guns were mounted on swivels and were known as swivel guns. The smaller ones could be mounted almost anywhere including in the rigging. This is an original 19th Century blackened cast bronze Lantaka swivel cannon. It is 36” in length and has a 1” muzzle diameter bore. It has the correct 3” bronze mounting spike with ornate cast curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel. The barrel is ornately decorated with foliate and geometric designs and it has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the floral cast design. The barrel is open and it has its original touch hole. The rear of the barrel has a hollow tubular handle for firing unmounted. The Lantaka is complete with a purpose made wood stand. The price for this historic Lantaka with stand which would make a superb display / conversation piece includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14425
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (24/11) QUALITY, C1850 English Richard Howe Of Colchester Essex, 8 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Multi Stage Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14471. - 14471
The English gunsmith Richard Howe is recorded as having premises at Head Street, Colchester Essex between 1835 & C1832 then at High Street, Colchester between 1839-C1845 (see page 255 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Howe. It has a 42” multi stage Damascus steel barrel and measures 58 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The action is inlaid with silver bands. The metal work has engraved decoration to the side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved by the maker ‘Howe Of Colchester’ within a rural scene. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14471
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (1/12) Large, C1850 English, Joseph Towl, Boston, Lincolnshire, 6 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14469. - 14469
The English gunsmith Joseph Towl is recorded as having premises at 13 Bridge street, Boston, Lincolnshire between 1834 & C1870 (see page 349 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent , large, muzzle loading shotgun by Towl. It has a 42” round steel barrel and measures a large 58 ¾” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The wrist has chequering and the top of the wrist is mounted with a void German silver disc. It has a brass fore end cap. It has a heavy dolphin hammer and the action plate is signed by the maker ‘J. Towl’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and threaded brass tip with cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this large antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14469
£0.00

BEST QUALITY, Victorian C1850, English Cogswell & Harrison Strand London 10 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14466 - 14466
Cogswell & Harrison were established in May 1770 and is London’s oldest surviving gun maker. The company has manufactured an exceptionally diverse range of sporting shotguns and rifles during its long and colourful history. This is a best quality Victorian muzzle loading percussion Shotgun. It has a 38” round Damascus steel barrel and measures 54 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The underside of the stock is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon and it has a polished horn fore end cap. The metal work has engraved decoration to the side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved by the maker ‘Cogswell & Harrison’. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Cogswell & Harrison 223 & 234 Strand London’. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip. Price for this quality antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14466
£1,675.00

C1870 French St Etienne 7mm ‘Mouvement Acier Fondu’ (Cast Steel Movement) Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Folding Trigger . Sn 14499:11 - 14499:11
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 7mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod and folding trigger. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 3 ½” round steel barrel and plain bag shaped wood grips. The cylinder is stamped ‘Acier Fondu’ (cast steel). The barrel block is stamped on one side ‘Fabrique De St Etienne’ (Manufactured in St Etienne). The other side is marked ‘Mouvement Acier’ (steel movement). The cylinder has an inspection mark (illustrated). The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work as they should. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:11
£395.00

C1870 9mm Nickel Plated Belgian Liege Military Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver. Sn 14499:10 - 14499:10
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 9mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 5” round steel barrel and plain wood grips. The metal retains much of its original nickel finish. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The cylinder is stamped with Liege ‘ELG*’ proof mark and ‘star above X mark’. The barrel block also has the ‘star above X mark’. The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:10
£545.00

C1870 9mm Belgian Liege Military Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14499:9 - 14499:9
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 9mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 5” octagonal barrel and plain wood grips. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The cylinder is stamped with Liege ‘ELG*’ proof mark and ‘star above T mark’. The barrel block also has the ‘star above T mark’. The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:9
£545.00

C1870 12mm Belgian Liege Large Frame Military Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver By J.Chaineux Brevette’. Sn 14499:8 - 14499:8
CHAINEUX Joseph Lambert, registered as gun manufacturer with the proof house Liege from 1864 to 1884 and living¨26 Place des Carmes, in Liege. In 1863/64, he registered two patents for a system of pistol-revolver. This is an excellent C1870 obsolete calibre 12mm Pinfire Military large frame, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod by Chaineux. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 6 ¼” barrel and chequered walnut grips. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The frame is stamped ‘J.Chaineux Brevette’ together with ‘Crown EL’ mark. The cylinder is stamped with Liege ‘ELG*’ proof mark and ‘Crown above R mark’. The weapon's side gate loading and firing actions work perfectly. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14499:8
£675.00
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