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Victorian C1850 English Freemantle Of Fareham Hampshire .650" Carbine Bore Percussion Travelling / Holster Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13978 - 13978
Richard & John Freemantle were English Gunsmiths based in Fareham, Hampshire and are recorded as having premises on the High Street Fareham. Richard is recorded between 1823-1867 and John between 1870-1874 (see page 223 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown) . This is an excellent travelling / holster pistol by Freemantle of Fareham. It is 13" overall with a 7 ¾” octagonal browned steel barrel. The barrel is .650” carbine smooth bore. The bore is clean. Its steel fittings including Dolphin hammer, action tang, side plate, stepped butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & Pineapple finial have crisp foliate engraved decoration. It has a walnut full stock with chequered grip panels,German Silver void oval escutcheon on top of the wrist & original captive steel ram rod. The side plate is crisply signed ‘Freemantle’ and the top barrel flat ‘Fareham’. The breech end of the barrel has a gold band inlaid & the action has a platinum roundel. Its action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. 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 13978
£975.00

VERY RARE, ORIGINAL, American Wild West Era 1870-1880 Colt No.1 ‘Knuckle Duster’ Single Shot Derringer In .41 Rim Fire Calibre. Sn 13896 - 13896
Colt made the No.1 derringer between 1870 and 1880. This is an excellent, very rare, original .41 RF Calibre steel framed ‘Knuckle Duster’ No.1 derringer By Colt. It measures 5 ¾” overall with a 2 ½” barrel which has a flat ribbed top with brass blade fore sight. The frame has foliate engraved decoration and ‘knurled oval sections’ to assist grip. The barrel rib is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Colt’ PTFA MFG Co Hartford CT USA’ together with ‘No.1’ all between stylised Maltese cross symbols. The right side of the barrel is numbered 'W1756'. It has a knurled spur steel hammer incorporating a ‘v’ notch rear sight and sheathed trigger. It’ hooked shaped handle with the appearance of a knuckle duster could be used to strike an assailant. The barrel is released by a sliding knurled steel button on the frame. The barrel swings out for loading. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly with a strong spring action. The price for this very rare derringer includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13896
£1,395.00

QUALITY, UNUSUAL, C1840 Victorian English Henry Eden Smith Sheffield 50 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13955 - 13955
Henry Eden Smith was an English, Sheffield, Yorkshire, based gunsmith with premises at 3 & 9 Market Street & 2 bakers Hill between 1832 & 1842 (see page 335 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian percussion hunting rifle by Henry Eden Smith. It has 28” browned octagonal barrel and measures 44” overall. The bore is clean with 3 groove rifling which is unusual to find on a hunting rifle of this type. It has its original walnut half stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and polished horn fore end cap. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer has foliate engraved decoration. The side plate also has foliate engraving together with the depiction of a Stag in the field and the manufacturer’s name ‘Eden Smith’ . The stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is chequered and has an inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle is fitted with blade foresight, ‘v’ notch block rear sight and has its wood ram rod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13955
£1,175.00

VERY RARE, C1860 AMERICAN Henry Parker Trenton New Jersey, 52 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Kentucky Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Patch Box. Sn 13954 - 13954
This is a superb, very rare, American Henry Parker Muzzle Loading Percussion Kentucky Rifle (In the book AMERICAN GUNSMITHS, noted firearms expert Frank Sellers records a Henry Parker who worked in Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1860). This example has all original Walnut full stock and brass fittings including trigger guard with extended tang , butt plate with extended tangs, ram rod mounts, fore end block & original hinged brass patch box in the stock which has decorative scroll work engraving. The left side of the stock has a figured cheek piece and is inlaid with an original, contemporaneously applied, antique American Silver Dollar. The wrist is inlaid with a german Silver escutcheon which has a stylised monogram. The rifle measures 51” overall with a 35 ¼” octagonal browned steel barrel which has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with fixed brass blade fore sight and brass ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. Its steel hammer and action have scrollwork decoration and an unusual nipple with brass cup configuration (we are uncertain if this Kentucky was originally made as percussion or converted to percussion from an earlier flintlock). Its original ram rod has brass end caps, the lower end cap slotted for cleaning cloth. The side plate is signed by the manufacturer name ‘Parker’ and the top of the barrel ‘Henry Parker’. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this excellent Kentucky rifle 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 13954
£1,750.00

C1860's American Civil War Era Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York 6 Shot Brass Framed Front Loading .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge Single Action Army Model Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13913 - 13913
An excellent example of the unusual front loading Army Model .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York (Merwin & Bray made the .42 Army Model aimed at Military contract sales and a smaller .30 cartridge pocket version for the civilian market). Our Army Model example has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “Merwin & Bray Firearms Co NY”. The circumference of the cylinder is faintly marked “PATENTED July 12 1859 July 21 1863”. It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “7592”. The front sight is a half round blade. It has a grooved frame rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The steel barrel, removable cylinder, sheathed trigger and hammer retain their original blue finish. The rifled bore is clean. The action functions correctly. This revolver loads its special cartridges from the front, and extracts them with a captive rod with bolt action mounted on the frame’s right side. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. This revolver was manufactured C1860's by Merwin & Bray. It was designed as a front loading cartridge revolver in an effort to circumvent the Rollin White patent held by Smith & Wesson which allowed for chambers bored completely through the cylinder and loaded from the rear. Price for this unusual American front loading pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13913
£845.00

C1800 English, Twigg Of London Brass Frame 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 13909 - 13909
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, 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 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. This is an excellent, brass framed flintlock pocket pistol by Twigg, London. It measures 6 ¼” overall with a 1 3/4" screw off steel barrel. The frame is marked ‘Twigg’ within roundel surrounded by banners & arms on the left side and the right ‘London’ within roundel, arms and banners. The underside of the frame has proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety catch feature and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13909
£575.00

C1830 English, Simmons Of London, 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. Sn 13911 - 13911
This is an excellent 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. It is 14 ½” overall with a steel 9" browned steel barrel. The smoothbore is clean.It has a border engraved stepped lock and swan neck hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply engraved 'Simmons' (most likely William Simmons Gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). It has a lovely walnut full stock with brass butt plate. Its brass fittings including trigger guard with extended tang and ram rod mounts have foliate engraved decoration. It has notched frame rear sight and is complete with its original wood ramrod with horn cap & steel worm. It's action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the top of the barrel is engraved ‘London’ within a border. The price 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 13911
£1,275.00

C1870, Continental Military 12mm Calibre Pinfire 6 Shot Revolver With Antique Ivory Grips. Sn 13912 - 13912
This is an excellent, Continental, 12mm, military, pinfire, 6 Shot Revolver. It is side gate loading with a 6 ¼”round steel barrel, sturdy undamaged frame with crisp engraved foliate decoration which is also present on the grip frame and cylinder. It is fitted with its original, attractive antique Ivory grips. The frame is stamped with a small 'Y' below Crown inspection mark. The pistol is double action and strips, cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is side gate loading and complete with its original military lanyard ring and captive steel clearing rod. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre, antique pinfire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if part of a private collection or display. Sn 13912
£745.00

Best Quality English John Richards Birmingham 1797 Sterling Silver Hallmark Mounted .65" Bore, English Percussion Duelling Pistol (Converted From Flintlock). A 572 - A 572
John Richards was a Birmingham Gunmaker recorded as having premises at 17 Colemore Street, Birmingham in 1769 (see page 49 of Bailey & Nie's book 'English Gunmakers) . This is a best quality Percussion Duelling Pistol (Converted From Flintlock) By John Richards. It is 15 ½” overall with a 10" round steel barrel which is .65" Bore. The smoothbore is clean with no pitting. It has a stepped steel colour case hardened side plate with scroll engraving & dolphin hammer. The side plate is engraved 'John Richards'. It has a 'V' notch rear sight and bead foresight. It has a walnut full stock with chequered grip together with Hallmarked rounded Silver butt & stock mounts including trigger guard with extended tang & engraved pineapple finial. The English Hallmarks date to 1797 (illustrated inset in image 2). The neck of the stock is inlaid with a void Silver disc. It is complete with its steel and brass tipped wood ramrod and Silver ram rod mounts. Its action is nice and tight & works as it should. The action has a sliding safety catch. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The price for this best quality 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. A 572
£1,475.00

French Military, Model 1866/74 11mm Calibre Fusil Gras Carbine By Manufacture Imperialle St Etienne. Sn 13890 - 13890
An excellent French M1866/74 Infantry carbine. The all original wood is very good and has a contemporary professionally applied field repair to the stock wrist (illustrated in image 3). It has a ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels. It measures 39" overall with a 20 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The breech is crisply marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and with 'Mle 1866-74' model detail (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The 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 13890
£675.00
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