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SOLD SOLD (16/02) RARE, MINT BORE, Imperial German Osterreichische Waffenfabrik (Austrian Arms Factory) Model 1871 11mm Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine. Sn 15783 - 15783
The Mauser Model 1871 Carbine was designed and manufactured by Paul and Wilhelm Mauser. These weapons were issued to Cavalry Regiments. This is an excellent original example of the Mauser M1871 carbine. It's woodwork is undamaged and all original. The metalwork has even patina throughout. It has a 20" barrel and measures 39 ½” overall. It's rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The barrel block is marked by the manufacturer ‘Oesterr Waffb Ges’ (Osterreichische Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft) roughly translating to ‘Austrian Arms Factory’ together with Imperial proof/ inspection marks. The bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a steel butt plate and is complete with sling swivels, fixed block & blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The action also has numbers 1876 & 1877 together with ‘K Mod 71’. The price for this rare carbine includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique obsolete calibre breech loading weapon no licence is required to own this carbine in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15783

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 06/02) 1909 British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth WD ‘CMF’ (Citizen Military Force) Markings. Sn 15777 - 15777
This is an excellent BSA Martini Action .310 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Military markings. These British made rifles were used as training rifles and fire the now obsolete calibre .310 Cadet (310 Greener) round which was introduced by Greener in 1900. It is complete with sling Swivels, shrouded foresight & adjustable rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'Made By The Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd' & with the BSA piled rifles trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia’ & number '4172’. The top of the breech is stamped with Australian Kangaroo mark. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The stock is crisply impressed ‘CMF’ to the Citizen Military Force (Australia’s Home Guard) number ‘731’ and dated ‘5/09’ (May 1909). 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 15777

MINT BORE, Victorian British Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With Mark 1 Trigger. Sn 15786 - 15786
This is an excellent MK II Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has excellent all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged, has Birmingham proof marks and excellent blue finish throughout. It also has numbers ‘52’, ‘1184’, and ‘588’ stamped on the metal work and small inspection marks (illustrated). There is no manufacturer’s name or dates on this rifle. It has a 33” barrel and is 49 ½” overall length. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has smooth steel butt plate and MK 1 grooved trigger. It has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15786

MINT, Cased, Victorian C1850 British Deane Adams & Deane London Dragoon Pattern .54 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer, Octagonal Barrel & All Original Accessories. Sn 15745 - 15745
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. This is an excellent, original, cased, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot Dragoon Pattern percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should with a crisp action. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore is clean with well defined rifling. The barrel has a small blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame and top barrel flat are crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge' . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘Adams Patent’ and ‘No. II.844.R’. The cylinder has Victorian black powder proofs. The metal work is near mint retaining 90 % plus of its original blue finish. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in great undamaged condition. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent) and 2 metal hook fasteners. The case is lined with green baize and has compartments which contain accessories. The inside of the lid has a clean trade label. The accessories comprise, an empty ‘Eley Bros London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a brass and steel bullet double mould marked by the manufacturer Adams with 1852 patent detail and ‘54’ (calibre), a single moulded lead bullet, a copper and brass black powder flask which is signed by the manufacturer ‘C&JW Hawksley’, a small steel container with screw top lid and oil applicator tool, a wood cleaning rod with screw on attachments, a ball of fibre wadding & 2 ebony handled steel tools. The price for this cased pistol with many original accessories 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 15745

Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain . Sn 15682 - 15682
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar, trigger guard with extended tang and sling swivels. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and nipple protector with chain. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has excellent blue finish. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. NB 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. Sn 15682

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian Match Lock 20 Bore Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15728 - 15728
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a C 1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a massive 44” long 20 bore octagonal barrel and measures 5 feet overall length. The smooth bore has residue and staining to be expected. It has a wood stock and the metalwork has hand tooled decoration and brass fittings. It has a bead fore sight and block with notch rear sight. It has a metal press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' to the metal powder pan which has a swivel cover (illustrated inset in image 2). The musket is fitted with a steel sling ring. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15728

C1930 English Holland & Holland Novelty, Ornate, Nickel Plated Metal Hip Flask In The Form Of A Rifle / Shotgun Shoulder Stock Numbered 94923 With Screw Top Lid. Sn 15730 - 15730
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an unusual nickel plated drinking hip flask by Holland & Holland made sometime in the 1930’s. It measures 8” overall length with ball screw top lid attached and the butt of the ‘stock’ is 3” width x 1 ¼” depth. The neck of the flask is marked by the maker Holland & Holland (illustrated in image 2). The flask has ornate embossed foliate decoration and chequered panels as would be found on rifle and shotgun stocks. One side of the flask has a lozenge shaped mark and the reverse has a panel with ‘No. 94923’ both of which can also be seen in image 2. The price for this interesting novelty flask by a famous firearms manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 15730.

Late 1700’s –Early 1800’s English Form Frosst & Sons 16 Bore Flintlock Overcoat Pistol. Sn 15716 - 15716
This is an excellent 16 bore flintlock overcoat size pistol in the English form. It is 11 ½” overall with a 6” round steel blued barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore is has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has black powder proofs and small brass bead fore sight. It has a blued stepped lock with swan neck hammer. The side plate is crisply signed ‘Frosst & Sons’ (an unusual spelling. A Birmingham Gunmaker, John Frost is recorded at Moland St and Snowhill between 1834 & 1842). It has a lovely walnut full stock with brass fittings including trigger guard with pineapple finial. It is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and steel worm. It's action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. 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 15716

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of English Naval Officer’s William Bond London 28 Bore Flintlock Pistols With Brass Barrels & Ram Rods Retailed By Lombard’s London. Sn 15717 - 15717
A large family of English Gunsmith’s named Bond had premises at various London addresses including at 108 Leadenhall Street, 45 Cornhill and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, between 1762 & 1879. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The British East India Company. A member of that family William Thomas Bond is recorded as working as a Gunsmith on his own at the family addresses in 1836. A William Bond is also recorded as working as working with Edward Bond at 45 Cornhill 1826-1855 and Northumberland Alley London 1871-1879 (see page 143 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a superb pair of English flintlock Naval Officer’s pistols by W. Bond. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with 6” round brass barrels, undamaged walnut full stocks, brass trigger guards with extended tangs and pineapple finials, brass shield escutcheons & ram rod mounts. The barrels have black powder proof marks and are signed by the retailer ‘Lombards London’ together with stylised shooting star design. The smooth bores have just staining consistent with age and use. The barrels are un-sighted. The lock plates with safety bolts are signed by the maker ‘W. Bond’. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. Both pistols have their original wood ram rods with brass end caps. The price includes UK delivery. NB as antique flintlock weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15717

SOLD SOLD (17/02) BEST QUALITY, C1780 English, Twigg, London, Gentleman’s 28 Bore Long Octagonal Damascus Barrelled Convertible Flintlock Traveling Pistol / Rifle (Shoulder Stock Absent). Sn 15715 - 15715
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire, 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 London 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. Twigg is considered to be one of the best English Gunmakers. This is an excellent long barrelled convertible traveling pistol by Twigg. These pistols were made so that a shoulder stock accessory could be added to convert the pistol to a carbine sized rifle and were easier to transport in luggage than long rifles when traveling. Our example without shoulder stock has a beautiful 14 ¼” long octagonal Damascus barrel and measures 19 ½” overall. The top barrel flat has a ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and small brass blade fore sight. The barrel is also crisply signed by the maker ‘Twigg London’. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and superb deep cut rifling. The lock plate is signed ‘Twigg’ & the Swan neck hammer is fitted with flint. The action has a gold roundel insert and safety bolt. The action tang and trigger guard have foliate engraved decoration. The trigger guard tang has an acanthus bud finial. The walnut stock with chequered pistol grip has a deep brown hue and is undamaged. The back of the grip has a steel plate with lug for twist fit addition of a removable shoulder stock. The pistol has its original steel ram rod with brass end cap. The pistol’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this impressive pistol by a quality maker 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 15715
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