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SOLD SOLD (17/08) Victorian C 1820 British Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 16023 - 16023
The Cheshire Yeomanry of the Great War was a descendant of a volunteer tradition that dates back to 1797, when six independent mounted troops were raised in the county during the crisis of the Napoleonic era. In 1803 they were formed into the Western Cheshire Yeomanry Cavalry and became the Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. In common with all such units, they were absorbed into the Territorial Force, when it was established in 1908 as part of wide-ranging reforms of the British Army in the light of experience of the South African war, and the growing international tension in Europe. The newly-named “Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester’s) (Hussars)” was composed of part-time soldiers. It was headquartered in the Old Bank Buildings in Chester, with squadron drill stations at Knutsford, Eaton, Northwich and Macclesfield. This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine to the ‘ECYC’ (Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry). It has all original walnut full stock which exhibits normal service wear. The metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) together with inspection mark. There is no visible date. The brass butt plate tang is crisply engraved ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore (pre-rifling) has just light staining consistent with age. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16023
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (23/07) MINT BORE, 1911 British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth State Of Victoria Markings. Sn 15778 - 15778
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, bladed block foresight & flip up rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is near mint, 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 arms trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia Vic (state of Victoria south-east Australia)’ & numbers '5902’ & ‘10890’. The top of the breech is stamped with Australian Kangaroo mark. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The barrel is numbered ‘7859’ The stock is impressed Commonwealth Of Australia roundel above number 20019 and dated ‘7/11’ (November 1911). 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 15778
£0.00

Victorian British Army In India Arsenal Native Troops Enfield Pattern 1853 Type, 3 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket With Stock Patch Box. Sn 15989 - 15989
This is an original 3-band Percussion Rifle Indian Arsenal made for British Army in India Native troops. The action plate has crude Queen’s crown and script characters and the barrel at the breech has hand tooled decoration. It all original woodwork with hinged patch box on one side of the shoulder stock, steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & brass fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has fixed sights. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. Total length is 52 ½” with a 37" barrel. The metal has been re-blued at some time in its life and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a faint ink roundel stamp. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15989
£675.00

C1870’s Victorian, English, George Playfair, Birmingham, 10 Bore, Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 15990 - 15990
An excellent Victorian 10 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock panels. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29”, round steel barrels with brass bead fore sight, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ¾” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The barrel rib has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). The barrels have black powder proofs. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration and are signed by the maker ‘Playfair’, most likely George Playfair recorded in 1874 as having premises at 13 Newton Street, Birmingham (see page 308 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15990
£925.00

Remington USA Model 1858 & 1863 Patent Army New Model Pocket 5 Shot, .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver Contemporarily Converted From Percussion To Rim Fire With Original Removable Cylinder & Cylinder Plate. Sn 15980:18 - 16217
The Remington 1858 Army New Model Revolvers were used during the American Civil War, and the design was the beginning of a successful line of medium and large frame percussion revolvers. It is commonly referred to as the Model 1858 due to its patent markings "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858 MAR 17 1863 E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. NEW MODEL". Pocket versions were produced and 1858 Pattern pistols saw use in the American West, both in its original percussion configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion. This is an original ‘New Model Pocket’ percussion Pocket Revolver with sheathed trigger and removable cylinder for speed loading. This example was contemporarily factory converted from its original percussion form to fire metallic 32 Rim Fire cartridges by modification of the cylinder and addition of a factory made cylinder plate cut with open notches to allow the hammer to strike rim fire cartridges. The rim of the cylinder is stamped with number ‘3593’ & the plate has matching number. The New Model Pocket was the smallest of the Remington range of New Army/ New Navy pistols in that era to have a sheathed trigger. The pistol has a 3 ½” octagonal barrel and measures 8" overall. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & well defined rifling. The pistol is serial number 25269 which is stamped on the underside of the barrel. The barrel is crisply stamped with correct manufacturer and 1858 -1863 Patent detail (illustrated). It has a factory nickel plated steel frame. Areas of the nickel plating are worn with age. It has a captive lever ramrod, brass blade fore sight & grooved frame rear sight. Its Walnut grips have just knocks and bruises to be expected with age and use. It cocks and dry fires. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15980:18
£875.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, Original American Wild West Era, Sharps 1859 Patent .30 Rim Fire Calibre 4 Barrelled Brass Framed Pocket Derringer. Sn 15980:17 - 5980:17
4 barrelled derringer pistols pistols were made by the C. Sharps Company beginning with their 1859 Patent. Production of the Sharps, 4 shot pistols ended in 1874. This is an original Sharps 1859 Patent 4 barrelled pocket derringer in .30 RF calibre. It is a fully functioning example in excellent condition. The pistol’s barrel cluster has 4 x 3" steel rifled barrels and measures 5 ¾” overall. The frame is brass. It has a brass bead fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The left side of the frame is stamped 'C. Sharps Patent 1859'. The right side ‘C. Sharps & Co Philada. PA’ (all illustrated). The underside of the barrel cluster is numbered '14401'. The butt of the grip frame is stamped with matching number. It has a revolving firing pin and loading is achieved by depression of a steel button at the underside of the frame, the barrel cluster can then be moved forward for loading of rounds. It has a sheathed trigger & chequered grips which are undamaged. The rifled bores of the barrels have staining consistent with age and its loading cocking and firing actions work as they should. 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 15980:17
£795.00

Cased, Victorian C1850's Deane Adams & Deane London Bridge, 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel With Accessories Including An Adams Marked Bullet Mould. Sn 15969 - 15969
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 percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age. The barrel has a 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. 8779.R’. The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proof and is marked with matching number ‘8779.R’. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original finish. 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). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a brass and steel double bullet mould which is marked ‘54’ (bore) and with Adams patent cartouche, a copper and brass black powder flask which signed by the manufacturer Dixon (illustrated), a wood cleaning rod with ball top and threaded brass cap. The price for this cased pistol with 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 15969
£2,250.00

**SOLD**SOLD**23/7**1815 Dated, East India Company (EIC) .700 Calibre Flintlock Musket With Ram Rod. A 608 - A 608
This is an original EIC flintlock musket. It is 42” overall length with a 26” long round steel barrel with block foresight. Its smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It’s lock plate crisply engraved with the EIC rampant Lion mark alongside number ‘2’ & dated ‘1815’. The Swan neck hammer is fitted with a flint. It has all original walnut stock with original iron ramrod. The stock has a chequered pistol grip with undamaged polished horn butt cap and steel butt plate. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 608
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (13/08) T MULTI GROOVE RIFLED BORE, Transitional C1840’s Victorian William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Patent .600 Calibre Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus Steel Barrel & Clearing Rod. A 60 - A 607
William Golden was born in 1801 in Sherborne, Dorset. He had four sons and three daughters, the sons were Charles (b.1826 who probably worked only briefly for his father before establishing his own business in Bradford), Edward (b.1835), Henry Booth (b.1838 who worked for his father), and Joseph (b.1839 who also worked for his father). William established his business as an ironmonger in 1833 at 2 & 3 Cross Church Street, Huddersfield (the shops were on opposite sides of the street). It is not known when he became a gunsmith but on 2 November 1841 together with John Hanson he patented breech-loading firearms and self-contained ammunition (patent No. 2129) including a cartridge that contained in a recess in its base a charge of fulminating powder which served to shoot out the projectile. The discharge was effected by a needle striking against the base of the projectile, and was intended for use in a breech loading arm. We have no further information regarding John Hanson. In 1851 William was an exhibitor at the Great Exhibition. It is not known which of his Firearms were exhibited but it would not be surprising to learn that a transitional firearm similar or the same as our example had been exhibited. In the 1871 census at the age of 70 William Golden gave his occupation as gunsmith and ironmonger. William died in 1873 and the family business ran by his sons continued trading until 1914. We have never encountered a firearm patented by Golden & Hanson nor a transitional breech loading needle fire rifle in the same form as ours. This Golden & Hanson Patent rifle is in excellent condition. The rifle has a 25 ½” screw off octagonal Damascus steel barrel and is 47 ¼” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp, deep cut, multi groove rifling. The barrel has English black powder proofs. It has a large trigger guard, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The action has tooled foliate decoration. The top of the breech is signed ‘Golden & Hanson, Huddersfield Patent’. The underside of the breech is numbered ‘23’. Its original Walnut shoulder stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The breech is a transitional early bolt action needle fire form and no doubt would have fired Golden & Hansons patent needle fire cartridge (we have not found an example of this cartridge) . Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The rifle has its original ebony rod with brass end caps. 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. A 607
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (01/07) QUALITY, C1790 English, Bass Of London (John Twigg Connections), 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15964:20 - 15964:20
John Bass was a London based gunsmith. He worked between 1761 & 1794 at his workshop located at 19 Green Park Row, Piccadilly, London and was in partnership for a while with the renowned English Gunsmith John Twigg (Bass partnered with his father-in-law John Twigg, himself considered one of the most talented gun makers of the era, to form Twigg & Bass in the 1780s and continued to work under his own name after Twigg's death circa 1790). John Bass is known to have produced high end flintlock pistols including pocket, coach, and duelling pistols. This is a quality made flintlock pocket pistol by Bass of London. It is 6 ½” overall with a 1 ¾” screw off barrel (a tool is required to unscrew the barrel). The barrel’s smooth bore has residue and staining consistent with age and use. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The action is signed on one side within oval roundel ‘Bass’. The reverse marked ‘London’. The trigger guard is decorated with a stylised star mark. The action works as it should with a strong spring action and has a steel safety bolt. The stippled bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. 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 15964:20
£0.00
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