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RESERVED...RESERVED...VERY RARE, British Victorian Prison Officer’s 1865 Dated Carlisle No.1 County Gaol 6 Shot 9mm Pinfire Revolver With Victorian Black Powder Proof Marks. Sn 13660 - 13660
The ancient city of Carlisle is situated in Cumberland ward, nearly surrounded by the rivers Eden, Pettrell, and Caldew, 305 miles from London on the great western road to Glasgow, and not more than 13 from the borders of Scotland. In 1830 a County Gaol was built on the site of a medieval Black Friars Monastery and housed many dangerous criminals. In the Victorian era Gaolers / Prison Guards were issued with truncheons, short swords/ hangers and revolvers for escorting high risk prisoners and quelling prison riots. This is an obsolete calibre 9mm pin fire, side gate loading revolver complete with integral ejector rod marked to Carlisle No.1 County Gaol & dated 1865. It is double action only & 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 barrel is engraved ‘Carlisle 1865’ and the underside of the grip frame ‘No.1 County Gaol’. The cylinder has small Victorian Black Powder proofs. The weapon's 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 for this very rare find which is a must for any serious collector of Police or Prison Service memorabilia includes UK delivery. Sn 13660
£1,275.00

QUALITY DISTINCTIVE CONSTRUCTION, 18th Century 36 Bore, Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 13659 - 13659
This excellent quality made flintlock pocket pistol has a distinctive construction. It is 6 ¼” overall with a 1 ¾” screw off barrel. The box lock action has crisp ‘birds in the field’ scenes on the left and right sides. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. It has a safety bar feature at the rear of the hammer and concealed trigger. It has a beautiful ‘scales’ carved Walnut grip and steel butt plate with engraved decoration. There are no visible manufacturer or black powder proof marks on this piece. 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 13659
£595.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD 1822-1846 Isaac Blissett Of London 28 Bore Coachman’s Percussion Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Octagonal Brass Barrel. Sn 13658 - 13658
Isaac Blissett (1777-1847) is recorded as a Perfumerer and Jewelller at 69 Leadenhall Street, London between 1808 & 1822. At the same premises between 1822 & 1846 he is recorded as a gun dealer and maker (see page 143 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 1). This is an original Coachman’s percussion pistol converted from flintlock made by Blissett. It is 13" overall with an octagonal Brass barrel which is 28 Bore. The barrels smooth bore is clean. The pistol has a small 'v' notch rear sight and bead fore sight. It has a flat side plate with heavy Dolphin hammer. The side plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Blissett’ and the top barrel flat has the manufacturer’s name and 69 Leadenhall Street address (illustrated) . It has a walnut full stock with fine chequering at the grip and inlaid void German silver escutcheon. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the 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 13658
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Smith London (Barrel maker To J Manton)Pair Of British Officer’s Private Purchase Double Barrel 32 Bore Percussion Pistols With Captive Ramrods With Accessories, Case labelled To ‘ Mr J.S. Cassels Royal Sussex Regiment’. Sn 13657 - 13657
A Victorian London based gunsmith called Thomas Smith specialised in double barrel pistols from his London workshops. Smith (barrel maker to J. Manton) is recorded at 10 Ray Street Clerkenwell and 15 Great Portland Street between 1829-1830 he then went into partnership with Robert Alden until 1835 when he is again recorded as working on his own at 55 Parliament Street 1836-41, 3 Bridge Street 1842-43 and 288 High Holborn & 13 Little Compton Street 1845-1860 (see Volume 1 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers page 204). This is a superb matching pair of British Officer’s double barrel pistols by Smith. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips and inset silver escutcheons, 6” brown twist round steel barrels, metal butt caps with foliate decoration & hinged patch boxes, engraved foliate design trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, side plates, double triggers & heavy dolphin hammers. The side plates of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘Smith’ together with foliate engraving on each side. The pistols each have gold bands and platinum plugs at the breech. The pistols have London proof marks indicating manufacturer by a London based manufacturer. Both pistols are complete with their original captive swivel steel ram rods & bead fore sights. Both pistols have a concave central barrel rib which assists sighting. The 32 bore barrels of each pistol are clean smoothbore. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original wood case. The case with hinged lid has reinforced brass plate edges. The case has its original brass lock complete with key. The interior of the case with compartments is contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a copper and brass powder flask, oil tin with screw top lid and applicator, patch box tin, a wood handled screwdriver / adjustment tool, a steel bullet mould, an empty tin for percussion caps labelled ‘ E Joyce & Co London metal lined percussion caps’ and a large quantity of moulded lead balls. The inside of the lid of the case has a small paper label with contemporary handwriting in ink ‘Mr J.S. Cassels Royal Sussex Regiment’, no doubt the Officer who commissioned these pistols’. The price for this excellent pair of cased double pistols worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13657
£0.00

American Marlin Firearms Company No.32 Standard 1875 Nickel Plated .32RF Single Action 5 Shot Revolver With Tip Up Barrel. Sn 13624:17 - 13624:17
This is a very good example of the Marlin No.32 Standard 1875 .32Rim fire single action revolver with 'fold up' barrel and nickel plated brass frame. It has a 3" barrel and shrouded trigger. It retains much of its factory nickel plating & the action is strong and firm. There are no signs of damage or repair. The original ornate bag shaped gutta percha grips with embossed ‘MFA Co’ (Marlin Fire Arms Company) panels are excellent. The left side of the barrel is stamped ' JM Marlin New Haven CT USA Pat July1875'. The top of the barrel is marked ‘No.32 Standard 1875’. It has a blade fore sight and notched frame rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:17
£575.00

American 1879 Patent ‘Dictator’ Nickel Plated .32 Rim Fire 5 Shot Single Action Revolver By Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13624:18 - 13624:18
Hopkins and Allen were a Norwich Connecticut based arms manufacturing company. Known as the ‘Dictator’ Model, this revolver is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original example of the ‘Dictator’. It retains most of its original nickel finish. It has a 2 ¾” octagonal steel barrel (7 ½” overall). The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Hopkins & Allen Mfg Co DICTATOR Pat May 27 79 (1879)'. It has a shrouded trigger, steel hammer, blade fore sight and ornate undamaged gutta percha grips. The action is single action only works correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:18
£575.00

C1850's 1st Type Deane Adams & Deane London (Makers To HRH Prince Albert) .32 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13614 - 13614
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, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action firing mechanism work as they should. It has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel (9 ¼” overall). The barrel has a small blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane Makers To HRH Prince Albert 30 King William Street, London' and has Victorian black powder proofs. It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘Adams Patent’ and partially legible ‘No. 5771?’1’. It's dark coloured finely chequered walnut grip is in great undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged. Price for this superb percussion pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to possess this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13614
£975.00

American Civil War Era North’s Patent Savage Revolving Firearms Company 6 Shot .36 Calibre Large Frame Military Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13612 - 13612
The Savage 1861 Navy was a cap and ball revolver manufactured by the Savage Revolving Firearms Company from 1861 to 1862. This company is unrelated to the later Savage Arms Company. It was used by both sides during the American Civil War. The Savage 1861 Navy is quite unique recognized by its use of a kind of "proto double-action" with a second trigger underneath the first. When this trigger with finger ring is pulled it cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. The small trigger causes the hammer to fall. Designed in 1860 by Henry S. North and Edward Savage, production began in Middletown, Connecticut in 1861 and ended in 1862 with a total of 20,000 units produced. An initial order of 5,500 units was placed in 1861 but was later extended to 12,000 units. The first units were delivered late 1861 and several ended up being used by the Confederates. The Savage 1861 Navy was officially used by the following United States Army Regiments: 1st Wisconsin U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, 2nd Wisconsin U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and the 7th New York Cavalry. Confederate States Army Regiments: 34th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, 35th Virginia Cavalry, 11th Texas Cavalry, 7th Virginia Cavalry and the 7th Missouri Cavalry. The United States Navy also used the revolver in small numbers. This original example is in very good fully functioning condition. It has a 7” octagonal barrel and measures 15” overall length. It has a brass post fore sight and notched plate rear sight. The metal work has even patina throughout. The American walnut grips have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The top of the frame is marked ‘Sav RFA Co Middletown CT HS North Patented June 17 1856 January 18 1859 May 15 1860’. There are no visible exterior inspection marks or serial numbers on the pistol. It has a captive ram rod and its loading and firing actions have a nice tight action. Price for this unusual large frame civil war era pistol 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 13612
£1,750.00

***SOLD***SOLD*** C1835-1841 English J & G. Gibbs Bristol Percussion Double Barrel, Over & Under .376” Bore Calibre Pocket Pistol With Revolving Screw Off Barrels. Sn 13558. - 13558
George Gibbs (1811-1884) was an English Gunsmith recorded as working in Bristol between 1830 and 1884 both on his own and as J & G Gibbs (1835-41) at various addresses in Bristol including Redcliffe Street, Thomas Street and the Lewins Mead Factory St John’s Bridge Bristol. His family business continued after his death and was recorded as operating in Bristol and London throughout the Victorian era, both World Wars and post war into the modern era finally closing in the year 2000 (see page 225 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent Victorian percussion pocket pistol with revolving over & under barrels and concealed trigger. Its smooth bore screw off barrels are 1 ½” in length and measure .376” at the muzzle opening (6 ¼” overall length). Its steel frame is undamaged with nice patina throughout. It has foilte engraved decoration to the metal work. One side of the action is engraved ‘J & G Gibbs’ and the other side ‘Bristol’. The barrels are stamped with proof marks. One barrel is numbered '6' the other '7'. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip has fine chequering and is undamaged. The back of the wrist has a void diamond form silver escutcheon. The pistol features a safety bar at the rear of the hammer which works as it should. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly as does the revolving barrel action. Price for this desirable pistol 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 13558
£0.00

C1830 English, W. Bond London, 40 Bore Brass Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel & Concealed Trigger. Sn 13560 - 13560
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 nice brass flintlock pocket pistol by W. Bond made C1830. The pistol is 6” overall with a 1 ½” screw off smoothbore brass barrel which is .486” at the muzzle opening (approx. 40 Bore). On the left side it is engraved 'W. Bond London'. The right ‘London’. It has a sliding safety, folding concealed trigger and the hammer is fitted with flint. The action works as it should with a strong spring. It has impressed proof /inspection marks on the underside of the frame. Its walnut bag shaped grip has fine chequering and is inlaid with a void silver roundel. 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 13560
£645.00
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