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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

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

SOLD SOLD (19/09) Original Nazi German Hitler Youth / SS Silver Plated, Cigarette Case HJ Diamond Insert & Nazi Rune. MISC 893 - MISC 893
This is an original Hitler Youth, Nazi period, Silver plated cigarette case. It measures 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cms when closed. It has a strong spring hinge and single press release catch opener. The lid of the case has a contemporary hammered finish with a large 4 cms width, raised central HJ diamond insert in a decorated silver border. To the top left of the central feature is a smaller diamond shape containing a single 'SS' rune on a plain background. The case opens to reveal 2 sprung central ornate case dividers which hold cigarettes firmly in place, in both the upper and lower compartments. This piece is in great condition with lovely patina throughout. The base of the case has slight denting consistent with period use by a smoker tapping cigarettes on the case. Price for this fully functioning original Nazi period cigarette case includes UK delivery. MISC 893

Victorian, 1844 English Enfield Tower Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue .577 Calibre Percussion Pistol With Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar, Butt Plate Numbered ‘12’. Sn 14060 - 14060
This is an excellent original Victorian, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue percussion pistol by Enfield Tower. It is 12” overall length with a 5 ¾” barrel which is .577 Calibre. The Walnut stock is a nice deep brown with brass furniture & has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the barrel has crisp ordnance / proof marks. The barrel’s bore has staining and residue consistent with age. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring and the stock fitted with belt bar. The butt plate is numbered ‘12’. The action plate is marked ‘Tower’ (Enfield) with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and dated ‘1844’. The action functions perfectly. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14060

SOLD SOLD (19/09) Italian Bodeo Model 1889 11.35mm (11.35 x 20R) Double Action Revolver Issued To The Corpo Guardie Municipali at Foggia. Sn. 15698 - 15698
This is an Italian military model 1889 11.35mm (11.35 x 20R) double action solid frame revolver that was issued to the Italian military in 1891. The revolver was called the Bodeo after Sergeant Bodeo, the head of Italian Commission who adopted gun. The gun has a six shot cylinder and a left hand twist rifled hexagonal barrel. The bore is clean, with crisp well defined left hand twist rifling. There is a backward hinging side loading gate on the right hand side of the frame and a hinged safety catch to the other side, locking the hammer in the safe position. The black bakelite grips are chequered and have CORPO GRARDIE MUNICIPAL cast into them. FOGGIA is impressed below signifying the city to which it was issued. On the other side of the grips is a coat of arms. This translates to the Foggia Municipal Guard to whom it was originally issued for police use. The gun retains much original finish and is complete with its lanyard ring. The action is firm in both single and double single action. The back strap is stamped with the number 806. NB. As an obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn. 15698

SOLD SOLD (14/09) MINT BORE, Victorian, Tranter Pattern Double Action, 6 shot .320 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Revolver With captive Swivel Ejector Rod. Sn 15699 - 15699
This is an excellent Tranter type Victorian .320 centre fire revolver. It is 7 ½” overall with a 3 “ round steel barrel barrel. The bore is pristine, clean, with crisp well defined rifling. It has superb finely chequered Walnut grips, side gate loading, blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The barrel and cylinder have small proof marks. The cylinder & ejector are stamped with matching numbers ‘6200’. The action is firm in both single and double single action. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this pistol. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15699

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 02/10) ORIGINAL AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA, Rare Savage Revolving Firearms First Model, 6 Shot, .36 Calibre Double Action Revolver. Sn.15669 - 15669
ORIGINAL AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA, Rare Savage Revolving Firearms First Model, 6 Shot, .36 Calibre Double Action Revolver. Sn.15669 This is a rare original American Civil War Savage U.S. Navy First Model Savage 6 shot double actioned revolver. The revolver manufactured by the Savage Revolving Fire-Arms Co. of Middletown, Connecticut from 1861-1865, the total production being approximately 22,000 guns. This revolver features a unique heart shaped trigger guard with round cocking lever, off-set hammer, six-shot cylinder, 7” octagon rifled barrel and hinged loading lever. The Savage Navy had a unique way of cocking and firing the gun. The gun is cocked by using your middle finger to draw back the figure 8 lever to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder. The figure of 8 lever is then released forward and the separate trigger is pulled to fire the gun. The Savage Navy revolvers were used by both Union & Confederate Officers during the Civil War. The 7 inch rifled barrel has sharp rifling and is fitted with a brass foresight bead. The action is crisp and the gun cocks and dry fires correctly. 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.15669

MINT BORE, C1870 Belgian Liege Military Pinfire 12mm Obsolete Calibre 6 Shot Revolver. Sn 15201 - 15201
This is a very good C1870 obsolete calibre 12mm Pinfire Military, side gate loading revolver complete with captive ejector rod with Liege marks. It is both single and double action & is in its original condition, fully functioning with a 4 ½” barrel and chequered walnut grips. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with well defined rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight and has a ‘v’ groove hammer rear sight. The butt is fitted with military lanyard ring. The cylinder is marked with liege ‘ELG’ proof and ‘Crown above T’ mark. The ‘Crown T’ mark is repeated on the frame. 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 15201

MATCHING NUMBERS, American 1861 - 1871 Patent Forehand & Wadsworth Worcester Mass USA ‘SWAMP ANGEL’ .38 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre 5 Shot Single Action Revolver (Named After An American Civil War Cannon) . Sn 15633 - 15633
Sullivan Forehand was first employed by the American Firearms manufacturer's Allen & Wheelock in 1860. He married Ethan Allen's daughter and entered the Firearms business. Henry C. Wadsworth, while an Officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, also married one of Ethan Allen's daughters. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he joined the Allen firm. The Company name subsequently changed name to Forehand & Wadsworth Firearms Manufacturing Co. This is a good example of the .38 RF Calibre "Swamp Angel" Revolver built by the U.S Gun manufacturer Forehand & Wadsworth. The name SWAMP ANGEL was derived from a powerful Civil War cannon. The Swamp Angel was the nickname given to a 16,500 pound rifled Parrott cannon with an eight-inch bore that briefly shelled the city of Charleston in August 1863. The massive gun was positioned near Morris Island in an earthwork made of sandbags known as the Marsh Battery. The construction of the Marsh Battery, which virtually floated on the Marsh, was considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of the war (the company co-owner was a Union Army Officer during the Civil War). The pistol has a 2 ½” barrel and measures 6 ¾” overall. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has an undamaged walnut grip and the cylinder axle has a removable steel extractor rod. This 5 shot revolver has a shrouded trigger and the left side of its octagonal barrel is marked with the Forehand & Wadsworth name together with 'Worcester Mass U.S.' address & ‘Pat Sept 24 Oct 22/61- 31 Jany 27 71’ patent detail. The top of the cylinder frame is crisply marked with the ' Swamp Angel' model detail (illustrated). It has a blade foresight & notched frame rear sight. The single action cocking and firing action works perfectly. The barrel and grip frame have matching numbers ‘4364’. The price for this revolver with connection to the American Civil war includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15633

SOLD SOLD (10/09) C1850 American Connecticut Arms Company Norfolk Brass Framed 6 Shot Front Loading .28 Cup-Primer Cartridge Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15652 - 15652
A very good example of the unusual front loading .28 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by the American Connecticut Arms Company. It has a 3" octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “CONN. ARMS CO. NORFOLK CONN.” It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “2730”. The front sight is a half round blade. The pistols were made without rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel, cylinder and hammer retain much of 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 lever mounted on the frame’s right side, between the trigger and cylinder. The extractor reaches through the same notch in the cylinder that the hammer uses to strike the primer. The extractor then hooks into the rear of the cylinder and pushes the cartridge out the front. The revolver can only be loaded and unloaded with the hammer in the half cock position; otherwise the chamber openings are partially blocked by a portion of the barrel assembly. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. The hammer swung through the hollowed out centre of the “cup” and struck the compound from the side, pinching it against the inside of the cartridge wall. 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. The 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 15652
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