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Antique Pistols and Revolvers

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**MINT BORE** 1st MODEL WITH 3 GROOVE RIFLING**Victorian 1862 Dated British Enfield Tower Model 1855 .577 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod, 2 Leaf Graduated Rear Sight & Brass Fittings . Sn 16085 - 16085
This is an excellent British Victorian Model 1855 Cavalry Pistol. It is the 1st model with 3 groove rifling. The pistol is 16” overall with a 10” round steel barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp well defined 3 groove rifling. The barrel has black powder proofs. It has a heavy military Dolphin hammer and brass fittings including butt cap with steel lanyard ring, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end block with ram rod mount. The action plate is crisply marked with Crown & ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1862’ date. The walnut full stock is all original & undamaged with just bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The pistol is complete with its original captive steel ram rod. Its action works as it should. 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 16085
£1,200.00

Victorian, English Mid 1800's Private Purchase, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue, .56 Calibre, Percussion Belt Pistol By Lacy & Co London With Belt Bar & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 16084 - 16084
John George Lacy was an English London based Gunsmith first recorded as being in business between 1811-1815. In 1815 he went into partnership with David William Witton and they traded as Lacy & Co until 1833 at various London addresses including 63 Fenchurch Street and 13 Camomile Street. In 1836 the partnership ended. In 1853 Lacy is again recorded as operating as Lacy & Co (see pages 141 & 177 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 By Brown). This is an excellent original Victorian, Mid 1800's Private Purchase Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue percussion Pistol by Lacy & Co. It is 12” overall length with a 6” barrel which is .56" bore. The pistol’s smoothbore has staining consistent with age. The original Walnut stock with brass furniture & is undamaged. The stock is fitted with steel belt bar. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the barrel has crisp proof marks. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring. The action plate is marked 'Lacy & Co London'. 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 16084
£875.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 26/04) Civil War Era, 1854 Dated M1842 U.S. Army, Cavalry & Navy, Ira N. Johnnson .54 Calibre Percussion Pistol With Captive Ram Rod Together With A Framed Copy Of An Original Photo Of Factory Inspector Lt John C. Beaumont ‘JCB’ - 16083
In the early 1840s Ira N. Johnson and a number of associates set up a factory in Middletown, Connecticut, to complete a Government contract for martial pistols of the 1842 pattern. The smoothbore Johnson used the same 54-calibre ball as the new Mississippi Rifle from the Eli Whitney Jr. factory. While it was strongly associated with the cavalry of the day, the 1842 was actually a general service pistol along the lines of the British and French percussion handguns adopted the same year and many examples bear naval markings. Ira Johnson received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Dept in March 1851 to produce 10,000 M1842 pistols. The Johnson pistols, in their most familiar role, replaced very similar flintlocks in the saddle holsters of mounted troops. Issued in pairs, they afforded the Dragoons a couple of extra shots after they discharged their muskets and closed with an enemy. The 1842 is a sturdy pistol with reinforcing brass mounting and a substantial “ball” capping the butt to serve as a cudgel. Our example is in excellent condition. All metal and wood is original with even patina. The pistol has the correct brass fittings including, small blade fore sight, cudgel butt, heavy military hammer and captive steel ram rod. It is 14 ½” overall length with an 8 ¼” steel smooth bore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The action functions as it should. The action plate is marked ‘US’ (Army) above ‘I.N. Johnson’ together with ’Middtn Conn’ & ‘1854’ date. The barrel has the Factory inspectors mark ‘JCB’ which belonged to Lt John C. Beaumont U.S. Army. Notes accompanying the pistol detail Beaumonts career and describe the stock and finisher inspector of the pistol to be Capt William Anderson Thornton U.S. Army (1840-61). The pistol also comes with a framed copy of an original photograph of Factory Inspector Lt John C. Beaumont in uniform posed in a group of fellow officers (a sticker adhered to the glazed frame indicates the position of JCB). 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 part of a display or collection. Sn 16083
£0.00

Early 19th Century Spanish 14 Bore Miquelet lock Percussion Pistol. A 1004 - A 1004
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. This is Miquelet lock percussion pistol in Spanish form made sometime in the early 19th Century. It is 7 ½” overall length with a 3” unsighted cannon barrel. Its muzzle diameter is 17.57mm (approx. 14 Bore). Its smooth bore has staining consistent with age & use. The original Walnut full stock furniture has bumps and bruises to be expected. The pistol has its original steel ram rod. The Miquelet lock with Dolphin hammer works as it should. The pistol has brass fittings with naïve hand tooled foliate decoration and a bulbous brass, stepped pommel cap. There are vo visible manufacturer or date marks on the pistol. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display . A 1004
£495.00

C1840 English Corts & Co 32 Bore Percussion Belt Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Belt Bar. A 1003 - A 1003
This is an excellent C1840 percussion belt pistol. It is 11” overall length with a 6” octagonal barrel which has a small brass bead fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. Its smooth bore has staining consistent with age & use. The original Walnut full stock furniture has chequered panels at the grip & just the bumps and bruises to be expected. The pistol has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. Its Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and action have foliate engraved decoration. The action plate is signed by the maker or retailer ‘Corts & Co’ and has a safety bolt. The left side of the weapon has its original steel belt bar. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. 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 part of a collection or display . A 1003
£895.00

C1830 Pair Of English Turner Brass Framed Pocket Pistols With 40 Bore Screw Off Steel Barrels & Concealed Triggers. Sn 16045 - 16045
This is an excellent pair of percussion pocket pistols with brass frames signed ‘Turner’. They are each 7 ½” overall with 2 ½” screw off barrels which are both 40 bore (a tool is required to turn off the barrels). The bores of each barrel have staining & residue consistent with age and use. The barrels & underside of the actions have crisp proofs. On the left side they are engraved 'Turner’ and the cylindrical brass frames have tooled foliate engraved decoration. Both pistols have concealed triggers and large hammers. Both pistols have sliding safety bolts which have tooled decoration. The firing actions of both these pistols work as they should. Their bag shaped wood grips with chequered panels are undamaged and fitted with void German silver escutcheons. The butts have embossed lion’s head bosses. The price for this matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique percussion pistols no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16045
£975.00

C1870 Ladies Nickel Plated Liege 5mm Obsolete Calibre Pin Fire 6 Shot Purse Revolver With Folding Trigger. A 1002 - A 1002
This is a nickel plated 6 shot 5mm pinfire double action revolver made in Liege C1870. Its small calibre and frame allowed this type of pistol to be carried by ladies in their purses for personal protection. This example is in full working order. It measures 5" overall with a 2" octagonal barrel. The rifled bore has staining consistent with age. The pistol retains much of its original finish which is tarnished in some areas consistent with age. It has a typical folding trigger and smooth walnut grips. The barrel is stamped with a small Liege proof marks 'Star above U’. The pistol is side gate loading, has a post fore sight and a captive ejector rod. The frame, cylinder and barrel have quality tooled foliate decoration. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 1002
£495.00

C1860 French Lefaucheux Patent, 12mm Obsolete Calibre, Large Frame Military Pinfire, Double Action, 6 Shot Revolver Marked Acier Fondu (Cast Steel). Sn 16024 - 16024
Casimir Lefaucheux (26 January 1802 – 9 August 1852) was a French gunsmith. He was born in Bonnétable and died in Paris. Lefaucheux obtained his first patent in 1827. In 1832, he completed a drop-barrel sporting gun with paper-cased cartridges.He is credited with the invention of one of the first efficient self-contained cartridge system in 1836, featuring a pin-fire mechanism. This is an excellent Lefauchaux Patent, 12mm, large frame, military, pinfire, 6 Shot revolver. It is side gate loading with a 6” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech, sturdy undamaged frame and attractive walnut grips. The frame has small ‘crown above V’ and ‘crown above T’ inspection marks. The barrel’s bore is clean with well defined rifling. The barrel block is crisply marked ‘Lefaucheux Bt (French abbreviation of brevet translating to patent) above ‘Acier Fondu’ (French: Cast Steel). The frame is numbered ‘145791’. The pistol is double action and cocks and dry fires perfectly in both single and double action. The pistol has it's original military lanyard ring and captive steel clearing rod. The 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 16024
£795.00

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
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