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MINT BORE, ORIGINAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1854,Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Grip Frame, Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15351 - 15351
The family of Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers evolved from the iconic 1860 Army and 1851 Navy Revolvers and were produced between 1849 and 1872. This original U.S. Colt .31 Calibre Cap and Ball, 5 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in very good original condition with even patina throughout. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame. The pistol has the correct brass pin fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has an undamaged American Walnut grip. The left side of its frame is stamped 'Colts Patent'. The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked 'Address Col Saml Colt New York City'. The bore is near mint clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '87772' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates its manufacture to 1854. The cylinder and frame are marked 'Colt's Patent’. The cylinder has the faint but correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’ (illustrated). The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15351
£1,375.00

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of Irish J. Bloomer Flintlock Pocket Pistols With 40 Bore Screw Off Barrels & Concealed Triggers. Sn 15343 - 15343
The surname Bloomer was first found Ireland where the Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times. This is an excellent pair of flintlock pocket pistols signed ‘J. Bloomer’ most likely made in Ireland. They are each 6 ¼” overall with 1 ¾” screw off barrels which are 40 bore. The bores of each barrel have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of the pistols have crisp proofs. On the left side they are engraved 'J. Bloomer’ within banners and the right sides have engraved banners and void centre panel. Both pistols have concealed triggers and swan neck hammers, one fitted with flint. 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 panel back edges are undamaged and fitted with void silver escutcheons. The price for this matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistols no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15343
£1,295.00

RARE, QUALITY, MINT, Cased, Victorian C1824 English Isaac Riviere, London, 20 Bore, Officer’s Percussion Pistols With Damascus Barrels, Captive Ramrods & Accessories. Sn 15348 - 15348
Isaac Riviere (1781-1841) and his sons Henry and Augustus were London based gunsmiths operating from premises at Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Union Street, Bedford Street & Barclay Square between 1809 & 1866 (see page 198 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). Riviere made made pistols of fine design and workmanship. Riviere spanned the flintlock / percussion era and patented his percussion locks in 1825. This is a superb matching pair of Officer’s percussion pistols by Riviere made C1824 before he patented his locks. The pistols are in mint condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips and inset void silver escutcheons, 7” Damascus steel barrels with flat tops & best quality tooled foliate decorated action tang, breech top, trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, action plates & heavy dolphin hammers. The side plates of each pistol are crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Riviere’. The top of each barrel is crisply marked ‘London’. Both pistols are complete with their original captive steel ram rods, have small post fore sights and fixed rear sights. The barrels of each pistol are smoothbore. The bores are pristine and have the appearance of never been fired. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original Mahogany case. The case with hinged lid has its original hook fasteners and lock with key. The inside of the lid has an excellent original Riviere trade label. The interior of the case is lined in green felt and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a heavy copper and brass powder flask marked by the manufacturer ‘Dixon & Sons (the flask has 2 hinged covers at the base, one for storing moulded ball ammunition, 4 lead balls are contained in this internal magazine, the other for storing small lead shot or percussion caps), a tin of wadding patches, the tin is numbered ‘25’, a brass tipped wood ram / cleaning rod with brass attachments, a wood handled tool and wood loading hammer. The case comes with its soft velvet bag cover with draw string top in which the cased pistols were found. The price for this quality made pair of cased pistols, rare to find in this outstanding condition 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 15348
£4,950.00

VERY RARE, TRANSITIONAL, Cased, Cogswell & Harrison London, Victorian C1860 Double Barrel, Over & Under .40 Calibre, Percussion Pistol With Revolving / Turn Over Barrel Block, Concealed Folding Trigger & Internal Firing Pin. Sn 15234 - 15234
Cogswell & Harrison are London’s oldest surviving Gunmaker. The company founded in 1770, has, for generations made quality fireams. This is an excellent cased transitional Victorian percussion pistol with revolving, over & under barrels. It's steel barrels are 3” in length (7 ¾” overall). Each barrel has small silver bead fore sights and the rear sight consists of a ‘v’ notch block which forms part of the action. Its steel action is undamaged with even patina throughout. The barrels have clean smooth bores. The action and barrel block near the breech have foliate tooled decoration. The top of the action within the foliate decoration is signed ‘T.Cogswell 224 Strand London’. The action has a transitional firing mechanism featuring a cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer but which actually cocks the weapon’s internal firing pin. It has a concealed trigger which folds out when the pistol is cocked. The barrel block turns over as it should and its firing mechanism works correctly. The pistol's Walnut grip with chequered panels and bulbous grooved butt is undamaged. The grip has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The pistol is complete with its original walnut case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock & key. The lid and base of the case are reinforced with brass edges and corner panels. The centre of the lid has a void rectangular brass plate. The interior of the case is lined in green felt and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistol and its accessories which include a copper and brass powder flask, a steel bullet mould and a brass tipped wood ram / cleaning rod. The inside of the lid has an original Cogswell & Harrison trade label. The price for this quality made cased transitional pistol includes UK delivery. NB as an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15234
£1,200.00

Victorian British Tranter’s Patent .30 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel To Dr G. Lammert. Sn 15325 - 15325
This is an excellent, original, Tranter’s Patent 5 shot percussion revolver with spurless hammer. The weapon's double action firing mechanism work as it should and the cylinder can be removed for speed loading. The top of the frame is crisply inscribed ‘Dr G. Lammert’ no doubt the original owner of this pistol. Its walnut chequered grip is in excellent condition and has a stepped steel butt cap. It has ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and blade fore sight. The pistol’s 4” octagonal barrel has a clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. It measures 8 ¾” overall length. The pistol's metal work is undamaged has crisp foliate tooled decoration and all original finish. The price for this excellent percussion pistol 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 15325
£975.00

American Mexican War & Civil War Eras, .54 Calibre M1842 US Aston Percussion Cavalry & Navy Pistol With Captive Ram Rod, Brass Fittings & Cudgel Butt. A 612 - A 612
In the early 1840s, Henry Aston, Ira N. Johnson and a number of associates set up a factory in Middlefield, Connecticut, to complete a government contract for martial pistols of the 1842 pattern. The smoothbore Aston/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. Some 34,000 pistols saw production by 1850 and, upon completion of the contract, Johnson continued making the pistols under his own name. He filled an order for an additional 10,000 between 1853 and 1855. The Palmetto Armory added 1,000 units to the total. The Aston/Johnson pistols, in their most familiar role, replaced very similar flintlocks in the saddle holsters of mounted troops. They saw considerable use on the Oregon Trail and in the United States/Mexican war of 1847-48. 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. There are no manufacturer or date marks externally visible on our example but 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. 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. A 612
£595.00

1795 – 1803 English, Wogdon & Barton, London .577 Calibre Percussion Traveling Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Octagonal Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15235 - 15235
The English London based Gunsmith Robert Wogdon (1733-1813) is recorded as having premises at Cockspur St, Charing Cross in 1764 & Haymarket 1774- 1802. He is also recorded working together with John Barton at 14 Haymarket 1795-1803 (see page 216 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This percussion traveling pistol by Wogdon & Barton was contemporarily converted from flintlock. It is 14 ½” overall with a 9 ½” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Wogdon & Barton, London’. The smooth bore is clean. It has a Dolphin hammer. The action plate is signed ‘Wogdon & Barton’. It has all original walnut full stock which has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial are engraved with martial arms. It has its original wood ram rod with horn end cap. The pistol has a silvered blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they 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 15235
£675.00

C1850 British, 40 Bore, Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Screw Off Barrel, Integral Folding Bayonet & Quality German Silver Lion’s Head Butt Cap. Sn 15237 - 15237
This is an excellent percussion overcoat pistol. There are no external visible manufacturer or retailer marks on this pistol. It is 8 ½” overall with a 3 ½” screw off round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The underside of the action and barrel have black powder proofs. The muzzle is slotted for tool to assist screwing off the barrel (tool absent). The barrel can be also be unscrewed by hand. The action and trigger guard are engraved with foliate decoration. It has a steel Dolphin hammer and is complete with integral folding bayonet blade. The triangular blade with fuller is 2 ½” in length. The bayonet is secured to the muzzle of the pistol by a hinge. The bayonet is released by sliding the steel trigger guard to the rear. The tip of the blade sits within a notch in the front of the trigger guard when folded. It has an undamaged chequered walnut grip which has a void diamond shaped German silver escutcheon inlaid on the top edge. The butt has a quality German silver Lions Head boss / cap. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15237
£495.00

C1840 English, Nock Of London, 40 Bore, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15265 - 15265
Henry Nock was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is a very good percussion pocket pistol by Nock. It is 7 ¼” overall with a 3" screw off barrel (a barrel key tool is required to unscrew the barrel). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The action has foliate engraved decoration and the action tang is signed ‘Nock London’. The trigger guard is decorated with foliate decoration. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The chequered walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The price for this pistol by a quality maker 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 15265
£545.00

C1820 English, Thomas Hewson, London .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15231 - 15231
The English London based gunsmith Thomas Hewson is recorded as having premises at 133 Fetter Lane between 1805 & 1808, 36 Piccadilly 1808 to 1820. He is believed to have emigrated to South Africa C1820 and worked as a gunsmith at Grahamstown from 1837 (see page 169 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion traveling pistol converted from flintlock by Hewson. It is 11 ¾” overall with a 6 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The top barrel flat is crisply signed ‘London’. The smooth bore is clean. It has a Dolphin hammer. The lock plate is crisply signed ‘Hewson’ and has foliate engraved decoration. It has an undamaged all original walnut full stock. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration and it has its original captive steel ram rod with steel ram rod mount. The pistol has a brass bead fore sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they 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 15231
£895.00
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