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ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Original, C1872 American Colt Model 1851 Navy Single Action 5 Shot .31 Calibre Pocket Revolver With Octagonal Barrel & Traces Of Original Silver Plating. Sn 13993 - 13993
The full size Colt Navy .36 calibre cap & ball revolver was a single-action percussion revolver produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company. It saw widespread use in the American Civil War and on the American western frontier. This is an original example of the pocket Colt M1851 Navy revolver in .31 Calibre. These Navy pocket pistols were produced in the early 1870’s. The pistol has a 6” octagonal steel barrel and measures 11 ½” overall. The metal work has even patina. The top of the barrel is crisply stamped with Colonel Colt’s New York US America address (illustrated). The left side of the frame is stamped ‘Colt’s Patent’. Its brass trigger guard frame has traces of its original silver plating. The cylinder has the correct Colt ‘stage coach hold up’ scene and is numbered ‘223278’. The barrel block, grip frame and butt have matching numbers. It has an undamaged Walnut grip. The barrel has a small post fore sight and the rear sight is a ‘v’ notch in the hammer. The pistol strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13993
£1,350.00

Original, C1872 American Colt Model 1851 Navy Single Action 5 Shot .31 Calibre Pocket Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13992 - 13992
The full size Colt Navy .31 calibre cap & ball revolver was a single-action percussion revolver produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company. It saw widespread use in the American Civil War and on the American western frontier. This is an original example of the pocket Colt M1851 Navy revolver in .36 Calibre. These Navy pocket pistols were produced in the early 1870’s. The pistol has a 6” octagonal steel barrel and measures 11 ½” overall. The blued metal work has even patina. The top of the barrel is crisply stamped with Colonel Colt’s New York USA address (illustrated). The left side of the brass trigger guard frame is stamped ‘Colt’s Patent’ & ‘.31 Cal’ . The cylinder has traces of the correct Colt ‘stage coach hold up’ scene and is numbered ‘60594’. The barrel block, grip frame and butt are numbered ‘290049’. It has undamaged Walnut grip. The barrel has a small post fore sight and the rear sight is a ‘v’ notch in the hammer. The pistol strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13992
£1,295.00

RARE, Large,1865-1868 American Civil War Era, Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co, Hammond's 1864 Patent, .41 Rim Fire Calibre 'Swing Breech' Bulldog Derringer Pistol. Sn 13998 - 13998
The Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co. was one of many firms formed during the American Civil War. Founded in 1863 by brothers Henry B. and Lewis Hammond, the company was located at Naubuc, a town located about ten miles southeast of Hartford. This is an excellent .41 Rim Fire calibre single shot 'swing breech' loading Hammond's 1864 patent Bulldog pistol. Introduced in 1865, approximately 7,400 of these single shot pistols were manufactured before production ceased in 1868. Loading was accomplished by depression of a steel button on top of the breech when the pistol is at half cock and pivoting the breech block to the left. One of the largest Derringers, It has a 4" octagonal barrel which is stamped ' Connecticutt Arms & Manf'g Co Naubuc Conn'. The rim of the swing out chamber is marked 'Patented Oct 25 1864' in small lettering. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The pistol’s original chequered brown 'gutta percha' grips are excellent and undamaged. The pistols loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this rare Civil War era pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique pistol, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13998
£975.00

CASED, ORIGINAL, EARLY PRODUCTION, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING CYLINDER, 1853-1854, Colt 1851 Navy .36 Calibre, Cap And Ball Percussion 6 Shot Revolver And Accessories. Sn 13989. - 13989
The Colt Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Calibre (i.e. .36 calibre), later known as the Colt 1851 Navy or Navy Revolver, is a single action, cap and ball revolver. It was designed by Samuel Colt between 1847 and 1850. It remained in production until 1873. Famous 'Navy', users included Wild Bill Hickok, John Henry "Doc" Holliday, Ned Kelly, and Robert E. Lee. This original, early production, Colt made, Navy revolver is in excellent condition with even patina throughout. It has attractive undamaged walnut grip, a 7 ½” octagonal barrel and measures 13 ½” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The cylinder has traces of its correct Naval battle scene depicting the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche engaged on May 16, 1843. (The Texas Navy had purchased the earlier Colt Paterson Revolver, but this was Colt's first major success in the gun trade; the Naval theme of the engraved cylinder was Colt's gesture of appreciation). The cylinder is numbered ‘26309’ which dates it’s production to between 1853 to 1854. It has matching serial numbers stamped on its frame, barrel block, trigger guard and butt. The top of the barrel is marked ' Address Col SamL Colt New York City’. It has a brass grip frame, captive lever ram rod, small conical post fore sight and ‘v’ notch hammer rear sight. The weapon has a nice tight action and works perfectly as it should. It is contained in its attractive, original, tailor made, wood case with hinged lid. The case is lined with blue felt and has compartments which snugly fit the weapon with additional compartments for accessories. The accessory compartments contain a copper and brass ‘Sykes Patent’ marked black powder flask, a moulded .36 calibre lead ball, a moulded .36 calibre conical bullet, an empty percussion cap tin with paper label ‘Eley Bros London Expressly For Colt Pistols’, a double bullet mould (for 1 ball and 1 bullet) marked ‘Colt’s Patent’, a steel adjustment tool and wood handled cleaning rod. The inside of the case lid has its original Colt paper instructions for use adhered. The case has its original lock (the key is absent). On top of the lid, in its centre, is a void brass roundel. The price for this excellent complete Colt pistol set 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 13989
£2,950.00

Cased, C1860, Victorian, William Needler Of Hull, Yorkshire, Patent 3683, Double & Single Action, 5 Shot .54” Calibre Percussion Revolver With Many Accessories. Sn 13977 - 13977
The Needlers were a family of English Gunsmiths based in Hull, Yorkshire. William Needler is recorded at 15 & 22 Scale lane, Hull between 1845 & 1847 & 27 Silver Street between 1850-1856. William. S. Needler is recorded at the Silver Street address C1894 (see page 293 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent, cased, percussion revolver by William Needler made C1860 with accessories. It is 11 ¾” overall with a 6 ¼” octagonal barrel. It has a closed frame and superb finely chequered walnut grips. It has a captive lever ram rod. The top of the frame is crisply signed ‘W. Needler Hull’ and the left side of the frame is marked ‘Patent No 3683'. The barrel is also stamped with Victorian proof marks. The action is very strong in both single and double action. The pistol is contained in its wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass disc. The case has its original key. The case is lined with rich green velvet and has compartments which contain accessories including a small steel oil container with screw top lid and integral applicator. A wood handled cleaning tool with additional screw on cleaning accessories. A small antique ivory pot with screw off lid which contains 3 spare nipples, a brass and steel double bullet mould stamped ‘54’ calibre and with small cartouche ‘Robt Adams Regd June1852’, an ebony handled adjustment tool & a copper and brass powder flask. Compartments also contain a quantity of .54 calibre moulded conical bullets and copper percussion caps. The inside of the lid has its original paper trade label ‘William Needler Gun Maker 27 Silver Street Hull’. The price for this excellent cased revolver with many accessories includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre 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 13977
£2,450.00

Victorian C1850 English Freemantle Of Fareham Hampshire .650" Carbine Bore Percussion Travelling / Holster Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13978 - 13978
Richard & John Freemantle were English Gunsmiths based in Fareham, Hampshire and are recorded as having premises on the High Street Fareham. Richard is recorded between 1823-1867 and John between 1870-1874 (see page 223 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown) . This is an excellent travelling / holster pistol by Freemantle of Fareham. It is 13" overall with a 7 ¾” octagonal browned steel barrel. The barrel is .650” carbine smooth bore. The bore is clean. Its steel fittings including Dolphin hammer, action tang, side plate, stepped butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & Pineapple finial have crisp foliate engraved decoration. It has a walnut full stock with chequered grip panels,German Silver void oval escutcheon on top of the wrist & original captive steel ram rod. The side plate is crisply signed ‘Freemantle’ and the top barrel flat ‘Fareham’. The breech end of the barrel has a gold band inlaid & the action has a platinum roundel. Its 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 13978
£975.00

VERY RARE, ORIGINAL, American Wild West Era 1870-1880 Colt No.1 ‘Knuckle Duster’ Single Shot Derringer In .41 Rim Fire Calibre. Sn 13896 - 13896
Colt made the No.1 derringer between 1870 and 1880. This is an excellent, very rare, original .41 RF Calibre steel framed ‘Knuckle Duster’ No.1 derringer By Colt. It measures 5 ¾” overall with a 2 ½” barrel which has a flat ribbed top with brass blade fore sight. The frame has foliate engraved decoration and ‘knurled oval sections’ to assist grip. The barrel rib is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Colt’ PTFA MFG Co Hartford CT USA’ together with ‘No.1’ all between stylised Maltese cross symbols. The right side of the barrel is numbered 'W1756'. It has a knurled spur steel hammer incorporating a ‘v’ notch rear sight and sheathed trigger. It’ hooked shaped handle with the appearance of a knuckle duster could be used to strike an assailant. The barrel is released by a sliding knurled steel button on the frame. The barrel swings out for loading. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly with a strong spring action. The price for this very rare derringer includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13896
£1,395.00

C1860's American Civil War Era Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York 6 Shot Brass Framed Front Loading .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge Single Action Army Model Revolver With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13913 - 13913
An excellent example of the unusual front loading Army Model .42 Cup-Primer Cartridge revolver by Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York (Merwin & Bray made the .42 Army Model aimed at Military contract sales and a smaller .30 cartridge pocket version for the civilian market). Our Army Model example has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “Merwin & Bray Firearms Co NY”. The circumference of the cylinder is faintly marked “PATENTED July 12 1859 July 21 1863”. It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “7592”. The front sight is a half round blade. It has a grooved frame rear sight. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The steel barrel, removable cylinder, sheathed trigger and hammer retain 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 captive rod with bolt action mounted on the frame’s right side. The cartridges used in this revolver had a priming compound in the cup shaped base of the cartridge. This revolver was manufactured C1860's by Merwin & Bray. 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. 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 13913
£845.00

C1800 English, Twigg Of London Brass Frame 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 13909 - 13909
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, 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 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. This is an excellent, brass framed flintlock pocket pistol by Twigg, London. It measures 6 ¼” overall with a 1 3/4" screw off steel barrel. The frame is marked ‘Twigg’ within roundel surrounded by banners & arms on the left side and the right ‘London’ within roundel, arms and banners. The underside of the frame has proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety catch feature and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13909
£575.00

C1830 English, Simmons Of London, 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. Sn 13911 - 13911
This is an excellent 20 Bore Flintlock Pistol. It is 14 ½” overall with a steel 9" browned steel barrel. The smoothbore is clean.It has a border engraved stepped lock and swan neck hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply engraved 'Simmons' (most likely William Simmons Gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). It has a lovely walnut full stock with brass butt plate. Its brass fittings including trigger guard with extended tang and ram rod mounts have foliate engraved decoration. It has notched frame rear sight and is complete with its original wood ramrod with horn cap & steel worm. It's action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the top of the barrel is engraved ‘London’ within a border. 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 13911
£1,275.00
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