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C1860 Victorian English John William Edge Manchester Double Barrelled .500 Calibre Percussion ‘Howdah’ Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15844 - 15844
John William Edge was an English Gunsmith recorded in Manchester between 1827 & 1864 (see page 95 of English Gunmakers by De Witt Bailey & Nie). The Howdah pistol was a large-calibre handgun, often with two or four barrels, used in India and Africa from the beginning of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule. It was typically intended for defence against Tigers, Lions, and other dangerous animals that might be encountered in remote areas. The term "howdah pistol" comes from the howdah, a large platform mounted on the back of an Elephant. Hunters, especially during the period of the British Raj in India, used Howdahs as a platform for hunting wild animals and needed large-calibre side-arms for protection from animal attacks at close quarters. The earliest Howdah pistols were flintlock designs, and it was not until about 60 years later percussion models in single or double barrel configuration were seen. Even though Howdah pistols were designed for emergency defence from dangerous animals in Africa and India, British Officers adopted them for personal protection in other far-flung outposts of the British Empire. This is a very good, original, percussion double barrel Howdah pistol by J.W. Edge Manchester. Its side by side steel barrels are 6” in length. It measures 12” overall length. The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age & use. It has a broad top rib and small brass bead fore sight. The rib is signed ‘J.W. Edge Manchester. It is complete with its original captive steel ram rod. Its original Walnut full stock has chequered panels at the grip and inlaid void silver escutcheon. It has double triggers and heavy Dolphin hammers. Its action plates and action tang are crisply engraved with foliate design and signed ‘J.W. Edge’. Both barrels have inlaid silver roundels at the breech. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this large calibre percussion Howdah 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 15844
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (03/02) 1800’s English Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron, Birmingham 80 Bore Flintlock Pistol With Turn Off Barrel & Folding Bayonet. Sn 15843 - 15843
This an excellent flintlock pocket pistol made By Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron who were quality English Gun makers located at 25 Russell Street, Birmingham between 1807-1821 (see page 35 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It is 7 ¾” overall length (with bayonet folded) and has a 2 ¼” screw off barrel (the muzzle of the barrel is grooved for tool to turn off the barrel. We do not have the tool). The barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has a 3” triangular folding bayonet which is released by sliding the trigger guard to the rear. The bayonet locks in place when open and is released for closing by depression of a steel button on the bayonet block. The underside of the frame has crisp proof marks. It's action is decorated on both sides, one side with Martial banners & arms & on the left side with the manufacturer's name 'Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron' within a foliate panel. The action has a sliding safety bolt to the rear of the Swan neck hammer which is fitted with flint. It has its undamaged original bag shaped wood grip. The grip is inlaid with a void silver escutcheon. The trigger guard is decorated with a stylised star motif. The weapon cocks and dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15843
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (14/02) C1840 Continental Form Percussion Pocket Pistol With Rifled Screw Off 9mm Calibre Cannon Barrel & Concealed Trigger. Sn 15817 - 15817
This is an original percussion pocket pistol made C1840 in Continental form. The pistol is 8” overall length with a 2 ½” screw off cannon barrel. The bre has crisp, deep cut rifling and just staining consistent with age. It has a dolphin hammer, & concealed trigger. The steel action has foliate decoration on both sides. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. There are no external manufacturer or proof marks on this pistol. The original bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. 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 15817
£0.00

C1880 Austrian Anton Antonitsch, Ferlach Combination Steel Dagger / Double Octagonal Damascus Barrelled, 6mm Calibre Cap & Ball Percussion Pistol With Internal Firing Mechanism, Hook Trigger & Scabbard With Removable Double Prong Ram Rod. Sn 15736 - 15736
The art of gunsmithing has been practiced in Ferlach Austria for more than 500 years, the area’s master gunsmiths are renowned for production of quality firearms. Anton Antonitsch was an Austrian master gunsmith recorded in Klagenruft & Ferlach in the 1880s and early 1890s. He was a supplier to a royal court in Budapest. This is a rare & unusual, quality made combination dagger / pistol by Antonitsch. The dagger with steel hilt has an 11” dagger blade with full length fullers. The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The hilt internally houses the pistols firing mechanism which is stamped with the manufacturer’s name ‘Antonitsch’ (illustrated in image 2). The integral pistol has double Damascus barrels which are 5” in length. 1 ¼” of each barrel protrude from the hilt either side of the blade. The bore of each barrel are clean with crisp rifling. The pistol has double internal hammers which strike nipples at the breech end of each barrel. Percussion caps would be loaded onto the nipples by opening a steel plate at the butt end of the hilt which exposes the loading port. The plate locks in place and is opened by depression of a small knurled steel button on the hilt. The pommel cap swivels to allow access to a pommel nut for dismantling / cleaning. The dagger has a steel cross guard and steel hook trigger which sits behind the cross guard. The firing mechanism has been examined & it is complete but fragile and we cannot guarantee its durability if subjected to dry firing. The weapon comes with its original steel mounted leather scabbard. The steel throat mount has 2 curved belt hooks and is slotted to accommodate the pistol barrels and the pistol’s horn handled double steel prong ram rod. The price for this rare Austrian dagger /pistol combination by a quality gunmaker includes UK delivery. Sn 15736
£2,750.00

SOLD SOLD (17/01) 1858 New Model Pocket 5 Shot, .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver With Sheathed Trigger 1873 Contemporary Remington Factory Converted From Percussion To Rim Fire With Removable Cylinder & Cylinder Plate. Sn 15775 - 15775
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 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 excellent original ‘New Model Pocket’ percussion Pocket Revolver with sheathed trigger and removable cylinder for speed loading. This example was converted in 1873 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 ‘’73’ (1873) denoting to the year of conversion. 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 is clean with well defined rifling. The pistol is serial number 22950. The barrel is crisply stamped with correct manufacturer and 1858 Patent detail (illustrated). It has a steel frame, captive lever ramrod. It is without fore sight. Its Walnut grips have just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It cocks and dry fires perfectly. 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 15775
£0.00

1853, American Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Frame, Octagonal Barrel Captive Steel Ram Rod & Period Leather Holster. Sn 15774 - 15774
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 Saml Colt New York City'. The bore is clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '60970' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard and butt which dates its manufacture to 1853. The cylinder is marked 'Colt's Patent 31521’. The cylinder has the correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’. The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The pistol is complete with its original period, brown leather holster which fits the pistol perfectly. The holster has a full flap cover with single brass stud on the body of the holster which attaches to an eyelet on the flap cover. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop with buckle stitched to the body. The leather of the holster has some surface scuffing consistent with age and use but all stitching and leather of the holster body, belt loop and flap are intact. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver with period holster 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 15774
£1,375.00

MINT BORE, American Civil War,1863, Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 6 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Frame, Octagonal Barrel Captive Steel Ram Rod & Period Leather Holster . Sn 15772 - 15772
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, 6 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' and the brass grip frame ‘.31’ (calibre). The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked ' Address Col Saml Colt New York US America'. The bore is near mint clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '241341' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard and butt which dates its manufacture to 1863. The cylinder is marked 'Colt's Patent 41641’. The cylinder has faint, correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’. The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The pistol is complete with its original period, brown leather holster which fits the pistol perfectly. The holster has a full flap cover with single brass stud on the body of the holster which attaches to an eyelet on the flap cover. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop fixed to the body by a single brass rivet. The leather of the holster has some surface scuffing consistent with age and use but all stitching and leather of the holster body, belt loop and flap are intact. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver with period holster 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 15772
£1,375.00

1875 - 1912 American Colt No.3 .41 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Nickel Plated Brass Frame Single Shot Derringer With Pivot Barrel. Sn 15769 - 15769
An original .41 Cal Rim Fire, Colt No.3 derringer. The No.3 Colt derringer, also known as the Thuer model after a patented design by F. Alexander Theur, was the most popular of the three Colt derringer models. Production ran from 1875 through until 1912. The serial numbers are often stamped beneath the grips, and are not visible unless the grips are removed (we have not removed the grips). Our example has a nickel plated brass frame with a sheathed trigger. The nickel plating is worn in areas which is to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its 2 ½” barrel pivots to the right for loading (the hammer must be at half cock to pivot the barrel). The barrel pivots as it should and is tight. It’s bore has just staining to be expected, the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is signed by the manufacturer ‘Colt’. It has its original American walnut grips which are in very good condition and secured with a single recessed brass screw bolt. It is stamped on the left side of the frame with calibre detail "41 Cal". Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15769
£675.00

1875 - 1912 American Colt No.3 .41 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Brass Frame Single Shot Derringer With Pivot Barrel. Sn 15770 - 15770
An original .41 Cal Rim Fire, Colt No.3 derringer. The No.3 Colt derringer, also known as the Thuer model after a patented design by F. Alexander Theur, was the most popular of the three Colt derringer models. Production ran from 1875 through until 1912. The serial numbers are often stamped beneath the grips, and are not visible unless the grips are removed (we have not removed the grips). Our example has a brass frame with a sheathed trigger. Its 2 ½” barrel pivots to the right for loading (the hammer must be at half cock to pivot the barrel). The barrel pivots as it should and is tight. It’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel is signed by the manufacturer ‘Colt’. It has its original American walnut grips which are in excellent condition and secured with a single recessed brass screw bolt. It is stamped on the left side of the frame with calibre detail "41 Cal". Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15770
£695.00

MINT, Cased, Victorian C1850 British Deane Adams & Deane London Dragoon Pattern .54 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer, Octagonal Barrel & All Original Accessories. Sn 15745 - 15745
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, cased, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot Dragoon Pattern percussion revolver. The weapon's double action only firing mechanism works as it should with a crisp action. It has a 6 ½” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore is clean with well defined rifling. The barrel has a small blade fore sight & notched plate rear sight. The top of the frame and top barrel flat are crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge' . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘Adams Patent’ and ‘No. II.844.R’. The cylinder has Victorian black powder proofs. The metal work is near mint retaining 90 % plus of its original blue finish. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in great undamaged condition. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent) and 2 metal hook fasteners. The case is lined with green baize and has compartments which contain accessories. The inside of the lid has a clean trade label. The accessories comprise, an empty ‘Eley Bros London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a brass and steel bullet double mould marked by the manufacturer Adams with 1852 patent detail and ‘54’ (calibre), a single moulded lead bullet, a copper and brass black powder flask which is signed by the manufacturer ‘C&JW Hawksley’, a small steel container with screw top lid and oil applicator tool, a wood cleaning rod with screw on attachments, a ball of fibre wadding & 2 ebony handled steel tools. The price for this cased pistol with many original accessories 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 15745
£3,950.00
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