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Early 1800’s English T.H. Bolton London 54 Bore Brass Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 14146 - 14146
This is an excellent brass flintlock pocket pistol made in the early 1800’s. Its brass barrel is 3” in length. The front 2 ¼” of the barrel section screws off and the pistol measures 7" overall. The underside of the barrel has proof marks. Its action has engraved oval panels on the left and right sides. The left panel is signed by the manufacturer ‘T.H. Bolton’, the fight ‘London’. Its steel trigger guard is engraved with an oval foliate design. It has a steel hammer. The pistol's bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The pistol is worthy of further research re the maker who we have been unable to find any record of. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 14146
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) Early 1800’s Pair Of 22 Bore Flintlock Belt Pistols By Egg London Converted To Percussion With Octagonal Damascus Steel Barrels & Walnut Full Stocks. Sn 14145 - 14145
Durs Egg (1748–1831) was a Swiss-born British gunmaker, noted for his quality pistols and for his company's production of the Ferguson rifle. Egg was apprenticed in Solothurn and Paris before establishing his own business in London in 1772. He was a contemporary of Joseph Manton, Jean Samuel Pauly and the uncle of Joseph Egg. When the famous gunsmith Durs Egg died in 1831 his Son John Egg took over the business operating at Haymarket London. In 1839 The business name reverted to Durs Egg at 4 Pall Mall London until 1854 then at 4 Colonnade Pall Mall from 1855 to 1865. This is a best quality pair of flintlock belt pistols converted to percussion by Egg. The matching pistols are beautifully engraved with a foliate design on the action plates, hammers trigger guards, butt caps and action tangs. The actions both have double silver bands. The action plates are both signed by the manufacturer 'Egg’ (London). Both measure 9" overall & have beautiful 4 ½” browned damascus steel octagonal barrels which are 22 bore. The bores are clean and bright. Both pistols have blued steel belt bars. The trigger guards, ram rod mounts and pommel caps are also blued. Both pistols have sliding bolt safety catches and are both numbered ‘1087’ which is engraved on their trigger guards. They both have undamaged attractive full walnut stocks with chequered panels at the grip. The back of each stock is inlaid with silvered escutcheons which feature ‘an arm holding a lighted torch’ motif, most likely a family crest or coat of arms. The pistols have their original wood ramrods with steel worms and horn end caps. Their cocking & firing actions work as they should. Price for this pair of nicely marked pistols worthy of further research re the family crest includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own these antique percussion pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14145
£0.00

RARE, Victorian C1860 Tranter's Patent Double Action, Double Trigger .54" Bore 5 Shot Percussion Revolver Retailed By Thomas Blissett Liverpool. A 576 - A 576
The Tranter revolver is a double & single action black powder cap & ball revolver invented around 1856 by English firearms designer William Tranter (1816 - 1890). Originally operated with a special dual-trigger mechanism (one to rotate the cylinder and cock the gun, a second to fire it) later models employed a single-trigger mechanism. The hammer on this double trigger Tranter has no spur and therefore could not be cocked with the thumb. To fire the weapon in the Single Action mode, the lower trigger is pressed, which pulls the hammer back and rotates the cylinder, at this point the gun can be fired with a light pull on the upper trigger. To fire more rapidly both triggers are pulled simultaneously, making it a double action weapon. Famous users of Tranter revolvers included Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency and the Confederate General James Ewell Brown Stuart. This is an excellent example of the Tranter Patent revolver in .54 Bore. It measures 12" overall with a 6" octagonal barrel with blade foresight and notch 'v' plate rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The pistol has the correct double trigger feature and captive lever ram rod. The pistol's frame, butt & trigger guard have foliate engraved decoration and the top of the frame is signed ‘Thos Blisset South Castle Street Liverpool’. Thomas Blissett was an English Gunsmith with premises at 38 South castle Street and 11 Water Street, Liverpool between 1834 and 1870 (see page 174 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). The trigger assembly and ramrod are crisply stamped 'Tranter Patent'. It's finely chequered Walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The firing action works perfectly. Price for this piece of history 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 576.
£1,875.00

SOLD SOLD (06/10) QUALITY, C1860 W&J Rigby Dublin Ireland .500” Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Captive Ram Rod. Sn 14091 - 14091
John Rigby & Company (or John Rigby & Co. (Gunmakers) Ltd) is the oldest gunmaking firm in continuous operation in the English-speaking world. Rigby has a distinguished history of technological advancement for both sporting and military application. Rigby rifles, guns and pistols have played prominent roles throughout the British Empire and particularly in Asia and Africa. The company was established by the first John Rigby in Dublin, Ireland in 1775. After the founding John Rigby's death, in 1818, his sons William and John Jason Rigby operated the business as W. & J. Rigby from circa 1820 to 1865, a period that spanned flintlock, percussion, pinfire and needlefire ignition and marked the start of the modern metallic cartridge era. Rigby was a leader in barrel-making and rifling technology and, at the time, it was also recognised for its high grade duelling pistols. This is a fine quality W&J Rigby Dublin percussion overcoat pistol, made around 1860. It is a sturdy pistol, 8 ½” overall length with a 4” heavy steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The round steel barrel has a flat barrel rib crisply marked ‘Dublin’. The stock is made from Walnut and it has brass furniture. It has its original captive steel ram rod. The action is engraved 'W&J Rigby' and works 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 14061
£0.00

AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH, RARE, Victorian English C1860’s Patrick Of Liverpool .700” Bore Percussion Holster Pistol To The Liverpool River Police. Sn 14055 - 14055
The River Mersey has borne silent witness to much over the years, non more so than during the American Civil War, the North of England supported the Confederacy due to its reliance on the Cotton producing South. So in addittion to the normal lawlessness one would associate with a Seaport the size of Liverpool, there was the intrigue associated with the support of the Confederate States of America (The CSA Embassy was in Rumford Place, Liverpool 2) including the Smuggling of General goods and the illegal transportation of Gunpowder. At a meeting of the Liverpool Borough Police Watch Committee on the 12th January 1865, upon the recommendation of the Head Constable, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company agreed to fund a River (Mersey) Police. The River Police was formed in June 1865, with the responsibility of patrolling the river itself. Its initial strength consisted of one Inspector, three Sergeants and thirteen Constables. The main duties of the New Force related to the movement of Cargo and Policing of general movement of Seamen, Cargo and Explosives. Volatile Explosives and ammunition would be removed by the River Police and would be taken to the Magazines at New Brighton. Although a part of the Borough Police, the officers of the River Police wore a separate distinctive Badge and collar dogs. These would be worn on a Naval style double breasted reefer coat. The main working uniform of men was normal uniform issue trousers and a thick Naval Pullover with the Police logo and in some instances the officers number thereon. The role of the River Police was a dangerous one as the duties entailed weaving in and out of the shipping lanes, boarding moving boats and the rescue of persons in distress. This is a rare .700” bore percussion holster pistol marked to the Liverpool River Police. It is 15 ½” overall with a 9" round steel barrel. The barrel has black powder proof marks and it has a clean smooth bore with no pitting. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer and brass furniture. The side plate is engraved by the manufacturer 'Patrick Warranted' (Jeremiah Patrick was an English Liverpool based Gunsmith between 1795-1814. The business was then taken on by Edward Patrick between 1814-1820 & finally by Ann Patrick into the mid 1800’s. The top of the barrel is crisply engraved ‘River Police Liverpool’ and one side of the brass butt cap is engraved ‘B/17’ (weapon number or Police designation). The pistol is as found and un-messed with. As is common with these pistols its ram rod is absent. The metal has no damage and even patina. The wood has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The price for this nicely marked historic River Police pistol 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 14055
£1,450.00

Victorian, English 1840-1850 John Cunningham, Manchester 20 Bore, Percussion Police Pistol With Silver Shield Escutcheon To No.5 Division, Cheshire Constabulary With Belt Bar & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14054 - 14054
John Cunningham was an English Gunmaker with premises at 3 Broad Street Pendleton & Quay Steet, Manchester between 1840 & 1850. This is an original Victorian, Mid 1800's Victorian, Police percussion pistol by Cunningham. It is 12” overall length with a 6” browned octagonal barrel which is 15.66mm muzzle diameter (approx. 20 Bore). The smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The barrel has a small brass blade fore sight. The Walnut furniture is a nice deep brown with chequered grip and steel furniture. The wood is undamaged with just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original wood ram rod with threaded end and brass cap. The side plate is marked 'Cunningham Manchester'. The top of the wrist has a nice inlaid silver shield escutcheon crisply engraved '5 Divn Cheshire Constabulary'. The action functions perfectly. Price for this sought after Police percussion 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 display or collection. Sn 14054
£1,450.00

QUALITY, C1840 English William Parker London Constabulary Pattern .577” Regulation Bore Percussion Uniform / Overcoat Pistol With Octagonal Barrel To Holborn Police Office Lambeth (London). Sn 14061 - 14061
The gunsmith William Parker (1722-1841) is recorded as having premises at various premises in London between1793 & 1841 including 233 High Holborn, Chamber Street and Glass House yard. His Sons continued the business after his death in 1841 and the company later became the prestigious Parker Field, makers of quality firearms and edged weapons, many of which were supplied to the British Military & Police (see page 190 of Browns book ‘British Gunmakers Volume 1’ ). This is a fine quality William Parker of London Percussion Overcoat Pistol. Made around 1840, this is the type of pistol made by Parker and later Parker Field, that was routinely carried by Victorian Police Officers in London. It is a sturdy, heavy 4 1/2" octagonal barrelled pistol with smooth bore. It measures 8 ½” overall length. The bore is excellent, clean with no pitting. The top barrel flat is crisply marked ‘Holborn Police Office Lambeth’ (London). The stock is made from rich English Walnut with brass furniture. It has its original wood ram rod with horn end cap. The lock is engraved 'W.Parker' and the action with heavy Dolphin hammer and foliate engraved decoration works perfectly. The action has a safety bolt which operates at half cock. This is an excellent Victorian English Police pistol to a named Police Office by a quality maker. 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 14061
£1,450.00

Victorian, 1844 English Enfield Tower Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue .550 Bore Percussion Pistol Weapon Number 12 Converted from Flintlock With Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar. Sn 14060 - 14060
This is an excellent original Victorian, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue percussion pistol by Enfield. It is 12” overall length with a 6 inch barrel which is .550" smooth bore. The bore is clean with no pitting. The Walnut stock is a nice deep brown with brass furniture & is undamaged with just the bumps & bruises to be expected. It has its original captive ram rod & the barrel has crisp ordnance / proof marks. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring and The butt plate tang is engraved with armoury weapon number '12'. The stock fitted with belt bar. The side 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14060
£1,175.00

1851-1852 English Witton Daw & Co London .650” Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol With Rifled Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 14042 - 14042
The English Gunsmiths Witton Daw & Co are recorded as having premises at 57 Threadneedle Street, London between 1851 & 1852 (see page 216 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion pistol by Witton Daw & Co. It is 14 ¾” overall with an 8 ¼” octagonal barrel. The top barrel flat is lightly signed ‘Witton Daw & Co Threadneedle St London’. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. It’s steel side plate, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial & stepped butt plate with hinged trap have light foliate engraved decoration. The side plate is signed ‘Witton Daw & Co’. It has a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a lovely walnut stock with chequered grip and inlaid German Silver escutcheon at the wrist. The pistol has its original captive steel ramrod. Its cocking and firing actions work as they 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 14042
£1,200.00

1829-1857 English William Egan Bradford Yorkshire Steel Frame 17 Bore Belt Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 14041 - 14041
The English Gunsmith William Egan is recorded as having premises at Hustler Gate, Bradford, Yorkshire between 1829 & 1857 (see page 214 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent steel framed percussion belt pistol by Egan. It is 10 ½” overall length with a 5 ¾” octagonal brown wash steel barrel which has black powder proofs. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 16.45mm muzzle diameter which is approx. 17 bore. The top of the barrel is crisply signed ‘Egan Bradford’. The action, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard and pommel cap with hinged trap have fine foliate engraved decoration. It has a brass bead fore sight, ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and captive steel ram rod. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The Walnut grip with fine chequering is excellent & undamaged. The back of the grip is inlaid with void German Silver escutcheon. 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 14041
£895.00
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