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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

Cased, 1840-1850 Irish Edward Basset Dublin 60 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistols With Consecutive Dublin Castle Registration Marks DC-1707 & 1708, Screw Off Barrels & Accessories. Sn 15202 - 15202
This is a superb cased, matching pair of small percussion pocket pistols by a Dublin maker with consecutive Dublin Castle registration marks. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut bag stock inset German silver escutcheons, 4 cm screw off round steel barrels & Dolphin hammers. The barrels bores are clean and the top of each barrel have consecutive Dublin Castle Registration numbers ‘DC-1707 & DC-1708’. The underside of the barrels and actions have black powder proofs. The actions of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘Edwd Basset’ on one side and ‘Dublin’ on the reverse (Edward Basset was a Dublin based Gunmaker recorded as working between 1840-1850). These small pistols are each just 12.5cm overall length. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. They are complete with wood case. The case with hinged lid has its original brass lock (key absent). The interior of the case with compartments is contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a steel nipple key / barrel spanner tool and quantity of moulded lead balls. The price for this excellent pair of cased consecutive Dublin Castle registered pistols 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 15202
£1,395.00

C1870 Liege Belgium 12 mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Action Military Revolver With Lanyard Ring. Sn 15125 - 15125
This is an excellent original Liege 12mm calibre , 6 shot pin fire revolver. Our example is 10” overall with a 4 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The pistol has its original blue finish. It has an excellent undamaged, walnut grip. It is side gate loading & is double action. It has its original captive ejector rod. The cocking and firing actions function as they should in both single and double action. It has a blade fore sight and grooved hammer rear sight. The cylinder has a small Liege proof mark (illustrated). There are no other external visible inspection, manufacturer or date marks. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15125
£675.00

C1830 English Greener Trade 15 Bore Percussion Holster Pistol With Unusual Central Mounted Percussion Nipple, Heavy French Form Military Hammer & Ram Rod. Sn 15032 - 15032
The famous William Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was apprenticed under Joseph Manton and established his own business in the early 1800’s. The company is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. Greener gained Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a very good Greener trade percussion holster Pistol. It is 14 ½” overall with a 9" round steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore is clean. The underside of the barrel is marked ‘Holborne I.W’. The barrel has English black powder proofs and a small ‘R’ inspection mark. It has a plain lock plate with Greener’s Elephant & Castle trade mark and ‘Full Proof’ mark. It has a heavy French form military hammer and unusual centre mounted nipple. It has a walnut full stock which has just the light knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age. It has a brass trigger guard with extended tang and ram rod mount. The pistol has its wood ramrod with brass end cap. 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 15032.
£595.00

Original C 1810 .700 cal Belgian Sea Service Flintlock Pistol, Napoleonic Wars for British Royal Navy use. Sn 15057 - 15057
During the 18th Century the British Royal Navy began standardising their Naval small arms. One such weapon was the Sea Service flintlock pistol. These weapons were used by the British Royal Navy throughout the Wars with neighbouring France 1750- 1815. Due to heavy production demands for Sea service pistols during the Napoleonic Wars the British Admiralty turned to their Belgian allies to produce Sea Service pattern pistols to supplement dwindling British made supplies. Liege pistols, although not the fine quality of the British version were robust, heavy and well made. Our Liege made Sea service pistol was no doubt one of those made for the British Navy in the Napoleonic war era and is in good as found, un-messed with condition. It measures 15 ½” overall with a 9” steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean. The underside of the barrel has a Liege ‘ELG’ inspection mark. The heavy walnut full stock has brass furniture and fixed steel lanyard ring. The lock is plain steel and has a small ‘Crown above DN’ mark (illustrated). The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and the metalwork has nice even patina throughout. The heavy military hammer is fitted with flint. 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 15057
£845.00

1846-1863 English John Venables Oxford 40 Bore Percussion Pistol With Folding Trigger, German Silver Frame & Blued Octagonal Turn Off Barrel. Sn 13834 - 13834
This an excellent percussion pocket pistol made By John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). The pistol is 7 ½” overall with a 3” screw off blued octagonal barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has a small bead fore sight and the action a ‘v’ notch rear sight. The German silver frame and one barrel flat have crisp proof marks. The top barrel flat is crisply signed by the maker ‘Venables Oxford’. Its action is decorated with foliate engraving. It has its original blued Dolphin hammer, folding trigger & undamaged finely chequered walnut grip. The grip is inlaid with a void rectangular German silver escutcheon. The weapon cocks and dry fires as it should. 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 13834
£675.00

QUALITY, English, Mid 1800's, Thomas Conway Manchester, 40 Bore, Percussion Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15002 - 15002
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is an excellent original percussion traveling pistol by Conway Manchester. Its octagonal steel barrel is 5" length (9 ¾” overall). The barrel has a silver band inlaid at the breech end and small post fore sight. It has a ‘v’ notch rear sight on the action tang. The smooth bore of the barrel has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The pistol has its original captive steel ram rod. Its action plate, trigger guard and Dolphin hammer are nicely engraved with a foliate design. The action plate is signed by the manufacturer 'Conway Manchester'. The pistol has its original undamaged walnut full stock with chequered grip, German silver stock mounts and Inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this desirable 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 15002
£895.00

C1850 English William Probin 16 Bore Percussion Holster Pistol For Cavalry Officers With Octagonal Barrel, Safety Catch Slide & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15055 - 15055
William Probin was a Birmingham based gunsmith recorded as having premises at 11 and 35 Loveday Street between 1821 & 1860 then for 1 year only at 87 Tower Street in 1861 (see page 312 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This English percussion pistol made by William Probin C1850 is in very good condition. It measures 12 ¾” overall and has a browned 7 ½” octagonal steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean. The barrel has small brass post fore sight and ‘v’ notch rear sight. It has a Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang, steel ram rod mount and sliding safety catch feature. The pistol has its original captive steel ram rod favoured by Cavalry Officers. The action and hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘W. Probin’. The dark walnut full stock is all original and has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a chequered pistol grip, German Silver mounts and an inlaid German silver escutcheon at the wrist. Its action works as it should. The price for this pistol worthy of further research regarding the 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 15055
£845.00

QUALITY C1840 English R.S. Clarke 16 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Damascus Barrel, German Silver Mounts & Ram Rod. Sn 15033 - 15033
This is a quality made percussion pistol made C1840. It is 9 ½” overall with a 5” octagonal Damascus steel barrel. The barrel is fitted with German silver blade fore sight and grooved action rear sight. The barrel’s smoothbore is clean. The barrel has double inlaid silver lines and the action a silver roundel insert. It’s action plate, Dolphin hammer and trigger guard with extended tang have crisp foliate engraved decoration. The action plate is signed by the maker in stylised script ‘R.S. Clark’. Its original walnut stock has a chequered panel pistol grip. The wood has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The stock has German silver fittings (a small piece of one German silver stock mount on the right side of the pistol is absent as can be seen in the images). The pistol has its original wood ram rod with horn end cap. Its action works as it should. The price for this pistol worthy of further research re the 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 15033
£975.00

MAN STOPPER C1850 John & William Calvert, Leeds, Yorkshire 16 Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Screw Off Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15000 - 1500
John & William Calvert were English Gun makers with various premises in Leeds between 1797 & 1865 including 73 Briggate, Lowerhead Row & Commercial Street (see page 186 of British Gunmakers Volume 2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion overcoat pistol by Calvert. It measures 6 ¾” overall with a 2 ¼” screw off brown wash octagonal barrel The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The top of barrel is crisply signed ‘Calvert Leeds’. The barrel has a small brass post fore sight and the action has a ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The action, large trigger guard for gloved hand and Dolphin hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The pistol’s original chequered Walnut grip is undamaged and has a void German escutcheon inlaid. The pistol cocks and dry fires 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. Sn 15000
£695.00
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