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RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine With Correct Rare To Find Leather Barrel Cover. Sn 16317 - 16317
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure its original and rare to find leather barrel cover. The cover has a stitched seam which is intact and the leather has scuffs consistent with age but no tears. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 5953 and the loading lever has matching number. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16317
£1,945.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

SOLD SOLD (23/05) English, 1799-1833, Theophilus Richards, Birmingham, 3 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16316 - 16316
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Theophilus (Theop's) Richards a quality English Gun maker & Silver gun furniture maker located at various premises on High Street Birmingham between 1799-1833. Between 1818 & 1833 his premises were known as 'The Royal Patent Waterproof Gun Manufactory' where patents for waterproof locks fashionable in the day were produced. Two Theophilus Richards are recorded. One the Father of the renowned gunmaker William Wesley Richards, the other his elder Brother (see page 50 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This Blunderbuss is 30” overall with a 14” steel cannon barrel with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 30mm (approx. 3 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock and brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is nicely marked by the maker 'Theop’s Richards'. The top of the barrel is also signed ‘Theop’s Richards’ and has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 11 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research 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 16316
£0.00

MINT BORE, SUPERB, Victorian 1841- 1859 Mrs Elizabeth Fletcher, Gloucester, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Live Pigeon Sporting Shot Gun. A 1012 - A 1012
Thomas & Elizabeth Fletcher were part of a Gloucester based gun making family. Thomas is first recorded at 161 Westgate Street 1841-59. Mrs Elizabeth Fletcher is then recorded on her own at 158 Westgate Street 1862-1870. The family including their sons continued in the gun making trade at other Westgate Street addresses and the Company is recorded as E. Fletcher & Sons in the 1930’s then finally recorded operating as Fletcher’s Sports Ltd 1955 – C1972 (see page 220 of British Gunmakers by Brown). This is a superb large calibre, live pigeon sporting shotgun by Elizabeth Fletcher, made at the family’s 161 Westgate Street premises before she moved to 158 Westgate Street. This type of gun were popular at live Pigeon shooting competitions before the invention of ‘clay Pigeons’ when live Pigeons were released from cages to be shot by competitors and for hunting use. It is a large 6 bore but well balanced and designed to be fired from the shoulder rather than from a punt or bank as many other guns of this bore were made for. It has a 33” blued steel barrel. It measures 49 ½” overall length. The smooth bore is pristine, clean with no pitting. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist and fore stock. The fore stock has a scalloped polished Buffalo horn end cap. The top of the wrist is inlaid with silver escutcheon engraved with a stylised monogram. The action has best quality tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘E. Fletcher’. The barrel is signed ‘Elizabeth Fletcher 161 Westgate Street Gloucester’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1012
£2,450.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Leech & W.Ling Gunmakers Marked 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank / Punt Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. A 1010 - A 1010
William John Leech was an English Gunmaker recorded as having premises at Castle Alley 1813-14 & Union Street Whitechapel C1817. William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863 (see pages 180 & 178 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 signed by Leech & W. Ling. This size of gun (5 feet 1inch overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl or mounted on punts. It is 8 bore and has a 43 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & polished horn fore stock cap. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and is impressed ‘W.Ling’ indicating that the stock was supplied by the gunmaker William Ling. The wood has heavy brass mounts and heavy brass butt plate. The action plate and barrel block are signed ‘Leech’ (most likely William John Leech) It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1010
£2,750.00

Victorian 1840- 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1009
£2,450.00

QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 12 Bore /.750 Musket Calibre Big Game Rifle With Octagonal Damascus Barrel & Accessories. A 1008 - A 1008
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 33” octagonal Damascus steel barrel is .750 Musket Calibre (12 Bore). The top barrel flat is signed 'I.Hollis & Sons Makers'. The underside of the barrel has proof inspection marks. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 51” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void brass escutcheon and the shoulder stock has a patch box with hinged steel lid. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional 2 leaf hinged sights graduated 100 & 200 yards. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The weapon is contained in its correct but later wood case with hinged lid. The case has a void brass plate set into the lid and a lock with key. It is lined with green felt and the inside of the lid has a nice paper trade label to I. Hollis & Sons. The inside of the case is contoured to fit the rifle and it's later but correct accessories which include tools, adjustable powder flask marked ‘James Dixon & Sons Sheffield’ and ‘Parker Hale Ltd’ and a heavy brass and steel single ball bullet mould stamped ‘No 12’ and ‘Trade Mark’ together with ‘B’ within diamond cartouche . The price for this cased quality Victorian rifle 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 collection or display. A 1008
£2,750.00

CRIMEAN WAR 1856 Dated British WD Enfield Tower Pattern 1853 .577 Calibre 2 Band Muzzle Loading Percussion Carbine. Sn 16238 - 16238
This pattern of Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This is a very good Crimean war dated, example of the British 1853 Pattern Carbine. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and dated '1856' together with ‘Tower’ (Enfield). It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block & brass trigger guard with extended tang. The wood is impressed with ‘WD & Broad Arrow’ mark together with ‘2 NEW’ most likely a Regiment or Unit mark (unknown). The rifle has its original steel ramrod, sling swivels, block and blade fore sight and its original flip up rear sight. The barrel’s bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has black powder proof / inspection marks. Total length is 40” with a 23 ¼” barrel. The cocking & firing actions work correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16238
£975.00

**SOLD**SOLD**8/5**MINT BORE, Victorian British Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With Mark 1 Trigger. Sn 16233 - 16233
This is an excellent MK II Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has excellent all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged, has Birmingham proof marks and excellent blue finish throughout. It also has numbers ‘52’, ‘1184’, and ‘588’ stamped on the metal work and small inspection marks (illustrated). There is no manufacturer’s name or dates on this rifle. It has a 33” barrel and is 49 ½” overall length. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has smooth steel butt plate and MK 1 grooved trigger. It has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16233
£0.00

RARE, Crimean War 1855 Dated, French Model 1853 Chatellerault Arsenal Infantry Chasseur Sharpshooter’s Muzzle loading .700 Minie Ball Calibre Percussion Rifle With Brass Hilt Chatellerault Arsenal Yataghan Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 16225 - 16225
This is a rare and desirable French Minie Rifle of the Crimean War, together with its correct and well fitting bayonet. It is a Model 1853 Infantry Rifle, as issued to and used by the elite Chasseur Units in the Crimea. The rifle is dated 1855, the middle of the Crimean War, and was made at the French Royal Manufactory at Chatellerault. It has a flat Minie sight, graduated to 1,100 metres, and has the same four grooves and similar bore as the longer and more cumbersome British issue Minie rifle, 0.702 inches (17.8mm). The bore of the 34” barrel has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. It measures 49 ½” overall length. The metal work has even patina is dated 1855, signed by the Chatellerault Arsenal and has proof marks. The metal is numbered ‘523’ which is repeated on the all original wood stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel has the correct military bayonet lug, sling swivels and it has its original steel ram rod. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work correctly with a nice tight action. The rifle comes with an original French sword bayonet. The steel fullered single edged ‘T’ back Yataghan blade has staining consistent with age and is 22 ¾” length. It has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. It has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The blade is marked with the name of the French Chatellerault Arsenal in French. It is complete with the correct steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16225
£1,295.00
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