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SOLD SOLD (25/9) RARE, WW1 Era, 1883 Dated French Military, Tulle Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (74/80) 11x59mm Calibre Carbine With 1876 Dated Chatellrault Arsenal Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 14583 - 14583
In 1874 France adopted a single shot rifle, this single shot rifle was based on the French 1866 Chassepot Needle Rifle. These weapons designated Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874) and the rare carbine variant were the main long arm issue for the French Military and were used for front line service until 1886, when a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel was designed. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a rare Gras 74/80 Carbine complete with correct bayonet and scabbard. The wood is all original with no damage and just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. It has heavy brass military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight and is fitted with sling swivels & original clearing rod. It measures 38 ½” overall with a 20" barrel. The rifled bore has staining consistent with age and use. The breech is marked by the Tulle Arsenal manufacturer, 'M80 & M1874' model detail and dated ‘1883’ together with Tulle inspection marks (all illustrated). It has the correct turn down bolt and its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The weapon is complete with correct bayonet which has a clean 20 ½” 'T' back blade. The back of the blade is manufacturer & date marked in French 'Mme d'armes de Chat (Manufactre d'Armes de Chatellrault) 8 O”re 1876' (8th October 1876). The bayonet has its original wood grips, brass pommel and steel cross guard with hook quillon. The bayonet is complete with original steel scabbard which has no dents. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14583
£0.00

VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14573
£1,895.00

C1850 Victorian, English, Webster Melton Mombray (Leicestershire), 16 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 14406 / A 582 - 14406 / A 582
This is a Victorian double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist. The shotgun with double 28” steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 44 ½” overall. The barrels muzzle diameters atre 16.77mm (approx. 16 Bore. The bores have light staining consistent with age. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved with game birds in the field scenes and signed by the maker or retailer ‘Webster’. The central barrel rib is engraved ‘Webster Melton Mombray’. It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14406 / A 582
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (18/9 ) RARE, C1860 Victorian Gentleman’s Self Defence & Poachers' 14 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Walking Stick Shotgun With Detachable Walnut Shoulder Stock. Sn 14498 - 14498
Victorian Gentlemen often carried concealed firearms to protect themselves. Also Victorian Poachers faced heavy penalties if caught in the act of taking game illegally and went to great lengths to conceal their activity. This is an original percussion walking stick shotgun made in the Victorian era, C1860 & no doubt used either by a Victorian Gentleman for self defence or by Poachers. The weapon is muzzle loading. The 'walking stick' has a brown 'wood effect' painted steel clean smooth bore 23 ½” screw off barrel which is 17.34mm muzzle diameter (approx. 14 bore). The underside of the steel section of the ‘handle’ has a steel trigger lever, percussion cap nipple and hammer which cocks for firing. The barrel has a removable copper washer at the breech end. One side of the action is mounted with a copper shield which has heraldic arms with banner and indistinct motto or name (illustrated in image 2). The muzzle of the barrel has its original removable steel end cap which plugs the muzzle and allows it to be used as & gives it the appearance of, a harmless walking stick. It has a curved Walnut handle holed with screw thread at the rear for the shoulder stock. The original removable Walnut shoulder stock with steel but plate and screw thread lug fits snugly onto the handle of the walking stick. The 'walking stick' with end cap inserted, including handle, measures 30 ¼” overall length. With shoulder stock attached it is 41 ¼” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare antique shotgun walking stick 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. Sn 14498
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD WW1 Era Austrian Steyr Mannlicher Model 1896/ M96 11mm Calibre Straight Pull Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 14499:15 - 14499:15
The Model M1896, better known as the Mannlicher M96 rifle is a bolt-action rifle, designed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher. The M1896 is unusual in employing a straight-pull bolt action, as opposed to the more common rotating bolt-handle of other rifles (see page 53 of Mannlicher Military Rifles by Scarlata). These weapons were used throughout WW1 and into the 1930’s. This is a good example. The wood furniture of this weapon is battle worn with knocks bumps and bruises to be expected, but all wood is original and intact with no cracks. The wood is mounted with a brass plate stamped with number ‘21’. The metal work is undamaged. The breech is stamped with the combined 'OEWG' Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft 'Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company Steyr mark. It has bayonet bar/ lug, sling swivels, steel butt plate, block and blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. The weapon’s bolt action and firing mechanism works perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14499:15
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (19/9 ) WW1 Era Austrian Steyr Mannlicher Model 1896/ M96 11mm Calibre Straight Pull Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 14499:14 - 14499:14
The Model M1896, better known as the Mannlicher M96 rifle is a bolt-action rifle, designed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher. The M1896 is unusual in employing a straight-pull bolt action, as opposed to the more common rotating bolt-handle of other rifles (see page 53 of Mannlicher Military Rifles by Scarlata). These weapons were used throughout WW1 and into the 1930’s. This is a good example. The wood furniture of this weapon is battle worn with knocks bumps and bruises to be expected, but all wood is original and intact with no cracks. The wood is impressed with 5 pointed star within shield mark which may indicate later post WW1 issue to Bulgarian troops. The metal work is undamaged. The breech is stamped with the combined 'OEWG' (Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft 'Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company' Steyr mark. It has bayonet bar/ lug, sling swivels, steel butt plate, block and blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. The weapon’s bolt action and firing mechanism works perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14499:14
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 25/9) Mid 1800’s English Clough & Sons Of Bath Somerset, 20 Bore, Double Damascus Barreled Muzzle Loading, Percussion Double Hammer Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14472. - 14472
The English gunsmiths George Clough & Sons are recorded Southgate Street, bath between 1826 & 1837 (see page 194 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Clough & Sons. It has 27” Damascus steel barrels set side by side with central barrel rib signed ‘Clough & Sons Bath’ and measures 46 ½” overall. The muzzle diameter of the barrels are each 15.53mm (aprrox 20 bore). The smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The metal work has fine quality engraved decoration to the action, side plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plates are both engraved by the maker ‘Clough & Sons Bath’. The action has silver roundels either side. The weapon has a grip safety feature & cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14472
£0.00

QUALITY, C1850 English Richard Howe Of Colchester Essex, 8 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Multi Stage Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14471. - 14471
The English gunsmith Richard Howe is recorded as having premises at Head Street, Colchester Essex between 1835 & C1832 then at High Street, Colchester between 1839-C1845 (see page 255 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Howe. It has a 42” multi stage Damascus steel barrel and measures 58 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The action is inlaid with silver bands. The metal work has engraved decoration to the side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved by the maker ‘Howe Of Colchester’ within a rural scene. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14471
£1,375.00

Large, C1850 English, Joseph Towl, Boston, Lincolnshire, 6 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14469. - 14469
The English gunsmith Joseph Towl is recorded as having premises at 13 Bridge street, Boston, Lincolnshire between 1834 & C1870 (see page 349 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent , large, muzzle loading shotgun by Towl. It has a 42” round steel barrel and measures a large 58 ¾” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The wrist has chequering and the top of the wrist is mounted with a void German silver disc. It has a brass fore end cap. It has a heavy dolphin hammer and the action plate is signed by the maker ‘J. Towl’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and threaded brass tip with cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this large antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14469
£1,400.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Couzens 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14468 - 14468
This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 in English form. This size of gun (6 feet 7 ¾” overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl. It is 8 bore and has a 5’ 3” stepped round to octagonal steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age. It has walnut stock with horn fore stock cap. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void German silver disc. The fore stock has German silver mounts. The metal work has engraved decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Couzens’ amongst hunting scene of birds in the field. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. Price for this massive fowling piece worthy of further research regarding the maker 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. Sn 14468
£1,200.00
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