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1814-1820 British Officer’s Private Purchase India Pattern .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket By Clark (London) Marked ‘140’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14191 - 14191
This is an original India Pattern Brown Bess Officer’s private purchase flintlock musket. It is 55” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel with block foresight and proof/ inspection marks at the breech. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate crisply engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘Clark’ (most likely John Clark gunmaker Chamber Street London 1814-1820 for reference see page 149 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 1). It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The wood is impressed and brass side plate are both stamped with number ‘140’. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14191
£1,875.00

1848 Victorian British WD Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Constabulary Carbine Percussion Smooth Bore Police Musket Unit Or Rregiment Marked ‘R.P 267’ With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets. A 580 - A 580
This is a British WD marked Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has staining consistent with age. It has all original wood and metal work. The plain steel lock is engraved ‘Crown VR’ (Victoria Regina) above ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and ‘1848’ date. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard, fore end block and ram rod mounts together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's (see page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The stock is impressed ‘BO’ above WD arrow and ‘14’ (most likely an armoury weapon number). The barrel has WD proof/inspection marks and the butt plate tang is engraved with Unit or Regiment designation ‘R.P’ above weapon number ‘267’. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. Price for this carbine worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 580
£695.00

C1838 Victorian, English, Joseph Graves, Birmingham, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. A 579 - A 579
This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with hunting dog in the field retrieving game scenes and signed by the maker ‘Graves’, most likely Joseph Graves recorded in 1838 as having premises at Andover Street Birmingham (see page 229 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age. 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. A 579
£575.00

MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 12 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Ornate Brass Pin & Ivory Decoration & Ram Rod. Sn 14160 - 14160
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the weapon to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket. It measures a massive 66” overall length. It has an octagonal steel barrel which is 18mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 12 Bore). The bore has the staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel has 6 brass barrel bands. The hammer has scrollwork highlighted in gold and the right side of the weapon has a side plate with silvered Arabic script. It has a wood stock with ornate brass pin and antique ivory decoration & and typical curved butt. The musket has a steel ram rod. The wood, ivory and metal of the weapon have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons the action does not cock and dry fire. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14160
£575.00

MASSIVE, Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 10 Bore Flintlock Jezail With Brown Bess Lock, Octagonal Barrel & Wood Stock Inlaid With Mother Of Pearl, Copper & Brass. Sn 14169 - 14169
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a massive Indian / Afghan flintlock Jezail. It has a 44” long octagonal steel barrel, 4 copper barrel bands, small post fore sight and notch plate rear sight. The muzzle opening measures 20mm (approx. 10 Bore). The smooth bore has staining and residue build up consistent with age and use. It measures 59” overall length. The action is marked ‘tower’ indicating that the action is from a captured or broken British Enfield Brown Bess. There are no other visible external date or manufacturer marks on the lock plate. As is common with these native pieces the action does not work. The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a wood stock intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. The underside has a full length ornate copper band running from the butt to the forward barrel band for decoration and to assist strength ( a section of the band is illustrated in the bottom inset image in picture 3). It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. 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 collection or display. Sn 14169
£595.00

C1866 Victorian British Army In India Bengal Light Horse Enfield .650 Smooth Bore, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With 1858 Dated Action, Saddle Bar, Ring, Inlaid Stock Disc ‘J.Fort’ (Most Likely A Cavalry Station Designation) & Correct Brass & Wood Butt - 14161
Enfield Pattern 1853 cavalry carbines were used by the British army In India. By 1866 the stock of Tower P 53’s became diminished and conditions in India called for another issue of smooth bore carbines resulting in production of the ‘Bengal Light Horse Carbine’ some re-using P53 actions. Enfield and the trade made these carbines. The carbines were generally of superior quality to the P 53’s. There are 2 distinctive features in the construction of the Bengal Light Horse carbine. The first is the use of the rounded Baddeley rear barrel band and the second, the 2 piece butt plate with centre wood section with cross hatched grooves. This is an original British Army In India Enfield Bengal Light Horse Cavalry Carbine in excellent condition. It has all original walnut stock and original finish to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Enfield’ together with inspection mark and 1858 date indicating that this Bengal was built re-using the action of a P 53. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a smooth bore which has staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with Victorian proof/inspection marks. It has a fixed rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & correct unusual butt configuration (brass edge caps with central cross hatch chequered wood panel). It is complete with correct steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is inlaid with brass disc stamped ‘J.Fort’ (most likely a Cavalry Station or armoury designation) and weapon number ‘230’. There is also an impressed Enfield roundel. It cocks & dry fires perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14161
£645.00

C1866 Victorian British Army In India Bengal Light Horse Enfield .650 Smooth Bore, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar, Ring & Correct Unusual Brass & Wood Butt Configuration. Sn 14162 - 14162
Enfield Pattern 1853 cavalry carbines were used by the British army In India. By 1866 the stock of Tower P 53’s became diminished and conditions in India called for another issue of smooth bore carbines resulting in production of the ‘Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine’. Enfield and the trade made these carbines. The carbines were generally of superior quality to the P 53’s. There are 2 distinctive features in the construction of the Bengal carbine. The first is the use of the rounded Baddeley rear barrel band and the second, the 2 piece butt plate with centre wood section with cross hatched grooves. This is an original British Army In India Enfield Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine in very good condition. It has all original walnut stock and even patina to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Enfield’ together with inspection mark. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a smooth bore which has just light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with Victorian proof/inspection marks. It has a fixed rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & correct unusual butt configuration (brass edge caps with central wood panel (the cross hatching is worn / not visible), illustrated). It is complete with correct steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is impressed with numerous numbers (illustrated). It cocks & dry fires perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14162
£495.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian 1873 British Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14144 - 14144
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Snider cavalry carbine has a 19” round steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang, steel saddle bar and ring. The wood is all original. The action plate is marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1873’ date & crisp Victorian Crown. The breech and barrel have proof inspection marks together with ‘ZE 202’. The breech cover is marked ‘Sniders Patent’. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a block & blade foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14144
£975.00

MINT BORE, ZULU WAR ERA 1875 British WD BSA & M Co Martini Henry .577x 450 MK I Converted To MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle (No Nepalese Marks). Sn 14147 - 14147
This is an excellent Zulu War Era 1875 dated, Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has all original woodwork in very good condition which has a clear WD Enfield roundel stamp impressed into the shoulder stock. The metal work is undamaged, has Victorian WD ordnance/ proof marks and has excellent finish throughout. The right side plate is stamped ‘Crown 'VR' (Victoria Regina) BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) and dated '1875'. It also has the correct MK I, Conversion to MK II designation stamp. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon strips, 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 weapon has no Nepalese marks indicating British only service. 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 14147
£1,200.00

Large, Best Quality, C1850 Cogswell & Harrison London 4 Bore Percussion Fowling Piece/ Punt Gun, Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Damascus Brown Barrel. Sn 14128 - 14128
Cogswell & Harrison is London’s oldest surviving Gunmaker. The company founded in 1770, has, for generations made quality fireams. This is a large percussion fowling piece/ Punt Gun by Cogswell & Harrison. This would have been an expensive weapon to purchase when it was made C1850. It is 4 bore and has a 35" stepped round brown Damascus steel barrel & measures 55” overall. Its bore is excellent, clean with no pitting. It has beautiful walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The fore stock has German Silver mounts. The top of the wrist is inlaid with silver escutcheon which has a very faint stylised monogram. It has a plain steel butt plate with foliate engraved tang. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer, side plate, action finial and trigger guard with extended tang & Acanthus bud finial. All are nicely engraved with a foliate and serpent designs. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The action is signed by the maker ‘Cogswell & Harrison’. The piece which is a heavy 5.5 Kg is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. Price for this excellent 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. Sn 14128
£2,950.00
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