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SOLD SOLD SOLD RARE & UNUSUAL, British Cooper & Goodman Birmingham 1863 Patent Breech Loading .451 Calibre Match Rifle With Henry Rifling, Ladder Rear & Adjustable Shrouded Fore Sight. Sn 14372 - 14372
Cooper & Goodman were Birmingham based gunmakers who manufactured a large number of military and civilian arms during their many decades in business. The firm was started in 1838 by Joseph Rock Cooper and became the partnership of Cooper & Goodman in 1857. They operated at 32 Woodcock Street and 77 Baggot Street from 1857 to 1870, and continued in business at other addresses until 1886, when the firm became the business of Charles Henry Cooper, who remained in business a various Birmingham addresses until 1917. Cooper apparently maintained his own individual business during much of the same time period, as J.R. Cooper. Alexander Henry, the famous Edinburgh gunsmith is most renowned for his involvement in the introduction the Martini Henry rifle and invention of ‘Henry Patent Rifling’. This is an excellent original rare and unusual example of a Cooper & Goodman 1863 patent .451 calibre breech loading single shot match rifle. It has all original undamaged woodwork throughout with chequered panels ant the fore stock and wrist. It has a shrouded adjustable hooded fore sight, flip up ‘Henry’ ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, steel cleaning rod & trigger guard with extended tang. The 33” steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp Henry Patent rifling. The rifle measures 42” overall. The metal work has even patina throughout. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof marks. The unusual top loading breech action works correctly and is fully functional. The breech is stamped ‘JR Cooper’s Patent 1863’. The action plate is signed ‘Cooper & Goodman’. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14372
£0.00

Victorian British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase .650 Calibre Muzzle Loading Carbine By Greener Gunmaker To HRH Prince Albert With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14329 - 14329
The famous W.W. Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a Victorian British Officer’s private purchase percussion cavalry carbine Greener. It has a 24” steel barrel which is a clean .650 carbine smooth bore and measures 40 ½” overall. The side plate is marked ‘Greener’ and the top of the barrel ‘Greener maker To HRH Prince Albert’. It has its original walnut stock which is excellent condition as is its metal work with original blue finish. The right side of the stock has its original steel saddle bar and the shoulder stock is fitted with sling swivel. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, ram rod mounts and fore end block. It has a heavy military hammer, blade fore sight, block with ‘v’ notch rear sight and original captive steel ram rod. The weapon cocks & dry fires with a strong action. Price for carbine by a famous maker 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 14329
£1,275.00

British Georgian Enfield Tower 10 Bore Flintlock Musket. Sn 14308 - 14308
A very good, original Georgian Enfield Tower, flintlock musket. It measures 52 ½” overall length with a 36 ½” round steel barrel which has proof/ inspection marks near to the breech (illustrated). The smooth bore has light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) and Faint Georgian Crown (all illustrated). It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void brass disc. It has its original iron ramrod, sling swivels, swan neck hammer fitted with flint and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The price 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 14308
£995.00

Large Victorian, Heavy Construction 20 Bore Large Game Percussion Sporting Gun For Ball. Sn 14311 - 14311
This is a large Victorian era percussion sporting gun for ball. It is 20 bore and has a 33" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (49” overall). Its bore has just light staining to be expected with age and use. It has all original undamaged Walnut stock with chequered wrist & steel butt plate. The trigger guard has an extended tang with acanthus bud finial. The action and Dolphin hammer have engraved scrollwork decoration. The barrel has a small blade foresight and it has a ‘v’ notch block rear sight. The stock has a polished horn fore end block. The weapon has its original brass ram rod. There are no visible external manufacturer or proof marks on this weapon. The gun’s firing action works perfectly. The price for this large Victorian 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 14311
£745.00

1906 Winchester Model 1894 .32-40 Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Rifle With Tube Magazine . Sn 13317 - 13317
This is an excellent increasingly hard to find Winchester Model 1894 lever action Rifle in obsolete calibre .32-40. It has excellent undamaged woodwork, original finish on the metalwork and strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. It's 25 ¼” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is nicely stamped on top of the barrel with '32-40' (calibre) and the stock strap 'Model 94' (1894) with Winchester name & Trade mark detail (illustrated). It has a tube magazine and is side gate loading. The underside of the frame is stamped with number '367562' which dates it to 1906. It has a steel butt plate, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. Price for this excellent lever action Winchester includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13317
£2,200.00

1882 Dated, 1853 Pattern, British Enfield Tower .577 Calibre Percussion Rifled Carbine Marked ‘13’ To The 13th Regiment Of Foot The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's). Sn 14310 - 14310
The 13th Regiment of Foot, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) was a Light Infantry Regiment of the British Army, which served under various titles from 1685 to 1959. This pattern of rifledcarbine were used by the British Military & the Colonies. This is a very good, original example of the British 1853 Pattern 2-band percussion carbine. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower' (Enfield). It is also dated '1882' which is stamped over an earlier unreadable date. It has all original walnut stock, brass butt plate which is stamped ‘13’ to the 13th Regiment of Foot, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The weapon also has its original steel ramrod, forward sling swivel, block and blade fore sight, and flip up ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. Total length is 40 ½” with a 24” barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. 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 14310
£975.00

VERY RARE, American 1869 – 1871 Patent, Evans Rifle Manufacturing Company, Mechanic Falls, Maine .44 Calibre, 34 Round Repeating Carbine Size Rifle With Integral Tube Magazine Port. Sn 14313 - 14313
The Evans Repeater is often considered to be one of the oddest rifles to ever be produced in the United States. The Evans was invented by Warren R. Evans, a dentist from Thomaston, Maine. With the help of his brother George, they perfected the rifle and started the "Evans Rifle Manufacturing Company" of Mechanic Falls, Maine in 1873. The rifle has a radial block receiver similar to the Spencer rifle, but the rounds were fed from an Archimedean-screw magazine which formed the spine of the rifle stock and could hold up to 34 rounds. The fluted cartridge carrier made a quarter turn each time the lever was operated, feeding a new cartridge into the breech. The round was unique to the rifle and hard to find. The Evans Repeating Rifle is very rare, only 15,000 Evans repeating rifle were produced between 1873 and 1879 when the Company ceased trading. The Evans repeating rifle holds the distinction of being the only firearm mass-produced in the state of Maine in the 19th Century. A contemporary image C1880 of a Native American Indian holding an Evan’s repeater is illustrated in image 3. This original example of the Evan’s repeater is in good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 20 ½” steel barrel’s bore is clean. The top of the barrel is stamped with the manufacturer’s name, address and 1869 to 1871 patent detail (illustrated in image 2). The carbine is fitted with sling swivel, a flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has the correct steel butt plate with tube magazine port. The action of our example is incomplete but the weapon is offered for sale in its present condition due to its rarity. Price for this piece of American firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14313
£1,475.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Burnside’s 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14312 - 14312
The Burnside Carbine was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. These carbines were used by troops of both the Union & the Confederacy during the American Civil War. This is an original example of the Burnside 1856 Patent carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21” steel barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is stamped ‘Cast steel’ and with partially readable date ‘186?’. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and blade shaped, block fore sight. It also has a single sling swivel, steel saddle bar & ring and steel butt plate. The top of the action is stamped with number ‘5535’. It also has manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 5th 1856’. The right side of the action tang is marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence R.I. (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14312
£1,675.00

VERY RARE, MINT RIFLED BORE, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, British Pattern 1800 Baker Flintlock Rifle By Ketland Birmingham To The 44th (East Essex) Regiment Of Foot, Baker Sword Bayonet By Osborn Birmingham With Scabbard & Original Horn Powder Flask. Sn 14257 - 14257
The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle Regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces. The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments adopted these accurate rifles (the hit Napoleonic War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of rifle). The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s. This is a superb, very rare, original, Baker rifle. It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct 30” long steel ram rod with small ‘BH’ inspection mark and sling swivels. The rifle measures 45 ¾” overall with a 30” round steel barrel which has a near mint, clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has crisp proof marks. The lock is stamped with Georgian Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) together with manufacturer’s name ‘W. Ketland’ (William Ketland Gunmaker Steelhouse Lane & Whitall Street Birmingham 1802-1807, see Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol. 2). The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end barrel block. The stock has a figured cheek piece and has a void oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘44’ to the British 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, an Infantry Regiment in the British Army, raised in 1741. The Regiment served in the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars and fought at the battle of Waterloo 1815. The 44th became the Essex Regiment in 1881. The rifle is accompanied by its original very rare, Baker rifle sword bayonet with broad 22 ½” long steel blade and grooved brass handle with knuckle guard. The ricasso under the langet is marked with what appears to be a partial letter ‘O’, most likely Osborne (unable to clearly photograph but visible in the Osborn signature image inset in image 2). The back of the blade is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Osborn’ (the Birmingham cutler Henry Osborn was in business from around 1785 and was to go on to be one of the most prominent cutlers of his time with a reputation for innovation and new ideas. Osborn produced some of the first prototypes of the iconic 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre). The handle incorporates the correct bayonet release button. The handle is stamped ‘III’ which is most likely a weapon number. The bayonet comes with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. These bayonets are rarely found with their scabbards. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Also accompanying this rifle is its original large polished horn powder flask. The curved horn flask is 11” in length and 2 ½” wide at the base. The horn is in superb condition and has a brass base cap and sprung screw off nozzle. Its brass throat mount is fitted with sling swivel as is its brass base cap. The flask is fitted with a later cord sling. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the horn powder flask. The price for this very rare sought after Napoleonic Wars era collection including a rifle to a Regiment that fought at Waterloo & which is a must for any serious collector includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14257
£12,500.00

Victorian 1855 Dated British Army In India 1853 Pattern .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With Enfield Tower Action Plate, Crisp 5 Groove Rifling. Sn 14222 - 14222
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This example was sent to the British Army in India during the Victorian era and probably re-stocked there. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower' (Enfield). It is also dated '1855'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar, sling swivels and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight and flip up rear sight. The barrel is clean and has crisp 5 groove rifling. Total length is 40 ½” with a 24” barrel. The firing action works perfectly. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14222
£675.00
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