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1880’s Victorian English Thomas Calton Austin & Co Ltd Hastings Sussex 12 Bore Double Damascus Barrels Breech Loading Under Lever Break Action Percussion Sporting Shotgun Wall Hanger. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED**Sn 6606 - 6606
Thomas Calton Austin was an English Gunsmith recorded as having premises at 44 George Street, Hastings Sussex C1883 and then at 8 George Street C1886 (see page 160 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a double barrel percussion sporting shotgun made sometime in the 1880’s by Austin. It has 30” Damascus steel barrels and measures 46” overall. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and double triggers and hammers. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang, stock fittings, side plates & hammers have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘T.C. Ausin & Co Ltd. The underside of the stock is inlaid with a void silver disc. The weapon’s under lever break action works as it should. Deactivated to UK / EU specification the hammers on this shotgun move but it does not cock & dry fire. The price includes UK /EU deactivation certificate & UK delivery. Sn 6606
£295.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1878 British WD & EIC BSA & M Co Snider MK III .577 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine. A 1016 - A 1016
The East India Company (EIC) renowned for its exploration and trading throughout the World had its own Army and Navy. The company was often in conflict with British Governments regarding trade but ultimately would often fight on behalf of the British Government for both their own & British interests. This is an excellent, original British War Dept WD & EIC marked .577 Snider MK III 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 BSA & M Co ((Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) cavalry carbine was made in 1878. It has a 19 ¼” barrel (37 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age & service use. The action plate is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown above ‘EIC’ mark, dated 1878 and has the 'BSA & M Co' (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) manufacturer's stamp together with inspection marks. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation and has WD marks. The hinged breech cover is numbered ‘6672’ together with small inspection mark and correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel have WD proof/inspection marks. The carbine has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The action is strong and works as it should. The price 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. A 1016
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (17/09) RARE, ONE OF 3000, American Civil War 1863 U.S. Army ‘SN & WTC’ (S.Norris & WT Clement) For Massachusetts Springfield Model Of 1861 Percussion Rifled Musket. Sn 16700 - 16700
The Springfield Model 1861 was a Minié ball type rifled musket shoulder-arm used by the United States Army and Marine Corps during the American Civil War. These rifles were the most widely used U.S. Army weapon during the Civil War, favoured for its range, accuracy, and reliability. It was in service between 1861 and 1872.The rifles were also used during the American Indian Wars. On page 204 of the book ‘The Rifled Musket’ by Claud fuller, the author describes this model as a regular Model 1861 Rifled Musket as opposed to the Model 1861 Special Contract, made by Colt and others. The initials on the lock plate refer to S Norris and WT Clement who were Civil War contractors to the State of Massachusetts and furnished a total of 3000 of these arms to the State, for arming their troops entering the Union Army. This is an excellent original U.S. Army S Norris and WT Clement State of Massachusetts Springfield Model Of 1861 Percussion Rifled Musket one of the 3000 made by Norris & Clement for the State of Massachusetts. It has an undamaged walnut stock and clean, bright metal in the white. It measures 55 ½” overall with a 39" barrel. The barrel’s bore has crisp rifling and just staining and residue consistent with age. The weapon has its original block & blade fore sight and graduated flip up 2 leaf rear sight, heavy military hammer, steel butt plate stamped with ‘U.S.’ (Army acceptance mark), sling swivels and ram rod. The action plate is crisply marked with the American Eagle together with ‘U.S. mark & manufacturer detail ‘SN (S.Norris) & WTC (W.T Clement) For Massachusetts’. The tail of the plate is dated ‘1863’. The barrel and wood have factory inspector / proof marks (illustrated). The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a muzzle loading antique percussion rifled musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display Sn 16700
£0.00

Georgian / Victorian Era Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 16687 - 16687
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 good, ornately decorated Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 47” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The weapon has fixed front and rear sights. The rifle is 22 Bore. The rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures 5 Feet 1 Inch overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with an East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. 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. As is common with these old native weapons the hammer and trigger move but it does not cock & dry fire. The 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 16687
£575.00

MASSIVE, C1790 Indian North West Frontier Match Lock 8 Bore Musket With Cannon Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 16633 - 16633
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing and more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a C1790 Indian matchlock musket as used against British troops on the North West Frontier. It has a 4 Feet 1 Inch long 8 bore cannon barrel with flared muzzle and measures 5 feet 8 Inches overall length. The bore has typical residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has a metal bar press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' arm to the metal powder pan arm and iron ram rod. The metal has even patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16633
£475.00

C1790 British Henry Nock Flintlock Naval Pattern .700 Calibre Musket With Brass Furniture. Sn 16634 - 16634
Henry Nock (1741–1804) was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty and was an appointed gun maker to the King. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is an original British Naval Pattern flintlock musket by Henry Nock. It is 43” overall length with a 27 ½” round steel barrel with block foresight and proof marks at the breech including Henry Nock’s ‘HN with Crown’ mark. Its smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. It has its original lock plate crisply signed ‘H. Nock’. It has regulation brass furniture and heavy military Swan neck hammer. It has all original walnut stock & iron ramrod. The top of the stock’s wrist is inset with a void brass roundel. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this Naval musket by a famous maker includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16634
£1,750.00

1793 British D.Wilson London Brown Bess Pattern Volunteer India Pattern .750” Musket Bore Flintlock Musket. Sn 16415:14 - 16415:14
This musket was made by one of the longest running of the London gun making families. Richard Wilson from Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland founded the company in London in the 1730’s. Many of Wilson’s Colonial Brown Bess muskets ended up in the hands of American Militia Units during the American War Of Independence (1775–1783), such as the 3rd New Jersey Militia who are recorded as being armed with Wilson India Pattern Brown Bess muskets. 512 India Pattern Brown Bess muskets were made for the government between October 1803 and August 1805 for use in the war against Napoleon. The company ended trading in 1832. This is an original Volunteer India pattern Brown Bess flintlock musket by D.Wilson (most likely one of Richard Wilson's family members involved in the business) . It measures 54 ¼” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel. The bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has numbers ‘SA1206’, ‘1173’ & ‘498’ together with what appears to be ‘MOIN’. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer ’D.Wilson’ & dated ‘1793’. It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & rear sling swivel. The stock is impressed with what appears to be ‘I over 5’. It has its iron ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The hammer is fitted with flint & the cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. This historic musket is suitable is worthy of further research. 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 16415:14
£1,650.00

MINT BORE, C1890 British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .250 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Under Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 16628 - 16628
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English listed as gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .250 CF calibre. It has a plain steel action & the breech has calibre detail ‘CF.250’ and the blued 26 ¼” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Non Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with chequered panel fore stock which has a polished horn fore end cap, chequered panel pistol grip and ribbed butt. It has leaf graduated flip up sights graduated 50-150 yards and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is near mint, shiny & clean. Total length is 41 ¾”. The under lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The action tang and action are numbered '8809'. The price includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 16628
£1,375.00

American Marlin Safety Model 1892 .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Tube Magazine. Sn 16609 - 16609
This is an increasingly hard to find Marlin Model 1892 lever action rifle in obsolete calibre .32 RF. It has all of its original woodwork which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metalwork has even patina to its original blue finish. The rifle strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Its 23 ½” barrel has a clean rifled bore (40 ½” overall length). The top of the barrel is marked with the Marlin Fire-Arms Co. New Haven address & patents for 1878- 1892. It has an external hammer & full length tube magazine. The top of the action is marked 'Marlin Safety'. The underside of the frame is stamped with number '84574'. The action / firing mechanism can be quickly exposed for inspection / cleaning by unscrewing a bolt on the right side of the action. It has a curved steel butt plate, brass blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The price 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 16609
£1,295.00

C1830’s English Richard Johnston & Co London 10 Bore Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 16614 - 16614
The English London based gunsmith Richard Johnston is recorded in as gunmaker & army accoutrement at 68 St James Street London between 1798 & 1840 (see page 174 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion hunting rifle signed ‘R. Johnston & Co London’ . It has a 31 ¼” octagonal steel barrel (50” overall). The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp and well defined. The rifle has a brass bead fore sight and grooved plate rear sight. It has a walnut half stock with German Silver stock mounts. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate is signed ‘R Johnston & Co London’ and has foliate engraved decoration. The signature is repeated on the top barrel flat. The rifle is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 16614
£1,295.00
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