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QUALITY, RARE, Victorian Era Japanese Samurai Niju Makibari (Twice Bound) 28 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel & Brass Fittings. Wood & Barrel Signed By The Gunsmith Katsumasa & Oshima Yoshioka (Stockmaker), 3 Oak Leaves Family Mon & Translation. - 13641
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 quality made Victorian era Matchlock. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It has a massive 40 ½” long barrel with cannon muzzle which is .555” at the muzzle opening (approx. 28 Bore) which is clean smooth bore and blade fore sight. It measures 63” overall length. It has a beautiful, full wood stock and wood ram rod with horn end cap. It has a post fore sight & block with notch rear sight. It has heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silvered fittings including Floral, Bird & Animal forms. The top of the barrel has the 3 Oak Leaves cluster family Mon indicating that this piece was made for a family member of one of the Japanese families associated with that mon (the Kasai, Horimoto, Kuboto, Makino, Kasawa, Nagaoka, Tanabe, Fujii, Matsuda, Nishikigori, Ogihara families used this form of mon). A brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. The lock is fitted with a cord to represent the ‘quick match’ and to demonstrate the action. The wood and metal are superb. The weapon is ingeniously held together by immensely strong bamboo pins and the barrel is Niju Makibari (Twice Bound- a term used to indicate that the barrel is made of 2 spiral rods forged around a central mandral much stronger than single wrapped barrels). The wood and barrel are signed by the Japanese Smiths who made this quality piece ‘Ni Ju Maki Bari’, ‘Goshu Kunitomo’ (Omi Province on the main Island of Honshu. Kunitomo family licenced to operate by the Tokugawa Shogunate) and Daiyosuke/ Tayosuke alternative personal name of Gunsmith) and’ Oshima Yoshioka San’ (The name of Stockmaker). Kunito Katsumasa is believed to have worked in the 18th century and normally uses the Kani ‘masa’ instead of the Kani on our piece. The reversal and mis-spelling of the first part of his name ‘Daiyosuke’ instead of the correct ‘Sukedayu’ in the signature indicates that this was made in his tradition by a later probably mid 19th Century Smith most likely a descendant. A translation of the Japanese signatures accompanies this piece. 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 13641
£2,250.00

RARE, 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54” Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 13857 - 13857
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon 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 ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is an original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 12085. It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856. 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 13857
£1,875.00

RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860's Spencer .52 Calibre Repeating Rifle/ Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar. Sn 13856 - 13856
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was the designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. It was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the Cavalry, during the American Civil War. Production began in 1860 and ended in 1869. Our example is serial number 52362 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11,001 and 62,000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a good all original example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, correct steel butt plate & with correct tubular magazine and latch plate. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece but the breech is crisply marked with the serial number. 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 13856
£1,795.00

Victorian C1860 British Militia Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield .600 Regulation Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Short Rifle By E. Bond London With 3 leaf Rear Sight, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 13859 - 13859
Edward Bond was an English Gunmaker with premises at 108 Leadenhall Street and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, London between 1762 until his death in 1790. His Sons continued the business with premises at Cornhill London until 1861. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The East India Company. This is a quality private purchase .600” Regulation Calibre 2 Band Short Rifle by Bond no doubt commissioned by a Militia or Volunteer Cavalry Officer. It has excellent all original woodwork throughout. Its steel side plate is nicely engraved by the maker ‘E.Bond London’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 40 ¾” inches overall with a 24” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, steel ram rod, 3 leaf rear sight, blade fore sight & brass nipple protector with chain. The bore is nice and clean with crisp rifling. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13859
£895.00

British MK 1, 1887 'I.C.1.' (1st Issue Pattern Cavalry MK 1) .577x .450, Enfield Cavalry Carbine. Sn 13761 - 13761
This is an excellent, MK I, 1st issue pattern 1887 dated .577x .450, Enfield made, Martini Henry, Cavalry Carbine. It is ordnance stamped and has all original woodwork. It has adjustable graduated ladder rear and winged blade fore sight. It has its original steel butt plate & steel cleaning rod. The stock is inlaid with a brass disc which has a WD broad arrow stamp. The barrel's rifled bore is clean. It has all original wood furniture and metal which is undamaged. The action works correctly and is fully functional. It is stamped on the right side with Crown VR (Victoria Regina), dated '1887' and has the correct designation stamp 'I.C.1.' (1st Issue Pattern Cavalry MK 1) above ‘2’. As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no Licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13761
£1,275.00

OFFICER’S QUALITY, 1874 Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine By V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London With Nipple Protector & Chain & Mint Rifled Bore. Sn 13775. - 13775
This is an original Officer's Quality British Military .577 Snider Patent Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. In that era many Tower made military weapons were bought by the British gun trade where they were re-fitted with refinements and sold as quality private purchase weapons for Officers. This Enfield Tower cavalry carbine has a 19 ¼” round browned steel barrel with a pristine bore and crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with hinged trap, brass trigger guard with extended tang and brass chain with nipple protector. The woodwork is excellent & undamaged. The action and side plate are also browned steel. The side plate is crisply marked with the Queen Victoria Crown, dated 1874 and has the Enfield ‘Tower’ mark. It also has the name of the gunsmiths who carried out the refinements including addition of butt trap & browned metal work ‘V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London’. The breech and barrel have proof / inspection marks together with number ‘V292’. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. Price for this superb snider 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 13775
£1,275.00

Victorian, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Damascus Barrels. Sn 13759 - 13759
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun made by Westley Richards. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ½” overall. The side plates, action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved ‘Westley Richards’. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining 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. Sn 13759
£675.00

QUALITY, C1870, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel, Lever Break Action, Pin Fire Shotgun. Sn 13764 - 13764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and especially good shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is an excellent quality 12 Bore pinfire double barrel shotgun made by Westley Richards C 1870. It has a top lever action and original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and forestock. The underside of the stock has a void German silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46" overall. The lever, side plates and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The leaver is faintly engraved ‘Westley Richards Patent’ and both side plates ‘Westley Richards’. The trigger guard tang is numbered ‘10080’. The break action and firing action of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13764
£895.00

Large, C1850 6 Bore Percussion Wild Fowling Piece / Punt Gun. Sn 13766 - 13766
This is a large Victorian era percussion fowling piece/ punt gun. It is 6 bore and has a 41" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (57 ½” overall). Its bore has the staining to be expected with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & brass fittings. The brass trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and brass butt plate tang have engraved scrollwork decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small post foresight. The side plate has partially visible manufacturer or retailer name which appears to be ‘J’ above partial name ‘Hollon’ The piece has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap. Price for this large Victorian 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 13766
£795.00

1860 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment Marked ‘V NL 434’ To The Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers. Sn 13765 - 13765
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921. The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day. The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan. In 1859 a scare a war with France swept the country, exposing the inability of the small peacetime Regular Army to defend Great Britain as well as the vast colonial Empire. The widespread popular demand for additional volunteer forces did not at first find favour with the Government of the day, but the Ministry finally gave way and on 25 May 1859 sanctioned the formation of corps of Rifle Volunteers. Lancashire responded with particular enthusiasm to the call for volunteers and by the end of 1860 over seventy local Infantry units had been raised.This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1860’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with ordnance inspection mark. The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘V NL’ to the Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers together with weapon number ‘434’. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13765
£1,175.00
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