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QUALITY, 1860’s English Isaac Hollis & Sons London .450 Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Monkey Tail Big Game Rifle, Octagonal Barrel With 7 Leaf Cape Graduated Rear Sights, Graduated Horn / Tusk Measure & Multi Groove Rifling. Sn 15980:5 - 15980:5
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). British Military Trials on Breech Loading rifles began in the mid 1800's. Their breech consisted of a plunger attached to a long handle which, when the breech was closed, lay along the top of the stock neck and was raised to open it, thus earning the nickname of the monkey-tail from its distinctive silhouette. This is an excellent breech loading 'Monkey Tail' rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered pistol grip which has a foliate engraved steel butt cap. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid has a crisp hunting scene. The 26 ½” brown wash octagonal barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and crisp deep cut multi groove rifling. The rifle measures 44” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration. The top of the barrel is signed ‘I. Hollis & Sons London’. It has a block & blade fore sight & graduated 200-800 yards, 7 leaf Cape rear sights with silver aiming lines and fixed ‘v’ notch plate sight .The top barrel flat also has graduated lines in inches 1” to 12” for measuring horns or tusks from trophy animals. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy hammer & sling swivel lugs. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended winged tang, acanthus bud finial and polished horn fore stock block. The weapon's loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 15980:5
£1,975.00

SOLD SOLD (18/01) 1842- 1873 English Pryse & Redman London .500 Black Powder Nitro Express Muzzle Loading Big Game Rifle, Octagonal Barrel With 4 Leaf Graduated Rear Sights, Graduated Horn / Tusk Measure & Multi Groove Rifling. Sn 15972 - A 999
The Pryse firm was founded in Birmingham in 1838 by Charles Pryse (the Elder) and was especially active during the second half of the 19th Century. The firm made quality rifles and handguns under its own name and also in conjunction with Richard Redman as Pryse & Redman. It initially was known as Charles Pryse, Gun & Rifle Maker, changing to Charles Pryse & Co. in 1840. In 1842 Pryse the Elder paired up with Richard Redman, and the company name was changed to Pryse & Redman until 1873, when Charles (the Younger) took over and changed the name back to Charles Pryse & Co. (Pryse the Elder also served on the first Board of Directors of BSA and was well known in the Birmingham & London trades). The younger Pryse continued the business through 1888. This is a best quality Big Game rifle by Pryse & Redman London. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The 32 ½” brown wash octagonal barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and crisp deep cut multi groove rifling. The rifle measures 49” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Pryse & Redman’. The top of the barrel is also signed ‘Pryse & Redman 230 Piccadilly London’ together with ‘66’ within a diamond cartouche. It has a blade fore sight & graduated 4 leaf rear sights with silver aiming lines and fixed ‘v’ notch plate sight .The top barrel flat also has graduated lines in inches 1” to 20” for measuring horns or tusks from trophy animals. The underside of the stock has a void Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer & sling swivel lugs. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended winged tang, acanthus bud finial and polished horn fore stock block. The weapon's loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle 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 15972
£0.00

VERY RARE, British Pattern 1800 .650 Calibre Baker Flintlock Rifle By J. Richards To The Irish Walworth Yeomanry With Ancient Guild Of Fishmongers Heraldic Device & 1843-1846 Irish L-Y (Londonderry) Registration Marks. Sn 15973 - 15973
Not much is known about the Walworth Yeomanry except that it was a unit of 18 to 20 men from Londonderry. Walworth is just outside Limavady in Ballykelly and used to belong to the ancient guild of the Fishmongers (the most famous City fishmonger is Sir William Walworth, who, as Lord Mayor of London in 1381, helped bring the Peasants' Revolt to an end by stabbing the rebel Wat Tyler to death at Smithfield in the presence of King Richard II). The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while, until August 1846. All firearms owned in Ireland during that period had to be Registered and marked with the relevant County code. 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 By J. Richards (There were many gun smiths named J. Richards working in both London & the provinces in the period). It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct brass mounts, bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct steel ram rod and sling swivels. The rifle measures 44 ½” overall with a 29 ½” brown wash steel barrel. The bore has just light staining and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has Londonderry registration mark ‘ L-Y 2857’ and the heraldic arms of the ‘Ancient Guild Of Fishmongers’. The lock plate is signed ‘J. Richards’. The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end barrel block & hinged patch box. The stock has an oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist engraved ‘Walworth Yeomanry’ and the butt plate tang has matching Londonderry registration mark. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. This rifle is a must for any serious collector & price 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 15973
£6,950.00

1815 Dated, East India Company (EIC) .700 Calibre Flintlock Musket With Ram Rod. A 608 - A 608
This is an original EIC flintlock musket. It is 42” overall length with a 26” long round steel barrel with block foresight. Its smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It’s lock plate crisply engraved with the EIC rampant Lion mark alongside number ‘2’ & dated ‘1815’. The Swan neck hammer is fitted with a flint. It has all original walnut stock with original iron ramrod. The stock has a chequered pistol grip with undamaged polished horn butt cap and steel butt plate. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for 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. A 608
£875.00

UNIQUE, MINT DEEP CUT MULTI GROOVE RIFLED BORE, Transitional C1840’s Victorian William Golden & John Hanson, Huddersfield Patent .600 Calibre Bolt Action Breech Loading, Needle Fire Rifle With Screw Off Octagonal Damascus Steel Barrel & Clearing Rod. A 60 - A 607
William Golden was born in 1801 in Sherborne, Dorset. He had four sons and three daughters, the sons were Charles (b.1826 who probably worked only briefly for his father before establishing his own business in Bradford), Edward (b.1835), Henry Booth (b.1838 who worked for his father), and Joseph (b.1839 who also worked for his father). William established his business as an ironmonger in 1833 at 2 & 3 Cross Church Street, Huddersfield (the shops were on opposite sides of the street). It is not known when he became a gunsmith but on 2 November 1841 together with John Hanson he patented breech-loading firearms and self-contained ammunition (patent No. 2129) including a cartridge that contained in a recess in its base a charge of fulminating powder which served to shoot out the projectile. The discharge was effected by a needle striking against the base of the projectile, and was intended for use in a breech loading arm. We have no further information regarding John Hanson. In 1851 William was an exhibitor at the Great Exhibition. It is not known which of his Firearms were exhibited but it would not be surprising to learn that a transitional firearm similar or the same as our example had been exhibited. In the 1871 census at the age of 70 William Golden gave his occupation as gunsmith and ironmonger. William died in 1873 and the family business ran by his sons continued trading until 1914. We have never encountered a firearm patented by Golden & Hanson nor a transitional breech loading needle fire rifle in the same form as ours. This Golden & Hanson Patent rifle is in excellent condition. The rifle has a 25 ½” screw off octagonal Damascus steel barrel and is 47 ¼” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp, deep cut, multi groove rifling. The barrel has English black powder proofs. It has a large trigger guard, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The action has tooled foliate decoration. The top of the breech is signed ‘Golden & Hanson, Huddersfield Patent’. The underside of the breech is numbered ‘23’. Its original Walnut shoulder stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The breech is a transitional early bolt action needle fire form and no doubt would have fired Golden & Hansons patent needle fire cartridge (we have not found an example of this cartridge) . Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The rifle has its original ebony rod with brass end caps. 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. A 607
£2,250.00

Victorian British Army In India Private Purchase 2nd Scinde Irregular Horse Enfield .700 Calibre Smooth Bore, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Indistinct London Maker / Retailer Marked Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15941 - 15941
The Scinde Irregular Horse was raised at Hyderabad on 8 August 1838. It was named after the province of Sind now in Pakistan, where it was raised to protect the trade route from the Bolan Pass to Sukkur on the Indus River and fight against the marauding Baluchi warriors. It later expanded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Scinde Horse. These three regiments were absorbed into the regular forces after the Mutiny of 1857 and became the 35th Scinde Horse and the 36th Jacob's Horse. They saw active service in Northern and Central India, Persia, Afghanistan on the North West Frontier and, during World War I, where they served in France and Palestine. The two regiments were amalgamated in 1922, as the present 14th Prince of Wales's Own Scinde Horse which served in World War II. This is an original Enfield Pattern private purchase cavalry carbine marked to the 2nd Scinde Irregular Horse. Its original wood full stock is undamaged and metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the action plate is marked ‘2nd Scinde Irregular Horse’. 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 and with an indistinct ‘London’ maker or retailer mark. It has a fixed rear sight and blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with sling swivels. It cocks & dry fires perfectly. The 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 15941
£1,275.00

1860 Dated British Military Private Purchase Volunteer / Militia Enfield Tower 2 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket. A 623 - A 623
This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion smooth bore musket in .600 calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1860’, together with Victorian Crown. The barrel has proof/ inspection marks. It has all original woodwork. The wood has chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist indicating that this weapon was a private purchase item. The underside of the shoulder stock has a void brass shield escutcheon. It has its original steel butt plate, ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight & bayonet lug. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age & use. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an antique percussion musket 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. A 623
£795.00

1861 Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern, 3 Band .577 Obsolet Calibre Rifle, Monogram Or Regiment Mark ‘HSJr’, Nipple Protector & Chain, Wood Muzzle Plug, Sling & Socket Bayonet With Matching Monogram, Leather Scabbard & Frog. A 622 - A 622
This is an original British Enfield 1853 Pattern 3 band Percussion Rifle. The weapon has a replacement lock and the action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with 1861 date. It has walnut wood work which has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate, Brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The butt plate tang has an engraved stylised monogram which appears to be ‘HSJr’ most likely a personal monogram or Regiment mark. The rifle has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and removable wood muzzle plug to protect water entering the barrel when marching in foul weather. Its original sling swivels are fitted with a brown leather sling which has a large brass buckle. The barrel’s 39” barrel is stamped with proof marks. It’s bore has crisp rifling and staining consistent with age and use. Total length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The rifle comes with an original period socket bayonet with locking ring. The bayonet fits the rifle perfectly. The bayonet’s triangular blade is 17 ¾” length. The blade has small inspection marks and the socket is engraved with matching stylised monogram / Regiment mark . The bayonet comes with a black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and an integral black leather frog. 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. A 622
£1,250.00

SOLD SOLD (15/12) 1881 Dated British Enfield Martini Henry MK 1 Converted To MK 2 577x450 Obsolete Calibre Artillery Carbine With Later Irregular 1919 Date Indicating Later Military Training Use. Sn 15833 - 15833
This is a very good original example of the MK 1 converted to MK 2 Martini Artillery Carbine in .577x 450 calibre. The right side of the action is date stamped 1881 with 'Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) and MK 1 converted to MK 2 designation. The metal work has even patina, WD ordnance marks and proof marks. The action also has an irregular 1919 date most likely indicating later use as a military training weapon. The wood work is all original with just the knocks bumps and bruises to expected with age and service use. The stock is impressed with a roundel which has indistinct lettering. The barrel is complete with bayonet lug, block & blade foresight, ladder rear sight and the weapon has a steel butt plate, sling swivels & cleaning rod. The 20 ¾” barrel has crisp multi groove rifling and just staining consistent with age. The action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. As an obsolete calibre, antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15833
£0.00

RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, 1870-1873 U.S Army Springfield Model 1870 .50 / 70 Springfield Obsolete Calibre Erskine S. Allin Trap Door Rifle Converted From An American Civil War Era Model 1863 Springfield Percussion Rifle. Sn 15649. - 15649
The Springfield model 1870 was one of several model "trapdoor Springfields", which used the trapdoor breech block design developed by Erskine S. Allin. The model 1870 was a minor improvement to the Springfield Model 1868, and retained most of the Model 1868's features. Wild Bill Hickok, the famous gunfighter, used a variant of the Springfield model 1870. Model 1870 conversions were performed from 1870 – 1873. This is an excellent, rare to find Springfield Model 1870 rifle converted From an American Civil war era Model 1863 rifle. This rifle has the correct trapdoor loading system, modified lock and hammer. It has its all walnut stock which has knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The action plate is marked: "U.S (Army) SPRINGFIELD" together with 1863 (model) & American Eagle & Shield mark . The top of the action is marked ‘1870’ (model) together with American eagle and shield mark. The steel butt plate tang is stamped "US" (Army). It has a fixed fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The bore of the rifle’s 32 ½” round steel barrel has well defined rifling and is clean. The rifle measures 51 ½” overall length. The rifle has its original steel ram rod and sling swivels. The barrel and breech have matching numbers 14535. The weapon cocks and dry fires and the action is strong. The price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15649
£1,475.00
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