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Victorian British WD 1873 Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre 2 Band Rifle With Sling . Sn 15831 - 15831
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent 2 band rifle by Enfield Tower. 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 rifle has a 23 ¼” barrel with clean bore and crisp 3 groove rifling. The barrel has inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The action plate is marked ’Tower (Enfield)’ together with ‘1873’ date & crisp Crown Victorian crown mark. The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with snider patent marks. The breech cover has a steel breech cover with locking catch and inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels fitted with leather sling, steel cleaning rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, 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 15831
£1,195.00

MINT BORE, Victorian British WD 1885 BSA & M Co Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Marked ‘NSW PSCC’ To The Australian New South Wales Public School Cadet Corps With Leather Rear Sight Protector Cover. Sn 15830 - 15830
This is an excellent, original British .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 & Machine Company) cavalry carbine made in 1885 has a 19 ¼” barrel (34 ¼” overall). The bore is near mint, clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork is undamaged and the stock has an ink BSA 1885 WD Roundel together with Australian New South Wales marks ‘NSW above ‘PSCC’ (New South Wales Public School Cadet Corps) & weapon number ‘267’ (School cadets have been in existence in Australia for over 100 years. The first unit was established in Australia in 1866). It is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown 'V.R', dated 1885 and has the 'BSA & M Co' manufacturer's stamp together with inspection mark. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation. The hinged breech cover has WD inspection marks and the correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel is nicely marked with Victorian proof/inspection marks. The carbine has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight with removable leather cover which has eyelets that secure to screws on either side of the fore stock. The action is strong and works as it should. The price for this nicely marked Cavalry carbine 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 15830
£1,195.00

RARE, American Civil War Era U.S. Army Springfield Model 1864 Converted To Erskine Allin 1870 ‘Trap Door’ .50/70 Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Rifle & Sling. Sn 15839 - 15839
The Springfield model 1870 was one of several models of Springfield, which used the trapdoor breechblock 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. The trapdoor Springfields had originally been designed as an inexpensive method of converting Springfield Model 1863 / 64 muskets into breech loading rifles, which dramatically improved their rate of fire from about four shots per minute to about a dozen shots per minute. This is an excellent original U.S. Army Springfield Model 1864 Converted Erskine S Allin 1870 ‘Trap Door’ rifle. Our example has all original American walnut furniture and the metal work, bright & clean & clean. Interestingly the wrist of the stock has been contemporarily, expertly carved on the left side to provide finger grooves no doubt to provide a good grip for bayonet combat. The rifle measures 51 ½” overall with a 32 ¼” round steel barrel which has crisp well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, grooved action hinge rear sight together with flip up ladder rear sight. It has a heavy military hammer, correct breech cover latch, steel butt plate stamped ‘US’ (Army), sling swivels fitted with later leather sling, steel barrel bands, fore end block and original steel cleaning rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle and 'U.S’ together with ‘Springfield’ & ‘1864’. The breech cover has the correct ‘1870 with Eagle’ model designation. The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 15839
£1,395.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1864 British WD Enfield 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Snider Service Rifle. A 619 / 15838 - A 619 / 15838
This is an original Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1864' together with WD inspection mark. It has excellent all original wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel cleaning rod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and sling swivels. The barrel has a near mint bore, clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. Total length is 55 ¼” with a 36 ¾” barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. 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 includes UK delivery. A 619 / 15838
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (09/11) ZULU WAR ERA 1875 British WD Enfield Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK I Converted To MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With 1st Pattern Trigger, Butt Plate & Leather Sling. A 618 - A 618
This is an excellent Zulu War Era 1875 dated, Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. These rifles were used in the Zulu Wars of 1879. Our example has excellent all original woodwork which has a clear WD roundel stamp impressed into the stock. The metal work is undamaged, has Victorian WD ordnance/ proof marks and has excellent finish throughout. The action plate is stamped ‘Crown 'VR' (Victoria Regina) Enfield and dated '1875'. It also has the correct MK I, Conversion to MK II designation stamp. The bore is clean with crisp rifling and the weapon strips, cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels fitted with period leather sling & bayonet lug. It has the 1st type chequered steel butt plate and 1st type grooved trigger. The rifle has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The 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. A 618
£0.00

EXTREMELY RARE, BEST QUALITY, Victorian Jackson Nottingham 18 Bore, Belted Ball, Percussion Deer Hunting / Sporting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Removable Brass Muzzle Stopper & Leather Sling. Sn 15815 - 15815
John Jackson was an English, Nottingham based Gunmaker recorded at 7 Church Gate, Low Pavement Nottingham between 1821 & 1866. The Gunmaker Samuel Jackson is recorded at the same premises 1866-1886 then at 7 & 9 Church Gate C1886 – 1912. This is an excellent black powder Deer hunting / sporting rifle by John or Samuel Jackson Nottingham. The rifle has a steel 30” octagonal barrel (46" overall) in 18 bore for lead belted ball. The muzzle has its original removable brass and cork stopper to prevent water from entering the barrel when being carried in the field. The stopper fits the muzzle snugly. The bore has crisp grooved rifling for belted ball. The bore has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has a gold band inlaid at the breech end and the action has a silver roundel inlaid. It has all original undamaged Walnut stock with steel butt plate which has an extended tang & foliate engraving. The stock has finely chequered wrist panels and is inlaid with a void German silver escutcheon. The stock has a polished horn fore end block. The large trigger guard for gloved hand has an extended tang and acanthus bud finial. It has a Dolphin hammer and the action plate has a crisp Deer & Stag in the field scene. It is also crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Jackson Nottingham’. It is fitted with a German silver blade foresight & flip up 3 leaf rear sights. It has sling swivels fitted with an original leather sling & original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Its firing action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique black powder percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15815
£1,695.00

RARE, MINT BORE, One Of 1200 British 1875 Dated BSA & M Co 1874 Portuguese Contract Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘EPC’ To The Portuguese Escola Prática de Cavalaria (Cavalry Practice School) Saddle Ring & 2 Piece Rod - 15820
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK III Cavalry carbine one of only 1200 ordered by the Portuguese Government in October 1874. 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 carbine has a 19” round steel barrel with near mint bore, mirror clean with crisp rifling (37 ½” overall). The barrel has inspection / proof marks and is numbered ‘C 869’ (of 1200). The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate with trap which contains its original 2 piece screw together steel cleaning rod & brass trigger guard with extended tang and steel saddle ring. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘EPC’ to the Portuguese Escola Prática de Cavalaria (Cavalry Practice School) above weapon number ‘20’. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The action plate is marked ’BSA & M Co’ together with ‘1875’ date & Portuguese ‘Crown above GP’ mark. The breech is marked ‘BSA & Co’ and Sniders Patent’. The breech cover has a steel breech cover with knurled steel locking catch and inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price for this rare carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, 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 15819
£1,295.00

MINT BORE, RARE, U.S. Army Mexican Wars Era 1831 Dated Model 1803 Harper’s Ferry Flintlock Rifle Converted To 1819 Hall's Patent .52 Calibre Percussion Pivoting Breech. Sn 15818 - 15819
The M1819 Hall rifle was a single-shot breech loading rifle designed by John Hancock Hall, patented on 21st May 1811, and adopted by the U.S. Army in 1819. It was preceded by the flintlock Harpers Ferry Model 1803 rifle. Hall’s patent used a pivoting chamber breech design and had a percussion cap ignition system. The main years of production were from the 1820s to the 1830s at the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. This was the first breech loading rifle to be adopted in large numbers by any Nation's army. The back several inches of the "barrel" (the chamber) is a separate piece that pivots upwards from the front for reloading. In essence the weapon was still loaded front to back, but in a short section, similar in concept to loading a cylinder of an early cap and ball revolver. Breech loading designs would grow to dominate rifle procurement after the Civil War. Many of the lessons learned by Hall would benefit designers of the next generation of breech loaders such as the Sharps rifle (1848), Spencer carbine (1860) and others. Halls M1819 Patent rifles were used by the U.S. Army in the Mexican Wars. This is an original Model 1803 Harper’s Ferry Flintlock Rifle Converted To 1819 Hall's Patent with pivoting breech. The metal work has even patina and it has all original wood work. It has a 30" barrel with a mint, deep cut, 16 right hand groove rifling and measures 52 ½” overall. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, breech release catch, blade foresight, fixed 'notched bar' rear sight & original steel cleaning rod. The pivoting breech and firing mechanisms work correctly and is crisply marked ‘J.H. Hall H (Harper’s). Ferry U.S. (Army)’ together with ‘1831’ date. The price for this rare piece of Firearms history includes UK delivery. NB as an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15818
£1,495.00

Victorian 1867 British WD Enfield MK II** 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Snider Service Rifle. Sn 15785 - 15785
This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1867' together with small ‘4’ & ‘Crown WD arrow’ inspection marks. It has excellent all original wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel cleaning rod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and sling swivels. The barrel has a clean bore, crisp rifling and is stamped with Victorian proof and WD marks. The breech is stamped ‘MK II**’ model designation . Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. The wood is impressed with ‘R Crown M Enfield/ 1’ roundel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. 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 includes UK delivery. Sn 15785
£975.00

Large, C1800 Indian Match Lock 16 Bore Musket / Rampart Gun With Octagonal Barrel & Ornate Hand Painted Wood Furniture With Steel Ram Rod . Sn 15787 - 15787
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 C1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a 122cm long 16 bore octagonal barrel with flared muzzle and measures 171cms overall length. The barrel near the breech is numbered ‘97’. The smooth bore has residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has ornate red and green foliate scrolling decoration on a cream background & hand tooled brass barrel bands. It has a bead fore sight, grooved block rear sight and steel ram rod. 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 (the match holder is absent). The metal has even patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The wood work is colourful, clean and undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15787
£345.00
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