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1875 Dated Dutch Model 1871/88 Beaumont Vitali 11x52R Obsolete Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By P. Stevens Maastricht With 4 Round Box Magazine. Sn 14950 - 14950
The Beaumont rifle is the first purpose-built cartridge rifle to be used by the Netherlands. Edouard de Beaumont designed the bolt and receiver which has very clean smooth lines with few sharp edges. The bolt is particularly aesthetic with no gripping surface on the cocking piece and bulbous bolt handle. The top of the chamber is drilled with two holes to vent gas away from the shooter in the event of a case rupture. This is a common feature in first generation bolt rifles as early brass cartridges were of varying quality. The rifle chambers the 11x52R Beaumont cartridge. P. Stevens of Maastricht was contracted to produce the majority of Beaumont rifles. This example is in good condition. It has original wood furniture which has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected of a service rifle of its age. The stock is stamped with an indistinct roundel. The metal work has even patina. The barrel length is 33” and it measures 52” overall. The breech is stamped 'P.Stevens Maas Richt’ together with inspection marks. The barrel is date stamped ‘1875’ and numbered ‘814’. The butt plate tang has numbers ‘1890’ above ‘814’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, safety catch, sling swivels & correct magazine. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. 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 14950
£675.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Dutch Model 1854 .54 Calibre Lorenz Rifled Musket (1861 Springfield) With Nipple Protector, Chain, Socket Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:32 - 14894:32
The Lorenz rifle was an Austrian rifle used in the mid 19th Century. It was used in several European wars, and also featured prominently in the U.S. Civil War. The Lorenz rifle was designed by Austrian Lieutenant Joseph Lorenz on similar design principles as the 1861 Springfield Armoury Rifled Musket. It was first approved for manufacture in 1854, and was Austria's first all-new infantry firearm in decades. The Lorenz rifle was the third most widely used rifle during the American Civil War. The Union recorded purchases of 226,924 and the Confederacy bought as many as 100,000. This original Lorenz rifle has standard steel lock and furniture and undamaged walnut stock with figured check piece which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. There are no external manufacturer or date marks visible. It has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling and original steel ram rod, It has a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch block rear sight. The bore of the musket’s 36” round steel barrel is clean and the rifling crisp. The rifle measures 52” overall length. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The musket comes with its original steel socket bayonet. The 18 ¾” diamond section blade of the bayonet is straight and undamaged. The socket arm is engraved with letters and numbers ‘1.79.4 St’ above ‘1083’ most likely a Regiment designation and weapon number. The socket is undamaged and has the correct steel locking ring. The bayonet fits the musket perfectly. 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 14894:32
£1,675.00

C1800 Moroccan/ Middle East/ Afghan North West Frontier 36 Bore Flintlock Jezail Musket With Georgian Tower Brown Bess Lock, Octagonal Barrel & ‘Club Foot’ Wood Stock With Thick Polished Horn Butt Cap & Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14945 - 14945
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia, parts of the Middle East and Morocco / North Africa. 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 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 some 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 very good quality flintlock Jezail. It has a 49 ¾” long octagonal steel barrel with blade fore sight & 7 ornate hand tooled copper barrel bands. The muzzle diameter is 13.4mm approx. 36 bore. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a massive 5’3” overall length. The action is from a British Georgian Brown Bess musket and is marked Tower Crown GR (George Rex) & with small inspection mark. The Brown Bess Swan neck hammer is fitted with flint. Its wood stock has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal has silver a gold coloured decoration on cartouches with script characters on top of the breech and ‘v’ notch block rear sight. It has the typical Jezail curved club foot butt with thick polished horn end cap which has naïve hand tooled decoration. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. It has its original steel ram rod. The Jezail cocks and dry fires. 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 14945
£475.00

Victorian C1860 English, John Venables, Oxford 28 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Brown Wash Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15054 - 15054
This an excellent percussion sporting / hunting rifle by John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and German Silver stock mounts. It also has a void German silver escutcheon inlaid. The stock also has a polished horn fore end block. Its 29 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel is signed ‘Venables Oxford’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 46” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Venables’. The rifle has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass worm, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent 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 15054
£1,250.00

Victorian British WD 1871 Enfield Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 15063 - 15063
This is an excellent, original British .577 Snider MKIII 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 Enfield cavalry carbine made in 1871 has a 16” steel barrel (34 ¼” overall). The bore has light staining consistent with age and use, the rifling is crisp. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork is undamaged and the stock has an ink Enfield roundel together with other inspection marks. The lock is clean with no signs of rust. It is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown 'V.R', dated 1871 and has the 'Enfield' manufacturer's stamp together with Wd arrow over ‘I’ mark. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation. The hinged breech cover has inspection marks and the correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel is nicely marked with Victorian proof/inspection marks. The barrel is also marked ‘Steel’. The carbine has its original brass nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. 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 15063
£995.00

MATCH GRADE Victorian C1860 Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London .50 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Target Rifle With Turner’s Patent Rifling & Ram Rod. Sn 15034 - 15034
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). This is a fine match grade target rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and fore end. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. The stock has an inlaid silver oval disc with indistinct monogram which appears to be 'I.J.B. Lues'. The stock also has a steel fore end block. Its 33” steel barrel is .50 calibre. The bore is clean with crisp Turner’s patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The barrel has faint proof marks with number ‘52’ and is marked ‘Turner’s Patent Rifling’. The rifle has its original steel ram rod, heavy Dolphin hammer, forward sling swivel and rear sling swivel lug, blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang which has foliate engraved decoration. The weapon’s cocking 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 15034
£1,750.00

British 1856 Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets Police District Or Unit Marked ‘6’ & ‘J.Lee’ & Socket Bayonet Marked ‘M3’. Sn 14948 - 14948
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is impressed with Board Of Ordnance ‘BO’ mark with WD arrow and number ‘1’. It is also impressed with name ‘J. Lee’ most likely an armourer’s inspection mark or the name of the Police officer who was issued with this carbine. The stock has its original sling swivels. The plain steel action plate is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1856’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. The butt plate tang is numbered ‘6’ most likely a Police District or Unit number. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The carbine is accompanied by an original constabulary socket bayonet which fits the carbine correctly. The 13” long triangular form blade is straight but has areas of stable pitting and chips to the edges. The socket is engraved ‘M3’ again most likely a Police District or Unit number The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14948
£695.00

**SOLD**SOLD**13/02/18**C1830 British E.F. Taylor 10 Bore Percussion Smooth Bore Musket Carbine Converted From Flintlock With Ram Rod. Sn 14946 - 14946
This is a good percussion carbine converted from flintlock. The side plate is signed by the manufacturer or retailer ‘E.F. Taylor’ amongst foliate decoration. It has all original walnut stock with ornate brass fittings including brass butt plate with trap (all illustrated). The weapon has a steel ramrod, blade fore sight and grooved action tang rear sight. The 18” round steel barrel is stepped to octagonal towards the breech. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. Overall length is 34 ½”. The cocking & firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique percussion carbine and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14946
£0.00

C1850, English Thomas Conway, Manchester Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Combination Cape Rifle (.600 Calibre Rifled Barrel & 12 Bore Smoothbore Shotgun Barrel) With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14949 - 14949
This is an excellent Double barrel percussion Cape rifle made C 1850. It has 30" browned steel barrels and measures 47 " overall. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The rifle barrel is .600 calibre and the bore is clean with well defined rifling. The shotgun barrel is smooth 12 bore. The bore is clean. It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang. The metal work has nice foliage engraving to the action plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, trigger guard and butt plate. The action plates are both signed by the manufacturer 'Conway' (most likely Thomas Conway an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852) . Both barrels have silver roundel inserts at the breech. It has double triggers and the weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with blade foresight & 3 leaf flip up rear sights each with silver sighting lines. The stock has 2 sling swivel lugs and it has its original brass tipped and capped wood ramrod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion muzzle loading Cape rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14949
£1,195.00

C1850 French Maubeuge Arsenal .700 Calibre Percussion Military Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Bayonet Slide & Steel Ram Rod With Integral Powder Measure. Sn 14947 - 14947
This is an excellent, original, French Military carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply engraved with Maubeuge Arsenal detail. The barrel has inspection marks (all illustrated). It has a brass fore end block, brass trigger guard and Brass butt plate which is numbered ‘8’ (illustrated). Its 23 ½” rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling. The carbine measures 36" overall. It has a fixed block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight and bayonet slide. The carbine has its original steel ram rod which has a hollow cup end for measuring powder. The side of the cup is numbered ‘930’ and has number ‘244’ struck out. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. 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 14947
£1,200.00
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