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VERY RARE, MINT RIFLED BORE, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, British Pattern 1800 Baker Flintlock Rifle By Ketland Birmingham To The 44th (East Essex) Regiment Of Foot, Baker Sword Bayonet By Osborn Birmingham With Scabbard & Original Horn Powder Flask. Sn 14257 - 14257
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. It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct 30” long steel ram rod with small ‘BH’ inspection mark and sling swivels. The rifle measures 45 ¾” overall with a 30” round steel barrel which has a near mint, clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has crisp proof marks. The lock is stamped with Georgian Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) together with manufacturer’s name ‘W. Ketland’ (William Ketland Gunmaker Steelhouse Lane & Whitall Street Birmingham 1802-1807, see Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol. 2). The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end barrel block. The stock has a figured cheek piece and has a void oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘44’ to the British 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, an Infantry Regiment in the British Army, raised in 1741. The Regiment served in the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars and fought at the battle of Waterloo 1815. The 44th became the Essex Regiment in 1881. The rifle is accompanied by its original very rare, Baker rifle sword bayonet with broad 22 ½” long steel blade and grooved brass handle with knuckle guard. The ricasso under the langet is marked with what appears to be a partial letter ‘O’, most likely Osborne (unable to clearly photograph but visible in the Osborn signature image inset in image 2). The back of the blade is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Osborn’ (the Birmingham cutler Henry Osborn was in business from around 1785 and was to go on to be one of the most prominent cutlers of his time with a reputation for innovation and new ideas. Osborn produced some of the first prototypes of the iconic 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre). The handle incorporates the correct bayonet release button. The handle is stamped ‘III’ which is most likely a weapon number. The bayonet comes with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. These bayonets are rarely found with their scabbards. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Also accompanying this rifle is its original large polished horn powder flask. The curved horn flask is 11” in length and 2 ½” wide at the base. The horn is in superb condition and has a brass base cap and sprung screw off nozzle. Its brass throat mount is fitted with sling swivel as is its brass base cap. The flask is fitted with a later cord sling. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the horn powder flask. The price for this very rare sought after Napoleonic Wars era collection including a rifle to a Regiment that fought at Waterloo & which is a must for any serious collector 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 14257
£12,750.00

Victorian 1855 Dated British Army In India 1853 Pattern .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With Enfield Tower Action Plate, Crisp 5 Groove Rifling. Sn 14222 - 14222
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This example was sent to the British Army in India during the Victorian era and probably re-stocked there. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower' (Enfield). It is also dated '1855'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar, sling swivels and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight and flip up rear sight. The barrel is clean and has crisp 5 groove rifling. Total length is 40 ½” with a 24” barrel. The firing action works perfectly. 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. Sn 14222
£675.00

VERY RARE, C1860 Victorian English Barnett Of London Whitworth Patent Polygonal Rifled Barrel .450 Calibre Muzzle Loading Military Percussion Carbine. Sn 14237 - 14237
The London based Barnett family of Gunsmiths are recorded at various addresses in London from 1796 to 1908 starting with Thomas Barnett at 134 Minories who later became Thomas Barnett & Sons and later John Edward Barnett at the Minories & 37 Camomile Street, ending as JE Barnett & Sons Ltd at Brewhouse Lane, Leaman Street & Duncan Street (see page 140 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.1). This is an excellent muzzle loading military Whitworth patent barrel carbine size rifle by Barnett London made C1860. The side plate is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Barnett London’ together with Queens crown and Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). The top of the barrel near to the breech is marked ‘Whitworth (patent).450 Bore’. The barrel has Victorian proof marks. It has excellent all original wood work with chequered panel wrist, steel butt plate, brass fore end block, steel trigger guardand barrel bands. It also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, curved block fore sight, military heavy hammer and sling swivels. The 24 ½” barrel has crisp polygonal rifling. The Total length is 41 ¾”. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare muzzle loading percussion carbine includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique obsolete calibre percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14237
£875.00

VERY RARE, One Of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 3 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers & U.S. Marked Socket Bayonet. A 581 - A 581
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contract was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 757 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the Lancers post Crimean War. The barrel has proof / inspection marks (all illustrated). The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean rifled bore. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The weapon is accompanied by its original U.S. made socket bayonet. The bayonet has the correct swivel collar and 18” flat triangular section blade which is straight and undamaged and tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade is stamped ‘U.S.’. The price for this very rare Crimean War era American made British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 manufactured, with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 581
£1,295.00

Victorian C1850, English John Cole, 10 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14190 - 14190
This is a Victorian muzzle loading percussion Shotgun. It has a 31 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and measures 48 ½” overall. The barrel is 19.64mm muzzle diameter (approx. 10 bore). The bore is clean.The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon and it has a polished horn fore end cap. The metal work has engraved decoration to the, side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved with a ‘hunting dog in the field’ scene and signed by the maker ‘John Cole’. The top of the barrel is very faintly engraved ‘John Cole’ with unreadable address (there are several Gunsmiths by the name John Cole recorded as working in both London & the Provinces during the Victorian era). The weapon, strips, cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight & has its original brass tipped wood ramrod. Price for this antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14190
£475.00

C1850, Continental 18 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Patch box, Ramrod & Sling. Sn 14189 - 14189
This is a continental muzzle loading percussion shotgun made C1850. It has a 31” round browned steel barrel and measures 47 ½” overall. The barrel is 16.23mm muzzle diameter (approx. 18 Bore). The smooth bore has staining and powder residue consistent with age and use. It has its original wood stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The wood has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age. The shoulder stock has a steel hinged patchbox and figured cheek piece. The action plate and Dolphin hammer have light foliate engraved decoration. It has a plain steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun’s butt plate & bead fore sight are absent. The shotgun has its original steel ramrod. The shotgun is fitted with sling swivels and webbing sling. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the weapon. The weapon strips, cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this attractive antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14189
£395.00

Victorian 1878 British Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine. Sn 14188 - 14188
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 cavalry carbine has a 19” round steel barrel with clean bore which has crisp well defined rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. The wood is all original. The action plate is marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1878’ date & crisp Queen’s Crown with Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). The breech has small inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a block & blade foresight, adjustable rear ladder sight and steel ram rod. The price 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 14188
£695.00

VERY SCARCE, Napoleonic Wars Era British Ketland & Co New Land Pattern (42” Barrel) Officer’s Private Purchase .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket To ‘A.Taylor’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14212 - 14212
Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an original British Officer’s private purchase Brown Bess New Land pattern flintlock musket. The New Land Pattern was introduced into British service C1802 after the signing of the Peace of Amiens to end the French Revolutionary Wars, when possibility seemed high of a return to peacetime levels of production (see page 36 plate 30 & page 37 of British Military Long Arms 1715-1815 by Bailey). Unfortunately peace did not last and the Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 culminating in the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815. This example of the New Land Pattern by Ketland & Co has the correct 42” round steel barrel with block foresight. It measures 58 ½” overall length. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘T. Ketland & Co’. It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer fitted with flint. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. The stock has an inlaid brass roundel engraved ‘A+Taylor’ no doubt the name of the British officer who commissioned this piece. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this historic piece worthy of further research regarding the Officer’s name 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 14212
£3,450.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD 1814-1820 British Officer’s Private Purchase India Pattern .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket By Clark (London) Marked ‘140’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14191 - 14191
This is an original India Pattern Brown Bess Officer’s private purchase flintlock musket. It is 55” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel with block foresight and proof/ inspection marks at the breech. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate crisply engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘Clark’ (most likely John Clark gunmaker Chamber Street London 1814-1820 for reference see page 149 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 1). It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The wood is impressed and brass side plate are both stamped with number ‘140’. The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. Price for this historic piece 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 14191
£0.00

C1838 Victorian, English, Joseph Graves, Birmingham, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. A 579 - A 579
This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with hunting dog in the field retrieving game scenes and signed by the maker ‘Graves’, most likely Joseph Graves recorded in 1838 as having premises at Andover Street Birmingham (see page 229 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have staining and residue 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. A 579
£575.00
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