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LARGE, 19th Century American Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture with figured cheek piece and brass fittings including trigger guard with ornate extended tang, deeply curved butt plate and stock fittings including a hinged patch box with brass lid. One side of the stock is mounted with a brass plate in the stylised form of an American Eagle. The weapon has double hammers & triggers. The barrels set side by side measure 33 ¾” length and have a central barrel rib. It has a brass blade fore sight and 'v' notch plate rear sight. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 14.50mm muzzle diameter approx. 24 bore. The other barrel is smoothbore and 14.10 mm muzzle diameter approx. 28 bore. The weapon measures 49 ½” overall. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration. It is complete with wood ram rod. One end of the ram rod is formed from a spent brass cartridge case, the other end has a brass tip. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14455
£895.00

C1830’s English Simmons London Single Barrel 17 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 14492 - 14492
William Simmons was a London based gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Simmons. It has a 32 ¼” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal (47 ½” overall). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The muzzle opening is 16.61 mm diameter, approx. 17 Bore. It has a walnut stock with brass fittings. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The fore stock has a horn end cap. The action plate is signed ‘Simmons’. The barrel has a small blade foresight and grooved action rear sight. The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 14492
£545.00

1799-1803 English Dunderdale & Mabson Birmingham Single Barrel 14 Bore Flintlock Sporting Shotgun. Sn 14491 - 14491
Dunderdale & Mabson were Birmingham based gun smiths with premises at Newton street between 1799 and 1803 (see page 210 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent Flintlock sporting shotgun by Dunderdale & Mabson. It has a 30 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal (46 ½” overall). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The muzzle opening is 17.78 mm diameter, approx. 14 Bore. It has a walnut stock with steel fittings. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. It has a plain steel butt plate and swan neck hammer fitted with flint. The barrel at the breech has an inlaid gold band. The fore stock has German silver mounts and horn end cap. The wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The lock plate is signed ‘Dunderdale & Mabson’. The barrel has a small brass blade foresight. The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with horn end cap and brass tip. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 14491
£575.00

MINT BORE, C1870 Victorian Martini Action 577x450 Calibre Large Game Cape/ Sporting Rifle By George Armstrong Cradock With Henry Patent Rifling, 6 Leaf Graduated Sights & Patchbox . Sn 14490 - 14490
This is a very good Martini action Cape rifle for hunting large African game. The woodwork is all original and undamaged with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The stock has a large hinged patch box with steel lid. The round steel barrel has a flat top rib and is 33” length. The barrel is faintly stamped ‘Henry patent A&T 371’. The barrel has a mint bore, clean with crisp well defined Henry Patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall length. The barrel flat is crisply marked ‘George Armstrong Cradock No 836’ highlighted in Gold (Cradock made quality Cape rifles for the African market). It has a bead foresight, graduated 6 leaf rear sights and steel butt plate. The metal work has even patina. The weapon has its original wood cleaning rod with brass end cap. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this large game Cape rifle with mint bore 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 14490
£975.00

Victorian British 1862 Enfield Snider 3 Band .577 Calibre Rifle. Sn 14327 - 14327
This is a very good example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1862' together with inspection marks. It has all original undamaged wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. The breech is stamped with ‘LAC’ inspection marks. Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. The loading and 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 14327
£875.00

QUALITY, 19th CENTURY, ENGLISH TOLL KEEPER’S Percussion Blunderbuss By Allport With Muzzle Rim Engraved ‘PAY THE TOLL No. 3’ & Ram Rod. Sn 14457 - 14457
There were several Gun Smiths named Allport working in both London & the provinces during the 19th Century. This an excellent Blunderbuss by Allport. This short Blunderbuss was obviously issued to a Road or Bridge toll keeper for self protection against highway men attempting to steel revenue and to ‘encourage’ reluctant travellers to pay their tolls. The short size would allow the toll keeper to conceal the weapon in their small toll booth / cabin or on their person, under an overcoat or duster. Our example is 28 ¾” overall length overall with a 13 ½” long steel cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech and with massive flared muzzle. The muzzle opening is 1 ½” diameter. Interestingly the rim of the barrel at the muzzle is contemporarily engraved with the demand ‘PAY THE TOLL’ and ‘No. 3’ either a weapon number or toll booth number. It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer and foliate engraved action plate. The plate is signed by the maker ‘Allport’. It has a walnut full stock, steel trigger guard with acanthus bud finial, ram rod mount and butt plate. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks and dry fires with a strong action. The price for this quality Blunderbuss which is an interesting conversation piece 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 private collection or display. Sn 14457
£1,695.00

RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army .52 Rim Fire Calibre Breech Loading Carbine. Sn 14452 - 14452
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins design called the ‘Army’ type carbine. The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has crisp rifling and has just staining consistent with age. The frame, lever and hammer are also blued. It has a block foresight and tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The wood shoulder stock is original and undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 12252. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre percussion carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14452
£1,795.00

RARE, ONE OF 5,000, American Civil War, Confederate Kentucky Guards .56-50 Spencer Cartridge Triplett & Scott 1864 Patent Repeating Carbine By The Meriden Manufacturing Company. Sn 14453. - 14453
The Triplett & Scott Carbine was an American Civil War era repeating rifle, designed by Louis Triplett and William Scott. Only 5,000 Triplett & Scott carbines were produced by the end of conflict. Some of these carbines were issued to the Confederate Kentucky Guard who protected roads and train lines during the American Civil War. The Triplett & Scott was a rather unusual piece during its era, as virtually all of its contemporaries (ie the Maynard Carbine or Merrill Carbine) were single shot firearms. The Triplett & Scott, on the other hand, was a repeating rifle holding seven shots in the magazine. The design itself consisted of two parts, where the entire barrel, breech etc. would be attached to the stock (and other components) via a revolving hinge, which allowed the barrel to be twisted clockwise in order to allow the spent cartridge to be ejected. When this cartridge was ejected the barrel would be twisted further towards clockwise, releasing a spring latch which loaded the next cartridge. The barrel was then twisted anti-clockwise, locking the barrel in position for firing. Another unique feature of the Triplett & Scott was the seven round magazine, located in the stock. Our example is in very good condition and fully functioning. It has a blued, five groove rifled barrel and iron sights consisting of a block foresight and flip up rear sight. Its bore is clean with well defined rifling. The Triplett & Scott could use metallic rimfire cartridges instead of the more familiar paper cartridges & was one of the few American Civil War era firearms that used metallic cartridges. Specifically the Triplett & Scott fired the large calibre .56-50 Spencer cartridge, which had been developed for the Spencer carbine. The wood work is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. It has a steel butt plate and single sling swivel. The action tang is crisply marked ‘Triplett & Scott’ together with 1864 patent (illustrated). The left side of the action is crisply marked ‘Meriden Manfg Co Meriden Conn’ (illustrated) and interestingly the barrel block is stamped ‘Kentucky’ (illustrated) denoting that this carbine was one of those issued to the Confederate Guard during the American Civil War. The weapon is numbered ‘1690’. The price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14453
£1,875.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian Pritchett (London), British Militia Officer’s Private Purchase Percussion Converted To Snider .577 Calibre Rifle. Sn 14418 - 14418
Samuel Pritchett was a London based Gunsmith recorded at Swan Street, Minories and Chamber Street between 1796 and 1821. He was succeeded by his son Richard Ellis Pritchett. His Company traded under his own name and as Pritchett & Sons and RT Pritchett. The Company had premises at Chamber St, St Mary’s Axe, St James’s and Great Prescott St until 1864. Pritchett & Son were inventors of the Pritchett bullet (see page 194 of Brown's book British Gunmakers Vol.1). The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading percussion rifles were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This percussion conversion has a 30 ½” steel barrel with a mint clean bore and crisp 3 groove rifling. It has steel fittings and original steel cleaning rod. The woodwork is all original & undamaged. The underside of the stock is inlaid with void German Silver disc. It is crisply marked on the lock (illustrated) with the maker’s name Pritchett. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight, adjustable ladder rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14418
£975.00

EXREMELY RARE, BRITISH ROYAL NAVY VOLUNTEERS, 1861 British Enfield Tower MK II** 2 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Snider Rifle With Full Length Morris Aiming Tube For The 297/230 Obsolete Calibre Round. Sn 14397 - 14397
The British inventor Richard Morris patented his aiming tubes to allow the small, short range 297/230 Morris round to be used in large calibre rifles. The Morris round is UK obsolete calibre (see page 349 of Cartridges Of The World by Barnes). The rifles could then be used to cost effectively train troops on the range. The full length Morris tubes are extremely rare to find. This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 2 band rifle with the extremely rare full length Morris Aiming Tube. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated 1861. It has excellent all original wood work, nipple protector with chain, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. It has its bayonet bar, sling swivels, original cleaning rod, ladder rear sight stamped and block with blade fore sight. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘V.L.L.R.N’ to a Royal Navy Volunteer Regiment. The barrel has a pristine, clean bore & crisp rifling. The Total length is 49” with a 29 ¾” barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The Morris tube with ribbed and knurled brass muzzle collar snugly screws into the bore. The bore of the tube is also pristine, clean with crisp well defined rifling. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and a must for any serious collector. No licence is required to own this rifle or the aiming tube in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14397
£2,500.00
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