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VERY RARE, MINT BORE, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle With Best Quality Tooled Decoration. Sn 14773 - 14773
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a very rare, transitional rifle by Thomas Conway. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 30” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and is 48 ¾” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass post fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight graduated 50-100 yards. The action has best quality tooled decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ within banner on a foliate background. The sides of the action have scenes incorporating a hunting dog and stylised game in the field together with foliate work. The action tang has a hunting dog in pursuit of a stag scene. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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. Sn 14773
£1,895.00

Victorian 1844 Dated British Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14817 - 14817
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1844' date & inspection mark. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling and is .650 carbine calibre. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sight graduated to 200 & 300 yards. It also has a small blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine also has a brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14817
£1,675.00

SOLD SOLD (08/12 LAY-AWAY) SCARCE, MINT BORE, British 1860 Dated, Westley Richards Whitworth’s Patent Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' .451 /.480 Calibre Rifle With Bayonet Bar. Sn 14778 - 14778
British Military Trials on Breech Loading rifles began in the mid 1800's. The most successful rifle was that submitted by Westley Richards. Its 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 Westley Richards military percussion capping breech loading 'Monkey Tail' rifle. It has a 33" barrel & measures 49 ½” overall. The barrel is stamped with inspection/proof mark and numbers '52' & '93' together with ‘WHITWORTH'S PATENT’. It has a block and blade fore-sight & elevating ladder rear-sight. The top of the barrel is also stamped with .451 & .480 (calibre). It has a superb clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. Its lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech is stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS PATENT' and with matching number ‘93’. It's plain lock plate is marked 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co' & Dated '1860'. It has a heavy military hammer & has its original full-stock with steel butt plate with trap (lid absent), barrel-band, forward sling swivel, rear sling swivel lug, original steel clearing rod and military bayonet bar. Its loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this scarce Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' military rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14778
£1,695.00

Victorian British Field Rifle Company Birmingham Martini Action Short Lever .577x .450 Calibre Rifle. Sn 14775 - 14775
This is an excellent .577x .450 calibre Martini action short lever Rifle. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and steel cleaning rod. The 33 ¼” barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. It measures 49 ¾” overall. It’s wood stock is all original and has a very faint ink roundel stamp ‘Field Rifle Co’. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The breech is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14775
£1,100.00

1886 Marlin USA 40-60 Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Rifle With Tube Magazine & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14776 - 14776
This is an excellent Marlin lever action rifle in the obsolete calibre 40-60. It has all original wood work which has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has original finish on the metalwork and strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Its 27” octagonal barrel has a pristine bore with crisp well defined rifling. It measures 46” overall length. The top of the barrel is marked with the Marlin Fire-Arms Co. New Haven address & patents up to 1880. It has an external hammer, full length tube magazine and is side gate loading. The underside of the frame is stamped with number '11389' which dates its manufacture to 1886. It has a steel butt plate, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The price for this excellent lever action Marlin 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 14776
£1,975.00

VERY RARE, Un-Altered, 1859 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Rifled Barrel Percussion Rifle By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 14786 - 14786
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This very rare, excellent, original Jacob double-barreled rifle has not been altered in any way and retains its original military double rifled barrels which are 32 bore. The barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. Both barrels are clean and the rifling is crisp and well defined. This weapon has its original military bayonet lug. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both faintly marked 'Swinburn & Son 1859' and its patch box lid, crisply marked 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. The price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14786
£5,250.00

RARE, 1860 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Barrel Percussion Rifle (One Barrel Rifled,The Other Smoothbore) By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 7387 - 7387
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This is a rare, excellent original Jacob double-barreled rifle. The 32 Bore barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. The right barrel has had the majority of its rifling contemporarily removed to allow use for shot/ musket ball. The left has all of its original crisp rifling. Both barrels are clean. This weapon has had its bayonet lug contemporarily removed. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both crisply marked 'Swinburn & Son 1860' and its patch box lid 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. Price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 7387.
£4,250.00

Victorian British Pattern 1839/42 .750 Musket Calibre Percussion Service Musket. Sn 14785 - 14785
This is an original British Service Musket. It has the 1839 pattern barrel with fixed rear sight and lock of the 1842 pattern musket (see pages 21 & 22 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey) . The side plate is marked with Crown. It has all original wood stock with brass furniture. The rifle also has its original original steel ramrod, steel sling swivels, block fore sight and fixed rear sight. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue to be expected with age and service use. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The barrel has black powder proofs. The cocking & firing actions work 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 14785
£975.00

QUALITY, Victorian, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Break Action Top Lever Pin Fire Shotgun With Damascus Barrels. Sn 14764 - 14764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel pin fire shotgun made by Westley Richards. At some point in its life it has been re-furbished to a high standard. It has lovely all original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon on the underside. The shotgun with double 30”, 12 Bore Damascus, browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean and bright. The top barrel rib is signed by the maker ‘Patent Westley Richards 170 New Bond St London’. The side plates are polished steel & signed by the maker ‘Westley Richards’. The top lever is marked ‘Westley Richards Patent’. The trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration. The trigger guard tang is also numbered ‘3867’. It has a small brass bead fore sight. The loading & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price for this quality piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14764
£795.00

Victorian 1868 Dated British WD Enfield Snider MK II ** .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Volunteer Regiment Marked ‘V/BA1/103’ . Sn 14787 - 14787
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent artillery Carbine by Enfield. 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 21 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The butt plate tang is marked ‘V/BA1/103’ to a Militia / Volunteer Unit. The wood is undamaged & all original. The side plate is marked ’Enfield’ together with ‘1868’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘II**’ designation. The breech cover has a knurled steel lever, correctly without locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels, bayonet bar, ram rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. Price for this carbine worthy of further research regarding the Regiment marks 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 14787
£975.00
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