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Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain . Sn 15682 - 15682
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar, trigger guard with extended tang and sling swivels. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and nipple protector with chain. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has excellent blue finish. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. NB 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 15682
£1,200.00

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian Match Lock 20 Bore Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15728 - 15728
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 C 1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a massive 44” long 20 bore octagonal barrel and measures 5 feet overall length. The smooth bore has residue and staining to be expected. It has a wood stock and the metalwork has hand tooled decoration and brass fittings. It has a bead fore sight and block with notch rear sight. It has a metal press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' to the metal powder pan which has a swivel cover (illustrated inset in image 2). The musket is fitted with a steel sling ring. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15728
£425.00

C1930 English Holland & Holland Novelty, Ornate, Nickel Plated Metal Hip Flask In The Form Of A Rifle / Shotgun Shoulder Stock Numbered 94923 With Screw Top Lid. Sn 15730 - 15730
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an unusual nickel plated drinking hip flask by Holland & Holland made sometime in the 1930’s. It measures 8” overall length with ball screw top lid attached and the butt of the ‘stock’ is 3” width x 1 ¼” depth. The neck of the flask is marked by the maker Holland & Holland (illustrated in image 2). The flask has ornate embossed foliate decoration and chequered panels as would be found on rifle and shotgun stocks. One side of the flask has a lozenge shaped mark and the reverse has a panel with ‘No. 94923’ both of which can also be seen in image 2. The price for this interesting novelty flask by a famous firearms manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 15730.
£295.00

Victorian 1865 Dated British WD LA Co (London Armoury Company) Snider .577 Calibre 3 Band Rifle. Sn 15687 - 15687
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK III 2 band rifle by LA Co (The London Armoury Company). The Snider action was introduced to British service in the mid 1800’s 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 35 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp 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 wood has a crisp WD roundel. The action plate is marked ’LA Co’ together with ‘1865’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘Snider Patent’. The breech has a steel cover correctly without locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels, 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 15687
£945.00

1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15681 - 15681
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is an excellent original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 19458 . It also has crisp manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rh** (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this piece of American Civil War history 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 15681
£1,845.00

SOLD SOLD (02/10) 19th Century Ottoman Empire 32 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Hand Tooled, Wire & Stud Decoration & Ram Rod. Sn 15688 - 15688
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th Century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has 34" long round steel barrel which is 32 Bore. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age. It has ornately tooled brass barrel bands. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original wood stock is ornately carved with chevron designs inlaid with wire work and brass studs. It has a steel trigger and brass trigger guard. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. Typical of this type of old native weapon, the musket’s action spring works but it does not cock and dry fire. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15688
£0.00

1777 & 1799 Dated British East India Company (EIC), Harrison/ Manton Marked Brown Bess .75” Bore Flintlock Musket & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 15689 - 15689
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 54 ½” overall length with a 38 ½” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The hop of the barrel is marked ‘Harrison 1777’ most likely the maker and date together with black powder proofs and EIC company mark. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC mark and 1799 date together with lettering which appears to be ‘Manton’, most likely the famous English gun maker Joseph Manton (6 June 1766 – 29 June 1835). It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The brass has some Hindi marks. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 16 ¼” in length and it measures 20” overall. There are small Hindi marks on the socket. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. The price 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 15689
£2,400.00

SOLD SOLD (07/10) Late Victorian Era English Chas (Charles) Golden, Bradford Tranter’s Patent .360 No.5 Rook Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre, Breech Loading, Break Action Single Shot Rook Rifle. Sn 15700 - 15700
Chas (Charles) Golden was a Yorkshire based gunsmith with premises at 10 Cheapside, Bradford between 1864-C1870, 10 Cheapside C1874-C1883, Market Street C1866, 53 Tyrrell Street C1890-C1897 and was finally recorded at 7 Northgate C1901 (see page 227 of the book British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a .360 No.5 Rook Calibre Tranter’s patent Rook rifle by Chas Golden. It has a 26” Octagonal rifled barrel. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered has proof / inspection marks, number ‘105’, together with ‘Steel’ and ‘380 Gauge’ (The .360 No.5 Rook was introduced between 1875 & 1880 by lengthening the older .380 long cartridge, we have checked the calibre of this rifle to confirm it is .360 No.5 Rook obsolete calibre). It has an external hammer, blade foresight, and 2 leaf rear sight. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Chas Golden Bradford’. The action is marked ‘Tranter’s Patent’ above number ‘34971’. The rifle has a walnut shoulder stock with chequered panel wrist. The stock has a steel butt plate. The brake action is achieved by depression of a lever on the underside of the action. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre Rook rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15700
£0.00

1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15668 - 15668
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The stock has contemporary hand carved initials ‘WP’ and ‘JL’ carved into the wood. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 9549 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history 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 15668
£1,695.00

Victorian 1868 Dated British WD Enfield Snider MK II ** .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment Marked ‘RMFA 2/25’ With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 15647 - 15647
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK II ** Artillery 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 Snider carbine has a 21 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling (40” overall). The barrel has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, brass fore end block & brass trigger guard. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘RMFA 2/25’ (unknown). The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp Enfield roundel. The action plate is marked ’Enfield’ together with ‘1868’ date, inspection mark & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘II**’ designation. The breech cover has a steel breech cover with knurled edge, correctly without locking catch and has inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight, adjustable rear ladder sight, bayonet block, cleaning rod, sling swivels and nipple protector with brass chain. 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 15647
£1,100.00
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