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SUPERB, RARE, Late 19th Century Japanese Samurai 32 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Ornate Silver & Copper Inlay, Brass Fittings & Signed Barrel. Sn 14614 - 14614
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. These pieces were made through to the late 19th Century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock made in the late 19th century has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings with silver inlay. It has a 106cm long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is 13.4mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 32 Bore). The smooth bore is clean. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 135cm overall length. It has a full hard wood stock and original bamboo ram rod. The metal and wood has ornate brass fittings with silver and copper inlay. The barrel is inlaid with a sinuous dragon over mountain ranges design in copper and brass. The stock has a silver ‘mon’ family badge pinned to the wood. It has a brass serpentine, trigger guard, button trigger and is inlaid in brass with chrysanthemum heads, the underside with cloud bands. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel is signed with Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock worthy of further research regarding the signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14614
£1,745.00

1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Martini Action 10.4 x 38R Swiss Vetterli Obsolete Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14619 - 14619
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this Martini action sporting / target rifle which is in10.4 x 38R Swiss Veterli, an obsolete calibre. It has a rotating bolt feature which allows the use of both rim fire and centre fire rounds in that calibre. The right side of the action is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a double scroll trigger guard/cocking lever, walnut half stock, the right side of the butt inset with an oval brass panel engraved "J.VAN SILLEVOLUT, ROTTERDAM", the left side with raised cheek piece. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels and brass ramrod. It has an 86cm octagonal blued steel barrel with bow type rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 852. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 129cm overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent sporting rifle worthy of further research 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 14619
£1,795.00

WW1 Era, French Military, St Etienne Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (M74/80) 11x59mm Calibre Rifle. Sn 14491 - 14491
In 1874 France adopted a single shot rifle, this single shot rifle was based on the French 1866 Chassepot Needle Rifle. These weapons designated Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874) and the rare carbine variant were the main long arm issue for the French Military and were used for front line service until 1886, when a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel was designed. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a Gras 74/80 rifle. The wood is all original with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has heavy brass military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight and is fitted with sling swivels & original clearing rod. This example is without bayonet lug. It measures 46” overall with a 27 ¾” barrel. The bore is clean with crisp rifling . The breech is marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and 'M80 & M1874' model detail (illustrated). It has the correct turn down bolt and its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14491
£495.00

British WD 1886 Dated MK III BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) Martini Henry .577x .450 British Service Rifle With Australian Victoria Government Stock Marking. Sn 14611 - 14611
This is an excellent original MK III 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. It has block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp Henry rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout and retains its original blue finish. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897), Mark III model designation and dated '1886'. The metal work has inspection marks (illustrated). The stock has an impressed British WD BSA M Co Birmingham roundel and MK III designation together with numbers and Australian Victoria Government roundel stamp (all illustrated) indicating that this rifle was sent to the Australian armed forces after British service. 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 14611
£1,250.00

SOLD SOLD (12/10) British 1865 Dated LA Co (London Armoury Company) 1853 Pattern 3 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 14593 - 14593
This is an excellent original 3-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate ‘LA Co’ (London Armoury Company), dated 1865 and is stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has excellent, all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block . It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has a block & blade foresight and ladder rear sight. The barrel's rifled bore is clean. The barrel has Victorian proof/ inspection marks. Total length is 55 ½” with a 39" barrel. The metal has excellent original finish and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock is impressed with 1865 dated London Armoury roundel. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As 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 14593
£0.00

VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. 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 previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. 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 14573
£1,895.00

C1850 Victorian, English, Webster Melton Mombray (Leicestershire), 16 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 14406 / A 582 - 14406 / A 582
This is a Victorian double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist. The shotgun with double 28” steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 44 ½” overall. The barrels muzzle diameters atre 16.77mm (approx. 16 Bore. The bores have light staining consistent with age. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved with game birds in the field scenes and signed by the maker or retailer ‘Webster’. The central barrel rib is engraved ‘Webster Melton Mombray’. It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. 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. Sn 14406 / A 582
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 25/9) Mid 1800’s English Clough & Sons Of Bath Somerset, 20 Bore, Double Damascus Barreled Muzzle Loading, Percussion Double Hammer Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14472. - 14472
The English gunsmiths George Clough & Sons are recorded Southgate Street, bath between 1826 & 1837 (see page 194 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Clough & Sons. It has 27” Damascus steel barrels set side by side with central barrel rib signed ‘Clough & Sons Bath’ and measures 46 ½” overall. The muzzle diameter of the barrels are each 15.53mm (aprrox 20 bore). The smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The metal work has fine quality engraved decoration to the action, side plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plates are both engraved by the maker ‘Clough & Sons Bath’. The action has silver roundels either side. The weapon has a grip safety feature & cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality 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 14472
£0.00

QUALITY, C1850 English Richard Howe Of Colchester Essex, 8 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Multi Stage Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14471. - 14471
The English gunsmith Richard Howe is recorded as having premises at Head Street, Colchester Essex between 1835 & C1832 then at High Street, Colchester between 1839-C1845 (see page 255 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Howe. It has a 42” multi stage Damascus steel barrel and measures 58 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The action is inlaid with silver bands. 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 by the maker ‘Howe Of Colchester’ within a rural scene. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality 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 14471
£1,375.00

Large, C1850 English, Joseph Towl, Boston, Lincolnshire, 6 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14469. - 14469
The English gunsmith Joseph Towl is recorded as having premises at 13 Bridge street, Boston, Lincolnshire between 1834 & C1870 (see page 349 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent , large, muzzle loading shotgun by Towl. It has a 42” round steel barrel and measures a large 58 ¾” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The wrist has chequering and the top of the wrist is mounted with a void German silver disc. It has a brass fore end cap. It has a heavy dolphin hammer and the action plate is signed by the maker ‘J. Towl’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and threaded brass tip with cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this large 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 14469
£1,400.00
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