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English, 1799-1833, Theophilus Richards, London 3 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15326 - 15326
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Theophilus Richards a quality English Gun maker & Silver gun furniture maker located at various premises on High Street Birmingham between 1799-1833. Between 1818 & 1833 his premises were known as 'The Royal Patent Waterproof Gun Manufactory' where patents for waterproof locks fashionable in the day were produced. Two Theophilus Richards are recorded. One the Father of the renowned gunmaker William Wesley Richards, the other his elder Brother (see page 50 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This Blunderbuss is 30 ½” overall with a 14 ¼” steel barrel stepped with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 30mm (approx. 3 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer, Walnut full stock and brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is nicely marked 'Richards'. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Theop's Richards’ and has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 11" triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. Price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15326
£1,950.00

VERY RARE, RARE, ONE OF 13,500, 1909 Winchester Repeating Arms Company Model 1901 Law Enforcement Obsolete Calibre Black Powder 10 Gauge Under Lever Action Shotgun. Sn 15409 - 15409
The Model 1887 lever action shotgun was one of the first truly successful repeating shotgun. Its lever-action design was chosen at the behest of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, best known at the time as manufacturers of lever-action firearms such as the Winchester model 1873. Designer John Browning suggested that a pump-action would be much more appropriate for a repeating shotgun, but Winchester management's position was that, at the time, the company was known as a "lever-action firearm company", and felt that their new shotgun must also be a lever-action for reasons of brand recognition. A few years after introduction of the Model 1887 Winchester improved the hinged lever of the 1887 and introduced the Model 1901 lever action shotgun. The shotguns were used widely by U.S. law enforcement agencies & only 13,500 Model 1901’s were made. This Model 1901 in the obsolete black powder 10 gauge calibre is furnished with a 32” barrel (49 ½” overall). It has undamaged metal work with even patina and original wood furniture with chequered steel butt plate. Its under lever action is crisp and it fires perfectly as it should. The left side plate has the Winchester monogram and the action tang is crisply stamped with the Winchester name Patent Registration. The barrel is crisply marked with Winchester name (illustrated). The weapon is serial number 74126 which dates it to 1909. The price for this rugged under lever shotgun includes UK Delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre black powder shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15409
£2,250.00

EXCEPTIONAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING BOLT, 1887 Dated WW1 Era Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle Regiment Marked ‘B2R 13.212’ To The 13th Battalion 2nd Bavarian Bayerische Reserve Div. - 15421
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company. It was issued to Infantry Regiments. This is an exceptional, original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has just light knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use and is all original. The wood is impressed with imperial inspection marks. The metalwork is undamaged with original finish. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp well defined rifling. The breech is crisply marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks, model designation and 1887 date. The single shot bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and rear sling swivel. It is serial number ‘4016 / 16’ which is stamped on all parts including the bolt. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘B2R 13.212’ To The 13th Battalion 2nd Bavarian Bayerische Reserve Division Weapon Number 212. The price 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 15421
£1,100.00

RARE, 1790 - 1801 English, Martin Brander, London, 2 Bore, Brass Barrelled Coaching Flintlock Short Blunderbuss. Sn 15396 - 15396
Martin Brander (1760-1827) was an English gunsmith's recorded as working on his own for just 11 years at 70 Minories London between 1790 & 1801 before entering into partnership with Thomas Potts between 1802 & 1827 (see page 144 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Martin Brander before he entered into partnership with Potts. It is 31 ¼”overall length with a 15 ½” long brass cannon barrel with flared muzzle. The muzzle opening diameter is 32 mm (approx. 2 bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint & original undamaged Walnut stock and brass mounts including butt plate with extended tang. The brass trigger guard has an extended tang. The ram rod mounts are brass. The steel lock plate is crisply marked 'Brander’. The top of the barrel has crisp black powder proof marks (all illustrated). It has its original wood ramrod with brass cap and steel worm. The weapon’s cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Blunderbuss includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15396
£1,975.00

MASSIVE, 1823- 1851 William Burnett Southampton 9 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 15395 - 15395
William Burnett was an English Southampton based gunsmith between 1823 & 1851. This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun by Burnett. This size of gun (5’ 5” overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl. It is 9 bore and has a 49” round, browned, steel barrel. Its bore has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has a small indistinct inspection / proof mark (illustrated).It has walnut stock with horn fore stock cap. The wood has just knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The metal work has engraved foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Burnett’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass threaded tip. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece 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 15395
£2,200.00

(REVISED DESCRIPTION) Woolerton Hall Nottingham C1803 Napoleonic Period MATCHING Brown Bess Musket and Bayonet by T. Ketland & Co. .75” Bore Flintlock Musket With 39” Barrel. & 1803 Dated Matching Socket Bayonet By Woolley & Deakin Sn 15379 - 15379
REVISED DESCRIPTION Thomas Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an excellent, original, Brown Bess flintlock musket by Ketland & Co. The last owner of this Musket purchased it from Woolerton Hall Nottingham C1970. This was number 67 of approximately 100 muskets issued to the Middleton family at Woolaton Hall during the Napoleonic period to comply with the Militia Act. Each land owner had to raise a number of armed men to aid the army in the event of invasion. This gun was used by the Wollaton company of the Notts Militia. This is a very scarce example especially having its original bayonet numbered to the gun. The Musket measures 55 ¼” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel with proof/ inspection marks at the breech and the weapon / rack number ‘67’. The metal has even patina and the smooth bore is in excellent clean condition. It has been well looked after. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked ’T. Ketland & Co’ & Crown ‘GR’ (George Rex). It has its dark wood stock which has just the minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The barrel has a block fore sight. It is complete with original steel ram rod and sling swivels. It has brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should and the hammer is fitted with flint. The Musket comes complete with its original 15 ½”, triangular blade, socket bayonet. The blade and socket have staining consistent with age and use. The blade is dated 1803, marked by the manufacturer ‘Woolley & Deakin’ and has a small ‘H’ inspection mark. The socket has matching musket / rack mark ‘67’ . The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 15379
£2,750.00

Georgian / Victorian Era Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Musket With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 15360 - 15360
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a good Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 38” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The weapon has fixed front and rear sights. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures 53” overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with partially visible East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. As is common with these old native weapons the action does not function. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15360
£575.00

RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Pre 1863 American Civil War Smith’s 1857 Patent .50” Calibre Break Action Percussion Cavalry Carbine Massachusetts Arms Co Distributed By Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland With Leather Sling. Sn 15323 - 15323
The Smith Carbine is a .50” calibre breech loading rifle patented by Gilbert Smith on June 23, 1857. The weapon successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850s and was used by various Cavalry units during the American Civil War. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading by depression of a break lever located within the trigger guard and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. The carbines were built by the Massachusetts Arms Company in Chicopee Falls and other American manufacturers . The name of the distributor for the manufacturer, Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland, is often stamped on the carbine's receivers. Early versions are often known to modern collectors as Artillery models, but all Smiths were issued to Cavalry units. Saddle bars and rings were only added to these carbines after 1863. This is an excellent original example of these rare carbines made pre 1863 and correctly without saddle bar & ring. The metal work has even patina throughout with no rust and original finish. Its wood work is all original with just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The carbine has a 21 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The carbine measures 38 ½” overall. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, dolphin hammer, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, pinched fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The trigger guard has the correct barrel release lever and the top of the frame and barrel have the correct flat barrel release bar. The frame is crisply stamped with Mass arms co name & address, Smith’s 1857 patent detail and by the distributor Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland (all illustrated). The barrel block and trigger block have matching numbers ‘4806’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare American Civil war piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15323
£1,895.00

Crimean War Era WEST YORKSHIRE MILITIA British 1854 Enfield Tower .600” Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifle Regiment Marked ‘6 WYM 40’. Sn 15288 - 15288
This is a Victorian Enfield Tower rifle made in the Crimean War era. It measures 42” overall with a 26” barrel which is .600 calibre. The bore has crisp well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. It has all original full wood stock and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is marked with WD arrow and number ‘2’. The stock has a single sling swivel. The blued steel action plate is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1854’. The rifle has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard & steel barrel bands together with original steel ramrod. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘6 WYM 40’ WEST YORKSHIRE MILITIA It has a flip up ladder rear sight and blade fore sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work correctly. The price for this rifle worthy of further research regarding the regiment mark 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 15288
£795.00

Victorian 1844 British Enfield Tower 16 Bore Percussion Smooth Bore Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine Regiment Or Unit Marked ‘C2’ With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14161 - 14161
This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine. It has all original walnut full stock which has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & 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. The brass butt plate is numbered ‘C2’ most likely a Yeomanry cavalry Regiment or Unit mark. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. 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 brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. 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 14161
£895.00
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