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SOLD SOLD (15/04) QUALITY, 1785 - 1819 English, W. Ketland & Co, London, 2 Bore, Brass Barrelled Coaching Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15107 - 15107
W. Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By W. Ketland & Co in London. It is 30” overall (with bayonet closed) with a 14” long brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and flared muzzle. The muzzle opening diameter is 34 mm (approx. 2 bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer & lock, original undamaged Walnut stock and brass mounts including butt plate with extended tang. The trigger guard has a Pineapple finial. The ram rod mounts are brass. The steel lock plate is nicely marked 'W. Ketland & Co'. The top of the barrel is marked ‘London’ and has black powder proof marks (all illustrated). It has its original wood ramrod with brass 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 10 ¼” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. 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 15107
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (18/04) Early 1900’s British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth & Citizen Military Force (Australia’s Home Guard) CMF Markings. Sn 15205 - 15205
This is an excellent BSA Martini Action .310 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Military markings. These British made rifles were used as training rifles and fire the now obsolete calibre .310 round. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original excellent wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'Made By The Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd' & with the BSA piled rifles trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia’ & number '75253’. The top of the breech is stamped with Kangaroo and Wasp marks. The barrel has matching number & is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The stock is very faintly impressed ‘CMF’ to the Citizen Military Force (Australia’s Home Guard). 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 15205
£0.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Gallager’s 1860 Patent .525” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine By Richardson and Overman Philadelphia With Patch Box, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15159 - 15159
The Gallager carbine is an American black powder breechloading rifle produced during the American Civil War for use by Union Cavalry. The weapon was designed by Mahlon J. Gallager, who licensed the design to Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia for production. The Gallager was loaded from the rear with brass cases, which contained the projectile and the propellant. Covered by a disc made of greased felt, the projectile was inserted in the barrel after it was tilted up by a lever, followed by the case, and (like the concurrent muzzleloaders, such as the Springfield) were ignited by percussion cap, which was placed on the bolt face. The brass cases had a paper patch in the base, to prevent powder seepage and still allow the cap to fire the round. The weapon is .525” (13.3 mm) calibre. This is an excellent example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 22” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and it measures 39 ¼” overall. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with steel butt plate and patch box with hinged lid. The action plate is crisply marked with Gallager’s 1860 patent detail and Richardson and Overman Philadelphia manufacturer’s address together with number ‘7805’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War era carbine 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 15159
£1,875.00

Victorian 1886 Dated British WD MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever British Service Rifle. Sn 15131 - 15131
This is an original MK IV. 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever service rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The all original stock is impressed with roundel and other marks (illustrated). It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has ordnance / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV I’ model designation and dated '1886'. 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 15131
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) QUALITY, MINT BORE, C1830 English, Manton London, 9 Bore Percussion Sporting / Fowling Gun With Damascus Barrel & German Silver Mounts By Manton. Sn 15157 - 15157
The famous English gunsmiths John Manton (1752-1834) & Son, George Henry (1789-1854) worked at Dover Street Piccadilly London. This is a quality made, 9 Bore Percussion Sporting Gun by Manton. It has a 30" browned Damascus steel barrel with flat top, small post fore sight and measures 46" overall. It’s smooth bore is in near mint clean condition. The barrel top is faintly signed ‘Manton London’. It's steel side plate, trigger guard with finial, dolphin hammer and butt plate are engraved with a foliate design and the side plate is crisply engraved by the maker 'Manton'. The all original walnut stock with chequered wrist and polished horn fore end block has German silver mounts and the back of the neck is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon. It has its original ebony ram rod with brass end cap and steel worm The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion sporting gun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15157
£0.00

RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860 Spencer Repeating Rifle Company .52” Obsolete Calibre Repeating Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar With Ring. Sn 15140 - 15140
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the Cavalry, during the American Civil War. Production began in 1860 and ended in 1869. Our example is serial number 14321 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11001 and 62000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a very good example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar with ring. It is also fitted with sling swivels, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is stamped very faintly stamped with partially visible ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War carbine 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 15140
£2,200.00

EXTREMELY RARE, American Civil War, Sharps Model 1859 ‘Berdan’s Sharpshooter’s’ .52” Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle With Double Set Triggers, Patch Box & Sling. Sn 15144 - 15144
Civil War Sharps model 1859 breech loading rifle with factory double set triggers, manufactured circa 1862. The rifle is serial number 55955 which is in the correct date range to indicate that this rifle is one of 2,000 special order Sharps model 1859 rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April 1862 to arm the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments,"Berdan's Sharpshooters" (see "HIRAM BERDAN, HIS FAMOUS SHARPSHOOTERS AND THEIR SHARPS RIFLES", by Wiley Sword). The Sharps rifles ordered by Berdan to arm his Regiments were equipped with factory installed double set sniper’s triggers. Berdan Sharpshooters rifles had the Lawrence patent pellet primer and a stock with casehardened patch box. The 2,000 model 1859 Sharps rifles purchased for issue to Berdan's Sharpshooters fall in the 5,400-5,700 serial number range (the lowest known Berdan Sharps serial number is 54374 and the highest serial number is 57567). Berdan's Sharps rifles had the standard finish with blue barrel and breechblock, casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and butt plate and walnut stock. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The two U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments were recruited from selected marksmen from Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin by Colonel Hiram Berdan. Equipped and trained as skirmishes and issued the dark green uniforms with black buttons made famous by British rifle Regiments in the Napoleonic Wars, Berdan's Sharpshooters formed an elite corps in the Army of the Potomac. The Sharpshooters saw their first action in the Peninsula Campaign in April 1862 and subsequently fought in nearly every engagement of the Army of the Potomac until they were disbanded in February 1865. Berdan's Sharpshooters claimed to have inflicted more Confederate casualties than any other regiments in the Federal Army. Sharps model 1859 rifles in the 53000-57000 serial range with factory double set-triggers are scarce. The top of the barrel, left and right sides of the receiver have Sharps patent markings. The rifle’s 30” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The double-set triggers and mechanics are tight. The stock is excellent with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. Few, if any, of the Berdan's Sharps rifles survived in better than "good" condition and most show combat use. This is an excellent example of a scarce, highly desirable and very historic Berdan Sharps rifle. Berdan's are truly becoming harder to obtain on the market than a Henry. This would be for the advanced collector and would be hard to find one in better condition. A rare chance to own this historic and epic Civil War weapon. 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 15144
£6,950.00

MINT BORE, VERY RARE, American Civil War Era, U.S. Cavalry Joslyn Model 1864 .54” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Carbine With 2 Leaf Rear Sight Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15143 - 15143
The Joslyn carbine Model 1864 used an innovative breech loading, single-shot, .52 calibre system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1861. His company, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced these carbines for the U.S Government. Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the Joslyn was simple to use and employed a cartridge very much like the Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special .54 Joslyn cartridge. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of pulling out the breech block knob, pivoting the breechblock up and then inserting the round. The US Government contracted a total of over 16,500 Joslyn carbines during the American Civil war. The M1864 Joslyn carbine has a 22” long barrel fitted to a one-piece walnut stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The weapon has an overall length of 38½”. The barrel of our example retains its original bluing. The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a case hardened action plate and mountings have a dark patina. The action plate in front of the hammer is stamped with “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co STONINGTON CONN” while the rear of the breechblock exhibits the clear patent stamping of “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 24th 1862”. The breech cover is numbered ‘11281’. It has a 2 leaf rear sight with fixed ‘v’ notch plate at the rear of the barrel while at the front is a large pinched blade sight. The tang of the steel butt plate is stamped with the ‘U.S.’ Army mark. The breech loading and firing mechanisms work perfectly with tight strong actions. This Civil War Joslyn Model 1864 carbine is an excellent representative weapon used by the Federal Cavalry in the Civil War. The price for this very rare piece of American Civil War history 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 15143
£2,450.00

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 3 Band .442 Calibre Heavy Barrel Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 15141 - 15141
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in .442 Calibre. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’ and the top of its heavy barrel ‘151 New Bond St London’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 3 barrel bands, shrouded target fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod with brass end cap and threaded tip. The stock at the rear of the hammer has a bar for addition of an additional target rear sight. Its 39” barrel has Victorian proofs, 442 calibre detail and a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 54 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 15141
£2,750.00

Cased, 1846 – 1860 English John Sampson Liverpool 18 Bore, Muzzle Loading, Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun With Accessories. Sn 15108 - 15108
John Sampson was a Liverpool based Gunsmith recorded as working between 1846 & 1860 (see page 103 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent cased muzzle loading double barrel shotgun by Sampson. It has blued 28” smooth bore barrels with flat top barrel rib. The rib is signed by the maker ‘John Sampson 21 North John St Liverpool’. The barrel’s bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of each barrel are numbered 240 & have Victorian black powder proofs and other inspection marks. One barrel is marked ‘18’ (bore). Both barrels have inlaid roundels beneath the percussion nipples. The weapon has a bead fore sight. The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration incorporating a hunting dog scene and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘John Sampson’. It has double Dolphin hammers and double triggers. The shotgun’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered wrist and steel butt plate. The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and worm. The stock has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The rifle comes with its original wood case. The inside of the lid has its original Sampson Liverpool trade label. It has a hinged lid with folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). The inside of the case has green felt lined compartments which protect the rifle in its broken down form, with additional compartments for accessories. The accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), a Sykes marked copper and brass powder flask, a leather and brass shot pouch with sprung nozzle which contains a small amount of lead shot, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator & a box of cloth patches. The price for this impressive cased shotgun by a provincial English gunsmith includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15108
£1,275.00
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