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Victorian British Field Rifle Company Birmingham Martini Henry .577x .450 Calibre Military Rifle Modified For Sporting Use. Sn 13624:3 - 13624:3
This is a very good .577x .450 calibre Martini Henry Rifle. This piece appears to be a British Militia private purchase weapon modified for sporting use. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels and steel butt plate. It is without bayonet lug. The stock is stamped with a faint unreadable ink roundel. The barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. There are date or manufacturer marks on the side plates but the barrel 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 13624:3
£795.00

1855 Dated Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets. Sn 13372 - 13372
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age. The underside of the barrel beneath the wood is marked ‘WG’ & ‘Bond’. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock has a rear sling swivel and the fore end has a contemporarily drilled hole no doubt for a sling swivel or anchor which is absent. The plain steel lock is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1855’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13372
£675.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sons Gun Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase .600” Calibre, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 13329 - 13329
Isaac Hollis and Sons were London based Victorian gun makers recorded as operating in 1861. Throughout the years, Hollis manufactured quality sporting firearms and rifles for the British Government. About 1915, Hollis merged to form the company of Hollis, Bentley and Playfair. They remained in business until 1935. This is a percussion Cavalry Carbine by Isaac Hollis & Sons, no doubt a Cavalry Officer’s private purchase weapon. It is in excellent condition. It has all original walnut stock and original finish to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply ‘I. Hollis & Sons’ together with trademark roundel with wording ‘Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a clean .600” calibre bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The top of the barrel is stamped with inspection marks. It has a graduated ‘100,200, 300 yards’, block & 2 leaf rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with original steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is marked ‘I. Hollis & Sons Gunmakers’ (illustrated). It cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 13329
£1,375.00

Victorian British Army In India .650 Bore Percussion Musket With Fitting For Brunswick Bayonet. A 603 - A 603
This is an original India Arsenal Musket made in the late Victorian era for the British Army In India most likely issued to native Indian troops. The side plate is unmarked. It has all original wood stock which has the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. It has a brass fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. It also has a brass butt plate with extended tang and brass stock fittings . The butt plate tang has what appears to be Indian Arsenal marks. The weapon has its original ramrod, fixed rear sight, block fore sight and sling swivels. The barrel's bore has staining consistent with age and use. Total length is 51" with a 35 ¼” barrel. The firing action works 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. A 603
£695.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x60 Guedes Calibre Rifle. Sn 13113 - 13113
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations during WW1. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. This is an excellent example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle in 8x60 Guedes calibre, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork stamped with ink roundels on both sides, one contains ‘OEWFG Steyr 1886’ the other 'Royal Cypher Luiz I' (King of Portugal 11 November 1861- 19 October 1889). The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I). The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ & ‘M1886’. The weapon has matching numbers ‘S627’ on the stock, breech and barrel. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight, bayonet stud, sling swivels and steel butt plate. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13113
£675.00

VERY RARE, 1856 Dated British 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With Mint 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13239 - 13239
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This is a very rare, original example of the British 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower'. It is also dated '1856'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock impressed with 'WD' and arrow mark, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and its original graduated 2 leaf rear sight. The barrel has a pristine bore with crisp 3 groove rifling and is stamped with Victorian proof marks. Total length is 40 ½” with a 23 ½” barrel. The firing action works 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 13239
£1,575.00

SOLD SOLD (09/04) American Stevens Arms Co Model 1915 ‘Favorite’ .25 Rim Fire Under Lever Single Shot 'Take Down' Rifle. Sn 13066 - 13066
This is an excellent original American Stevens ‘Model 1915 Favorite’ take down rifle. It has a 24” barrel with a clean bore and crisp rifling. It measures 38 ½” overall. Its ‘take down' mechanism is achieved by unscrewing the screw-lock at the underside of the action. All wood and metalwork are undamaged with even patina throughout. The top of the barrel is crisply marked with manufacturer detail ‘J Stevens Arms Company Chicopee Falls Mass USA 25-Stevens’. The breech is marked ‘Trade Mark Favorite Reg U.S Pat Off & Fgn’. The stock tang is stamped ‘Model 1915’. The weapon is number 'J171’'. The cocking, firing and take down actions work perfectly. It has a chequered horn butt plate, a fixed brass blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13066
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (25/04) Swiss Military Vetterli M1878 (M78) .41 Rim Fire Fire Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By Waffenfabrik Bern. Sn 12948 - 12948
The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to circa 1890, when they were replaced with Schmidt-Rubin rifles. Modified Vetterli rifles were also used by the Italian Army. The Swiss Vetterli rifles combined the American M1866 Winchester rifle's tubular magazine and a bolt system derived from the German Dreyse. Due to the Swiss Federal Council's early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breech loading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. This is an excellent M78 Vetterli bolt action rifle in .41 rim fire obsolete calibre rifle. It has all original, undamaged wood furniture. The left side plate is stamped with ‘Swiss Cross’ mark and stamped 'M78 Waffenfabrik Bern' together with model designation ‘M78’ and serial number ‘175747’. The barrel, butt plate and breech plate have matching numbers. The bolt is numbered ‘4286’ It has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, sling swivels, steel butt plate and original cleaning rod. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The loading & firing action works perfectly. Price 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 12948
£0.00

American Ethan Allen & Company 1860 Patent Falling Block .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre Single Shot Rifle. Sn 12890 - 12890
Ethan Allen (September 2, 1808– January 7, 1871) was a major American arms maker from Massachusetts USA. His first firearm, the "Pocket Rifle" was developed in 1836, and his first patent was granted in 1837. This is an excellent original Allen & Company 1860 Patent falling block rifle in .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre. The top of the breech is marked with faint manufacturer detail ‘ E.Allen & Co, Worcester, Mass, Allens Pat Sept 18 1860’. It has a 26” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech(43 ¾” overall), a small flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The rifled barrel is clean. It has a steel butt plate with hinged trap and fore end block. The metal work has even patina. The rifle has all original undamaged wood work which has just minor bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. It has an external hammer and its falling block action operates as it should. Price 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 12890
£1,295.00

Private Purchase .577 Snider Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By Thomas Turner, Birmingham. Sn 4246 - 4246
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, 3 Band Rifle . It has all original Walnut woodwork throughout. It has a fine case hardened lock nicely engraved by the retailer ' Thomas Turner Fisher Street Birmingham'. The breech is marked with proof / inspection marks. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 55 inches overall with a 36 1/2 inch barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod and ladder rear sight. The bore is nice and clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. It's cocking and firing action works perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 4246
£1,200.00
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