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SOLD SOLD (11/05) RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, MINT BORE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine. Sn 16090 - 16090
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has a mint bore, bright & clean with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure a leather cover which as is common is absent. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 3002 and the loading lever has matching number. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre percussion carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16090
£0.00

1869 U.S. Army Marked Springfield Model 1863 ‘Trap Door’ .50-70 Obsolete Calibre Rifle With Additional Rear Flip Up Long Range Peep Sight. Sn 16016 - 16016
This is an excellent original Springfield ‘Trap Door’ .50-70 Calibre Service rifle. It has all original wood stock and the metal work is clean. It measures 48” overall with a 29” round steel barrel which has a clean bore & crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, graduated flip up rear sight & additional rear flip up long range peep sight. It also has a heavy military hammer, steel butt plate, single sling swivel, brass fore end block and steel ram rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle and 'U.S. Springfield' together with ‘1863’ (model). The barrel and action have matching numbers ‘43704’. The trap door is stamped ‘U.S.’( Army) together with Eagle’s head and ‘1869’ (date). The steel butt plate tang is stamped ‘U.S.’ (Army). The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 16016
£975.00

Victorian C 1820 British Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 16023 - 16023
The Cheshire Yeomanry of the Great War was a descendant of a volunteer tradition that dates back to 1797, when six independent mounted troops were raised in the county during the crisis of the Napoleonic era. In 1803 they were formed into the Western Cheshire Yeomanry Cavalry and became the Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. In common with all such units, they were absorbed into the Territorial Force, when it was established in 1908 as part of wide-ranging reforms of the British Army in the light of experience of the South African war, and the growing international tension in Europe. The newly-named “Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester’s) (Hussars)” was composed of part-time soldiers. It was headquartered in the Old Bank Buildings in Chester, with squadron drill stations at Knutsford, Eaton, Northwich and Macclesfield. This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine to the ‘ECYC’ (Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry). It has all original walnut full stock which exhibits normal service wear. The metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) together with inspection mark. There is no visible date. The brass butt plate tang is crisply engraved ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore (pre-rifling) has just light staining consistent with age. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with 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 16023
£875.00

MINT BORE, 1911 British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth State Of Victoria Markings. Sn 15778 - 15778
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 Cadet (310 Greener) round which was introduced by Greener in 1900. It is complete with sling Swivels, bladed block foresight & flip up rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is near mint, clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original 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 arms trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia Vic (state of Victoria south-east Australia)’ & numbers '5902’ & ‘10890’. The top of the breech is stamped with Australian Kangaroo mark. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The barrel is numbered ‘7859’ The stock is impressed Commonwealth Of Australia roundel above number 20019 and dated ‘7/11’ (November 1911). 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 15778
£795.00

Victorian British Army In India Arsenal Native Troops Enfield Pattern 1853 Type, 3 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket With Stock Patch Box. Sn 15989 - 15989
This is an original 3-band Percussion Rifle Indian Arsenal made for British Army in India Native troops. The action plate has crude Queen’s crown and script characters and the barrel at the breech has hand tooled decoration. It all original woodwork with hinged patch box on one side of the shoulder stock, steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & brass fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has fixed sights. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. Total length is 52 ½” with a 37" barrel. The metal has been re-blued at some time in its life and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a faint ink roundel stamp. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15989
£675.00

C1870’s Victorian, English, George Playfair, Birmingham, 10 Bore, Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 15990 - 15990
An excellent Victorian 10 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock panels. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29”, round steel barrels with brass bead fore sight, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ¾” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The barrel rib has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). The barrels have black powder proofs. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration and are signed by the maker ‘Playfair’, most likely George Playfair recorded in 1874 as having premises at 13 Newton Street, Birmingham (see page 308 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). 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 15990
£925.00

SOLD SOLD (14/05) MINT BORE, Victorian 1860 British WD Enfield MK II** Snider .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment / Unit Marked ’TG 86’ & Sling. Sn 15987 - 15987
This is an original British MK II** .577 Snider Artillery Carbine by Enfield. 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 converted carbine has a 21” round steel barrel with near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 40 ½” overall length. The blued metal work has been professionally re-blued at some point in its life. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment or Unit marked ‘TG 86’. The original woodwork has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a crisp 1860 WD Enfield ink roundel. The action plate is dated 1860 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection marks. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II**’ designation and WD inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has an adjustable rear ladder sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet lug & sling swivels fitted with brown leather sling. The price for this carbine worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 15987
£0.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1853-1870 James Aston Hythe (Kent) British Volunteer’s Private Purchase 1853 Pattern Enfield 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment / Unit Marked ’70 OU’. Sn 15988 - 15988
James Aston was an English Gunmaker recorded as working in Hythe, Kent between 1853 & 1870 (see page 159 of British Gunmakers by Brown). This is an original British Volunteer’s Enfield 1853 Pattern 3 band Percussion Rifle by James Aston. The weapon’s action plate is stamped by the manufacturer ‘J.Aston Hythe’. It has all original walnut wood work which has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate Regiment / Unit marked ’70 OU’, Brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and original sling swivels. The 39” barrel has a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. Overall length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work 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 for this rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark includes UK delivery. Sn 15988
£1,395.00

SOLD SOLD (09/04) MINT, BEST QUALITY, MASSIVE, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 6 Bore Round Ball Big Game Rifle With Round Stepped To Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 15986 - 15986
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a best quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 27” round Damascus steel barrel is stepped to octagonal in the mid section up to the breech and is a massive 6 Bore. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 44” overall (the length indicates that this heavy, massive bore rifle was made to fire from the shoulder). The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional hinged leaf rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15986
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 15/05) British Pattern 1800 .650 Calibre Baker Flintlock Rifle By J. Richards To The Irish Walworth Yeomanry With Ancient Guild Of Fishmongers Heraldic Device & 1843-1846 Irish L-Y (Londonderry) Registration Marks. Sn 15973 - 15973
Not much is known about the Walworth Yeomanry except that it was a unit of 18 to 20 men from Londonderry. Walworth is just outside Limavady in Ballykelly and used to belong to the ancient guild of the Fishmongers (the most famous City fishmonger is Sir William Walworth, who, as Lord Mayor of London in 1381, helped bring the Peasants' Revolt to an end by stabbing the rebel Wat Tyler to death at Smithfield in the presence of King Richard II). The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while, until August 1846. All firearms owned in Ireland during that period had to be Registered and marked with the relevant County code. The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle Regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces. The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments adopted these accurate rifles (the hit Napoleonic War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of rifle). The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s. This is a superb, very rare, original, Baker rifle By J. Richards (There were many gun smiths named J. Richards working in both London & the provinces in the period). It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct brass mounts, bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct steel ram rod and sling swivels. The rifle measures 44 ½” overall with a 29 ½” brown wash steel barrel. The bore has just light staining and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has Londonderry registration mark ‘ L-Y 2857’ and the heraldic arms of the ‘Ancient Guild Of Fishmongers’. The lock plate is signed ‘J. Richards’. The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end barrel block & hinged patch box. The stock has an oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist engraved ‘Walworth Yeomanry’ and the butt plate tang has matching Londonderry registration mark. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. This rifle is a must for any serious collector & price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15973
£0.00
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