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QUALITY, Victorian, English, D. Wales, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 10 Bore (2 5/8" Black Powder Ctge) , Double Barrel Under Lever Breech Loading Shotgun. Sn 14686 - 14686
The English Gunmaker Durrant (or Durrent) Wales is recorded as being in business in Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth in 1868, moving to Regent Street C1874. The business closed C1909. This is an obsolete calibre Victorian double barrel breech loading, break action shotgun by Wales. It has undamaged Walnut furniture with finely chequered pistol grip which has a tooled steel butt cap and polished horn butt plate. The shotgun with double 32” brown wash, round steel barrels set side by side, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 49” overall. The barrels are 10 bore, chambered for the obsolete calibre 2 5/8"black powder cartridge. The bores have light staining consistent with age but no pitting or rust. The under side of the barrels have Victorian black powder proofs. The action tang, trigger guard with extended tang and under lever have foliate tooled decoration. Both side plates are also tooled with foliate decoration and signed by the maker ‘D. Wales’. The central barrel rib has a very faint indistinct signature, most likely ‘D. Wales Great Yarmouth’ (to faint to photograph). The loading & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price for this quality made piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre breech loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14686
£1,600.00

SOLD SOLD (12/12) Early 1900’s British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth WD ‘CMF’ (Citizen Military Force) Markings. Sn 14685 - 14685
This is a 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, 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 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 stacked rifles trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia’ & numbers '4166' & ‘19538’ together with ‘Q’ inspection mark. The top of the breech is stamped with ‘S’ between War Dept arrows. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The stock is faintly impressed ‘CMF’ to the Citizen Military Force (Australia’s Home Guard). It is also impressed with matching number ‘4166’ and ‘6-11’ (possibly June 1911 date). 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 14685
£0.00

C1900 Liege Francotte’s Patent Martini Action .230 (297/230) Calibre Cadet Rifle With Victorian Queen’s Crown Western Australia WD Cadet Force (WACF) Military Markings. Sn 14684 - 14684
This is a Liege Belgium made Martini Action obsolete calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian WD Markings. These Rifles were used as training rifles for Military cadets. It has a blade foresight & adjustable ladder 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 wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped ‘Western Australia Government’ and with Victorian Queen’s Crown together with ‘Francotte Patent’ roundel and number ‘67195’. The top of the breech is stamped ‘Auguste Francotte & Co Liege’ (the Company was founded in 1810 and was most active between 1860 and 1914. It had premises at Rue Mont Saint Martin 61, in Liege. The Company made weapons based on other manufacturers designs. The Francotte house manufactured a number of rifles shotguns based on the Martini system and supplied them to a number of Countries armed forces). The stock is crisply stamped on one side ‘Western Australia Government’ and with Victorian Queen’s Crown. The other side is stamped ‘W.A.C.F.’ (Western Australia WD Cadet Force), number ‘1173’ and ‘S’ between War Dept arrows. 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 14684
£745.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Late Victorian Era English Holland & Holland, London .360 Rook Rifle Calibre, Breech Loading, Side Lever, Break Action Single Shot Rifle. Sn 14683 - 14683
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is a .360 Calibre Rook rifle by Holland & Holland. It has a blued 26” Octagonal rifled barrel. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The underside of the barrel is numbered 6726 & has black powder proofs. It has an external hammer, blade foresight, and 2 leaf rear sight. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond St. London’. The underside of the fore stock and action have matching numbers ‘6726’. The rifle has a walnut shoulder stock with chequered pistol grip and chequered fore end. It has a steel butt plate and pistol grip cap. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this Rook rifle by prestigious English Gunsmiths includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre Rook rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14683
£1,200.00

**SOLD**SOLD**1/11**QUALITY, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Cased, Victorian Post 1883 English Holland & Holland, London .295 / 300 Calibre, Breech Loading, Break Action Single Shot, ’ Rook Rifle ‘Winner Of All The Field Rifle Trials 1883’. Sn 14682 - 14682
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is a superb .295 / 300 Calibre Rook rifle by Holland & Holland. It has a blued 26” Octagonal semi smooth bore barrel with engine turned top. The bore is clean. The underside of the barrel is numbered 10169 & has black powder proofs. It has a flip up brass ringed foresight, graduated 2 leaf lined rear sight and flip up aperture sight. The sides of the barrel are engraved ‘Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond St. London .295 Semi Smooth Bore’ and ‘Winner Of All The Field Rifle Trials 1883’ (Holland & Holland won all classes in the 1883 rifle trials held by ‘The Field’ magazine and gaining Royal Warrants from the King of Italy and King George V). The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration. The hammer and top lever also have engraved scroll work. The trigger guard tang has matching number 10169. The underside of the fore stock is also numbered 10169. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered pistol grip and chequered fore end with polished horn cap. It has a steel butt plate and pistol grip cap. The pistol grip has an almost invisible contemporary repair which is totally secure and stable. The rifle's loading and firing actions work perfectly.The rifle comes with its original leather covered hard case. The inside of the lid has its original Holland & Holland trade labels. The case measures 30 ½”x 7 ½” x 3 ½”. It has a hinged lid with brass lever operated clasp fastener with lock (key absent). Its leather carry handle has become detached at one edge but this could easily be repaired. The top of the lid has a void brass roundel. One edge of the case has an original paper label marked ‘Single Holland S’ together with other struck out wording. 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 main compartment which holds the shoulder stock and action, has a leather retaining strap with padded buckle to hold it firmly in place. The case contains fitted, holed wooden blocks to hold a large number of individual rounds of ammunition. The case also contains an original empty Eley .300 cartridge box. The price for this impressive cased Rook rifle by prestigious English Gunsmiths includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre Rook rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14682
£0.00

ORNATE, 19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 28 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Intricate Silver Wire & Brass Decoration, Decorated Bone Butt Plate & Ram Rod. Sn 14670 - 14670
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. 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 weapon 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. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket. It measures a 53” overall length. It has a round steel barrel which is 14mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 28 Bore). The bore has the staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel has ornately tooled brass barrel bands. The metalwork including the barrel has hand tooled and gilt decoration. It has a wood stock with ornate silver wire decoration decoration & and typical curved butt. The butt has a thick bone butt plate pierced and coloured with a foliate design. iThe musket has a steel ram rod. The weapon has the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons the action does not cock and dry fire. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14670
£675.00

1854-1869 English, Robert Watmough, Manchester .400 Calibre Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Rook Rifle With Octagonal Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14646 - 14646
Robert Watmough was an English Gun Smith with premises at 13 Blackfriars Street, Manchester between 1854-1869 (see page 359 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.2). This is an excellent original Victorian muzzle loading percussion rook rifle by Watmough. It has a 29 ¾” octagonal Damascus steel barrel and measures 46” overall. The bore is clean with crisp well defined rifling. The rifle has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The top of the stock is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon. The action has engraved foliate decoration, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved by the maker ‘R.Watmough’. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with blade fore sight & 1 Leaf and 1 fixed plate rear sight. It has its original brass ram rod. The price 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 14646
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (12/12) Post WW1 British Greener Mark I/14, Special 14 Bore Egyptian Police Contract Martini Action Riot Shotgun. Sn 14604 - 14604
After WW1 the Egyptian Government sought a weapon suitable for arming their Police Force. W.W. Greener of Birmingham won the contract with their submission of a handy, smoothbore Martini actioned shotgun with a full length wood stock. These shotguns were known as the Greener Mark I/14. The "14" referred to the bore size. One of the clever features of the new shotgun was that it used an off size 14 1/2 gauge straight sided shot shell. This prevented the weapon's use with commercially available shotgun shells. Thus, if the weapon fell into the wrong hands, it couldn't be used against the Egyptian Police. Greener referred to this cartridge as "14 bore for use in Mark I guns". These cartridges were made by Kynoch. Most were loaded with smokeless powder, but some have been noted with black powder loads. By 1922, over 30,000 Greeners had been supplied to the Egyptian Government. This is a very good original example of the Greener Mark I/14, 14 Bore Egyptian Police Contract Martini Action Shotgun. It measures 42” overall with a 25 ¼” round steel barrel which has a clean smooth bore. It has the correct full stock with single barrel band and sling swivel. The all original wood has just knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has a brass butt plate with trap, brass bead fore sight and notched action block rear sight. The right side of the shotgun has a safety catch lever which works correctly. The left side plate has faint marks ‘W.W. Greener Maker 19517/21 (Patent Number)’. The breech block has Egyptian script markings and is marked ‘Greener Special Bore’. The underside of the frame is stamped ‘14214’. The lever and trigger guard are stamped with Egyptian Government 'EG' marks. The weapon’s Martini loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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 14604
£0.00

Victorian Era India Arsenal 40 Bore Percussion Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14607 - 14607
This is an original India Arsenal musket made in the late Victorian era. The blued side plate has no manufacturer or date marks. It has all original wood stock with just bumps and bruises to be expected . It has a brass fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. It also has a brass butt plate. The weapon has its original steel ramrod and fixed sights. The blued 33” long octagonal barrel has a flared muzzle. The muzzle opening is 11mm diameter (approx. 40 bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age and use. The barrel is stamped ‘148’. The wood is impressed ‘99’ (or 66). Total length is 48". The cocking & 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 14607
£395.00

QUALITY Irish Double 8 Bore Breech Loading Wildfowling Shotgun, 1863-1875 T. Richardson & Sons, Cork, Sn 14658 - 14658
Boothroyd's Directory lists Thomas Richardson & Sons at 111 St. Patrick St. in Cork 1863-1875. This is a quality double barrel breech loading wildfowling shotgun by T. Richardson & Sons, Cork . It has undamaged Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the shoulder stock has a void silver escutcheon. The shotgun has double 30” Damascus steel barrels. The barrels are short for an 8 bore but are original and have not been shortened. The chamber length of each barrel is 3 1/4" and the diameter of each muzzle opening / choke is .849". Each barrel is stamped '8' (8 bore). The underside of the barrels have Victorian black powder proofs. The smooth bores have light staining consistent with age. It has a central barrel rib with small brass post fore sight. The rib is crisply signed ‘T. Richardson & Sons, Patrick Street, Cork’. It has double hammers & triggers. The shotgun measures 46 ¼” overall. The metal work has engraved foliate decoration. The under lever has a knurled thumb piece. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. This hefty large bore shotgun weighs 5.73 Kilos. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14658
£2,475.00
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