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***SOLD***SOLD*** VERY RARE, C1860 Victorian English Barnett Of London Whitworth Patent Polygonal Rifled Barrel .450 Calibre Muzzle Loading Military Percussion Carbine. Sn 14237 - 14237
The London based Barnett family of Gunsmiths are recorded at various addresses in London from 1796 to 1908 starting with Thomas Barnett at 134 Minories who later became Thomas Barnett & Sons and later John Edward Barnett at the Minories & 37 Camomile Street, ending as JE Barnett & Sons Ltd at Brewhouse Lane, Leaman Street & Duncan Street (see page 140 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.1). This is an excellent muzzle loading military Whitworth patent barrel carbine size rifle by Barnett London made C1860. The side plate is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Barnett London’ together with Queens crown and Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). The top of the barrel near to the breech is marked ‘Whitworth (patent).450 Bore’. The barrel has Victorian proof marks. It has excellent all original wood work with chequered panel wrist, steel butt plate, brass fore end block, steel trigger guardand barrel bands. It also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, curved block fore sight, military heavy hammer and sling swivels. The 24 ½” barrel has crisp polygonal rifling. The Total length is 41 ¾”. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare muzzle loading percussion carbine includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique obsolete calibre percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14237
£0.00

VERY RARE, One Of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 3 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers & U.S. Marked Socket Bayonet. A 581 - A 581
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contract was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 757 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the Lancers post Crimean War. The barrel has proof / inspection marks (all illustrated). The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean rifled bore. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The weapon is accompanied by its original U.S. made socket bayonet. The bayonet has the correct swivel collar and 18” flat triangular section blade which is straight and undamaged and tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade is stamped ‘U.S.’. The price for this very rare Crimean War era American made British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 manufactured, with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 581
£1,295.00

***SOLD***SOLD*** Victorian C1850, English John Cole, 10 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14190 - 14190
This is a Victorian muzzle loading percussion Shotgun. It has a 31 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and measures 48 ½” overall. The barrel is 19.64mm muzzle diameter (approx. 10 bore). The bore is clean.The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon and it has a polished horn fore end cap. The metal work has engraved decoration to the, side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved with a ‘hunting dog in the field’ scene and signed by the maker ‘John Cole’. The top of the barrel is very faintly engraved ‘John Cole’ with unreadable address (there are several Gunsmiths by the name John Cole recorded as working in both London & the Provinces during the Victorian era). The weapon, strips, cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight & has its original brass tipped wood ramrod. Price for this antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14190
£0.00

C1850, Continental 18 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Patch box, Ramrod & Sling. Sn 14189 - 14189
This is a continental muzzle loading percussion shotgun made C1850. It has a 31” round browned steel barrel and measures 47 ½” overall. The barrel is 16.23mm muzzle diameter (approx. 18 Bore). The smooth bore has staining and powder residue consistent with age and use. It has its original wood stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The wood has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age. The shoulder stock has a steel hinged patchbox and figured cheek piece. The action plate and Dolphin hammer have light foliate engraved decoration. It has a plain steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun’s butt plate & bead fore sight are absent. The shotgun has its original steel ramrod. The shotgun is fitted with sling swivels and webbing sling. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the weapon. The weapon strips, cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this attractive antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14189
£395.00

**SOLD**SOLD**Victorian 1878 British Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine. Sn 14188 - 14188
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 cavalry carbine has a 19” round steel barrel with clean bore which has crisp well defined rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. The wood is all original. The action plate is marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1878’ date & crisp Queen’s Crown with Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). The breech has small inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a block & blade foresight, adjustable rear ladder sight and steel ram rod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14188
£0.00

VERY SCARCE, Napoleonic Wars Era British Ketland & Co New Land Pattern (42” Barrel) Officer’s Private Purchase .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket To ‘A.Taylor’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14212 - 14212
Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an original British Officer’s private purchase Brown Bess New Land pattern flintlock musket. The New Land Pattern was introduced into British service C1802 after the signing of the Peace of Amiens to end the French Revolutionary Wars, when possibility seemed high of a return to peacetime levels of production (see page 36 plate 30 & page 37 of British Military Long Arms 1715-1815 by Bailey). Unfortunately peace did not last and the Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 culminating in the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815. This example of the New Land Pattern by Ketland & Co has the correct 42” round steel barrel with block foresight. It measures 58 ½” overall length. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘T. Ketland & Co’. It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer fitted with flint. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. The stock has an inlaid brass roundel engraved ‘A+Taylor’ no doubt the name of the British officer who commissioned this piece. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this historic piece worthy of further research regarding the Officer’s name includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14212
£3,450.00

C1838 Victorian, English, Joseph Graves, Birmingham, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. A 579 - A 579
This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with hunting dog in the field retrieving game scenes and signed by the maker ‘Graves’, most likely Joseph Graves recorded in 1838 as having premises at Andover Street Birmingham (see page 229 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. The barrels smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age. 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. A 579
£575.00

MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 12 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Ornate Brass Pin & Ivory Decoration & Ram Rod. Sn 14160 - 14160
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 massive 66” overall length. It has an octagonal steel barrel which is 18mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 12 Bore). The bore has the staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel has 6 brass barrel bands. The hammer has scrollwork highlighted in gold and the right side of the weapon has a side plate with silvered Arabic script. It has a wood stock with ornate brass pin and antique ivory decoration & and typical curved butt. The musket has a steel ram rod. The wood, ivory and metal of the weapon have 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 14160
£575.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Victorian 1873 British Enfield Tower Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14144 - 14144
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent Cavalry Carbine. 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 cavalry carbine has a 19” round steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang, steel saddle bar and ring. The wood is all original. The action plate is marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1873’ date & crisp Victorian Crown. The breech and barrel have proof inspection marks together with ‘ZE 202’. The breech cover is marked ‘Sniders Patent’. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a block & blade foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14144
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Large, Best Quality, C1850 Cogswell & Harrison London 4 Bore Percussion Fowling Piece/ Punt Gun, Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Damascus Brown Barrel. Sn 14128 - 14128
Cogswell & Harrison is London’s oldest surviving Gunmaker. The company founded in 1770, has, for generations made quality fireams. This is a large percussion fowling piece/ Punt Gun by Cogswell & Harrison. This would have been an expensive weapon to purchase when it was made C1850. It is 4 bore and has a 35" stepped round brown Damascus steel barrel & measures 55” overall. Its bore is excellent, clean with no pitting. It has beautiful walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The fore stock has German Silver mounts. The top of the wrist is inlaid with silver escutcheon which has a very faint stylised monogram. It has a plain steel butt plate with foliate engraved tang. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer, side plate, action finial and trigger guard with extended tang & Acanthus bud finial. All are nicely engraved with a foliate and serpent designs. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The action is signed by the maker ‘Cogswell & Harrison’. The piece which is a heavy 5.5 Kg is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. Price for this excellent 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 14128
£0.00
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