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VERY RARE & DESIRABLE, Original 1890 - 1891 American Large Frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ 38-56-255 Winchester Calibre Pump / Slide Action Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Full Length Tube Magazine. Sn 13990 - 13990
The Colt Lightning Rifle was a slide /pump-action rifle manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 1904. Colt made the Lightning Rifle in three different frame sizes, to accommodate a wide range of cartridges. Its profile somewhat resembles the pump-action rifles made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms. The large-frame Lightning with barrel lengths of 22” or 28”, also called the "Express Model" were manufactured between 1887 and 1894. The Lightning was adopted for use by the San Francisco Police Department. This is an excellent original example of the large frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ rifle in 38-56-255 Winchester calibre. It has a 28” blued octagonal barrel and measures 46 ¾” overall. The barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. It’s all original American Walnut wood work is excellent and undamaged. The slide has chequered panels. It has a steel butt plate & correct full length tube magazine. The top of the barrel has crisp Colt Hartford address detail and Patent dates (illustrated inset in image 2). The barrel has calibre detail ’38-56-255’ (illustrated in image 2). The frame has a loading port on the right side & is very faintly marked with the Rampant Colt trade mark on the left. The rifle is serial number ‘4751’ which is stamped on the trigger guard tang. The serial number dates its manufacture to between 1890 & 1891. It is fitted with buck horn rear sight and brass blade fore sight. Its pump action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price for this rare obsolete calibre American Frontier / Wild West era rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13990
£4,750.00

QUALITY, UNUSUAL, C1840 Victorian English Henry Eden Smith Sheffield 50 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13955 - 13955
Henry Eden Smith was an English, Sheffield, Yorkshire, based gunsmith with premises at 3 & 9 Market Street & 2 bakers Hill between 1832 & 1842 (see page 335 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian percussion hunting rifle by Henry Eden Smith. It has 28” browned octagonal barrel and measures 44” overall. The bore is clean with 3 groove rifling which is unusual to find on a hunting rifle of this type. It has its original walnut half stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and polished horn fore end cap. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer has foliate engraved decoration. The side plate also has foliate engraving together with the depiction of a Stag in the field and the manufacturer’s name ‘Eden Smith’ . The stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is chequered and has an inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle is fitted with blade foresight, ‘v’ notch block rear sight and has its wood ram rod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13955
£1,175.00

VERY RARE, C1860 AMERICAN Henry Parker Trenton New Jersey, 52 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Kentucky Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Patch Box. Sn 13954 - 13954
This is a superb, very rare, American Henry Parker Muzzle Loading Percussion Kentucky Rifle (In the book AMERICAN GUNSMITHS, noted firearms expert Frank Sellers records a Henry Parker who worked in Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1860). This example has all original Walnut full stock and brass fittings including trigger guard with extended tang , butt plate with extended tangs, ram rod mounts, fore end block & original hinged brass patch box in the stock which has decorative scroll work engraving. The left side of the stock has a figured cheek piece and is inlaid with an original, contemporaneously applied, antique American Silver Dollar. The wrist is inlaid with a german Silver escutcheon which has a stylised monogram. The rifle measures 51” overall with a 35 ¼” octagonal browned steel barrel which has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with fixed brass blade fore sight and brass ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. Its steel hammer and action have scrollwork decoration and an unusual nipple with brass cup configuration (we are uncertain if this Kentucky was originally made as percussion or converted to percussion from an earlier flintlock). Its original ram rod has brass end caps, the lower end cap slotted for cleaning cloth. The side plate is signed by the manufacturer name ‘Parker’ and the top of the barrel ‘Henry Parker’. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this excellent Kentucky rifle includes UK delivery. NB 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 13954
£1,750.00

French Military, Model 1866/74 11mm Calibre Fusil Gras Carbine By Manufacture Imperialle St Etienne. Sn 13890 - 13890
An excellent French M1866/74 Infantry carbine. The all original wood is very good and has a contemporary professionally applied field repair to the stock wrist (illustrated in image 3). It has a ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels. It measures 39" overall with a 20 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The breech is crisply marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and with 'Mle 1866-74' model detail (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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 13890
£675.00

RARE, American Civil War 1863-1865, Model 1860's Spencer .52 Calibre Repeating Rifle/ Cavalry Carbine With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar. Sn 13856 - 13856
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was the designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (39" overall) fed from a tube magazine with cartridges. 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 52362 which dates it to between 1863 & 1865 (Spencer Carbines that were manufactured between 1863-1865, had serial numbers falling between 11,001 and 62,000). The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a good all original example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, correct steel butt plate & with correct tubular magazine and latch plate. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece but the breech is crisply marked with the serial number. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history 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 13856
£1,795.00

Victorian C1860 British Militia Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield .600 Regulation Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Short Rifle By E. Bond London With 3 leaf Rear Sight, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 13859 - 13859
Edward Bond was an English Gunmaker with premises at 108 Leadenhall Street and at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street, London between 1762 until his death in 1790. His Sons continued the business with premises at Cornhill London until 1861. The Bond's made and supplied firearms to The East India Company. This is a quality private purchase .600” Regulation Calibre 2 Band Short Rifle by Bond no doubt commissioned by a Militia or Volunteer Cavalry Officer. It has excellent all original woodwork throughout. Its steel side plate is nicely engraved by the maker ‘E.Bond London’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 40 ¾” inches overall with a 24” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, steel ram rod, 3 leaf rear sight, blade fore sight & brass nipple protector with chain. The bore is nice and clean with crisp rifling. Its cocking and firing actions work 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 13859
£895.00

Victorian, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Damascus Barrels. Sn 13759 - 13759
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun made by Westley Richards. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ½” overall. The side plates, action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved ‘Westley Richards’. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining 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. Sn 13759
£675.00

QUALITY, C1870, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel, Lever Break Action, Pin Fire Shotgun. Sn 13764 - 13764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and especially good shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is an excellent quality 12 Bore pinfire double barrel shotgun made by Westley Richards C 1870. It has a top lever action and original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and forestock. The underside of the stock has a void German silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46" overall. The lever, side plates and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The leaver is faintly engraved ‘Westley Richards Patent’ and both side plates ‘Westley Richards’. The trigger guard tang is numbered ‘10080’. The break action and firing action of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13764
£895.00

Large, C1850 6 Bore Percussion Wild Fowling Piece / Punt Gun. Sn 13766 - 13766
This is a large Victorian era percussion fowling piece/ punt gun. It is 6 bore and has a 41" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (57 ½” overall). Its bore has the staining to be expected with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & brass fittings. The brass trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and brass butt plate tang have engraved scrollwork decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small post foresight. The side plate has partially visible manufacturer or retailer name which appears to be ‘J’ above partial name ‘Hollon’ The piece has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap. Price for this large Victorian 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 13766
£795.00

1860 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment Marked ‘V NL 434’ To The Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers. Sn 13765 - 13765
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921. The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day. The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan. In 1859 a scare a war with France swept the country, exposing the inability of the small peacetime Regular Army to defend Great Britain as well as the vast colonial Empire. The widespread popular demand for additional volunteer forces did not at first find favour with the Government of the day, but the Ministry finally gave way and on 25 May 1859 sanctioned the formation of corps of Rifle Volunteers. Lancashire responded with particular enthusiasm to the call for volunteers and by the end of 1860 over seventy local Infantry units had been raised.This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1860’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with ordnance inspection mark. The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘V NL’ to the Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers together with weapon number ‘434’. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13765
£1,175.00
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