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Cased, 1846 – 1860 English John Sampson Liverpool 18 Bore, Muzzle Loading, Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun With Accessories. Sn 15108 - 15108
John Sampson was a Liverpool based Gunsmith recorded as working between 1846 & 1860 (see page 103 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent cased muzzle loading double barrel shotgun by Sampson. It has blued 28” smooth bore barrels with flat top barrel rib. The rib is signed by the maker ‘John Sampson 21 North John St Liverpool’. The barrel’s bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of each barrel are numbered 240 & have Victorian black powder proofs and other inspection marks. One barrel is marked ‘18’ (bore). Both barrels have inlaid roundels beneath the percussion nipples. The weapon has a bead fore sight. The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration incorporating a hunting dog scene and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘John Sampson’. It has double Dolphin hammers and double triggers. The shotgun’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered wrist and steel butt plate. The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and worm. The stock has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The rifle comes with its original wood case. The inside of the lid has its original Sampson Liverpool trade label. It has a hinged lid with folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). 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 accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), a Sykes marked copper and brass powder flask, a leather and brass shot pouch with sprung nozzle which contains a small amount of lead shot, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator & a box of cloth patches. The price for this impressive cased shotgun by a provincial English gunsmith includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15108
£1,275.00

RARE, Austrian Model 1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock 18mm (.69") Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15078 - 15078
The Austrian 1842 Kammerbuchse is one of a long line of short rifles and carbines used by skirmishers in the Austrian army. It is a relatively heavy weapon which sports a 18mm (.69¡È) calibre rifled barrel with deep grooves and also a Delvigne stepped breech as found on the French 1833 cavalry officer¡¯s pistol. An immediatly recognisable feature of the rifle is the lock. Unlike most European countries, the Austrian army did not make a clean transition from flintlock to percussion lock. They instead took an intermediate step by adopting the Augustin tube lock. This lock used a sealed copper cylinder filled with fulminant for ignition which was pushed into the flash tube of the lock pan, the pan top which incorporates an anvil element was then flipped shut and the lock was ready to fire. When the hammer struck the anvil the copper cylinder was crushed, igniting the fulminant and thus firing the rifle. The cylinders had a wire loop on one end which would stick out of the slot seen on the end of the lock pan so that the used cylinder could be quickly tugged out of the lock for the next shot. The cylinders were also pretty much waterproof. The Augustin lock was used on muskets, rifles, and pistols. The rifle has a few refinements which indicate its use by skilled troops, namely the heavy trigger guard spur for a more comfortable grip and, the raised cheek rest on the shoulder stock. Clearly this carbine was not for the common soldier. These carbines first shot ball ammunition before changing to a conical bullet. Many of these rifles were imported to the Unites States during the civil war where they were converted to conventional percussion. As such, these rifles are quite rare in original condition. Our example of the M1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock Cavalry Carbine is in excellent condition. It has the correct tube lock mechanism with heavy military hammer. The action plate is numbered '831'. Its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has the correct spurred steel trigger guard and original walnut stock with correct figured cheek piece. The wood is undamaged. The bore of its 14 1/2" long round steel barrel has residue and staining consistent with age and use and crisp rifling. The top of the barrel has indistinct lettering which is illustrated in image 2. The carbine measures 28 1/2" overall length. The carbine has a block and blade fore sight, notched block rear sight, steel butt plate, saddle bar and ring. The price for this rare skirmisher's carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this carbine if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15078
£1,895.00

MINT BORE, CRIMEAN WAR, Victorian British 1853 Enfield Snider MK II ** 3 Band .577 Calibre Rifle Regiment Marked ‘1.BN 6RT.401’. Sn 15003 - 15003
This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. These rifles were used by British forces during the Crimean war 1853-1856. The side plate is stamped With crisp Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1853' together with inspection marks. It has all original undamaged wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘1.BN 6RT.401’. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. The breech is stamped with ‘BSA Co’ inspection marks and MK II** designation. It has the correct knurled steel breech cover release catch. Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. The bore is near mint clean with crisp rifling. The loading and firing action works perfectly. The price for this Crimean war era rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment mark includes UK delivery includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15003
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) Victorian Pattern 1844 British 1873 Dated Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Smooth Bore Cavalry Carbine With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14862 - 14862
This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original walnut full stock which has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate which has areas of pitting is faintly stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1873' date & inspection mark. The brass butt plate is numbered ‘21345’. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean smooth bore. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp 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 14862
£0.00

RARE, MINT BORE, Merrill’s 2nd Type 1858 Patent American Civil War 1864 Dated .54 Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Brass Furniture, Steel Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15123 - 15123
The Merrill carbine was a breechloader firearm designed by Baltimore, Maryland gunsmith and inventor James H. Merrill. It was one of several firearms made by Merrill in fulfillment of contracts with the Union Government during the U.S. Civil War. The carbines were produced in two versions: First Type and Second Type. The First Type included a brass patchbox in the stock and had the breech lever secured by a flat, knurled latch. The Second Type was produced without the patchbox and had the breech lever secured with a rounded, button type latch. The carbines were in service with the Union army between 1863 and 1865. This is an original example of the 2nd type Merrill 1858 carbine in excellent condition. The metal work is excellent and undamaged with original finish. Its original wood stock has just light knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 20" barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 37 ¼” overall. It is fitted with 2 leaf rear sight graduated to 300 and 500 yards and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It also has a blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It has a brass butt plate, barrel band and trigger guard. The action plate is stamped with Merrill’s 1858 patent detail and 1864 date together with American Eagle mark. Merrill’s name and patent detail is repeated on the breech lever (all illustrated). The carbine is serial number '16588'. This type 2 carbine is correctly without patchbox and has the correct knurled button breech lever release catch. The weapon’s 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 15123
£1,950.00

C1850 American Kentucky Form Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination With Patchbox & Ram Rod. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture in the Kentucky rifle form with figured cheek piece and brass fittings including trigger guard with ornate extended tang, deeply curved butt plate and stock fittings including a hinged patch box with brass lid. One side of the stock is mounted with a brass plate in the stylised form of an American Eagle. The weapon has double hammers & triggers. The barrels set side by side measure 33 ½” length and have a central barrel rib. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age and use. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 24 bore. The other barrel is 28 Bore smoothbore. The weapon measures 49 ½” overall. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration. It is complete with wood ram rod. One end of the ram rod is has an end cap formed from a spent brass cartridge case, the other end has a brass tip. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14455
£895.00

1894 British WD Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs Enfield Martini Action HRB Co IC1 .303 Calibre Rifle Converted By C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED** Sn 14601 - 14601
This is a good Martini Action Rifle To The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs (SMRC). This WD IC1 Enfield Martini .303 rifle was converted for SMRC use by C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & flip up graduated rear sight. Deactivated to UK/EU specification the weapon, cocks & dry fires perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'SMRC Special Converted For The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs By . C.G. Bonehill Birmingham’. The right side is crisply stamped with Queen’s Crown HRB Co dated 1894 IC1 and WD inspection mark. The barrel length is 29 ¼” and it measures 46 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery and UK/EU deactivation certificate. Sn 14601
£645.00

RARE, MINT BORE, Starr Arms Co Yonkers New York 1858 Patent American Civil War Era .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15088 - 15088
The Starr carbine was a breechloading single-shot rifle used by the United States Army. Designed in 1858, the Starr was primarily used by cavalry soldiers in the American Civil War. In January 1858, Ebenzer Starr submitted his design for a single-shot, breech-loading rifle to the Washington Armory for evaluation. During testing, the rifle was noted to have no misfires, and its accuracy was considered better than average. The rifle was adopted as the Model 1858 carbine. Between 1861 and 1864, over 20,000 were produced by the Starr Arms Company of Yonkers, New York. In 1865, the Government ordered 3,000 Starr carbines, these proved to be successful, and an additional 2,000 were ordered. The Starr carbine proved to be effective during the Civil War. During the war, the Starr Arms Company had been the fifth largest supplier of carbines and the third largest supplier of .44 calibre single action pistols. This is original example of the Starr 1858 carbine in excellent condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 38” overall. It is fitted with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with a steel butt plate. The action plate is stamped ‘Starrs Patent Sept 14th 1858’ and the action ‘Starr Arms Co Yonkers NY’ which is repeated on the barrel. The carbine is serial number '31350'. The weapon’s 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 15088
£1,950.00

SOLD SOLD (18/04) MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle & Sling. Sn 15062 - 15062
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military mark ‘D6+CI’ and the steel butt plate with 'Swiss Cross' together with number number ‘902’. The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '184902' on the breech housing, barrel and magazine. The bolt number is not matching. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The price 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 15062
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield 1853 Pattern, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. A 600 - A 600
This is a very good, original British Officer’s private purchase Enfield 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The side plate is stamped With Crown amongst foliate engraved decoration. It has all original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and inlaid void silver disc, steel butt plate, steel fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. It has a heavy military hammer with foliate engraved decoration. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 49 ½” with a 33" barrel. 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. A 600
£0.00
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