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SOLD. SOLD (01/18). RARE, Original, Matching Numbers, 1863-1864 American Civil War Era Gwyn & Campbell Hamilton OH USA 1862 Patent .52 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action ‘Grapevine’ Union Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14888 - 14888
This is a very good example of a rare Civil War carbine in nearly new condition. These carbines were made by Edwin Gwyn & Abner Campbell in Hamilton, OH between 1863 and 1864. Just over 8,000 of these guns were made & many saw hard use in Cavalry units during the Civil War. There are two models of this gun with different style levers. This is the 1st type “Grapevine” . The carbine’s action plate is crisply marked “GWYN & CAMPBELL” in an arch above “PATENT/1862/HAMILTON O”. The Frame is stamped “UNION RIFLE” vertically below breech. The barrel and breech have matching numbers ‘4320’. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps, knocks and bruises to be expected. The 19" barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It measures 39" overall. It is fitted with an adjustable rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The 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 14888
£0.00

1913-1914 Crawford Smuggling Operation, Irish U.V.F, 1897 Dated British WD BSA Co Martini Henry Mark 1 Converted To MK II .577x .450 Artillery Carbine With Red Hand Of Ulster and ‘For God And Ulster’ Stock Stamp & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:2 - 14894:2
The Larne gun-running was a major gun smuggling operation organised in April 1914 in Ireland by Major Frederick H. Crawford and Captain Wilfrid Spender for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Other smuggling operations also secured weapons for the UVF). Smuggled UVF rifles usually bear the Red Hand Of Ulster symbol. This is an original British WD Martini Henry Artillery Carbine, one of the smuggled guns sold to the UVF. It has all original wood furniture. The stock has bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and the metalwork has even patina. The action is dated 1897 and is marked by the manufacturer BSA Co together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The action also has the MK1 Conversion to MK II designation. The breech and barrel also have British WD ordnance marks (all illustrated). The stock is crisply impressed with the UVF Roundel which contains the Red Hand of Ulster and motto ‘For God And Ulster’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels, steel butt plate, cleaning rod and original leather sling. As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. NB The rifle strips cocks and dry fires but is not suitable for shooting as at some point in its life the breech has been cut internally. The price for this historic UVF marked piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:2
£1,200.00

RARE, 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14894:1 - 14894:1
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The stock has a contemporary hand carved initial ‘H’ most likely carved by the Civil War soldier who owned this weapon (illustrated). The 21" barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 1/2" overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight graduated ‘3’ to 300 yards and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The butt plate tang has a factory armourer’s inspection mark ‘D’ (all illustrated). The top of the action and frame are stamped with numbers (illustrated) . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856. The action tang is crisply marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence R I (Rhode Island)’. 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 14894:1
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (19/02) Victorian British 1862 Dated, Enfield 1853 Pattern, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector, Chain & Ram Rod. A 594 - A 594
This is a very good, original British Enfield 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer ‘Enfield’ together with 1862 date and inspection marks. It has all original walnut stock, steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and is fitted with its original nipple protector & chain. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and use. The rifling is well defined. The barrel is stamped with Victorian proof marks. The blued 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 594
£0.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian 1870 Dated British Enfield Tower .600 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With 3 Groove Rifling, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 14847 - 14847
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1870' date. Its 21" rifled barrel has a superb bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The carbine measures 37" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with faint proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring & nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sights. It also has a small block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine has a brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14847
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (05/02) MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian British 1860 Dated Enfield 1853 Pattern .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With 3 Groove Rifling, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 14846 - 14846
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This is an excellent, original example of the British 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and dated '1860'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, nipple protector & chain, sling swivels, block and blade fore sight and its original graduated 2 leaf rear sight. The barrel’s superb bore has crisp 3 groove rifling. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. Total length is 40 ½” with a 23 ½” barrel. The 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 14846
£0.00

VERY RARE, MINT BORE, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle With Best Quality Tooled Decoration. Sn 14773 - 14773
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a very rare, transitional rifle by Thomas Conway. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 30” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and is 48 ¾” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass post fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight graduated 50-100 yards. The action has best quality tooled decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ within banner on a foliate background. The sides of the action have scenes incorporating a hunting dog and stylised game in the field together with foliate work. The action tang has a hunting dog in pursuit of a stag scene. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14773
£1,895.00

Victorian 1844 Dated British Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14817 - 14817
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1844' date & inspection mark. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling and is .650 carbine calibre. 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 ring. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sight graduated to 200 & 300 yards. It also has a small blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine also has a brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14817
£1,675.00

SOLD SOLD (08/12 LAY-AWAY) SCARCE, MINT BORE, British 1860 Dated, Westley Richards Whitworth’s Patent Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' .451 /.480 Calibre Rifle With Bayonet Bar. Sn 14778 - 14778
British Military Trials on Breech Loading rifles began in the mid 1800's. The most successful rifle was that submitted by Westley Richards. Its breech consisted of a plunger attached to a long handle which, when the breech was closed, lay along the top of the stock neck and was raised to open it, thus earning The nickname of the monkey-tail from its distinctive silhouette. This is an excellent Westley Richards military percussion capping breech loading 'Monkey Tail' rifle. It has a 33" barrel & measures 49 ½” overall. The barrel is stamped with inspection/proof mark and numbers '52' & '93' together with ‘WHITWORTH'S PATENT’. It has a block and blade fore-sight & elevating ladder rear-sight. The top of the barrel is also stamped with .451 & .480 (calibre). It has a superb clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. Its lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech is stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS PATENT' and with matching number ‘93’. It's plain lock plate is marked 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co' & Dated '1860'. It has a heavy military hammer & has its original full-stock with steel butt plate with trap (lid absent), barrel-band, forward sling swivel, rear sling swivel lug, original steel clearing rod and military bayonet bar. Its loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this scarce Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' military rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14778
£1,695.00

Excellent Victorian Short Lever MK II Martini Henry 577 x 450 Rifle by the Field Rifle Company Birmingham. Sn 14775 - 14775
This is an excellent .577x .450 calibre Martini action short lever Rifle. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and steel cleaning rod. The 33 ¼” barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. It measures 49 ¾” overall. It’s wood stock is all original and has a very faint ink roundel stamp ‘Field Rifle Co’. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The breech is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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 14775
£975.00
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