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VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. 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 previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. 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 14573
£1,895.00

SOLD SOLD (11/11) C1850 Victorian, English, Webster Melton Mombray (Leicestershire), 16 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 14406 / A 582 - 14406 / A 582
This is a Victorian double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist. The shotgun with double 28” steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 44 ½” overall. The barrels muzzle diameters atre 16.77mm (approx. 16 Bore. The bores have light staining consistent with age. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both side plates are engraved with game birds in the field scenes and signed by the maker or retailer ‘Webster’. The central barrel rib is engraved ‘Webster Melton Mombray’. It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. 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 14406 / A 582
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (24/11) Mid 1800’s English Clough & Sons Of Bath Somerset, 20 Bore, Double Damascus Barreled Muzzle Loading, Percussion Double Hammer Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14472. - 14472
The English gunsmiths George Clough & Sons are recorded Southgate Street, bath between 1826 & 1837 (see page 194 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Clough & Sons. It has 27” Damascus steel barrels set side by side with central barrel rib signed ‘Clough & Sons Bath’ and measures 46 ½” overall. The muzzle diameter of the barrels are each 15.53mm (aprrox 20 bore). The smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The metal work has fine quality engraved decoration to the action, side plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plates are both engraved by the maker ‘Clough & Sons Bath’. The action has silver roundels either side. The weapon has a grip safety feature & cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality 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 14472
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (24/11) QUALITY, C1850 English Richard Howe Of Colchester Essex, 8 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Multi Stage Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14471. - 14471
The English gunsmith Richard Howe is recorded as having premises at Head Street, Colchester Essex between 1835 & C1832 then at High Street, Colchester between 1839-C1845 (see page 255 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian muzzle loading percussion shotgun by Howe. It has a 42” multi stage Damascus steel barrel and measures 58 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel butt plate. The top of the wrist is inlaid with a rectangular void German silver escutcheon and it has a brass fore end cap. The action is inlaid with silver bands. 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 by the maker ‘Howe Of Colchester’ within a rural scene. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip with screw thread and cap. Price for this quality 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 14471
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (1/12) Large, C1850 English, Joseph Towl, Boston, Lincolnshire, 6 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14469. - 14469
The English gunsmith Joseph Towl is recorded as having premises at 13 Bridge street, Boston, Lincolnshire between 1834 & C1870 (see page 349 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent , large, muzzle loading shotgun by Towl. It has a 42” round steel barrel and measures a large 58 ¾” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The wrist has chequering and the top of the wrist is mounted with a void German silver disc. It has a brass fore end cap. It has a heavy dolphin hammer and the action plate is signed by the maker ‘J. Towl’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and threaded brass tip with cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this large 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 14469
£0.00

BEST QUALITY, Victorian C1850, English Cogswell & Harrison Strand London 10 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14466 - 14466
Cogswell & Harrison were established in May 1770 and is London’s oldest surviving gun maker. The company has manufactured an exceptionally diverse range of sporting shotguns and rifles during its long and colourful history. This is a best quality Victorian muzzle loading percussion Shotgun. It has a 38” round Damascus steel barrel and measures 54 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The underside of the stock 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 by the maker ‘Cogswell & Harrison’. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Cogswell & Harrison 223 & 234 Strand London’. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip. Price for this quality 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 14466
£1,675.00

Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 14499:5 - 14499:5
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company. It was issued to Infantry Regiments. This is a good original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with battle use and is all original. The metalwork is very good. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and use & crisp well defined rifling. The breech is marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks. The bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, steel butt plate and sling swivels. It is serial number 8530 which is stamped on the breech and barrel. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 14499:5
£645.00

BRITISH NITRO PROOF MARKED, Victorian 1886 Dated MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks & Additional Parker Hale Vernier Target Sight . Sn 14499:2 - 14499:2
This is an original MK IV. 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The all original stock is impressed with India Arsenal stamps, roundel & MK IV designation (illustrated). It has a post fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. It is also fitted with an additional Parker Hale Vernier target sight. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has ordnance / proof marks and British Nitro proofs. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV I’ model designation and dated '1886'. 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. NB A FIREARMS CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED TO OWN THIS RIFLE FOR SHOOTING. Sn 14499:2
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 15/9) LARGE, 19th Century American Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture 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 ¾” length and have a central barrel rib. It has a brass blade fore sight and 'v' notch plate rear sight. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 14.50mm muzzle diameter approx. 24 bore. The other barrel is smoothbore and 14.10 mm muzzle diameter approx. 28 bore. 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 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
£0.00

C1830’s English Simmons London Single Barrel 17 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 14492 - 14492
William Simmons was a London based gunsmith recorded in 1836 as having premises at Chamber Street London (see page 203 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Simmons. It has a 32 ¼” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal (47 ½” overall). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The muzzle opening is 16.61 mm diameter, approx. 17 Bore. It has a walnut stock with brass fittings. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The fore stock has a horn end cap. The action plate is signed ‘Simmons’. The barrel has a small blade foresight and grooved action rear sight. The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 14492
£545.00
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