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C1880 English Joseph Bourne & Son London Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 17 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Brass Furniture. Sn A 599 - A 599
Joseph Bourne & Son were English gunmakers recorded as having premises at 82 Mark Lane London in 1877 and 4 Cullum Street London between 1879 & 1891 (see page 144 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Bourne & Son. It has a 32” round steel barrel and measures 48” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and brass fittings including a void brass disc on the underside of the shoulder stock, brass fore end block, brass stock mounts, brass trigger guard and brass butt plate. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel has a small post foresight. The steel action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Bourne & Son’ and with crown mark. The top of the barrel has prrof / inspection marks and is stamped ‘Made In England’. The brass trigger guard tang is numbered ‘48700’ (all illustrated). It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The piece is complete with original steel ramrod with 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. A 599
£575.00

SOLD SOLD (23/04) VERY RARE, MINT BORE, AS FOUND, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14951 - 14951
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 25 ½” octagonal steel barrel and is 44” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass bead fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. The action has tooled foliate decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ on a foliate background. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void 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 as they should. The rifle is in as found condition and would benefit from professional cleaning. 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 14951
£0.00

C1850 Scottish John Dickson & Son Edinburgh Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 15051 - 15051
John Dickson (1794-1880) was an Edinburgh based Gunmaker first recorded as working in 1830 at 60 PrincesStreet, then as John Dickson & son at 60 & 63 Princes Street between 1840 & 1929. The family business continued as John Dickson & Son Ltd at other Edinburgh addresses and is finally listed as operating under the name Dickson & MacNaughton between 1997-2000 (see page 207 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by John Dickson & Son made C1850. It has a 28 ¾”round steel barrel and measures 45 ½” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist, polished horn fore end cap, and steel furniture which has crisp foliate engraved decoration. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel has a small post foresight. The action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer (illustrated). 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 15051
£595.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 30/04) 1847-1855 English William Murdoch Cumberland (Cumbria) Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Brass Furniture. Sn 15052 - 15052
William Murdoch was an English gunmaker recorded as having premises at 12 Roper Street, Cumberland (Cumbria) between 1847 & 1855 (see page 292 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Murdoch. It has a 37” round steel barrel and measures 53” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist, brass fittings and polished horn fore end block. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate, action tang, butt plate tang, trigger guard with finial and barrel near to the breech have foliate engraved decoration. The barrel has a small post foresight and the rear sight is a groove in the top of the action. The action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Murdoch’ (illustrated). The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and metal worm. 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 15052
£0.00

C1820 English Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron Birmingham Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. A 598 - A 598
Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron were quality English Gun makers located at 25 Russell Street, Birmingham between 1807-1821 (see page 35 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This is a very good percussion sporting shotgun by Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron. It has a 36 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal and measures 52” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel furniture. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate, action tang, butt plate tang, trigger guard with acanthus finial and barrel near to the breech has foliate engraved decoration. The barrel has a small blade foresight and the rear sight is a groove in the top of the action. The action plate is very faintly signed by the manufacturer (illustrated). 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. A 598
£495.00

RARE, C1870 Victorian Liege Poachers' 16 Bore Under Lever Break Action 4 Part ‘Take Down’ Pin Fire Single Barrel Shotgun. Sn 15053 - 15053
Victorian Poachers faced heavy penalties if caught in the act of taking game illegally and went to great lengths to conceal their activity. This is an original Liege, Belgian made ‘take down’ pin fire shotgun made in the Victorian era, C1870 & no doubt a useful poacher’s weapon. The weapon is break action operated by an under lever mechanism. The 29” round steel barrel steps to octagonal towards the breech and at a length of 19 ¼” from the muzzle unscrews. The remainder of the barrel is removed from the action by means of a separate small steel lever on the underside of the action. The barrel’s bore is clean. The action has a Dolphin hammer and plain steel action plate. The inside of the action has an ‘ELG’ Liege proof mark and other small inspection marks. It has an undamaged Walnut shoulder stock with steel butt plate. The shoulder stock is removed from the stock wrist and action by means of a twist of lug mounted on a steel plate on the shoulder stock that fits snugly into a recess with steel plate on the wrist. Assembled the shotgun measures 45” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare antique ‘take down’ poacher’s shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15053
£975.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Dutch Model 1854 .54 Calibre Lorenz Rifled Musket (1861 Springfield) With Nipple Protector, Chain, Socket Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:32 - 14894:32
The Lorenz rifle was an Austrian rifle used in the mid 19th Century. It was used in several European wars, and also featured prominently in the U.S. Civil War. The Lorenz rifle was designed by Austrian Lieutenant Joseph Lorenz on similar design principles as the 1861 Springfield Armoury Rifled Musket. It was first approved for manufacture in 1854, and was Austria's first all-new infantry firearm in decades. The Lorenz rifle was the third most widely used rifle during the American Civil War. The Union recorded purchases of 226,924 and the Confederacy bought as many as 100,000. This original Lorenz rifle has standard steel lock and furniture and undamaged walnut stock with figured check piece which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. There are no external manufacturer or date marks visible. It has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling and original steel ram rod, It has a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch block rear sight. The bore of the musket’s 36” round steel barrel is clean and the rifling crisp. The rifle measures 52” overall length. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The musket comes with its original steel socket bayonet. The 18 ¾” diamond section blade of the bayonet is straight and undamaged. The socket arm is engraved with letters and numbers ‘1.79.4 St’ above ‘1083’ most likely a Regiment designation and weapon number. The socket is undamaged and has the correct steel locking ring. The bayonet fits the musket perfectly. The price for this rare piece 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 14894:32
£1,675.00

C1800 Moroccan/ Middle East/ Afghan North West Frontier 36 Bore Flintlock Jezail Musket With Georgian Tower Brown Bess Lock, Octagonal Barrel & ‘Club Foot’ Wood Stock With Thick Polished Horn Butt Cap & Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14945 - 14945
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia, parts of the Middle East and Morocco / North Africa. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and some 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 Jezail 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. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a very good quality flintlock Jezail. It has a 49 ¾” long octagonal steel barrel with blade fore sight & 7 ornate hand tooled copper barrel bands. The muzzle diameter is 13.4mm approx. 36 bore. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a massive 5’3” overall length. The action is from a British Georgian Brown Bess musket and is marked Tower Crown GR (George Rex) & with small inspection mark. The Brown Bess Swan neck hammer is fitted with flint. Its wood stock has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal has silver a gold coloured decoration on cartouches with script characters on top of the breech and ‘v’ notch block rear sight. It has the typical Jezail curved club foot butt with thick polished horn end cap which has naïve hand tooled decoration. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. It has its original steel ram rod. The Jezail cocks and dry fires. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14945
£475.00

Victorian C1860 English, John Venables, Oxford 28 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Brown Wash Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15054 - 15054
This an excellent percussion sporting / hunting rifle by John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and German Silver stock mounts. It also has a void German silver escutcheon inlaid. The stock also has a polished horn fore end block. Its 29 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel is signed ‘Venables Oxford’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 46” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Venables’. The rifle has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass worm, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15054
£1,250.00

Victorian British WD 1871 Enfield Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 15063 - 15063
This is an excellent, original British .577 Snider MKIII 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 Enfield cavalry carbine made in 1871 has a 16” steel barrel (34 ¼” overall). The bore has light staining consistent with age and use, the rifling is crisp. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork is undamaged and the stock has an ink Enfield roundel together with other inspection marks. The lock is clean with no signs of rust. It is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown 'V.R', dated 1871 and has the 'Enfield' manufacturer's stamp together with Wd arrow over ‘I’ mark. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation. The hinged breech cover has inspection marks and the correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel is nicely marked with Victorian proof/inspection marks. The barrel is also marked ‘Steel’. The carbine has its original brass nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The action is strong and works as it should. The price for this nicely marked Cavalry carbine 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 15063
£995.00
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