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MINT BORE, Victorian British Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With Mark 1 Trigger. Sn 15786 - 15786
This is an excellent MK II Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has excellent all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged, has Birmingham proof marks and excellent blue finish throughout. It also has numbers ‘52’, ‘1184’, and ‘588’ stamped on the metal work and small inspection marks (illustrated). There is no manufacturer’s name or dates on this rifle. It has a 33” barrel and is 49 ½” overall length. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has smooth steel butt plate and MK 1 grooved trigger. It has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15786
£1,275.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain . Sn 15682 - 15682
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar, trigger guard with extended tang and sling swivels. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and nipple protector with chain. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has excellent blue finish. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. NB 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 15682
£1,200.00

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian Match Lock 20 Bore Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15728 - 15728
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a C 1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a massive 44” long 20 bore octagonal barrel and measures 5 feet overall length. The smooth bore has residue and staining to be expected. It has a wood stock and the metalwork has hand tooled decoration and brass fittings. It has a bead fore sight and block with notch rear sight. It has a metal press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' to the metal powder pan which has a swivel cover (illustrated inset in image 2). The musket is fitted with a steel sling ring. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15728
£425.00

C1930 English Holland & Holland Novelty, Ornate, Nickel Plated Metal Hip Flask In The Form Of A Rifle / Shotgun Shoulder Stock Numbered 94923 With Screw Top Lid. Sn 15730 - 15730
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an unusual nickel plated drinking hip flask by Holland & Holland made sometime in the 1930’s. It measures 8” overall length with ball screw top lid attached and the butt of the ‘stock’ is 3” width x 1 ¼” depth. The neck of the flask is marked by the maker Holland & Holland (illustrated in image 2). The flask has ornate embossed foliate decoration and chequered panels as would be found on rifle and shotgun stocks. One side of the flask has a lozenge shaped mark and the reverse has a panel with ‘No. 94923’ both of which can also be seen in image 2. The price for this interesting novelty flask by a famous firearms manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 15730.
£295.00

1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15681 - 15681
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 an excellent original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 19458 . It also has crisp manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rh** (Rhode Island)’. 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 15681
£1,845.00

1777 & 1799 Dated British East India Company (EIC), Harrison/ Manton Marked Brown Bess .75” Bore Flintlock Musket & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 15689 - 15689
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 54 ½” overall length with a 38 ½” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The hop of the barrel is marked ‘Harrison 1777’ most likely the maker and date together with black powder proofs and EIC company mark. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC mark and 1799 date together with lettering which appears to be ‘Manton’, most likely the famous English gun maker Joseph Manton (6 June 1766 – 29 June 1835). It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The brass has some Hindi marks. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 16 ¼” in length and it measures 20” overall. There are small Hindi marks on the socket. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15689
£2,400.00

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 15668 - 15668
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 contemporary hand carved initials ‘WP’ and ‘JL’ carved into the wood. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 9549 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent’. 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 15668
£1,695.00

SOLD SOLD (18/01) Royal Malta Fencible Artillery Victorian 1868 Dated British WD Enfield Snider MK II ** .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Maltese Issue Marked ‘RMFA 2/25’ With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 15647 - 15647
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK II ** Artillery carbine TO A RARE UNIT.. 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 Snider carbine has a 21 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling (40” overall). The barrel has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, brass fore end block & brass trigger guard. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘RMFA 2/25’ ROYAL MALTA FENCIBLE ARTILLERY FORT 2 GUN NUMBER5 25. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp Enfield roundel. The action plate is marked ’Enfield’ together with ‘1868’ date, inspection mark & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘II**’ designation. The breech cover has a steel breech cover with knurled edge, correctly without locking catch and has inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight, adjustable rear ladder sight, bayonet block, cleaning rod, sling swivels and nipple protector with brass chain. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15647
£0.00

RARE, American 1866-1871 Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Peabody’s 1862 Patent Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army .45- Peabody Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Ring. Sn 15650 - 15650
The Peabody action was an early form of breechloading firearm action, where the heavy breechblock tilted downwards across a bolt mounted in the rear of the breechblock, operated by a lever under the rifle. The Peabody action most often used an external hammer to fire the cartridge. The Peabody action was developed by Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts, and was first patented on July 22, 1862. Peabody carbines and rifles were made by the Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island; c. 1866–1871. The total production was, 112,000. Our example is in excellent condition. The weapon is 39 ½” overall length. By operating the under lever, the breech plates falls to allow loading of a cartridge. The weapon has a 21” long, blued barrel. It is chambered for a .45 Peabody Rim Fire Cartridge. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina. It has a pinched block foresight and adjustable rear sight. The left side of the frame is crisply stamped with manufacturer and patent detail (illustrated in image 2). The weapon is serial number ‘10405’. The all original wood work is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The butt plate is steel and it has a single sling swivel and saddle ring. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 15650
£1,795.00

RARE, Victorian Pre 1897 British Swinburn’s Patent Martini Action No 2 Musket Ammunition (.500/.450 Obsolete Calibre) Sporting Rifle By W&C Scott & Son (Webley). Sn 15648 - 15648
The Swinburn rifle in outward appearance is very similar to a Martini Henry, however the action is of the Swinburn patent. In simple terms this has a falling block and cocking lever as in a Martini, but employs a V leaf spring and hammer to strike the firing pin and has an additional side lever which allows the hammer to be cocked without operating the under lever. This is a very good example of the scarce Swinburn Patent rifle in No 2 Musket Ammunition Calibre(.500/.450). The action has the correct additional side mounted Swinburn cocking lever and is stamped by the manufacturer ‘ W&C Scott & Son Makers London Swinburns Patent’ (In 1897 Webley amalgamated with W & C Scott and Sons to become The Webley & Scott Revolver and Arms Company Ltd of Birmingham). The action tang is numbered ‘35500’. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has a chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the shoulder stock near to the steel butt plate has a small, contemporary, professional repair and the butt plate is holed for trap (trap lid absent). The underside of the wrist is holed for sling swivel lug. The fore stock has a polished horn end cap. The 26” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and the rifle measures 42 ¾” overall length. The underside of the barrel has a fixed ring for sling swivel. The barrel is marked ‘No2 Musket Ammunition’ and has proofs. The barrel has a block and blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work as they should. 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 15648
£1,200.00
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