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SOLD SOLD (12/08) American Civil War, Sharps Model 1859 ‘Berdan’s Sharpshooter’s’ .52” Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle With Double Set Triggers, Patch Box & Sling. Sn 15144 - 15144
Civil War Sharps model 1859 breech loading rifle with factory double set triggers, manufactured circa 1862. The rifle is serial number 55955 which is in the correct date range to indicate that this rifle is one of 2,000 special order Sharps model 1859 rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April 1862 to arm the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments,"Berdan's Sharpshooters" (see "HIRAM BERDAN, HIS FAMOUS SHARPSHOOTERS AND THEIR SHARPS RIFLES", by Wiley Sword). The Sharps rifles ordered by Berdan to arm his Regiments were equipped with factory installed double set sniper’s triggers. Berdan Sharpshooters rifles had the Lawrence patent pellet primer and a stock with casehardened patch box. The 2,000 model 1859 Sharps rifles purchased for issue to Berdan's Sharpshooters fall in the 5,400-5,700 serial number range (the lowest known Berdan Sharps serial number is 54374 and the highest serial number is 57567). Berdan's Sharps rifles had the standard finish with blue barrel and breechblock, casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and butt plate and walnut stock. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The two U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments were recruited from selected marksmen from Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin by Colonel Hiram Berdan. Equipped and trained as skirmishes and issued the dark green uniforms with black buttons made famous by British rifle Regiments in the Napoleonic Wars, Berdan's Sharpshooters formed an elite corps in the Army of the Potomac. The Sharpshooters saw their first action in the Peninsula Campaign in April 1862 and subsequently fought in nearly every engagement of the Army of the Potomac until they were disbanded in February 1865. Berdan's Sharpshooters claimed to have inflicted more Confederate casualties than any other regiments in the Federal Army. Sharps model 1859 rifles in the 53000-57000 serial range with factory double set-triggers are scarce. The top of the barrel, left and right sides of the receiver have Sharps patent markings. The rifle’s 30” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The double-set triggers and mechanics are tight. The stock is excellent with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. Few, if any, of the Berdan's Sharps rifles survived in better than "good" condition and most show combat use. This is an excellent example of a scarce, highly desirable and very historic Berdan Sharps rifle. Berdan's are truly becoming harder to obtain on the market than a Henry. This would be for the advanced collector and would be hard to find one in better condition. A rare chance to own this historic and epic Civil War weapon. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15144
£0.00

MINT BORE, VERY RARE, American Civil War Era, U.S. Cavalry Joslyn Model 1864 .54” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Carbine With 2 Leaf Rear Sight Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15143 - 15143
The Joslyn carbine Model 1864 used an innovative breech loading, single-shot, .52 calibre system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1861. His company, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced these carbines for the U.S Government. Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the Joslyn was simple to use and employed a cartridge very much like the Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special .54 Joslyn cartridge. Joslyn’s unique loading arrangement consisted of pulling out the breech block knob, pivoting the breechblock up and then inserting the round. The US Government contracted a total of over 16,500 Joslyn carbines during the American Civil war. The M1864 Joslyn carbine has a 22” long barrel fitted to a one-piece walnut stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The weapon has an overall length of 38½”. The barrel of our example retains its original bluing. The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a case hardened action plate and mountings have a dark patina. The action plate in front of the hammer is stamped with “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co STONINGTON CONN” while the rear of the breechblock exhibits the clear patent stamping of “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 24th 1862”. The breech cover is numbered ‘11281’. It has a 2 leaf rear sight with fixed ‘v’ notch plate at the rear of the barrel while at the front is a large pinched blade sight. The tang of the steel butt plate is stamped with the ‘U.S.’ Army mark. The breech loading and firing mechanisms work perfectly with tight strong actions. This Civil War Joslyn Model 1864 carbine is an excellent representative weapon used by the Federal Cavalry in the Civil War. The price for this very rare piece of American Civil War history 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 15143
£2,450.00

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 3 Band .442 Calibre Heavy Barrel Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 15141 - 15141
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in .442 Calibre. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’ and the top of its heavy barrel ‘151 New Bond St London’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 3 barrel bands, shrouded target fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod with brass end cap and threaded tip. The stock at the rear of the hammer has a bar for addition of an additional target rear sight. Its 39” barrel has Victorian proofs, 442 calibre detail and a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 54 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 15141
£2,750.00

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

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 (26/07) 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
£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
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