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1886 Marlin USA 40-60 Obsolete Calibre Lever Action Rifle With Tube Magazine & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14776 - 14776
This is an excellent Marlin lever action rifle in the obsolete calibre 40-60. It has all original wood work which has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has original finish on the metalwork and strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Its 27” octagonal barrel has a pristine bore with crisp well defined rifling. It measures 46” overall length. The top of the barrel is marked with the Marlin Fire-Arms Co. New Haven address & patents up to 1880. It has an external hammer, full length tube magazine and is side gate loading. The underside of the frame is stamped with number '11389' which dates its manufacture to 1886. It has a steel butt plate, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The price for this excellent lever action Marlin includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14776
£1,975.00

VERY RARE, Un-Altered, 1859 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Rifled Barrel Percussion Rifle By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 14786 - 14786
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This very rare, excellent, original Jacob double-barreled rifle has not been altered in any way and retains its original military double rifled barrels which are 32 bore. The barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. Both barrels are clean and the rifling is crisp and well defined. This weapon has its original military bayonet lug. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both faintly marked 'Swinburn & Son 1859' and its patch box lid, crisply marked 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. The price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14786
£5,250.00

RARE, 1860 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Barrel Percussion Rifle (One Barrel Rifled,The Other Smoothbore) By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 7387 - 7387
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This is a rare, excellent original Jacob double-barreled rifle. The 32 Bore barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. The right barrel has had the majority of its rifling contemporarily removed to allow use for shot/ musket ball. The left has all of its original crisp rifling. Both barrels are clean. This weapon has had its bayonet lug contemporarily removed. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both crisply marked 'Swinburn & Son 1860' and its patch box lid 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. Price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 7387.
£4,250.00

Victorian British Pattern 1839/42 .750 Musket Calibre Percussion Service Musket. Sn 14785 - 14785
This is an original British Service Musket. It has the 1839 pattern barrel with fixed rear sight and lock of the 1842 pattern musket (see pages 21 & 22 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey) . The side plate is marked with Crown. It has all original wood stock with brass furniture. The rifle also has its original original steel ramrod, steel sling swivels, block fore sight and fixed rear sight. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue to be expected with age and service use. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The barrel has black powder proofs. The cocking & firing actions work 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 14785
£975.00

QUALITY, Victorian, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Break Action Top Lever Pin Fire Shotgun With Damascus Barrels. Sn 14764 - 14764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel pin fire shotgun made by Westley Richards. At some point in its life it has been re-furbished to a high standard. It has lovely all original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon on the underside. The shotgun with double 30”, 12 Bore Damascus, browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean and bright. The top barrel rib is signed by the maker ‘Patent Westley Richards 170 New Bond St London’. The side plates are polished steel & signed by the maker ‘Westley Richards’. The top lever is marked ‘Westley Richards Patent’. The trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration. The trigger guard tang is also numbered ‘3867’. It has a small brass bead fore sight. The loading & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price for this quality piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14764
£795.00

Victorian 1868 Dated British WD Enfield Snider MK II ** .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Volunteer Regiment Marked ‘V/BA1/103’ . Sn 14787 - 14787
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent artillery Carbine by Enfield. 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. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The butt plate tang is marked ‘V/BA1/103’ to a Militia / Volunteer Unit. The wood is undamaged & all original. The side plate is marked ’Enfield’ together with ‘1868’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘II**’ designation. The breech cover has a knurled steel lever, correctly without locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels, bayonet bar, ram rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. Price for this carbine worthy of further research regarding the Regiment marks includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 14787
£975.00

1793 Dated East India Company (EIC) Brass Barrelled 1 Bore Flintlock Naval Boarding Blunderbuss By William Henshaw, London With Ram Rod. Sn 14752 - 14752
This an excellent brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss made By William Henshaw who was an English London based Gunmaker recorded as having premises at 279 Strand in 1780, 181 Strand from 1784 & 1791 & 44 new Bond street between 1801 to 1808, (see page 168 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). These weapons were used by sailors when boarding ships during attacks or repelling enemy crews attacking their vessels. It is 33 ½” overall with a large bell mouth 17 ½” long brass barrel. The mouth of the barrel measures 1.633” (approx. 1 bore). The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock plate crisply marked with the East India Company ‘EIC’ mark and trade mark together with 1793 date, inspection marks and manufacturer’s name ‘Henshaw’. It has a Heavy Swan neck hammer & original, undamaged Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and brass mounts including butt plate, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang and flat side plate. It has its original wood ram rod with brass cap. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. 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 private collection or display. Sn 14752.
£1,850.00

UNUSUAL, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s, British .750 Musket Calibre, Flintlock Cavalry Carbine, Officer’s Private Purchase By Mortimer London, Regiment Marked ‘26’ (To The 26th Light Dragoons) With Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14750. - 14750
This is an excellent example of an unusual variant Officer’s private purchase Cavalry carbine. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mortimer’ (many Gunsmiths named Mortimer are recorded as working in London during the 1700’s & 1800’s). It has a 19” barrel (34 ½” overall) and is .750 musket calibre. The smooth bore has light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with black powder proofs & ‘London’. It has its original steel ram rod, grooved breech rear sight and block fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, void inlaid brass escutcheon, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate which is engraved with Regiment mark ‘26’ (most likely to The 26th Light Dragoons. The Regiment was raised 25th March 1795, renumbered in 1803 as the 23rd Light Dragoons. The Regiment was disbanded after the Napoleonic wars in 1819). It is complete all original, undamaged Walnut furniture in Brown Bess form of the era. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14750
£1,850.00

RARE, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, Early, Paget’s, British .650 Carbine Calibre, Flintlock Short Cavalry Carbine, Officer’s Private Purchase By Allport Regiment Marked ‘MB 15’ (Most Likely To The 15th King’s Hussars Militia) Captive Steel Ram Rod, Bar & Ring. - 14751
The design of these short Carbines was influenced by the British Cavalry Commander, Sir Henry William Paget 1st Marquess of Anglesey, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge(1768-1854) who sought to find a suitable carbine for his troops when, in 1801, he was Colonel of the 7th Light Dragoons (see pages 87 to 97 of British Cavalry Carbines & Pistols Of The Napoleonic Era by Chisnall & Davies which outlines the history of the Paget carbine and illustrates Paget carbine variations. Page 97 illustrates an early Paget carbine similar to ours but dated 1805). The flintlock version was adopted by the British Army & designated as the Short Cavalry Carbine. It was the carbine of the English Cavalry until C1830. This is a fine example of the rare, early variant, Paget Cavalry carbine, no doubt a British Officer’s Private purchase. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped with Georgian crown and by the manufacturer ‘Allport’ (most likely George Allport recorded at Aston Road Birmingham 1807-1812, see page 156 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It has a 20” barrel (35” overall) and is .650 carbine calibre. The smooth bore has light staining and residue consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with black powder proofs together with Regiment mark ‘M.B. 15’ (most likely to The 15th The King's Hussars Militia B Troop. Initially a Light Dragoon Regiment , The Regiment was re named the 15th King’s Hussars. The Regiment was first raised in 1759, it saw service over two centuries, including the Napoleonic wars before being amalgamated with the 19th Royal Hussars into the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars in 1922). It has the correct under barrel captive swivel ramrod with end cap, plate with ‘v’ notch fixed rear sight and blade fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. It is complete with original correct steel saddle bar & ring. It has all original, undamaged Walnut furniture. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14751
£2,450.00

SOLD...SOLD... (10 01) QUALITY, 1769-1824 English, William Aston, Manchester, 2 Bore, Brass Barrelled Coaching Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 14753 - 14753
William Aston was an English, Manchester based gunmaker with premises at 30 Market Street between 1769-84 then at Deansgate & King Street Manchester between 1803-C1824 (see page 160 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 By Brown). This is an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Aston in Manchester. It is 29 ½” overall (with bayonet closed) with a 14” long brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and flared muzzle. The muzzle opening diameter is 1.307” (approx. 2 bore). It has a Steel hammer & lock, original undamaged Walnut stock with chequered wrist and brass mounts including butt plate with extended tang. The trigger guard has a Pineapple finial. The ram rod mounts are brass. The steel lock plate is nicely marked 'Aston'. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Manchester’ and has black powder proof marks (all illustrated). It has its original wood ramrod with horn cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 10 ¾” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking & firing actions work perfectly. Price for this quality Blunderbuss 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 private collection or display. Sn 14753
£2,200.00
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