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MATCH GRADE Victorian C1860 Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London .50 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Target Rifle With Turner’s Patent Rifling & Ram Rod. Sn 15034 - 15034
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a fine match grade target rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and fore end. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. The stock has an inlaid silver oval disc with indistinct monogram which appears to be 'I.J.B. Lues'. The stock also has a steel fore end block. Its 33” steel barrel is .50 calibre. The bore is clean with crisp Turner’s patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The barrel has faint proof marks with number ‘52’ and is marked ‘Turner’s Patent Rifling’. The rifle has its original steel ram rod, heavy Dolphin hammer, forward sling swivel and rear sling swivel lug, blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang which has foliate engraved decoration. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality 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 15034
£1,750.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 12/03) British 1856 Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets Police District Or Unit Marked ‘6’ & ‘J.Lee’ & Socket Bayonet Marked ‘M3’. Sn 14948 - 14948
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is impressed with Board Of Ordnance ‘BO’ mark with WD arrow and number ‘1’. It is also impressed with name ‘J. Lee’ most likely an armourer’s inspection mark or the name of the Police officer who was issued with this carbine. The stock has its original sling swivels. The plain steel action plate is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1856’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. The butt plate tang is numbered ‘6’ most likely a Police District or Unit number. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The carbine is accompanied by an original constabulary socket bayonet which fits the carbine correctly. The 13” long triangular form blade is straight but has areas of stable pitting and chips to the edges. The socket is engraved ‘M3’ again most likely a Police District or Unit number The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14948
£0.00

C1850, English Thomas Conway, Manchester Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Combination Cape Rifle (.600 Calibre Rifled Barrel & 12 Bore Smoothbore Shotgun Barrel) With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14949 - 14949
This is an excellent Double barrel percussion Cape rifle made C 1850. It has 30" browned steel barrels and measures 47 " overall. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The rifle barrel is .600 calibre and the bore is clean with well defined rifling. The shotgun barrel is smooth 12 bore. The bore is clean. It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang. The metal work has nice foliage engraving to the action plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, trigger guard and butt plate. The action plates are both signed by the manufacturer 'Conway' (most likely Thomas Conway an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852) . Both barrels have silver roundel inserts at the breech. It has double triggers and the weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with blade foresight & 3 leaf flip up rear sights each with silver sighting lines. The stock has 2 sling swivel lugs and it has its original brass tipped and capped wood ramrod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion muzzle loading Cape rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14949
£1,195.00

C1850 French Maubeuge Arsenal .700 Calibre Percussion Military Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Bayonet Slide & Steel Ram Rod With Integral Powder Measure. Sn 14947 - 14947
This is an excellent, original, French Military carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply engraved with Maubeuge Arsenal detail. The barrel has inspection marks (all illustrated). It has a brass fore end block, brass trigger guard and Brass butt plate which is numbered ‘8’ (illustrated). Its 23 ½” rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling. The carbine measures 36" overall. It has a fixed block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight and bayonet slide. The carbine has its original steel ram rod which has a hollow cup end for measuring powder. The side of the cup is numbered ‘930’ and has number ‘244’ struck out. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14947
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) VERY RARE, 1881 Dated British Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Calibre 'I.C.1.' (1st Issue Pattern Cavalry Carbine MK 1). A 597 - A 597
This is an excellent, MK 1 1881 dated .577x .450, Enfield made, Martini Henry, Cavalry Carbine. It is ordnance stamped and has all original woodwork which has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The metal has even patina throughout. It has adjustable flip up rear sight & winged blade fore sight. It has its original steel butt plate and cleaning rod. The stock is stamped with a crisp Enfield WD roundel and numerous inspection marks. The steel barrel's rifled bore is clean with well defined rifling. The action works correctly and is fully functional. It is stamped on the right side of the action, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), dated '1881'. The correct designation stamp 'I.C.1.' has worn off with age and use. The breech and barrel have inspection marks. 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 for this rare to find 1st issue pattern MK1 Cavalry Carbine includes UK delivery. A 597
£0.00

MINT 3 Groove Rifling, Victorian 1864 British Enfield MK II*Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ’35 399’. A 595 - A 595
This is an original British MK II* .577 Snider Patent Cavalry 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 carbine has a 19 ¼” round steel barrel with near mint bore, clean with 3 groove rifling. It measures 37 ½” overall length. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment or unit marked ‘35’ and weapon number ‘399’ together with inspection mark (illustrated). The original woodwork is undamaged and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a diamond ink cartouche which contains the letters ‘DC’ and has an Enfield ink roundel above number ‘1’. The side plate is dated 1864 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection marks. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II*’ designation and ‘BSA Co’ mark. The action is strong and works as it should. It has an adjustable rear ladder sight and is without fore sight. The price for this Regiment marked carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 595
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) 1883-1894 Simonis Janssen Dumoulin & Co, Liege, 1883 Patent, ‘Spencer Machine Gun’ USA Export, 10 Bore, Double Barrel, Top Lever Break Action, Hammer Shotgun With Laminated Steel Barrels. Sn 14907 - 14907
Spencer Machine Gun was a trade name used on shotguns made by Simonis, Janssen, Dumoulin and Company of Liege Belgium in the period 1883-1894. This is a very good quality example of their 10 Bore double barrel ‘Spencer Machine Gun’ shotgun. It has a top lever action and original Walnut furniture with finely chequered fore stock. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has a tooled horn or gutta percha butt plate decorated with a basket weave design and central roundel with ‘hunting dog, long arm and game bird in the field’ scene. The butt plate has some chips to the edges but is totally secure. The shotgun with double 30”, 10 Bore laminated steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. The action is marked on the left side ‘Spencer Machine gun’ and the right ‘Patd June 20 1883’. It measures 47” overall. The barrel rib is tooled and marked ‘Spencer Machine Gun Laminated Steel’. The break action and firing action of the weapon work perfectly as they should and the barrels smooth bores have just light staining. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14907
£0.00

C1911-1932 Marlin Firearms Co New Haven CT USA Model 27-S ‘Take Down’ Pump/ Slide Action .25 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn 14904 - 14904
These Marlin USA slide action rifles were introduced in 1909 as the Model 27. The rifles were designed John Marlin and LL Hepburn. The model was re-designated as 27-S C1911. It was made up to WWI, and again after the war until 1932. This example is very good and chambered for the now UK obsolete .25 Rim Fire calibre. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The barrel is stamped with .25 RF’ calibre detail. It has a tube magazine, 24” blued round steel barrel, wooden stock and grooved wood slide. All wood and blued metalwork are in very good undamaged condition with even patina. The weapon is dismantled by a turn screw on the left side of the frame and screw on the right side. The barrel is stamped with Marlin New Haven CT manufacturer detail and 1890 to 1904 patent detail (illustrated). It has a curved blued steel butt plate, an adjustable rear sight and fixed fore sight. There is no visible external serial number. The frame tang is stamped ‘Marlin 27-S’. The weapon cocks and dry fires crisply. The price 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 14904
£1,095.00

Victorian 1887 MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever British Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks. Sn 14901 - 14901
This is an original MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout which has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. The all original stock is impressed with India / Nepalese Arsenal roundel and 1908 date (illustrated) indicating that it was re issued for use in Nepal / India after British service. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has numerous British WD ordnance / proof marks. 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 '1887'. 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. Sn 14901
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (14/04) VERY RARE, Mexican & American Civil War Era 1844 Dated U.S. Army Model 1842 Springfield Armoury .69 Calibre Smoothbore Percussion Musket With Nipple Protector, Chain, U.S. Army Marked Socket Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:17 - 14894:17
The Model 1842 Musket has the distinction of being the first regulation percussion firearm manufactured in a national armoury, the first musket manufactured at the U.S. Armouries at Springfield and Harpers Ferry with completely interchangeable components and the last .69 calibre, smoothbore musket issued by the U.S. Army. A total of about 275,000 were produced, 172,000 at Springfield Armoury. The Model 1842 musket was the primary infantry weapon of both the Union and Confederate armies during the first two years of the Civil War. It was still used in significant numbers by both armies as late as 1863. This original Springfield Model 1842 percussion musket has standard steel lock and furniture and undamaged walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The lock plate is marked: "SPRINGFIELD / 1844" behind the hammer and very faintly with "American Eagle" over "US (Army)" ahead of the hammer. The steel butt plate tang is stamped "US" (Army). The barrel has faint "V/ P” proof / inspection marks and has a small brass blade fore sight. The smooth bore of the musket’s 42” round steel barrel has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The musket measures 58” overall length. The musket has its original steel ram rod and is fitted with leather sling. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The musket comes with its original steel socket bayonet. The 15” ‘T’ form blade of the bayonet is straight and undamaged. The blade is stamped ‘U.S’ (Army) and has another indistinct mark (illustrated). 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 14894:17
£0.00
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