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Victorian British 1844 Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Smooth Bore Percussion Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine With Nipple Protector, Chain, Saddle Bar, Ring & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15568 - 15568
This is an original British 1844 dated Enfield Tower Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine in excellent condition. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock with brass butt plate, fore end block, ram rod pipe and trigger guard with extended tang. It has a heavy military percussion hammer. The action plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina), ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1844’ together with inspection mark. Its 20" barrel (36” overall) has a clean smooth bore. The barrel has crisp proof marks. It has a fixed rear sight and fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod, nipple protector with brass chain, steel saddle bar & ring. The steel of this carbine has been polished to a bright finish which was common practice for some Regiments. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 15568
£1,375.00

MINT BORE, Victorian, William Pritchard, Birmingham, British Officer’s Private Purchase Volunteer Pattern Enfield 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 15567 - 15567
William Pritchard was a Birmingham based Gunsmith with premises at The Bull ring 1828-37, New Street 1837-44 Union Street 1845-47 135 New St and Worcester St 1847-1853. The Company became Pritchard & Son in 1853 and operated from 97 & 108 New Street until 1860 (see page 312 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an excellent, original British Officer’s private purchase Enfield Volunteer Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre by Pritchard. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘Pritchard’. It has all original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and fore sock. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver plate. It has a steel butt plate, steel fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, bayonet bar, sling swivels & block and blade fore sight. It has a heavy military hammer and nipple protector with brass chain. The 33” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 49”. 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 15567
£945.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sons Gun Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine . Sn 15566 - 15566
Isaac Hollis and Sons were London based Victorian gun makers recorded as operating in 1861. Throughout the years, Hollis manufactured quality sporting firearms and rifles for the British Government. About 1915, Hollis merged to form the company of Hollis, Bentley and Playfair. They remained in business until 1935. 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 is an original British .577 Snider Patent Carbine by Hollis & Sons. This Snider carbine has a 19 ¼” 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 wood is all original and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The left side of the shoulder stock has a curved recess which would most likely have been inlaid with a scroll type banner presentation plate which is now absent. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘I. Hollis & Sons’ together with trademark roundel with wording ‘Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with Snider patent mark (all illustrated). The breech cover is correctly without the later locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price 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 15566
£975.00

MINT BORES, Early 19th Century English, Smith 16 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Flintlock Shotgun With Damascus Barrels & Ram Rod. Sn 15602 - 15602
This is an early 19th century 16 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and figured cheek piece. The top of the wrist is inlaid with silver escutcheon inscribed with stylised monogram and rampant Lion on Crown heraldic motif. The fore stock has a white metal pineapple finial ram rod pipe. The shotgun has double 30”, 16 Bore Damascus steel barrels with flat barrel rib & bead fore sight, double Swan neck hammers fitted with flints & double triggers. It measures 46” overall. The colour case hardened action, tang and blued trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial and blued butt plate have foliate engraved decoration. Both lock plates are signed by the maker ‘Smith’ (there were many British Gunmakers named Smith working in both London & the provinces in the early 19th C). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod which has a steel worm. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores are clean and near mint. The price for this quality flintlock includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15602
£2,450.00

Victorian British Army In India Enfield .700 Calibre Smooth Bore, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 10857 - 10857
This is an original British Army In India Enfield Cavalry Carbine in very good condition. It has all original walnut stock and even patina to the metal work. The wood is numbered '301'. It has a heavy military percussion hammer. The action plate has no visible markings. Its 19" barrel (36” overall) has a smooth bore which has staining and residue to be expected with age and use. The barrel has faint proof marks. It has a fixed rear sight and block fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with steel saddle bar & ring. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 10857
£575.00

VERY RARE, American Civil War Era U.S Army 1851 / 1859 Maynard's Patent Model 1863 2nd Type .50" Calibre Single Shot Break Action Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15176 - 15176
The Maynard Patent Carbines used during the Civil War were designed by Dr. Edward Maynard, a dentist, who was best known for his invention of a mechanical priming system used in several different rifles and carbines, one of the first being the U.S. Model 1855 rifle. Many older rifles were also modified to use this system. The Maynard Patent Carbines were made by the Massachusetts Arms Company. The first model was made with the Maynard priming system and were sold to the U.S. Army and Navy in .50 calibre, and were also used by the Internal Revenue Service. The second model, also known as the Model 1863, omitted the Maynard priming system to increase production rates, and were sold primarily to the U.S. Army in .50 calibre. About 20,202 were made, and were used by the 9th and 11th Indiana and the 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiments, in addition to others. This is a 2nd Model carbine in excellent condition. The left side of the receiver is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTEE / MAY 27. 1851. / DEC. 6. 1859.”. The right side of the receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED B Y / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS.” The trigger guard tang is numbered “1067”. The weapon has the correct steel under lever which also forms the trigger guard. The weapon's steel fittings include butt plate, saddle bar, ring, fixed foresight and flip up 2 leaf rear sight. It's original wood stock is undamaged and has a Federal Army inspector cartouche (illustrated). It's loading & firing actions work perfectly. It has a 20" barrel (36 ½” overall). The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The price for this rare civil war carbine 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 15176
£1,795.00

C1840 RARE UNUSUAL TRANSITIONAL / EXPERIMENTAL German Form 7mm Calibre Percussion Rook / Small Game Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Double Set Hair Trigger Configuration, ‘Waterproof’ Screw Off Internal Nipple Block, Original Figured Walnut Stock. - 15241
This is a rare unusual German form Rook / Small game rifle made C1840 when the race was on to find innovative & efficient percussion actions for firearms. We have been unable to find any other examples of this form of rifle, nor identify the maker. This rifle has an ingenious percussion action & is no doubt an experimental / transitional piece. The action has a screw off nipple block with winged flange on the underside of the action. The block is unscrewed and a percussion cap placed on the nipple at the top of the block. The block is then screwed back into the underside of the action. The nipple and percussion cap remain within the action sitting under a plate / firing pin on top of the breech which is struck by the hammer when firing. The firing pin plate strikes the percussion cap seated within the action, ignites the cap and discharges the weapon. This system reduces the risk of water ingress into firing mechanism making it ideal, in the period, for hunting in the field (the barrel is loaded with black powder shot and wadding in the normal way from the muzzle end). The rifle has double triggers which can be set for hair trigger shooting. The 22 ½” octagonal steel barrel has a clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The rifle is 39 ½” overall length). The right barrel flat has indistinct small letters which appear to be ‘L*K’ and number ‘95’ (unknown). The top of the barrel has a small blade fore sight and block with notch rear sight. The action, hammer, trigger guard with scrolled tang & steel butt plate tang have crisp tooled foliate decoration. The all original walnut shoulder stock has a figured cheek piece, chequered panel wrist and chequered sliding patch box held in place by a small sliding metal pin catch with metal plate at the butt plate edge. The patch box contains a steel worm which screws onto the end of the weapon’s steel ram rod which slides into ram rod mounts under the barrel. The underside of the shoulder stock has a steel rosette which sits proud of the stock and may have been intended as a sling anchor. All wood and metal is original and undamaged with even patina. The loading and firing actions of this piece work perfectly. The price for this rare, unusual rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15241
£1,495.00

English C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons, London .300 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Top Lever Rook Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15331 - 15331
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 an excellent C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons Rook rifle in .300 CF calibre. The action has foliate engraved decoration. The blued 26” octagonal barrel has a tooled top with panels, one inscribed ‘Isaac Hollis & Sons, London’ & the other ‘Ammunition 300’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. Overall length is 42”. It has excellent all original undamaged Walnut furniture with ribbed butt, chequered fore stock, chequered pistol grip & inlaid brass roundel on the underside of the shoulder stock. It has steel fittings including, trigger guard with extended tang, 3 leaf graduated flip up sights and blade fore sight. The top lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15331
£1,200.00

British C1890 Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .295 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Top Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 15330 - 15330
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 an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .295 CF calibre. The action has foliate engraved decoration & calibre detail ‘.295CF’ and the blued 26 ½” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Patent Smooth Bore Rifle’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, 3 leaf graduated flip up sights and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is clean. Total length is 43”. The top lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15330
£1,375.00

English, Early 1800’s Parsons & Son 1.5 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15327 - 15327
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss. This Blunderbuss is 29 ¾” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with inlaid void silver escutcheon. Chequerd panel wrist, brass mounts including butt plate engraved with banners and arms, trigger guard also with banners and arms, acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is signed 'Parsons & Son' (There are many Provincial gunsmiths named parsons in the late 1700’s / early 1800’s and none recorded in London. This Blunderbuss was likely made by the Gunsmith recorded only as G. Parsons & Sons C1815 at Lichfield Street & Gt Brooke Street Birmingham, see page 302 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). The action has crisp foliate engraved decoration and safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end 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 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. Price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research 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 15327
£2,400.00
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