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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

1888 Dated WW1 Era Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 15662 - 15662
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company. It was issued to Infantry Regiments. This is a very good, original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use and is all original. The metalwork is undamaged with original finish. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp, well defined rifling. The breech is crisply marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks, model designation and 1888 date. The bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and sling swivels. The price 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 15662
£975.00

WW1 Era, French Military, St Etienne Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (M74/80) 11mm Calibre Rifle Converted from Chassepot Needle Fire. Sn 15628 - 15628
This is an early breech loading French military rifle. Originally a model 1866 Chassepot needle fire rifle used during the Franco-Prussian War it was decided to extend their service life by converting them to fire the 11 x 59.5 mm brass cartridge using the Gras bolt system. The rifle was designated the Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874). The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a Gras 74/80 rifle. The wood is all original with just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has heavy military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight, bayonet block, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels & original clearing rod. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31 ½” barrel. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The breech is marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and 'M80 & M1874' model detail together with other numbers and inspection marks (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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 15628
£975.00

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

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
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