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SOLD SOLD (09/10) VERY RARE & DESIRABLE, Original 1890 - 1891 American Large Frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ 38-56-255 Winchester Calibre Pump / Slide Action Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Full Length Tube Magazine. Sn 13990 - 13990
The Colt Lightning Rifle was a slide /pump-action rifle manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 1904. Colt made the Lightning Rifle in three different frame sizes, to accommodate a wide range of cartridges. Its profile somewhat resembles the pump-action rifles made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms. The large-frame Lightning with barrel lengths of 22” or 28”, also called the "Express Model" were manufactured between 1887 and 1894. The Lightning was adopted for use by the San Francisco Police Department. This is an excellent original example of the large frame Colt Lightning ‘Express Model’ rifle in 38-56-255 Winchester calibre. It has a 28” blued octagonal barrel and measures 46 ¾” overall. The barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. It’s all original American Walnut wood work is excellent and undamaged. The slide has chequered panels. It has a steel butt plate & correct full length tube magazine. The top of the barrel has crisp Colt Hartford address detail and Patent dates (illustrated inset in image 2). The barrel has calibre detail ’38-56-255’ (illustrated in image 2). The frame has a loading port on the right side & is very faintly marked with the Rampant Colt trade mark on the left. The rifle is serial number ‘4751’ which is stamped on the trigger guard tang. The serial number dates its manufacture to between 1890 & 1891. It is fitted with buck horn rear sight and brass blade fore sight. Its pump action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price for this rare obsolete calibre American Frontier / Wild West era rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13990
£0.00

QUALITY, UNUSUAL, C1840 Victorian English Henry Eden Smith Sheffield 50 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13955 - 13955
Henry Eden Smith was an English, Sheffield, Yorkshire, based gunsmith with premises at 3 & 9 Market Street & 2 bakers Hill between 1832 & 1842 (see page 335 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian percussion hunting rifle by Henry Eden Smith. It has 28” browned octagonal barrel and measures 44” overall. The bore is clean with 3 groove rifling which is unusual to find on a hunting rifle of this type. It has its original walnut half stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and polished horn fore end cap. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer has foliate engraved decoration. The side plate also has foliate engraving together with the depiction of a Stag in the field and the manufacturer’s name ‘Eden Smith’ . The stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is chequered and has an inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle is fitted with blade foresight, ‘v’ notch block rear sight and has its wood ram rod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13955
£1,175.00

French Military, Model 1866/74 11mm Calibre Fusil Gras Carbine By Manufacture Imperialle St Etienne. Sn 13890 - 13890
An excellent French M1866/74 Infantry carbine. The all original wood is very good and has a contemporary professionally applied field repair to the stock wrist (illustrated in image 3). It has a ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and is fitted with sling swivels. It measures 39" overall with a 20 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The breech is crisply marked by the St Etienne Arsenal manufacturer and with 'Mle 1866-74' model detail (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 13890
£675.00

QUALITY, C1870, English Pinfire Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel, Lever Break Action Shotgun. Sn 13764 - 13764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and especially good shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is an excellent quality 12 Bore pinfire double barrel shotgun made by Westley Richards C 1870. It has a top lever action and original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and forestock. The underside of the stock has a void German silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double dolphin hammers, one of which is a relacement & triggers. It measures 46" overall. The lever, side plates and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The leaver is engraved ‘Westley Richards Patent’ and both side plates ‘Westley Richards’. The trigger guard tang is numbered ‘10080’. The break action and firing action of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13764
£895.00

Large, C1850 6 Bore Percussion Wild Fowling Piece / Punt Gun. Sn 13766 - 13766
This is a large Victorian era percussion fowling piece/ punt gun. It is 6 bore and has a 41" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (57 ½” overall). Its bore has the staining to be expected with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & brass fittings. The brass trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and brass butt plate tang have engraved scrollwork decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small post foresight. The side plate has partially visible manufacturer or retailer name which appears to be ‘J’ above partial name ‘Hollon’ The piece has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap. Price for this large Victorian fowling piece 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 13766
£795.00

1860 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment Marked ‘V NL 434’ To The Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers. Sn 13765 - 13765
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921. The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day. The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan. In 1859 a scare a war with France swept the country, exposing the inability of the small peacetime Regular Army to defend Great Britain as well as the vast colonial Empire. The widespread popular demand for additional volunteer forces did not at first find favour with the Government of the day, but the Ministry finally gave way and on 25 May 1859 sanctioned the formation of corps of Rifle Volunteers. Lancashire responded with particular enthusiasm to the call for volunteers and by the end of 1860 over seventy local Infantry units had been raised.This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1860’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with ordnance inspection mark. The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘V NL’ to the Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers together with weapon number ‘434’. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13765
£1,175.00

1866 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 13763 - 13763
This is an excellent Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1866’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug . The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13763
£1,175.00

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Regulation Oval Bore 2 Band .450” Bore Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 13682 - 13682
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 regulation .450" bore. It is faintly stamped on the barrel 'Lancaster's Patent' and the side plate of the action ‘Lancaster’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang / finger rest, forward barrel block, barrel bands, block fore sight, 1200 yard flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, nipple protector with brass chain, sling swivels and steel ram rod with ribbed brass end cap. Its 36” barrel has a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 52 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 13682.
£1,975.00

QUALITY, C1860 Imperial German Carl Delp In Darmstadt Combination Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Gun (8mm Patch Ball Rifle / 36 Bore Shotgun) With Figured Walnut Stock & Patch Box. Sn 13663 - 13663
This is an excellent double barrel percussion combination hunting gun made in Imperial Germany C1860. It has 29” steel barrels and measures 45” overall. The barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib which is crisply signed ‘Carl Delp In Darmstadt’ . It has its original walnut stock with chequered wrist & figured cheek piece. The stock has a patch box compartment on one side with sliding lid. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang, stock block tang, side plates & hammers have best quality crisp scrollwork engraved decoration. The gun is fitted with rear sling swivel, small blade foresight and 3 leaf graduated rear sights 100-300 yards. It has its original steel ramrod with brass end cap. The weapon has double triggers and strips cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion combination gun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13663
£1,875.00

WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle With Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 13624:25 - 13624:25
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army. Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War. This is an excellent example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle. In calibre 8x 56R, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork. The breech is very faintly stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886. It is complete with correct cleaning rod and fitted with sling swivels, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The rifle comes with its original Sword Bayonet which has a clean 18 ½” single edged blade with fullers. It’s steel cross guard with muzzle ring is stamped ‘QQ842’. Its slab wood grips have the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The push button on its steel pommel works correctly. The bayonet has its original black steel scabbard with steel frog bar. The scabbard has no dents. Price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:25
£795.00
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