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1913-1914 Crawford Smuggling Operation, Irish U.V.F, 1897 Dated British WD BSA Co Martini Henry Mark 1 Converted To MK II .577x .450 Artillery Carbine With Red Hand Of Ulster and ‘For God And Ulster’ Stock Stamp & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:2 - 14894:2
The Larne gun-running was a major gun smuggling operation organised in April 1914 in Ireland by Major Frederick H. Crawford and Captain Wilfrid Spender for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Other smuggling operations also secured weapons for the UVF). Smuggled UVF rifles usually bear the Red Hand Of Ulster symbol. This is an original British WD Martini Henry Artillery Carbine, one of the smuggled guns sold to the UVF. It has all original wood furniture. The stock has bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and the metalwork has even patina. The action is dated 1897 and is marked by the manufacturer BSA Co together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The action also has the MK1 Conversion to MK II designation. The breech and barrel also have British WD ordnance marks (all illustrated). The stock is crisply impressed with the UVF Roundel which contains the Red Hand of Ulster and motto ‘For God And Ulster’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels, steel butt plate, cleaning rod and original leather sling. 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. NB The rifle strips cocks and dry fires but is not suitable for shooting as at some point in its life the breech has been cut internally. The price for this historic UVF marked piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:2
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) RARE, 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14894:1 - 14894:1
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The stock has a contemporary hand carved initial ‘H’ most likely carved by the Civil War soldier who owned this weapon (illustrated). The 21" barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 1/2" overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight graduated ‘3’ to 300 yards and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The butt plate tang has a factory armourer’s inspection mark ‘D’ (all illustrated). The top of the action and frame are stamped with numbers (illustrated) . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856. The action tang is crisply marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence R I (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history 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 14894:1
£0.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian 1870 Dated British Enfield Tower .600 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With 3 Groove Rifling, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 14847 - 14847
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1870' date. Its 21" rifled barrel has a superb bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The carbine measures 37" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with faint proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring & nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sights. It also has a small block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine has a brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14847
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (18/04) MINT BORE, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle With Best Quality Tooled Decoration. Sn 14773 - 14773
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a very rare, transitional rifle by Thomas Conway. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 30” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and is 48 ¾” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass post fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight graduated 50-100 yards. The action has best quality tooled decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ within banner on a foliate background. The sides of the action have scenes incorporating a hunting dog and stylised game in the field together with foliate work. The action tang has a hunting dog in pursuit of a stag scene. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14773
£0.00

Victorian 1844 Dated British Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14817 - 14817
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1844' date & inspection mark. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling and is .650 carbine calibre. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sight graduated to 200 & 300 yards. It also has a small blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine also has a brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14817
£1,675.00

Excellent Victorian Short Lever MK II Martini Henry 577 x 450 Rifle by the Field Rifle Company Birmingham. Sn 14775 - 14775
This is an excellent .577x .450 calibre Martini action short lever Rifle. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and steel cleaning rod. The 33 ¼” barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. It measures 49 ¾” overall. It’s wood stock is all original and has a very faint ink roundel stamp ‘Field Rifle Co’. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The breech is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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 14775
£975.00

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
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