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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 18/9 ) MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 22 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Hand Tooled Decoration. Sn 14113 - 14113
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the weapon to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in North Africa / Algeria. It measures a massive 5’ 3” overall length. It has round steel barrel with bell mouth which is .594” muzzle diameter (approx. 22 Bore). It has hand tooled brass barrel bands. The hammer is fitted with flint and the weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original wood stock has hand tooled decoration and typical curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons, it does not cock and dry fire although its hammer moves under spring tension and its trigger moves. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14113

SOLD SOLD (4/10) C1900 Martini Action .297/230 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle. Sn 14020 - 14020
This is a very good Martini Action .297/230 obsolete calibre Cadet Rifle. These Rifles were used as military training rifles. It is complete with sling swivels, blade foresight & adjustable ladder rear sight. The 27 ½” steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action. It measures 43” overall length. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate has a small ‘Crown below AF’ inspection mark and number ‘36918’. The metal and wood have no external manufacturer 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 includes UK delivery. Sn 14020

Victorian Enfield MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, Short Lever Officer's Private Purchase Rifle Retailed By Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham. Sn 14070 - 14070
Victorian British Officers & Militia Units regularly purchased their own Martini Henry Rifles. These Rifles were manufactured by Enfield to the same specification as their Military counterparts and sold into the retail market for private purchase. This is a very good, original, Victorian private purchase, MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, short lever Rifle. It has its original, sling swivels, cleaning rod, block and blade fore sight, flip up rear sight and has all original woodwork throughout. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling. The action works as it should. The top of the barrel is marked by the Victorian Retailer ‘Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham’ (illustrated). 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 14070

SOLD SOLD (06/10) MATCHING NUMBERS 1868, Belgian, Albini-Braendlin Front Hinge Breech 11mm Calibre Military Service Rifle With Socket Bayonet. Sn 13988 - 13988
The Albini rifle (or Albini-Braendlin rifle) was a single-shot 11mm rifle adopted by Belgium in 1867. The action on the Albini rifle was designed by an Italian officer Augusto Albini and was perfected by an English gunsmith, Francis Braendlin. The rifle has a front-hinged, forward lifting action that has a mechanism which works together with the hammer-striker assembly to simultaneously lock and fire the rifle. When fired, the striker moves into the back of the breech block striking the firing pin and locking the block in place at ignition. Both striker and firing pin move in the same line as the rifle bore. Pulling the hammer back withdraws the striker from the breech block allowing it to be lifted on its pivot pin by means of a small fixed knob on the right side of the block. This is an excellent example of the Albini-Braendlin 11mm calibre service rifle. It has 33 1/2" barrel which is clean with crisp rifling and measures 53 1/2" overall. It has all original wood work which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang, adjustable ladder rear sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet block, a rear sling swivel, the front one is missing and original steel clearing rod which is nicely stamped "E 1639" which matches the number stamped under the ladder frame rear sight on top of the barrel and one the firing mechanism. It has the correct hinged breech which is stamped with " D 474" and heavy military hammer. The barrel is stamped with inspection marks and '1868' date. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle is complete with an original socket bayonet with 17 3/4" triangular blade which has a small stamped mark which appears to be 'FJI' or 'PJI'. The socket is stamped 'J669' and fits the rifle snugly. 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 13988

SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 - 13991
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13991

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

SOLD SOLD (8/11) 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

SOLD SOLD (28/11) 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

SOLD SOLD (4/12) 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

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
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