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C1850, English Thomas Conway, Manchester Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Combination Cape Rifle (.600 Calibre Rifled Barrel & 12 Bore Smoothbore Shotgun Barrel) With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14949 - 14949
This is an excellent Double barrel percussion Cape rifle made C 1850. It has 30" browned steel barrels and measures 47 " overall. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The rifle barrel is .600 calibre and the bore is clean with well defined rifling. The shotgun barrel is smooth 12 bore. The bore is clean. It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang. The metal work has nice foliage engraving to the action plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, trigger guard and butt plate. The action plates are both signed by the manufacturer 'Conway' (most likely Thomas Conway an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852) . Both barrels have silver roundel inserts at the breech. It has double triggers and the weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with blade foresight & 3 leaf flip up rear sights each with silver sighting lines. The stock has 2 sling swivel lugs and it has its original brass tipped and capped wood ramrod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion muzzle loading Cape rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14949
£1,195.00

C1850 French Maubeuge Arsenal .700 Calibre Percussion Military Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Bayonet Slide & Steel Ram Rod With Integral Powder Measure. Sn 14947 - 14947
This is an excellent, original, French Military carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply engraved with Maubeuge Arsenal detail. The barrel has inspection marks (all illustrated). It has a brass fore end block, brass trigger guard and Brass butt plate which is numbered ‘8’ (illustrated). Its 23 ½” rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling. The carbine measures 36" overall. It has a fixed block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight and bayonet slide. The carbine has its original steel ram rod which has a hollow cup end for measuring powder. The side of the cup is numbered ‘930’ and has number ‘244’ struck out. 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 14947
£1,200.00

MINT 3 Groove Rifling, Victorian 1864 British Enfield MK II*Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ’35 399’. A 595 - A 595
This is an original British MK II* .577 Snider Patent Cavalry Carbine by Enfield. 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 carbine has a 19 ¼” round steel barrel with near mint bore, clean with 3 groove rifling. It measures 37 ½” overall length. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment or unit marked ‘35’ and weapon number ‘399’ together with inspection mark (illustrated). The original woodwork is undamaged and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a diamond ink cartouche which contains the letters ‘DC’ and has an Enfield ink roundel above number ‘1’. The side plate is dated 1864 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection marks. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II*’ designation and ‘BSA Co’ mark. The action is strong and works as it should. It has an adjustable rear ladder sight and is without fore sight. The price for this Regiment marked carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 595
£975.00

Victorian 1887 MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever British Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks. Sn 14901 - 14901
This is an original MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout which has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. The all original stock is impressed with India / Nepalese Arsenal roundel and 1908 date (illustrated) indicating that it was re issued for use in Nepal / India after British service. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has numerous British WD ordnance / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV I’ model designation and dated '1887'. 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 14901
£1,200.00

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

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 (02/09) 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
£0.00

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
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