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VERY RARE, One Of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers. Sn 13313 - 13313
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contract was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. It is without bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 434 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the lancers post Crimean War. The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with 3 groove rifling. Total length is 46" with a 30" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The price for this very rare Crimean War era British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13313
£1,200.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x60 Guedes Calibre Rifle. Sn 13113 - 13113
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 during WW1. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. This is an excellent example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle in 8x60 Guedes calibre, 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 stamped with ink roundels on both sides, one contains ‘OEWFG Steyr 1886’ the other 'Royal Cypher Luiz I' (King of Portugal 11 November 1861- 19 October 1889). The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I). The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ & ‘M1886’. The weapon has matching numbers ‘S627’ on the stock, breech and barrel. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight, bayonet stud, sling swivels and steel butt plate. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13113
£675.00

VERY RARE, 1856 Dated British 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With Mint 3 Groove Rifling. Sn 13239 - 13239
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This is a very rare, original example of the British 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower'. It is also dated '1856'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock impressed with 'WD' and arrow mark, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and its original graduated 2 leaf rear sight. The barrel has a pristine bore with crisp 3 groove rifling and is stamped with Victorian proof marks. Total length is 40 ½” with a 23 ½” barrel. The firing action works 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 13239
£1,575.00

American Stevens Arms Co Model 1915 ‘Favorite’ .25 Rim Fire Under Lever Single Shot 'Take Down' Rifle. Sn 13066 - 13066
This is an excellent original American Stevens ‘Model 1915 Favorite’ take down rifle. It has a 24” barrel with a clean bore and crisp rifling. It measures 38 ½” overall. Its ‘take down' mechanism is achieved by unscrewing the screw-lock at the underside of the action. All wood and metalwork are undamaged with even patina throughout. The top of the barrel is crisply marked with manufacturer detail ‘J Stevens Arms Company Chicopee Falls Mass USA 25-Stevens’. The breech is marked ‘Trade Mark Favorite Reg U.S Pat Off & Fgn’. The stock tang is stamped ‘Model 1915’. The weapon is number 'J171’'. The cocking, firing and take down actions work perfectly. It has a chequered horn butt plate, a fixed brass blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13066
£795.00

Swiss Military Vetterli M1878 (M78) .41 Rim Fire Fire Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By Waffenfabrik Bern. Sn 12948 - 12948
The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to circa 1890, when they were replaced with Schmidt-Rubin rifles. Modified Vetterli rifles were also used by the Italian Army. The Swiss Vetterli rifles combined the American M1866 Winchester rifle's tubular magazine and a bolt system derived from the German Dreyse. Due to the Swiss Federal Council's early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breech loading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. This is an excellent M78 Vetterli bolt action rifle in .41 rim fire obsolete calibre rifle. It has all original, undamaged wood furniture. The left side plate is stamped with ‘Swiss Cross’ mark and stamped 'M78 Waffenfabrik Bern' together with model designation ‘M78’ and serial number ‘175747’. The barrel, butt plate and breech plate have matching numbers. The bolt is numbered ‘4286’ It has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, sling swivels, steel butt plate and original cleaning rod. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The loading & firing action works perfectly. Price 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 12948
£795.00

American Ethan Allen & Company 1860 Patent Falling Block .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre Single Shot Rifle. Sn 12890 - 12890
Ethan Allen (September 2, 1808– January 7, 1871) was a major American arms maker from Massachusetts USA. His first firearm, the "Pocket Rifle" was developed in 1836, and his first patent was granted in 1837. This is an excellent original Allen & Company 1860 Patent falling block rifle in .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre. The top of the breech is marked with faint manufacturer detail ‘ E.Allen & Co, Worcester, Mass, Allens Pat Sept 18 1860’. It has a 26” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech(43 ¾” overall), a small flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The rifled barrel is clean. It has a steel butt plate with hinged trap and fore end block. The metal work has even patina. The rifle has all original undamaged wood work which has just minor bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. It has an external hammer and its falling block action operates as it should. Price 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 12890
£1,295.00

MINT, 1887 Dated Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. A 595 - A 595 / 12774
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 near mint example of the Mauser M1871/84. It has all original woodwork & metalwork with original finish. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and sling swivels. The barrel has a crisp rifled bore. The breech is nicely marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks and dated 1887'. The stock has crisp impressed Imperial German marks. The bolt action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price for this near mint obsolete calibre rifle includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A Firearms certificate is required if this weapon is owned for the purpose of shooting. A 595
£1,200.00

Private Purchase .577 Snider Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By Thomas Turner, Birmingham. Sn 4246 - 4246
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, 3 Band Rifle . It has all original Walnut woodwork throughout. It has a fine case hardened lock nicely engraved by the retailer ' Thomas Turner Fisher Street Birmingham'. The breech is marked with proof / inspection marks. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 55 inches overall with a 36 1/2 inch barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod and ladder rear sight. The bore is nice and clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. It's cocking and firing action works perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 4246
£1,200.00

QUALITY, C1860 Victorian English 15 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun. Sn 12661 - 12661
This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion shotgun. It has 30” brown wash steel barrels and measures 46” overall. The 15 Bore barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The smooth bores are in superb clean condition. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammers have light foliate engraved decoration. The fore stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The barrels have German Silver inserts at the breech. Both side plates have foliate decoration together with scenes of hunting dogs in the field. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Surprisingly for a shotgun of this high quality there are no visible manufacturer’s names on this piece. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12661
£845.00

QUALITY, 1846-1878 Victorian English 17 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun By John Moore Of Cholsey (Berkshire). Sn 12662 - 12662
The English Gunsmith John Moore is recorded as having premises at Cholsey, Wallingford, Berkshire between 1846 & 1878 (see page 290 of British Gunmakers Volume 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion shotgun by Moore. It has 31” brown wash steel barrels and measures 47 ½” overall. The 17 Bore barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The smooth bores are in superb clean condition, It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer have light foliate engraved decoration. The fore stock has silver mounts. The wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The barrels have platinum inserts at the breech together with 3 gold bands. The barrel rib has the maker’s name ‘Moore Cholsey’ highlighted in gold. Both side plates have foliate decoration with the makers name ‘Moore’ on both sides. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12662
£845.00
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