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RARE, Austrian Model 1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock 18mm (.69") Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15078 - 15078
The Austrian 1842 Kammerbuchse is one of a long line of short rifles and carbines used by skirmishers in the Austrian army. It is a relatively heavy weapon which sports a 18mm (.69¡È) calibre rifled barrel with deep grooves and also a Delvigne stepped breech as found on the French 1833 cavalry officer¡¯s pistol. An immediatly recognisable feature of the rifle is the lock. Unlike most European countries, the Austrian army did not make a clean transition from flintlock to percussion lock. They instead took an intermediate step by adopting the Augustin tube lock. This lock used a sealed copper cylinder filled with fulminant for ignition which was pushed into the flash tube of the lock pan, the pan top which incorporates an anvil element was then flipped shut and the lock was ready to fire. When the hammer struck the anvil the copper cylinder was crushed, igniting the fulminant and thus firing the rifle. The cylinders had a wire loop on one end which would stick out of the slot seen on the end of the lock pan so that the used cylinder could be quickly tugged out of the lock for the next shot. The cylinders were also pretty much waterproof. The Augustin lock was used on muskets, rifles, and pistols. The rifle has a few refinements which indicate its use by skilled troops, namely the heavy trigger guard spur for a more comfortable grip and, the raised cheek rest on the shoulder stock. Clearly this carbine was not for the common soldier. These carbines first shot ball ammunition before changing to a conical bullet. Many of these rifles were imported to the Unites States during the civil war where they were converted to conventional percussion. As such, these rifles are quite rare in original condition. Our example of the M1842 Kammerbuchse Tubelock Cavalry Carbine is in excellent condition. It has the correct tube lock mechanism with heavy military hammer. The action plate is numbered '831'. Its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has the correct spurred steel trigger guard and original walnut stock with correct figured cheek piece. The wood is undamaged. The bore of its 14 1/2" long round steel barrel has residue and staining consistent with age and use and crisp rifling. The top of the barrel has indistinct lettering which is illustrated in image 2. The carbine measures 28 1/2" overall length. The carbine has a block and blade fore sight, notched block rear sight, steel butt plate, saddle bar and ring. The price for this rare skirmisher's carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this carbine if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15078
£1,895.00

C1850 American Kentucky Form Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination With Patchbox & Ram Rod. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture in the Kentucky rifle form with figured cheek piece and brass fittings including trigger guard with ornate extended tang, deeply curved butt plate and stock fittings including a hinged patch box with brass lid. One side of the stock is mounted with a brass plate in the stylised form of an American Eagle. The weapon has double hammers & triggers. The barrels set side by side measure 33 ½” length and have a central barrel rib. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age and use. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 24 bore. The other barrel is 28 Bore smoothbore. The weapon measures 49 ½” overall. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration. It is complete with wood ram rod. One end of the ram rod is has an end cap formed from a spent brass cartridge case, the other end has a brass tip. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14455
£895.00

1894 British WD Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs Enfield Martini Action HRB Co IC1 .303 Calibre Rifle Converted By C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED** Sn 14601 - 14601
This is a good Martini Action Rifle To The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs (SMRC). This WD IC1 Enfield Martini .303 rifle was converted for SMRC use by C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & flip up graduated rear sight. Deactivated to UK/EU specification the weapon, cocks & dry fires perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'SMRC Special Converted For The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs By . C.G. Bonehill Birmingham’. The right side is crisply stamped with Queen’s Crown HRB Co dated 1894 IC1 and WD inspection mark. The barrel length is 29 ¼” and it measures 46 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery and UK/EU deactivation certificate. Sn 14601
£645.00

SOLD. SOLD. (04/11). RARE, MINT BORE, Starr Arms Co Yonkers New York 1858 Patent American Civil War Era .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15088 - 15088
The Starr carbine was a breechloading single-shot rifle used by the United States Army. Designed in 1858, the Starr was primarily used by cavalry soldiers in the American Civil War. In January 1858, Ebenzer Starr submitted his design for a single-shot, breech-loading rifle to the Washington Armory for evaluation. During testing, the rifle was noted to have no misfires, and its accuracy was considered better than average. The rifle was adopted as the Model 1858 carbine. Between 1861 and 1864, over 20,000 were produced by the Starr Arms Company of Yonkers, New York. In 1865, the Government ordered 3,000 Starr carbines, these proved to be successful, and an additional 2,000 were ordered. The Starr carbine proved to be effective during the Civil War. During the war, the Starr Arms Company had been the fifth largest supplier of carbines and the third largest supplier of .44 calibre single action pistols. This is original example of the Starr 1858 carbine in excellent condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 38” overall. It is fitted with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with a steel butt plate. The action plate is stamped ‘Starrs Patent Sept 14th 1858’ and the action ‘Starr Arms Co Yonkers NY’ which is repeated on the barrel. The carbine is serial number '31350'. The weapon’s 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 15088
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (11/11) C1850 Scottish John Dickson & Son Edinburgh Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 15051 - 15051
John Dickson (1794-1880) was an Edinburgh based Gunmaker first recorded as working in 1830 at 60 PrincesStreet, then as John Dickson & son at 60 & 63 Princes Street between 1840 & 1929. The family business continued as John Dickson & Son Ltd at other Edinburgh addresses and is finally listed as operating under the name Dickson & MacNaughton between 1997-2000 (see page 207 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by John Dickson & Son made C1850. It has a 28 ¾”round steel barrel and measures 45 ½” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist, polished horn fore end cap, and steel furniture which has crisp foliate engraved decoration. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel has a small post foresight. The action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer (illustrated). The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 15051
£0.00

RARE, C1870 Victorian Liege Poachers' 16 Bore Under Lever Break Action 4 Part ‘Take Down’ Pin Fire Single Barrel Shotgun. Sn 15053 - 15053
Victorian Poachers faced heavy penalties if caught in the act of taking game illegally and went to great lengths to conceal their activity. This is an original Liege, Belgian made ‘take down’ pin fire shotgun made in the Victorian era, C1870 & no doubt a useful poacher’s weapon. The weapon is break action operated by an under lever mechanism. The 29” round steel barrel steps to octagonal towards the breech and at a length of 19 ¼” from the muzzle unscrews. The remainder of the barrel is removed from the action by means of a separate small steel lever on the underside of the action. The barrel’s bore is clean. The action has a Dolphin hammer and plain steel action plate. The inside of the action has an ‘ELG’ Liege proof mark and other small inspection marks. It has an undamaged Walnut shoulder stock with steel butt plate. The shoulder stock is removed from the stock wrist and action by means of a twist of lug mounted on a steel plate on the shoulder stock that fits snugly into a recess with steel plate on the wrist. Assembled the shotgun measures 45” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare antique ‘take down’ poacher’s shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15053
£975.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Dutch Model 1854 .54 Calibre Lorenz Rifled Musket (1861 Springfield) With Nipple Protector, Chain, Socket Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:32 - 14894:32
The Lorenz rifle was an Austrian rifle used in the mid 19th Century. It was used in several European wars, and also featured prominently in the U.S. Civil War. The Lorenz rifle was designed by Austrian Lieutenant Joseph Lorenz on similar design principles as the 1861 Springfield Armoury Rifled Musket. It was first approved for manufacture in 1854, and was Austria's first all-new infantry firearm in decades. The Lorenz rifle was the third most widely used rifle during the American Civil War. The Union recorded purchases of 226,924 and the Confederacy bought as many as 100,000. This original Lorenz rifle has standard steel lock and furniture and undamaged walnut stock with figured check piece which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. There are no external manufacturer or date marks visible. It has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling and original steel ram rod, It has a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch block rear sight. The bore of the musket’s 36” round steel barrel is clean and the rifling crisp. The rifle measures 52” overall length. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The musket comes with its original steel socket bayonet. The 18 ¾” diamond section blade of the bayonet is straight and undamaged. The socket arm is engraved with letters and numbers ‘1.79.4 St’ above ‘1083’ most likely a Regiment designation and weapon number. The socket is undamaged and has the correct steel locking ring. The bayonet fits the musket perfectly. The price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14894:32
£1,675.00

Victorian C1860 English, John Venables, Oxford 28 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Brown Wash Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15054 - 15054
This an excellent percussion sporting / hunting rifle by John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and German Silver stock mounts. It also has a void German silver escutcheon inlaid. The stock also has a polished horn fore end block. Its 29 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel is signed ‘Venables Oxford’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 46” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Venables’. The rifle has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass worm, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15054
£1,250.00

MATCH GRADE Victorian C1860 Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London .50 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Target Rifle With Turner’s Patent Rifling & Ram Rod. Sn 15034 - 15034
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a fine match grade target rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and fore end. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. The stock has an inlaid silver oval disc with indistinct monogram which appears to be 'I.J.B. Lues'. The stock also has a steel fore end block. Its 33” steel barrel is .50 calibre. The bore is clean with crisp Turner’s patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The barrel has faint proof marks with number ‘52’ and is marked ‘Turner’s Patent Rifling’. The rifle has its original steel ram rod, heavy Dolphin hammer, forward sling swivel and rear sling swivel lug, blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang which has foliate engraved decoration. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15034
£1,750.00

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
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