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British Volunteer Pattern Private Purchase Martini Henry MK II 577-450 British Service Rifle By T Hepplestone, Manchester. (No Nepalese Marks). Sn 8101 - 8101
This is an original British volunteer private purchase MK II 577-450 Martini Henry rifle retailed by T Hepplestone, of Manchester. The rifle is Birmingham proofed stamped and has its original woodwork throughout. The Birmingham proofed stamps are on the barrel, action and breach block and it has its original woodwork throughout. It has a block and blade fore sight, platinum lined flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. The nocks form is stamped with a large number 24.. The action works correctly and is fully functional. There are no Nepalese marks which indicate that this rifle was in solely British Service. There are various stamps on this weapon which indicate that it possibly came out of a museum and the markings are identical except for the numbers with another of our Martini Henry rifles, stock number 8102. This is an antique obsolete calibre 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 8101
£975.00

QUALITY American Civil War Era Double Barrelled .44” Patched Ball Calibre Kentucky Plains Rifle By N. Delany Pennsylvania With Fine Cast Steel Barrels & German Silver Fittings. Sn 12466 - 12466
Nelson Delany was an American gunmaker of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He is recorded as working at Wyomissing Creek C1845 and active until C1872. This is a fine double barrelled .44 patched ball Kentucky Plains rifle made in the American Civil War era by Delany. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with figured cheek piece, German Silver fittings including a patch box with hinged lid, curved butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and stock mounts. Its 31” barrels with flat top rib have clean bores with crisp micro rifling. The rifle measures 48" overall. The top rib is engraved ‘Fine Cast Steel’. Both side plates are crisply marked by the American manufacturer ‘N. Delany’. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end cap, sling swivels, German Silver blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. It has double triggers and heavy dolphin hammers. The weapon strips, cocks and dry fires as it should. Price for this quality Kentucky double 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 12466
£2,950.00

Remington 1874 Dated Swedish Rolling Block 11mm Carbine Converted To U.S. Military 50.70 Calibre By J.P Lower Denver Colorado USA. Sn 12242 - 12242
The .50-70 Government cartridge became the official cartridge of the US military until replaced by the .45-70 Government in 1873. The Remington Rolling Block rifles and carbines were breech-loading weapons produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This type of rifle was used in the Franco/Prussian War, Egyptian War 1882 and The Sudanese War 1884-85. All Scandinavian Remington rolling block rifles were made under license in Sweden and Norway, by Carl Gustafs stads Gevärsfaktori and Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag in Sweden and by Kongsberg Vaapenfabrik in Norway. This is an excellent original U.S. Remington 1870's Swedish Registered 'Rolling Block' 11mm carbine converted to 50.70 calibre by J.P Lower, Denver, Colorado USA. The breech has Swedish ‘GF’, ‘NL’ and ‘H’ marks and .50-70 Calibre detail. The stock tang is marked 'J.P Lower Denver Colo'. The right side of the frame is dated '1874', the left side is numbered '1959'. It has a 25 ¼” barrel (41 ¼” overall), an external hammer, blade fore sight and ladder rear sight. The metal is undamaged and has nice patina throughout. The woodwork is all original and in superb condition. It is fitted with a single sling swivel and steel butt plate. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12242
£695.00

1888 Dated Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle Regiment Marked ‘2.G.R.R 157’ To The 2nd Garde Reserve Regiment . Sn 11878:11 - 11878:11
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 an excellent original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork has the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with battle use and all original. The metalwork is excellent. The barrel has an excellent rifled bore. The breech is nicely marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks and dated 1888'. The bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. It has a steel butt plate and sling swivels. The butt plate is crisply stamped ‘2.G.R.R 157’ to The 2nd Garde Reserve Regiment Weapon Number 157’. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique obsolete calibre breech loading weapon no licence is required to possess this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 11878:11
£745.00

SOLD SOLD (06/10) 1887 Dated British MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever British Service Rifle With Kirkee India Arsenal Marks. Sn 11732 - 11732
This is an original MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. This rifle was used in British Service until November 1908 before being shipped to the British Army in India and stored at the Kirkee Arsenal. Martini Henry rifles were quickly superceeded by the introduction of Lee Enfield SMLEs and this example remained in storage. It has its original woodwork throughout with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is deeply impressed with The India Kirkee Arsenal stamp with 1908 date & MK IV designation. It has block and 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 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 model designation, inspection marks and dated '1887'. As an Antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no Licence is required to possess this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11732
£0.00

RARE, Swiss M1851/67 Milbank Amsler .41 Swiss RF Calibre Stutzer Sharpshooter Rifle. Sn 11517 - 11517
The Milbank-Amslers were swinging-block conversions of several different Swiss percussion muzzle loaders to the Amsler lifting bolt design developed by the American Isaac Milbank and refined and perfected by the Swiss Rudolf Amsler. The conversion was originally approved for Swiss army issue in May 1867. All of the Amsler conversions were later designated "abgeandert 1867" (modification of 1867).The Jager M1856 was redesignated the M1856/67 Jagergewehr, the M1863 Infantry rifle bacame the M1863/67 Infanteriegewehr and the 1851 and 1864 Stutzers became M1851/67 and M1864/67 Stutzers respectively. No fewer than Twenty seperate gunmakers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. These Milbank-Amslers were the first Swiss rifles chambered in the then new .41 Swiss rimfire cartridge, which became the Swiss standard until about 1890, being used in the Swiss M1867 Peabody and in all of the Swiss Vetterlis subsequently adopted. This is a rare excellent original M1851/67 Stutzer (Sharpshooter rifle) in .41 RF Swiss Calibre. This example has the correct double set triggers and a very distinctive highly curved butt plate with upper and lower spurs. It has a 30” round steel barrel stepped at the breech. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The rifle has a fixed fore sight, adjustable rear sight, steel clearing rod, bayonet mount and sling swivels. Its original full wood stock is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The top of the breech has a small Swiss cross inspection mark. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the weapon. The rifle measures 50 ½” overall and its loading and firing actions work correctly. Price for this rare rifle 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 11517
£1,250.00

1870's Snider-Enfield 2 band Rifle by Daw & Co, London - Sn 4454 - 4454
A beautiful condition, un dated, Snider-Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. Stamped on the lock with the VR cypher & Crown and also "G.H. DAW & Co." Excellent stampings also on the barrel of, "G.H. DAW & CO, 57 THREADNEEDLE STREET, LONDON" and superb woodwork. Steel butt plate, original ramrod and trigger guard. Excellent patina to metalwork, nipple cover. This is an obsolete calibre weapon; No licence is required to possess in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. (sn. 4454 )
£1,575.00

Rare, 1860 Dated Jacob Double Barrel Percussion Rifle, Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 7387 - 7387
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British Gen. 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 longarms. 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 of 32 bore (0.524 caliber.) The barrels measured 24 inches and the gun’s overall length is 40 inches. The right barrel has had the majority of it's rifling contemporarily removed to allow use for shot/ musket ball. The left has all of it's original crisp rifling. Both barrels are clean. This weapon has had it's bayonet lug removed. It's 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 is in superb condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. It's hammer plates are both crisply marked 'Swinburn & Son 1860' and it's 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.
£4,750.00

WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle. Sn 11079:3 - 11079:3
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 a very good example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle in calibre 8x 56R, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 1/4" barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and it's loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork stamped on both sides with very faint ink roundels, one likely to contain ‘OEWFG Steyr 1886’ the other 'Royal Cypher Luiz I' (King of Portugal 11 November 1861- 19 October 1889). The woodwork has the bumps and surface scratches to be expected with service use and age. The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I). The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ & ‘M1886’. It is complete with correct cleaning rod and fitted with sling swivels and steel butt plate. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. 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 11079:3
£825.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle. Sn 11079:2 - 11079:2
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 calibre 8x 56R, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 1/4" barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and it's loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork stamped on both sides with ink roundels, 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 ‘V885’ on the stock, breech and barrel. It is complete with correct cleaning rod and fitted with sling swivels and steel butt plate. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. 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 11079:2
£875.00
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