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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

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

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
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