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QUALITY, Victorian, English, Westley Richards, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Break Action Top Lever Pin Fire Shotgun With Damascus Barrels. Sn 14764 - 14764
The renowned English Gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co have been making unique and best quality shotguns and rifles for over 200 years. This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel pin fire shotgun made by Westley Richards. At some point in its life it has been re-furbished to a high standard. It has lovely all original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon on the underside. The shotgun with double 30”, 12 Bore Damascus, browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean and bright. The top barrel rib is signed by the maker ‘Patent Westley Richards 170 New Bond St London’. The side plates are polished steel & signed by the maker ‘Westley Richards’. The top lever is marked ‘Westley Richards Patent’. The trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration. The trigger guard tang is also numbered ‘3867’. It has a small brass bead fore sight. The loading & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price for this quality piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14764
£795.00

UNUSUAL, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s, British .750 Musket Calibre, Flintlock Cavalry Carbine, Officer’s Private Purchase By Mortimer London, Regiment Marked ‘26’ (To The 26th Light Dragoons) With Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14750. - 14750
This is an excellent example of an unusual variant Officer’s private purchase Cavalry carbine. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mortimer’ (many Gunsmiths named Mortimer are recorded as working in London during the 1700’s & 1800’s). It has a 19” barrel (34 ½” overall) and is .750 musket calibre. The smooth bore has light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with black powder proofs & ‘London’. It has its original steel ram rod, grooved breech rear sight and block fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, void inlaid brass escutcheon, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate which is engraved with Regiment mark ‘26’ (most likely to The 26th Light Dragoons. The Regiment was raised 25th March 1795, renumbered in 1803 as the 23rd Light Dragoons. The Regiment was disbanded after the Napoleonic wars in 1819). It is complete all original, undamaged Walnut furniture in Brown Bess form of the era. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14750
£1,850.00

BEST QUALITY, 1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Rolling Block 9.5 x 60R Mauser Obsolete Calibre Match Grade Target Rifle. Sn 14618 - 14618
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this best quality, heavy, rolling block match grade target rifle which is in the obsolete calibre 9.5 x 60R Mauser introduced C1887 for the Peabody Martini Action rifle. It has blued metal work and figured walnut stock, the left side with raised cheek piece. The stock is mounted with an oval brass plate engraved ‘F.F. Kesting’ most likely the name of the original owner of this rifle. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels fitted with leather sling and steel ramrod. The action tang is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a 31 ¾” round stepped to octagonal blued steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 48” overall length. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent match target rifle worthy of further research, which would have been an extremely expensive weapon to buy when it was made 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 14618.
£1,875.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, Italian 1888 Dated Vetterli Terni Arsenal 'Torre Annunziata 1881' 10.35 x 47R Calibre Bolt Action Rifle With Stamped Stock. A 588 - A 588
This is an excellent antique Italian Vetterli bolt action rifle in 10.35 x 47R obsolete centre fire calibre. It has excellent all original wood furniture. The stock is nicely stamped with 1888 Terni Arsenal marks and number ‘W647’ (all illustrated). It has excellent metalwork with nice patina throughout. The barrel length is 34” and it measures 53” overall. The breech is stamped 'Torre Annunziata 1881' and matching number ‘W647’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable rear sight, bayonet bar, block & blade foresight, 1 sling swivel, 1 sling swivel lug, steel butt plate, correct magazine 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. A 588
£975.00

SUPERB, RARE, Late 19th Century Japanese Samurai 32 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Ornate Silver & Copper Inlay, Brass Fittings & Signed Barrel. Sn 14614 - 14614
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th Century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock made in the late 19th century has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings with silver inlay. It has a 106cm long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is 13.4mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 32 Bore). The smooth bore is clean. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 135cm overall length. It has a full hard wood stock and original bamboo ram rod. The metal and wood has ornate brass fittings with silver and copper inlay. The barrel is inlaid with a sinuous dragon over mountain ranges design in copper and brass. The stock has a silver ‘mon’ family badge pinned to the wood. It has a brass serpentine, trigger guard, button trigger and is inlaid in brass with chrysanthemum heads, the underside with cloud bands. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel is signed with Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock worthy of further research regarding the signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14614
£1,745.00

1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Martini Action 10.4 x 38R Swiss Vetterli Obsolete Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14619 - 14619
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this Martini action sporting / target rifle which is in10.4 x 38R Swiss Veterli, an obsolete calibre. It has a rotating bolt feature which allows the use of both rim fire and centre fire rounds in that calibre. The right side of the action is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a double scroll trigger guard/cocking lever, walnut half stock, the right side of the butt inset with an oval brass panel engraved "J.VAN SILLEVOLUT, ROTTERDAM", the left side with raised cheek piece. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels and brass ramrod. It has an 86cm octagonal blued steel barrel with bow type rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 852. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 129cm overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent sporting rifle worthy of further research 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 14619
£1,795.00

British WD 1886 Dated MK III BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) Martini Henry .577x .450 British Service Rifle With Australian Victoria Government Stock Marking. Sn 14611 - 14611
This is an excellent original MK III 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. It has block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp Henry rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout and retains its original blue finish. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897), Mark III model designation and dated '1886'. The metal work has inspection marks (illustrated). The stock has an impressed British WD BSA M Co Birmingham roundel and MK III designation together with numbers and Australian Victoria Government roundel stamp (all illustrated) indicating that this rifle was sent to the Australian armed forces after British service. 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 14611
£1,250.00

VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14573
£1,895.00

SOLD SOLD Victorian C1850, English Cogswell & Harrison Strand London 10 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun With Walnut Stock, Damascus Barrel & Ramrod. Sn 14466 - 14466
Cogswell & Harrison were established in May 1770 and is London’s oldest surviving gun maker. The company has manufactured an exceptionally diverse range of sporting shotguns and rifles during its long and colourful history. This is a best quality Victorian muzzle loading percussion Shotgun. It has a 38” round Damascus steel barrel and measures 54 ¼” overall. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with steel butt plate. The underside of the stock is inlaid with a void German Silver escutcheon and it has a polished horn fore end cap. The metal work has engraved decoration to the side plate, breach tang, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The action plate is engraved by the maker ‘Cogswell & Harrison’. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Cogswell & Harrison 223 & 234 Strand London’. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with post foresight & has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip. Price for this quality antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14466
£0.00

BRITISH NITRO PROOF MARKED, Victorian 1886 Dated MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks & Additional Parker Hale Vernier Target Sight . Sn 14499:2 - 14499:2
This is an original MK IV. 1886 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The all original stock is impressed with India Arsenal stamps, roundel & MK IV designation (illustrated). It has a post fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. It is also fitted with an additional Parker Hale Vernier target sight. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has ordnance / proof marks and British Nitro proofs. 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 '1886'. 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. NB A FIREARMS CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED TO OWN THIS RIFLE FOR SHOOTING. Sn 14499:2
£975.00
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