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C1850 Victorian British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Rifled 13 Bore Fusil Musket Saddle Carbine. Sn 14111 - 14111
This is a very good British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Fusil saddle carbine made C1850. It has 20” long round steel barrel and measures 35 ½” overall. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. Its walnut full stock has just minor bumps and bruises and is all original with no damage. It has brass fittings including forend block, butt plate, ramrod mounts and trigger guard with extended tang. The action has a plain steel side plate and heavy military hammer. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof marks. The stock has also has a brass plate engraved ‘Bore 13’. The weapon has its original steel ramrod. It has a block and blade fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. It has a strong cocking and firing action. There are no visible manufacturer or retailer marks on this piece. Price 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 14111
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 18/9 ) MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 22 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Hand Tooled Decoration. Sn 14113 - 14113
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the weapon to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in North Africa / Algeria. It measures a massive 5’ 3” overall length. It has round steel barrel with bell mouth which is .594” muzzle diameter (approx. 22 Bore). It has hand tooled brass barrel bands. The hammer is fitted with flint and the weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original wood stock has hand tooled decoration and typical curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons, it does not cock and dry fire although its hammer moves under spring tension and its trigger moves. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14113
£0.00

Victorian Enfield MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, Short Lever Officer's Private Purchase Rifle Retailed By Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham. Sn 14070 - 14070
Victorian British Officers & Militia Units regularly purchased their own Martini Henry Rifles. These Rifles were manufactured by Enfield to the same specification as their Military counterparts and sold into the retail market for private purchase. This is a very good, original, Victorian private purchase, MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, short lever Rifle. It has its original, sling swivels, cleaning rod, block and blade fore sight, flip up rear sight and has all original woodwork throughout. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling. The action works as it should. The top of the barrel is marked by the Victorian Retailer ‘Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham’ (illustrated). 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 14070
£1,200.00

SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 - 13991
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 has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock 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 13991
£3,750.00

Large, C1850 6 Bore Percussion Wild Fowling Piece / Punt Gun. Sn 13766 - 13766
This is a large Victorian era percussion fowling piece/ punt gun. It is 6 bore and has a 41" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (57 ½” overall). Its bore has the staining to be expected with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & brass fittings. The brass trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and brass butt plate tang have engraved scrollwork decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small post foresight. The side plate has partially visible manufacturer or retailer name which appears to be ‘J’ above partial name ‘Hollon’ The piece has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap. Price for this large Victorian fowling piece 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 13766
£795.00

1860 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment Marked ‘V NL 434’ To The Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers. Sn 13765 - 13765
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921. The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day. The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan. In 1859 a scare a war with France swept the country, exposing the inability of the small peacetime Regular Army to defend Great Britain as well as the vast colonial Empire. The widespread popular demand for additional volunteer forces did not at first find favour with the Government of the day, but the Ministry finally gave way and on 25 May 1859 sanctioned the formation of corps of Rifle Volunteers. Lancashire responded with particular enthusiasm to the call for volunteers and by the end of 1860 over seventy local Infantry units had been raised.This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1860’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with ordnance inspection mark. The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘V NL’ to the Loyal North Lancashire Volunteers together with weapon number ‘434’. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13765
£1,175.00

1866 Dated British Military Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 13763 - 13763
This is an excellent Enfield 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower 1866’ and Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The top of the barrel has inspection marks. It has all original woodwork with steel butt plate, original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug . The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13763
£1,175.00

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Regulation Oval Bore 2 Band .450” Bore Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 13682 - 13682
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in regulation .450" bore. It is faintly stamped on the barrel 'Lancaster's Patent' and the side plate of the action ‘Lancaster’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang / finger rest, forward barrel block, barrel bands, block fore sight, 1200 yard flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, nipple protector with brass chain, sling swivels and steel ram rod with ribbed brass end cap. Its 36” barrel has a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 52 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 13682.
£1,975.00

QUALITY, C1860 Imperial German Carl Delp In Darmstadt Combination Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hunting Gun (8mm Patch Ball Rifle / 36 Bore Shotgun) With Figured Walnut Stock & Patch Box. Sn 13663 - 13663
This is an excellent double barrel percussion combination hunting gun made in Imperial Germany C1860. It has 29” steel barrels and measures 45” overall. The barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib which is crisply signed ‘Carl Delp In Darmstadt’ . It has its original walnut stock with chequered wrist & figured cheek piece. The stock has a patch box compartment on one side with sliding lid. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang, stock block tang, side plates & hammers have best quality crisp scrollwork engraved decoration. The gun is fitted with rear sling swivel, small blade foresight and 3 leaf graduated rear sights 100-300 yards. It has its original steel ramrod with brass end cap. The weapon has double triggers and strips cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion combination gun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13663
£1,875.00

SOLD SOLD (10/02) WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle With Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 13624:25 - 13624:25
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. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army. Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War. 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 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. The breech is very faintly stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886. It is complete with correct cleaning rod and fitted with sling swivels, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The rifle comes with its original Sword Bayonet which has a clean 18 ½” single edged blade with fullers. It’s steel cross guard with muzzle ring is stamped ‘QQ842’. Its slab wood grips have the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The push button on its steel pommel works correctly. The bayonet has its original black steel scabbard with steel frog bar. The scabbard has no dents. Price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:25
£0.00
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