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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

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

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

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Straight Pull Rifle. Sn 13624:23 - 13624:23
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military mark ‘D7+CI’ and the steel butt plate with 'Swiss Cross' together with numbers ‘3’ and ‘374’. The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '49040' on the breech housing, bolt, barrel and magazine. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its firing action works perfectly as it should and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Price 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 13624:23
£745.00

SUPERB, Victorian C1870 Isaac Hollis & Sons London .750” Bore Big Game Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Mint Rifled Bore. Sn 13667 - 13667
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 Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. Its 33” brown wash octagonal barrel is a massive .750” Bore. The bore is clean with near mint crisp rifling. The rifle measures 50 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The top of the barrel is signed ‘I.Hollis & Sons London’. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end cap, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs and post fore sight with inset gold line across the top barrel flat & graduated 3 leaf rear sights. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended winged tang and acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's loading 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 13667
£1,875.00

ONE OF 2000 PRODUCED, 1867 Portuguese Contract Westley Richards & Co Whitworth Patent .451 / .483 Calibre Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' Clavinas Carbine. Sn 13661 - 13661
In late 1866 D. Luís da Câmara Leme was instructed to buy Small Arms for the Portuguese Army. This led to 2000 x 20” Clavinas carbines being bought and 8000 x 33” Barrel Monkey Tail rifles for the Infantry. The breech of these weapons consist of a plunger attached to a long handle which, when the breech was closed, lay along the top of the stock neck and was raised to open it, thus earning The nickname of the monkey-tail from its distinctive silhouette. This is one of the 2,000 carbines supplied to Portugal by Westley Richards. It has all original woodwork which is excellent and undamaged. The wood is impressed ‘FA 1877 & FA 1880’. It has a 20" round steel barrel & measures 36” overall. The barrel is stamped ‘Whitworth Patent’ and ‘.451’ & ‘.483’ Calibre detail. The breech is stamped with inspection/proof marks and Westley Richards name. The side plate is also marked Westley Richards & Co together with ‘1867’ date within a triangle. It has a block and blade fore-sight and flip up ladder sight. The right side of the breech has inspection marks and is numbered ‘1277’ (of 2000). The weapon has a bayonet lug on the forward barrel band. It has a brass fore end cap, trigger guard with extended tang and butt plate. It has a superb clean bore with crisp rifling. Its lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech functions as it should. It has its original steel clearing rod. Its loading and firing actions are nice and crisp. Price for this limited production Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13661
£1,750.00

Victorian British Field Rifle Company Birmingham Martini Henry .577x .450 Calibre Military Rifle Modified For Sporting Use. Sn 13624:3 - 13624:3
This is a very good .577x .450 calibre Martini Henry Rifle. This piece appears to be a British Militia private purchase weapon modified for sporting use. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels and steel butt plate. It is without bayonet lug. The stock is stamped with a faint unreadable ink roundel. The barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. There are date or manufacturer marks on the side plates but the barrel is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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 13624:3
£795.00

1855 Dated Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets. Sn 13372 - 13372
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age. The underside of the barrel beneath the wood is marked ‘WG’ & ‘Bond’. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock has a rear sling swivel and the fore end has a contemporarily drilled hole no doubt for a sling swivel or anchor which is absent. The plain steel lock is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1855’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13372
£675.00
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