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SOLD SOLD (14/02) ZULU WAR ERA, 1870’s Victorian British Swinburn’s Patent Martini Action 577 x 450 Obsolete Calibre Rifle With Henry Rifling By V&R Blakemore London / Abingdon Works Issued To The Natal Volunteers With Sling & Illustrated Info File - A 1001
The Swinburn rifle in outward appearance is very similar to a Martini Henry, however the action is of the Swinburn patent. In simple terms this has a falling block and cocking lever as in a Martini, but employs a V leaf spring and hammer to strike the firing pin and has an additional side lever which allows the hammer to be cocked without operating the under lever. In the Mid 1870’s The Colonial Government of natal purchased quantities of Swinburn patent Martini action carbines & rifles to arm their Police & Volunteers. This is an excellent and exceptionally rare to find Natal Volunteers issue Swinburn Patent rifle. An illustrated document file containing a copy of a ‘Tower Heritage Collection Firearms History Sheet’ regarding this rifle which states “records indicate that only 850 Swinburn rifles were supplied to Natal in the run up to the Zulu war and this is one of them” and many pages of excerpts from the book ‘Brave Men’s Blood: The Swinburn History It’s Issue & Use During The Zulu War’ by Knapp which contains detailed information regarding the origins of the Swinburn rifle and Units of the Natal Volunteers accompanies the rifle. The action has the correct additional side mounted Swinburn cocking lever and is stamped ‘V&R Blackmore London Swinburns Patent’ (The history sheet states that although marked Blackmore this rifle was almost certainly made by the Abingdon Gun works which was a partnership of leading members of the guntrade in which John Field Swinburn was a major shareholder. The barrel is stamped ‘Henry’s Patent (rifling) A&T (Adams & Tait Birmingham)’ & numbered ‘2327’. The barrel is also numbered ‘Z3159’ and has the correct bayonet lug. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has just the bumps & bruises consistent with age & service use. The underside of the shoulder stock is impressed with matching number ‘Z3159’. The rifle has sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The 36” barrel has a clean bore with crisp Henry Patent rifling. The rifle has a block and blade fore sight and flip up graduated ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work as they should and it has its original cleaning rod. The price for this historic 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. A 1001
£0.00

WW1 British WD MK II 1918 Pattern Brodie Trench Helmet Stamped ‘HS 63’, Brodie Ink Stamped Liner, Leather Chin Strap & Devonshire Regiment King’s Crown Badge. Sn 16027 - 16027
The Devonshire Regiment was a Regular Army unit. After absorbing some 500 reservists, elements of the Regiment departed for France, landing at Le Havre on 21 August 1914, just 17 days since Britain's entry into the war, as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The Regiment saw much action throughout WW1. This is an original WW1 MK II 1918 Pattern British Brodie Steel helmet to the Devonshire Regiment. It is complete with leather chinstrap. It has its original rough textured olive finish. The finish has wear in areas to be expected but there are no dents. It has its correct small central copper rivet at the crown and chinstrap bales attached with correct split pins. The front of the helmet is mounted with a darkened metal KC cap badge of the Devonshire Regiment. The helmet has its original net liner & black oilcloth sweatband with red ink 'Brodie' manufacturer's stamp and WD arrow mark. The rim of the helmet is stamped 'HS 64'. It has its original brown leather chinstrap and buckle. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16027
£595.00

VERY RARE, Original, WW1 British Tank Driver’s Armoured Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil & Original Cord Ties. Sn 16018 - 16018
This is a very rare, original WW1 British Tank Driver’s Steel & Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil. The steel mask with slotted steel eye guard protection and ridged nose guard is leather covered and has a padded chamois leather backing. It has its original cloth head ties and original chain mail veil to protect the driver’s mouth and chin. The steel, leather and material are clean & intact. The price for this very rare piece of WW1 tanker’s equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 16018
£1,295.00

C1860 French Lefaucheux Patent, 12mm Obsolete Calibre, Large Frame Military Pinfire, Double Action, 6 Shot Revolver Marked Acier Fondu (Cast Steel). Sn 16024 - 16024
Casimir Lefaucheux (26 January 1802 – 9 August 1852) was a French gunsmith. He was born in Bonnétable and died in Paris. Lefaucheux obtained his first patent in 1827. In 1832, he completed a drop-barrel sporting gun with paper-cased cartridges.He is credited with the invention of one of the first efficient self-contained cartridge system in 1836, featuring a pin-fire mechanism. This is an excellent Lefauchaux Patent, 12mm, large frame, military, pinfire, 6 Shot revolver. It is side gate loading with a 6” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech, sturdy undamaged frame and attractive walnut grips. The frame has small ‘crown above V’ and ‘crown above T’ inspection marks. The barrel’s bore is clean with well defined rifling. The barrel block is crisply marked ‘Lefaucheux Bt (French abbreviation of brevet translating to patent) above ‘Acier Fondu’ (French: Cast Steel). The frame is numbered ‘145791’. The pistol is double action and cocks and dry fires perfectly in both single and double action. The pistol has it's original military lanyard ring and captive steel clearing rod. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre, antique pinfire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if part of a private collection or display. Sn 16024
£795.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. WW1, 1916 Dated, Mills No 5 MK 1, Hand Grenade Manufactured by HINKS. O 1405 - O 1405
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is an excellent, original, 1916 dated WW1, Mills No 5 MK I, Hand Grenade. The brass base plug is stamped No 5 MK I 7/16 (July 1916 date) HINKS and a crowfoot. The grenade body is made of cast iron and has an alloy filler plug. The grenade has the correct firing pin, early steel fly off lever (see ‘Grenade’, British and Commonwealth hand and rifle grenades by Rick Landers page 14, and the safety pin. This is a nicely stamped WW1 display item. Price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert grenade in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1405
£345.00

SOLD SOLD (13/02) WW1 1918 British WD MK III* Brass Trench/ Signal Flare Pistol By The Wolseley Motor Co With Flared Muzzle. Sn 16022 - 16022
An excellent British WW1 1917 MK III* Brass Trench/ Signal Flare Pistol By The Wolseley Motor Co (Wolseley had its origins in the Wolseley Sheep-Shearing Machine Company Limited, established in 1887 by Frederick Wolseley (1837-1899) and later went on to be the famous manufacturer of British cars). The pistol has a flared brass muzzle and is fitted with slab wood grips. As is common the butt end of one grip has a chip. Both grips are totally secure.The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and has excellent, clearly defined Wolseley manufacturer's name and War Department inspection stamps on the left side of its frame & barrel together with MK III* designation and 1918 date (illustrated). It also has serial number 14439 on it's right hand side. The grip frame and top of the barrel have WD arrow marks. The pistol is complete with military lanyard ring. Price includes deactivation certificate and UK delivery. Sn 16022
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (15/02) AUTHOR FRED STEPHENS**, 1935 Pattern German Army Officer's Dagger WKC Solingen (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie), Solingen & Scabbard With Original 1965 Dated Hand Written & Signed Letter From Fred Stephens - 16025
An excellent, original, 1935 pattern German Army Officer's Dagger and Scabbard. This dagger has a clean blade and the ricasso is stamped with the 'WKC, Solingen' (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie) makers mark and helm logo. It has a distinctive 'Eagle with Swastika' design cross guard and correct ivory hue 'phenol resin' grip with ornate oak leaves decorated, hilt mount and pommel (see Pages 96-98 of Daggers, Swords & Bayonets Of The Third Reich By Fred Stephens). The Dagger is complete with original scabbard which is decorated with a 'hammered' design and 2 hanging ring mounts with matching oak leaves decoration. The mounts are fitted with original hanging rings. The dagger is accompanied by an original 1965 dated hand written letter from Fred Stephens To one of his customers regarding delivery of this dagger. The letter is signed by Fred Stephens. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16025
£0.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. WW1, 1918 Dated, Mills No 36 MK 1, Hand Grenade Manufactured by T. Adshead & Sons, Dudley. O 1406 - O 1406
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is an excellent, original, 1918 dated WW1, Mills No 36 MK I, Hand Grenade. The cast iron base plug is stamped No 36. MK I 10.18 (October 1918 date) M & P (May and Padmore) . The grenade body is made of cast iron and is cast with the initials TA over S (T. Adshead & Sons, Dudley, Worcestershire) . The grenade has an alloy filling plug with the fly off lever and safety pin. This is a nicely stamped WW1 display item. Price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert grenade in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1406
£245.00

DEACTIVATED INERT. British Unfired Early VSM (Vickers Son and Maxim) 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom Nose Fused HE (High Explosive) Round. Sn. O 1408 - O 1408
DEACTIVATED INERT. This is an unfired early VSM (Vickers Son and Maxim) 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom nose fused HE (High Explosive) round. The gun was introduced as the QF 1 Pounder Maxim Pom Pom in the late 1880s by Maxim Gun Company. The brass cartridge case has no headstamped which was common with Vickers Son and Maxim early cartridge cases. The nose fused steel projectile has a copper driving band and a copper centering band above it. The projectile has its original threaded brass nose fuse and is stamped VSM (Vickers, Son and Maxim). No licence is required to possess this round in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn. O 1408
£175.00

Victorian C 1820 British Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 16023 - 16023
The Cheshire Yeomanry of the Great War was a descendant of a volunteer tradition that dates back to 1797, when six independent mounted troops were raised in the county during the crisis of the Napoleonic era. In 1803 they were formed into the Western Cheshire Yeomanry Cavalry and became the Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. In common with all such units, they were absorbed into the Territorial Force, when it was established in 1908 as part of wide-ranging reforms of the British Army in the light of experience of the South African war, and the growing international tension in Europe. The newly-named “Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester’s) (Hussars)” was composed of part-time soldiers. It was headquartered in the Old Bank Buildings in Chester, with squadron drill stations at Knutsford, Eaton, Northwich and Macclesfield. This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine to the ‘ECYC’ (Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry). It has all original walnut full stock which exhibits normal service wear. The metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) together with inspection mark. There is no visible date. The brass butt plate tang is crisply engraved ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore (pre-rifling) has just light staining consistent with age. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. 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 16023
£875.00

DEACTIVATED INERT. Unfired German WW1, 1915 Dated 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom Nose Fused HE (High Explosive) Round. O 1409 - O 1409
DEACTIVATED INERT. This is an unfired WW1 German 1915 dated 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom nose fused HE (High Explosive) round. The gun was introduced as the QF 1 Pounder Maxim Pom Pom in the late 1880s. The brass cartridge case is headstamped PATRONFABRIK KARLSHRLE 1915 (1915 DATE) 119M and a small inspection mark.. The nose fused steel projectile has a single copper driving band. The round is fitted with a brass percussion nose fuse). No licence is required to possess this round in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. O 1409
£125.00

SOLD SOLD (13/02) Original, WW2 1st Pattern, Wilkinson, Fairbairn- Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & 1st Pattern Scabbard With Contemporary Hand Written Soldier’s Name ‘Sgt Cook D’. Sn 16005 - 16005
The 1st Pattern FS fighting knife was introduced in 1940 and produced by Wilkinson Sword (see page 63 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an original WW2 1st pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with nickel finish & knurled grip with a 2” oval wave cross guard. The ricasso is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The etchings are crisp. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge measures 165mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). It is complete with original 1st Pattern leather scabbard with nickel plated brass chape, integral belt loop with retaining strap and correct ‘Newey’ press stud fastener (see page 77 of Flook’s book). All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The rear of the scabbard has a contemporary hand written Soldier’s name ‘Sgt Cook D’ most likely the commando who was issued with this dagger. The price for this rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16005
£0.00
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