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Georgian Era British WD Enfield Tower New Land Pattern .650 Carbine Calibre Flintlock Pistol With Brass Mounts & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 17808 - 17808
This is a very good, original Georgian era New Land Pattern Enfield Tower flintlock pistol. It has all original wood work with brass fittings, including trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block & cudgel butt. It has a heavy military hammer & captive steel ram rod. It measures 15 ½” overall with a 9” round steel barrel. The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has crisp proofs. The action works as it should. There is typical gunpowder residue pitting around the frizzen. The lock plate is signed with the Enfield ‘Tower’ mark & has an inspection mark together with Georgian Crown & Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex). The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17808
£1,200.00

**MINT BORE**WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle With Steyr Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 17775:15 - 17775:15
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 near mint bore, clean and bright with crisp rifling. It has all original undamaged woodwork which has just light bumpps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ and ‘M1886’.The action and barrel are stamped with matching numbers ‘S627’. The bolt has Steyr’s combined ‘OEWG’ mark. It is complete with correct sling swivels, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet lug. 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 ‘MM186’. Its slab wood grips have the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The blade has the combined ‘OEWG’ Steyr mark. The push button on its steel pommel works correctly. The bayonet has its original steel scabbard with steel frog bar. The frog bar is stamped with Steyr’s OEWG’ mark. 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 17775:15
£1,100.00

Victorian British 1860 Dated Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern Muzzle Loading Percussion .577 Regulation Calibre 3 Band Rifle With Leather Sling, Original P1853 Socket Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 17775:14 - 17775:14
This is a very good British Enfield Tower 1853 pattern percussion rifle. It has a 38 ½” smooth bore barrel and measures 55” overall. The barrel’s bore has crisp rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. It has its original undamaged walnut stock and brass fittings including fore end block, butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang. It has a heavy military hammer, block & blade fore sight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The action plate is crisply marked with Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) and ‘1860’ date together with ‘Tower’ (Enfield) mark. The barrel has a faint proof / inspection mark. The rifle has sling swivels fitted with leather sling and original steel ramrod. The rifle has a strong cocking and firing action. The rifle is accompanied by an original period British P1853 socket bayonet. The bayonet measures 20 ¾” overall length and has a straight 17” triangular blade. It has the correct swivel locking catch at the blued socket. The bayonet has staining consistent with age but no rust. The blade has small inspection mark. The socket is numbered ‘374’. The scabbard has its original brass mounted brown leather scabbard in very good condition. The 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 17775:14
£1,275.00

Victorian 1865 Dated Enfield Tower 1853 / 1858 Pattern British Army Ishapore Arsenal Native Troops Muzzle Loading Percussion .650 Calibre 3 Band Musket (Rifling Officially Removed C1858) With Original P1853 WD Socket Bayonet & WD Scabbard. Sn 17775:13 - 17775:13
The Enfield P53 was introduced to Indian troops under British rule in 1856. The Enfield rifle-musket was a contributing cause of the Indian rebellion of 1857. Sepoys in the British East India Company's armies in India were issued with the new rifle in 1857, and rumours were spread that the cartridges (referring here to paper-wrapped powder and projectile, not to metallic cartridges) were greased with beef tallow, pig fat, or a combination of the two – a situation abhorrent to Hindu and Muslim soldiers based on religious beliefs. As a consequence of British fears, the Indian infantry's long arms were modified to be less accurate by reaming out the rifling of the Pattern 1853 making it a smooth bore and the spherical / ball shot does not require greasing, just a patch. This greatly reduced the gun's accuracy as did replacing the variable distance rear sight to a fixed sight. This became the Pattern 1858. This is a very good British 1853 pattern percussion rifle which has had its rifling Officially removed C1858 for issue to British Army In India Native Troops. It has a 38 ½” smooth bore barrel and measures 55” overall. The barrel’s bore is clean. It has its original undamaged walnut stock and brass fittings including fore end block, butt plate and trigger guard with extended tang. The butt plate tang and trigger guard have Indian script marks. It has a heavy military hammer, block & blade fore sight and fixed rear sight correctly found on these weapons, replacing the original adjustable sight. The action plate is crisply marked with Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), inspection marks and ‘1865’ date together with ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and Ishapore India Arsenal inspection marks. The rifle is fitted with sling swivels and original steel ramrod. The rifle has a strong cocking and firing action. The rifle is accompanied by an original period British P1853 socket bayonet. The bayonet measures 20 ¾” overall length and has a straight 17” triangular blade. It has the correct swivel locking catch at the socket. The bayonet has staining consistent with age but no rust. The blade has small British WD inspection marks. The socket is numbered ‘97’. The scabbard has its original brass mounted leather scabbard in very good condition. The leather has a partially visible ‘WD arrow’ mark. The 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 17775:13
£1,095.00

C1870 English Side By Side Double Damascus Barrelled 12 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Big Game Rifle. Sn 17675 - 17675
This very good C1870 double hammer percussion double rifle is in English form & is the type used for hunting large game. It has 29” round Damascus steel barrels and is 45 ¾” overall. The rifled barrels are 12 bore and have just staining and residue consistent with age and use. There are no visible external manufacturer marks on the rifle. The underside of the barrels have Victorian black powder proofs. The barrel rib is mounted with a fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and 3 graduated leaf sights with aiming lines. It has a brass post fore sight. The action, Dolphin hammers, action tang & trigger guard with extended tang have quality tooled foliate decoration. The gun has double triggers. The cocking and firing actions are strong. The Walnut stock with figured cheek piece, chequered fore stock panels and wrist are undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The fore stock has German silver mounts and there are silver roundel inserts at each breech. The weapon has its original wood ram rod with brass end caps. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 17675
£975.00

SCARCE, British Royal Navy Officer’s Private Purchase F. Barnes & Co London Pattern 1842 Sea Service .750 Musket Bore Percussion Rifled Musket With Lovell's Patent Bayonet Catch, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 17794 - 17794
Pre 1852 the pattern 1842 Sea service rifled muskets were converted from earlier smoothbore pattern muskets for Royal Navy use. They were made smaller and had the addition of rifled bores and Lovell Patent bayonet catches. After 1852 the P1842 Sea service rifled muskets were ‘new production’ and not converted weapons (see page 66 plates 62 & 63 and page 67 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey). Frederick Barnes & Co were English London Gunmakers recorded at 3 Union Row, 109 Fenchurch Street and 67 Minories 1851-to 1866. Between 1857-1904 they are recorded at 109 Fenchurch Street only (see page 140 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 ‘by Brown). This is a scarce, excellent condition, post 1852 P1842 sea service percussion rifled musket (not a smoothbore conversion), most likely a Royal Navy Officer’s private purchase weapon. The action plate of this example is signed by the maker ‘F. Barnes & Co London’ and has military Crown mark. The undamaged, all original, Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture. The 30” barrel has crisp rifling and has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has crisp proofs. The weapon measures 45 ¾” overall length. It has a block & blade fore sight, ladder rear sight and correct Lovell’s bayonet catch. It has its original steel ram rod, nipple protector & Chain & sling swivels. The price for this scarce musket includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifled musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17794
£1,650.00

**VERY RARE** British Board Of Ordnance George III Enfield 1849 Paget Rifled Barrel .700 Calibre Rifled Bore Cavalry Carbine With Attractive Tiger Stripe Stock. A 1059 - A 1059
These carbines were designed by General Henry Paget (1768-1854). See page 141 of British Military firearms 1650-1850 By Blackmore. The flintlock version was adopted by the British Army in 1808 and was the carbine of the English Cavalry until C1830. Percussion Paget Carbines with rifled barrels remained in British Cavalry service during the Victorian era. This is an excellent example of the rare Paget percussion carbine. It has even patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the action plate is crisply stamped Crown GR (George Rex) together with inspection mark and ‘Tower’ (Enfield). Its 15 ¾” barrel (31 ¾”overall) has a rifled bore which is clean with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof/inspection marks. It has the correct under barrel captive swivel ramrod. Its sights consit of a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. It has all original wood stock which is stamped with ‘BO arrow’ Board Of Ordnance mark. The stock has an attractive Tiger stripe hue. It cocks & dry fires 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. A 1059
£2,750.00

Victorian 1859 British Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifle. A 1058 - A 1058
The Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle was a .577 calibre Minié-type muzzle-loading rifled musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867; after which many were replaced in service by the cartridge-loaded Snider–Enfield rifle. This 2 band example was made by Enfield Tower in 1859. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown and by the manufacturer 'Tower' (Enfield). It is also dated '1859'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected, steel butt plate, steel fore end block, steel ram rod, bayonet bar, trigger guard with extended tang and is fitted with original nipple protector and brass chain. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight and flip up graduated ladder rear sight. The 32” barrel is clean and has crisp rifling. The barrel has crisp proof / inspection marks. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 1058
£895.00

Cased C1850 Large Frame, English R.B Rodda & Co London & Calcutta Percussion 4 Barrel 32 Bore Pistol With Rotating Barrel Cluster & Accessories. Sn 17791 - 17791
R.B. Rodda claimed to have been established in 1830 although in reality it traces its roots much further back than that, to around 1805, originally trading as Brown and Cooper. This was the company that Richard Burrows Rodda joined in 1830, and although the history is a bit sketchy the company name probably became Brown, Cooper and Rodda at that time. In 1846 Brown left the company and it became Cooper and Rodda, and the following year in 1847 Cooper also departed leaving R.B. Rodda as the sole proprietor. Rodda renamed the company R.B. Rodda & Co. based at 36, Piccadilly, London. About three years after this R.B. Rodda & Co. opened another shop, this time in the Indian city of Calcutta at 5 1/2 Tank Square, a place that would be renamed Dalhousie Square in 1872, with the result that the address of the company would become 7 & 8 Dalhousie Square. Prior to that however, around the time of the Indian Mutiny in 1857 Richard Burrows Rodda left India and migrated to the United States with most of his extended family. Sadly Rodda passed away that year and so the company was taken over by William Henry Taylor, who was the brother of Rodda’s brother in law. R.B. Rodda & Company became primarily exporters/importers of guns and rifles based out of their Calcutta premises throughout the period up until Indian Independence in 1947, at which point the business was sold to Indian industrialists who diversified it away from the gun trade and into marine and other engineering work. During the period in which they were trading R.B. Rodda & Co. became well respected for the quality of the guns and rifles they sold, and their guns came to be used not only in India but throughout the European colonies such as the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Malaya (Malaysia), and French Indo China (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), and Burma (Myanmar). The R.B. Rodda guns and rifles were made by the Birmingham gun trade, often by W&C Scott of Birmingham and London. This is a very good Victorian percussion large frame pistol with revolving 4 barrel cluster By R.B Rodda. Its smooth bore barrels are 4 ¾” in length and the pistol measures 10 ¾” overall length. Its steel frame is undamaged with nice even patina throughout. It has foliate engraved decoration to the metal work. The top barrel rib is signed ‘R.B Rodda & Co London & Calcutta’. The barrels are stamped with English black powder proof marks. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip has fine chequering and is undamaged. The back of the wrist has a white metal escutcheon. The pistol has double hammers and triggers & cocks and dry fires perfectly as does the revolving barrel action. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass shield. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has a nice R.B Rodda & Co London trade label. The case has compartments which contain accessories including an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a small glass bottle in leather 2 piece case, a copper and brass black powder flask, a steel ball mould & a tool with ebony handle. The price for this desirable pistol includes UK delivery. NB as an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17791
£1,895.00

QUALITY MAKER, C1810 English Henry Nock London 18 Bore Nipple & Drum Percussion Converted From Flintlock Pistol With Octagonal Barrel. A 1057 - A 1057
Henry Nock was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is a Nock London Percussion Overcoat Pistol, made C1810 and later nipple & drum converted to percussion. It is 11 ½” overall length with a 6” octagonal barrel which has a small German silver blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top barrel flat is signed ‘London’ and the barrel has crisp proofs. The smooth bore is clean. The action tang & trigger guard with Pineapple finial have quality tooled decoration. The full stock is made from rich English Walnut with chequered panels for grip. The stock has an inlaid void silver shield escutcheon. It has its original ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap rim and brass cap which screws off to reveal a steel worm. The action has a safety bolt and the plain steel action plate is signed by the maker ‘H. Nock’. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 1057
£745.00
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