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ZAR Martini 1896 Boer War Era, South African Republic (ZAR) Contract Westley Richards & Co, Martini Henry 577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Rifle.**MINT HENRY RIFLING** Sn 18851 - 18851
Prior to the Boer War, The British gun makers Westley Richards & Co, sold a private contract shipment of their Martini Action 577 x 450 Calibre Rifles to the Boer, South African Republic (ZAR or Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek). The stopping Power of the large Martini 577x 450 round & simplicity of the Martini Action were favoured by the Dutch farmers. During the Boer War the weapons were used by South African Republic (ZAR) and Orange free State (OVS) forces against the British Army in most of the Major Battles. This is an excellent original example of a Westley Richards Rifle sold to the ZAR. It has all original metalwork and wood furniture which is all in excellent condition. It is complete with block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, Bayonet lug, sling swivels and cleaning rod. The right side of action is stamped ‘Made Specially For ZAR’. The left side is crisply stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' with the correct triangular stamp. The top of the breech is also stamped with a triangle and 1896 date. The barrel is crisply stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' & ‘HENRY RIFLING’. The bore of its 32 ½” barrel is near mint clean & bright with crisp Henry rifling. The loading and firing actions work crisply. The price for this rare historic Boer War era 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. Sn 18851
£1,675.00

SOLD SOLD (22/09) Cased, American Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company USA 1871 Patent ‘BLUE JACKET No 2’ .32 Rim Fire Calibre Nickel Plated 5 Shot Single Action Revolver & Accessories. Sn 18804 - 18804
Hopkins & Allen Arms Company was a U.S firearms manufacturing company based in Norwich, Connecticut that was founded in 1868 by Charles W. Allen, Charles A. Converse, Horace Briggs, Samuel S. Hopkins and Charles W. Hopkins. The Hopkins brothers ran the day-to-day operations of the company until it went bankrupt in 1916 and was subsequently bought by Marlin-Rockwell. Known as the ‘Blue Jacket No2 ’ Model, this revolver is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original example of the ‘BLUE JACKET No2’. It retains some its original nickel finish with areas of staining consistent with age. It has a 2 ¾” round steel barrel (7” overall). The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Hopkins & Allen Mfg Co BLUE JACKET No2 Pat Mar 28 1871'. The underside of the barrel is numbered with what looks like 14817. It has a sheathed trigger, steel hammer and undamaged Walnut heartwood grips. The pistol has a German silver blade fore sight and groove on the cylinder frame rear sight. The action is single action only & works crisply. The pistol is contained in its wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass oval. The case a brass clasp fastener operated by depressing a brass button. The case is lined with felt. The case has compartments which contain accessories including 2 hook tools with wire brush attachments and 11 moulded lead bullet heads inserted in a purpose made block with drilled holes that hold the bullets firmly in place. The price for this cased pistol with accessories includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18804
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (24/09) C1780 I. Oates Worcester 50 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Concealed Folding Trigger, Safety Bolt & Turn Off Steel Barrel. Sn 18747 - 18747
This is an excellent, pocket pistol by I. Oates Worcester (unknown) made C1780. Its screw off barrel is 1 ¾” in length. The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The pistol measures 6 ¼” overall length. Its action has engraved oval panels on the left and right sides together with Martial banners foliage. The left panel is signed by the manufacturer ‘I.Oates’, the right ‘Worcester’. The top of the action has a safety bolt. The underside of the action has crisp proofs. It has a concealed folding steel trigger & swan neck hammer. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The rear of the stock has an inlaid void shield shaped silver escutcheon. The pistol’s action is strong. The price for this pistol worthy of further research regarding the maker includes UK delivery. NB as an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18747
£0.00

C1800 Henry Nock London Flintlock Double Barrel, Over & Under 120 Bore, Double Turn Off Barrelled Pocket Pistol With Side Tap Lever. Sn 18801 - 18801
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 an excellent C1800 flintlock pocket pistol with double over & under turn off barrels. It's barrels are 1 ¾” length. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The underside of the action has proofs. The action has the correct tap lever to allow the upper and lower barrels to be fired separately (the tap revolves the pan in the breech). One side of the action has Martial banners and arms & H.Nock signature. The reverse also has banners and arms and ‘London’. The pistol's bag shaped wood grip is undamaged and inlaid with void oval silver escutcheon. The pistol has a safety bolt and the hammer is fitted with flint. The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply and ther tap action operates firmly. The includes UK delivery. NB as an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18801
£695.00

C1850 Cased Liege Belgium Double Damascus 15 Bore Percussion ‘Howdah’ Pistol With Rifled Barrels & Accessories. Sn 18803 - 18803
The Howdah pistol was a large-calibre handgun, often with two or four barrels, used in India and Africa from the beginning of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule. It was typically intended for defence against Tigers, Lions, and other dangerous animals that might be encountered in remote areas. The term "howdah pistol" comes from the howdah, a large platform mounted on the back of an Elephant. Hunters, especially during the period of the British Raj in India, used Howdahs as a platform for hunting wild animals and needed large-calibre side-arms for protection from animal attacks at close quarters. The earliest Howdah pistols were flintlock designs, and it was not until about 60 years later percussion models in single or double barrel configuration were seen. Even though Howdah pistols were designed for emergency defence from dangerous animals in Africa and India, British Officers adopted them for personal protection in other far-flung outposts of the British Empire. This is a percussion double barrel Howdah with Liege proof mark made C1850. Its side by side Damascus barrels are 7” in length. It measures 14 ¼” overall length. The rifled bores have just light staining consistent with age. It has a broad top rib and small brass blade fore sight. The rear sight consists of a groove to the top of the action. It is complete with its steel ram rod with brass end cap which sits inside the weapons’ walnut stock which has chequered panels at the grip and flat butt with hinged leaf shaped brass trap. It has double triggers and heavy Dolphin hammers. The brass trigger guard and ram flute have tooled decoration. The pistol has no visible makers mark but one barrel has a small Liege proof mark (illustrated). The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply. The pistol is contained in its later wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with felt. The case has compartments which contain accessories including a wood handled cleaning rod with wire brush, a wood handled tool, a brass cup measure with wood handle, a C&JW Hawksley Sheffield marked copper & brass powder flask, 5 moulded lead balls and empty metal W.E. London labelled percussion cap tin. The price for this cased pistol with accessories includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18803
£1,295.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 18765 - 18765
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar & trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight.The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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 18765
£975.00

C1854-1878 English, Gasquoine & Dyson, Market Place, Manchester No. 1057, Double Damascus Barrels 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. Sn 18766 - 18766
The English Gunsmiths Gasquoine & Dyson are recorded at 1 Blue Boar Court, Manchester 1846-52 & 26 Market Place, Manchester circa 1854-78 (see page 224 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent double barrel shotgun made by Gasquoine & Dyson at their market Place premises. It has all original Walnut furniture with well figured stock. The top of the wrist has a silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 30”, Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46 ½” overall. The barrel is without its bead fore sighthas a small brass bead fore sight. The action, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial have quality foliate engraved decoration. Both action plates are signed Gasquoine & Dyson and the top barrel rib with their names & Market Place Manchester address together with No. 1057. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age & use. The shotgun has its original ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18766
£895.00

Victorian British 1854 Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Yeomanry Cavalry Prize Carbine With Rifled Bore & 1854 WYC (Warwick Yeomanry Cavalry Presentation Plate Saddle Bar, Ring & Captive Ram Rod. Sn 18764 - 18764
This is an original British 1854 dated Enfield Tower Yeomanry Cavalry Prize Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock with brass butt plate, fore end block, ram rod pipe and trigger guard with extended tang. The stock is mounted with a brass presentation plate engraved "Presented by Captain Sir George Chetwynd Bart.1st Troop W.Y.C to Corp L Thos.East Being The 1st Prize Of The Carbine Exercise 1854" (Warwick Yeomanry Cavalry). It has a heavy military percussion hammer. The action plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina), ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1854’. Its 20" barrel (36” overall) has a clean rifled bore. It has a fixed rear sight and fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod, nipple protector with brass chain, steel saddle bar & ring. The steel of this carbine has been polished to a bright finish which was common practice for some Regiments. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 18764
£1,495.00

SOLD SOLD (20/09) **RARE DOUBLE TRIGGERS**MINT BORE** Cased British Victorian Tranter’s Patent Large Frame .54" Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver & Accessories. Sn 18755 - 18755
This is an excellent, original, Cased, Tranter’s Patent .54" Bore 5 shot percussion revolver with spurless hammer and rare to find double triggers. The weapon's lever loading arm & double action firing mechanism work as they should. The large trigger is stamped ‘Tranter’. It has a 6 ¼” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall. The barrel’s bore is near mint clean & bright with crisp rifling. It has a large closed military frame, blade fore sight & ‘v’ notch frame rear sight. The frame is crisply marked ‘No. 5488 T’. The barrel and cylinder have black powder proofs. Its dark coloured finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged & has best quality crisp foliate engraved decoration. The pistol is contained in its original mahogany case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent) and brass hook fasteners. The case is lined with rich green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including a small James Dixon & Sons Sheffield marked white metal oil bottle with screw top lid and integral applicator, ebony handled tools, cleaning rod, an empty percussion cap tin with Eley Bros London label, a James Dixon & Sons Sheffield marked copper and brass powder flask, a tin of W.Tranter’s Patent lubricating composition with label that has directions for use, a W.Tranter’s Patent lubricating bullets tin which contains a quantity of moulded lead bullets, a hinged brass and steel bullet mould marked Tranter’s Patent & 2 spare nipples. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18755
£0.00

**RARE**MINT BORE**Cased, London Armoury Company / Alexander Henry Edinburgh Kerr’s Patent .36 Calibre Single Action Percussion Revolver With Side Mounted Hammer Serial Number 430 (Serial Number Range Of LAC’s American Civil War Confederate Contract) - 18758
James Kerr had been the foreman for the Deane, Adams and Deane gun factory. Robert Adams, one of the partners and inventor of the Adams revolver, was Kerr's cousin. Kerr developed an improvement to the Adams revolver, British Patent No. 1722 of July 28, 1855, and when Adams left the Deane brothers to found the London Armoury Company on February 9, 1856, Kerr went with him. The London Armoury Company manufactured military rifles and revolvers. Kerr's Patent Revolver was an unusual 5-shot revolver manufactured from 1859 to 1866 by the London Armoury Company. Most were made in 44 Calibre (54 Bore) and only a few in the smaller .36 Calibre. When the American Civil War began in 1860 and the governments of both the United States and the Confederacy began purchasing arms in Britain. In November 1861, 1,600 revolvers were purchased for the Union army, at $18.00 a piece. However Confederate arms buyers Maj. Caleb Huse and Cpt. James D. Bulloch contracted for all the rifles and revolvers the Armoury could produce (and the Confederate government could pay for). As a result, the London Armoury Company became a major arms supplier to the Confederacy, selling the most of the 11,000 Kerr revolvers produced to Huse. It is easily recognised by its side-mounted hammer. This is an excellent, original, cased Kerr single action revolver in the scarce .36 calibre. It has the correct captive loading lever and side mounted hammer. Beneath the hammer arm is a safety catch which functions as it should. The pistol has a 5 ½” octagonal barrel (11 ½” overall). The barrel has the famous Alexander Henry’s Scottish gumaker’s address ‘8 South Street Edinburgh’ and English proofs. The bore is near mint clean and bright with crisp rifling. One barrel flat is signed ‘LAC’ (London Armoury Company) and has Victorian English proofs. It has a brass post fore sight and ‘v’ frame rear sight. The metal in the white is clean. The action frame is signed ‘London Armoury’ and the action tang ‘Alexr Henry’. The action frame also has ‘Kerr’s Patent 430’. The number is repeated on the cylinder (the number is the serial number of the gun, and not the patent number). The serial number puts the weapon in the serial number range of those supplied to the confederate military but there are no Confederate marks on the pistol. The cylinder has Victorian proofs. Its chequered walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol's Kerr's Patent firing mechanism works as it should. The pistol is contained in its wood case. The felt lined case has compartments which snugly fit the weapon and its accessories. The accessory compartments contain an original brass and copper black powder flask, 2 tools, brass & steel double bullet & ball mould numbered 95, 2 moulded lead bullets & 3 spare nipples. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The inside of the lid has original trade label with kerr’s patent information, instructions for use and cleaning. The price for this rare cased pistol worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap & ball percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18758
£3,500.00
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