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1862 British WD Enfield 2 Band Snider MK II ** .577 Obsolete Calibre Sergeant’s Short Rifle. Sn 17051 - 17051
When the breech loading Snider mechanism was introduced in 1866, many Enfield percussion long arms were converted to the new system. Enfield 2-band short rifles were issued to British Army Sergeants. This is an excellent example of the Enfield Tower Snider short rifle. The action plate is very faintly marked with Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield’ together with ‘1862' date. It has all original wood work, steel butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block fore sight and sling swivels. The 30 ½” long barrel has just light staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The barrel has proof & WD inspection marks. The hinged breech plate with knurled catch has WD inspection marks and ‘II**’ designation. The cocking & firing action work as they should. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17051
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (04/02) , Victorian British Robert Hughes Universal Firearms Works Birmingham Yeomanry Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase MK1 Pattern Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Original Sling Bars Configured For Chest Carry - 17052
Robert Hughes was a gun and pistol maker at 22 Moland Street, Birmingham until 1872 and at 100 Moland Street from 1873. He adopted the style 'Universal Firearms Works' in 1868. His guns were well known and he was favoured in the London gun market, known for his high quality Sporting Rifles, typically sold to men traveling to Asia or Africa for big game hunting. This is an excellent Victorian Officer’s Yeomanry Cavalry private purchase MK 1 pattern .577x .450, Martini Henry, Carbine. It has all original woodwork which has a crisp ‘Robert Hughes Universal Firearms Works Birmingham’ impressed cartouche and steel butt plate. The stock’s original sling bars are configured so a strap can be fitted to allow carry across the chest of a mounted soldier. It has a flip up ladder rear sight and winged fore sight. It has its original cleaning rod and MK 1 grooved trigger. The action and barrel have small inspection marks. The left side of the action is numbered ‘341’ and the underside ‘241’ together with small ‘c8’ inspection mark. The steel barrel's rifled bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp well defined rifling. The action works correctly. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17052
£0.00

MINT BORE, Cased, Victorian C1850's Deane Adams & Deane London Bridge, 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Accessories. Sn 17150 - 17150
The famous English gunsmith's Deane Adams and Deane had premises at 30 King William Street, London Bridge, London in 1852. Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Deane Adams & Deane. This is an excellent, original, cased, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot percussion revolver. The weapon's double action firing mechanism works as it should in both single and double action. It has a 6” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate frame rear sight. The top of the frame and top barrel flat are crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge' . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘B563 Adams Patent’ and ‘No. 16360.R’. The frame is also stamped ‘54’ (bore). The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proofs. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original blue finish and its loading lever works as it should. The pistol is contained in its original 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 green felt and has a deane Adams & deane trade label. The case has compartments which contain accessories including an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a double brass and steel conical bullet & round ball mould, a copper and brass black powder flask which signed by the manufacturer ‘C&W Hawksley’, ebony handled tools, cleaning rods, a white metal oil container with screw top lid and integral applicator, a small number of moulded lead balls and felt wads. 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 17150
£1,850.00

SOLD SOLD (03/02) MINT BORE, Cased, Victorian C1860 Blissett Liverpool, Early Tranter's Patent, Double Trigger, Self Cocking, Spurless Hammer 54 Bore 5 Shot Percussion Revolver With Accessories. Sn 17149 - 17149
Thomas Blissett was an English Gunsmith with premises at 38 South Castle Street and 11 Water Street, Liverpool between 1834 and 1870 (see page 174 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2).The Tranter revolver is a double action black powder cap & ball revolver invented around 1856 by English firearms designer William Tranter (1816 - 1890). Originally operated with a special dual-trigger mechanism (one to rotate the cylinder and cock the gun, a second to fire it) later models employed a single-trigger mechanism. This is an excellent example of the early pattern self cocking Tranter Patent revolver with double triggers by Blissett . It measures 12" overall with a 6" octagonal barrel which has a blade foresight and notch 'v' frame plate rear sight. The barrel has a near mint bore, bright and clean with crisp rifling. The top of the frame is signed ‘Thos Blissett South Castle Street Liverpool’. The frame and trigger are marked ‘Tranter Patent’. It's finely chequered Walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The self cocking firing action works correctly. The metal work in the white has tooled foliate decoration. It is contained in its wood case. The case is lined with felt and has compartments which snugly fit the weapon with additional compartments for accessories. The accessory compartments contain an original Dixon’s patent copper and brass black powder flask which has a measurement adjustment feature on its neck, ebony handled tools, a white metal oil bottle with screw top applicator lid, a brass and steel double bullet mould, cleaning rods, a small tin containing a small quantity of waxed patches, a quantity of moulded lead balls and felt wads. The case with hinged lid is undamaged. It has a brass lock with key. On top of the lid, in its centre, is a void brass roundel. The inside of the lid has a Blissett trade label which is clean. The price for this rare, complete Tranter set 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 17149
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (31/01) American Civil War Era, Sharps Model 1853 No.2 1848/ 1852 Patent & RS Lawrence 1859 Patent .50-70 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 17148 - 17148
The Sharps was one of the best known breech loading guns made by the Union during the American Civil War. The Carbine designed by Christian Sharps featured a vertical sliding block at the rear end of the barrel. The sliding breech block allowed the Sharps to be loaded from the back end instead of from the muzzle end. This is a very good original Civil War, Sharps Carbine. It has all original wood which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood is impressed with factory inspector's cartouche. The metal work has even blue finish. The 22” barrel’s bore has light staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The loading cocking and firing action works crisply. The carbine is 39” overall length. It is serial number C21833. After the Civil War these carbines were used for hunting large game in particular Buffalo. This carbine is fitted with blade fore sight & graduated ladder rear sight. The left side of the frame is fitted with steel saddle bar and ring. The butt is fitted with steel butt plate. The action is crisply marked 'C. Sharps Pat Oct 5th 1852', partially visible ‘Sharps Pat 1848’ and ‘R.S. Lawrence Pat April 12th 1859’. The price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17148
£0.00

RARE, ONE OF 15000, American Civil War Era U.S. Army Parker Snow & Co Meriden Conn 1864 Contract Springfield Model 1861 .58 Calibre Muzzle Loading Rifle With Sling & U.S. Army Marked Socket Bayonet. Sn 17147 - 17147
While it took the Union the first couple of years of the Civil War to ramp up its production capacity, it was contractors like Parker Snow, Providence, Norwich Arms, William Mason, Wm Muir, Mowry Jenks Eagle, Whitney, Colt and many others who gave the sole surviving National Armoury at Springfield the necessary boost in production to fully equip its armies and end the dependency on imports from Europe. For example, the Union had imported nearly half a million Enfield rifles from Great Britain since 1861 but by the early fall of 1863, with domestic production in full swing, it had no need to purchase Enfields. Prior to the war, Charles Parker and Snow had merged their operations to become the Meriden Machine Company. The company had both a machine shop and a foundry where they produced train wheels, steam engines, printing presses, and piano stools. During the early part of the Civil War, Parker Snow & Company had functioned in the role of supplier for various components, such as trigger guards and locks, for the Model 1861 which it sold to other contractors. As the war progressed, their foothold on the Model 1861 expanded and so did their confidence. On Sept 28, 1863 Parker Snow took things a step further and acquired its own government contract for 15,000 Model 1861 muskets. The contract was delivered to the US Government by November, 1864 (see The Rifled Musket by Claud E. Fuller, pages 194-95). Following the war, the company became better known for its line of double barrel shotguns which we know today as Parker Brothers. This Parker Snow 1864 contract model 1861 Springfield rifle is in very good condition. It has all original American walnut furniture and the metal work is bright & clean. The stock has factory inspector cartouches. The rifle measures 56” overall with a 39” round steel barrel. The barrel has heavy staining and residue and is suitable for display only. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, 2 leaf flip up rear sight. It has a heavy military hammer, steel butt plate stamped ‘US’ (Army), sling swivels fitted with later leather sling, steel barrel bands, fore end block and original steel cleaning rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle and 'U.S’ together with ‘Parker Snow & Co Meriden Conn’ & ‘1864’ (contract). The barrel is also dated ‘1864’ and has Inspection marks. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The rifle comes with an original U.S. Army marked socket bayonet. The triangular form bayonet blade is 18” in length (21 ¼” overall) and is stamped ‘US’ (army) together with ’69 inspection mark. The blade is straight and undamaged. The socket has the correct locking ring and it fits the rifle perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a muzzle loading antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17147
£1,695.00

MINT BORE, WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 9.5x60R Obsolete Calibre Rifle & Sling. Sn 17099:12 - 17099:12
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 . It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. It has an internal, tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has all original woodwork which is impressed with Steyr & ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal) roundels . The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The metal is also stamped 'M 1886’. The rifle is serial number ‘QQ167’ which is stamped on the breech, barrel and wood. The bolt is numbered ‘K619’. It is complete with cleaning rod, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The 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 17099:12
£975.00

1886 Imperial German Army Erfurt Arsenal Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. Sn 17099:10 - 17099:10
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser Arms Company. It was issued to Infantry & Mounted Infantry Regiments. This is a good original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its all original woodwork has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The metalwork is undamaged with patina and staining consistent with age and service use. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and sling swivels. The barrel’s rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The breech is marked 'Erfurt' with Crown & Imperial proof/ inspection marks together with 1886 date. The barrel and breech are numbered ‘4325’. The breech is also marked with model designation ‘I.G. Mod 71/84’. The bolt is numbered ‘3744’. The bolt action and firing mechanism work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17099:10 *** NB 1871 /84 rifle bayonets are available separately on our website. Illustrated in image 3 is our 1871 / 84 bayonet stock number Sn 17099:11 which snugly fits this rifle. The bayonet is not included but is available separately***.
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (13/02) French Military, Chamelot-Delvigne, Model 1873, Double Action 11mm Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Revolver. Sn 17109 - 17109
The Service Revolver Model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne was the first double action revolver used by the French army. The pistols were widely used during the First World War and issued to reserve units in 1940. The French Resistance made widespread use of them during German Occupation. This is a very good example of the side gate loading, Model 1873, 6 shot, Revolver in 11mm Obsolete Calibre. It has a 4 ½” barrel and original metal work finished 'in the white'. The barrel is marked with partially visible 'Mle 18’ (73) model designation and partially unreadable date ‘S.18**’ , The frame has no visible manufacturer name. The pistol is serial number ‘F53544’. A great feature of this model of revolver is that all of its parts are numbered. All of our pistol’s metal parts are crisply numbered and the firing mechanism can be easily exposed by removal of a compartment secured by a single screw (illustrated). The compartment fits snugly and the firing mechanism works as it should. The uncovered firing mechanism of our pistol has oil residue which can be seen in the images but no rust. The pistol's chequered wood grips are in fine undamaged condition and it is complete with Military lanyard ring. The pistol’s cocking and firing mechanism work correctly in both single & double action. The 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 17109
£0.00

VERY RARE, MINT BORE, MUSEUM QUALITY, 1841 French Military Chatellerault Arsenal Muzzle Loading 8 Bore Percussion Jaeger Rifle. Sn 17076 - 17076
This is a very rare to find, large calibre, heavy, French percussion Rifle. We cannot find an exact match to this rifle but it is similar in form to other Jaegar rifles of the era. The rifle is in superb museum quality. All metal and Walnut full stock are original and excellent. The wood is impressed with Arsenal roundel (illustrated). It has a heavy military percussion crank hammer and the action plate is crisply signed with French Chatellerault Arsenal detail & inspection mark. It's 8 Bore, 32" barrel (52” overall) has a has a near mint bore, clean and bright with crisp 8 groove, very slow twist rifling. The barrel is dated 1841 and has arsenal ‘MR’ & other inspection marks (all illustrated). It has its original heavy steel ramrod & sling swivels. The rifle also has a steel fore end block, steel trigger guard with spur, barrel band, butt plate with spur, blade fore sight and unusual , one standing, one folding 3 peep-hole rear sight graduated to 600 metres. The rifle is very heavy weighing in at 5.5 Kg. The rifle cocks & dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17076
£2,200.00
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