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C1845 English Rippon & Burtob 39 Oxford Street (London) Large 50 Bore Percussion Traveling Pocket Pistol With Turn Off Barrel. Sn 21902 - 21902
Rippon & Burtob were English London based gunmakers recorded as being established in 1820 at 12 Wells Street, then at Oxford Street 1843 & finally at 39 Oxford Street in 1845 (see page 197 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This a good English traveling percussion pocket pistol by Bond in large 50 bore. It is 7 ¼” overall with a 3” screw off barrel (a tool is required to turn off the barrel, we do not have the tool). The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The action and barrel have crisp English proofs. Its action is decorated with foliate panels. One panel has the makers name diagonally hand engraved ‘Rippon & Burtob’ the other side has the address also diagonally engraved ’39 Oxford Street’. The metal has even aged patina. Its original bag shaped wood grip is excellent & undamaged. The top of the stock is inlaid with void German silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The trigger guard is decorated with a stylised star motif. The weapon cocks and dry fires crisply. 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 private collection or display. Sn 21902 (drawers office)
£375.00

Martini Henry Mark 2 Rifle, *MINT BORE*, 577x .450 Obsolete Calibre, Officers Quality Rifle by BSA & Metals Limited. Sn - 21838
This is a nice officers quality, early Martini Henry mark 2 rifle made by BSA & Metals Limited of Birmingham. BSA were one of the major makers of Martini Henry rifles including private purchase weapons for officers. The rifle has a commercial blued finish and a fine quality walnut stock which are in excellent condition. The left hand side of the action has the scrolled M over PATENT (Martini patent) and the serial number 1467. On the right hand side of the action, the rifle has the early large cocking lever. The left hand side of the barrel has Birmingham proof marks for 52 bore, (.450 calibre). The right hand side of the butt carries a nicely stamped BSA roundel which is embossed BIRMN SMALL ARMS & METALS LIMId and a number 5 to its left. The rifle has a block and blade fore sight, 1300 yards flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, & bayonet lug. The 32 ½” steel barrel's bore is bright with crisp rifling (49 ½” overall length). The rifle is fitted with its correct mark 2 cleaning rod and has both sling swivels. The metalwork retains most of its original blued finish including the breech block with the steel butt plate being left in the white. The rifle has minor bumps and bruises through storage that can be seen in the photographs. There is one neat Jaipur Indian Arsenal mark to right hand side of the barrel which is unusual with private purchased arms. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21838
£1,375.00

C1800 English, Thomas 80 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel & Safety Bolt. Sn 21905 - 21905
This is a nice flintlock pocket pistol by Thomas (there were several gumakers named Thomas working in both London & the provinces in the flintlock / percussion era). It measures 7 ¼” overall with a just under 2 ½” screw off steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The action is marked ‘Thomas’ on one side and the reverse has martial banners & arms. The underside of the frame has English black powder proof marks. It has a steel cock, sliding safety bolt and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s original bag shaped wood grip is excellent & undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 21905 (drawers office)
£475.00

**RARE**British Williams & Powell Liverpool Naval Officer’s Private Purchase Pattern 1842 .750 Musket Bore Calibre Sea Service Musket. Sn 21877 - 21877
Regulation Enfield Tower Pattern 1842 Muskets were originally smoothbore but orders for rifling smoothbore muskets were issued in 1852 and 1854. All conversions were completed by May 1855. These muskets were aboard ship and equipped Naval brigades ashore during the Crimean war and Indian Mutiny amongst others into the 1860s (see page 66 plates 61, 62 & 63 and page 67 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey where sea service muskets & rifled muskets are illustrated). Naval officer’s often privately purchased smoothbore 1842 pattern sea service muskets, which were considered better quality than the regulation issue. Private purchase weapons escaped conversion to rifled barrels by the War department unlaess the Officer privately commissioned rifling of their musket barrels. Thomas Williams & Samuel Powell were English Gunsmiths based in Liverpool. Their business was established in 1780 and the Company traded under that name until C1909 (the original partnership lasted until 1846). The original partnership is recorded as having premises at various Liverpool addresses including 10 Pool Lane Liverpool, South Castle Street. Later addresses after 1846 include Thomas Street, Old Hall Street, 25 & 27 South Castle Street, Old Hall Street & Finally C1909 1 Exchange Street West (see page 368 of Brown’s book ‘British Gunmakers Vol. 2’).This is a scarce, Williams & Powell Naval Officer’s private purchase sea service musket, that has avoided conversion to rifled bore. The action plate of this example has the makers name ‘Williams & Powell Liverpool’. It has Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Tower (Enfield) & 1866 date. The undamaged, all original, Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture. The 30” barrel has a smooth bore which has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has crisp proofs. The weapon measures 46” overall length. It has a shallow blade fore sight, sling swivels & original iron ram rod. The 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 21877 (NB WE HAVE A RIFLED BARREL CONVERSION EXAMPLE OF THE REGULATION PATTERN 1842 AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE STOCK NUMBER, A 1112)
£975.00

Victorian British Reilly London Volunteer Officer’s Private Purchase 2 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Snider Rifle. Sn 21881 - 21881
This is an original Snider .577 calibre rifle, no doubt a private purchase item for a volunteer / militia Officer. The action plate is signed with manufacturer’s name ‘Reilly London’ (most likely, Edward Michael Reilly an English Gunmaker who between 1861 & 1869 had premises at 315 & 502 New Oxford Street, London, operating as E.M Reilly & Co, see page 195 & 196 of English Gunmakers Vol.1 By Brown). The breech cover is stamped with Snider’s patent ‘arrow through S' mark and the breech cover has a knurled lever locking catch. It has all original wood work with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock, steel butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard. The wood has just knocks bumps and bruises to be expected. The rifle has its original bayonet bar, iron ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, military heavy hammer & sling swivels. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and use and well defined rifling. The barrel has proof inspection marks. Total length is 49" with a 30 ½” barrel. The cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21881
£1,195.00

SOLD SOLD (10/07) **MINT BORES**QUALITY MAKER**DURS EGG LONDON**C1830 Double Barrelled 20 Bore Percussion ‘Howdah’ Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 21880 - 21880
The famous Durs Egg (1748–1831) was a Swiss-born British gunmaker, noted for his quality pistols and for his company's production of the Ferguson rifle. Egg was apprenticed in Solothurn and Paris before establishing his own business in London in 1772. He was a contemporary of Joseph Manton, Jean Samuel Pauly and the uncle of Joseph Egg. When the famous gunsmith Durs Egg died in 1831 his Son John Egg took over the business operating at Haymarket London. In 1839 The business name reverted to Durs Egg at 4 Pall Mall London until 1854 then at 4 Colonnade Pall Mall from 1855 to 1865. 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 as holster pistols for personal protection in other far-flung outposts of the British Empire. This is an excellent, original, percussion double barrel Howdah pistol by the prestigious gunmaker Durs Egg of London. Its side by side blued steel barrels are 6” in length and are 20 Bore. It measures 12 ¼” overall length. The smooth bores are near mint clean & bright. It has a broad top rib signed ‘London’ and has a brass bead fore sight. It is complete with captive steel ram rod. The all original walnut stock has no damage, has chequered panels at the grip and inlaid void German silver escutcheon on top of the wrist. It has double triggers and heavy Dolphin hammers. Its action plates, action tang, trigger guard with extended tang and Pineapple finial & hammers are tooled with foliate decoration. Both action plates are crisply signed 'D. Egg’. The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply. The price for this percussion pistol by a quality gunmaker 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 21880
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (06/07) Tower, First Pattern 1853 Artillery Carbine, 1956 Dated, Crimean War Contract. Sn - 13239
This is a first pattern 1853 artillery carbine from the 1853 pattern of arms designed to replace all of the earlier arms in British service. During the Crimean war, the Tower arsenal was unable to manufacture enough guns so contracts were put out to Belgian arms industry at Liege to produce complete guns and barrels for the British government. The artillery carbine when first adopted in 1854 had a 24 inch barrel with and overall length of 40 inches. This gun featured a rearsight with a fixed 100 yard rearsight with two leaves graduated to 200 & 300 yards. The carbine had a swelled, button headed ramrod and a forward extension to the bayonet bar. This is a Tower produced artillery carbine for the Crimean War. This carbine retains all of these original features. The lockplate is engraved with TOWER 1865 (date) VR under the queens crown, acceptance stamps and has twin line border engraving. The barrel is rifled with 3 grooves and the rifling is bright and clean. The barrel is crisply stamped on the breech with many acceptance stamps. The barrel retains much of its worn original blued finish. The woodwork is in excellent condition and is stamped on the side between the lockplate screws HOLLLIOAK. The left hadn side of the stock is stamped with a crowfoot and WD. See page 44, British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by D.W. Bailey, British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore, also RB 36 on page 6, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13239
£0.00

Manton & Co, Gunmaker Calcutta & Delhi, Pattern 1860, 2 Band, 19 Bore Smoothbore Rifle. Sn - 21839
Manton & Co, Gunmaker Calcutta & Delhi were a high class of quality guns in India in the 19th and 20th centuries. Manton only sourced quality guns and they were made in England. This is a quality 19 bore smoothbore Enfield pattern 1860 Short rifle that was manufactured and proofed as a 19 bore smooth bore gun for patched ball. The gun has a barrel length of 32 inches and an overall length of 47 ½ inches. The gun has the correct military rearsight graduated to 1100 yards, foresight with the correct iron furniture and Baddley barrel band. The breech of the barrel is stamped MANTON & CO GUNMAKER CALCUTTA & DELHI. There are also 2 British Victorian black powder proof marks either side of a number 19 which is the old Victorian proof for 19 bore (.630 inches) which means that it was originally proofed as a 19 bore smoothbore gun for use in India. These proof marks are the original proofing marks which would have been applied at its original proofing of the gun at 19 Bore. The top of the tang is stamped MADE IN ENGLAND. The gun carries the serial number 53870 on the bottom of the trigger guard and the top of the barrel. The action cocks and dry fires. The barrel and lockplate retain much of their original blued finish and the woodwork has minor bumps and knocks with use. The bore is clean and bright. See pages 74 & 75, British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by D.W. Bailey, British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21839
£895.00

British, Military, BSA Made, Government Contract, Pattern 1861 5 Groove Rifled Cavalry Carbine. Sn - 21837
This is a BSA, Birmingham made, Government contract, 5 groove Pattern 1861 rifled cavalry carbine. The percussion cavalry carbine is quite scarce as most were put into store and converted to the Snider breech loading system. The carbine was the last of the Enfield percussion muzzle cavalry carbines and was approved in October 1861. The carbine received the new 5 groove rifling off the P 58 naval rifle with a rapid pitch and progressive depth rifling. The carbine also received a pair of Baddley barrel bands and a short ladder rearsight graduated to 600 yards. In May 1862, a leather rearsight cover was approved held on by screws to the forend. The carbine has a 21 inch barrel with an overall length of 37 inches. The carbine is in excellent condition and has two feint roundels on the stock and a I for class one weapons. The plain lockplate is of the standard Enfield pattern with the Board of Ordnance stamp on it. The leather sight cover is also in excellent condition with an Enfield stamp and a crowfoot on it. The carbine retains its steel saddle bar and ring and its original brass fittings. The action cocks and dry fires and the woodwork has minor bumps and knocks with service use. The bore is clean with 5 groove rifling. See pages 52 & 53 British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by D.W. Bailey, British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore, also RB 39 on page 6, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21837
£1,200.00

British, Military Stocked, Percussion 13 Bore, 4 Groove Rifle with 20” Heavy Barrel. Sn - 12851:11
This is a Birmingham made, short, percussion, 13 bore, 4 groove, heavy barrelled rifle with a 20 inch barrel measuring 35 ½ inches overall. The rifle is stocked with Brown Bess musket fittings with a plain lockplate with single line engraving in the shape of a flintlock Brown Bess percussion lockplate. The rifle is stocked to within ¼ inch of the muzzle. The lock plate has a large hammer and is retained by 2 sidenails through a flat brass sideplate which is engraved Bore 13. The 4 groove, 20 inch barrel has Birmingham proof marks stamped at the breech and a simple post foresight. The steel ramrod has a large button head at the top. The military stocked rifle has brass Service furniture including butt plate, trigger guard, fore end and 2 ram rod tubes. The gun has its original walnut stock which has minor knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The round steel ramrod has a large button head. The metal work has even patina throughout and the 4 groove barrel has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21851:11
£1,450.00
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