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British Martini Henry .577x 450 Calibre Cavalry Carbine IC 1 By The Braendlin Armoury Company. Sn - 21571
The Martini Henry cavalry carbine was developed to replace the Snider cavalry carbine and was issued to the troops in 1877. There were many delays in its introduction including a reduced power cartridge and lighter bullet to reduce the recoil on the lighter gun. This carbine carries all of the modifications to the carbine including rounding off the leather sight protector screws and the forend attachment. This is an original Martini Henry cavalry carbine IC 1 manufactured by the Braendlin Armoury Company to help to fill the Enfield contract for Martini Henry carbines. The carbine is stamped on the left hand side of the receiver THE BRAENDLIN ARMOURY Co and bears its crossed pennants monogram on the top of the barrels nocksform. The rear sight is graduated to 900 yards and has a fore sight protected by two sight wings. The carbine is fitted with the correct ball ended cleaning rod and fore end. The fore end under the rear sight has a rounded headed screw that originally held a leather sight protector. The barrel has a bright bore with well-defined rifling together with proof marks. The carbine carries the serial number 09671 under the action. See section D, Martini arms, RB 100 on page 19 and 20 of the Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and chapter 8 together pages 91 to 96 with the plate on page 94 in The Martini-Henry for Queen and Empire by Neil Aspinshaw. The price for this antique rifle includes UK delivery and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21571
£1,200.00

Early 19th Century, British Royal Navy Bosun’s ‘Press Gang’ Waxed Cord Bound Cosh With Integral Weighted Club Ends. Sn 13474 - 13474
Press gangs were well known for the physical force they used in recruiting men into the Royal Navy during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was, however, a practice which Parliament had first sanctioned several centuries earlier. The Crown claimed a permanent right to seize men of seafaring experience for the Royal Navy, and the practice was at various times given parliamentary authority. Impressment was vigorously enforced during the naval wars of the 18th century by Acts passed in 1703, 1705, 1740 and 1779. The men pressed into service were usually sailors in the merchant fleets, but might just as often be ordinary apprentices and labourers. During the wars with France from 1793 to 1815, an impress service operated in British coastal towns. Although further laws passed in 1835 upheld the power to impress, in practice it fell into disuse after 1815. This is an original early 19th Century cosh in the form used by Royal Navy Press gangs when ‘pressing’ men into Naval service. Those resisting ‘the press’ would often face assault and restraint to enforce their ‘recruitment’. This type of cosh were also used as ‘persuaders’ by Bosuns supervising the crew in sailing the vessel and maintaining the ropes, rigging, boats, anchors and stores on board. Clearly this was a role that required very strict discipline, hence this type of instrument commonly used to keep the crew working hard. The cosh is tightly bound in waxed cord. The cosh measures 15 ½” length. The flexible shaft has weighted ‘club’ head ends which double as pommel ends for striking and to assist grip. The cosh is clean with no damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13474 (Truncheons)
£245.00

1871 Dated, Enfield Pattern 1853, 3 Band .577 Percussion Calibre, Second Pattern Snider Rifle by BSA Co. Sn - 21570
This is an Enfield Pattern 1853, 3 Band percussion Snider rifle manufactured by BSA Company in 1871. The lock plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) BSA Co and 1871 (date). The rifle is complete with its 900 yard range ladder rear sight, correct Snider hammer, block and blade fore sight , sling swivels, Baddeley barrel bands and cleaning rod. The wood work is stamped with the Enfield roundel and has the usual age related knocks, bumps and bruises. The rifle is complete with its original brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with the extended tang. The breach block is stamped BSA Co on the top and the breach is stamped with ** and II signifying a second pattern breech block. The 3 groove barrel has a bright bore with well-defined 3 groove rifling together with proof marks. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. The rifle measures 54” with a 39” barrel. See Section C, Snider Arms, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 21590
£1,200.00

**MINT BORE**C1830 English Thornley Blackburn (Lancashire), 50 Bore, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Turn Off Barrel & Hinged Frizzen Type Nipple Protector. Sn 21393:65 - 21393:65
This is a nice 50 Bore percussion pocket pistol made C1820. It is 6” overall with a 1 ½” screw off barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint clean and bright. On the left side of the steel frame amongst the fine banners and arms decoration is engraved 'Thornley' and the right 'Blackburn' within similar banner and arms design. The only Lancashire based gunmaker named Thornley we can find is James Thornley 161 Friargate Preston Lancs 1827, possibly the same man (see page 348 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). It has a concealed folding trigger & sliding safety bolt. The pistol is also fitted with an unusual innovative hinged steel 'frizzen style' nipple protector/ safety. The action works crisply. It has impressed black powder proof /inspection marks on the underside of the action and barrel. The original chequered bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid with void white metal escutcheon. 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. Sn 21393:65
£725.00

**MASSIVE**19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 25 Bore Miquelet Lock Camel Musket With Decorated Brass Barrel Bands & Ram Rod. Sn 21450 - 21450
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They usually had very long barrels. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the weapon to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. These type of guns were often carried by warriors mounted on Camels. This is a 19th century miquelet lock Camel musket. It measures 5 Feet 1 Inch overall length. It has a 47” sighted steel barrel which is 25 Bore. The bore has heavy staining and residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has hand tooled brass barrel bands. The shoulder stock has typical thick tropical hardwood butt plate. The musket has a steel ram rod. The weapon has the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. The lock plate and cock have naïve markings (illustrated in image 2). The cocking spring is strong but the lock does not cock. Delivery of this item will be by arrangement, at cost & within the UK only. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21450
£475.00

C1830 Liege Belgium 54 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Rifled Barrel, Folding Concealed Trigger & Hinged Patch Box. Sn 21393:60 - 21393:60
This is a nice percussion pocket pistol made in Liege Belgium C1830. The pistol’s action has foliate engraved decoration. The barrel and action have Liege proof / inspection marks (illustrated). The pistol measures 6” overall & has a just over 2” turn off barrel ( the muzzle is slotted for tool to assist barrel removal, we do not have the tool). The barrel’s rifled bore has just staining consistent with age & use. It has a concealed folding trigger & undamaged bag shaped ebony grip which has a patch box at the butt. The hinged lid of the box has foliate engraved decoration. Its cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own this antique percussion pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:60
£395.00

C1830 English E. Shaddick Or E.S Haddick Taunton (Somerset) Pair Of 54 Bore Boxlock Percussion Pocket Pistols With Screw Off Barrels & Folding Concealed Triggers. Sn 21393:58 - 21393:58
This is an excellent pair of percussion pocket pistols made C1830. The matching pistols are beautifully engraved with foliate decoration. Both have Dolphin hammers and sliding safety bolts. One side of each pistol is marked by the manufacturer or retailer which reads either ‘E. Shaddick’ or ‘E.S Haddick’ and the reverse 'Taunton' (we cannot find this gunmaker in our books). Both measure 5 ¾” overall & have just under 1 ¼” turn off barrels. The barrel’s smooth bores have just light staining. A tool is required to assist barrel removal, we do not have the tool. Both pistols have concealed folding triggers & the underside of the actions & barrels have black powder proof marks. They both have undamaged bag shaped wood grips mounted with void white metal void silver escutcheons. Their cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price for this pair of percussion pistols worthy of further research regarding the maker includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own these antique percussion pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:58
£745.00

1834-1853 English Perrins (Worcester Or Berkshire) 28 Bore Percussion Overcoat / Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 21532:3 - 21532:3
This is an English Percussion Overcoat / Traveling Pistol. The pistol measures 11” overall and has a 5 ½” octagonal steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore is clean. The barrel has a bead fore sight. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and finial, steel ramrod flutes. The action has light foliate engraved decoration and has the makers name ‘Perrins’ (most likely either John working in Worcester 1834-1853 or Thomas working in Windsor Berkshire 1843-1851, see page 101of English Gunmakers by Baily & Nie) . It has its original walnut stock which has just light bumps & bruises consistent with age. The stock has a polished horn fore end cap and chequered grip panels. The pistol has an ebonised wood ram rod with white metal cap. It’s cocking and firing action work. 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. Sn 21532:3 (drawers office)
£475.00

British, East India Company, Pattern A, Percussion .750 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Carbine. Sn - 21531
This is a British East India Company Pattern A percussion .75” infantry percussion carbine. The carbine has a 27 ½ inch smoothbored barrel with London proof marks. The carbine has all original woodwork and fittings, a straight trigger guard, two rammer pipes, and a trigger guard sling swivel. The pattern A was made up of old flintlock parts and a nipple lump brazed to the barrel. this was modified in the pattern B where a complete new percussion breech section screwed on. The barrel is secured to the stock with pins. The lock plate is stamped with EIC’s Rampant Lion trademark and a crown over 8. The barrel has feint London proof marks and the stock is stamped to the right hand side with a feint roundel with what appears to be HA over P stamped within. The stock is also stamped near this with a 1 over T1. The left hand side of the stock is stamped with the number 58. The barrel carries the numbers 288 & 1176 stamped into it near the breech. The carbine measures 43 ½ inches in length with a 27 ½ inch barrel, the bore having just light staining consistent with age. The A pattern musket was produced in 1840 and a such has no rear or fore sights fitted. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The stock has the usual knocks and bumps due to service use. Carbines such as this saw service and action in many Indian campaigns from 1845 including the 2nd Sikh War, and the Great Indian Mutiny it was used by both sides. Many of these muskets were returned to this country from the Nepal Royal Armoury. During the Mutiny, Nepal sent a contingent in support of the British on arrival in India they were armed with muskets such as this and upon return to Nepal together with Indian Mutineers who were disarmed and the weapons kept by the Nepal authorities for issue to its forces. This musket bears feint Nepalese regimental markings to the tang at the front of the butt plate, showing re issue to Nepalese troops. See pages 30 - 40 & 123 - 128 including the plates in Guns of the Gurkhas, (The lost arsenal: pistols, rifles and machine guns of the Royal Nepalese Army, 1816 – 1945) by John Walter. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique muzzle loading percussion musket and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21531
£695.00

C1840 English Form 18 Bore Percussion Overcoat / Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Barrel. A 1097 / 21532:2 - A 1097 / 21532:2
This is a English Form Percussion Overcoat / Traveling Pistol. The pistol measures 9 ¼” overall and has a 4 ¼” octagonal steel barrel. The barrel’s smoothbore is clean. The barrel has a bead fore sight. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang and finial, steel ramrod flute. The has light foliate engraved decoration. It has its original walnut full stock which has knocks, bumps & bruises consistent with age. There is an old stable and secure crack on the left side of the stock at the muzzle end. The pistol has a small wood ramrod with brass end cap that unscrews to reveal a worm. It’s cocking and firing action work. The 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 1097 / 21532:2
£475.00
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