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**LARGE 8 BORE**Victorian C1840 Victorian English James Brewster Stratton Norfolk Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Shotgun. Sn 21488 - 21488
James Brewster was an English Norfolk based gunmaker recorded as working between 1834 & 1890 at Stratton St Mary , Long Stratton (see page 174 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). James Brewster was also an Inspector of Weights & Measures. This is an 8 Bore Victorian C1840 English Form Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Percussion Sporting / Hunting Shotgun by J. Brewster. It has a 38 ½” long 2 stage sighted steel barrel & measures 55 ¾” overall. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has its original walnut stock with brass fore end cap. The wood has a very small contemporary repair to the sock near to the barrel on the right side which can be seen in the images. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended tang and steel Dolphin hammer. The action plate is signed J. Brewster (most likely James). The shotgun is complete with ebonised wood ramrod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price for this large hunting piece 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 collection or display. Sn 21488
£975.00

**MINT BORE**MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING BOLT**Swiss Military Waffenfabrik Bern Vetterli M78 (Model 1878) 10.4 x 42mm Obsolete Calibre Bolt Action Rifle With Tube Magazine. A 1093 - A 1093
The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to circa 1890, when they were replaced with Schmidt-Rubin rifles. Modified Vetterli rifles were also used by the Italian Army. The Swiss Vetterli rifles had the American M1866 Winchester rifle's type tubular magazine & Henry type lifter. Designed by Frederic Vetterli who worked for the famous Swiss arms company SIG, these rifles were the 1st repeating bolt action rifles in the world to be adopted by a National army. Due to the Swiss Federal Council's early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breech loading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. This is an excellent M78 Vetterli bolt action rifle in 10.4x42 mm UK obsolete calibre. The regulation steel metal work has even patina with much original blue finish. The metal has several inspection marks. It has all original, wood furniture in excellent condition with just very light bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock is stamped with military ‘Swiss Cross’ mark cartouche. The action is signed by the maker Waffenfabrik Bern, model designation 'M78’, Swiss Cross mark & serial number ‘177494’ which is repeated on the barrel, underside of the action, butt plate tang & bolt. It has an adjustable tangent wedge rear sight graduated to 1600 M, block & blade foresight, sling swivels, spurred trigger guard, bulbous striker cover, steel butt plate, bayonet bar and original cleaning rod. The rifle is 52” overall length with a 33” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean & bright with well defined rifling. The loading & firing actions are crisp. The price for this excellent Vetterli includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1093
£925.00

C1800 English Wilson London Pair Of 54 Bore Round Brass Action Flintlock Pocket Pistols With Screw Off Barrels & Folding Concealed Triggers. Sn 21393:48 - 21393:48
C1800 English Wilson London Pair Of 54 Bore Round Brass Action Flintlock Pocket Pistols With Screw Off Barrels & Folding Concealed Triggers. Sn 21393:48 This is an excellent pair of round brass framed flintlock pocket pistols by Wilson, London (most likely William Wilson, a London gunmaker recorded as working at 154 Minories 1767-85 as William Wilson & Co, then as William Wilson alone 1786-93 until when he is then recorded as working as William Wilson & Son 1794-1808 when he then reverts to William Wilson 1809-1832, see page 215 of Vol 1 British Gunmakers by Brown). The matching pistols are beautifully engraved with Arms and Banner designs around their brass actions. Both cocks are fitted with flints and each have sliding safety bolts. One side of each pistol is marked by the manufacturer 'Wilson' and the reverse 'London'. Both measure 6 ½” overall & have just under 1 ¾” round steel barrels. The barrel’s smooth bores are have just light staining consistent with age. The underside of each barrel have lugs for tool to assist barrel removal, we do not have the tool. Both pistols have concealed folding triggers & the underside of the actions have black powder proof marks. One pistol has number ‘1’ on the underside of the action and barrel, the other pistol has number ‘2’ in the same locations. They both have excellent undamaged bag shaped walnut grips which have fine chequering. Their cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price for this excellent pair of flintlock pistols includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own these antique flintlock pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:48
£1,175.00

Tower, 1858 Dated, India Issue 3 Band .586” Smoothbore Percussion Musket. Sn - 21443
This is a Tower made, .586” Pattern 1858 3 band musket which is a direct copy of the British 3 band .577 Third Model Enfield rifle where the barrel is held in by three Bradley barrel bands. The main difference is that the gun is not rifled and there is no rear sight. In 1858 the .577 3 band rifle was replaced by the 1st model Indian .700” musket which was one of these rifles bored out to .700” with a smooth bore, a V notch rear sight and a block foresight. This rifle appears to be originally a .577 Enfield barrel where the rifling has been bored out to make it a musket pending the introduction of the 1st model Indian .700” musket in 1858. This musket is fitted with a Tower lockplate which is stamped Crown over VR 1858 Tower. The right hand side of the barrel has Indian armoury markings stamped into it near the rear sight. The musket is fitted ramrod and both sling swivels are present. The musket measures 55 inches in length with a 37 ½ barrel. The stock is in excellent condition with minor bumps to the surface. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The musket is fitted with the correct pattern socket bayonet and locking ring. The bayonet has Nepalese script to the top of the blade. See Section A, Muzzle Loading Arms items RB 43 & RB44 in Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this musket in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21443
£895.00

British Service, WD 1886 Dated, Enfield MK IVc Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Service Rifle With 1888 Dated, Pattern 1879 Mark III Sword Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn - 21449:10
This is an excellent, original British service, 1888 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, Mark IVc service rifle together with its correct Pattern 1879, Mark 3 sword bayonet. The rifle is the c pattern with the long nocksform at the breach, a ramped fore sight and the earlier short lever butt hole plugged with a wooden dowl and a long extractor lever fitted. These rifles were converted at Enfield from the .402 Martini Enfield cartridge rifle to the .450 Martini Henry rifle. The action is stamped on the right hand side with a crown over VR ENFIELD 1888 (DATE) IV over I (class I weapon). The V is off centre so it indicates that the rifle was one of the .402” Enfield-Martini rifles converted as a IVc s.450 specification rifle. The barrel and action have many Victorian and WD proof inspection marks. The rifle is fully Enfield ordnance stamped to the metalwork and is fitted with its original woodwork throughout. The rifle has a block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels and correct. The 33 5/8 inch steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling (49” overall length). The wood furniture has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is stamped with an Enfield WD cartouche with I stamped underneath for a class 1 weapon. Besides this is a white stencilled number CLVII. The metal work has even patina throughout & has many WD ordnance inspection marks (illustrated). The rifle is fitted with the correct 1888 dated pattern 1879 mark III sword bayonet that was made at Enfield. The bayonet is stamped on the ricasso with a crown over /88 (1888 manufactured date) on one side and a crowfoot over WD and an Enfield inspection mark underneath. The bayonet also carries the bayonet number 10522 on the pommel There are no Nepalese marks on the rifle or bayonet. Mark IV Martini Henry models are described in detail in the following books in see Section D, Martini arms, RB 99 on page 19, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and pages 159 & 230 including the plates in The Martini-Henry for Queen and Empire by Neil Aspinshaw. The rifle is complete with its correct mark IV cleaning rod, leather sling and an inert Martini Henry round. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. 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 21449:10
£1,495.00

**CASED**C1870’s Victorian, William Powell & Son Birmingham 14 Bore Double Barrelled, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Sporting Shotgun & Accessories. A 1092 - A 1092
William Powell was an English Birmingham based Gunsmith with premises at Park lane in 1860, Aston New Town in 1868 and Whittall Street C1870. He is also recorded at those premises working as Powell & Son (see page 310 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 By Brown). This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion sporting shotgun by William Powell & Son. It has 29 ½” browned steel barrels set side by side. The barrels have a central flat top barrel rib & bead fore sight. The barrel’s smooth bores are clean. The underside of the barrels have proofs and are each marked ‘14’ (bore). It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels all in excellent condition. The action has tooled decoration and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘William Powell & Son’. The shotgun has its original ebonised wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip which unscrews to reveal a steel worm. The weapon cocks & dry fires crisply. The weapon is contained in its sturdy fitted carry case with hinged lid, folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock with key that functions as it should. The brass base of the carry handle has an engraved stlised monogram and family heraldic crest (illustrated). Internally the case is fitted with compartments for the shotgun and accessories The case is lined with felt. The inside of the lid has a William Powell & Son Birmingham trade label. Accessories in the case consist of powder and shot flasks, 2 wood handled graduated brass measures, 2 steel tools and oil tins with screw top lids and integral oil applicator tools. There is also a period can of ‘Superfine Wakefield’ labelled oil and a metal tube of Eley labelled ‘Rifleine’ grease. The price for this quality piece includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1092
£1,495.00

**QUALITY MAKER**English C1800 Henry Nock London 50 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Safety Bolt, Screw Off Barrel & Folding Concealed Trigger. Sn 21393:46 - 21393:46
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 and was an appointed gunmaker to the King. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is an excellent flintlock pocket pistol by Henry Nock London. The pistol’s action is beautifully engraved with Martial Arms and Banner designs. It has a Swan neck cock and sliding safety bolt. One side of the pistol is signed by the manufacturer 'H. Nock' and the reverse 'London'. The pistol measures 6 ½” overall & has a 1 ¾” turn off barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has a concealed folding trigger & the underside of the action & barrel have black powder proof marks. The pistol has an undamaged bag shaped wood grip which is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. Its cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price for this pistol by a famous maker includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own this antique flintlock pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:46
£695.00

C1820 English, Johnson & Collins 54 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistol With Screw Off Barrel, Safety Bolt & Folding Sprung Bayonet. Sn 21393:45 - 21393:45
This is an excellent, English, steel framed percussion traveling pistol made C1820. It measures 8 ¼” overall (bayonet closed) with a 2 ¾” turn off steel barrel (the barrel requires a tool for insertion in the grooved muzzle to turn off the barrel, we do not have the tool). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The action is signed ‘Johnson & Collins’ (unknown maker or retailer) amongst foliate engraved decoration. Foliate decoration is also present on the reverse side of the action. The underside of the action & barrel have crisp English proof marks. It has a steel Dolphin hammer, sliding safety bolt and steel trigger guard. The pistol is fitted with a 2 ½” long folding triangular section bayonet blade. The bayonet block has a sprung steel release button to allow the bayonet to fold into the closed position. When closed the tip of the bayonet fits into a notch in the front of the trigger guard. The bayonet is released and flicks open by pulling the trigger guard to the rear. The shank of the bayonet has initials ‘I.L’ most likely an inspection mark or bayonet maker’s initials. The pistol’s bag shaped walnut grip with inlaid diamond shaped white metal escutcheon is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:45
£645.00

**QUALITY MAKER**English C1830 Henry Nock London Pair Of 50 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistols With Fluted Screw Off Barrels & Folding Concealed Triggers. Sn 21393:42 - 21393:42
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 and was an appointed gunmaker to the King. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is an excellent pair of percussion pocket pistols by Henry Nock London. The matching pistols are beautifully engraved with Arms and Banner designs around the steel frames. Both have Dolphin hammers and sliding safety bolts. One side of each pistol is marked by the manufacturer 'H. Nock' and the reverse 'London'. Both measure 5 ¾” overall & have just under 1 ¾” fluted barrels. The barrel’s smooth bores are clean. The muzzle of each barrel are slotted for tool 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 which have chequered panel back sections and are inlaid with void silver escutcheons. Their cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price for this pair of percussion pistols by a famous 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 21393:42
£1,175.00

**MINT RIFLED BORES**1770 - C1799 Henry Petitjean Liege Belgium Gentleman’s Side By Side Double Screw Off Cannon Barrelled .500 Calibre Flintlock Traveling Pistol With Inlaid Silver Wire Decoration Stock & Londonderry ‘LY’ Irish Registration Marks. - 21393:41
Henry Petitjean was a Liege arms manufacturer between 1770 and circa 1799. This is a quality made flintlock double barrel traveling pistol by Petitjean. Its side by side turn off steel cannon barrels are each 4” in length. The pistol measures 11” overall length. The muzzle of each barrel are slotted for tool to assist barrel removal, we do not have the tool. The bores of each barrel are near mint clean and bright with well defined rifling. Each barrel has 1843-1846 ‘LY 539’ (County Londonderry) Irish Registration Marks indicating later entry into Ireland (the Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while, until August 1846. There were 39 districts consisting of 34 counties, 4 boroughs and Dublin City each with its own two letter prefix followed by a number. Londonderry’s prefix was LY). Its excellent, original Walnut stock is inlaid with intricate silver wire decoration. It has single trigger (the first pull fires the right barrel the second pull the left) & Swan neck cocks. The action has foliate decoration and is signed by the maker, one side ‘Henry’ the reverse ‘Petitjean’. The trigger guard tang has what looks like a small ‘JG’ mark most likely a period parts maker. The pistol cocks and dry fires crisply. The price for this quality pistol 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 21393:41
£1,275.00
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