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Victorian 1847-1858 English, Thomas & William Harrison Carlisle, Cumbria 13 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Damascus Barrels & Ram Rod. Sn 21163 - 21163
Thomas & William Harrison were English Gun makers recorded at Carlisle Cumbria 1847-1858 (see page 97 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is a Victorian 13 Bore double barrel shotgun by Harrison Carlisle. It has an undamaged Walnut stock with finely chequered wrist. The shotgun with double 29 ¾” Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. The barrel’s smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. It has a bead fore sight and the rear sight consists of a shallow groove in the top of the action. The action plates, action tang, steel butt plate tang and trigger guard with extended tang & Pineapple finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both action plates are signed by the makers ‘Harrison’ (most likely T&W) and the barrel rib has very faint ‘Carlisle’. The shotgun has an ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap and srew off brass tip which reveals a steel worm. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. 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 21163
£495.00

RESERVED SEIGE OF KIMBERLEY CONNECTIONS*MINT BORE*British South African Cape Government Contract Field Rifle Company Birmingham MK II Pattern Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Short Lever Rifle Regiment Marked ‘K.T’ To The Kimberley Town Guard. - 21186
The Field Rifle Company Birmingham were one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers / finishers of rifles primarily for volunteer private purchase weapons and some overseas contracts. Field Martini Henry MK II pattern rifles are often referred to as volunteer rifles. The Volunteer Kimberley Town Guard was raised in October 1899 to defend the city from Boer Republican attack. By November 1899 the strength of the Town Guard, had been increased to 130 officers and 2,520 non-commissioned officers and men. The siege of Kimberley took place during the Second Boer War at Kimberley, Cape Colony (present-day South Africa), when Boer forces from the Orange Free State and the Transvaal besieged the diamond mining town. The Boers moved quickly to try to capture the area when war broke out between the British and the two Boer republics in October 1899. The town was ill-prepared, but the defenders organised an energetic and effective improvised defence. During the siege of Kimberly, the Town Guard, held trenches and defensive works and were able to prevent Kimberley from being taken. A copy of a period photograph of a group of Kimberley Town Guard is illustrated in the images, at least one guard can be seen armed with a Martini Henry rifle. This is a Field Rifle Company Cape Government contract Martini Henry MK II pattern .577x .450 volunteer rifle to the Kimberley Town Guard. It has its original excellent woodwork throughout. The shoulder stock has a Field Rifle Company impressed roundel and Inspection mark. The barrel is signed ‘Field Rifle Co Birmingham’. The barrel shank is stamped ‘’K.T’ to the Kimberley Town Guard, number 9501 and has double struck ‘C Broad Arrow G’ Cape Government marks. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels and steel cleaning rod. The 32 ½” steel barrel has a near mint bore clean and bright with well defined rifling ( 49 ½” overall). The action is crisp. The rifle comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of Kynoch .577/.450 Ammunition. The price for this well marked rifle with connections to the Boer War siege of Kimberley includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 21186
£0.00

RESERVED RESERVED **MINT BORE**1887 British WD MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Long Lever Service Rifle With Later 1908 Post British Service Nepalese Issue Marks & 1 x Inert Deactivated Round. Sn 21185 - 21185
This is an original British WD MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever service rifle with 1 inert deactivated round. It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has just the knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. The wood has Enfield roundel and later 1908 Nepalese marks indicating Nepalese forces re-issue after British service. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. It has a MK I grooved trigger. The 33” steel barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with well defined rifling. The barrel has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works crisply. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV’ designation and dated '1887'. The rifle comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of Kynoch .577/.450 Ammunition. 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 21185
£0.00

Original DISPLAY ONLY, Small, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Merchant Ship Defence Deck / Rigging Cannon With Wooden Display Stand. Sn 21180 - 21180
Lantaka were a type of bronze cannon mounted on merchant vessels travelling the waterways of Malay Archipelago in the 1800’s. Their use was greatest in precolonial South East Asia especially in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The guns were used to defend against pirates. Many of these beautiful guns were mounted on swivels and were known as swivel guns. Small examples could be mounted in rigging and be fired hand held by Ship’s crew. This is an excellent original 19th Century Cast bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon. It is 17 ½” in length indicating it would have been deployed in the rigging or used as a hand held weapon by crew. It has a ¾” bore at the muzzle opening. It has the correct 2” bronze mounting spike with cast curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel. The spike is intact and has no damage. The cannon barrel is stepped to octagonal at the breech and it has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the cast design which features stylised designs. Its aiming handle is hollow for adding an additional wood handle. The barrel is open and it has its original open touch hole. The Lantaka is complete with a later hard wood display stand which is 8”x3 ¾”x3 ¾”. The top of the stand is holed and fits the cannon’s spike snugly. The Lantaka including stand weighs 4.040 Kg. The price for this historic Lantaka with stand which would make a superb display / conversation piece includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21180
£475.00

C1840 Victorian English Form 15 Bore, Double Barrelled Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun, Barrel Rib Signed W. Coffin (C1869-70) Bristol (Gloucestershire). Sn 21100 - 21100
This is a double barrel muzzle loading shotgun in English form made C1840. It has undamaged Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist & fore stock panels & void inlaid white metal escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ½” brown wash steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46 ¼” overall. The top barrel rib is later signed ‘W. Coffin Bristol’ indicating that this gun may have been re-barrelled C1869-1870 (William Coffin was a Bristol Gloucestershire based gunmaker working from 7 Quay Street 1869-C1870 see page 194 of Brown’s book ‘British Gunmakers Vol 2’). The barrels are 15 bore. The bores have staining and residue consistent with age & use. The action and hammers have foliate engraved decoration. Its plain steel trigger guard has an extended tang & Pineapple finial. It is complete with its brass capped ebonised wood ram rod. The rods brass tip unscrews to reveal a steel worm. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. 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 21100
£695.00

C1830 English William Hole Bristol (Gloucestershire) 12 Bore Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Damascus Steel 2 Stage Barrel. Sn 21089 - 21089
William Hole was an English Bristol, Gloucestershire based gunmaker recorded at 21 Clare Street 1811-15, St Augustine’s back 1816-35 and 27 High Street 1839-44 (see page 250 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an original antique muzzle loading 12 Bore Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun by William Hole. It has a 31” Damascus steel barrel with post fore sight and measures 47 ½” overall. The rear sight consists of a shallow groove in the top of the action and barrel. The barrel's smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The action & trigger guard with extended tang and Pineapple finial are nicely engraved with a foliate design. The action plate has crisp engraved ‘hunting dog with game bird in the field’ scene and crisp makers’ signature ‘W. Hole Bristol’. The top of the barrel has a faint signature most likely the makers name (to faint to photograph). The stock is all original and in excellent condition. The wrist has chequered panels and it is fitted with a steel butt plate with extended tang that also has foliate engraved decoration. The gun has an ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap and tip which unscrews to reveal a steel worm. The gun’s cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a muzzle loading antique shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21089
£695.00

**MINT BORE**1887 WD MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Long Lever Service Rifle With Later 1908 Post British Service Nepalese Issue Marks & 1 x Inert Deactivated Round. A 1078 - A 1078
This is an original British WD MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever service rifle with 1 inert deactivated round. It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has just the knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. The wood has Enfield roundel and later 1908 Nepalese re-issue marks. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. It has a MK I grooved trigger. The trigger guard has Nepalese and WD marks again indicating Nepalese forces re-issue after British service. The 33” steel barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. The barrel has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works crisply. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV’ designation and dated '1887' together with inspection mark. The rifle also comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of Kynoch .577/.450 Ammunition. 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 part of a collection or display. A 1078
£1,475.00

British, WD, Enfield Made Martini Henry Artillery Carbine MK II .577x .450 Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre - A 1076
The Martini Henry rifle was approved and introduced into service in September 1872, these being conversions of the long chambered rifles and were called the mark one. In April 1877, the Martini Henry rifle was much improved by the introduction of the mark II. In 1891 – 1894, 48,000 mark II rifles were converted to Martini Henry Artillery Carbines MK II by shortening the heavy rifle barrel by 11 ¾ inches to 21 7/16 inches, shortening the forend and repositioning the barrel bands, keeping the large cocking indicator, repositioning the foresight by soldering it on and fitting a carbine foresight. The carbines also carried a brass butt disc and was fitted with butt and forend sling swivels. The mark III extractor was used with the action stamped SX (Strengthened extractor). The barrel was stocked 1 inch from the muzzle enabling the carbine to fit the Pattern 60 sword bayonet. The right hand side of the action is stamped with the Crown over V R over II. The top of the action is stamped SX (Strengthened extractor). The barrel carries Enfield proof marks together with the sold out of service double arrow which are repeated on the left hand side of the action and the stock. The walnut stock is carries the Enfield roundel of R (a crown) M over Enfield (Royal Manufactory Enfield) over II (mark II), a screwed on brass butt disc which is stamped 12.01 and D over P and the sold out of service stamp. The wood furniture has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The barrel’s bore has just light staining consistent with age and service use and well defined rifling. The action works crisply, cocks and dry fires. The carbine is stamped with DP on the top of the barrel, the stock and under the forend. See page 20, item RB 109, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, HMSO, pages 98 - 100,The Martini-Henry for Queen and Empire by Neil Aspinshaw and The Martini-Henry Note-Book the life and times of a grand old rifle by Malcolm Cobb. This is a fully functioning, original and un-altered carbine which also comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of Kynoch .577/.450 Ammunition. The price for this scarce Artillery carbine 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. A 1076
£1,750.00

Victorian, Percussion, Whitworth Patent, Serial number 872, .450 (52-Bore) Sporting And Target Rifle. Sn - 21153
This is a nice Victorian .450 inch Whitworth Patent sporting and target rifle by The Whitworth Patent Rifle Company, Manchester with the barrel number 872 which is stamped under the 35 inch barrel. The Whitworth rifle was designed by Sir Joseph Whitworth, a prominent British engineer and entrepreneur. Whitworth had experimented with cannons using polygonal rifling instead of traditional rifled barrels, which was patented in 1854. The hexagonal polygonal rifling meant that the projectile did not have to bite into grooves as was done with conventional rifling. This is an early serial numbered Whitworth rifle with an overall length of 46 inches and has serial number 872 stamped to the bottom of the barrel which is held in with a sliding steel bolt. The barrel retains much of its original blued finish and is rifled with five bright spiral grooves and engraved WHITWORTH PATENT along the top in front of the back-sights. The base of the ladder sight is stamped WHITWORTHS PATENT and comprises two folding leaf-sights for 100 and 200 yards respectively with folding adjustable long range sight calibrated from 300 to 1200 yards. The slider of the rear sight is stamped H & C for hexagonal and cylindrical bullets. A dovetailed fore sight is fitted to the barrel which is adjustable for windage. The breech flat engraved with foliage engraving and is fitted with platinum plug. The tang is also decorated with scrolling foliage, and has a hook fitting to retain the barrel. The lockplate is held in by a single screw and is engraved below the hammer WHITWORTH RIFLE CO MANCHESTER at the bottom and is decorated with foliate scrollwork. The lockplate has a sliding safety catch indexing the front of the hammer. The detented hammer is an elegantly engraved dolphin head form. The rifle is half-stocked with chequered grip and fore-end, with dark horn nose cap. The steel mounts are decorated with scrolling foliage and comprising butt-plate with a pointed finial, a circular spring loaded hinged engraved patch-box cover, and a trigger guard fitted with a hand rest and a pineapple finial. The lock has a good spring action which cocks and releases nicely. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21153
£4,975.00

Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase, Regulation Pattern, .577 Obsolete Calibre Snider Patent 3 Band Percussion Rifle By C. Ingram (Glasgow, Scotland) Regiment Marked ‘HK’ To The Hong Kong Volunteers & 1 x Inert Deactivated Round. Sn 21146 - 21146
The Hong Kong Volunteers was formed in 1854 when the Crimean War led to a reduction of the British military presence in Hong Kong. To help bolster the defences at a time when marauding pirates were still a hazard on the China coast a call for local volunteers was made. A total of 99 Europeans were recruited, mostly British. This is a very good Yeomanry/ Volunteer private purchase .577 Calibre Regulation Pattern Snider, 3 Band Military Rifle Of The Hong Kong Volunteers. It has all original Walnut woodwork which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. The stock has chequered grip panels at the wrist and fore stock. The shoulder stock is carved ‘H.K 73:1’ (Hong Kong Volunteers & January 1873 Regiment issue date). It has an ornately foliate engraved action plate marked by the retailer ‘C.Ingram’ (a Victorian Glasgow based maker of quality firearms established 1832 internet resource https://www.theglasgowstory.com/image/?inum=TGSA00184). The breech cover with MK III type locking catch is marked ‘Snider Patent' with 'arrow S' trademark and the metal work has British & other inspection / proof marks. The metal work is undamaged and has even patina. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. The rifle measures 54 ¾” overall with a 35 ½” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, steel ram rod, block & blade fore sight and ladder rear sight. The action is fitted with brass ling chained nipple protector. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It's cocking and firing action work crisply. The rifle comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of Kynoch .577 x 450 Ammunition. 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 21146
£1,495.00
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