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Early 1800’s Large Sykes Patent Ornately Embossed Copper Black Powder Flask With Graduated, Sprung Brass Nozzle & 2 Hanging Rings. Sn 15175 - 15175
This is an original Syke's Patent, long gun size, black powder flask. It is pear shaped with a beautifully heavily embossed body with 2 copper suspension rings. The innovative Syke's Patent brass top has measurement adjustment and spring lever which is fully functioning with a strong action, for different loads. The top is crisply stamped 'Sykes Patent'. The flask is 9” length and 3 ½” diameter at its widest. There are no signs of damage or repair. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15175

Early 19th Century Ottoman Empire Palaskas Brass Cartridge Box The Hinged Lid & Attachment For Belt. Sn 15538 - 15538
An original early 19th Century Ottoman Palaskas Brass Cartridge Box. The box has ornate decoration, stepped hinged lid with decorative finial and riveted brass attachment to the rear for belt carry. The box measures 4 ¼” x 4 “ x 1 ¼” with lid closed. The box has just minor dents and staining consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15538

Late 1700’s / Early 1800’s British P. Frith Patent Hunter’s Brass Leather Bandolier Mounted Shot Carrier For Shotgunners . Sn 15537 - 15537
This is a good British Frith Patent Brass Leather Bandolier Mounted Shot Carrier For Flintlock / Percussion Shotgunners made sometime in the late 1700’s / early 1800s. The brass shot carrier is 4 ¾” overall length. It has a removable cylindrical shot shovel released by depression of a flat steel catch on its cap. The body of the shot carrier is marked ‘P.Frith Patent’. The carrier has its original purpose made leather bandolier with 2 ¼” wide padded leather shoulder strap which is 50” overall length. The bandolier has its original buckles and plaited string cord which secures the shovel cap to the belt to avoid loss in the field. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15537

1804 - 1820 English, Thomas Broomhead London Brass Frame 50 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Steel Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15551 - 15551
Thomas Broomhead was an English Gunsmith recorded as working in Birmingham at Whitall street 1804-1811 and new John Street 1820 (see page 180 of British gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). He is known to have made firearms marked ‘London’ (see Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850). This is an excellent, brass framed flintlock pistol by Broomhead London. It measures 7 ½” overall with a 2 ¾” screw off steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining consistent with age and use. The barrel is removed by means of a tool which slides over the barrel and engages with a lug on the underside of the barrel and allows the barrel to be unscrewed (tool not available). The brass action is signed ‘Broomhead’ on the left side and the right ‘London’. The underside of the action has crisp proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety bolt and steel trigger guard. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. 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 15551

VERY RARE, American Civil War Era U.S Army 1851 / 1859 Maynard's Patent Model 1863 2nd Type .50" Calibre Single Shot Break Action Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15176 - 15176
The Maynard Patent Carbines used during the Civil War were designed by Dr. Edward Maynard, a dentist, who was best known for his invention of a mechanical priming system used in several different rifles and carbines, one of the first being the U.S. Model 1855 rifle. Many older rifles were also modified to use this system. The Maynard Patent Carbines were made by the Massachusetts Arms Company. The first model was made with the Maynard priming system and were sold to the U.S. Army and Navy in .50 calibre, and were also used by the Internal Revenue Service. The second model, also known as the Model 1863, omitted the Maynard priming system to increase production rates, and were sold primarily to the U.S. Army in .50 calibre. About 20,202 were made, and were used by the 9th and 11th Indiana and the 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiments, in addition to others. This is a 2nd Model carbine in excellent condition. The left side of the receiver is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTEE / MAY 27. 1851. / DEC. 6. 1859.”. The right side of the receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED B Y / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS.” The trigger guard tang is numbered “1067”. The weapon has the correct steel under lever which also forms the trigger guard. The weapon's steel fittings include butt plate, saddle bar, ring, fixed foresight and flip up 2 leaf rear sight. It's original wood stock is undamaged and has a Federal Army inspector cartouche (illustrated). It's loading & firing actions work perfectly. It has a 20" barrel (36 ½” overall). The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The price for this rare civil war carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15176

Late 18th Century English Green & Pickslav 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Round Action, Screw Off Barrel & Concealed Trigger. Sn 15523 - 15523
This is an English form flintlock pistol made sometime in the late 18th century. This excellent pistol is 6 ¾” overall length with a 1 ¾” screw off barrel. It’s hammer is fitted with flint and it has a sliding safety bolt & concealed trigger. The steel frame has banners and arms decoration on both sides together with maker or retailers signatures which appear to be ‘Green & Pickslav’. The firing mechanism works as it should with a strong spring action. It has crisp impressed proof /inspection marks on the underside of the frame and the barrel is numbered ‘1’. The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The chequered Walnut grip is undamaged & has a void silver escutcheon inset. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15523

C1840 RARE UNUSUAL TRANSITIONAL / EXPERIMENTAL German Form 7mm Calibre Percussion Rook / Small Game Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Double Set Hair Trigger Configuration, ‘Waterproof’ Screw Off Internal Nipple Block, Original Figured Walnut Stock. - 15241
This is a rare unusual German form Rook / Small game rifle made C1840 when the race was on to find innovative & efficient percussion actions for firearms. We have been unable to find any other examples of this form of rifle, nor identify the maker. This rifle has an ingenious percussion action & is no doubt an experimental / transitional piece. The action has a screw off nipple block with winged flange on the underside of the action. The block is unscrewed and a percussion cap placed on the nipple at the top of the block. The block is then screwed back into the underside of the action. The nipple and percussion cap remain within the action sitting under a plate / firing pin on top of the breech which is struck by the hammer when firing. The firing pin plate strikes the percussion cap seated within the action, ignites the cap and discharges the weapon. This system reduces the risk of water ingress into firing mechanism making it ideal, in the period, for hunting in the field (the barrel is loaded with black powder shot and wadding in the normal way from the muzzle end). The rifle has double triggers which can be set for hair trigger shooting. The 22 ½” octagonal steel barrel has a clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The rifle is 39 ½” overall length). The right barrel flat has indistinct small letters which appear to be ‘L*K’ and number ‘95’ (unknown). The top of the barrel has a small blade fore sight and block with notch rear sight. The action, hammer, trigger guard with scrolled tang & steel butt plate tang have crisp tooled foliate decoration. The all original walnut shoulder stock has a figured cheek piece, chequered panel wrist and chequered sliding patch box held in place by a small sliding metal pin catch with metal plate at the butt plate edge. The patch box contains a steel worm which screws onto the end of the weapon’s steel ram rod which slides into ram rod mounts under the barrel. The underside of the shoulder stock has a steel rosette which sits proud of the stock and may have been intended as a sling anchor. All wood and metal is original and undamaged with even patina. The loading and firing actions of this piece work perfectly. The price for this rare, unusual rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15241

SOLD SOLD (lAY-AWAY 30/01) QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1850 Irish John Neill Belfast, 22 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistols With Octagonal Barrels, Captive Ramrods & Accessories. Sn 15476 - 15476
The Irish Belfast based Gunsmith John Neill Traded at various High Street addresses in the 1800’s and is first recorded at 4 Rosemary Street Belfast in 1831. His High Street trading dates & addresses are as follows: 1839 42 High Street, 1843-1854 78 High Street, 1856-1865 82 High Street, 1868 80 High Street, 1870 62 High Street, 1877/1880 62 High Street. During the period 1877/1880 the company traded as E. Neill, possibly John Neill's widow. This practice being very common in the gun trade at that time. This is a superb matching pair of percussion pistols by John Neill made C1850. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips, inset void German silver escutcheons & 10 cm octagonal browned steel barrels. The pistols have engraved foliate decorated trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, action plates & Dolphin hammers. The action plates of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘J.Neill’ within the foliate decoration. The top of each action are nicely engraved with game bird in flight scenes. The top of each barrel is crisply signed ‘J.Neill Belfast’. Both pistols are complete with their original captive steel ram rods & small post fore sights. The barrels are each 15mm muzzle diameter (approx. 22 bore). The smooth bores are clean. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original walnut case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock and key. The interior of is later re- lined in green material and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a steel bullet mould, an empty tin for percussion caps labelled ‘ E Joyce & Co London metal lined percussion caps’, 8 moulded lead balls, some wadding and 2 wood handled tools. The lid of the case has a brass shield with period stylised monogram. The corners have reinforced brass edges. The price for this quality made pair of cased Irish pistols includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15476

EXTREMELY RARE, IMPRESSIVE, ORIGINAL, NAPOLEONIC BRITISH PENINSULAR WAR ERA, 1 ½ Pounder Cannon On English Heritage Supervised Professionally Restored Peninsular War Portuguese Allies Wheeled Oak Field Carriage With All Original Period Iron Fittings. - 15398
The Peninsular War (1807–1814) was a military conflict between Napoleon's Empire (as well as the allied powers of the Spanish Empire), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Portugal, for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. The war began when the French and Spanish armies invaded and occupied Portugal in 1807, and escalated in 1808 when France turned on Spain, previously its ally. The war on the Peninsula lasted until the Sixth Coalition defeated Napoleon and is regarded as one of the first wars of National liberation. During the Peninsular war Britain supplied its ally Portugal with arms including artillery pieces to assist the war effort. This original Georgian 1 ½ pounder field cannon was found in the early 1980’s on its Portuguese form wheeled carriage indicating that this cannon was one of those supplied to Portugal by Britain during the Peninsular war. These Cannon were often pulled / transported by Mules to and around the battle field. Although the cannon itself and all of the carriage’s original metal work was found to be in excellent condition for its age the woodwork had to a great extent perished. To the credit of the finder, they understood the historical significance of this artillery piece and consulted with English Heritage who supplied detailed plans of period artillery carriage construction & with their advice and supervision made an exact reproduction of the woodwork in Oak. The carriage is mounted with a brass plate inscribed ‘carriage made by A.C Cruse Ipplepen Devon April 1982’. All of the original iron fittings including many iron pyramid studs, bolts, nuts, wheel rims, elevation adjustment wheel, trunnion brackets, rope drag hooks, handling bars, strengthening frames, assembly pins and chains were then painstakingly re-fitted to the carriage to bring this superb artillery piece back to life. The cast iron cannon barrel itself measures 100cm length, the touch hole is open and the smooth bore clean. The top of the barrel has the George III crown as depicted on coins of the era and calibre detail ‘1 ½’ (Pounder). There are no visible proof marks on the cannon. The cannon has even patina, no rust and correct trunnions. The cannon sits securely on the carriage and is held in place by the correct removable iron trunnion plates with 4 chains and pins on the carriage which allows the barrel to be easily removed for inspection or transport. All metal work of the carriage has even patina and no rust. The Oak, spoked wheels with iron pyramid studded rims and iron supports are secured by the correct chains and pins, allowing the wheels to be easily removed for inspection or transport. The cannon including the carriage measures 2.1082 Metres overall length, 96.5 cms width from axle hub to axle hub and 73.5 cms height (diameter of wheels). This is a substantial, extremely rare, historic artillery piece and delivery will be by arrangement and at cost. Sn 15398

QUALITY, Late 18th Century English Twigg London Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Pistol With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 15428 - 15428
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is a quality made over & under, tap action flintlock pistol by Twigg. It's round steel screw off barrels are 1 ¾” in length (6 ¾” overall). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notches within the muzzle opening of each barrel (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age and the underside of the action has black powder proofs. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with foliate motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s name 'Twigg' and the right ‘London’. The trigger guard is engraved with a foliate design. It has a steel slide safety, steel pan and hammer which is fitted with a flint. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and the tap action operated by a rounded lever on the left side of the pan functions perfectly. Price for this desirable pistol by a quality maker 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 15428
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