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SOLD SOLD (09/02) Winchester USA Model 1898, 1901 Patent 10 Gauge Antique Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Black Powder Blank Firing Signal Cannon On Wheeled Carriage With Copies Of Articles Related To Winchester Cannon Specifications. Sn 18680 - 18680
This is an excellent original Winchester 1901 Patent 10 Gauge Black Powder Signal Cannon. The 10 gauge, Winchester Breech Loading Signal Cannon was designed and patented by Charles H. Griffith for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1901. The cannon were first offered for sale in the March 1903 Winchester Catalogue. These cannon emitted loud noise and smoke & were used to start yacht races. Accompanying the cannon is a copy of articles on these cannon detailing their development, specifications and use. The steel cannon barrel of our example is 12” long and has the post 1908 thicker muzzle barrel diameter of 1 ¼” which was introduced to replace the earlier, rarer 1” muzzle barrel diameter which were often damaged by being mishandled in transit when users picked up the cannon by the rear of the carriage causing muzzles often to make contact with the floor. Its smooth bore has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The metal work has black paint finish. The underside of the barrel & trunnion have matching numbers 301. The gun has London Black Powder proofs indicating period UK import from the USA. The breach mechanism with hinged hatch and hammer mechanism is in working order. Attached to the firing mechanism is its original pull cord with wood toggle handle which doubles as a muzzle plug. These cannon are for blank cartridges only and are “NOT FOR BALL”. The barrel has faint Winchester manufacturer detail Patent information and calibre (illustrated). The cast iron wheeled carriage has cast correct cast markings “W. R. A. Co, Trade Mark, Registered in U. S. A.”. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre black powder signal cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18680
£0.00

C1840 English Conway Manchester Single Barrel 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Percussion Sporting / Hunting Shotgun With Rare Early Form Grip Safety. Sn 20950 - 20950
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. Samuel Conway was an English Cheshire based Gunsmith. In 1840 he is recorded as having premises at 4 Middle Hillgate Stockport (see page 196 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.2).This is a single barrel percussion shotgun made C1840. It has a 31” brown wash steel barrel & measures 47 ½” overall. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining & residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has a small bead fore sight and the rear sight consists of a shallow groove. It has all original walnut stock which has bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use (there is an old contemporary repair to the stock at the rear of the action which can be seen in the images and is totally secure). It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, steel trigger guard with extended tang & Dolphin hammer. Behind the trigger is a rare to find early form grip safety bar (the cocked hammer cannot be fired without the grip safety being pressed at the same time as pulling the trigger). The action plate has foliate engraved decoration and is signed ‘Conway’. The top of the barrel has partially visible ‘Manchester’. The shotgun is complete with wood ramrod which has a brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions 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 collection or display. Sn 20950
£475.00

Early 1800’s English Thomas Proudman Birmingham Ladies Or Youth Size Flintock 18 Bore Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Sporting Shotgun. Sn 20971 - 20971
Thomas Proudman was an English Birmingham based Gunmaker recorded as working at Steelhouse Lane C1820-21, 26 Russell Street 1822-27, Aston Road 1828-37 and 99 Dartmouth Street 1838-50 (see page 312 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). This is an antique muzzle loading 18 Bore Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun by Proudman. It has a 27 ½” browned steel barrel and measures a short 44” overall making it ideal for ladies or youth use. The muzzle has a brass blade foresight. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The trigger guard has extended tang with Pineapple finial. The lock plate has partially visible makers name ‘T. Proudman’. The cock is fitted with flint. The wrist of the stock has chequered panels. The stock has a brass fore end block & is fitted with a steel butt plate. The wood is all original with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The gun has an ebonised wood ram rod with steel end cap and steel worm tip. 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 20971
£895.00

C1840 German Goellner A Suhl .50 Bore Percussion Target / Duelling Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Safety Catch. Sn 18258:3. - 18258:3
This is an excellent quality percussion target / duelling pistol. The pistol has an 8” octagonal steel barrel (14 ¼” overall length). The smooth bore is clean. The top barrel flat is signed ‘Goellner A Suhl’. The action has foliate engraved decoration. Its attractive walnut full stock has a chequered grip panel, stepped steel pommel cap with foliate engraved decoration and polished horn fore end cap. There is a small, old, fine, stable crack in the wood near to the stock plate which can only be seen on close inspection (illustrated in image 3). The stock plate, ram rod flute tang and trigger guard with spur & extended tang have foliate tooled decoration including acanthus bud finials. The Dolphin hammer has a brass rosette head bolt securing it to the action and a swivelling safety catch. The pistol a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate on the action rear sight. The pistol has a wood ram rod. The pistol’s cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price for this pistol worthy of further research regarding the manufacturer 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 18258:3.
£1,125.00

**MINT** Remington USA 1873-74 Patent Argentine Contract Rolling Block .43 Spanish Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Infantry Rifle. Sn 20915 - 20915
A near mint, Remington Argentine military contract 'Rolling Block' infantry rifle in .43 Spanish Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre. The Remington Rolling Block rifle was a breech-loading rifle produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This example was made as part of one of Remington’s Argentine National Army contracts. It has a 36” barrel (51” overall). The barrel's rifled bore is near mint, clean & bright with well defined rifling. The rifle has an external hammer, bayonet bar, block and blade fore sight and folding ladder rear sight. The woodwork and metal work are both excellent. The woodwork has only very minor bumps and bruises from normal use which is to be expected of a weapon of this age and the metal has superb blue finish. The action tang has Remington’s patents (illustrated). It is complete with sling swivels and steel cleaning rod. It's loading and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 20915
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (09/07) 1876 Dated Imperial German Cavalry Steyr Mauser Model 1871 11 x 60R / .43 Obsolete Calibre Bolt Action Carbine Regiment Marked ‘21.D.34’ To The 21st Dragoner (Dragoon) Regiment Weapon Number 34. Sn 20914 - 20914
These carbines are highly elusive and rarely offered for sale. This is an excellent example of the cavalry weapon that saw some service right through the end of WW1. The woodwork and metal work are in excellent original condition and it cocks, strips and dry fires crisply. The wood has an old stable and secure contemporary repair on one side at the rear of the action. It has a 20" barrel secured by two bands, folding ladder sight, serial numbers 5910 to most parts including the bolt (except the bolt retaining washer and screw), some parts are un-numbered, the receiver is stamped with Steyr Arsenal mark Oesterr. Wafffb. Ges. as well as the royal cypher of Frederick Wilhelm IV & is dated 1876. The rifled bore is clean. The wood has several Imperial inspection marks. The butt plate has the unit mark 21.D.34. to The 21st Dragoner (Dragoon) Regiment Weapon Number 34 (until 1918 Dragoner (en: Dragoon) was the designation given to the Dragoon regiments of the Austro-Hungarian and Imperial German Armies ( a contemporary image of a troop of Hannoversches Dragoners armed with lances & carbines is illustrated in image 1). The Carbine is complete with sling swivels and correct turned down bolt (to prevent snagging on uniform). It has an adjustable ladder rear sight and winged fore sight arrangement. The price for this very rare piece of Dragoon history includes UK delivery. Sn 20914
£0.00

**VERY RARE**1864 British WD Enfield Tower 3rd Pattern Brunswick .704” Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle With Patchbox Containing A Single Moulded Belted Lead Ball & Original Ordnance Marked Brass Hilt Sword Bayonet. Sn 19135:9 - 19135:9
The Brunswick rifle was a large calibre (.704) muzzle-loading percussion rifle manufactured for the British Army by Enfield in the early 19th century. The Brunswick rifle was one of several designs submitted to replace the Baker rifle. Unlike the Baker rifle, the Brunswick rifle used a special round ball with raised ribs that fit into two spiraling grooves in the barrel. The rifle was designed to accept a sword type bayonet which mounted by use of a bayonet bar, similar to the design of that used on the Baker rifle. The bayonet bar was relocated further back due to problems that had been experienced with the Baker rifle. The Brunswick rifle used a block front sight and a two position folding leaf rear sight which could be set for either 200 or 300 yards. This is a very rare to find 3rd Pattern Brunswick rifle. It is stamped on the lock by the maker ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with 1864 date and WD inspection marks. It also has the Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). It has all original woodwork with correct brass butt plate, trigger guard, fore end block, ram rod mounts, patch box with hinged lid which contains a single moulded belted lead ball, original steel ramrod, bayonet bar & sling swivels. It has the correct fore and rear sights. The barrel has proof / inspection marks and measures 30” in length (45 ¾” overall). The bore has correct 2 groove rifling and has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The rifle comes with an original period sword bayonet (see pages 356, plate No. 714 & 357, plate No. 715 of The Bayonet Book By Watts & White for similar examples). The bayonet with large 22" leaf shaped spear point double edged blade has central fullers and medial ridge. The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The blade has a small ordnance inspection mark (illustrated). It has the correct ribbed brass handle with brass cross guard & steel release button and spring that works as it should with a firm action. The pommel of the bayonet has ordnance inspection marks (illustrated). As is common this bayonet is without scabbard. The price for this very rare piece includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 19135:9
£3,845.00

CASED, C1870 Julien Joseph Liege Belgium 12mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Action Revolver Retailed By ‘Bertonnet Calle San Martin No 50 a Buenos-Ayres’ With Accessories. A 1066 - A 1066
Julien Joseph was a Belgian gumaker at Street Nagelmackers, 3 Liege. He recorded 5 gun patents between 1865 to 1876. This is a nice Liege 6 shot 12mm double action pin fire revolver. By Julien Joseph. It has a 6 ¼” round steel barrel with raised rib on which the top frame strap and integral loading gate hinge upwards, the breech is stamped “BREVETE, J. JULIEN” over traces of indistinct lettering, the gate arm has faint J. Julien Brevete and other indistinct stamped letters, the rib is engraved in gothic script “Bertonnet Calle San Martin No 50 a Buenos-Ayres” most likely the retailer (all illustrated). The rifled bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The frame and cylinder are engraved overall with floral panels, the ebony grips are deeply carved with vine leaves and tendrils (one grip has an old, fine, stable crack, both grips are secure). The grip is fitted with military lanyard ring. The pistol has a blade fore sight and notched plate rear sight. It has a captive steel ejector rod and its double action firing mechanism works correctly in both single & double action. The revolver is contained in its close fitted velvet lined mahogany case, with brass escutcheon to the lid, containing a brass mounted ebony cleaning rod, ebony turn screw handle (no blade), pewter oil bottle and compartment with tray for cartridges. The case has its key. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre, antique pin fire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if part of a private collection or display. A 1066
£1,295.00

**MINT BORE**Victorian British Volunteer/ Militia Officer’s Private Purchase Thomas Turner, Snider MK III .577 Obsolete Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By T. Fletcher London. Sn 20861 - 20861
Thomas Turner, 1811-1886, was born in Marlborough (Wiltshire). He was a son of Thomas Turner, 1770- 1843, also a gunmaker and engraver. The family were previously saddlers and their history in Marlborough has been traced back to the 17th Century. In 1838 Thomas Turner established his own gunmaking business at 3 Middle Row, Reading. He was also a sword maker and engraver. His father continued as a gunmaker in Marlborough where he was succeeded by another son, Henry Arthur at 21 High Street until late in the 19th Century. In 1840 Thomas Turner married Emma Jane Jarvis (born Upavon 1812). Thomas Turner’s business prospered. Two sons, Thomas Henry (1852-1939) and Edward (1868-1939) followed their father into the business. Thomas and Thomas Henry’s Wills both describe them as Gun Manufacturers. Branches were opened in Newbury, Basingstoke and Hungerford. This is a militia / volunteer officer’s private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, MK III 3 Band Rifle by Thomas Turner. It has all original woodwork and metal throughout. The bottom of the shoulder stock remnants of an old label adhered. Its steel action plate is signed by the retailer T. Fletcher, 115 Church Road London’. The breech and barrel have proof / inspection marks. The top of the barrel is signed by the maker ‘T.Turner’. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 55” overall with a 36 ½” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with well defined rifling. The hinged breech has the correct MK III knurled locking catch. The rifle is complete with single sling swivel, ram rod, block, block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight & heavy military hammer. Its cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique, obsolete calibre weapon and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 20861
£1,475.00

1887 Enfield WD MK IV Martini Henry .577 x.450 Long Lever Service Rifle; Re- issued 1908 after service to British Army in India & 1 x Inert Deactivated Round. Sn 20855 - 20855
This is an excellent, original British WD MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever service rifle (see Chapter 13 of The Martini Henry For Queen & Empire by Aspinshaw). It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. The wood has later 1908 Indian / Nepalese Government (Rau Pindi) RP Marks indicating Native troops use after British service.. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The 32 ½” steel barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling (49 ½” overall). 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 I/2’ model designation and dated '1887'. A WD arrow is on the cocking indicator. The rifle comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round Of .577x450 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 20855
£1,675.00
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