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19th Century Ottoman Empire 24 Bore Miquelet Lock Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Tiger Stripe Olive Or Palm Wood Stock, Silvered Hand Tooled Decoration, Action & Barrel Arabic Gunsmith / Family Signatures & Ram Rod. Sn 15226 - 15226
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 were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has an octagonal 34" long steel barrel which is 14.93 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 24 Bore). The barrel has a small silver blade fore sight and grooved block rear sight. The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel flats and underside of the action have detailed silvered Arabic signatures most likely gunsmith and or family names. It has steel barrel bands. The hammer and action have ornate silvered decoration. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original Olive or Palm wood stock has an attractive Tiger stripe hue and bone or Ivory inlays. It has a steel ball end trigger on the underside of the stock. The butt is mounted with decorative metal plates. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. The rifle cocks and dry fires but due to age and condition it is advised that this action is not performed to avoid damage to the action. The price includes UK delivery. 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 15226

Original, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Merchant Ship Defence Deck / Rigging Cannon With Wooden Display Stand. Sn 15227 - 15227
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 original 19th Century Cast bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon. It is 26” in length . It has a 1” bore at the muzzle opening. It has a 5 ¾” long blackened iron mounting shaft with curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel. The shaft is intact and has no damage. The cannon barrel has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the cast design which features stylised foliate motifs and birds within panels designs. Its aiming handle is hollow for adding an additional wood handle to assist aiming. The barrel is open and it has its original open touch hole. The Lantaka is complete with a later wood display stand which is 13” x 8 ½” x 7 ¾”. The stand is mounted with 2 decorative iron plates. The top of the stand is holed and fits the cannon’s spike snugly and allows the barrel to swivel freely. The Lantaka itself weighs 5.95 Kg. The stand weighs 3.11 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 15227

C1820 English, Thomas Hewson, London .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15231 - 15231
The English London based gunsmith Thomas Hewson is recorded as having premises at 133 Fetter Lane between 1805 & 1808, 36 Piccadilly 1808 to 1820. He is believed to have emigrated to South Africa C1820 and worked as a gunsmith at Grahamstown from 1837 (see page 169 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion traveling pistol converted from flintlock by Hewson. It is 11 ¾” overall with a 6 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The top barrel flat is crisply signed ‘London’. The smooth bore is clean. It has a Dolphin hammer. The lock plate is crisply signed ‘Hewson’ and has foliate engraved decoration. It has an undamaged all original walnut full stock. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration and it has its original captive steel ram rod with steel ram rod mount. The pistol has a brass bead fore sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. 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 15231

QUALITY, RARE, 1803 – 1852 English Thomas Conway Manchester Hunting ‘Stone Bow’ (Large Wood & Steel Bullet Shooting Crossbow) In A Bespoke Period Solid Mahogany Case With Inscribed Plate To ‘Henry Burgess Springfield Salford’. Sn 15212 - 15212
The bullet-shooting crossbow, referred to as “Stone bow,” is a modified version of the classic crossbow. The bow was usually constructed with wood and steel, depending on the preference. It typically utilizes bullets and stones as projectiles instead of the traditional quarrel. The Stonebow reached its height of popularity between 1760 and 1810. The designs of the period, as well as later versions, remained popular even after the invention of the gun, probably due to their silence when shooting. This trait made the Stonebow a good weapon for poachers. Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a quality made Stonebow by Conway of Manchester. It has its original walnut rifle type stock with steel butt plate and chequered wrist and steel trigger guard. The wood has some aged stable cracks. The top of the stock is slotted for its integral cocking leaver and the ovoid plate at the top of the action is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’. The action works as it should. The cocking lever with handle is retained in its slot by means of a sprung metal catch at the butt end. The steel bow with central winged 4” prongs is riveted to the stock via steel tangs either side. All metal work is clean with no rust or signs of repair. The Stonebow measures 30” at its widest and 29” length. The Stonebow is contained in its quality period made solid Mahogany case with hinged lid and lock with key. The lid has a brass plate inscribed ‘Henry Burgess Springfield Salford’ no doubt the name of the original owner of this fine piece. The heavy solid case has no damage and the lock functions as it should. The Stonebow is un-strung but the case contains remnants of an original period cat gut bow string dried with age. The case measures 31 ½” x 33 ½” x 6 ½”. The price for this large Stonebow unusual to find with case includes UK delivery. Sn 15212

MINT BORE, 1872 British Enfield Tower Snider Conversion .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine By V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London With Royal Canadian Mounted Police ‘RCMP’ Stamped Stock. Sn 15204 - 15204
This is an excellent, original British Military .577 Snider Conversion Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Enfield Tower cavalry carbine has a 23” round browned steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate & brass trigger guard. The all original woodwork is excellent & undamaged. The wood is impressed ‘RCMP’ to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The action and side plate are also browned steel. The side plate is crisply marked with Crown, dated 1872 and has the Enfield ‘Tower’ mark. It also stamped ‘V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London’ (this is most likely the Gunsmith who performed the snider conversion before supply to the RCMP). The breech and barrel have proof / inspection marks together with very faint ‘Snider Patent’. The breech cover has a knurled steel button release catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15204

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 3 Band .442 Calibre Heavy Barrel Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 15141 - 15141
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in .442 Calibre. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’ and the top of its heavy barrel ‘151 New Bond St London’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 3 barrel bands, shrouded target fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod with brass end cap and threaded tip. The stock at the rear of the hammer has a bar for addition of an additional target rear sight. Its 39” barrel has Victorian proofs, 442 calibre detail and a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 54 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15141

Cased, 1846 – 1860 English John Sampson Liverpool 18 Bore, Muzzle Loading, Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun With Accessories. Sn 15108 - 15108
John Sampson was a Liverpool based Gunsmith recorded as working between 1846 & 1860 (see page 103 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent cased muzzle loading double barrel shotgun by Sampson. It has blued 28” smooth bore barrels with flat top barrel rib. The rib is signed by the maker ‘John Sampson 21 North John St Liverpool’. The barrel’s bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of each barrel are numbered 240 & have Victorian black powder proofs and other inspection marks. One barrel is marked ‘18’ (bore). Both barrels have inlaid roundels beneath the percussion nipples. The weapon has a bead fore sight. The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration incorporating a hunting dog scene and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘John Sampson’. It has double Dolphin hammers and double triggers. The shotgun’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered wrist and steel butt plate. The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and worm. The stock has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The rifle comes with its original wood case. The inside of the lid has its original Sampson Liverpool trade label. It has a hinged lid with folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). The inside of the case has green felt lined compartments which protect the rifle in its broken down form, with additional compartments for accessories. The accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), a Sykes marked copper and brass powder flask, a leather and brass shot pouch with sprung nozzle which contains a small amount of lead shot, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator & a box of cloth patches. The price for this impressive cased shotgun by a provincial English gunsmith includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15108

C1870 Liege Belgium 12 mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Action Military Revolver With Lanyard Ring. Sn 15125 - 15125
This is an excellent original Liege 12mm calibre , 6 shot pin fire revolver. Our example is 10” overall with a 4 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The pistol has its original blue finish. It has an excellent undamaged, walnut grip. It is side gate loading & is double action. It has its original captive ejector rod. The cocking and firing actions function as they should in both single and double action. It has a blade fore sight and grooved hammer rear sight. The cylinder has a small Liege proof mark (illustrated). There are no other external visible inspection, manufacturer or date marks. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15125

C1850 American Kentucky Form Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination With Patchbox & Ram Rod. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture in the Kentucky rifle form with figured cheek piece and brass fittings including trigger guard with ornate extended tang, deeply curved butt plate and stock fittings including a hinged patch box with brass lid. One side of the stock is mounted with a brass plate in the stylised form of an American Eagle. The weapon has double hammers & triggers. The barrels set side by side measure 33 ½” length and have a central barrel rib. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age and use. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 24 bore. The other barrel is 28 Bore smoothbore. The weapon measures 49 ½” overall. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration. It is complete with wood ram rod. One end of the ram rod is has an end cap formed from a spent brass cartridge case, the other end has a brass tip. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14455

1894 British WD Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs Enfield Martini Action HRB Co IC1 .303 Calibre Rifle Converted By C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED** Sn 14601 - 14601
This is a good Martini Action Rifle To The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs (SMRC). This WD IC1 Enfield Martini .303 rifle was converted for SMRC use by C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & flip up graduated rear sight. Deactivated to UK/EU specification the weapon, cocks & dry fires perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'SMRC Special Converted For The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs By . C.G. Bonehill Birmingham’. The right side is crisply stamped with Queen’s Crown HRB Co dated 1894 IC1 and WD inspection mark. The barrel length is 29 ¼” and it measures 46 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery and UK/EU deactivation certificate. Sn 14601
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