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C1840 English Towlson Marlborough (Wiltshire) & Newbury (Berkshire) Steel Frame 50 Bore Belt Pistol With Octagonal Barrel, Belt Bar & Captive Ramrod. Sn 19765:1. - Sn 19765:1
There are 3 English gunmakers named Towlson recorded separately as working in Marlborough & Newbury in the percussion era, John Fox Towlson, High Street Marlborough Wiltshire 1841-1855, Joseph Towlson Kingsbury Street, Marlborough 1810-1830 & Joseph Towlson Northbrook Street, Newbury Berkshire 1829-1843 (most likely the same man as the previous Joseph and most likely related to John Fox), see pages 349 & 350 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown. This is an excellent steel framed percussion belt pistol by Towlson Marlbro (Marlborough) & Newbury (Berkshire). It is 9” overall length with a 4” octagonal steel barrel which has English black powder proofs. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is crisply signed ‘Towlson Marlbro & Newbury’. The action, Dolphin hammer & trigger guard have foliate engraved decoration. It has a brass blade fore sight, ‘v’ notch plate rear sight, steel belt bar and captive steel ram rod. The action works crisply. The Walnut grip with fine chequering is excellent & undamaged. The back of the grip is inlaid with void German Silver escutcheon. 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 19765:1.
£650.00

RESERVED RESERVED **MINT BORE**C1830 William IV British Board Of Ordnance Short Sea Service.577 Regulation Calibre Flintlock Pistol With Cudgel Butt Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar. Sn 19372:2 - Sn 19372:2
This is an excellent original Short Sea Service flintlock pistol. It is 15 ½” overall length with a 9” barrel which is .577 Regulation Calibre. The Walnut stock has regulation brass furniture & has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. The wood is impressed with inspection marks and ‘BO with Broad Arrow’ Board Of Ordnance mark. It has its original captive steel ram rod & belt bar. The belt bar has a crown ordnance mark. The barrel has proof marks. The barrel’s smooth bore is near mint clean and bright. The lock plate is marked Crown WR (William IV Rex 1830-1837) and inspection mark. The action functions crisply. The barrel and action have been re-blued to a high standard at some point in its life. As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19372:2.
£2,425.00

Victorian 1859 Scottish John Dickson & Son Edinburgh Volunteer Private Purchase Enfield .577 Regulation Calibre 2 Band Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle, Stock Maker Marked ‘W&CS’ & Socket Bayonet. Sn 20008 - 20008
John Dickson (1794-1880) was an Edinburgh based Gunmaker first recorded as working in 1830 at 60 Princes Street, then as John Dickson & son at 60 & 63 Princes Street between 1840 & 1929. The family business continued as John Dickson & Son Ltd at other Edinburgh addresses and is finally listed as operating under the name Dickson & MacNaughton between 1997-2000 (see page 207 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre 2 Band Enfield Rifle by Dickson & Son. It has excellent all original walnut woodwork throughout. The wood is marked ‘W&CS’ together with indistinct numbers no doubt stock maker marks. Its steel action plate is nicely signed ' John Dickson & Son Edinburgh 1859’. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 49” inches overall with a 33” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod, ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight & bayonet bar. The barrel has crisp proof/ inspection marks and the bore has crisp multi groove rifling and just staining consistent with age. Its cocking and firing actions work crisply. The rifle is accompanied by an original period socket bayonet. The bayonet has a 17 ¼” triangular blade stamped with number that looks like ‘63’ and small inspection mark. The socket has the correct locking ring. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 20008
£1,475.00

C1840 British Yeomanry 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Holster Pistol With Steel Ram Rod. Sn 20049 - 20049
This is a British Yeomanry holster pistol made C1840. It has all original full wood stock with brass fittings including cudgel butt. It’s steel ram rod is tightly held under the stock within the brass ramrod flutes (to avoid damage we have not attempted to remove it). The pistol measures 13 ½” overall with a 7” browned steel barrel. The barrel has proofs (illustrated). The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The pistol is un-sighted. The cocking and firing mechanisms are crisp. There are no visible maker or date marks on the pistol. 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 20049
£495.00

C1830 English, Bradney Sheffield, 40 Bore Round Action Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel & Concealed Trigger. Sn 18732. - Sn 18732
This is an excellent percussion pocket pistol by Bradney of Sheffield made C1830 (although we cannot find a reference to a Sheffield based gunsmith named Bradney, in 1822 a John Bradney of 4 Solly Street, Sheffield is recorded as a metal japanner in the ‘Transcript of the entry of professions and trades for Sheffield’ in Baines's Directory and Gazetteer Directory, this may be the same person who expanded his metal working business into gun making). The pistol is 6” overall with a 1 ½” screw off smoothbore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use (the removal of the turn off barrel requires use of a tool which we do not have). The left side of the round steel action is engraved 'Bradney' within foliate panel. The right ’Sheffield’ within foliate panel. It has a sliding safety, folding concealed trigger and Dolphin hammer. The action works perfectly. It has crisp proof /inspection marks on the underside of the frame & barrel. Its bag shaped walnut grip has fine chequering and is inlaid with a void silver roundel. The price for this pistol worthy of further research regarding the maker 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 18732.
£575.00

C1840 Flintlock Pocket Pistol By L.R. Evans Of London. Sn 6210. - Sn 6210
This is a very nice quality, early Victorian Flintlock Pocket Pistol made c1840 by L.R. Evans of London. It is 6 ¾ “ overall with a .42" bore, screw off 2 ¼ “barrel. It has a one piece slab grip of dark wood and clear Victorian black powder proof marks under the breech. The action is engraved on both sides with flags and the makers' mark 'L.R. Evans'. The lock works as it should. As an antique Flintlock pistol, no licence is required to possess this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 6210.
£475.00

1831 French Model 1822 Challerault Cavalry Pistol Converted from Flintlock to Percussion. A 585. - A 585
An original French Model 1822 Challerault Cavalry pistol converted from flintlock to percussion with a rifled barrel. The pistol has a dark wood stock which has regimental marks stamped into it "122 449 G". The woodwork is excellent. The lock plate is stamped with "Mre Rle de Culle". The barrel is date stamped with "1831" and "M.R." on the right hand side and "C de 17, 6A C.C." on the left hand side. The pistol retains the original ramrod / powder measure which is stamped "3387". The pistol's foresight and backsight are original and undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires with a strong action.. The brass furniture is all original with a good patina and all have the French proof marks stamped inside an oval. The pistol butt has a steel lanyard ring attached to it. This is a fine example of this pistol, substantial and well made. 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. A 585.
£895.00

C1865 Baker, London Yeomanry Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield 1856 Pattern 2 Band .577 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle Sn - 20033
Ezekiel Baker & Son London Gun Makers to the King (Apprentice of Henry Nock & Inventor of the British Army Baker Rifle) which was adopted by the British government in 1800. The Baker company manufactured guns of quality. This is an original British Yeomanry Officer’s private purchase Enfield 1856 Pattern muzzle loading percussion rifle by Baker, London. The gun has all original walnut wood work in excellent condition with a, steel butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The wood is numbered ‘106’. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, bayonet bar with a short forward extension, 1100 yard ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight. The barrel’s 33 barrel is stamped with proof marks and the rifle measures 48 ½ inches ln length. Its rifled barrel is clean and bright. The cocking & firing actions work crisply. The action plate is signed ‘BAKER LONDON’. The price 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 20033
£1,275.00

Romanian Peabody M1868 11.43x49R Obsolete Calibre Underlever Military Rifle. Sn - 20019
The Peabody action was an early form of breech loading firearm action, where the heavy breechblock tilted downwards across a bolt mounted in the rear of the breechblock, operated by a lever under the rifle. The Peabody action most often used an external hammer to fire the cartridge. The Peabody action was developed by Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts, and was first patented on July 22, 1862. Peabody carbines and rifles were made by the Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Peabody mad rifles after the American Civil War for various governments including Switzerland, Canada. This rifle was produced for the Rumanian government as the M1868 rifle in the calibre 11.43x49R which was a modification of the .43 Egyptian cartridge. The rifle is stamped on the left of the receiver ‘PEABODY’S PAT./JULY 22/ MAN’F’D BY/PROVIDENCE TOOL CO./PROV. R.I. The rifle is fitted with sling swivels, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight which is mounted near to the breech & correct chequered steel butt plate. The rifle measures 51” overall with a 33” rifled barrel. The bore has light staining consistent with age and service use & crisp rifling. The metalwork and woodwork are all original. The wood has light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price for this rifle includes UK delivery. NB 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 20019
£1,375.00

**VERY RARE**C1848 British East India Company Variant 2nd Model Brunswick .750 Musket Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle With Patchbox & Sling. Sn 19997:8 - 19997:8
The Brunswick rifle was a large calibre 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. 2nd Model Brunswick rifles were introduced C1845. In 1854 as a result of introduction of the Minie rifle musket, Brunswicks were issued to militia Regiments and remained in service with them into the 1860’s (see page 64 plate 58 and page 65 of British Military Longarms by Bailey). This is a very rare to find 2nd model East India Company (EIC) variant Brunswick rifle. The usual calibre of a Brunswick rifle is .704 calibre our EIC variant is .750 musket calibre. It is stamped on the lock plate with EIC’s Rampant Lion trademark. It has all original woodwork with correct brass butt plate, trigger guard, fore end block, ram rod mounts, patch box with hinged lid which has the correct 2 compartments, original steel ramrod, bayonet bar with correct notch & sling swivels fitted with leather sling. It has the correct fore and 2 leaf rear sights. The correct plain steel barrel has proof / inspection marks and measures 30” in length (1st models had twist steel barrels). The rifle measures 46 ½” overall. The bore has just light staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. 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 19997:8
£2,750.00
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