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FIRST PRODUCTION, Victorian British Army In India Pattern 1858 / 67 Bengal Light Cavalry Enfield Tower .656 Calibre, Smooth Bore, Percussion Carbine With 1858 Dated Action, Saddle Bar, Ring, Inlaid Stock Disc ‘J. Fort’. Sn 15270 - 15270
Enfield Pattern 1853 cavalry carbines were used by the British army In India. By 1866 the stock of Tower P 53’s became diminished and conditions in India called for another issue of smooth bore carbines resulting in production of the ‘Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine’ . The Tower made Enfield 'Bengal Native Cavalry Carbine' were sealed by the ordnance on 22nd February 1867, under order number 57/16/2224/2263. (see C H Roads page113). The first production of 8000 Carbines used lock plates that were available from store, most if not all dated 1858. The 'Bengal Native Cavalry carbine' is smoothbore and .656 calibre. Known as the the P58-67 it has a two piece butt plate with 'chequering' between. This original Carbine has a two piece Butt Plate and 1858 dated lock which identifies it as a 'Bengal Native Cavalry Carbine’. The carbines were generally of superior quality to the P 53’s. This original Pattern 1858 / 67 Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine has the correct butt with brass edge caps and central exposed wood cross hatch chequering. It is in excellent condition throughout. It has all original walnut stock and original finish to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower’ (Enfield) together with inspection mark and 1858 date indicating it was one of the first production Bengal light cavalry carbines. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a smooth bore which has staining and residue consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with Victorian proof/inspection mark and number ‘53’. It has a fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block & trigger guard. It is complete with correct steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is inlaid with brass disc stamped ‘J. Fort’ (most likely a Cavalry Station or armoury designation) and weapon number ‘230’. There is also an impressed Enfield roundel and faint impressed matching number ‘230’. It cocks & dry fires perfectly. The price 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 15270
£945.00

SOLD SOLD (lLAY-AWAY 20/06) **RARE**1833-1835 American 2nd Type, 40 Bore, Percussion Henry Deringer With Full Wood Stock, German Silver Fittings, Ram Rod & Appraisal Document From American Expert L.D. Eberhart. Sn 14833 - 14833
The original Deringer pistol was a small single-shot muzzle loading percussion pistol with wood stock named after Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form known as a derringer. This rare 2nd Type Henry Deringer is in excellent condition and has been appraised by American author and firearms expert L.D. Eberhart. His appraisal document accompanies this pistol which in 2011 he valued at $ 5,250. In his appraisal, the text of which is illustrated in image 2, he dates the pistol’s manufacture to between 1833 & 1835 and describes it as a ‘fine collector quality Henry deringer pistol’. It measures 8 ½” overall length with a 4 ½” octagonal steel barrel and ¾” breech. The barrel’s rifled bore is approx. 40 Bore (11.40mm at the muzzle opening). The bore is clean with crisp well defined rifling. All iron parts are blued apart from the barrel which is the correct, period solid plum brown. The breech and action plate have crisp decoration in the period style and have second type Henry company markings ‘Deringer Phila’ . It has German silver fittings and small German silver fore sight and iron ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. Its original walnut full stock is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The grip has light chequering. The back of the wrist is inlaid with a void German silver shield. The derringer has its original ram rod with brass end cap. Its cocking and firing actions function perfectly. The price for this rare collector’s piece with appraisal document 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. Sn 14833 (drawers office)
£0.00

**QUALITY MAKER**Late 18th Century, English, Knubley London (Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward) .600 Calibre, Double Rifled Barrels Flintlock Gentleman’s Traveling Pistol Period Nipple & Drum Converted To Percussion - 21824
In the late 18th century, Charing Cross in London was a hub of gunsmithing activity. This included John Prosser, Thomas Gill, and John Knubley. In 1790 Knubley was awarded the title of Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward. Knubley moved his business to 7 Charing Cross in 1792. Knubley passed away in February 1795, but his wife continued the business along with Samuel Brunn until 1779 who operated as Knubley, Brunn & Co, Charing Cross, London. Brunn passed the business along to John Mallet who continued to operate at Charing Cross until 1803. This is a quality made, original, percussion double barrel Gentleman’s traveling pistol by the prestigious gunmaker Knubley of London, period nipple & drum converted to percussion. Its side by side brown wash steel barrels are 8” in length and are .600 calibre. It measures 15” overall length. The smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. It has a broad top rib crisply signed ‘Knubley London’ and has a German silver fore sights. It is complete with ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap. The pistol’s full walnut stock has chequered back panel to assist grip. The action has double triggers, safety bolts and heavy Dolphin hammers. The pistol has heavy brass fittings. Both action plates are crisply signed 'Knubley'. The pistol cocks and dry fires correctly. The price for this flintlock converted to percussion by a quality gunmaker 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. Sn 21824
£2,400.00

**RARE**1866 British Enfield Tower Pattern 1842 .750 Musket Bore Calibre Sea Service Musket. A 1113 - A 1113
This is a scarce, excellent condition, 1866 dated sea service musket, one of the few that avoided conversion to rifled bore. Orders for rifling smoothbore muskets were in 1852 and 1854. All conversions were completed by May 1855. These muskets were aboard ship and equipped Naval brigades ashore during the Crimean war and Indian Mutiny amongst others into the 1860s (see page 66 plates 61, 62 & 63 and page 67 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey where sea service muskets & rifled muskets are illustrated). The action plate of this example has Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Tower (Enfield) & 1866 date. The undamaged, all original, Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture. The 30” barrel has a smooth bore which has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has crisp proofs. The weapon measures 46” overall length. It has a block fore sight, sling swivels & original steel ram rod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1113 (NB WE HAVE A RIFLED BARREL CONVERSION EXAMPLE OF THE PATTERN 1842 AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE STOCK NUMBER, A 1112)
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (15/07) **RARE**1848 British War Dept & Board Of Ordnance Royal Navy Enfield Tower Pattern 1842 Sea Service Musket With Later .759 Calibre Regulation Converted Rifled Bore & Lovell's Patent Bayonet Catch. A 1112 - A 1112
Orders for rifling smoothbore muskets were in 1852 and 1854. All conversions were completed by May 1855. Guns such as this example were aboard ship and equipped Naval brigades ashore during the Crimean war and Indian Mutiny amongst others into the 1860s. (see page 66 plates 61, 62 & 63 and page 67 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Bailey where sea service muskets & rifled muskets are illustrated). This is a scarce, excellent condition, 1848 dated sea service percussion rifled musket (regulation converted from smoothbore). The action plate of this example has Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Tower (Enfield) 1848 date and inspection mark. The undamaged, all original, Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture. The wood has several inspection marks including ‘WD with broad arrow’, ‘BO with broad arrow’ marks & ‘ICR’ (1st Class Reserve, applied when it was being relegated to reserve status following the introduction of the Enfield Naval Rifle ). The wood also has an impressed name ‘H.Bartland’ most likely the stock fitter. The 30” barrel has crisp rifling and has just light staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has crisp proofs. The weapon measures 46” overall length. It has a block & blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and correct Lovell’s bayonet catch. It has its original steel ram rod & sling swivels. The price for this rare musket in excellent condition includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifled musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1112 (NB WE HAVE AN UNCONVERTED SMOOTHBORE EXAMPLE OF THE PATTERN 1842 AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE STOCK NUMBER, A 1113)
£0.00

**RARE** Crimean War 1854 Dated, Land Transport Corps Pattern .650” Percussion Carbine. Sn 21823 - 21823
This is a Crimean War Period Land Transport Corps Pattern carbine which was introduced as an emergency measure of the Crimean War (1854-1856). Due to the inadequacies of the Commissariat in Bulgaria and the extreme difficulty of transporting supplies from Balaklava to Sevastopol became a scandal. The transport Corps of the army numbered approximately 9.000 men at that time and to protect them from marauding Cossacks, the smoothbore Pattern 1840 Constabulary Carbine fitted with the Lovell Pattern 1842 Percussion Lock was supplied as an emergency issue firearm. Designated the Land Transport Corps Carbine. The carbine fired a spherical ball contained with powder in a paper cartridge and was issued with the standard Constabulary Pattern triangular bayonet, which was secured with the Lovell bayonet catch in the same way as the Pattern 1842 Musket bayonet. This is an early example of the carbine, most being manufactured in 1855 and is dated on the lockplate1854 above TOWER. The lock plate is engraved with the Queens crown over VR and a ordnance issue stamp. The carbine has a 26 ½ inch smooth bore .65 inch calibre barrel and carries ordnance marks at the breach. The carbine measures 42 ¼ inches long and has two sling swivels fitted to the stock. The brass butt plate is engraved LTC (Land Transport Corps) over M over 1. The wood opposite the lock plate is also stamped LT in large letters. The wood behind the brass trigger guard also carries 2 crowned inspection stamps. There is a nice B.O. Storekeepers stamp to the right side of the butt. The Land Transport Corps was officially established in 1855. The stock has an old but stable repair to the neck. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The carbine cocks & dry fires crisply. The price 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 21823
£945.00

British Tower Ordinance Pattern 39 / P45 Extra Service Percussion .75 Calibre Musket. Sn 21821 - 21821
This is a British Ordnance Pattern 39/P45 Extra Service Percussion .75 calibre musket. The Pattern 39 musket was a conversion of flintlock musket parts to produce a percussion gun. The gun has a 39 inch smooth bore barrel with brass fittings and a lock plate with a percussion hammer which is marked TOWER with the crown over VR. The musket was previously classed by DeWitt Bailey as a P39, but new research classifies this type of musket as a P45 Extra Service Musket. The 39 inch barrel carries ordnance proof marks and the stock has the setter's up mark W. Powell stamped to the underside of the shoulder stock. There are also inspection marks on the stock behind the trigger guard and a feint WC on the woodwork next to the side plate. There is a BO stamp with a crowfoot stamped on the right hand side of the stock. The gun retains both of its sling swivels, one on the trigger guard and the other on the forend. The guns 39” steel barrel’s bore has staining & residue consistent with age. The original woodwork has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The musket is fitted with a Lovell bayonet catch. The cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21821
£975.00

1843 Victorian British WD Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Model 1840 Constabulary Carbine Percussion Smooth Bore Police Musket Unit Or Rregiment Marked ‘C 3962’ With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets. Sn 21822 - 21822
This is a British WD marked Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket in excellent condition. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age. It has all original wood and metal work. The steel action plate is engraved ‘Crown VR’ (Victoria Regina) above ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and ‘1843’ date together with inspection mark. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard, fore end block and ram rod mounts together with sling swivels & original iron ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's (see page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The stock is impressed ‘1843’ date and with inspection mark. The barrel has WD proof/inspection marks and the butt plate tang is engraved with Unit/ Regiment designation & or weapon number ‘C 3962’. The cocking and firing mechanisms work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21822
£1,200.00

**LARGE**Victorian 1840 - 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The trigger guard tang is numbered ‘475’. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip which unscrews to reveal a worm. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1009
£2,345.00

**RARE**MINT BORE**Swiss M1851/67 Milbank Amsler Stutzer .41 Swiss RF Obsolete Calibre Stutzer (Sharpshooter’s) Rifle With Double Set Triggers. A 1111 - A 1111
The Milbank-Amslers were swinging-block conversions of several different Swiss percussion muzzle loaders to the Amsler lifting bolt design developed by the American Isaac Milbank and refined and perfected by the Swiss Rudolf Amsler. The conversion was originally approved for Swiss army issue in May 1867. All of the Amsler conversions were later designated "abgeandert 1867" (modification of 1867). The Jager M1856 was redesignated the M1856/67 Jagergewehr, the M1863 Infantry rifle became the M1863/67 Infanteriegewehr and the 1851 and 1864 Stutzers became M1851/67 and M1864/67 Stutzers respectively. No fewer than Twenty separate gunmakers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. These Milbank-Amslers were the first Swiss rifles chambered in the then new .41 Swiss rimfire cartridge, which became the Swiss standard until about 1890, being used in the Swiss M1867 Peabody and in all of the Swiss Vetterlis subsequently adopted. This is a rare excellent original M1851/67 Stutzer (Sharpshooter rifle) in .41 RF Swiss UK obsolete calibre. This example has the correct double set triggers and a very distinctive highly curved butt plate with upper and lower spurs. It has a 30” round steel barrel stepped at the breech. The barrel has a near mint bore clean & bright with crisp rifling. The rifle has a fixed fore sight, adjustable rear sight, steel clearing rod, bayonet mount and single sling swivel. Its original full wood stock is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The top of the breech has a small Swiss cross inspection mark and the barrel has some faint numbers (illustrated). There are no visible manufacturer marks on the weapon. The rifle measures 50 ½” overall and its loading and firing actions work correctly. The price for this rare rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1111
£1,145.00
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