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RARE, WW1 Era, 1879 Dated French Military, Tulle Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (74/80) 11mm Calibre Carbine. Sn 17256 - 17256
In 1874 France adopted a single shot rifle, this single shot rifle was based on the French 1866 Chassepot Needle Rifle. These weapons designated Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874) and the rare carbine variant were the main long arm issue for the French Military and were used for front line service until 1886, when a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel was designed. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a rare Gras 74/80 Carbine. The wood is all original with no damage and just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age & service use. It has heavy brass military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight and is fitted with sling swivels, bayonet slide & original clearing rod. It measures 38 ½” overall with a 20" barrel. The rifled bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The breech is marked by the Tulle Arsenal manufacturer, 'M80 & M1874' model detail and dated ‘1879’ together with number 56211 & inspection marks (all illustrated). It has the correct turn down bolt and its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare carbine 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 17256
£1,100.00

SOLD SOLD (30/06) C1790 British East India Company (EIC), Brown Bess .75” Bore Muzzle Loading Flintlock Musket, Buff Leather Sling & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 17263 - 17236
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 53 ½” overall length with a 38” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has powder proofs. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC rampant Lion mark together with a small inspection mark. It has its original walnut stock with brass furniture. It has its original iron ramrod and sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work in the white has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 15 ¾”” in length. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the bayonet. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. The price includes UK delivery. N.B 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 17263
£0.00

C1870 Liege Belgium 9mm Pinfire Obsolete Calibre 6 Shot Double Action Revolver With Ornate Tooled Foliate Decoration & Antique Ivory Grip. Sn 16936 - 16936
This is an attractive 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. It has a 4” octagonal steel barrel (8 ½” overall). The pistol’s bore has the correct light rifling and has light staining & residue consistent with age & use. It has a triangular block fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has an attractive antique ivory grip which has no chips or cracks. The frame & cylinder have ornate, deep cut tooled foliate decoration. The cylinder is stamped with Liege ‘ELG*’ & ‘Crown above L’ marks. It has its original captive steel ejector rod. The pistol is side gate loading, has a folding trigger and is fully functioning in both single & double action. As an obsolete calibre, antique, pin fire weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16936
£675.00

MINT BORE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle & Leather Sling. A 1032 - A 1032
Lieutenant Colonel TERSSEN E.J.B served with the Belgian artillery. He became director of the State GUN Factory, rue Saint Léonard in LIEGE. In 1867, he registered two Belgian patents for:- a locking system for breech loading firearms & Modifications made to the locking system for breech loading firearms. His rifles were issued to the Belgian army. The American Springfield Armoury converted some of these rifles to .58 Rimfire & .50-70 Centre Fire calibre for use in the USA. This is an original Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle. It has all original wood & metal work. The wood has just knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected and has a contemporary repair to the lower section of the shoulder stock which is secure. It measures 53 ½” overall with a 33 ½” steel barrel which has a near mint bore with crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, graduated 300-500 metres flip up rear sight. It also has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, steel fore end block, bayonet lug and steel ram rod. The barrel has inspection marks, ‘1868’ model designation and is numbered ‘E2095’ which is repeated on the butt plate tang, action and cleaning rod. The breech cover is numbered ‘R500’ and has small inspection marks. The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1032
£895.00

RARE, MINT BORE, American Civil War Era Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent, Model 1865 .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Rifle With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine. A 1030 - A 1030
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army during the American Civil War. The Spencer had an innovative tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a rare, original example of Spencer’s 1860 patent Model 1865 rifle in excellent condition. The metal work has original finish & even patina and its original wood stock has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The 28 ¼” barrel’s bore is near mint with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel is marked ‘M 1865’. The top of the action next to the hammer is numbered '563'. The rifle measures 47” overall length. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block with German silver blade fore sight. It is also fitted with sling swivels, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is crisply stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this collectable, rare, historic rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 1030
£2,950.00

EXTREMELY RARE, MINT BORE, Large Frame American Civil War Confederate Army & Navy LeMat Combination 9 Shot .42 calibre / Single Barrel 20 Gauge Shotgun Single Action Percussion ‘Grapeshot Revolver’. A 1028 - A 1028
Made between 1856 & 1865, the LeMat revolver was a .42 calibre cap & ball black powder combination pistol invented by Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans, which featured an unusual secondary 20 gauge smooth-bore barrel capable of firing buckshot. It saw service with the armed forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. This unique sidearm was also known as the "Grape Shot Revolver." It was developed in New Orleans in 1856 by Jean Alexandre Le Mat, whose manufacturing effort was backed by P. G. T. Beauregard, who became a general in the Confederate States Army. When war broke out, LeMat received Confederate army & Navy contracts for the production of five thousand revolvers and plans were laid to manufacture the gun abroad and then import them into the Confederacy, which lacked the necessary facilities to produce the weapon locally. Confederate gun runners were able to slip shipments of the gun through the Union naval blockade and it is estimated that about 2,500 made it into Confederate service. In addition to General Beauregard and Colonel LeMat, LeMat’s revolvers were used by such famous Confederate officers as Major Generals Braxton Bragg, J. E. B. Stuart, Richard H. Anderson, and Captain Henry Wirz. Confederate Major General J. E. B. Stuart. The distinguishing characteristic of LeMat's revolver is that its 9-shot cylinder revolves around a separate central barrel of larger calibre than the chambers in the cylinder proper. The central barrel is smooth-bore and can function as a short-barreled shotgun (hence the name "Grape Shot Revolver") with the shooter selecting whether to fire from the cylinder or the smooth-bore barrel by flipping a lever on the end of the hammer. Flipping the lever up caused the movable striker to fall upon the primer set directly under the hammer, discharging the lower barrel, while leaving it in the standard position would fire the chambers in the cylinder, much like any other revolver. The pistol’s had a jointed ramrod (mounted on the right-hand side of the frame), which was used to load both barrels. This is an excellent, original, LeMat’s ‘Grapeshot revolver’. The weapon's single action only firing mechanism works as it should in both revolver and shotgun mode. It has a 6 ¾” octagonal barrel (13 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. One barrel flat has inspection marks and is numbered ‘1170’. The barrel has a triangular blade fore sight & notched hammer rear sight. The shotgun barrel is 4 ¾” length and its smoothbore is equally near mint clean and bright. The correct jointed ramrod has an inspection mark (illustrated). It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. The butt has a heavy military lanyard ring. The pistol's blued metal work is undamaged and has been re-finished to a high standard at some point in its life. The price for this extremely rare Confederate combination revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1028
£9,750.00

1831 – 1834 English, Gameson & Co London, 50 Bore Round Action Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel & Concealed Trigger. A 1026 - A 1026
David & Joseph Gameson were English London based gunmakers. Between 1831 & 1834 they were operating as Gameson & Co at 67 Threadneedle Street, London (see page 161 of British gunmakers Vol.1 By Brown). This is an excellent percussion pocket pistol by Gameswon & Co. The pistol is 6” overall with a 1 ½” screw off smoothbore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The left side of the round steel action is signed ‘Gameson & Co’ within foliate panel. It has a sliding safety, folding concealed trigger and Dolphin hammer. The action works as it should. 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 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. A 1026
£395.00

C1750 18 Bore Balkan Flintlock Belt / Holster Pistol With Ornate Silver Wire, Enamel / Coral Decoration, Gold Inlaid Maker’s Lozenges & Cudgel Butt. Sn 17206 - 17206
This is an attractive Balkans flintlock pistol made C1750. It is 19 ¼”overall with a 12 ½” steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel is unsighted. The barrel has 3 inlaid gold lozenges most likely maker’s marks and the muzzle has an ornate brass barrel band. It has its original tropical hard wood full stock with ornate carved foliate decoration. The wood has a few knocks and bumps to be expected but is toally secure with no cracks. The stock is intricately decorated with silver wire and a row of 3 enamel / coral balls inset in silver mounts on the back of the grip. It has an ornate German silver cudgel butt with long tangs. The trigger guard with stylised finial has remnants of leather liner period laced onto it. The lock plate and hammer have quality tooled decoration and the action works as it should. 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 17206
£945.00

VERY RARE, LEFT HAND LOCK, C1750 Dutch Form 6 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol With Fluted Canon Barrel, Ornate Inlaid Silver Wire Decoration & Cudgel Butt. Sn 17131 - 17131
This is a very rare, large bore blunderbuss flintlock pistol most likely by a Dutch maker made C1750. It is 13 ½” overall with a 7 ¾” Cannon barrel which has a fluted section where the barrel meets the stock. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining consistent with age and use. It has its original undamaged walnut stock inlaid with silver wire decoration & steel fittings including trigger guard with stylised finial and cudgel pommel. Rare to find, the plain steel lock is set for a left hand shooter. The hammer is fitted with flint and the action works as it should. It is complete with original steel ram rod with worm end. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the pistol. The price for this very rare find left hand lock flintlock pistol 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 17131
£2,450.00

C1840 English Form, Peter Wharton, 6 Bore, Single Barrel, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun. Sn 17187. - 17187
This is an excellent, muzzle loading percussion shotgun in English form made C1840. It has a 33 ½” round brown wash steel barrel and measures 50 ½” overall. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist & fore stock, polished horn fore end cap & steel butt plate. It has a steel lock plate signed by the maker or retailer ‘Peter Wharton’ (unknown) amongst foliate tooled decoration, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial also with tooled decoration. The shotgun is fitted with brass bead fore sight. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price for this large calibre antique shotgun worthy of further research regarding the lock signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17187
£1,750.00
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