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Framed Display Board With Original Victorian Trade Labels Of The Prestigious Gunmakers James Purdey & Sons London & Later Images Of The company Premises. Sn 16851 - 16851
James Purdey founded James Purdey & Sons Limited in London, England in 1814, locating his business on Princes Street. Prior to starting out on his own, Purdey worked as head stocker for Joseph Manton, the foremost gunmaker of his time. In 1826 the company moved from the Princes Street location to Manton's former premises in Oxford Street. The founder's son, James Purdey the Younger, took over the running of the company from his father in 1858. James the Younger saw rapid change in the development and design of guns and rifles during his lifetime, essentially moving from muzzle loading flintlocks in the 1820s to breech loading hammerless ejectors by the 1880s. James the Younger was always at the forefront of advances in the design and building of his guns and rifles, and took out several patents for technical innovations over the years. Many of James the Younger's patents were adopted by other gunmakers. In 1882 the company moved from Oxford Street to new premises on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, where the company remains to this day. James Purdey & Sons, specialises in high-end bespoke sporting shotguns and rifles. Purdey holds three Royal Warrants of appointment as gun and rifle makers to the British and other European royal families. The open faced, wood framed display board has original Victorian Purdey trade labels & later images of the Company premises. The trade labels and images are clean and intact & are mounted on a green felt background. The centre of the board has a void brass roundel. The frame measures 16 ½”x 11 ½” x 1 ¼”. The rear of the frame is mounted with cord for wall hanging. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16851
£225.00

1878 British Enfield Tower 2 Band .577 Snider Calibre Sergeant’s Short Rifle With Sling, British Pattern 1856 Yataghan Bayonet By A&EH & Scabbard. Sn 16805 - 16805
When the breech loading Snider mechanism was introduced in 1866, many Enfield percussion long arms were converted to the new system. Enfield 2-band short rifles were issued to British Army Sergeants. This is an excellent example of the Enfield Tower Snider short rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and by the manufacturer 'Tower 1878'. It has excellent all original wood work, steel butt plate, forend block, bayonet bar and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and sling swivels fitted with webbing sling. The barrel has a clean bore, crisp rifling and is stamped with proof marks. Total length is 49" with a 33" barrel. The hinged breech plate with press button release catch is faintly marked with Snider patent & arrow mark. The firing action works perfectly. The rifle comes with an original correct Pattern 1856 Yataghan Bayonet & Scabbard. The bayonet has an undamaged clean yataghan form blade and measures 28" overall. The blade and hilt have inspection marks (illustrated) and the cross guard numbered ‘184’. It's black grips are secure and undamaged. The bayonet's leather scabbard has steel a locket and chape. This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16805
£1,275.00

SOLD SOLD (21/03) ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1855, Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Grip Frame, Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 16879 - 16879
The family of Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers evolved from the iconic 1860 Army and 1851 Navy Revolvers and were produced between 1849 and 1872. This original U.S. Colt .31 Calibre Cap and Ball, 5 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in good condition. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame which has traces of original factory nickel plating. The pistol has the correct brass post fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has an undamaged American Walnut grip. The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked 'Address Col Saml Colt New York City'. The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. It has all matching serial numbers '107500' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates its manufacture to 1855. The cylinder is marked 'Colt's Patent’. The cylinder has the correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’. The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16879
£0.00

Quality Maker, Victorian C1850 W. Greener Birmingham .600” Bore Muzzle Loading Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 16883 - 16883
The famous W.W. (William Wellington) Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. He produced weapons under the names W. Greener & W.W. Greener. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a sporting rifle by W.Greener. It has an undamaged Walnut stock. The top pf the wrist is inlaid with void shield shaped brass escutcheon. It has a 28” brown wash octagonal barrel . The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 45” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘W. Greener’. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, heavy Dolphin hammer, small brass blade fore sight & brass ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and hinged trap, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial all decorated with foliate scroll work. The fore end block is steel and the weapon is fitted with sling swivels. The weapon's loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rifle by a prestigious maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16883
£1,200.00

C1818 English James Wilkinson Bristol Pair Of 54 Bore Brass Percussion Pocket Pistols With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 16755 - 16755
James Wilkinson was an English gunsmith recorded as having premises at Thomas Street Bristol between 1784 & 1818 (see page 367 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.2). This is a very good pair of brass percussion pocket pistols by Wilkinson of Bristol. The matching pistols have steel hammers and sliding safety bolts. The brass frames are both signed ‘Wilkinson’ on one side and ‘Bristol’ on the reverse (most likely James Wilkinson ). Both measure 6 ¾” overall & have 2” screw off brass barrels. The smooth bores of each barrel are clean. Both pistols have steel triggers & trigger guards. Black powder proofs on the underside of their actions. They both have undamaged bag shape walnut stocks. Their cocking & firing actions work as they should. A tool is required to turn off each barrel (we do not have the tool). The price includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own these antique percussion pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16755
£595.00

VERY RARE, LARGE, Persian 1779 Dated & Maker / Owner Named 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Toe Lock Musket Ornately Decorated With Inlaid Silver & Red Coral. Sn 16870. - 16870
This is an excellent, very rare to find, Persian Toe lock musket. It has a 1.31 metre long steel barrel with hand tooled silver barrel bands. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a large 1.73 metres overall length. The Gilt metal Toe lock action is complete and functions as it should, operated by a ball button lever on the underside of the stock. The underside of the action has Persian script which translates to ‘1779’ date and unknown original maker’s / owners name (illustrated in image 2). Its wood stock is intricately decorated with tooled silver plates and inlaid with pieces of red coral. It has an ornately tooled brass butt cap. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price for this impressive piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16870
£2,950.00

American Civil War 1862 U.S. Army Springfield Model Of 1861 .58 calibre Minié ball, Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifled Musket. Sn 16869 - 16869
The Springfield Model 1861 was a Minié ball type rifled musket shoulder-arm used by the United States Army and Marine Corps during the American Civil War. These rifles were the most widely used U.S. Army weapon during the Civil War, favoured for its range, accuracy, and reliability. It was in service between 1861 and 1872.The rifles were also used during the American Indian Wars. This is an original U.S. Army Springfield Model Of 1861 Percussion Rifled Musket. It’s all original American walnut stock has knocks, bumps & bruises to be expected. It measures 56” overall with a 40" barrel. The barrel’s bore has crisp rifling and just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The weapon has its original block & blade fore sight and graduated flip up leaf rear sights, heavy military hammer, steel butt plate stamped with ‘U.S.’ (Army acceptance mark), sling swivels and steel ram rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle which is holding arrows in its right claw - indicates that it was made during a period when America was at war, on this occasion with itself. (Peace time left claw) together with ‘U.S’ Army. mark & ‘Springfield’. The tail of the action plate is dated ‘1862’. The wood has a Springfield factory inspector’s mark (illustrated). The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a muzzle loading antique percussion rifled musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display Sn 16869
£1,795.00

MINT BORE, Victorian, British Isaac Hollis & Sons Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Military Enfield 1853 Pattern 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Prize Rifle With 1862 Engraved Silver Presentation Plate To Marlborough College Rifle Corps. Sn 16856 - 16856
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’. They were gunmakers to Queen Victoria’s war department (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent, original British Military 2-band 1853 pattern Percussion prize rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Isaac Hollis & Sons Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’ . It has excellent all original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and fore stock. The stock is inlaid with silver plate roundel crisply engraved ‘Marlborough College Rifle Corps Prize Rifle 23rd June 1862 Won by’ & has a name in stylised script which appears to be ‘F. Fox Cartwright’. It has a steel butt plate, steel fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, sling swivels, nipple protector with brass chain & block and blade fore sight. It has a heavy military hammer. The 33” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 48 ½”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16856
£1,975.00

C1800 Edwards Dublin Castle Registered (DU-5928) Brass Barrelled Muzzle Loading Flintlock Coaching Blunderbuss. Sn 16867 - 16867
The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while,until August 1846. There were 39 districts (34 counties, 4 boroughs and Dublin City) each with its own two letter prefix followed by a number. This an excellent Dublin Castle Registered percussion coaching Blunderbuss signed ‘Edwards Dublin’ made C1800 and later Dublin Castle Registered sometime between 1843 & 1846. It is 30" overall with a 1 ½” muzzle width bell mouth, 14 ½” long Brass Cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The top of the barrel is stamped with ‘Dublin Castle’ registration mark ‘DU-5928’ and ‘Dublin’. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock engraved ‘Edwards’. Its original Walnut stock has brass mounts including butt plate stamped with matching Dublin castle registration number, trigger guard with extended tang and acorn finial and ram rod flutes. The stock has period carved initials ‘ME’ possibly of the coachman who owned this gun and has a single sling swivel. It has its wood ram rod with brass end cap and it cocks and dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16867.
£2,450.00

C1820 Wheeler Dublin City Registered (DC-572) Brass Barrelled Muzzle Loading Flintlock Converted To Percussion Blunderbuss . Sn 16866 - 16866
The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while,until August 1846. There were 39 districts (34 counties, 4 boroughs and Dublin City) each with its own two letter prefix followed by a number. This an excellent Dublin City Registered percussion Blunderbuss signed ‘Wheeler Dublin’ with a drum and nipple conversion from Flintlock. It is 33" overall with a 1 ½” muzzle width bell mouth, 17 ¾” long Brass Cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The top of the barrel is stamped with ‘Dublin City’ registration mark ‘DC-572’ and has the makers name ‘Wheeler Dublin’. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock engraved ‘Wheeler’. Its original Walnut stock has brass mounts including butt plate stamped with matching Dublin Registration mark, trigger guard with extended tang and acorn finial and ram rod flutes. It has its wood ram rod with brass end cap and it cocks and dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16866.
£1,975.00
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