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Victorian British WD Militia London & Birmingham Trade Made MK II / MKII Martini Henry (MH) .577x .450 Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Short Lever Service Rifle & 1 x Inert Deactivated Round Of Brass Cased .577x .450 Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Ammunition. - A 1105
Due to the high demand of arms for the British militia units due to the Chiders reforms of 1881 manufacture of the MK III MH service rifle was introduced (see Chapter 7 of The Martini Henry For Queen & Empire by Aspinshaw). As a cost efficiency measure factory parts of MK II weapons were initially used in the manufacture of the MK III rifles and to assist speed of production contracts for manufacture were offered to the London & gun trade such as Braendlin, Greener, or Field Rifle Company. This is an original Victorian era British WD Militia MK II / MK III .577x .450 calibre short lever service rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. It has a block & blade fore sight, graduated flip up ladder rear sight, smooth steel butt plate, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The 32 ½” blued steel barrel’s bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use & well defined rifling. The barrel has WD proof / inspection marks (illustrated). The action works crisply. There are no externally visible maker or date marks indicating production by the gun trade for the British WD Militia in the transition between the MK II & MK III. The underside of the of the action has a number which looks like a poorly struck ‘01938’. The price includes UK delivery. The rifle is accompanied by a single inert deactivated round of .577x450 ammunition. NB As an Antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1105
£975.00

C1821-1869 English William Bond Thetford (Norfolk) 54 Bore Percussion Pocket Pistol With Turn Off Barrel. Sn 21449:16 - 21449:16
William Bond was an English Thetford Norfolk based gunmaker recorded as having premises at Old Market 1821: Saint Magdalen Street 1829-1850 & Market Place 1852-69 (see page 85 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This a good English percussion pocket pistol by Bond. It is 7 ½”overall with a 3” screw off barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The action and barrel have crisp English proofs. Its action is decorated with foliate panels. The action tang has faint rubbed name ‘Bond Thetford’. Its original bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The trigger guard is decorated with a stylised star motif. The weapon cocks and dry fires crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 21449:16
£295.00

British WD MK 1, 'I.C.1.' (1st Issue Pattern Cavalry MK 1) .577x .450, Enfield 1897 Cavalry Carbine Period Re-Barrelled At Enfield With Henry Rifling. A 595 - A 595
This is an original MK 1, 1st issue pattern .577x .450, Martini Henry, Cavalry Carbine. It is ordnance stamped and has all original woodwork. It has adjustable graduated ladder rear (sight frame present, central ladder missing) and winged blade fore sight. The stock either side of the rear sight has lugs for additional leather sight cover (absent). It has its original steel butt plate & steel cleaning rod which has been polished at some point in its life. The stock has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. In the period this carbine was re-barrelled at Enfield with henry Rifling. The 21” barrel's rifled bore is near mint clean and bright with crisp rifling (38 ½” overall). The action works correctly. It is stamped on the right side with Crown VR (Victoria Regina), dated '1897' (indicating re-barrelling at Enfield with Henry Rifling) and has the very faint designation stamp 'I.C.1.' (1st Issue Pattern Cavalry MK 1). The metal has WD inspection marks. The Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no Licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 595
£1,495.00

**MINT BORE**ORNATE**C1870 Lefaucheux Patent / Liege Form Officer’s 7mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre 12 Shot Double Action Revolver With Octagonal Barrel, Ornate Tooled Decoration & Military Lanyard Ring. Sn 21659 - 21659
This is an excellent, 7mm, pin fire, 12 Shot Officer’s quality Lefaucheux Patent / Liege form revolver. It is side gate loading with a 4 ½” octagonal barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with well defined rifling. The barrel, cylinder and frame have quality, deep cut, ornate tooled & blued decoration throughout. The frame is numbered ‘46’. There are no external, visible proof or maker marks. The pistol’s firing mechanism works correctly in both single & double action. It is side gate loading, has a military lanyard ring and captive steel ejector rod. It has a triangular blade fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. The original undamaged polished horn grip has finely chequered panels. The price for this impressive revolver includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre, antique pin fire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 21659
£945.00

**MATCHING NUMBERS**American Civil War Era, Manhattan Arms Manufacturing Co (Colt M1861 Pocket Navy) .36 Naval Calibre, 5 Shot Single Action Cap & Ball Percussion Revolver With Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 21658 - 21658
The Manhattan Arms Manufacturing Co. was founded in New Jersey U.S.A. When Colt's Patents for revolving firearms expired in 1857 Manhattan began Manufacturing Colt Patent expired weapons including the iconic Colt Navy Revolver. Production continued until C1873. Many of their weapons were used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent, original, 4” barrel version of the Manhattan (Colt Navy) .36 Naval Calibre, 5 shot percussion revolver with captive drop down loading lever. The barrel’s bore has just light staining consistent with age and use and well defined rifling. The metal work has even patina with original blue finish and traces of original factory nickel plating to the brass grip frame. The top of the barrel is signed ‘Manhattan Fire Arms Co Newark Patented March 8 1864'. The cylinder has nice original etched cylinder scene panels featuring, River Steam Boat and other Civil War Battle Scenes. The cylinder is stamped ‘Patented Dec 27 1859’. The pistol's steel frame, barrel block, brass butt of the grip frame & trigger guard assembly are stamped with matching serial numbers '49124'. The pistol has a small brass blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch hammer rear sight. It has its original undamaged American Walnut grip in excellent condition. The pistol's loading and single action firing mechanisms work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21658 (in drawers office)
£1,295.00

**SOLD**17/7**CASED**C1853 Victorian, John Pratt Edinburgh Scotland 16 Bore Double Barrelled, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 21572:3 - 21572:3
John Pratt was a Scottish Edinburgh based gunmaker at various Edinburgh addresses from 1814 to 1861. In 1853 he was recorded at 99 Princes Street, Edinburgh (see page 311 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 By Brown). This is a very good Victorian double barrel percussion sporting shotgun by John Pratt Edinburgh made C1853 when he was recorded as working at his Princes Street premises. It has 28” steel barrels set side by side. The barrels have a central flat top barrel rib & bead fore sight. The rib is signed ‘J.Pratt 99 Princes Street, Edinburgh’. The barrel’s smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age & use. The underside of the barrels have proofs and are each marked ‘JP’ (John Pratt). It has its original walnut stock with chequered grip panels and inlaid void white metal escutcheon. The action has tooled decoration and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘Pratt’. The shotgun has a wood ramrod. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. The weapon is contained in its later good quality sturdy fitted leather covered wood carry case with hinged lid, carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). The case has leather retaining straps with brass buckles. Internally the case is fitted with compartments for the shotgun and accessories. The case is lined with felt. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21572:3
£0.00

**QUALITY MAKER**Victorian 1880 Westley Richards Whitworth Patent Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' .450 / .483 Calibre Carbine. A 1101 - A 1101
British Military Trials on Breech Loading rifles began in the mid 1800's. The most successful rifle was that submitted by Westley Richards. Its breech consisted of a plunger attached to a long handle which, when the breech was closed, lay along the top of the stock neck and was raised to open it, thus earning The nickname of the monkey-tail from its distinctive silhouette. This is a quality made, Westley Richards Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' carbine. It has a 23 ½” blued barrel & measures 41” overall. The rifle’s bore has just staining consistent with age and well defined deep rifling. The barrel is crisply marked ‘Whitworth Patent’. The barrel is numbered ‘C2696, has proofs and .450 & .483 calibre detail. The steel butt plate has a hinged trap. It has a block and blade fore-sight and graduated flip up ladder rear sight. It has original undamaged walnut stock and is fitted with sling swivels. The steel trigger guard tang is numbered 25439. Its lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech functions as it should and has Westley Richards maker detail which is repeated on the action plate. The action is dated ‘1880’. The rifle has its original iron clearing rod. The rifle’s loading & firing actions work crisply. The price for this Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1101
£1,375.00

C1750-1780 Irish Samuel Wallace Dublin 15 Bore Flintlock Duelling / Holster Pistol With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 21572:2 - 21572:2
This is a very good flintlock holster or duelling pistol. It measures 15 ¾” overall and has a 10 ¼” octagonal barrel with small blade fore sight. The smooth bore has light staining and residue consistent with age & use. One barrel flat has English black powder proofs and ‘SW’ cartouche (most likely the gun mark of Samuel Wallace who is recorded as working in Dublin, Ireland C1750-1780, see page 103 of English, Irish & Scottish Firearms Makers by A. Merwyn Carey). The lock pate is signed ‘Wallace’ with foliate decoration. It has a swan neck cock, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial and steel ramrod mounts. It has a walnut full stock. The top of the stock’s wrist is inlaid with a void white metal escutcheon. The pistol has an ebonised wood ramrod. Its cocking and firing action work as they should. The price for this pistol worthy of further research 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 21572:2
£1,245.00

C1790 English Form Flintlock Blunderbuss Traveling / Overcoat Pistol With Cannon Barrel. Sn 21572:1 - 21572:1
This is a blunderbuss flintlock pistol in English form made C1790. It is 8” overall with a 3 ¾” cannon barrel. The flared muzzle is approx. ¾” diameter. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has its original undamaged walnut full stock inlaid with steel fittings including trigger guard with acanthus bud finial, stock plate, ram rod flutes and butt plate. The action works as it should. There are no visible external maker marks or black powder proofs. It is complete with small wood ram rod which has a brass end cap. The price for this blunderbuss 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 21572:1 (drawers office)
£975.00

**MINT**1875 - 1912 American Colt No.3 .41 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Brass Frame Single Shot Derringer With Pivot Barrel & Period Leather Belt Holster. Sn 21594 - 21594
An original near mint .41 Cal Rim Fire, Colt No.3 derringer. Production ran from 1875 through until 1912. Our example has a brass frame with a sheathed trigger. Its 2 ½” barrel has excellent original blue finish & correctly pivots to the right for loading (the hammer must be at half cock to pivot the barrel). The pistol is 5” overall length. The barrel has a brass blade fore sight and English Black Powder proofs. Its rifled bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is signed by the manufacturer ‘Colt’. It has its original undamaged American walnut grips which are in excellent condition and secured with a single recessed brass screw bolt. Its loading and firing actions work crisply. The brass frame is stamped with calibre detail ‘’41 Cal’. The serial numbers are often stamped beneath the grips, and are not visible unless the grips are removed (we have not removed the grips). The pistol comes with an original hard to find period leather holster. The holster has a full flap cover with brass stud that fastens to a retaining strap with eyelet stitched to the body. The rear of the holster has a single stitched belt loop. All leather & stitching are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre rim fire derringer no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21594
£975.00
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