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SOLD SOLD (08/04) 1920's Webley Mark 1 .22 Calibre Air Pistol With Wood Grips. Sn 15663:17 - 15663:17
This is an original 1920's Webley Mark 1, .22 Calibre Air Pistol (see pages 16 to 20 of Bruce's book Webley Air Pistols). It has undamaged metal work with original blue finish. It has superb wood grips with inlaid Webley 'winged bullet' roundel on one grip. The frame is stamped serial number '40112' and the cylinder has crisp 'Webley & Scott Ltd’ model, calibre and patent markings (illustrated). The front of the cylinder has matching number ‘112’. It has an adjustable rear sight & blade fore sight. The left side above the trigger has the correct safety catch feature. The pistol cocks and fires with a strong spring action. The price for this piece of Air Pistol history includes UK delivery. Sn 15663:17
£0.00

C1870 Liege Belgium 7mm Pinfire 6 Shot Double Action Revolver With Fluted Cylinder Folding Trigger, Removable Clearing Rod & Period Chamois Leather Purse Holster. Sn 17318 / 17324 - 17318 / 17324
This is an excellent 7mm calibre, 6 shot, pin fire pocket revolver. This pistol has a 2 ½” round steel barrel and measures just 6” overall length. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It has walnut grips. The metal work has even patina. It has a blued, fluted cylinder and is side gate loading. The butt frame has a screw out steel clearing rod. The loading and firing actions work correctly in double action only. The frame has Liege crown above ‘U’ and ‘ELG*’ inspection marks. The pistol is accompanied by its period Chamois leather purse holster with clasp fastener. The holster is intact but does have surface staining consistent with age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an 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. Sn 17318 / 17324
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) ORNATE FACTORY NICKEL PLATED, Cased, Late 1800’s American Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company 1871 Patent ‘Ranger No.2’ .32 Rim Fire 5 Shot Single Action Pocket Revolver With Gutta Percha Grips & Accessories. Sn 17319 - 17319
Hopkins and Allen were a Norwich Connecticut based American arms manufacturing company. This ‘Ranger No.2’ is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an excellent example of the ‘Ranger No.2’. The metal work has ornate hand tooled decoration incorporating foliate & Geometric designs. The pistol gas its original factory nickel finish. It has a 2 ¾” octagonal steel barrel (7 ¼” overall). The rifled bore has just staining consistent with age. The top of the pistol is crisply marked 'Ranger No.2' and with manufacturer / patent detail (illustrated). The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘2323’. It has a shrouded trigger, brass blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The undamaged ornate gutta percha grips are in excellent condition. The single action only firing action works correctly and the cylinder can be removed for speed loading. The pistol is contained in its period fitted wood case with hinged lid and hook fasteners. The case has a brass plate applied to the centre of the lid roughly hand etched ‘P. Hanbury’. The inside of the case is lined with blue felt. The interior of the case has compartments for the pistol & accessories which consist of: a steel cleaning rod with brass brush, brass oil container with screw off applicator and original period empty cardboard cartridge box with removable lid and Bavarian Works Nuremberg labelling. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17319
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) Cased, Late 18th Century Pair Of English John Knubley (Gunmaker To Prince Of Wales, Duke Of Clarence & Prince Edward) 20 Bore Belt Pistols Nipple & Drum Percussion Converted From Flintlock By Stubbs & Accessories. Sn 17253 - 17253
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 an excellent pair of percussion pistols by Knubley made in the late 18th century & converted to nipple & drum percussion sometime in the early 19th Century. The pistols have all original walnut full stocks with facetted grip & flat butts. Both are inset with void German silver escutcheons. They have 9” steel barrels with flat tops and open sights (15 ½” overall). They have foliate decorated trigger guards with extended tangs and pineapple finials, belt bars & Dolphin hammers. The action plates of each pistol are crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Knubley’. The top of each barrel are very faintly signed ‘London’ (to faint to photograph). Reputably the underside of the barrels have traces of London proofs and are stamped ‘Stubbs’, most likely the gunsmith who performed the conversion from flintlock to percussion (to avoid possible damage we have not removed the barrels to look for these marks). Both pistols are complete with their original wood ram rods with steel worms and horn end caps. The barrels of each pistol are smoothbore. The bores have staining & residue consistent with age. Their cocking & firing actions work as they should. The pistols are complete with their fitted wood case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock (key present, turns in lock but does not lock). The interior of the case is lined in felt and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a copper and brass powder flask which has an internal tube with hinged brass covers to hold moulded balls, a steel bullet mould, a wooden pot with removable lid that contains a spare nipple, 4 moulded lead balls in a white drawstring bag and a wood cleaning rod with brass jag. The price for this pair of cased pistols includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17253
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (31/03) American Remington Elliot’s 1865 Patent .41 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Barrelled Derringer & Period leather Holster. Sn 16624 16624 - 16624
The design of the Remington double derringer was little changed by Remington during a production run of nearly 70 years. This is a very good fully functioning example. The pistol has two 3" barrels and measures 5" overall making it easy to conceal and therefore popular with Wild West Gamblers. The top of the barrel rib is stamped 'E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION N.Y.' & 'ELLIOTS PATENT DEC 12 1865'. The underside of the bottom barrel is numbered '637'. It has a shrouded trigger & undamaged wood grips. The pistol retains its original factory nickel plating which has areas of wear and blemishes to be expected with age. The barrels bores have staining consistent with age and use and its loading cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The derringer comes with a period leather holster in which the derringer was found. The brown leather holster has a flap cover which is absent its fastening button and rear copper riveted belt loop. The leather is intact but has wear to be expected with age. The price for this iconic piece of American Wild West history 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. Sn 16624
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**25/3**MATCHING NUMBERS, 1884, Colt Model 1877 ‘Thunderer’ Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre .41 Long Colt Double Action 6 Shot Revolver. Sn 17274 - 17274
The Colt M1877 was a double action revolver manufactured by Colt's Patent Fire Arms from January 1877 to 1909. The Model 1877 was offered in three calibres, which lent them three unofficial names: the "Lightning", the "Thunderer" and the "Rainmaker". The principal difference between the models was the cartridge in which they were chambered: the "Lightning" being chambered in .38 Long Colt; the "Thunderer" in .41 Long Colt. Both models had a six-round ammunition capacity. An earlier model in .32 Colt known as the "Rainmaker" was also offered in 1877. The 1877 "Thunderer" in .41 calibre was the preferred weapon of the wild west outlaw Billy the Kid and was his weapon of choice when he was killed by Pat Garrett in 1881. This original Model 1877 Colt “Thunderer” in the obsolete calibre .41 Long Colt has a 5” barrel and measures 9 ¾” overall. The metal work is clean and undamaged. It is side gate loading and has a captive sprung ejector rod. It has a blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The pistol is serial number 48117 which is stamped on the frame, barrel block and butt. The serial number dates the pistol’s manufacture to 1892. The top of the barrel is faintly stamped Colts PTFA MFG Co Hartford CT USA’. The left side plate is stamped with 1871-75 Patent detail (all illustrated). Its original, correct, hard rubber gutta percha grips are excellent and undamaged with rearing Colt roundels. The pistol’s single and double action firing mechanisms are nice and tight & work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. As an antique obsolete calibre revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17274
£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

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

SOLD SOLD (05/03) RARE, C1850’s Large Frame, British WD Officers London Armoury Adams Patent .500 Calibre 5 Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver. A 1027 - A 1027
The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Robert Adams (1810–1870) who was a quality British gunsmith & inventor. This is an excellent, original, Adams patent 5 shot percussion revolver by the London Armoury. The weapon's double action firing mechanism works as it should in both single and double action. It has a 4 ½” octagonal barrel (10 ¾” overall). The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate frame rear sight. The top of the frame is crisply marked London Armoury. The top barrel flat has some holster rubbing consistent with age and service use. The barrel has black powder proofs and ‘LAC’ mark (London Armory Company). The frame is engraved ‘B. 19826 Adams Patent No. 35575.R’. The frame is also stamped with ‘WD & arrow mark’. The cylinder has black powder proofs & matching patent number. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition. One side of the grip is impressed ‘930’ (most likely a military armoury weapon number). The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original blue finish and its captive loading lever works as it should. The price for this rare to find WD marked Adams 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 1027
£0.00

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
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