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ZAR Martini 1896 Boer War Era, South African Republic (ZAR) Contract Westley Richards & Co, Martini Henry 577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Rifle.**MINT HENRY RIFLING** Sn 18851 - 18851
Prior to the Boer War, The British gun makers Westley Richards & Co, sold a private contract shipment of their Martini Action 577 x 450 Calibre Rifles to the Boer, South African Republic (ZAR or Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek). The stopping Power of the large Martini 577x 450 round & simplicity of the Martini Action were favoured by the Dutch farmers. During the Boer War the weapons were used by South African Republic (ZAR) and Orange free State (OVS) forces against the British Army in most of the Major Battles. This is an excellent original example of a Westley Richards Rifle sold to the ZAR. It has all original metalwork and wood furniture which is all in excellent condition. It is complete with block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, Bayonet lug, sling swivels and cleaning rod. The right side of action is stamped ‘Made Specially For ZAR’. The left side is crisply stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' with the correct triangular stamp. The top of the breech is also stamped with a triangle and 1896 date. The barrel is crisply stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' & ‘HENRY RIFLING’. The bore of its 32 ½” barrel is near mint clean & bright with crisp Henry rifling. The loading and firing actions work crisply. The price for this rare historic Boer War era piece 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. Sn 18851
£1,675.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sheath Birmingham Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Enfield Volunteer’s Private Purchase, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 18765 - 18765
Hollis & Sheath were English, Birmingham based Gunmakers with premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street between 1849 to 1861 when the Business succeeded to Isaac Hollis & Sons (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). Hollis & Sheath also made military weapons for the British Board Of Ordnance. This is an excellent, original British Volunteer’s private purchase 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘Hollis & Sheath Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. It has all original walnut stock with steel butt plate, steel fore end block, bayonet bar & trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight.The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 49” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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.. Sn 18765
£975.00

C1854-1878 English, Gasquoine & Dyson, Market Place, Manchester No. 1057, Double Damascus Barrels 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. Sn 18766 - 18766
The English Gunsmiths Gasquoine & Dyson are recorded at 1 Blue Boar Court, Manchester 1846-52 & 26 Market Place, Manchester circa 1854-78 (see page 224 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent double barrel shotgun made by Gasquoine & Dyson at their market Place premises. It has all original Walnut furniture with well figured stock. The top of the wrist has a silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 30”, Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46 ½” overall. The barrel is without its bead fore sighthas a small brass bead fore sight. The action, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial have quality foliate engraved decoration. Both action plates are signed Gasquoine & Dyson and the top barrel rib with their names & Market Place Manchester address together with No. 1057. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age & use. The shotgun has its original ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18766
£895.00

Victorian British 1854 Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Yeomanry Cavalry Prize Carbine With Rifled Bore & 1854 WYC (Warwick Yeomanry Cavalry Presentation Plate Saddle Bar, Ring & Captive Ram Rod. Sn 18764 - 18764
This is an original British 1854 dated Enfield Tower Yeomanry Cavalry Prize Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock with brass butt plate, fore end block, ram rod pipe and trigger guard with extended tang. The stock is mounted with a brass presentation plate engraved "Presented by Captain Sir George Chetwynd Bart.1st Troop W.Y.C to Corp L Thos.East Being The 1st Prize Of The Carbine Exercise 1854" (Warwick Yeomanry Cavalry). It has a heavy military percussion hammer. The action plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina), ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1854’. Its 20" barrel (36” overall) has a clean rifled bore. It has a fixed rear sight and fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod, nipple protector with brass chain, steel saddle bar & ring. The steel of this carbine has been polished to a bright finish which was common practice for some Regiments. The weapon 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 18764
£1,495.00

**MINT BORE**C1870’s Victorian British BSA Volunteer’s Private Purchase .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Short Lever Rifle. Sn 18562 - 18562
This is an original British Volunteer’s Private Purchase Martini Henry Short Lever Rifle. It has all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged with even patina. The barrel has proof / inspection marks & the barrel shank has BSA’s piled arms trademark. The action has tooled line decoration to the edges. There are no date or other manufacturer marks. The bore of the rifle's 30” barrel is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. It measures 47 ½” overall. The rifle’s loading & firing mechanisms work crisply. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has a steel butt plate, flip up ladder sight, block & blade fore sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18562
£975.00

**RARE**MINT BORE**1874 Zulu War Early MK 1 Converted To MK II, British WD Enfield Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Short Lever Service Rifle With Buff Leather Sling. Sn 18723:6 - 18723:6
This is an original British WD Martini Henry MK 1 converted to MK II Short Lever Service Rifle. It has all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged with even patina. The action and barrel have Victorian WD ordnance/ proof marks. The action has Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield 1874 (date) and MK1 converted to MK II designation. The action is also numbered 8301. The bore of the rifle's 32 ½” barrel is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. It measures 49 ½” overall. The rifle’s loading & firing mechanisms work crisply. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling & bayonet lug. It has a steel butt plate, flip up ladder sight, block & blade fore sight and retains its original MK 1 grooved trigger. The wood has crisp roundel and 2’ designation. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18723:6
£1,975.00

Victorian British Army In India Native Troops Pattern 1858 / 67 Bengal Light Cavalry Type .656 Calibre, Smooth Bore, Percussion Carbine With India Arsenal Marks, Saddle Bar, Ring & Inlaid Brass Disc Marked Excise & Salt. Sn 18723:6 - 18723:5
The organized and uniform collection of tax revenue on salt in British India began under the British Raj. Both before and after that, various native rulers of the Indian Princely states (outside British India proper) collected such revenue in accordance with their own revenue and administrative requirements and resources. In 1856, the government appointed the young William Chichele Plowden, Secretary of the Board of Revenue of the North West Provinces, to report on the establishment of a uniform system of revenue realisation from salt within the British Provinces, and he recommended the extension of the excise system, the reduction of duty, and the introduction of a system of licensing as the measures to achieve this goal. In 1876, separate departments under a Salt Commissioner were set up, and these operated at the level of each British Province and Presidency. It was with the passing of the Government of India Act 1935, that within British India (which then included much of present-day Pakistan) salt came under the exclusive control of the central government, with the Government of India taking over the task of collecting salt revenue and transferring it from the provincial salt agencies to the Central Excise and Revenue Department. 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). This India arsenal made 'Bengal Native Cavalry type carbine' is smoothbore and .656 calibre and is marked to the Excise & salt, no doubt carried by guards to protect excise collections & deposits. Known as the the P58-67 it has a two piece butt plate with naïve chequered pattern between. This original Carbine has a two piece Butt Plate and what looks like 1858 or 68 dated lock. It is in good condition. It has all original walnut stock which has knocks and bumps to be expected. The metal work has areas of service wear. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock has Indian marks. 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 India arsenal marks. 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 impressed with roundel has inlaid brass disc marked ‘Excise & Salt’. It 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 18723:5
£695.00

**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, Nipple Protector & Chain Trigger Guard Unit Marked ‘33DSB’. - 18723:5
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 good condition. It has all original walnut stock which has knocks and bumps to be expected. The metal work has areas of service wear. 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 ‘55’. 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. The guard is marked ‘33DSB’ most likely a unit mark (unknown). It is complete with correct steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is impressed with indistinct roundels. It cocks & dry fires crisply. The action has its original nipple protector and chain. 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 18723:5
£875.00

**VERY RARE**British WD 1855 Dated Enfield Tower First Model Of 1853, Pattern 1853 .577 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Artillery Carbine With Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 18723:4 - 18723:4
The very first of the pattern 1853 arms to be approved, the artillery carbine dates from January 1853. The first contracts were not completed until December 1854. Features which distinguish this model from subsequent types are the bayonet bar with its forward extension, button head ram rod with swelled stem and the ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional 2 leaf sights (see page 44 of British Military Longarms 1815-1865 by Baily). This is a very rare to find British Enfield Tower First Model Of 1853, Pattern 1853 .577 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Artillery Carbine. It has all of the correct first model features. It has all original woodwork, regulation brass furniture and original sling swivels. The wood has light bumps and bruises to be expected and a few period hand carved marks which can be seen in image 3. The 24” barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and use & crisp rifling. It measures 40” overall. The barrel has British WD ordnance inspection marks. The action plate is crisply marked ‘Tower’ (Enfield) 1855 date, Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with inspection marks. The action has its original nipple protector with chain. The cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price for this very rare weapon, a must for any serious Enfield longarm collector includes UK delivery. NB as an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 18723:4
£1,975.00

**OUTSTANDING CONDITION**MINT BORE**Victorian British WD 1870 Enfield Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Marked ‘CMR’ To The South African Cape Mounted Riflemen With Removable Leather Rear Sight Cover, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 18723:3 - 18723:3
The South African Cape Mounted Riflemen (1827–1870) were deployed in several operations and campaigns: the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Cape Frontier Wars, the siege of Durban (1842), and the Basuto War. The CMR were disbanded in 1870. This is an original British Enfield .577 Snider MK III Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Enfield cavalry carbine made in 1870, the year the CMR were disbanded has a 19 ¼” barrel (37 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The weapon has many black powder proofs and WD inspection marks. The woodwork is undamaged and the stock has an impressed Enfield WD Roundel together with LW (possibly a Cavalry Squadron designation) above ‘CMR’ (Cape Mounted Riflemen) & ‘134’ (most likely a weapon number). The action plate is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown 'V.R' (Victoria Regina), dated 1870 and has the Enfield manufacturer's stamp together with inspection mark. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation and has several inspection marks . The hinged breech cover has WD inspection marks and the correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel is nicely marked with Victorian proof/inspection marks. The carbine has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. 2 screws either side of the rear sight hold the leather sight cover in place. The cover has eyelets that fit over the screws. The action is strong and works as it should. The action has its original nipple protector with chain. The price for this splendid Cavalry carbine worthy of further research 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. Sn 18723:3
£1,375.00
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