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**UNUSUAL** NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA** Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s, British .750 Musket Calibre, Flintlock Cavalry Carbine, Officer’s Private Purchase By Mortimer London, Regiment Marked ‘26’ (To The 26th Light Dragoons) With Steel Ram Rod. Sn 14750. - 14750
This is an excellent example of an unusual variant Officer’s private purchase Cavalry carbine. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mortimer’ (many Gunsmiths named Mortimer are recorded as working in London during the 1700’s & 1800’s). It has a 19” barrel (34 ½” overall) and is .750 musket calibre. The smooth bore has light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with black powder proofs & ‘London’. It has its original steel ram rod, grooved breech rear sight and block fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, void inlaid brass escutcheon, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate which is engraved with Regiment mark ‘26’ (most likely to The 26th Light Dragoons. The Regiment was raised 25th March 1795, renumbered in 1803 as the 23rd Light Dragoons. The Regiment was disbanded after the Napoleonic wars in 1819). It is complete all original, undamaged Walnut furniture in Brown Bess form of the era. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14750
£1,450.00

**VERY RARE** Un-Altered, 1859 Dated, 32 Bore, Jacob Double Rifled Barrel Percussion Rifle By Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 14786 - 14786
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British General John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a Battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional long arms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This very rare, excellent, original Jacob double-barreled rifle has not been altered in any way and retains its original military double rifled barrels which are 32 bore. The barrels measure 24” and the gun’s overall length is 40”. Both barrels are clean and the rifling is crisp and well defined. This weapon has its original military bayonet lug. Its sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work crisply. Its wood work and metal are in excellent condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. Its hammer plates are both faintly marked 'Swinburn & Son 1859' and its patch box lid, crisply marked 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. The price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14786
£4,950.00

**QUALITY** American Civil War Era Double Barrelled .44” Patched Ball Calibre Muzzle Loading Kentucky Plains Rifle By Nelson Delany Pennsylvania With Fine Cast Steel Barrels & German Silver Fittings. Sn 12466 - 12466
Nelson Delany was an American gunmaker of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He is recorded as working at Wyomissing Creek C1845 and active until C1872. This is a fine double barrelled .44 patched ball Kentucky Plains rifle made in the American Civil War era by Delany. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with figured cheek piece, German Silver fittings including a patch box with hinged lid, curved butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and stock mounts. Its 31” barrels set side by side with flat top rib have clean bores with crisp micro rifling. The rifle measures 48" overall. The The top rib is engraved ‘Fine Cast Steel’. Both side plates are crisply marked by the American manufacturer ‘N. Delany’. The rifle has an ebonised ramrod with brass end cap, sling swivels, German Silver blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. It has double triggers and heavy dolphin hammers. The weapon cocks and dry fires crisply. The price for this quality Kentucky double rifle 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 collection or display. Sn 12466
£2,700.00

Imperial German 11mm Mauser M1871/84, 8 Shot Tube Magazine Rifle. Sn - 19819
This is an Imperial German 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 rifle. The rifle was developed from the single shot model 1871 rifle which was improved and modified into a repeating rifle with a the insertion of a tubular magazine enclosed within the fore end to hold 8 rounds of ammunition that was similar to the Swiss Vettrli rifles of the period. This gun was the first magazine fed gun in the German army. The design of the rifle, introduced into service in 1884 was quickly superseded by the invention of smokeless powder as a propellant which was vastly superior to the older black powders used on the Mauser M1871/84 and similar rifles. The Mauser Gewehr 1888 quickly superseded the M1871/84 in the German army and gun was regulated to secondary use including use in the First World War. This rifle was made at the Imperial Amberg armoury which is stamped on the barrel together with various proof marks and the serial number 15876 which is repeated on the receiver. The side of the receiver is stamped I.G.Mod 71/84 on one side and 1887 (manufacturing date) on the other side. The barrel’s rifling has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The gun has a full length tube magazine, steel butt plate, blade foresight & adjustable rear sight. The weapon’s cocking & firing mechanism work correctly. The rifle has the usual bumps and bruises with service use. NB. As an obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19819
£975.00

Turkish, WW1, Gallipoli Battlefield Bring Back Turkish M.87 Mauser (9.5 x 60R) Rifle. British Officers Bring Back Rifle With Provenance, & An ex Display Weapon At Sandhurst, Sn - 19820
This is an original Turkish Model 78 Mauser (9.5 x 60R) Rifle that was retrieved from the battlefield at Gallipoli in WW1 by a British officer and brought back to England. The rifle has been on display at Sandhurst ever since and has only recently been sold off as no longer being required. The Model 87 Mauser is a bolt action rifle with an 8 round tubular magazine underneath the barrel for the 9.5 x 60R blackpowder round which was the last of the Mauser blackpowder military rounds and probably one of the best military blackpowder rounds made. The rifle became obsolete with the advent or the smokeless powder 8mm Mauser rifle of 1888. This rifle has a mint bore with a standard 30 inch barrel. The gun has various Turkish Army and ordnance marks to the breach and barrel. The rifle has much old solidified preservative to the breach and bolt. The rifle is complete with both sling swivels and the action works as it should. The stock has bumps and bruises from its previous military use. 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. The price for this rare and historic Gallipoli rifle includes UK delivery. Sn 19820
£2,200.00

Display Only .577 Snider Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By Thomas Turner, Birmingham. - A 1104
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, 3 Band Rifle. The gun has its original Walnut woodwork throughout and has a nicely stamped Thomas Turner, Birmingham roundel stamped into the butt. The gun has a case hardened lock nicely engraved by the retailer ' Thomas Turner Fisher Street Birmingham'. The breech is marked with proof / inspection marks for 25 bore which represents the calibre .577 inch. The gun has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle is fitted with its original nipple protector and chain. The barrel is retained by the correct pattern Baddley bands and has fitted a mark 3 type safety breach with a side spring loaded catch. The rifle measures 55 inches overall with a 36 1/2 inch barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod and ladder rear sight. Although the gun has 3 groove rifling, there is a long slot beneath the woodwork where the gun was previously deactivated prior to it becoming an obsolete calibre. The guns cocking and firing action works perfectly. The gun is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The gun has been previously deactivated by slotting the underneath of the barrel before becoming an obsolete calibre weapon and none of this is externally visible when displaying the gun. A 1104
£695.00

**SOLD 27/7**WALL HANGER**C1800 American Frontier Kentucky / Plainsman’s .500 Calibre Black Powder Muzzle Loading Percussion Long Gun Nipple & Drum Converted From Flintlock By Richard Ashmore (Staffordshire) C1840 With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 19765:8 - 19765:8
This is an original muzzle loading Kentucky / Plainsman’s percussion rifle Nipple & Drum Converted From Flintlock. This example has an American Maple full stock with figured cheek piece which has the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The gun has plain steel fittings. The trigger guard is loose & absent some screws. Its action plate is signed ‘R. Ashmore’ above what appears to be ‘Warranted’ (most likely Richard Ashmore. Howard Blackmore lists Richard Ashmore as "Gunlock maker, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, 1827-55). The rifle measures 58” overall with a 42 ½” heavy octagonal steel barrel. The bore has heavy staining and residue (cannot see any rifling). The rifle has a ‘v’ notch block rear sight, flat brass blade fore sight and wood ram rod. The gun cocks and dry fires but in its present condition is suitable for display only. The price for this display or restoration project includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading long gun, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19765:8
£0.00

Early, Quality, c.1800's English Robert Wogdon of London 20 Bore Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion (Converted From Flintlock) Sporting Shotgun. Sn - 19662
Robert Wogdon made many and varied firearms – pocket and livery pistols, double-barrelled pistols, sporting guns and rifles, carbines and blunderbusses – but he was most renowned for his duelling pistols. Robert Wogdon of Wogdon & Barton and John Barton, London Gunmakers worked from 1764 to 1819. This is a quality silver mounted 20 bore percussion shotgun which was converted to percussion sometime in the mid1800s with a 38 inch barrel and an overall length of 54 inches. The wooden stock has a large engraved silver butt plate, ornate silver hallmarked trigger guard, ramrod ferrule and barrel retaining wedge and ring. The sockplate screws are inlaid with silver wire work. The stock has a chequered wrist and has an old contemporary and stable repair to it. The bore has staining to it with use. The gun has a wood ram rod with brass end cap. The gun’s cocking and firing action works crisply. The price for this shotgun worthy of further research regarding the maker includes UK delivery. NB As an muzzle loading antique shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19662
£745.00

Boer War Era, South African Republic (ZAR) Martini Henry 577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Military Rifle. Sn - 19778
Prior to the Boer War, British gun makers including Westley Richards & Co, sold private contract shipments 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 Martini Henry carries no other identification marks except for British proof marks to the barrel and breach. The gun has all original metalwork and wood furniture which has even patina throughout. The wood has the usual knocks bumps and bruises to be expected of a weapon from this era. The gun is complete with block and blade fore sight, flip up 1,400 yard ladder rear sight, sling swivels & bayonet lug. The left hand side of the frame has been stamped in large letters ZAR over the number 5066. The right hand side of the breach and barrel have British proof marks. The trigger guards sling swivel is not the normal screw fixing type but a one piece clip in one. It retains its cleaning rod.. The rifles 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 19778
£1,495.00

Springfield Model 1863 .50-70 Obsolete Calibre Allin Conversion, (Second Pattern) Short Rifle Converted Post Civil War In 1870 To Breech Loading Trap Door. Sn - 19776
This is an excellent original Springfield Model 1863 ‘Trap Door’ Allin Conversion, (Second Pattern) .50-70 Calibre Short Rifle Service rifle converted to Trap Door in 1870. These rifles were muzzle loading 1963 Springfield rifles and the .58 barrels were converted to .50 calibre by inserting a sleeve in the original barrel. The top of the breech was cut open and an upward opening hinged breech block fitted which was secured to the barrel by two screws. The breach block is dated 1870 and has an eagle inspection stamp under it. The gun has all original wood stock and the metal work is clean with some re-finishing. It measures 52” overall with a 35 ½” round steel barrel which has the number 4901 stamped on the right hand side in front of the foresight. The rifled bore has some staining with crisp three groove rifleing. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, flip up leaf rear sight. The gun has a heavy military hammer, steel butt plate, sling swivels, fore end block and the correct double shouldered steel ram rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle and 'U.S. Springfield' together with ‘1863’ (original pattern). The trap door is stamped ‘U.S.’( Army) together with Eagle’s head army acceptance mark and ‘1870’ (date) indicating the date that this rifle was converted to trap door. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘U.S.’ (Army) above the screw. The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. 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 19776
£1,475.00
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