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Late 19th Century Charles Lancaster ‘Patent Breech Loader’ 151 New Bond Street, London 14 Bore Double Damascus Barrels Side By Side Hammer Breech Loading Under Lever Slide Break Action Sporting Shotgun. Sn 18587 - 18587
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English listed as gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. This is a very good Charles Lancaster ‘Patent Breech Loader’ double barrel hammer sporting shotgun made at the 151 New Bond Street London premises. It has 27” Damascus steel barrels. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib and brass bead foresight. The rib is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street, London Patent Breech Loader’. The smooth bores are clean. It has its original walnut stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use and double triggers. The action, hammers and lever have quality tooled decoration. The action plates also have banners with ‘Lancaster London Patent’ and the lever block is signed on both sides ‘Charles Lancaster’s Patent’. The wrist & fore stock have chequered panels. The stock has a stippled butt and an inlaid void silver escutcheon to the underside of the shoulder stock. The Lancaster patent breech loading mechanism works as it should (the lever is moved to the side which allows the barrels to slide forward then break open for breech loading). Its cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18587
£875.00

**VERY EARLY**MINT RIFLED BORE**Victorian 1861 British WD Enfield .577 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar, Ring & Regulation Brass Fittings. Sn 18608 - 18608
This is an original, early, 1861 dated British Enfield Cavalry Carbine. It has all original wood work & metal work throughout. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Enfield’ with '1861' date & WD inspection mark. Its 20" barrel (36½” overall) has a near mint bore clean and bright with crisp rifling. It has a flip up graduated ladder rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive swivel ramrod with round end cap. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. It is complete with steel saddle bar & ring. 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 18608
£2,200.00

**VERY RARE**ONE OF ONLY 15,000**MINT BORE**American 1869 – 1871 Patent, Evans Rifle Manufacturing Company, Mechanic Falls, Maine, USA .44 Evans Obsolete Calibre, 34 Round Repeating Sporting Rifle With Internal Magazine. Sn 18481 - 18481
The Evans Repeater is often considered to be one of the oddest rifles to ever be produced in the United States. The Evans was invented by Warren R. Evans, a dentist from Thomaston, Maine. With the help of his brother George, they perfected the rifle and started the "Evans Rifle Manufacturing Company" of Mechanic Falls, Maine in 1873. The rifle has a radial block receiver similar to the Spencer rifle, but the rounds were fed from an Archimedean-screw magazine which formed the spine of the rifle stock and could hold up to 34 rounds. The fluted cartridge carrier made a quarter turn each time the lever was operated, feeding a new cartridge into the breech. The round was unique to the rifle and hard to find. The Evans Repeating Rifle is very rare, only 15,000 Evans repeating rifle were produced between 1873 and 1879 when the Company ceased trading. The Evans repeating rifle holds the distinction of being the only firearm mass-produced in the state of Maine in the 19th Century. This original example of the Evan’s repeater is in excellent condition. The metal work has been re-blued to a high standard at some point in its life and its original wood stock with chequered panel at the fore stock are clean with no damage. The 28 ½” steel barrel’s bore is near mint clean & bright with crisp rifling (48 ½” overall length). The top of the barrel is signed ‘Evan’s Sporting Rifle’. The rifle is fitted with single sling swivel, a flip up ladder rear sight and blade fore sight. It has the correct steel butt plate with tube magazine port which has a sliding cover. The action works crisply. The price for this piece of American firearms 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 18481
£1,875.00

1890’s British Charles (Chas) Osborne & Co London Martini Action .577 x.450 Obsolete Calibre Sporting Rifle. Sn 18448 - 18448
Charles Osborne commenced trading under his own name C1845 in Lichfield Street, Birmingham but by 1855 he was in Whittall Street, Birmingham where he maintained premises right up until 1928 when the business was acquired by Skimin & Wood, a highly respected gunmaker to the trade. Osborne first opened for business in London in 1881 in the vicinity of Houses of Parliament where he stayed until the business left London in 1928. Charles Osborne became a Limited company in 1896.This is an excellent Martini action sporting rifle by Osborne & Co. The underside of the action is numbered ‘1550’. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has a chequered panel wrist and fore stock. It has a steel butt plate & sling swivel lugs. The 28” barrel has a clean bore with crisp multi groove rifling and the rifle measures 45 ½” overall length. The barrel is marked ‘.450’ (calibre) and has small inspection mark. The barrel has a block and blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work crisply. The price 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 18448
£1,545.00

Victorian British WD 1885 BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) Snider MK III .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Marked ‘NSW PSCC’ To The Australian New South Wales Public School Cadet Corps. Sn 18447 - 18447
This is an original British .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 BSA & M Co (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) cavalry carbine made in 1885 has a 19 ¼” barrel (37 ½” overall). The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork is undamaged and the stock has an impressed Birmingham 1885 WD Roundel together with Australian New South Wales marks ‘NSW above ‘PSCC’ (New South Wales Public School Cadet Corps) indicating re-issue to the NSW cadets after British service, ‘III’ (MK 3 designation) & weapon number ‘5’ (School cadets have been in existence in Australia for over 100 years. The first unit was established in Australia in 1866). The action plate is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown 'V.R' (Victoria Regina), dated 1885 and has the 'BSA & M Co' manufacturer's stamp together with inspection mark. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation. 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. The action is strong and works as it should. The price for this nicely marked Cavalry carbine 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 18447
£1,575.00

Victorian 1863 (or 1868) British WD Enfield Snider MK II ** .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment Marked '15 BRA 4B 62’. Sn 18446 - 18446
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK II ** Artillery 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 Snider carbine has a 21 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has staining consistent with age and crisp rifling (40” overall). The barrel has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, brass fore end block & brass trigger guard. The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘15 BRA 4B 62’ (unknown). The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp Enfield roundel and ‘4 1868’ date (April 1868). The action plate is marked ’Enfield’ together with ‘1863’ or ‘1868’ date (the 3 could be a poorly struck 8), inspection mark & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘II**’ designation. The breech cover is steel correctly without locking catch and has inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight, adjustable rear ladder sight, bayonet block, cleaning rod and front sling swivel (the underside of the shoulder stock is holed for rear sling swivel). The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 18446
£1,575.00

British 1880 ‘P. Webley & Son Birmingham, Made Exclusively For A.P. Walshe, Johannesburg', Martini Henry MK II / III, .577x .450, Short Lever Rifle. Sn 18445 - 18445
This is commercial Mk II Martini Henry volunteer service rifle made to regulation British military specification by P WEBLEY & SON BIRMINGHAM. These weapons were often bought by British Volunteer / Militia Officers. The rifle is in excellent untouched condition with very good bore and mechanics, nice wood work and much original blue turning brown with age. It is all original & complete with sling swivels, steel butt plate, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel has just light staining and the rifling sharp and well defined. All wood furniture and metal is undamaged the wood is impressed with Enfield roundel. The short lever action works correctly and is fully functional. The action has the Webley winged bullet trade mark Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 1880 date together with other numbers (illustrated). The barrel has proof / inspection marks, together with ‘P. Webley & Son Birmingham, made exclusively for A.P. Walshe, Johannesburg'. The price includes UK delivery. 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 18445
£1,695.00

Victorian 1872 British WD BSA Co Snider MK III .577 Calibre 2 Band Rifle. Sn 18444 - 18444
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK III 2 band rifle by BSA Co. 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 Snider rifle has a 30” round steel barrel. The bore has just light staining and crisp rifling. The barrel is marked ‘steel’ and has WD inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a steel butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The butt plate tang and barrel bands have WD inspection marks. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp WD roundel and other impressed marks (illustrated). The action plate is marked ’BSA Co’ together with ‘1872’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘III’ designation and ‘BSA Co’. The breech cover has the correct locking catch and inspection marks. The action is crisp. It has sling swivels, bayonet bar, cleaning rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 18444
£1,575.00

**MINT BORES**1841-1852 English, William Holland, Banbury, Oxon, Double Damascus Barrels 12 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. Sn 18400 - 18400
The English Gunsmith William Holland is recorded as having premises at the High Street, Banbury Oxon between 1841 & 1852 (see page 251 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent double barrel shotgun made by William Holland. It has all original Walnut furniture. The top of the wrist has a void silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ½”, Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46” overall. The barrel has a small brass bead fore sight and grooved action rear sight. The hammers and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial have quality foliate engraved decoration. The top of the stock’s wrist has a void inlaid silver escutcheon. Both action plates and the top barrel rib are signed ‘Wm (William) Holland’. The barrel signature is faint. The action plates and trigger guard have hunting Dog and game birds in the field hunting scenes. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The barrels smooth bores are near mint clean and bright. The shotgun has its original ebonised wood ram rod with brass end caps. The price for this quality piece 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 18400
£1,295.00

**MINT BORES**Cased, Victorian English, Thomas Blissett Liverpool, 12 Bore Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre, Double Damascus Barrels, Side Lever Break Action, Shotgun With Needhams London Patent Hinged Fore Stock. Sn 18394 - 18394
Thomas Blissett was an English Gunsmith with premises at 38 South castle Street and 11 Water Street, Liverpool between 1834 and 1870 (see page 174 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent quality 12 Bore pin fire double barrel shotgun made by Blissett. It has a side lever action and original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and forestock. The underside of the stock has a void silver disc escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore Damascus steel barrels. The smooth bores are near mint, clean and bright. The barrel rib has the maker’s name and Liverpool address. The underside of the barrel and action has black powder proofs and it’s patented hinged fore stock is stamped ‘Needhams London Patent', there is also a number which appears to be ‘51’ (all illustrated). The shotgun has double hammers & triggers, brass post fore sight and grooved action rear sight. It measures 46 ½” overall. The lever, side plates, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The action plates are signed ‘T. Blissett’ and have hunting dog scenes. The break action and firing action of the weapon work crisply. The shotgun is contained in its period hard leather covered wood transit case with carry handle and retaining straps with buckles and carry handle. The heavy duty case has a brass lock (key absent). The edges of the case have some wear and separated stitching. The case contains a period, purpose made felt lined removable wooden tray which has compartments to fit the rifle when broken down and accessories. Removing the tray exposes more compartments in the base of the case for additional accessories. The price for this quality cased shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18394
£1,250.00
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