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1861 Dated, Tower Enfield, Pattern 1853, 3 Band .577 Percussion Calibre Rifle, Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn - 21449:13
This is a Tower, Pattern 1853, 3 Band percussion rifle with its pattern 1853 socket bayonet, scabbard and nipple protector. The lock plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) TOWER 1861 (date). The rifle is complete with its ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight , sling swivels and cleaning rod. The wood work complete with its original brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The barrel has Tower proof marks near the breech and has staining and residue from use. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. Total length is 53 ½” with a 39” barrel. the bayonet is complete with its pattern 1853 socket bayonet and scabbard which bears the number 587. After British service, the rifle was transferred to Indian service. The butt plate tang and top of the bayonets blade now bear Nepalese marks. See Section A, Muzzle Loading Arms items RB 43 & RB44 in Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21449:13
£1,295.00

Tower, 1858 Dated, India Issue 3 Band .586” Smoothbore Percussion Musket. Sn - 21443
This is a Tower made, .586” Pattern 1858 3 band musket which is a direct copy of the British 3 band .577 Third Model Enfield rifle where the barrel is held in by three Bradley barrel bands. The main difference is that the gun is not rifled and there is no rear sight. In 1858 the .577 3 band rifle was replaced by the 1st model Indian .700” musket which was one of these rifles bored out to .700” with a smooth bore, a V notch rear sight and a block foresight. This rifle appears to be originally a .577 Enfield barrel where the rifling has been bored out to make it a musket pending the introduction of the 1st model Indian .700” musket in 1858. This musket is fitted with a Tower lockplate which is stamped Crown over VR 1858 Tower. The right hand side of the barrel has Indian armoury markings stamped into it near the rear sight. The musket is fitted ramrod and both sling swivels are present. The musket measures 55 inches in length with a 37 ½ barrel. The stock is in excellent condition with minor bumps to the surface. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The musket is fitted with the correct pattern socket bayonet and locking ring. The bayonet has Nepalese script to the top of the blade. See Section A, Muzzle Loading Arms items RB 43 & RB44 in Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this musket in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21443
£895.00

British Service, WD 1886 Dated, Enfield MK IVc Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Service Rifle With 1888 Dated, Pattern 1879 Mark III Sword Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn - 21449:10
This is an excellent, original British service, 1888 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, Mark IVc service rifle together with its correct Pattern 1879, Mark 3 sword bayonet. The rifle is the c pattern with the long nocksform at the breach, a ramped fore sight and the earlier short lever butt hole plugged with a wooden dowl and a long extractor lever fitted. These rifles were converted at Enfield from the .402 Martini Enfield cartridge rifle to the .450 Martini Henry rifle. The action is stamped on the right hand side with a crown over VR ENFIELD 1888 (DATE) IV over I (class I weapon). The V is off centre so it indicates that the rifle was one of the .402” Enfield-Martini rifles converted as a IVc s.450 specification rifle. The barrel and action have many Victorian and WD proof inspection marks. The rifle is fully Enfield ordnance stamped to the metalwork and is fitted with its original woodwork throughout. The rifle has a block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels and correct. The 33 5/8 inch steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling (49” overall length). The wood furniture has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is stamped with an Enfield WD cartouche with I stamped underneath for a class 1 weapon. Besides this is a white stencilled number CLVII. The metal work has even patina throughout & has many WD ordnance inspection marks (illustrated). The rifle is fitted with the correct 1888 dated pattern 1879 mark III sword bayonet that was made at Enfield. The bayonet is stamped on the ricasso with a crown over /88 (1888 manufactured date) on one side and a crowfoot over WD and an Enfield inspection mark underneath. The bayonet also carries the bayonet number 10522 on the pommel There are no Nepalese marks on the rifle or bayonet. Mark IV Martini Henry models are described in detail in the following books in see Section D, Martini arms, RB 99 on page 19, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and pages 159 & 230 including the plates in The Martini-Henry for Queen and Empire by Neil Aspinshaw. The rifle is complete with its correct mark IV cleaning rod, leather sling and an inert Martini Henry round. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21449:10
£1,495.00

**CASED**C1870’s Victorian, William Powell & Son Birmingham 14 Bore Double Barrelled, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Sporting Shotgun & Accessories. A 1092 - A 1092
William Powell was an English Birmingham based Gunsmith with premises at Park lane in 1860, Aston New Town in 1868 and Whittall Street C1870. He is also recorded at those premises working as Powell & Son (see page 310 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 By Brown). This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion sporting shotgun by William Powell & Son. It has 29 ½” browned steel barrels set side by side. The barrels have a central flat top barrel rib & bead fore sight. The barrel’s smooth bores are clean. The underside of the barrels have proofs and are each marked ‘14’ (bore). It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels all in excellent condition. The action has tooled decoration and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘William Powell & Son’. The shotgun has its original ebonised wood ramrod with brass end cap and tip which unscrews to reveal a steel worm. The weapon cocks & dry fires crisply. The weapon is contained in its sturdy fitted carry case with hinged lid, folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock with key that functions as it should. The brass base of the carry handle has an engraved stlised monogram and family heraldic crest (illustrated). Internally the case is fitted with compartments for the shotgun and accessories The case is lined with felt. The inside of the lid has a William Powell & Son Birmingham trade label. Accessories in the case consist of powder and shot flasks, 2 wood handled graduated brass measures, 2 steel tools and oil tins with screw top lids and integral oil applicator tools. There is also a period can of ‘Superfine Wakefield’ labelled oil and a metal tube of Eley labelled ‘Rifleine’ grease. The price for this quality piece 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. A 1092
£1,495.00

1867 Dated, Tower Snider 2 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Artillery Carbine. Sn - 21405
This is a Tower Snider 2 Band artillery carbine. The carbine was originally patterned on the 1858 Artillery carbine (see RB 37 below) and will have been converted to a Snider The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown, TOWER and 1869 (date).The wood work is in good condition with the normal bumps and bruises from service use. The carbine is complete with its original brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard. The rifle is complete with its early rear sight with one fixed sight and two more on a pivot, blade fore sight, bayonet bar without an extension and the correct Snider square section cleaning rod. The barrel has 3 grooves and has staining and residue from use. The length of the carbine is 40 ½” with a 22” barrel. On the carbines conversion, to a snider Enfield, it was fitted with a snider breach which is stamped on the top SNIDER PATENT. The barrel carries Birmingham proof marks. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. See Section C, Snider Arms, RB 37 on pages 6 & 7, also RB 82 & 82 on page 15, Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price for this rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment marks includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21405
£795.00

Victorian, c1870 14 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun By J.T. Ellis of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire. Sn - 21415
This is a Victorian double barrel 14 bore percussion shotgun by J.T. Ellis of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire. The shotgun has 32” damascus steel barrels and measures 49” overall. The Birmingham proofed 14 Bore barrels set side by side with a central concave damascus steel top barrel rib. The bores are smooth with staining and residue due to use. The shotgun has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The steel butt plate tang, trigger guard, breech & dolphin hammers have finely engraved decoration. The wrist is inlaid with void rectangular German silver escutcheon. The breach has a gold line insert across it. Both side plates have the makers named J T Ellis engraved on them. The gunsmith J T Ellis was based Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire between 1847 to 1901. The lock side plates are finely engraved with scrollwork, game birds and the makers name J T ELLIS. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps and is fitted with a worm. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. 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 21415
£595.00

**MINT BORE** Swiss Military Vetterli M.1869/71 10.4 mm Obsolete Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By W.v.Stieger, Thun. - A 1090
The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to circa 1890, when they were replaced with Schmidt-Rubin rifles. Modified Vetterli rifles were also used by the Italian Army. The Swiss Vetterli rifles combined the American M1866 Winchester rifle's tubular magazine and a bolt system derived from the German Dreyse. Due to the Swiss Federal Council's early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breech loading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. This is an excellent M1869 / 74 Vetterli bolt action rifle in 10.4mm UK obsolete calibre. The metal work has even patina. It has all original, wood furniture with chequered grip panel on the fore stock. The wood work is in excellent condition and retains the original polished finish. The stock and the fore end are stamped with military ‘Swiss Cross’ mark. The action is signed by the maker W.v.STEIGER, THUN and serial number 31379 which is repeated on the barrel and underside of the action. The bolt has un-matching number. The rifle has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, steel butt plate and original cleaning rod. The rifle is 51” overall length with a 33” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. The loading & firing actions are crisp. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1090
£795.00

Imperial German, 1888 Dated, 11mm Mauser (11 x 60R) M1871/84, 8 Shot Tube Magazine Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn - 21393:32
This is an Imperial German, 1888 dated1, 11mm (11 x 60R) 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 Spandau armoury which is stamped on the barrel together with various proof marks and the serial number 1440 which is repeated on the receiver. The side of the receiver is stamped I.G.Mod 71/84 on one side and 1888 (manufacturing date) on the other side. The rifles barrel and actin retains most of its original blued finish. 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. The rifle has its original Proof Exemption Certificate dated 29/5/2002. The bayonet for this rifle is listed separately on our web site. 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 21393:32
£1,275.00

**MINT BORE** Victorian, c1868 British Officer’s Private Purchase Snider .577 Obsolete Calibre, 2 Band Rifle. Sn - A 1089
This is a British Officer’s Private Purchase .577 Snider Patent 2 band rifle in excellent condition. This Snider rifle has a 36 ½” round steel barrel with near mint bore clean and bright with well-defined 3 groove rifling. The gun has iron fittings including an iron butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard with a single line border engraving. The metalwork has even patina throughout and are retained by screws with engraved heads. The original wood has a chequered wrist and forend and undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The mark III breech is fully functioning with a locking bolt and has inspection marks including III (mark III locking breech) stamped into it as well as inspection marks on the barrel. The rifle has 4 sling swivels, the 2 extra ones would have been fitted for a target shooting sling, cleaning rod, fixed foresight and a 1300 yard adjustable rear ladder sight with fine V grooves. The action works crisply. The rifle comes with a single Inert Deactivated Round of .577 Ammunition. 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. A 1089
£1,250.00

Nepalese Made .577 Enfield 2nd Model 3 Band Rifle. Sn - 21393:31
This is a scarce Nepalese made, .577 second model, 3 band Enfield rifle which is a copy of the British 3 band .577 Second Model Enfield rifle where the barrel is held in by three solid barrel bands retained by spring clips inset into the walnut stock. British made 2nd model rifles were made between 1855 and 1858 and the Indian models mirrored this date in manufacture so it is possible that this rifle saw action in the Indian mutiny in 1857. In 1858 the .577 3 band rifle was replaced by the 1st model Indian .700” Musket which was one of these rifles bored out to .700” with a smooth bore, a v notch rear sight and a block foresight. The rifle differs to the British made guns in that there are no markings on the lock plate, the rear sight is marked in Nepalese script and the lower sling swivel is the Pattern 1842 musket one. The top of the barrel is stamped in Nepalese script and the barrel near the breech plug has a circular mark near to the joint. The 3 grooved rifled barrel is clean with some staining from residue. The butt plate, trigger guard and nose cap are made of brass, the trigger guard and tang of the butt plate carry Nepalese script. The walnut stock carries the usual bumps and knocks from service. The cocking and firing actions work crisply. See Section A, Muzzle Loading Arms on pages 5 & 6 , item RB 33 for the similar Enfield made rifle made between 1855 and 1858 in Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this musket in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 21393:31
£875.00
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