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ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle, Sling, Early Production Model 1889 Maschinenfabrik Bern Bayonet & Scabbard. A 1036 - A 1036
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military marks (illustrated). The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '71449' on the breech housing, barrel, magazine, bolt & ‘(71)449’ on the steel butt plate. The steel butt plate also has the 'Swiss Cross' mark. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The rifle comes with an original early production Swiss Model 1889 Schmidt Rubin rifle bayonet. The bayonet is very good condition. The smooth grips are wood and secured with two rivets. The steel pommel has a sprung push button bayonet release which works perfectly. It has a cross guard with muzzle ring. On the underside of the cross guard it has the 'Swiss Cross' military stamp. The crossguard is numbered 81224. The ricasso is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Maschinenfabrik Bern’. The double edged steel blade with fullers measures 11 ¾” (16 ½” overall). Later production bayonets have a small stud welded inside the fuller or a ridge within the fuller to act as a scabbard stop. The fact that ours has neither of these modifications indicates early production (see page 209 of 'An Illustrated History Of bayonets' by Brayley. The scabbard is metal, painted black and has its original brown leather tab with brass rivet at the fixed belt bar. The scabbard has just light scuffs to the black finish and one dent consistent with age and service use. 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. A 1036
£975.00

WW1 Era, 1880 French Military, Fusil Gras Model 1874 11mm Calibre Service Musket With 1879 St Etienne Arsenal Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. A 1035 - A 1035
This is an early breech loading French military rifle. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a very good example. The wood is all original with just knocks bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has heavy military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight, bayonet block, steel butt plate, sling swivels & original cleaning rod. It measures 50 ½” overall with a 30 ½” barrel. The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The breech has the faint indistinct signature of the French Arsenal manufacturer & ‘M1874' model detail together with other numbers and inspection marks and 1880 date (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The weapon is complete with correct sword bayonet which has a clean 20 ½” 'T' back blade. The ricasso has inspection marks. The back of the blade is marked in French ’Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne’ and dated ‘1879'. The bayonet has its original wood grips, brass pommel and steel cross guard with hook quillon. The cross guard has indistinct numbers. The bayonet is complete with original black painted steel scabbard which has a fixed belt bar, no dents and just surface wear to be expected. The scabbard has indistinct numbers near to the throat. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1035
£975.00

RARE, MINT BORE, C1873 British Kynoch Gun Factory converted 11mm / .43 Mauser Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre French Military Chassepot Model 1873 (M1866) Rifle & 1873 Dated French St Etienne Arsenal Model 1866 Brass Hilt Yataghan Sword Bayonet & Scabbard - A 1034
This is a British Kynoch Gun Factory converted French Military Chassepot M1866 rifle. After France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871, the French government attributed a large portion of blame for the their loss on the Chassepot rifle's poor reliability on the battlefield. At this time the Chassepot utilised the needle fire system, French officials were convinced of the need to adopt a metallic cartridge centre fire system. In 1873, France awarded a contracted to the Kynoch Gun Factory, Aston here in the UK to modify and converted their remaining Chassepot rifles for centre fire. These modified rifles were designated the Chassepot Model 1873 rifle and can be identified by the markings on the barrel and receiver. In 1874 the French adopted the Gras Model 1874 rifle, although Kynoch continued reworking the Chassepot's until the late 1870s. During WWI many of these converted Chassepots were put back into service. It has a 32” barrel with a near mint bore, clean & bright with crisp rifling. It has steel furniture with even patina. It has the correct Kynoch Aston factory & calibre markings (all illustrated). The original stock is walnut and is in very good condition with just bumps & bruises to be expected. The wood is impressed with weapon number ‘13’ near to the bayonet lug. The bolt action loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. The rifle is serial number ‘II 14267’. The bolt and bayonet lug have un-matching number. It is fitted with sling swivels, cleaning rod, ladder rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The rifle comes with the correct, original French model 1866 Chassepot sword bayonet (See pages 70 and 71 of ‘An Illustrated History Of Bayonets’ by Brayley). The steel fullered single edged ‘T’ back Yataghan blade has staining consistent with age and is 22 ¾” length. It has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. It has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The cross guard is numbered ‘AB 54258’. The back of the blade is marked with the name of the French Châtellerault Arsenal signature and dated ‘1873' in French. It is complete with the correct steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. The scabbard has original black finish and is stamped with matching number near to the throat. The price for this rare piece 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. A 1034
£1,250.00

MINT BORE, Austrian Military M1886 OEWG 11mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle & Sling. A 1033 - A 1033
The Mannlicher rifle was designed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher and was the first magazine rifle adopted by Austrian Infantry. The M1886 was manufactured by OEWG (Osterreichische Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft roughly translating to Austrian Arms Factory). The rifles in 11mm UK obsolete calibre were officially adopted by the Austrian Military on 20th June 1886. This is an original example of the M1886. It has a 32" barrel with a near mint bore, bright and clean with crisp rifling & it measures 52" overall. Its wood stock has just bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The breech is marked with a small combined 'OEWG' manufacturer's mark & '3557II'. The stock is impressed '6757II' (illustrated). The rifle has original sling swivels fitted with leather sling, block & blade foresight, adjustable rear sight, safety catch, steel butt plate with ‘IIQ’ inspection mark and bayonet bar/ lug. It's straight pull bolt action and firing mechanism work correctly. 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 1033
£895.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY 23/4**1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 17254 - 17254
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is a very good, original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore has residue & staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with numbers 1225 and 5185 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence RI (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this piece of American Civil War 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 17254
£0.00

RARE, WW1 Era, 1879 Dated French Military, Tulle Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (74/80) 11mm Calibre Carbine. Sn 17256 - 17256
In 1874 France adopted a single shot rifle, this single shot rifle was based on the French 1866 Chassepot Needle Rifle. These weapons designated Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874) and the rare carbine variant were the main long arm issue for the French Military and were used for front line service until 1886, when a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel was designed. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a rare Gras 74/80 Carbine. The wood is all original with no damage and just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age & service use. It has heavy brass military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight and is fitted with sling swivels, bayonet slide & original clearing rod. It measures 38 ½” overall with a 20" barrel. The rifled bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The breech is marked by the Tulle Arsenal manufacturer, 'M80 & M1874' model detail and dated ‘1879’ together with number 56211 & inspection marks (all illustrated). It has the correct turn down bolt and its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17256
£1,100.00

C1790 British East India Company (EIC), Brown Bess .75” Bore Muzzle Loading Flintlock Musket, Buff Leather Sling & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 17263 - 17236
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 53 ½” overall length with a 38” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has powder proofs. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC rampant Lion mark together with a small inspection mark. It has its original walnut stock with brass furniture. It has its original iron ramrod and sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work in the white has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 15 ¾”” in length. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the bayonet. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17263
£2,200.00

MINT BORE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle & Leather Sling. A 1032 - A 1032
Lieutenant Colonel TERSSEN E.J.B served with the Belgian artillery. He became director of the State GUN Factory, rue Saint Léonard in LIEGE. In 1867, he registered two Belgian patents for:- a locking system for breech loading firearms & Modifications made to the locking system for breech loading firearms. His rifles were issued to the Belgian army. The American Springfield Armoury converted some of these rifles to .58 Rimfire & .50-70 Centre Fire calibre for use in the USA. This is an original Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle. It has all original wood & metal work. The wood has just knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected and has a contemporary repair to the lower section of the shoulder stock which is secure. It measures 53 ½” overall with a 33 ½” steel barrel which has a near mint bore with crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, graduated 300-500 metres flip up rear sight. It also has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, steel fore end block, bayonet lug and steel ram rod. The barrel has inspection marks, ‘1868’ model designation and is numbered ‘E2095’ which is repeated on the butt plate tang, action and cleaning rod. The breech cover is numbered ‘R500’ and has small inspection marks. The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. 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. A 1032
£895.00

RARE, MINT BORE, American Civil War Era Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent, Model 1865 .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Rifle With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine. A 1030 - A 1030
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army during the American Civil War. The Spencer had an innovative tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a rare, original example of Spencer’s 1860 patent Model 1865 rifle in excellent condition. The metal work has original finish & even patina and its original wood stock has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The 28 ¼” barrel’s bore is near mint with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel is marked ‘M 1865’. The top of the action next to the hammer is numbered '563'. The rifle measures 47” overall length. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block with German silver blade fore sight. It is also fitted with sling swivels, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is crisply stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this collectable, rare, historic rifle 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. A 1030
£2,950.00

SOLD SOLD (11/05) RARE, MINT BORE, 1864-1865 American Civil War, Sharps New Model 1863 .52” Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle With Patch Box. A 1029 - A 1029
The Sharps was one of the best known breech loading guns made by the Union during the American Civil War. Designed by Christian Sharps it featured a vertical sliding block at the breech end of the barrel. The top of the barrel, left and right sides of the receiver have Sharps & R,S Lawrence patent markings and ‘New Model 1863’ designation. The action tang is numbered ‘C,34794’ (the serial number is in the range for 1864-65 production). The steel butt plate tang is stamped ‘N’ (all illustrated. Lawrence was chief armourer at the sharps factory). The rifle’s 30” barrel has a near mint bore with crisp rifling (47” overall length). It has block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight and sling swivels. The metal work has its original finish with even patina. The stock has just light bumps and bruises to be expected and a fine secure hairline crack near to the patchbox which can be seen in the images. The patchbox has a hinged iron lid. The wood has faint factory inspectors cartouches (illustrated). The weapons loading and firing actions operate as they should. This is an excellent example of a scarce, highly desirable and historic Sharps rifle. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1029
£0.00
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