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Victorian Officers Silver Gilt ‘Manchester Regiment’ Helmet Plate (Maker Hobson & Sons). 19289:12. - 19289:12
The Manchester Regiment was formed on the 1st of July 1881 when the 63rd and 96th Regiments of Foot were amalgamated under the Childers Reform. However, the Regiment can trace its history back a further 123 years prior to this date. Hobsons began their uniform business close to Woolwich Barracks, South London, England. Clothing and Regimental Regalia were made for all members of the armed forces using traditional tailoring and handcraft techniques. Hobsons business grew to such an extent that by 1860 five shops were open in and around the Woolwich area. Their expertise and reputation for quality was rapidly established among customers, particularly the locally based Royal Artillery. Lexington Street London W.1 was acquired for Hobsons around 1880. Gold and Silver wire embroidery was produced here along with the weaving of lace. In the basement, the Leather Accoutrements department produced specialist goods of all descriptions. By the turn of the century the new Hobsons factory and offices in Tooley St (between London Bridge and Tower Bridge) were in operation. Several hundred employees worked at making all garments and accessories required for the Guards uniforms. In the 1930's Hobsons purchased a disused church hall with a plot of surrounding land at Thundersley, Essex with the long-term plan of drawing all parts of the business together into one place - this would take another 60 years. 12 cm in length and 11 ¾ cm wide. All 3 lugs are present and the maker ‘Hobson & Sons’ plate to the rear. The price includes UK postage and packaging. 19289:12.
£395.00

**AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WARS & NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA** Original, British, Pre 1785, Tower, Short Land Pattern, 42 inch Barrel, Brown Bess .75 inch Calibre, Smooth Bore Musket with 4 ram Rod Tubes. Sn - 21851:4
This is an original, unmessed with early British Tower, Short Land Pattern, 42 inch barrel Brown Bess .75 inch calibre musket. The musket measures 58 inches overall with a barrel length of 42 inches. The barrel has and has Crown & GR proof marks stamped on top of the breach which dates it to pre 1785. After that date, the proof marks were stamped on the side of the breech. The lock has the early swan necked cock and is fitted with the double bridal, a modification introduced after 1760. The swan neck lock and the lockplate both have double line engraving. The lock plate measures 7 x 1 ¼ inches is nicely engraved with TOWER GR (George Regina) and an inspection mark. The cock clamp screw is both screwed and slotted. The steel frizzen spring has the correct finial next to the mounting screw. The stock has 4 brass ram rod pipes, the top one has the trumpet shape and the second one has a coned front of the early muskets. The bottom two pipes are parallel is form. The stock is carved round the squared off barrel tang and the breech has the baluster turning in front of the tang. All of the screws and fittings are in good condition with little signs of wear. The butt is fitted with the short land pattern butt plate and has the blank brass escutcheon at the wrist held in place by a single screw through trigger guard. The musket is fitted with the correct steel mushroomed head ramrod. There is not much wear to the musket and the lock works nicely. The barrel has a nice patina and the bore has staining and residue with use. The walnut stock is in a nice condition with no cracks with only minor knocks and bumps with age and at some stage had an old contempory repair to the stock and fore end which has been nicely done. This is nice untouched example of an early Tower, Short Land Pattern, 42 inch Barrel, Brown Bess. See British Military Longarms 1715-1815 by D.W.Bailey and British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore. Delivery is to the U.K. mainland by arrangement and at cost. Sn 21851:4
£3,450.00

**VERY RARE**MINT BORE**1864 American Civil War James H. Merrill’s 2nd Type 1858 / 1861 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Brass Furniture, Steel Saddle Bar & Ring. A 1119 - A 1119
The Merrill carbine was a breechloader firearm designed by Baltimore, Maryland gunsmith and inventor James H. Merrill. It was one of several firearms made by Merrill in fulfillment of contracts with the Union Government during the U.S. Civil War and were issued to Cavalry units. The carbine is loaded by pulling back the flat, knurled steel lugs on the breech cover and lifting it to reveal the breech and inserting the cartridge. The carbines were produced in two versions: First Type and Second Type. The First Type included a brass patchbox in the stock. The Second Type was produced without the patch box. The carbines were in service with the Union army during the civil war between 1863 and 1865. This is an excellent original example of the 2nd type Merrill 1858 / 61 patent carbine. The metal work is undamaged with even aged patina. Its original wood stock is all original. The 20" barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. It measures 37” overall. The carbine is fitted with 2 leaf rear swivel sight & blade fore sight. It also has a steel saddle bar & ring (there is an old stable repair to a fine crack on the stock at the rear saddle bar screw). It has a brass butt plate, barrel band and trigger guard. The action plate is stamped with Merrill’s name & 1858 -1861 patent detail ‘J.H. Merrill Balto Pat July 1858 / Apl 9. May 21-28-61’ together with 1864 date & American Eagle mark (all illustrated). The breech cover has ‘J.H. Merrill Balto Pat July 1858’. The carbine is serial number '16588' which is stamped on the hinged breech cover. This type 2 carbine is correctly without patch box. The weapon’s loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this very rare 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. A 1119
£2,495.00

Victorian British Ebonised Wood Painted Police Truncheon With Panel ‘S.C.’ (Most Likely Special Constable). Sn 21834 - 21834
This is an original Victorian ebonised wood Police Truncheon. It is 17 ¼” length and has highly coloured decoration in Gold, Red and Black featuring The Queens Crown with Royal Cypher 'VR' (Victoria Regina) above a shield panel with lettering ‘S.C.’ within (Most Likely Special Constable). It has a turned grip with rounded end. The paint has areas of surface wear consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21834
£275.00

SOLD SOLD (05/07) Victorian London Metropolitan Police (MP) ‘K’ Division (Stepney Bow) Number 533 Painted Truncheon By Field 233 Holborn (London). Sn 21835 - 21835
After Sir Robert Peel presented ideas on the reformation of British Policing by implementation of a civilian, paid and trained Police Force, the British Parliament passed the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829 resulting in the formation of the London Metropolitan Police Force. Between 1829 and 1830, 17 local divisions each with a central police station were established, with each division assigned a letter. Letter K was allocated to Stepney Bow. This is an original painted Victorian Metropolitan Police Truncheon. The staff is made from ebonised wood wood, the body is painted Black and the grip unpainted natural wood all varnished. The body of the staff is hand painted with Queen’s Crown and Stylised Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) in Gold, Red, Green, White & Black with Initials ‘MP’ (Metropolitan Police) in Gold on a field of red with a Gold Foliate border. The sides of the Truncheon have stylised ‘stars’ in Gold and Red. The decorations colours are vivid but are rubbed in areas. The shaft is impressed with Stepney Bow Divisional letter ‘K’ above weapon or Constable’s collar number ‘533’. The truncheon has a contoured grooved grip recessed for wrist strap with rounded pommel which is crisply impressed by the manufacturer ‘Field, 233 Holborn (London)’ (Later Parker Field who produced quality Victorian Sword and Police Hanger blades). The truncheon measures 17 ½” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21835
£0.00

**NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA** Extremely Rare, Original, Quality, British, Henry Nock, Screwless Lock. Duke of Richmond’s Pattern Musket, Short Land Pattern, 39 inch Barrel, Brown Bess .75 inch Calibre, Smooth Bore Musket. Sn - 21851:5
This is an original, Quality, unmessed with British, Henry Nock Short Duke of Richmond’s Pattern Short Land Pattern Musket, 39 inch barrel Brown Bess .75 inch calibre musket fitted with a Nock Screwless Lock. This musket is modelled on the Duke of Richmond’s pattern musket made between 1794 and 1797 in 2 variations with 42 inch barrels. This musket measures 55 inches overall with a barrel length of 39 inches. The barrel has and has 2 London proof marks stamped on side of the breach with HN (Henry Nock) stamped between them. The breech plug also has a sighting groove in it. The patent Nock lock lockplate is engraved on the side H NOCK and has 2 line engraving round it. The original muskets were made with 4 ram rod tubes. This is a short land pattern Brown Bess musket made to the Short Land Pattern with 3 ram rod tubes and a steel ramrod. The barrel is retained by 3 flat steel wedges instead of round pins. The butt is fitted with the short land pattern butt plate and the lock is retained by a flat side plate with 3 screws in it. The cocking and firing mechanism work as they should with a strong spring pressure. The bore has staining and residue with use. The quality walnut stock is in a nice condition with no cracks and has only minor knocks and bumps with age. This is nice untouched example of an Henry Nock screwless lock Brown Bess short land pattern musket. See British Military Longarms 1715-1815 by D.W.Bailey and British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore. New evidence from surviving prototypes illustrates the development of the rare musket that has become known as the ‘Duke of Richmond’s Musket’. The need for large quantities of arms to fight the wars with France resulted in the abandonment of this excellent gun in favour of the lower quality but much faster to make India Pattern Musket, and afterwards many Duke of Richmond Muskets were converted to conventional locks and then lost in the Tower of London fire of 1841. Only a handful of examples exist today. See British Military Longarms 1715-1815 by D.W.Bailey and British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore. Delivery is to the U.K. mainland by arrangement and at cost. Sn 21851:5
£6,750.00

George IV (1820-1830) Old City Night Watchman’s / Exeter City Police Painted Truncheon Number 26. Sn 21836 - 21836
The ancient City of Exeter had their own Police Force from 1836 recruited from members of the old city night watch under the superintendence of Captain Hugh Cumming. In 1966 the Force amalgamated with the Devon & Cornwall Police. This is an original hand painted George IV Truncheon. The presence of the King’s Royal cypher indicates that it was made during his short reign 1820-30 prior to the formation of Exeter City Police in 1836 so was most likely issued to the Old City Watch before going into Exeter Police service. The wood staff is painted dark green and the turned grip unpainted natural wood. The handle is pierced for wrist strap which is absent. The shaft has painted decoration with Stylised Royal Cypher ‘GR IV’ (George IV Rex) in Gold above ‘26’ weapon or watchman’s number. The staff has a colourful large panel with heraldic arms of Exeter City topped by King’s Crown. The decorations colours are vivid. The truncheon measures 18” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21836
£495.00

19th Century Ottoman Empire 24 Bore Miquelet Lock Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Tiger Stripe Olive Or Palm Wood Stock, Silvered Hand Tooled Decoration, Action & Barrel Arabic Gunsmith / Family Signatures & Ram Rod. Sn 15226 - 15226
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has an octagonal 34" long steel sighted barrel which is 14.93 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 24 Bore). The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel & action have Arabic roundels most likely gunsmith and or family name. It has steel barrel bands. The hammer and action have ornate silvered decoration. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original Olive or Palm wood stock has an attractive Tiger stripe hue and bone or Ivory inlays. The stock has old stable repairs. It has a steel ball end trigger on the underside of the stock. The butt is mounted with decorative metal plates. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. The rifle cocks and dry fires but due to age and condition it is advised that this action is not performed to avoid damage to the action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15226
£895.00

Extremely Rare, Original, British, George II Era, Pre Land Pattern, 42 Inch Barrel Brown Bess .75” Musket by Buckmaster of London. Sn - 21851:6
This is an extremely rare pre Land Pattern Brown Bess musket by Joseph Buckmaster, a London gunsmith who traded from 1730. Robert Buckmaster obtained the freedom of Gunmakers Company on 11th July 1727 and his proof piece was accepted in 1730. In 1732, he was in business at Preston’s Yard, Hatchet Alley, Towerhill in London. His makers mark was a star over IB. From 1740, there was increasing mention of a short land pattern musket that had started about 1720. The long pattern had a barrel length of 46 inches and the short pattern had a barrel length of 42 inches. The short pattern was fitted with a wooden ramrod. Very few of these pre Land Pattern muskets survive and most are in museums. This is an unmolested example of the Pre Land Pattern 42 Inch Barrel Brown Bess .75” Musket. This musket has a barrel length of 42 inches and an overall length of 58 inches. The stock is carved round the squared off barrel tang and the breech has the baluster turning in front of the tang. The flat 6 ½ inches by 1 ¼ inches long lockplate is signed BUCKMASTER with two line engraving and a small decoration behind the cock. The lock has an early single bridle for the frizzen and is retained by 2 sidenails from the flat brass sideplate. The barrel is London proofed and carries the makers mark star over IB (Robert Buckmaster) between the proof marks which was Josephs Buckmasters mark. The barrel is retained at the breach by a screw from the trigger guard instead of being secured from the top. The stock has a flat brass butt plate and the trigger guard is solid behind the curled trigger. The brass tipped ash ramrod is retained by 3 ram rod ferrules. Where the ramrod enters the stock, there is no ferrel fitted as on late models, only a plain wooden ram rod channel. The musket is stocked to 2 ¾ inches form the muzzle with a simple small rectangular block foresight. Brass nosecaps were generally added after 1750. There is a blank oval brass escutcheon fitted to the top of the wrist. The barrel is smooth with a nice patina and the bore has staining and residue with use. The lock has a strong and crisp action. The walnut stock is in a nice condition with no cracks with only minor knocks and bumps with age and at some stage it has had an contempory old small inlet repair to the fore end top which has been nicely done. At some time the guns original swan necked cock has been replaced with an India pattern ring neck cock usually due to the fragility of the swan necked cock and probably long service of the gun as the sides of the wooden butt have been contemporary decorated with small brass nails with Waterloo on the right hand side and Salamanca on the left hand side. See Great British Gunmakers, 1540 – 1740 by W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, page 453, British Military Longarms 1715-1815 by D.W. Bailey and British Military Firearms 1650-1850 by Howard l. Blackmore. Delivery is to the U.K. mainland by arrangement and at cost. Sn 21851:6
£7,450.00

*Excellent/Late 1930-1935 BSA Standard 4th Series .177 Air Rifle (L Prefix). 21842. - 21842
The fourth series was the final series to contain ‘L’ and ‘S’ prefixed rifles. Once more, the primary visual difference was in the stock, as BSA introduced a revised angular pattern with a much more pronounced pistol grip. Some late 4th series rifles falling into the L38000 to L40000 serial number range and dating from 1935 had features like the earliest A series, such as one hole trigger blocks. This example has its serial number ‘L38742’ has its serial number stamped lower on the trigger block, nearer to the trigger on the left-hand side of the block. Other late 4th series features are flat rather than rounded tops to the breech blocks, around the loading hole and the presence of an underlever axis pin rather than the screw that was fitted to earlier rifles (see page 120 of The Book of the BSA Air Rifle 1905 to 1939 by John Milewski – also available on our site). The metalwork retains much of its blueing with only very minor signs of age-related wear. The woodwork is excellent with a few marks which is to be expected. The walnut is in good condition and has the BSA letters carved in relief amongst the chequering on both sides *mark to right hand side*. The rifle has been chrono-graphed and cocks, loads and fires as it should. The price for this scarce rifle includes UK delivery. 21842.
£475.00

Post ‘1901’ Kings Crown Officers Silver Gilt Bedfordshire Regiment Helmet Plate. 19289:4. - 19289:4
The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was the final title of a line infantry regiment of the British Army that was originally formed in 1688. After centuries of service in many conflicts and wars, including both the First and Second World Wars, the regiment was amalgamated with the Essex Regiment in 1958 to form the 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot). However, this was short-lived and again was amalgamated, in 1964, with the 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk) and 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester's Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire), and the Royal Leicestershire Regiment to form the present Royal Anglian Regiment. This example is in fine condition with all 3 lugs intact. 12 ½ cm long and 10 ¼ cm wide. The price includes UK postage. 19289:4. (Drawers)
£375.00

C1803-1812 British General Service Stove Pipe/Shako Plate. BA 385. - BA 385
A shako is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor, and sometimes tapered at the top. The British pattern "stovepipe" shako is a tall, cylindrical type of headwear. The stovepipe was used by the infantry of the British Army from around 1799. From 1800 on, the shako became a common military headdress worn by the majority of regiments in the armies of Europe and the Americas. Replacing in most instances the light bicorn, the shako was initially considered an improvement, and its use was continued until the end of the Peninsular War, 1814. This is a British ‘General Service’ example, Solid brass, 156 mm in length and 104 mm wide with fixing holes intact. See ‘The British infantry shako, in: Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 15, No. 60 (Winter, 1936), pages 188-208 by Alex. R. Cattley. The price includes UK delivery. BA 385. (Drawers)
£345.00
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