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SOLD SOLD (15/08) C1880 Cased, English Thomas Bissell Birmingham Nickel Plated & Blued .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre 6 Shot Pocket Revolver With Octagonal Barrel & Accessories. Sn 19817 - 19817
Thomas Bissell was an English Birmingham based gunmaker recorded at 23 ½ Staniforth Street, in 1879, he was co-patentee of the Rigby Bissell bite action mechanism (see page 172 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is very good nickel plated & blued .32 Rim Fire 5 shot revolver made by Thomas Blissell. The pistol has a 3 ½” octagonal barrel. The barrel, action, grip frame and butt have foliate engraved decoration and are nickel plated. The sheathed trigger, removable barrel spigot, spigot catch and side gate are blued. The barrel’s bore has just light staining consistent with age & crisp rifling. The pistol has a blade fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The barrel is signed ‘T. Blissett’ alongside number '410’. The barrel also has black powder proofs. The pistol's single action firing mechanism works crisply. The chequered walnut grip is excellent and undamaged. The pistol is contained in its fitted Walnut case lined with blue felt. The case has compartments to fit the pistol and accessories. The case has a hinged lid with inlaid void brass roundel and lock (key absent). The case also contains a steel cleaning rod with brass ball finial and a white metal oil container with screw top lid and integral applicator tool. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 19817
£0.00

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

C1860's American Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York 5 Shot Brass Framed .30 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Revolver Converted From Cup Primed Teat Fire With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 19816 - 19816
An original cup primed Teat fire revolver by Merwin & Bray Firearms Co New York period converted to rim fire . It has a 3 ½” octagonal barrel with top rib which is marked “Merwin & Bray Firearms Co NY”. “Merwin & Bray New York” is repeated on another barrel flat. It has an undamaged brass frame stamped “1427” which is repeated on the underside of the barrel. The barrel’s bore has just light staining and crisp rifling. The front sight is a half round German silver blade. It has a grooved frame rear sight. Originally as a teat fire revolver it would have had a captive ejector rod mounted on the side of the frame to eject the front loaded teat fire cartridges, the ejector rod has been removed as part of the conversion to rim fire and the cylinder which would have been sealed at the breech end, replaced with open cylinders for rim fire cartridges. The grips are smooth varnished rosewood which have just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel, removable cylinder and hammer retain some of their original blue finish. The pistol is single action only. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19816
£695.00

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

SOLD SOLD 30/07) Mid 1800's Smith & Wesson Transitional Model 1 ½ 'Tip Up' Barrel .32 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre 5 Shot Revolver. Sn 19815 - 19815
The American Civil War created a large demand for handguns of all shapes and sizes. S&W had been successfully producing their Model 1 Pocket Revolvers and Their Model 2 belt revolver. There was however a demand for a pocket revolver in a larger calibre than their Model 1 .22 Calibre pistol. To cater for the demand S&W introduced their Model 1 ½. This pistol referred to as the 'Transitional Model ½’ was made using some parts taken from the production line of their Model 1 and Model 2 revolvers. This is a good original example of the Smith & Wesson Transitional Model 1 ½ 'Tip Up' Barrel 5 shot Revolver in .32 Rim Fire Calibre. It has a brass blade fore sight & 'v' notch plate rear sight. The metal work has even aged patina and its original dark wood grip has just bumps and bruises to be expected. The butt is numbered 58671. It has a sheathed trigger and the top of its 3 ½” barrel with top rib is marked with S&W name & Patent detail (illustrated). The rifled bore is clean. The pistol measures 7 ¾” overall and its single action firing mechanism works crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19815
£0.00

INERT DEACTIVATED 1943 Dated Unfired German WW2 5cm Patr 39 Armour Piercing Caped, High Explosive Tracer (APC/HET) Round For The Pak 38(PanzerAbwehrKanone 38) Anti-Tank Gun and the KwK39, L/60 gun the main armament of the Panzer lll tank. - O 1729
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is a 1943 dated unfired German WW2 5cm) (50 x 420R) Patr 39 Armour Piercing Caped, High Explosive Tracer (APC/HE/T) round for the KwK38 (Kampfwagenkanone) gun, the main armament of the Panzer lll tank and the Pak 38 (PanzerAbwehrKanone) anti-gun. The brass washed steel case for this round has two crimp rings and is nicely headstamped mp-b 215 6360St 5cm Pak va (Kabel- u. Metallwerke Neumeyer AG, Nurnberg) amp 288 43 (1943 date) Waffenampt WaA836. The cartridge retains most of its original black stencilling on the side above the base 5cm Pak 38 260g NzBl P.6 6 and various other faded stencilling. The base retains the traces of white stencilling Sprg = Spreng explosive) with the filling charge details on it. The unfired armour piercing caped, high explosive, tracer (APC/HE/T) projectile is fitted with a single sintered iron driving band and is stamped on its base 42 (1942 date) ayi 83C FES (cintered iron driving band) Y 19 . The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert round in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1729
£595.00

Victorian Era, Brookes & Crookes Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With German Silver Cross Guard & Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 19827 - 19827
In 1859 the Sheffield cutlers John Brookes & Thomas Crookes appear in Melville & Co’s Commercial directory of Sheffield as manufacturer’s of knives and dressing case instruments. The Company had a warehouse, workshops, engine house & grinding wheel behind a house on St Philip’s Road on the outskirts of the cutlery making district of Sheffield. The workshop / factory was named the Atlantic works and was previously the address of knife maker Thomas Wigfall. The Company took advantage of the booming American market making Bowies for the British & American export (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an excellent Victorian Bowie Knife Brookes & Crookes. It measures 12 ¼” overall with a 7 ¼” spear point bowie blade which is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is stamped by the maker ‘Brookes & Crookes Sheffield’ together with their ‘bell’ trademark. The excellent chequered polished Buffalo horn scales are undamaged and secured to the tang by German Silver pins. The cross guard is German Silver. The dagger is complete with brown leather open top scabbard with belt loop. The vertical edges of the scabbard have tooled decoration. The scabbard has a German Silver throat mount & chape. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact with just light rubbing to the leather consistent with age. The price for this excellent Victorian Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 19827
£775.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. Original Early WW2 American Pineapple Mk 2 High Explosive Hand Grenade. - O 1730
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is an inert unfired original early WW2 American Pineapple Mk 2 high explosive hand grenade first adopted in 1918 and used throughout the Second World War. This example has a segmented cast iron body with a lozenge cast into it. The grenade retains much of its original yellow painted finish. This finish was changed to olive green in 1942 due to the grenade easily being seen. The green blended in with the green uniform. This grenade is fitted with a MZ00A1 fuse which is complete with its original fly off lever and safety pin/ring. The grenade has no hole in its base. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert grenade in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1730
£325.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. Original Early WW2 American Pineapple Mk 2 High Explosive Hand Grenade. - O 1731
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is an inert unfired original early WW2 American Pineapple Mk 2 high explosive hand grenade first adopted in 1918 and used throughout the Second World War. This example has a segmented cast iron body with a lozenge cast into it. The grenade retains some of its original yellow painted finish. This finish was changed to olive green in 1942 due to the grenade easily being seen. The green blended in with the green uniform. This grenade is fitted with a MZ00A1 fuse which is complete with its original fly off lever and safety pin/ring. The grenade has no hole in its base. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert grenade in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1731
£325.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. Rare, British, WW1 (1915 dated) No 82 Marl II Nose Fuse For The 4.5 inch Howitzer Shrapnel Round Engraved Festubert May 1915 Trench At Mounted Inkwell. - O 1723
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is nice a piece of British trench art made from a number 82 nose fuse mounted on the top of a 4.5 inch Howitzer Shrapnel shell top and converted into an inkwell. This fuse was a modified British No 80 time and percussion fuse and the time element was altered at the lower settings by a small steel plate riveted on to the bottom time ring by three brass rivets. The fuse has had the insides removed and the top hinged to open with a brass hinge. This would originally have held a glass ink pot. The fuse is mounted on a turned circular plinth. The brass fuse adaptor at the top of the shell body is nicely engraved Festubert May 1915. The Battle at Festubert was to try and break the attrition of trench warfare and ease the pressure on the Ypres front. This took and took place with British forces between the 15th and 27th of May, 1915. British forces attacked at Aubers Ridge on the 9-10 and 15th May 1915 followed by the Canadian Brigades on the 24th May 1915. The fuse is nicely stamped on the alloy top No82 II, 2/14 (February 1914 date of manufacture) and the manufacturers monogram. No licence is required to possess this piece of British trench art in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. O 1732
£295.00

DEACTIVATED INERT. British Boer War Era, Vickers Son & Maxim 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom Nose Fused HE (High Explosive) Round Factory Presentation Round. - O 1723
DEACTIVATED INERT. This is an early British, Boer War Era 37mm (37 x 94R) Pom Pom nose fused HE (High Explosive) Factory presentation round. the cartridge case is engraved on the side VICKERS MAXIM POM POM and has traces of silver plating at the bottom and on the base. The cartridge case has no headstamp and the primer has been struck. The round is fitted with a nose fuse high explosive projectile with two copper driving bands and a brass screw in nose fuse which are both unmarked. Vickers gave these presentations round out as part of their factory advertising and are seldom encountered. The price for this rare factory presentation round includes UK delivery and no licence is required to retain this inert round in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1733
£225.00

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
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