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1871 Dated, Enfield Pattern 1853, 3 Band .577 Percussion Calibre, Second Pattern Snider Rifle by BSA Co. Sn - 21570
This is an Enfield Pattern 1853, 3 Band percussion Snider rifle manufactured by BSA Company in 1871. The lock plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) BSA Co and 1871 (date). The rifle is complete with its 900 yard range ladder rear sight, correct Snider hammer, block and blade fore sight , sling swivels, Baddeley barrel bands and cleaning rod. The wood work is stamped with the Enfield roundel and has the usual age related knocks, bumps and bruises. The rifle is complete with its original brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with the extended tang. The breach block is stamped BSA Co on the top and the breach is stamped with ** and II signifying a second pattern breech block. The 3 groove barrel has a bright bore with well-defined 3 groove rifling together with proof marks. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. The rifle measures 54” with a 39” barrel. See Section C, Snider Arms, 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 21590
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (10/04) 1854-1861 Victorian HMMC (Her Majesties Mail Coaches) Government / WD Broad Arrow Marked 13 Bore Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Guard’s Short 'Coaching' Shotgun By Edmund Balchin Hull. Sn 21515 - 21515
The early Royal Mail Coaches were similar to ordinary family coaches, but with Post Office livery. The first mail coach ran in 1784, operating between Bristol and London. Delivery staff received uniforms for the first time in 1793, and the Post Office Investigation Branch was established. The first mail train ran in 1830, on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The standard armament for a guard on these coaches and trains was a shotgun or blunderbuss & at least one pistol. Edmund Balchin was an English gunmaker recording as working from 1854-1861 at 72 Mytongate, Hull (se page 75 of English Gunmakers by Baily & Nie. This is an HMMC mail coach or train guard’s shotgun by Balchin Hull. It has short 20 ¼” browned steel barrels and measures 36 ¾” overall. The barrels set side by side have smooth bores which have just light staining and residue consistent with age & use. It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist & fore stock. The stock is crisply impressed ‘HMMC’ (Her Majesties Mail Coaches) above Government / WD Broad Arrow Marked and the steel action plates are signed by the maker ‘E. Balchin Hull’. It has steel butt plate & heavy military hammers, double triggers & steel trigger guard with extended tang & ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap. The weapon cocks & dry fires crisply. The price for this antique mail coaching shotgun includes UK delivery. Sn 21515
£0.00

Early 19th Century, British Royal Navy Bosun’s ‘Press Gang’ Waxed Cord Bound Cosh With Integral Weighted Club Ends. Sn 13474 - 13474
Press gangs were well known for the physical force they used in recruiting men into the Royal Navy during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was, however, a practice which Parliament had first sanctioned several centuries earlier. The Crown claimed a permanent right to seize men of seafaring experience for the Royal Navy, and the practice was at various times given parliamentary authority. Impressment was vigorously enforced during the naval wars of the 18th century by Acts passed in 1703, 1705, 1740 and 1779. The men pressed into service were usually sailors in the merchant fleets, but might just as often be ordinary apprentices and labourers. During the wars with France from 1793 to 1815, an impress service operated in British coastal towns. Although further laws passed in 1835 upheld the power to impress, in practice it fell into disuse after 1815. This is an original early 19th Century cosh in the form used by Royal Navy Press gangs when ‘pressing’ men into Naval service. Those resisting ‘the press’ would often face assault and restraint to enforce their ‘recruitment’. This type of cosh were also used as ‘persuaders’ by Bosuns supervising the crew in sailing the vessel and maintaining the ropes, rigging, boats, anchors and stores on board. Clearly this was a role that required very strict discipline, hence this type of instrument commonly used to keep the crew working hard. The cosh is tightly bound in waxed cord. The cosh measures 15 ½” length. The flexible shaft has weighted ‘club’ head ends which double as pommel ends for striking and to assist grip. The cosh is clean with no damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13474 (Truncheons)
£245.00

British Martini Henry .577x 450 Calibre Cavalry Carbine IC 1 By The Braendlin Armoury Company. Sn - 21571
The Martini Henry cavalry carbine was developed to replace the Snider cavalry carbine and was issued to the troops in 1877. There were many delays in its introduction including a reduced power cartridge and lighter bullet to reduce the recoil on the lighter gun. This carbine carries all of the modifications to the carbine including rounding off the leather sight protector screws and the forend attachment. This is an original Martini Henry cavalry carbine IC 1 manufactured by the Braendlin Armoury Company to help to fill the Enfield contract for Martini Henry carbines. The carbine is stamped on the left hand side of the receiver THE BRAENDLIN ARMOURY Co and bears its crossed pennants monogram on the top of the barrels nocksform. The rear sight is graduated to 900 yards and has a fore sight protected by two sight wings. The carbine is fitted with the correct ball ended cleaning rod and fore end. The fore end under the rear sight has a rounded headed screw that originally held a leather sight protector. The barrel has a bright bore with well-defined rifling together with proof marks. The carbine carries the serial number 09671 under the action. See section D, Martini arms, RB 100 on page 19 and 20 of the Catalogue of the Enfield Pattern Room, British Rifles, published by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and chapter 8 together pages 91 to 96 with the plate on page 94 in The Martini-Henry for Queen and Empire by Neil Aspinshaw. The price for this antique rifle includes UK delivery and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21571
£1,200.00

RESERVED RESERVED **RARE**WW1 Era British Officer's Private Purchase Pritchard Greener 1916 Patent Trench Fighting Bayonet For Webley MK VI .455 Service Revolvers With Scabbard & Leather Frog. Sn 21608:3 - 21608:3
Designed by Lieutenant Arthur Pritchard of the British 3rd Royal Berkshire Regiment these bayonets were originally produced by the Arms Company W.W. Greener in Birmingham for Private Purchase by Officers serving on the Western Front. Constructed with a custom brass hilt which attaches to the standard .455 calibre Webley MK VI Revolver these weapons utilised the front portion of the "T" cross section French Gras Model 1874 Bayonets which were very available during WW1. This is an excellent Pritchard Greener bayonet, as with most surviving examples, made post WW1 using original WW1 parts. It has the correct brass hilt crisply stamped with the 1916 patent detail 'Patent No.17143/16'. It has the correct sprung steel locking catch incorporated into the cross guard. The ‘T’ form blade measures 8 ½” length (just under 13” overall). It is complete with steel scabbard and leather frog with belt strap loop & buckle. The price for this rare bayonet includes UK delivery. Sn 21608:3 (NB The Webley MK VI Revolver illustrated in the images is not included & is for demonstration purposes only) **bayonet in box 3**
£475.00

INERT DEACTIATED. British WW1, Royal Flying Corps 3lb Practice Bomb. Sn - 21609
INERT DEACTIATED. This is a British WW1 3 Lb practice bomb that was used by the Royal Flying Corps and the early Royal Air Force for bomb aiming practice. The bomb has a cast iron body with tinned vanes and a plunger initiator designed to emit smoke on landing. The bomb retains much of its original bray painted finish and is complete with its tin plate rear cover. The bomb measures 7 3/8 “ long with a fin diameter of 3”. Accompanying this bomb is a detailed drawing and a letter of authentication from the Royal Air Force museum dated 1994. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21609
£295.00

**COMPLETE ORIGINAL MINT **Early WW1 Christmas 1914 Princess Mary's Brass Gift Fund Box Containing An Un-Opened 1914 Dated Packet Of Tobacco, 1914 Dated Carton Of Cigarettes, Correct Monogramed Christmas Card & Associated Machine Gun Corps Sweetheart Pin - 21608:4
It was Princess Mary's express wish that 'every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front' should have the present. The gifts were devised in October 1914 and intended for distribution to all who were serving overseas or at sea, in time for Christmas 1914; afterwards, with the fund in surplus and many feeling they had been ‘left out’, distribution was extended more widely – to all who were serving, whether at home or abroad, and to prisoners of war and the next of kin of 1914 casualties. The contents of the gift fund tins varied, some with tobacco and cigarettes such as ours and others with pencils, notepads & chocolate. This is a complete, original early near mint condition WW1 Christmas 1914 Princess Mary's Brass Gift Fund Box Containing An Un-Opened 1914 Dated Packet Of Tobacco, 1914 Dated Carton Of Cigarettes, Correct Princess Mary Monogramed Christmas Greeting Card in its original envelope with the name ‘Miss T. Johnson’ hand written in pencil (most likely a relative, wife or girlfriend of the recipient). Also in the tin is an original period Brass King’s Crown Machine Gun Corps Sweetheart Pin with hinged pin fastener most likely a gift to Miss Johnson from a member of the Machine Gun Corps. The price for this piece of WW1 memorabilia includes UK delivery. Sn 21608:4 (corridor shelf near cannon balls)
£275.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. RARE, British, WW1, Number 20 Mark 1 Rifle Grenade. Sn - 21610
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is a rare, original WW1, British ‘Grenade, .303 inch rifle No.20, Mk I’. The grenade is of the Hales pattern and is an adaption of the number 3 rifle grenade with the omission of the arming wind vane safety device and filled with a different explosive. The grenade has a heavily segmented cast iron body with brass nose and tail fittings including the nose fuze. The grenade is fitted with a 10 inch steel rod to fit in the barrel of a .303 rifle and still retains the original safety split pin, pull ring and string chord. See pages 63-68 in ‘GRENADE’ British & Commonwealth Hand & Rifle Grenades by Rick Landers. The grenade is in superb condition and no licence is required to possess this inert grenade in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21610
£675.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. German, WW1, Granatenwerfer 16 High Explosive Fragmentation Trench Mortar. Sn - 21611
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is a German WW1 high explosive fragmentation Granatenwerfer 16. The weapon was first introduced into the Austrian army in 1915 and adopted in a modified version by the Germans in 1916 as the Granatenwerfer 16 for use as a small easily transportable trench mortar giving indirect fire in the trenches. The Granatenwerfer is a type of spigot mortar where the hollow tail of the mortar fits over the spigot of the launcher. Ammunition came in various forms including smoke, high-explosive, illumination, and propaganda mortars. This is a high explosive fragmentation mortar with a segmented body. The fin assembly of the mortar unscrews and consists of a turned steel tube with four sets of thin pressed steel fins riveted to it for stabilising the mortor which are in good condition. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this mortar in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21611
£275.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. WW1, 1917 Dated, Mirrored Pair of Trench Art French 75mm Brass Cartridges Cases Decorated With Pears, Leave & Branches. Sn - 21612
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is a mirrored pair of exquisitely ornate WW1, 1917 dated, trench art cartridge cases that were originally fired from a French 75mm field gun. The cases been hammered, fluted, stretched and decorated with pears and leaves on a branch. The decoration on the cases is of a high quality and have been mirrored to give a left and a right handed pair. The cartridge cases are dated 1917 and are in excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this WW1 trench art in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21612
£375.00

German, WW1, MG.08 Maxim Machine Gun Rear Sight Paperweight Mounted on a Sculptured Ground Steel Plate. Sn - 21613
This is a rear sight that was originally fitted to a WW1,German, MG08 Maxim machine gun which was used to devastating effect in WW1. The rear sight elevates and the range slider mover to elevate the sight. Th sight is mounted with 4 screws on a heavy ground steel block that has been milled out on each of the long sides to enable a finger grip for it to be used as a paper weight. The sight is graduated to 2000 metres and is distinguished by the sight notch being offset to the left. The base measures approximately 6 inches by 2 ¼ inches by 5/8 inches thick. The paperweight weighs approximately 1.38 kilograms. The rear sight is shown next to a MG08s rear sight which is not included in the sale. The price for this WW1 paperweight includes U.K. delivery. Sn 21613
£395.00

DEACTIVATED INERT. German, WW2, 1Kg Incendiary bomb & a Burnt Out Nose Section. Sn - 21614
DEACTIVATED INERT. This is an original German WW2 1Kg Incendiary bomb that was air dropped in containers by German bombers in WW2. The bombs were used to great effect in the German Blitzes during the early part of WW2 against British cities. The bombs were made of a magnesium alloy body including the fuse holder and would burn brightly and furiously once ignited. The bombs filling was thermite which burns at a very high temperature, ignited the magnesium body. The bombs body has three tail fins of pressed steel with a steel reinforcing ring at the tail. The assembly is soldered together from four pieces of pressed steel and are held to the bomb by 3 short steel screw pins. The incendiary bomb is in good condition and the fins are still held to the body by three screw pins. Together with this bomb is a burnt out nose section from a burnt out incendiary bomb. The nose is stamped AZ8312 8036 Rh c over 143 G * Waa123 waffenampt. See pages 27 and 139 in German Air Dropped Weapons to 1945 by Wolfgang Fleischer. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this inert incendiary bomb in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 21614
£295.00
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