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RARE, ORIGINAL, 17th Century Italian 3 Bore House Cannon With Octagonal Barrel On Wheeled Wood Field Carriage With All Original Period Iron Fittings. Sn 15332 - 15332
This original Italian form cannon was made sometime in the 17th Century. These Cannon were positioned outside entrances to large family residences to defend the homes from attack. The cannon itself and all of the carriage’s original metal work and wood is in very good condition for its age. The wood has some grey paint finish and all of the original iron fittings including many iron pyramid studs, bolts, nuts, wheel rims, trunnion brackets, rope drag bar & ring, strengthening frames & assembly pins have even patina. The cast iron octagonal cannon barrel itself measures 59.7cm length, the touch hole is open and the smooth bore has even patina. The muzzle diameter is 3.2 cm (approx. 3 bore). 3 of the barrel flats have small indistinct but visible proofs (illustrated in image 2). The cannon has even patina, no rust and correct trunnions. The cannon sits on the carriage and is held in place by hinged iron trunnion plates which allow the barrel to be easily removed for inspection or transport. The spoked wood wheels with iron rims, pyramid studded rims and iron supports are secured by iron pins, allowing the wheels to be easily removed for inspection or transport. The cannon including the carriage measures 1.08 Metres overall length, 52 cm width from axle hub to axle hub and 39 cm height from floor to top of muzzle. The diameter of each wheels is 35 cm. This is a rare, historic piece. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15332
£2,750.00

English C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons, London .300 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Top Lever Rook Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15331 - 15331
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent C1900 Isaac Hollis & Sons Rook rifle in .300 CF calibre. The action has foliate engraved decoration. The blued 26” octagonal barrel has a tooled top with panels, one inscribed ‘Isaac Hollis & Sons, London’ & the other ‘Ammunition 300’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. Overall length is 42”. It has excellent all original undamaged Walnut furniture with ribbed butt, chequered fore stock, chequered pistol grip & inlaid brass roundel on the underside of the shoulder stock. It has steel fittings including, trigger guard with extended tang, 3 leaf graduated flip up sights and blade fore sight. The top lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 15331
£1,200.00

Victorian C1860’s Scottish Dickson & Son Edinburgh Private Purchase Enfield .577 Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Rifle With Nipple Protector & Chain, Stock Marked ‘BLC 13’. Sn 15329 - 15329
John Dickson (1794-1880) was an Edinburgh based Gunmaker first recorded as working in 1830 at 60 Princes Street, then as John Dickson & son at 60 & 63 Princes Street between 1840 & 1929. The family business continued as John Dickson & Son Ltd at other Edinburgh addresses and is finally listed as operating under the name Dickson & MacNaughton between 1997-2000 (see page 207 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre 2 Band Rifle by Dickson & Son. It has excellent all original walnut woodwork throughout. The wood is marked ‘BLC 13’ most likely a Regiment or Unit mark. Its steel side plate is nicely signed 'J No Dickson & Son Edinburgh (Scotland)’. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 48 ¾” inches overall with a 32” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod, ladder rear sight, block & blade fore sight, bayonet bar & nipple protector with chain. The barrel has crisp proof/ inspection marks and the bore has crisp rifling and just light staining consistent with age. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This 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. Sn 15329
£975.00

British C1890 Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .295 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Top Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 15330 - 15330
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .295 CF calibre. The action has foliate engraved decoration & calibre detail ‘.295CF’ and the blued 26 ½” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Patent Smooth Bore Rifle’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, 3 leaf graduated flip up sights and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is clean. Total length is 43”. The top lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 15330
£1,375.00

English, Early 1800’s Parsons & Son 1.5 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15327 - 15327
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss. This Blunderbuss is 29 ¾” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with inlaid void silver escutcheon. Chequerd panel wrist, brass mounts including butt plate engraved with banners and arms, trigger guard also with banners and arms, acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is signed 'Parsons & Son' (There are many Provincial gunsmiths named parsons in the late 1700’s / early 1800’s and none recorded in London. This Blunderbuss was likely made by the Gunsmith recorded only as G. Parsons & Sons C1815 at Lichfield Street & Gt Brooke Street Birmingham, see page 302 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). The action has crisp foliate engraved decoration and safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 10 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. Price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15327
£2,400.00

English, 1799-1833, Theophilus Richards, London 3 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 15326 - 15326
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Theophilus Richards a quality English Gun maker & Silver gun furniture maker located at various premises on High Street Birmingham between 1799-1833. Between 1818 & 1833 his premises were known as 'The Royal Patent Waterproof Gun Manufactory' where patents for waterproof locks fashionable in the day were produced. Two Theophilus Richards are recorded. One the Father of the renowned gunmaker William Wesley Richards, the other his elder Brother (see page 50 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This Blunderbuss is 30 ½” overall with a 14 ¼” steel barrel stepped with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 30mm (approx. 3 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer, Walnut full stock and brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is nicely marked 'Richards'. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Theop's Richards’ and has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 11" triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. Price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15326
£1,950.00

EXTREMELY RARE, IMPRESSIVE, ORIGINAL, NAPOLEONIC BRITISH PENINSULAR WAR ERA, 1 ½ Pounder Cannon On English Heritage Supervised Professionally Restored Peninsular War Portuguese Allies Wheeled Oak Field Carriage With All Original Period Iron Fittings. - 15398
The Peninsular War (1807–1814) was a military conflict between Napoleon's Empire (as well as the allied powers of the Spanish Empire), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Portugal, for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. The war began when the French and Spanish armies invaded and occupied Portugal in 1807, and escalated in 1808 when France turned on Spain, previously its ally. The war on the Peninsula lasted until the Sixth Coalition defeated Napoleon and is regarded as one of the first wars of National liberation. During the Peninsular war Britain supplied its ally Portugal with arms including artillery pieces to assist the war effort. This original Georgian 1 ½ pounder field cannon was found in the early 1980’s on its Portuguese form wheeled carriage indicating that this cannon was one of those supplied to Portugal by Britain during the Peninsular war. These Cannon were often pulled / transported by Mules to and around the battle field. Although the cannon itself and all of the carriage’s original metal work was found to be in excellent condition for its age the woodwork had to a great extent perished. To the credit of the finder, they understood the historical significance of this artillery piece and consulted with English Heritage who supplied detailed plans of period artillery carriage construction & with their advice and supervision made an exact reproduction of the woodwork in Oak. The carriage is mounted with a brass plate inscribed ‘carriage made by A.C Cruse Ipplepen Devon April 1982’. All of the original iron fittings including many iron pyramid studs, bolts, nuts, wheel rims, elevation adjustment wheel, trunnion brackets, rope drag hooks, handling bars, strengthening frames, assembly pins and chains were then painstakingly re-fitted to the carriage to bring this superb artillery piece back to life. The cast iron cannon barrel itself measures 100cm length, the touch hole is open and the smooth bore clean. The top of the barrel has the George III crown as depicted on coins of the era and calibre detail ‘1 ½’ (Pounder). There are no visible proof marks on the cannon. The cannon has even patina, no rust and correct trunnions. The cannon sits securely on the carriage and is held in place by the correct removable iron trunnion plates with 4 chains and pins on the carriage which allows the barrel to be easily removed for inspection or transport. All metal work of the carriage has even patina and no rust. The Oak, spoked wheels with iron pyramid studded rims and iron supports are secured by the correct chains and pins, allowing the wheels to be easily removed for inspection or transport. The cannon including the carriage measures 2.1082 Metres overall length, 96.5 cms width from axle hub to axle hub and 73.5 cms height (diameter of wheels). This is a substantial, extremely rare, historic artillery piece and delivery will be by arrangement and at cost. Sn 15398
£9,750.00

Cased, Original C1860’s English Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent .30 Rim Fire Calibre 4 Barrelled Brass Framed Pocket Derringer With Accessories. Sn 15393 - 15393
4 barrelled derringer pistols were made by the American Sharps Company beginning with their 1859 Patent. Their Patents were used by other manufacturers both in America and Britain to make quality pistols. Tipping & Lawden were one of the 20 members of the Birmingham Small Arms Trading Company Limited (along with Hollis & Sheath, Joseph Swinburn and Thomas Turner forming the "big four"). Tipping & Lawden were taken over by Webley & Scott in 1887. This is an original Sharps Patent 4 barrelled pocket derringer in .30 RF calibre by Tipping & Lawden. It is a fully functioning example. The pistol’s barrel cluster has 4 x 3" blued steel rifled barrels and measures 5 ¾” overall. The barrel cluster retains its original blue finish. The frame is brass. It has a brass post fore sight and grooved frame rear sight. The left side of the frame is stamped 'Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent '. The underside of the barrel cluster near to the muzzle is numbered '4112'. The barrel cluster has small black powder proofs. It has a revolving firing pin and loading is achieved by depression of a steel button at the underside of the frame, the barrel cluster can then be moved forward for loading of rounds. It has a shrouded trigger & original undamaged wood grips. The rifled bores of the barrels have just staining consistent with age. Its loading cocking and firing actions work as they should. The pistol is contained in its rare to find original period fitted walnut case with hinged lid and compartments to fit the pistol and accessories. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void brass shield. Internally the case is lined with blue felt and has an original steel cleaning rod and 2 spent brass 30 RF brass cartridge cases. The case has a lock (key absent). The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15393
£1,195.00

SOLD SOLD (06/06) Victorian C1850 William Dudley Birmingham .275” Calibre Double Barrel, Over & Under, Nickel Plated, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Folding Trigger, Revolving / Turn Over Barrel Block & Removable Ram Rod. Sn 15430 - 15430
William Dudley was an English Gunsmith recorded at Weaman Street, Birmingham between 1817 & 1858 (see page 35 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent Victorian percussion pocket pistol with revolving, over & under octagonal barrels. It's steel barrels are 2” in length (5 ¾” overall). Its nickel plated steel frame is undamaged with original finish. The barrels are stamped with Victorian black powder proof marks. The barrels are smooth bore. The bores have staining consistent with age and use. The muzzle openings of the barrels are 7mm (approx. 2.75” Calibre). One barrel flat is signed by the maker ‘W. Dudley’. The action has foliate engraved decoration. The pistol's bag shaped Walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid void silver escutcheon. The pistol has a safety feature forward of the trigger guard which consists of a hooked flange which prevents the percussion cap on the unfired bottom barrel from being struck by accident and safety bolt. The pistol has a folding trigger & cocks and dry fires perfectly as does the revolving barrel action. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15430
£0.00

QUALITY, Late 18th Century English Twigg London Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Pistol With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 15428 - 15428
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is a quality made over & under, tap action flintlock pistol by Twigg. It's round steel screw off barrels are 1 ¾” in length (6 ¾” overall). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notches within the muzzle opening of each barrel (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age and the underside of the action has black powder proofs. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with foliate motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s name 'Twigg' and the right ‘London’. The trigger guard is engraved with a foliate design. It has a steel slide safety, steel pan and hammer which is fitted with a flint. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and the tap action operated by a rounded lever on the left side of the pan functions perfectly. Price for this desirable pistol by a quality maker includes UK delivery. NB as an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15428
£975.00
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