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RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine With Correct Rare To Find Leather Barrel Cover. Sn 16317 - 16317
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure its original and rare to find leather barrel cover. The cover has a stitched seam which is intact and the leather has scuffs consistent with age but no tears. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 5953 and the loading lever has matching number. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16317
£1,945.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

English, 1799-1833, Theophilus Richards, Birmingham, 3 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16316 - 16316
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Theophilus (Theop's) 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” overall with a 14” steel cannon barrel 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 fitted with flint, Walnut full stock and brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is nicely marked by the maker 'Theop’s Richards'. The top of the barrel is also signed ‘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 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The 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 16316
£1,975.00

SOLD SOLD (15/05) Victorian Era 10 Bore Black Powder Muzzle Loading Cannon With Wheeled Wooden Carriage. Sn 15993 - 15993
This is a very good, Victorian 10 Bore black powder muzzle loading cannon. The black painted cast iron cannon barrel is 16” overall length. The barrel has trunnions & pivots for adjustable firing position. The touch hole and bore are open. The period wood carriage with stepped side elevations has solid wood wheels, iron trunnion plates and rings. The carriage is 7 ½” overall width. The price includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique muzzle loading black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15993
£0.00

MINT BORE, SUPERB, Victorian 1841- 1859 Mrs Elizabeth Fletcher, Gloucester, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Live Pigeon Sporting Shot Gun. A 1012 - A 1012
Thomas & Elizabeth Fletcher were part of a Gloucester based gun making family. Thomas is first recorded at 161 Westgate Street 1841-59. Mrs Elizabeth Fletcher is then recorded on her own at 158 Westgate Street 1862-1870. The family including their sons continued in the gun making trade at other Westgate Street addresses and the Company is recorded as E. Fletcher & Sons in the 1930’s then finally recorded operating as Fletcher’s Sports Ltd 1955 – C1972 (see page 220 of British Gunmakers by Brown). This is a superb large calibre, live pigeon sporting shotgun by Elizabeth Fletcher, made at the family’s 161 Westgate Street premises before she moved to 158 Westgate Street. This type of gun were popular at live Pigeon shooting competitions before the invention of ‘clay Pigeons’ when live Pigeons were released from cages to be shot by competitors and for hunting use. It is a large 6 bore but well balanced and designed to be fired from the shoulder rather than from a punt or bank as many other guns of this bore were made for. It has a 33” blued steel barrel. It measures 49 ½” overall length. The smooth bore is pristine, clean with no pitting. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist and fore stock. The fore stock has a scalloped polished Buffalo horn end cap. The top of the wrist is inlaid with silver escutcheon engraved with a stylised monogram. The action has best quality tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘E. Fletcher’. The barrel is signed ‘Elizabeth Fletcher 161 Westgate Street Gloucester’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1012
£2,450.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Leech & W.Ling Gunmakers Marked 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank / Punt Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. A 1010 - A 1010
William John Leech was an English Gunmaker recorded as having premises at Castle Alley 1813-14 & Union Street Whitechapel C1817. William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863 (see pages 180 & 178 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 signed by Leech & W. Ling. This size of gun (5 feet 1inch overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl or mounted on punts. It is 8 bore and has a 43 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & polished horn fore stock cap. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and is impressed ‘W.Ling’ indicating that the stock was supplied by the gunmaker William Ling. The wood has heavy brass mounts and heavy brass butt plate. The action plate and barrel block are signed ‘Leech’ (most likely William John Leech) It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1010
£2,750.00

Victorian 1840- 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1009
£2,450.00

QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1860’s Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London 12 Bore /.750 Musket Calibre Big Game Rifle With Octagonal Damascus Barrel & Accessories. A 1008 - A 1008
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 a quality Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. Its 33” octagonal Damascus steel barrel is .750 Musket Calibre (12 Bore). The top barrel flat is signed 'I.Hollis & Sons Makers'. The underside of the barrel has proof inspection marks. The bore has just staining consistent with age and use and the rifling is crisp. The rifle measures 51” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The underside of the stock has a void brass escutcheon and the shoulder stock has a patch box with hinged steel lid. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end caps, heavy Dolphin hammer, blade fore sight & fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with additional 2 leaf hinged sights graduated 100 & 200 yards. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang which has foliate engraving, trigger guard with extended winged tang & acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The weapon is contained in its correct but later wood case with hinged lid. The case has a void brass plate set into the lid and a lock with key. It is lined with green felt and the inside of the lid has a nice paper trade label to I. Hollis & Sons. The inside of the case is contoured to fit the rifle and it's later but correct accessories which include tools, adjustable powder flask marked ‘James Dixon & Sons Sheffield’ and ‘Parker Hale Ltd’ and a heavy brass and steel single ball bullet mould stamped ‘No 12’ and ‘Trade Mark’ together with ‘B’ within diamond cartouche . The price for this cased quality Victorian rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1008
£2,750.00

Late 1700’s, English Wilson London Queen Anne Style Flintlock Pistol With .600" Calibre Screw Off Cannon Barrel & Cudgel Butt. Sn 16246 - 16246
This is an excellent English flintlock pistol in the Queen Anne style made sometime in the late 1700’s. It is 12” overall length with 6 ¾”, .600” calibre screw off cannon barrel. The barrel’s bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The barrel block has crisp black powder proofs and is signed ‘London’. The action is signed by the maker ‘Wilson’ (most likely William Wilson, a London gunmaker recorded as working at 154 Minories 1767-85 as William Wilson & Co, then as William Wilson alone 1786-93 until when he is then recorded as working as William Wilson & Son 1794-1808 when he then reverts to William Wilson 1809-1832, see page 215 of Vol 1 British Gunmakers by Brown) . The pistol has a Swan neck hammer. The pistol’s cocking and firing mechanism works as it should with a crisp action. It’s original walnut stock is excellent & undamaged. The stock has a heavy steel cudgel butt with tooled decoration that could be used as a striking weapon. The price includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16246
£1,475.00

QUALITY, English 1757-1758 Joseph Heylin Cornhill London Pair Of Queen Anne Style Flintlock Pistols With .700" Calibre Screw Off Cannon Barrels & Heavy Ornate Sterling Silver London Dog's Head Butt Plates. Sn 16203 - 16203
Joseph Heylin [1750-1800], made brass cannon barrels, flintlock pistols and brass barrel flintlock blunderbusses. Heylin was recorded as a Gunmaker, at the Cross Guns, Cornhill, 1757 .He became a Master Gunmaker in 1777 and is recorded as a Gunmaker and stone crossbow maker, 48 Cornhill, 1757-79; 100 Bishopsgate, 1780-1; Aldersgate Street 1796. He was a Contractor to East India Co., 1773-7; Hudson Bay Co., 1775-7; African Merchants Co., 1760 (see Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850). This is a fine pair of flintlock pistols by Heylin in the Queen Anne style. They are 13” overall length with 5 ¼”, .700” calibre screw off cannon barrels. The barrels bores have staining and residue consistent with age & use. The underside of the actions have crisp black powder proofs. The actions have foliate engraved decoration with scrolling banners. The left banner is signed ‘Heylin’ & the right ‘Cornhill London’. Both have Swan neck hammers fitted with flints. The cocking and firing mechanisms of both pistols work as they should with crisp actions. Their original walnut grips are excellent & undamaged. Both have ornate silver stock mounts. Both ornate 'dog's head' butt plates have very small sterling silver hallmarks ‘Lion Passant B’ for London 1757-1758 (see page 30 of Jackson’s Hallmarks edited by Ian Pickford). The price for this elegant, matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistols no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16203
£2,750.00
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