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1811 - 1838 Irish .550” Calibre Flintlock Traveling Pistol By William Cole, Belfast Northern Ireland. Sn 16445 - 16445
William Cole was a Northern Ireland based Gunsmith with premises at Ann Street, Hercules Place & Castle Street, Belfast, County Antrim between 1811 & 1838. This is an excellent flintlock traveling pistol by Cole. It measures 9” overall and has a 4 ¼” octagonal steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is engraved 'Belfast' and stamped with proof marks. Its hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial & brass ram rod mount. The lock plate is crisply marked '’W. Cole’ and has star burst decoration. The all original dark walnut full stock has a void brass escutcheon on top of the wrist. The wood is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The pistol is complete with its original wood ramrod. Its action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 16445
£695.00

QUALITY, C1800 English, Twigg Of London 54 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel & Folding Sprung Bayonet. Sn 16444 - 16444
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 an excellent, steel framed flintlock pocket pistol by Twigg, London. It measures 9 ¾” overall (bayonet closed) with a 4” screw off steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The frame is marked ‘Twigg’ within roundel surrounded by banners & arms on the left side and the right ‘London’ within roundel, arms and banners. The underside of the frame has crisp proof marks. It has a steel swan neck hammer, sliding safety bolt feature and steel trigger guard. The pistol is fitted with a 3 ½” long folding triangular section blade bayonet. The bayonet block has a sprung steel release button to allow the bayonet to fold into the closed position. When closed the tip of the bayonet fits into a notch in the front of the trigger guard. The bayonet is released and flicks open by pulling the trigger guard to the rear. The pistol’s bag shaped wood grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price 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 16444
£895.00

C1870 Phipps & Co London Retailed, Continental 12 mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Double Action Military Revolver With English Victorian Black Powder Proofs & Lanyard Ring. Sn 16323 - 16323
This is an excellent Continental form 12mm calibre , 6 shot pin fire military revolver. Our example is 11” overall with a 5 ½” round steel barrel with top rib, stepped to octagonal at the breech. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The pistol, in the white has a ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and triangular post fore sight. The barrel and cylinder have English, Victorian, black powder proofs and the barrel rib is crisply signed by the English retailer ‘Phipps & Co 243 High Holborn London’. It has an excellent undamaged, walnut grip. It is side gate loading and has its original captive ejector rod. The cocking and firing actions function as they should in both single and double action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16323
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (08/07) **ALL MATCHING NUMBERS INCLUDING BOLT**1868 Dated French Model 1866, 11mm Obsolete Calibre, Chassepot Needle Fire Rifle. Sn 16415:12 - 16415:12
The Chassepot, officially known as Fusil modèle 1866, was a bolt action military breech loading famous as the arm of the French forces in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. This is an original early needle fire version of the model 1866 Chassepot Rifle in the obsolete 11mm Calibre. It has a 32 ½” barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling. It has steel furniture. It has inspection marks and the breech is dated '1868'. The original stock is walnut has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The bolt action loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. The barrel, bolt and wood have all matching numbers ‘93365’. It is fitted with rear sling swivel, bayonet slide, ladder rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The price for this rare needle fire rifle includes UK delivery. N.B. 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. Sn 16415:12
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (17/07) **MINT BORE** ZULU WARS British 1875 Dated MK I Converted To MK II Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Service Rifle. Sn 16415:11 - 16415:11
This is an excellent original .577x .450 Martini Henry, Service Rifle. It is fully ordnance stamped and has its original woodwork throughout . The stock is stamped with crisp 1875 roundel. It has a block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The rifle retains its original mark 1 grooved trigger. The steel barrel's bore is near mint, clean with crisp Henry rifling. The wood furniture has just the light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The metal work has even patina throughout. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) LSA Co (London Small Arms Company), Mark I to Mark II conversion designation and dated '1875'. The action is numbered ‘7787’. The barrel has several Victorian and WD proof inspection marks as do the trigger guard, lever, butt plate & barrel bands. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle and no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:11
£0.00

NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, British Enfield Tower Dragoon’s .800 Calibre, Flintlock Carbine With Saddle Bar & Correct Cut Down India Pattern Steel Ram Rod. Sn 16415:10 - 16415:10
This unusual variant carbine is similar in form to Napoleonic period carbines featured in Chapter 3 of British Cavalry Carbines & Pistols Of The Napoleonic Era by Chisnall & Davies. Like the Duke of York’s Hussar carbine of 1800 featured on page 58 of the book our carbine has a cut down India pattern steel ram rod. This is a nice example of a Dragoon carbine which has the appearance of a carbine size Brown Bess musket. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped with Georgian crown ‘GR’ (George Rex) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield). It has an 18” barrel (33 ½” overall) and is a large .800 bore. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel is stamped with black powder proofs, inspection marks and indistinct lettering. It has a post fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. It has all original, undamaged Walnut furniture. The wood is impressed with what appears to be ‘I-I’ most likely an armourer’s inspector’s mark and its saddle bar has a small ordnance inspection mark. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:10
£3,250.00

RARE, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, Early, Paget’s, Enfield Tower British .650 Carbine Calibre, Flintlock Short Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘XIV’ (Most Likely To The 14th King's Hussars) With Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 16415:9 - 16415:9
The design of these short Carbines was influenced by the British Cavalry Commander, Sir Henry William Paget 1st Marquess of Anglesey, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge(1768-1854) who sought to find a suitable carbine for his troops when, in 1801, he was Colonel of the 7th Light Dragoons (see pages 87 to 97 of British Cavalry Carbines & Pistols Of The Napoleonic Era by Chisnall & Davies which outlines the history of the Paget carbine and illustrates Paget carbine variations. Page 93 illustrates an early Paget lock variant the same as ours) The flintlock version was adopted by the British Army & designated as the Short Cavalry Carbine. It was the carbine of the English Cavalry until C1830. This is a fine example of the rare, early variant lock, Paget Cavalry carbine. It has nice patina to the metal work throughout. It has a heavy military hammer fitted with flint. The lock plate is crisply stamped with Georgian crown ‘GR’ (George Rex) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and has the correct sliding safety bolt. It has a 15 ¾” barrel (32” overall) and is .650 carbine calibre. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel is stamped with black powder proofs. It has the correct under barrel captive swivel ramrod with end cap, plate with ‘v’ notch fixed rear sight and brass blade fore sight. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. The butt plate tang is lightly inscribed ‘XIV’ (most likely the 14th King's Hussars, a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in 1715. It saw service for two centuries including the Napoleonic Wars). It has all original, undamaged Walnut furniture. The wood is impressed ‘ID’ most likely an armourer’s inspection mark. It’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:9
£3,250.00

**TIPU SULTAN COLLECTION CONNECTIONS**MASSIVE, Late 1700’s English Enfield Tower A* Bore Musketoon With Blunderbuss Type Cannon Barrel Captured By The Sultan’s Army For Use In War Against The British East India Company (EIC) With Ornate Decoration - 16415:8
Tipu, the “Tiger of Mysore” was the last king of Mysore. He was the East India Company’s most tenacious enemy, inflicting numerous defeats on the British, partly through his development of military rockets, before his death at Seringapatam in 1799 when he was defeated by the British Army, led by Major General David Baird. Tipu once said: “I would rather live one day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep”. When the British under Baird’s leadership finally captured Tipu’s capital city, the conquerors were astonished at the jewels, arms and art objects that Tipu had collected. Baird, son of an Edinburgh merchant family, later declared Tipu dead, from a gunshot to the head and three bayonet wounds. After his death many items of Tipu Sultan’s, arms, armour & jewellery were captured and ended up in private collections of British Officer’s who took part in Tipu’s final battle. The musketoon is a shorter-barrelled version of the musket and served in the roles of a shotgun or carbine. Musketoons could be of the same calibre as the issue musket or of a much larger calibre. The musketoon is most commonly associated with Naval use, and pirates in particular. Musketoon barrels were often flared at the muzzle, resembling a cannon or blunderbuss. Musketoons had a brass or iron barrel, and used a wheellock, flintlock or caplock firing mechanism, like the typical musket of the period. Large bore musketoons were loaded with multiple buckshot or pistol balls (generally smaller in diameter than musket balls) and used as shotguns. It is this type of loading that is most associated with Naval use. This an excellent original, massive Enfield Tower musketoon made sometime in the late 1700’s for British Military use. The weapon is adorned with period applied Indian form inlaid gold geometric and foliate designs to the barrel. The wood is also period carved with a foliate design featuring red coloured flowers on stems with leaves. This design matches that found on an embroidered arrow quiver which was part of ‘the Tipu Sultan collection’ sold at 'Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Sale' held on 21st April 2015. This carving indicates capture by Tipu Sultan’s forces for use against the EIC. The musketoon is 46" overall with a flared mouth 30” steel cannon barrel which is 5cm diameter at the muzzle (A* Bore). The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age. The lock is marked with Georgian crown ‘GR’ (George Rex), together with Board of ordnance inspection marks. It has a Swan neck hammer fitted with flint, original Walnut full stock and regulation brass mounts. It has its original steel ram rod. Its cocking and firing action works perfectly. The price for this massive musketoon with ‘Tipu Sultan’ connections 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 16415:8
£4,950.00

**SOLD**SOLD**20/6**MINT BORE, Victorian 1857 British Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern, 3 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 16415:7 - 16415:7
This is an excellent, original British Enfield 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with 1857 date and inspection marks. It has all original walnut stock in great condition, regulation brass fittings including butt plate, brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The blued metal work is excellent. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight & fixed fore sight. It has its original sling swivels. The barrel’s 39” barrel is stamped with proof marks. Its bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The total length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16415:7
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**26/6**Late 1700’s British Enfield Tower Brown Bess .750 Calibre Flintlock Musket. Sn 16415:6 - 16415:6
An original, Tower Brown Bess flintlock musket. It is 52 ½” overall length with a 36” long round steel barrel with fixed foresight. The barrel has indistinct proof marks. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and service use. Its lock plate is crisply marked with Georgian Crown together with inspection mark and ‘Tower’ across the tail. It has a Swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with, iron ramrod, sling swivels, steel butt plate and ordnance pattern brass furniture. The musket’s cocking and firing action works perfectly. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if held as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:6
£0.00
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