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WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Calibre Rifle With Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 13624:25 - 13624:25
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army. Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War. This is an excellent example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle. In calibre 8x 56R, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork. The breech is very faintly stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886. It is complete with correct cleaning rod and fitted with sling swivels, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The rifle comes with its original Sword Bayonet which has a clean 18 ½” single edged blade with fullers. It’s steel cross guard with muzzle ring is stamped ‘QQ842’. Its slab wood grips have the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The push button on its steel pommel works correctly. The bayonet has its original black steel scabbard with steel frog bar. The scabbard has no dents. Price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:25
£795.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Straight Pull Rifle. Sn 13624:23 - 13624:23
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military mark ‘D7+CI’ and the steel butt plate with 'Swiss Cross' together with numbers ‘3’ and ‘374’. The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '49040' on the breech housing, bolt, barrel and magazine. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its firing action works perfectly as it should and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. Price includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 13624:23
£745.00

***SOLD***SOLD*** Quality, Victorian C1850 W. Greener Birmingham .650” Bore Hunting Rifle With Mint Rifling. Sn 13668 - 13668
The famous W.W. (William Wellington) Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. He produced weapons uner the names W. Greener & W.W. Greener. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a quality hunting rifle by Greener. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The top pf the wrist is inlaid with silver shield escutcheon. Its 33” brown wash round barrel with top flat is .650” Bore. The bore has just light staining consistent with age but no rust or pitting and near mint crisp rifling. The rifle measures 47 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘W. Greener’. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, heavy Dolphin hammer, small blade fore sight & flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial all decorated with foliate scroll work. The fore end block is polished horn. The weapon's loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality Victorian rifle by a prestigious maker 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. Sn 13668
£0.00

SUPERB, Victorian C1870 Isaac Hollis & Sons London .750” Bore Big Game Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Mint Rifled Bore. Sn 13667 - 13667
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 fine Big Game rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut stock with chequered wrist. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. Its 33” brown wash octagonal barrel is a massive .750” Bore. The bore is clean with near mint crisp rifling. The rifle measures 50 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The top of the barrel is signed ‘I.Hollis & Sons London’. The underside of the stock has a void German Silver escutcheon. The rifle has its original ramrod with brass end cap, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs and post fore sight with inset gold line across the top barrel flat & graduated 3 leaf rear sights. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang, trigger guard with extended winged tang and acanthus bud finial and German Silver fore stock block. The weapon's loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this 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. Sn 13667
£1,875.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD 1880 Dated Imperial Russian Infantry Model 1870 Berdan II Single Shot Bolt Action 10.7×58mmR Calibre Rifle. Sn 13624:19 - 13624:19
The Berdan rifle is a Russian rifle created by famous American firearms expert and inventor Hiram Berdan in 1868. Berdam rifles were standard issue in the Russian Army from 1870 to 1891. The model of 1870, or Berdan II, is a single shot bolt action with a distinctive short, pear-shaped, bolt handle. The bolt handle serves as the only locking lug for the action, and when closed, points upwards at a 30 degree angle, rather than horizontally. The Berdan II Infantry rifles were issued with quadrangular socket bayonets. Initial production of the Berdan II was at Birmingham Small Arms in England. The rifles were later manufactured in large numbers by Russian factories at Tula, Izhevsk, and Sestroretsk. The rifle was known for its accuracy, simplicity and reliability. The 10.7×58mmR cartridge used in the Berdan rifles was also invented by Hiram Berdan, with assistance of Russian Colonel Gorloff. This is a very good original example of the Berdan II Infantry rifle. Its original wood work has the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The rifle measures 53” overall and has a 33” round steel barrel. The rifled bore is clean and the weapon has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, steel butt plate and single sling swivel. It has the correct pear shaped bolt. The stock is also slotted for sling. The barrel is marked with crisp Russian Script, numbered ‘69643’ and dated ‘1880’. The metal work has several other small inspection marks. The rifle’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare Imperial Russian Infantry rifle includes UK delivery. As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:19
£0.00

ONE OF 2000 PRODUCED, 1867 Portuguese Contract Westley Richards & Co Whitworth Patent .451 / .483 Calibre Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' Clavinas Carbine. Sn 13661 - 13661
In late 1866 D. Luís da Câmara Leme was instructed to buy Small Arms for the Portuguese Army. This led to 2000 x 20” Clavinas carbines being bought and 8000 x 33” Barrel Monkey Tail rifles for the Infantry. The breech of these weapons consist of a plunger attached to a long handle which, when the breech was closed, lay along the top of the stock neck and was raised to open it, thus earning The nickname of the monkey-tail from its distinctive silhouette. This is one of the 2,000 carbines supplied to Portugal by Westley Richards. It has all original woodwork which is excellent and undamaged. The wood is impressed ‘FA 1877 & FA 1880’. It has a 20" round steel barrel & measures 36” overall. The barrel is stamped ‘Whitworth Patent’ and ‘.451’ & ‘.483’ Calibre detail. The breech is stamped with inspection/proof marks and Westley Richards name. The side plate is also marked Westley Richards & Co together with ‘1867’ date within a triangle. It has a block and blade fore-sight and flip up ladder sight. The right side of the breech has inspection marks and is numbered ‘1277’ (of 2000). The weapon has a bayonet lug on the forward barrel band. It has a brass fore end cap, trigger guard with extended tang and butt plate. It has a superb clean bore with crisp rifling. Its lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech functions as it should. It has its original steel clearing rod. Its loading and firing actions are nice and crisp. Price for this limited production Westley Richards 'Monkey Tail' carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13661
£1,750.00

American Marlin Firearms Company No.32 Standard 1875 Nickel Plated .32RF Single Action 5 Shot Revolver With Tip Up Barrel. Sn 13624:17 - 13624:17
This is a very good example of the Marlin No.32 Standard 1875 .32Rim fire single action revolver with 'fold up' barrel and nickel plated brass frame. It has a 3" barrel and shrouded trigger. It retains much of its factory nickel plating & the action is strong and firm. There are no signs of damage or repair. The original ornate bag shaped gutta percha grips with embossed ‘MFA Co’ (Marlin Fire Arms Company) panels are excellent. The left side of the barrel is stamped ' JM Marlin New Haven CT USA Pat July1875'. The top of the barrel is marked ‘No.32 Standard 1875’. It has a blade fore sight and notched frame rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 13624:17
£575.00

American 1879 Patent ‘Dictator’ Nickel Plated .32 Rim Fire 5 Shot Single Action Revolver By Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 13624:18 - 13624:18
Hopkins and Allen were a Norwich Connecticut based arms manufacturing company. Known as the ‘Dictator’ Model, this revolver is one of many revolvers based on S&W and Colt Patents produced in the 1860’s through to the late 1870s with dynamic or quirky names to attract sales. This is an original example of the ‘Dictator’. It retains most of its original nickel finish. It has a 2 ¾” octagonal steel barrel (7 ½” overall). The top of the frame is crisply marked 'Hopkins & Allen Mfg Co DICTATOR Pat May 27 79 (1879)'. It has a shrouded trigger, steel hammer, blade fore sight and ornate undamaged gutta percha grips. The action is single action only works correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13624:18
£575.00

Victorian British Field Rifle Company Birmingham Martini Henry .577x .450 Calibre Military Rifle Modified For Sporting Use. Sn 13624:3 - 13624:3
This is a very good .577x .450 calibre Martini Henry Rifle. This piece appears to be a British Militia private purchase weapon modified for sporting use. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels and steel butt plate. It is without bayonet lug. The stock is stamped with a faint unreadable ink roundel. The barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. There are date or manufacturer marks on the side plates but the barrel is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13624:3
£795.00

1898 to 1903 J. STEVENS A & T CO Obsolete Calibre .32 Rim Fire No.21 Rolling Block Take Down Bicycle Rifle With External Hammer. Sn 13624:2 - 13624:2
Stevens guns were made at their plant in Chicopee Falls, Mass. From 1864 to 1886 their guns were marked J. STEVENS & CO. From 1886 to 1916 they were marked J. STEVENS A & T CO or J. STEVENS ARMS & TOOL CO. No Stevens firearms were manufactured from 1916 until 1920 when Savage Arms purchased the facilities and name. From 1920 until 1942 (or '48) Savage marked guns J. STEVENS ARMS CO and after that simply STEVENS or STEVENS/SAVAGE. The Stevens name was discontinued in 1991. This is an original J. STEVENS A & T CO No. 21 BICYCLE RIFLE. These short take down rifles had 20" barrels and were advertised as being perfect for cyclists. The rifles were sold with a case that would fit perfectly into the frame of a standard size bicycle (see image of contemporary advert illustrated). These Bicycle rifles were produced between 1898 to around 1903. This is a nice original example of the breech loading rolling block take down J. STEVENS A & T CO No. 21 Bicycle rifle. It has the correct 20” round to octagonal barrel with a clean bore and crisp rifling. It measures 36 ½” overall. Its ‘take down' mechanism is achieved by unscrewing the sling swivel lug on the underside of the action. All wood and metalwork have even patina. The top of the barrel is crisply marked ‘J. STEVENS A. & T. CO. CHICOPEE FALLS MASS U.S.A. PAT APR.1794’ (illustrated, indicating manufacture between 1898 to 1903) and one of the barrel flats ’32 Long’ (calibre). The stock also has crisp Remington Arms Co manufacturer detail. The weapon is serial number '632' which is stamped on the underside of the action tang. The cocking, firing, take down and rolling block actions work perfectly. It has a ribbed wood butt plate, blade fore sight & adjustable rear sight. As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price for this unusual bicycle rifle includes UK delivery. Sn 13624:2
£675.00
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