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RARE, C1870 Victorian Liege Poachers' 16 Bore Under Lever Break Action 4 Part ‘Take Down’ Pin Fire Single Barrel Shotgun. Sn 15053 - 15053
Victorian Poachers faced heavy penalties if caught in the act of taking game illegally and went to great lengths to conceal their activity. This is an original Liege, Belgian made ‘take down’ pin fire shotgun made in the Victorian era, C1870 & no doubt a useful poacher’s weapon. The weapon is break action operated by an under lever mechanism. The 29” round steel barrel steps to octagonal towards the breech and at a length of 19 ¼” from the muzzle unscrews. The remainder of the barrel is removed from the action by means of a separate small steel lever on the underside of the action. The barrel’s bore is clean. The action has a Dolphin hammer and plain steel action plate. The inside of the action has an ‘ELG’ Liege proof mark and other small inspection marks. It has an undamaged Walnut shoulder stock with steel butt plate. The shoulder stock is removed from the stock wrist and action by means of a twist of lug mounted on a steel plate on the shoulder stock that fits snugly into a recess with steel plate on the wrist. Assembled the shotgun measures 45” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare antique ‘take down’ poacher’s shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15053
£975.00

Victorian C1860 English, John Venables, Oxford 28 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Brown Wash Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15054 - 15054
This an excellent percussion sporting / hunting rifle by John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and German Silver stock mounts. It also has a void German silver escutcheon inlaid. The stock also has a polished horn fore end block. Its 29 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel is signed ‘Venables Oxford’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 46” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Venables’. The rifle has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass worm, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent 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 15054
£1,250.00

Original C 1810 .700 cal Belgian Sea Service Flintlock Pistol, Napoleonic Wars for British Royal Navy use. Sn 15057 - 15057
During the 18th Century the British Royal Navy began standardising their Naval small arms. One such weapon was the Sea Service flintlock pistol. These weapons were used by the British Royal Navy throughout the Wars with neighbouring France 1750- 1815. Due to heavy production demands for Sea service pistols during the Napoleonic Wars the British Admiralty turned to their Belgian allies to produce Sea Service pattern pistols to supplement dwindling British made supplies. Liege pistols, although not the fine quality of the British version were robust, heavy and well made. Our Liege made Sea service pistol was no doubt one of those made for the British Navy in the Napoleonic war era and is in good as found, un-messed with condition. It measures 15 ½” overall with a 9” steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean. The underside of the barrel has a Liege ‘ELG’ inspection mark. The heavy walnut full stock has brass furniture and fixed steel lanyard ring. The lock is plain steel and has a small ‘Crown above DN’ mark (illustrated). The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and the metalwork has nice even patina throughout. The heavy military hammer is fitted with flint. 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 15057
£845.00

1846-1863 English John Venables Oxford 40 Bore Percussion Pistol With Folding Trigger, German Silver Frame & Blued Octagonal Turn Off Barrel. Sn 13834 - 13834
This an excellent percussion pocket pistol made By John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). The pistol is 7 ½” overall with a 3” screw off blued octagonal barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has a small bead fore sight and the action a ‘v’ notch rear sight. The German silver frame and one barrel flat have crisp proof marks. The top barrel flat is crisply signed by the maker ‘Venables Oxford’. Its action is decorated with foliate engraving. It has its original blued Dolphin hammer, folding trigger & undamaged finely chequered walnut grip. The grip is inlaid with a void rectangular German silver escutcheon. The weapon cocks and dry fires as it should. The price 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 private collection or display. Sn 13834
£675.00

MATCH GRADE Victorian C1860 Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London .50 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Target Rifle With Turner’s Patent Rifling & Ram Rod. Sn 15034 - 15034
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 match grade target rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and fore end. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. The stock has an inlaid silver oval disc with indistinct monogram which appears to be 'I.J.B. Lues'. The stock also has a steel fore end block. Its 33” steel barrel is .50 calibre. The bore is clean with crisp Turner’s patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The barrel has faint proof marks with number ‘52’ and is marked ‘Turner’s Patent Rifling’. The rifle has its original steel ram rod, heavy Dolphin hammer, forward sling swivel and rear sling swivel lug, blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang which has foliate engraved decoration. The weapon’s cocking 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 15034
£1,750.00

QUALITY, English, Mid 1800's, Thomas Conway Manchester, 40 Bore, Percussion Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15002 - 15002
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is an excellent original percussion traveling pistol by Conway Manchester. Its octagonal steel barrel is 5" length (9 ¾” overall). The barrel has a silver band inlaid at the breech end and small post fore sight. It has a ‘v’ notch rear sight on the action tang. The smooth bore of the barrel has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The pistol has its original captive steel ram rod. Its action plate, trigger guard and Dolphin hammer are nicely engraved with a foliate design. The action plate is signed by the manufacturer 'Conway Manchester'. The pistol has its original undamaged walnut full stock with chequered grip, German silver stock mounts and Inlaid void German Silver escutcheon. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this desirable pistol 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 15002
£895.00

C1850 English William Probin 16 Bore Percussion Holster Pistol For Cavalry Officers With Octagonal Barrel, Safety Catch Slide & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15055 - 15055
William Probin was a Birmingham based gunsmith recorded as having premises at 11 and 35 Loveday Street between 1821 & 1860 then for 1 year only at 87 Tower Street in 1861 (see page 312 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This English percussion pistol made by William Probin C1850 is in very good condition. It measures 12 ¾” overall and has a browned 7 ½” octagonal steel barrel. The smooth bore is clean. The barrel has small brass post fore sight and ‘v’ notch rear sight. It has a Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang, steel ram rod mount and sliding safety catch feature. The pistol has its original captive steel ram rod favoured by Cavalry Officers. The action and hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘W. Probin’. The dark walnut full stock is all original and has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a chequered pistol grip, German Silver mounts and an inlaid German silver escutcheon at the wrist. Its action works as it should. The price for this pistol worthy of further research regarding the maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15055
£845.00

QUALITY C1840 English R.S. Clarke 16 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistol With Octagonal Damascus Barrel, German Silver Mounts & Ram Rod. Sn 15033 - 15033
This is a quality made percussion pistol made C1840. It is 9 ½” overall with a 5” octagonal Damascus steel barrel. The barrel is fitted with German silver blade fore sight and grooved action rear sight. The barrel’s smoothbore is clean. The barrel has double inlaid silver lines and the action a silver roundel insert. It’s action plate, Dolphin hammer and trigger guard with extended tang have crisp foliate engraved decoration. The action plate is signed by the maker in stylised script ‘R.S. Clark’. Its original walnut stock has a chequered panel pistol grip. The wood has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The stock has German silver fittings (a small piece of one German silver stock mount on the right side of the pistol is absent as can be seen in the images). The pistol has its original wood ram rod with horn end cap. Its action works as it should. The price for this pistol worthy of further research re the maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15033
£975.00

MAN STOPPER C1850 John & William Calvert, Leeds, Yorkshire 16 Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Screw Off Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15000 - 1500
John & William Calvert were English Gun makers with various premises in Leeds between 1797 & 1865 including 73 Briggate, Lowerhead Row & Commercial Street (see page 186 of British Gunmakers Volume 2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion overcoat pistol by Calvert. It measures 6 ¾” overall with a 2 ¼” screw off brown wash octagonal barrel The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The top of barrel is crisply signed ‘Calvert Leeds’. The barrel has a small brass post fore sight and the action has a ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The action, large trigger guard for gloved hand and Dolphin hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The pistol’s original chequered Walnut grip is undamaged and has a void German escutcheon inlaid. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly. 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 15000
£695.00

1872 Dated Model 1850 Imperial German Suhl V.C. Schilling (VCS) .600 Calibre Percussion Uhlan Cavalry & Artillery Pistol Regiment Marked ’21 A.E 1.29’ To The 21st Ersatzbatterie Of Feldartillerie 1 Nr 29 With Integral Nipple Protector. - 15001
The Large Prussian M-1850 percussion pistol was issued to Imperial German & Prussian Lancers & Field Artilley Regiments. They remained in use through the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and was only superseded in 1879 by the M-1879 Reichsrevolver. This excellent original Imperial German M1850 pistol was made in 1872 at Suhl Thuringia Germany by V.C. Schilling (VCS). The same pistols were made at the Potsdam Imperial Prussian State Arsenal. Our example has all original undamaged wood furniture and metal work. The wood has heavy brass fittings including fore end block, butt cap with extended tang and trigger guard. The butt cap has the correct large steel military lanyard ring and is Regiment marked '21 A.E.18 1.29' to the 21st Ersatzbatterie Of Feldartillerie 1 Nr 29 (see page 30 of German Small Arms Markings by Gortz & Bryans for similar markings). The brass fittings have Imperial Inspection marks. The pistol has an 8 ¾” round cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech which is .600 calibre and the pistol measures 15 ½” overall. The pistol’s smooth bore is clean. The breech is faintly dated '1872' and has Imperial inspection marks. The action plate is crisply marked with Imperial Crown and by the manufacturer Suhl V.C.S. The action plate is fitted with an unusual integral nipple protector/ safety feature. The steel lever operated protector has a knurled thumb lever and flat spring. The pistol has a heavy military dolphin hammer, blade fore sight and 'v' notch frame rear sight. The price for this rare pistol 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 15001
£1,200.00
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