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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” damascus 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

CRIMEAN WAR 1856 Dated British WD Enfield Tower Pattern 1853 .577 Calibre 2 Band Muzzle Loading Percussion Carbine. Sn 16238 - 16238
This pattern of Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This is a very good Crimean war dated, example of the British 1853 Pattern Carbine. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and dated '1856' together with ‘Tower’ (Enfield). It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block & brass trigger guard with extended tang. The wood is impressed with ‘WD & Broad Arrow’ mark together with ‘2 NEW’ most likely a Regiment or Unit mark (unknown). The rifle has its original steel ramrod, sling swivels, block and blade fore sight and its original flip up rear sight. The barrel’s bore has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has black powder proof / inspection marks. Total length is 40” with a 23 ¼” barrel. The cocking & firing actions work correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 16238
£975.00

**SOLD**SOLD**8/5**MINT BORE, Victorian British Martini Henry .577x 450 Obsolete Calibre MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle With Mark 1 Trigger. Sn 16233 - 16233
This is an excellent MK II Martini Henry .577x 450, MK I converted to MK II, Short Lever Service Rifle. It has excellent all original woodwork. The metal work is undamaged, has Birmingham proof marks and excellent blue finish throughout. It also has numbers ‘52’, ‘1184’, and ‘588’ stamped on the metal work and small inspection marks (illustrated). There is no manufacturer’s name or dates on this rifle. It has a 33” barrel and is 49 ½” overall length. The rifled bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and the weapon cocks and dry fires perfectly. It is complete with original steel cleaning rod, sling swivels & bayonet lug. It has smooth steel butt plate and MK 1 grooved trigger. It has flip up ladder sight and block & blade fore sight. The 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 16233
£0.00

Transit Cased Winchester 1901 Patent 10 Gauge Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Black Powder Signal Cannon On Wheeled Carriage. Sn 16222 - 16222
This is an excellent Transit Cased Winchester 1901 Patent 10 Gauge Black Powder Signal Cannon. The 10 gauge, Winchester Breech Loading Signal Cannon was designed and patented by Charles H. Griffith for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1901. The cannon were first offered for sale in the March 1903 Winchester Catalogue. These cannon emitted loud noise and smoke & were used to start yacht races. The steel cannon barrel of our example is 12” long. It’s smooth bore has staining consistent with age & use. The underside of the barrel and trunnion have matching numbers ‘378A’. The breach mechanism with hinged hatch and hammer mechanism is in good working order. The hammer is fitted with pull cord and wood toggle. The barrel is marked “NOT FOR BALL” and has Winchester manufacturer detail, calibre and 1901 Patent information (all illustrated). The cast iron wheeled carriage has cast markings “W. R. A. Co, Trade Mark, Registered in U. S. A.”. The cannon comes with its original wood transit case with hinged lid an hook fasteners. The wood is intact but has surface wear and small rareas of old stable worm to be expected. The lid has very faint stencilled lettering ‘Yacht Club’. One side of the case has a brass carry handle. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre black powder signal cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16222
£1,200.00

RARE, Crimean War 1855 Dated, French Model 1853 Chatellerault Arsenal Infantry Chasseur Sharpshooter’s Muzzle loading .700 Minie Ball Calibre Percussion Rifle With Brass Hilt Chatellerault Arsenal Yataghan Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. Sn 16225 - 16225
This is a rare and desirable French Minie Rifle of the Crimean War, together with its correct and well fitting bayonet. It is a Model 1853 Infantry Rifle, as issued to and used by the elite Chasseur Units in the Crimea. The rifle is dated 1855, the middle of the Crimean War, and was made at the French Royal Manufactory at Chatellerault. It has a flat Minie sight, graduated to 1,100 metres, and has the same four grooves and similar bore as the longer and more cumbersome British issue Minie rifle, 0.702 inches (17.8mm). The bore of the 34” barrel has well defined rifling and just light staining consistent with age and use. It measures 49 ½” overall length. The metal work has even patina is dated 1855, signed by the Chatellerault Arsenal and has proof marks. The metal is numbered ‘523’ which is repeated on the all original wood stock which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The barrel has the correct military bayonet lug, sling swivels and it has its original steel ram rod. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work correctly with a nice tight action. The rifle comes with an original French sword bayonet. The steel fullered single edged ‘T’ back Yataghan blade has staining consistent with age and is 22 ¾” length. It has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. It has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The blade is marked with the name of the French Chatellerault Arsenal in French. It is complete with the correct steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16225
£1,295.00
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