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AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH, RARE, Victorian English C1860’s Patrick Of Liverpool .700” Bore Percussion Holster Pistol To The Liverpool River Police. Sn 14055 - 14055
The River Mersey has borne silent witness to much over the years, non more so than during the American Civil War, the North of England supported the Confederacy due to its reliance on the Cotton producing South. So in addittion to the normal lawlessness one would associate with a Seaport the size of Liverpool, there was the intrigue associated with the support of the Confederate States of America (The CSA Embassy was in Rumford Place, Liverpool 2) including the Smuggling of General goods and the illegal transportation of Gunpowder. At a meeting of the Liverpool Borough Police Watch Committee on the 12th January 1865, upon the recommendation of the Head Constable, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company agreed to fund a River (Mersey) Police. The River Police was formed in June 1865, with the responsibility of patrolling the river itself. Its initial strength consisted of one Inspector, three Sergeants and thirteen Constables. The main duties of the New Force related to the movement of Cargo and Policing of general movement of Seamen, Cargo and Explosives. Volatile Explosives and ammunition would be removed by the River Police and would be taken to the Magazines at New Brighton. Although a part of the Borough Police, the officers of the River Police wore a separate distinctive Badge and collar dogs. These would be worn on a Naval style double breasted reefer coat. The main working uniform of men was normal uniform issue trousers and a thick Naval Pullover with the Police logo and in some instances the officers number thereon. The role of the River Police was a dangerous one as the duties entailed weaving in and out of the shipping lanes, boarding moving boats and the rescue of persons in distress. This is a rare .700” bore percussion holster pistol marked to the Liverpool River Police. It is 15 ½” overall with a 9" round steel barrel. The barrel has black powder proof marks and it has a clean smooth bore with no pitting. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer and brass furniture. The side plate is engraved by the manufacturer 'Patrick Warranted' (Jeremiah Patrick was an English Liverpool based Gunsmith between 1795-1814. The business was then taken on by Edward Patrick between 1814-1820 & finally by Ann Patrick into the mid 1800’s. The top of the barrel is crisply engraved ‘River Police Liverpool’ and one side of the brass butt cap is engraved ‘B/17’ (weapon number or Police designation). The pistol is as found and un-messed with. As is common with these pistols its ram rod is absent. The metal has no damage and even patina. The wood has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The price for this nicely marked historic River Police pistol 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 14055
£1,450.00

Victorian, English 1840-1850 John Cunningham, Manchester 20 Bore, Percussion Police Pistol With Silver Shield Escutcheon To No.5 Division, Cheshire Constabulary With Belt Bar & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14054 - 14054
John Cunningham was an English Gunmaker with premises at 3 Broad Street Pendleton & Quay Steet, Manchester between 1840 & 1850. This is an original Victorian, Mid 1800's Victorian, Police percussion pistol by Cunningham. It is 12” overall length with a 6” browned octagonal barrel which is 15.66mm muzzle diameter (approx. 20 Bore). The smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The barrel has a small brass blade fore sight. The Walnut furniture is a nice deep brown with chequered grip and steel furniture. The wood is undamaged with just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has its original wood ram rod with threaded end and brass cap. The side plate is marked 'Cunningham Manchester'. The top of the wrist has a nice inlaid silver shield escutcheon crisply engraved '5 Divn Cheshire Constabulary'. The action functions perfectly. Price for this sought after Police percussion 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 display or collection. Sn 14054
£1,450.00

QUALITY, C1840 English William Parker London Constabulary Pattern .577” Regulation Bore Percussion Uniform / Overcoat Pistol With Octagonal Barrel To Holborn Police Office Lambeth (London). Sn 14061 - 14061
The gunsmith William Parker (1722-1841) is recorded as having premises at various premises in London between1793 & 1841 including 233 High Holborn, Chamber Street and Glass House yard. His Sons continued the business after his death in 1841 and the company later became the prestigious Parker Field, makers of quality firearms and edged weapons, many of which were supplied to the British Military & Police (see page 190 of Browns book ‘British Gunmakers Volume 1’ ). This is a fine quality William Parker of London Percussion Overcoat Pistol. Made around 1840, this is the type of pistol made by Parker and later Parker Field, that was routinely carried by Victorian Police Officers in London. It is a sturdy, heavy 4 1/2" octagonal barrelled pistol with smooth bore. It measures 8 ½” overall length. The bore is excellent, clean with no pitting. The top barrel flat is crisply marked ‘Holborn Police Office Lambeth’ (London). The stock is made from rich English Walnut with brass furniture. It has its original wood ram rod with horn end cap. The lock is engraved 'W.Parker' and the action with heavy Dolphin hammer and foliate engraved decoration works perfectly. The action has a safety bolt which operates at half cock. This is an excellent Victorian English Police pistol to a named Police Office by a quality maker. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 14061
£1,450.00

Victorian, 1844 English Enfield Tower Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue .550 Bore Percussion Pistol Weapon Number 12 Converted from Flintlock With Captive Ram Rod & Belt Bar. Sn 14060 - 14060
This is an excellent original Victorian, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue percussion pistol by Enfield. It is 12” overall length with a 6 inch barrel which is .550" smooth bore. The bore is clean with no pitting. The Walnut stock is a nice deep brown with brass furniture & is undamaged with just the bumps & bruises to be expected. It has its original captive ram rod & the barrel has crisp ordnance / proof marks. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring and The butt plate tang is engraved with armoury weapon number '12'. The stock fitted with belt bar. The side plate is marked ‘Tower’ (Enfield) with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and dated ‘1844’. The action functions perfectly. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14060
£1,175.00

C1900 Martini Action .297/230 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle. Sn 14020 - 14020
This is a very good Martini Action .297/230 obsolete calibre Cadet Rifle. These Rifles were used as military training rifles. It is complete with sling swivels, blade foresight & adjustable ladder rear sight. The 27 ½” steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action. It measures 43” overall length. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate has a small ‘Crown below AF’ inspection mark and number ‘36918’. The metal and wood have no external manufacturer marks. 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 14020
£675.00

Victorian Enfield MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, Short Lever Officer's Private Purchase Rifle Retailed By Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham. Sn 14070 - 14070
Victorian British Officers & Militia Units regularly purchased their own Martini Henry Rifles. These Rifles were manufactured by Enfield to the same specification as their Military counterparts and sold into the retail market for private purchase. This is a very good, original, Victorian private purchase, MK II .577x .45 Martini Henry, short lever Rifle. It has its original, sling swivels, cleaning rod, block and blade fore sight, flip up rear sight and has all original woodwork throughout. The steel barrel's bore is clean with sharp and well defined rifling. The action works as it should. The top of the barrel is marked by the Victorian Retailer ‘Joseph Bourne & Son, Birmingham’ (illustrated). 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 14070
£1,200.00

1851-1852 English Witton Daw & Co London .650” Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol With Rifled Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 14042 - 14042
The English Gunsmiths Witton Daw & Co are recorded as having premises at 57 Threadneedle Street, London between 1851 & 1852 (see page 216 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion pistol by Witton Daw & Co. It is 14 ¾” overall with an 8 ¼” octagonal barrel. The top barrel flat is lightly signed ‘Witton Daw & Co Threadneedle St London’. The barrel’s bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. It’s steel side plate, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial & stepped butt plate with hinged trap have light foliate engraved decoration. The side plate is signed ‘Witton Daw & Co’. It has a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a lovely walnut stock with chequered grip and inlaid German Silver escutcheon at the wrist. The pistol has its original captive steel ramrod. Its cocking and firing actions work as they should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 14042
£1,200.00

1829-1857 English William Egan Bradford Yorkshire Steel Frame 17 Bore Belt Pistol With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Ramrod. Sn 14041 - 14041
The English Gunsmith William Egan is recorded as having premises at Hustler Gate, Bradford, Yorkshire between 1829 & 1857 (see page 214 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent steel framed percussion belt pistol by Egan. It is 10 ½” overall length with a 5 ¾” octagonal brown wash steel barrel which has black powder proofs. The barrel’s smoothbore has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 16.45mm muzzle diameter which is approx. 17 bore. The top of the barrel is crisply signed ‘Egan Bradford’. The action, Dolphin hammer, trigger guard and pommel cap with hinged trap have fine foliate engraved decoration. It has a brass bead fore sight, ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and captive steel ram rod. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The Walnut grip with fine chequering is excellent & undamaged. The back of the grip is inlaid with void German Silver escutcheon. 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 14041
£895.00

LARGE, Original, 19th Century Oriental Cast Bronze Lantaka Ship's Quater Deck Pirate Defence Cannon (Swivel Gun) With Wooden Display Stand. A 573 - A 573 / 14075
Lantaka were a bronze cannon mounted on the quarter decks of ships travelling around the Malay Archipelago in the 1800’s. Their use was greatest in pre-colonial South East Asia especially in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The guns were used to defend against pirates. Many of these guns were mounted on swivels and were known as swivel guns. The smaller ones could be mounted almost anywhere including in the rigging. This is an original 19th Century Cast bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon. It is an unusually large example measuring 35 ½” in length and has a 1” diameter muzzle opening. It has the correct 5 ½” hinged bronze mounting spike with thick cast curved arms secured to the barrel by lugs either side of the barrel which allows vertical elevation. The barrel is ornately decorated with foliate and geometric designs and it has a flared ornate muzzle. The barrel has fixed sights which are incorporated into the cast design. The centre section has 2 cast stylised Fish or Dolphin form handles. The barrel is open and it has its original open touch hole. The rear of the barrel has a tubular handle for directing fire. The Lantaka comes with a later, quality, purpose made heavy duty wooden display stand which fits the Lantaka spike snugly and allows it to freely rotate 360 degrees horizontally and positioning of the barrel up and down vertically . The Lantaka itself weighs a hefty 20.6 Kilos and the display stand 3 Kilos (23.6 Kilos together). This historic Lantaka would make a superb display / conversation piece. The price includes UK delivery. N.B. As an antique black powder cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 573
£1,675.00

MATCHING NUMBERS 1868, Belgian, Albini-Braendlin Front Hinge Breech 11mm Calibre Military Service Rifle With Socket Bayonet. Sn 13988 - 13988
The Albini rifle (or Albini-Braendlin rifle) was a single-shot 11mm rifle adopted by Belgium in 1867. The action on the Albini rifle was designed by an Italian officer Augusto Albini and was perfected by an English gunsmith, Francis Braendlin. The rifle has a front-hinged, forward lifting action that has a mechanism which works together with the hammer-striker assembly to simultaneously lock and fire the rifle. When fired, the striker moves into the back of the breech block striking the firing pin and locking the block in place at ignition. Both striker and firing pin move in the same line as the rifle bore. Pulling the hammer back withdraws the striker from the breech block allowing it to be lifted on its pivot pin by means of a small fixed knob on the right side of the block. This is an excellent example of the Albini-Braendlin 11mm calibre service rifle. It has 33 1/2" barrel which is clean with crisp rifling and measures 53 1/2" overall. It has all original wood work which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. It has a steel trigger guard with extended tang, adjustable ladder rear sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet block, a rear sling swivel, the front one is missing and original steel clearing rod which is nicely stamped "E 1639" which matches the number stamped under the ladder frame rear sight on top of the barrel and one the firing mechanism. It has the correct hinged breech which is stamped with " D 474" and heavy military hammer. The barrel is stamped with inspection marks and '1868' date. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle is complete with an original socket bayonet with 17 3/4" triangular blade which has a small stamped mark which appears to be 'FJI' or 'PJI'. The socket is stamped 'J669' and fits the rifle snugly. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 13988
£795.00
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