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SOLD SOLD (30/10) British 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower 3 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle 1869 Dated Stock marked ‘FD’ (Fusiliers Depot). A 587 - A 587
This is an excellent original 3-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the side plate ‘Enfield Tower’, dated 1869 and is stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has excellent, all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has a block & blade foresight and ladder rear sight. The barrel's rifled bore has light staining consistent with age and use. The barrel has Victorian proof/ inspection marks. Total length is 55” with a 39" barrel. The metal has excellent original finish and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has poker work initials ‘F.D’ most likely ‘Fusiliers Depot’. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 587
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (20/10) C1870 Victorian English, Hanson Doncaster, 16 Bore, Double Damascus Barrelled Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 14624 - 14624
There are many Gunmakers named Hanson recorded as working in Doncaster Yorkshire between 1829 and 1901 (see pages 237 and 238 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol.2). This is an excellent Victorian, double barrel muzzle loading shotgun. It has undamaged Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and void inlaid silver escutcheon. The shotgun with double 24” Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 40” overall. The barrels are 16 bore. The bores have light staining consistent with age. The barrels near to the breech have inlaid silver bands and both sides of the action have inlaid silver roundels. The action plates and action tang have foliate engraved decoration. It’s trigger guard has an extended tang & acanthus bud finial. The central barrel rib is signed ‘Hanson Doncaster’. It is complete with its original brass capped wood ram rod which has a steel worm. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14624
£0.00

C1840 Archer Of London Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Rifled Barrel. A 586 - A 586
This is an excellent English percussion pocket pistol made by Archer of London made C 1840 (there are several Birmingham based Gunsmiths named Archer recorded in that era but we can find no record of this London based maker). It is 8” overall with a 2 ¾” turn off blued steel barrel which is 11.44 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 40 bore). The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has plain bag shaped wood grip which is undamaged & has a void, oval silver escutcheon inlaid on its top edge. It has a strong cocking & firing action. Both sides of the action have scroll engraving within which, on the left, is the name of the maker 'Archer' & on the right 'London'. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. 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. A 586
£395.00

BEST QUALITY, 1766-1770 William Staples .750 Musket Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistol With Gold Inlays & Octagonal Damascus Barrel. A 585 - A 585
This is a best quality English Flintlock Duelling pistol made by William Staples who had workshops at 64, Bull Street, Birmingham between 1766 - 1770.. It measures 15 ½” overall and has a 9 ½” octagonal damascus steel barrel with blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The barrel has 2 inlaid gold bands and gold inlaid escutcheon embossed ‘Staples’. It has a swan neck hammer fitted with flint, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial, steel butt cap and steel ramrod mounts. The action has a sliding safety bolt. The metal work has best quality, crisp tooled decoration. The lock plate also has a gold inlaid escutcheon embossed ‘Staples’. It has a dark walnut figured stock with crisp chequering at the grip. The pistol has a wooden ramrod with horn end cap and ribbed brass tip. It’s cocking and firing action work as they should. The metal and wood of the pistol are excellent and have no damage. This is an excellent highly decorated , large calibre English Dueller. The price for this pistol which is worthy of further research 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. A 585
£2,450.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Late 19th Century, Victorian English Schofield London & Birmingham Martini Action .577 x .450 Calibre Large Game Cape/ Sporting Rifle With 7 Leaf Graduated Rear Sights & Period Gun Slip By Brady Halesowen. A 584 - A 584
This is a Martini action large game Cape rifle by Schofield London & Birmingham (most likely William Schofield recorded at 36 Weaman Street, Birmingham 1873-1882, see page 326 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). All metal and wood work are original and undamaged. The underside of the stock has a void silver escutcheon. The barrel with flat top rib is 27 ¾” length and it measures 44 ¼” overall length. It has a near mint bore with crisp rifling. The top barrel flat has tool decorated panel signed ‘Schofield London & Birmingham’. It has a blade foresight, 7 leaf rear sights graduated 200-800 yards and 100 yard fixed ‘v’ notch plate sight. It has a steel butt plate with trap, sling swivel and sling swivel lug. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle is accompanied by its original period leather edged brown canvas gun slip. The flap of the slip has a retaining strap with buckle and it has a leather shoulder strap with buckle. The slip has a manufacturer’s label marked ‘Brady Halesowen’. The rear of the label is marked ‘made In England’. The 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 A 584
£975.00

SUPERB, RARE, Late 19th Century Japanese Samurai 32 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Ornate Silver & Copper Inlay, Brass Fittings & Signed Barrel. Sn 14614 - 14614
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th Century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock made in the late 19th century has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings with silver inlay. It has a 106cm long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is 13.4mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 32 Bore). The smooth bore is clean. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 135cm overall length. It has a full hard wood stock and original bamboo ram rod. The metal and wood has ornate brass fittings with silver and copper inlay. The barrel is inlaid with a sinuous dragon over mountain ranges design in copper and brass. The stock has a silver ‘mon’ family badge pinned to the wood. It has a brass serpentine, trigger guard, button trigger and is inlaid in brass with chrysanthemum heads, the underside with cloud bands. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel is signed with Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock worthy of further research regarding the signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14614
£1,745.00

1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Martini Action 10.4 x 38R Swiss Vetterli Obsolete Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14619 - 14619
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this Martini action sporting / target rifle which is in10.4 x 38R Swiss Veterli, an obsolete calibre. It has a rotating bolt feature which allows the use of both rim fire and centre fire rounds in that calibre. The right side of the action is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a double scroll trigger guard/cocking lever, walnut half stock, the right side of the butt inset with an oval brass panel engraved "J.VAN SILLEVOLUT, ROTTERDAM", the left side with raised cheek piece. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels and brass ramrod. It has an 86cm octagonal blued steel barrel with bow type rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 852. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 129cm overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent sporting rifle worthy of further research 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 14619
£1,795.00

C1870 Belgian Mariette Brevette 6 Shot .36 Calibre Percussion Pepperbox Ring Trigger Revolver With Removable Barrels. Sn 14616 - 14616
Guillaume Mariette de Cheratte submitted 22 patents for various weapons in Liege between 1832 - 1851. Regarded as the 'Mercedes' of gun development at the time, this is an excellent example of his work. He signed his pistols 'Mariette Brevette' (see pages 148 to 151 of Pepperbox firearms by Dunlap). This is an excellent Mariette Brevette marked pepperbox ring trigger revolver made circa 1870. The revolver measures 7 ½” overall and the barrel cluster is 2 ½” length. Unlike many pepperbox fixed barrel cluster pistols the Mariette system consists of a cluster of 6 barrels, each barrel being removable by inserting a specially made tool into the muzzle of each barrel. The tool locks into 4 grooves in each muzzle allowing the barrels to be screwed off individually (we do not have the tool). The barrel’s have small proof marks and are numbered 1 to 6. The barrel bores have just staining consistent with age and its loading, cocking and firing actions work as they should. The steel frame has ornate engraved decoration. The revolver has an undamaged ebony grip. 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. The price for this excellent pistol includes UK delivery. Sn 14616
£895.00

RARE Liliput, ONE OF THE SMALLEST EVER MADE, German Model 1925 4.25mm Calibre Semi-Automatic Vest / Pocket Pistol By Waffenfabrik August Menz With Mother Of Pearl Grips. A 583 - A 583
The 4.25 mm Liliput pistol is one of the smallest semi automatic handguns ever made, hence its name, derived from the fabled island of Lilliput, inhabited by small people. The Liliput was manufactured by Waffenfabrik August Menz in Suhl, Germany from approximately 1920 to 1927. Overall length of the Liliput is 4 ¼” and barrel length is 1R02;3R60;4 inches. Because the pistol uses a 4.25 mm (.167”) cartridge the Liliput is one of the few semi automatic pistols that can be owned in the United Kingdom without a licence. Ammunition for the Liliput became known as the 4.25mm Liliput and is considered obsolete in the UK (see page 287 of Cartridges Of The World by Barnes). The Liliput features in a number of novels by Alistair MacLean, though he incorrectly calls it the "Luger Liliput". This is an original Liliput pistol . Our example has undamaged Mother of Pearl slab grips and has its original magazine. The blued metal work has even patina. The action is at fault (the slide operates, the trigger moves and the magazine can be removed but it does not cock and dry fire in its present condition). The left side of the slide is marked with model and calibre detail and the left side of the frame with serial number (all illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 583
£1,200.00

18th Century English, 28 Bore, Brass Flintlock Travelling Pistol With Cannon Barrel & Walnut Slab Grip. Sn 14617 - 14617
This is a quality, brass Flintlock travelling pistol made in the English form sometime in the 18th century. It is 10" overall with a 5" cannon barrel. There are no visible exterior manufacturer, date or proof marks on this piece. The barrel is 14mm muzzle diameter (approx. 28 bore). The smooth bore is clean. The brass frame is engraved on both sides with banners & arms. It has a sliding safety bolt, steel hammer fitted with flint and steel trigger guard. The pistol has an undamaged bag shaped slab walnut grip. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price for this impressive pistol 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 collection or display. Sn 14617
£745.00
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