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RARE SUPERB ORIGINAL Snidergeweer M1869 (AKA M1867 Dutch Snider) .69 Calibre Dutch Army Rifle By P Stevens Maastricht. A 562 - A 562
In 1867 the Dutch Army adapted Snider action to its .69 calibre (17.5mm) muzzle loader. The weapon is commonly referred to as the Snidergeweer M1869 or M1867 Dutch Snider. It remained in front line service for only a brief time until supplanted by the M1871 Beaumont but was used by the militia to the very end of the 19th century. This weapon was made by the English Gunsmith P. Stevens who had a workshop in Maastricht (The workshop was originally opened by a J. Stevens most likely to avoid patent infringement issues with Snider. P. Stevens no doubt a family member is recorded until C1863 and the business was continued by his Sons). When the Steven’s Company ceased in 1879 the Company was purchased by Beaumont. Like other Sniders, the breach block opens to the right and contains a transverse spring locked firing pin which is struck by the original external hammer (the firing pin of this example has been removed at some point in its life). The rifle is distinguished by its trigger guard with a flat back very similar to the M1871 and M71/88 Beaumonts. The side plate, both left and right, are also distinctly early 19th century, similar to that of the Belgian Terssen, and somewhat similar to the Danish Snider and nosecap similar to the Belgian Albini-Branedlin. This rare, original Snidergeweer M1869 has all original wood work, in as issued condition and correctly finished in the white. It measures 57 ¼” overall with a 38 ½” barrel which has a pristine bore with crisp rifling. The stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected of a weapon of this age and the stock has a crisp impressed roundel ‘Crown W 1856 PS (P Stevens) Maastricht’. It has a steel butt plate stamped ‘1862’ with other struck out numbers. It has a heavy military hammer and correct Snider type action marked ‘P Stevens Maastricht’. The metal work and barrel have several small inspection marks. The weapon has its original sling swivels, steel cleaning rod and bayonet lug. It has a fixed fore sight and graduated adjustable flip up rear sight. The weapon’s loading action works perfectly and it cocks and dry fires. Price for this rare piece in superb condition includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 562

Victorian Private Purchase Pattern 1856, Enfield .577 Calibre 2 Band Military Percussion Rifle Retailed By J No Dickson & Son Edinburgh Scotland. Sn 11345. - 11345
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre 2 Band Rifle (see page 102 of the book ‘Conquest Of Empire Defence Of the Realm The British Soldier’s Rifle 1800-2014 By John Hutchins). It has excellent all original walnut woodwork throughout. Its steel side plate is nicely engraved by the retailer 'J No Dickson & Son Edinburgh (Scotland)’. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 48 ¾” inches overall with a 33” barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod, ladder rear sight, bayonet bar & nipple protector with chain. The barrel has crisp proof/ inspection marks and the bore is nice and clean with crisp rifling. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 11345

RARE, Victorian Gentleman’s Self Defence & Poachers' .36” Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Walking Stick Shotgun. Sn 11331 - 11331
Victorian Gentlemen often carried concealed firearms to protect themselves. Also 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 percussion walking stick shotgun made in the Victorian era & no doubt used either by a Victorian Gentleman for self defence or by Poachers. The weapon is muzzle loading. The 'walking stick' has a brown 'wood effect' painted steel clean smooth bore 23 ½” screw off barrel which is .36" bore and has a percussion cap nipple at the breach end. After loading the barrel with black powder, shot and wadding a percussion cap is attached to the nipple and the barrel screwed back onto the handle section. The underside of the steel section of the ‘handle’ has a sprung trigger with knurled steel thumb lever button. The weapon is cocked for firing by pulling the steel button to the rear and pushing it into a recess which allows the weapon to be carried in the ‘cocked’ position ready for firing. The weapon is fired by flicking the sprung button which releases the spring and fires the percussion cap by means of an internal firing pin. The steel section of the handle has a small vent hole to allow the escape of detonation gases. The muzzle of the barrel has its original removable wood and brass end cap which plugs the muzzle and allows it to be used as & gives it the appearance of, a harmless walking stick. The curved wood grip of the handle section is secured by brass rivets and has a brass ferrule. The 'walking stick' with end cap inserted, including handle, measures 33 ¾” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly (NB as with all antique firearms, to avoid damage to the action the weapon should not be frequently cocked and dry fired). Price for this rare antique shotgun walking stick 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 11331

Victorian Black Powder Signaling Cannon With Wheeled Carriage.Sn 6715 - 6715
This is a superb original Victorian Signaling Cannon. It has an open barrel and open vent. The Gun C1860 is made of heavy cast steel measures 22" in length with a 1 1/4 " bore. It is formed in a banded design and has it's original black paint and the top of the barrel bears embossed Queen Victoria Crown, 'XVII' & double pointed arrow all highlighted in original gold paint. The gun's spiggots are bolted to the heavy wood carriage which is a later addition. The carriage is fitted with heavy cast steel wheels and towing/securing rings. As an antique black powder signaling cannon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display, however a Firearms certificate is required to possess this item for firing. Price for this great Victorian functioning display piece includes UK delivery. Sn 6715.

Starr Model 1858 .44cal Double Action Army Revolver. Sn 7385 - 7385
This is an original American Starr Model 1858 double action Army Revolver in .44 calibre, number 20967. Between January, 1862 and May, 1863 16,100 .44 caliber Starr Model 1858 DA Army revolvers were delivered to the United States military at $25.00 per revolver, they are a bit more now. This model actually uses dual triggers to allow the shooter to fire the weapon without first pulling the hammer back by hand. The front trigger cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. There is an adjustable lug attached to the rear side of the front trigger that engages the rear trigger which is located in the rear of the trigger-guard which in turn, releases the hammer. They were widley used throughout the civil war and highly prized by Confederate troops. This example is original throughout and retains 60%+ of its original finish. It has the 6 inch barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. It is well marked on the right hand side with ' STARR'S PATENTJAN 15 1856' and on the left hand side ' STARR ARMS CO NEW YORK' The trigger guard is stamped with a 'K'. The one piece wood grip is original and undamaged. The action works well and is very strong; it feels as though it has not had much use. This is a scarce American Civil War period revolver in very good - excellent condition. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver, no licence is required to possess in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 7385

SOLD. SOLD. SOLD. Rare, C1860, American, Cased Pair of .30 Rim Fire Calibre, Brass Framed, 5 Shot, Springfield Arms Co, Pocket Revolvers. A 577. - A 577
The American Arms manufacturers Springfield only made approx 6,000 of their .30 rim fire calibre, brass framed, 5 shot pocket revolvers. This is a pair of those Springfield Arms Co pistols dating from C1860. They are in excellent undamaged condition with nice even patina throughout their brass frames and steel hammers. sheathed triggers and 3 " octagonal barrels. They are side gate loading and both pistols' firing actions work perfectly as they should. Both have brass blade foresights and the tops of the barrels are marked by the manufacturer ' Springfield Arms Co Mass'. Both pistols' slab wood grips are in excellent undamaged condition. One of the pistols is without it's cylinder pin end. The butt ends of both pistols are stamped with numbers. One is ' 4635' & the other '5385' The pistols are complete with their original green felt lined dark wood case. The case with hinged lid measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 2 inches. The centre of the exterior of the lid is inlaid with a small brass plate on which a previous owner has lightly scratched their name ( the name is barely visible & illegible). The front of the case has it's original lock but is missing it's lock plate. The inside of the case is contoured to snugly fit the pistols and has 2 compartments with removable lids. The compartments contain a few empty shell casesd, an original cleaning brush and the cases' key. (the key is missing it's teeth and does not lock the case but it does turn in the lock). Price for this rare pair of cased American pocket pistols includes UK delivery. NB as obsolete calibre antique weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 577

Boer War Westley Richards 1883 Orange Free State (OVS) Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' Cavalry Carbine With 'OVS' Carved Stock. Sn 9051. - 9051
In early 1800's Britain, although breech loading arms were rejected for general issue, it was felt that Cavalry had a special need for them. The rapid developments in firearms had put them at a grave disadvantage when opposed to Infantry, and although they continued to proclaim the merits of lance and sabre it was clear that their survival depended on their acceptance of the need for effective firearms in the form of a breech loader. Tests began in 1853 and continued almost until the general adoption of a breech loader by the British Army 13 years later. The most successful carbine was that submitted by Westley Richards. Its breech consisted 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. The Westley Richards' .450 calibre carbine was never a general issue in the regular Cavalry but remained in service with the Yeomanry until 1881. It was also popular with irregular corps around the world. Prior to the Boer War the Dutch Orange Free State (OVS) purchased orders of the Carbine from Westley Richards. These Carbines were used effectively by the Boers against British Forces. It was common practice for Boer Troops to carve the stocks of their weapons with The Orange Free State 'OVS' initials or their own names and Religious imagery. This is an excellent Boer War Westley Richards Percussion Capping Breech Loading 'Monkey Tail' Cavalry Carbine. It has a 25" barrel & measures 41 1/2" overall. It has a superb clean bore with crisp rifling. The breech end of the barrel is marked 'WHITWORTH PATENT'. The breech is also stamped with inspection/proof marks and number '19015'. It has a block and blade fore-sight & elevating ladder rear-sight. It's lift-up trapdoor action 'Monkey Tail' breech is stamped 'MANUFACTURED BY WESTLEY RICHARDS' together with the 'Triangle' trademark. It's plain lock plate is marked 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co.' and with the 'Triangle' trademark which contains the date '1883'. It has a heavy military hammer & has it's original Walnut full-stock with steel butt plate with trap, barrel-band, sling swivels and original steel clearing rod. Both sides of the shoulder stock have been contemporaneously carved & branded 'OVS' as is the left side of the stock near to the breech indicating that this wapon was used by Boer Troops of the Orange Free State. Price for this rare Boer War piece includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calbre antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 9051.

Rare, 1860 Dated Jacob Double Barrel Percussion Rifle, Swinburn & Co To The Indian Jacob's Rifles Battalion. Sn 7387 - 7387
In the history of firearms, the military double rifle invented by British Gen. John Jacob of the Indian Army was probably one of the most ambitious designs ever devised. General Jacob was a fascinating person, one of those larger than life mid-19th century characters whose career reads more like a novel than fact. He tamed great portions of India’s wild Northwest Frontier & set up civil administrations. As an improvement on the British issue Brunswick Rifle, which fired a belted round ball, he devised a symmetrical conical projectile with studs that mechanically fit in the rifle’s bore, giving far better accuracy than the Brunswick. He continued his work, to include the invention of a bullet with a fulminate nose plug that exploded upon contact that was felt would be great for blowing up enemy artillery at long distances. At about the same time he invented the double rifle, and figured that style would perfectly suit his rifling system. In the mid-1850s Jacob contracted with British gunsmith Swinburn & Son to make the unusual arms. Each rifle had a special patchbox proudly engraved with the proposed unit’s name, “Jacob’s Rifles”. Jacob raised a battalion of native riflemen and armed them with his double gun. “Jacob’s Rifles,” as the unit was to be called, numbered about 1,000 officers and men, 900 of whom were issued with Jacob’s very expensive rifles. Some time after Jacob's death in 1858, the rifles issued to his troops were put back into stores and the troops were given more conventional longarms. Ultimately the doubles were released from service and sold for large game hunting use, some having either one or both barrels converted to smoothbore to allow a choice of shot or bullet. This is a rare, excellent original Jacob double-barreled rifle of 32 bore (0.524 caliber.) The barrels measured 24 inches and the gun’s overall length is 40 inches. The right barrel has had the majority of it's rifling contemporarily removed to allow use for shot/ musket ball. The left has all of it's original crisp rifling. Both barrels are clean. This weapon has had it's bayonet lug removed. It's sights are graduated to a very optimistic 2,000 yards. (The 6-inch-long rear leaf was so contrived that to use it at an extreme range it had to be fired from the chest). The rifle's cocking and double trigger firing action work perfectly as they should. It's wood work and metal is in superb condition with just the minor bumps & bruises on the wood to be expected of a weapon of this age. It's hammer plates are both crisply marked 'Swinburn & Son 1860' and it's patch box lid 'Jacob's Rifles'. The rifle is complete with original ram rod and sling swivels. Price for this innovative, historic piece which is one of only 900 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 7387.

SOLD SOLD SOLD British Victorian Crimean War Era 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower 3 Band .577 Percussion Service Rifle Dated 1856 With Mint Bore & Buff Leather Sling. Sn 11330 - 11330
This is an original Enfield Tower 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Service Rifle in .577" calibre. This muzzle loading pattern of rifle was used by British forces during the Crimean War (1853 to 1856). It is stamped on the side plate ‘Tower’ (Enfield), dated 1856 has inspection marks and marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end cap together with original ramrod, sling swivels and original buff leather sling. The stock has a contemporary field repair at the bottom edge near to the butt plate which is stable and secure. It has a flip up ladder rear sight & block & blade foresight. The barrel bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has many Victorian proof/ inspection marks. Total length is 55 ½” with a 39" barrel. The cocking and firing action works perfectly. This is an antique percussion rifle and no licence is required to possess it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11330

American Civil War Era, 1861-1872, Smith & Wesson 1859 Patent Model 2 'Tip Up' Barrel .32 Army Calibre Rim Fire 6 Shot Revolver. Sn 11328 - 11328
Early in 1861 S&W introduced their Model 2 Army Calibre (.32RF) belt revolver which had a larger frame & calibre than their earlier Model 1, .22 RF pistols. Production of the Model 2 continued through to 1872 ( see pages 49-52 of A History Of Smith & Wesson By Jinks). This is an excellent original example of the Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army 6 shot Revolver in .32 Rim Fire Calibre. It has undamaged original rose wood grips. The butt strap is stamped with serial number '21702'. It has a shrouded trigger and the top of its 6" octagonal barrel is marked 'Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass'. The cylinder has very faint patent marks which appear to read ‘Patented July 5 1859’. The barrels ‘tip up’ action is operated by a ‘push up’ catch at the bottom of the barrel block and the pistol’s barrel rib is fitted with a small brass blade fore sight. The top of the cylinder frame has a ‘v’ notch rear sight. The pistol measures 10 3/4" overall and its single action firing mechanism works perfectly. Price for this excellent American Civil War era pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 11328
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