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SOLD SOLD (11/04) 1865 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, Remington 1858 Army New Model 6 Shot, .44 Calibre Single Action Revolver With 1863 Variant Safety Notches On Cylinder & Grip With Original ‘Harris Smith’ Factory Inspector's Mark. **FROM 1976 MARYLAND U - 15099
The Remington 1858 Army New Model Revolvers were used during the American Civil War and the design was the beginning of a successful line of medium and large frame percussion revolvers. Due to limited availability of Colt 1860 Army Revolvers at the time, large numbers of the Remington revolver were ordered by the U.S. Government. It was favoured for its durability and ability to quickly reload by switching to another pre-loaded cylinder. It saw use in the American West, both in its original percussion configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion. In 1863 cylinders of Mod 1858 revolvers were manufactured with safety notches. This is an excellent original Civil War, Model 1858 Army New Model, Large frame, .44 calibre, cap and ball revolver. We recently acquired the pistol from the last owner who purchased it in 1976 at an Estate sale in Maryland USA. The pistol has an 8" octagonal barrel and measures 14" overall. The pistol is serial number '134768' which is stamped on the barrel. The number dates its manufacture to February 1865. The top barrel flat is marked with Remington 1858 patent detail and USA address (illustrated). It has a brass trigger guard, blade fore sight, grooved frame rear sight, steel frame & captive lever ramrod. Its Walnut grips are excellent and undamaged. The left grip has its original factory inspector’s ‘HS’ cartouche which is the mark of Harris Smith who was a Remington inspector between 1862 & 1879. The cylinder can be removed for quick change of reloaded cylinder and it loads, cocks and dry fires perfectly. An A4 size paper copy of information regarding the pistol’s manufacture which was acquired with this piece is reproduced inset in image 3 & accompanies the revolver. As an antique cap and ball revolver no licence is required to own this pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15099
£0.00

RARE, MINT BORE, Starr Arms Co Yonkers New York 1858 Patent American Civil War Era .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15088 - 15088
The Starr carbine was a breechloading single-shot rifle used by the United States Army. Designed in 1858, the Starr was primarily used by cavalry soldiers in the American Civil War. In January 1858, Ebenzer Starr submitted his design for a single-shot, breech-loading rifle to the Washington Armory for evaluation. During testing, the rifle was noted to have no misfires, and its accuracy was considered better than average. The rifle was adopted as the Model 1858 carbine. Between 1861 and 1864, over 20,000 were produced by the Starr Arms Company of Yonkers, New York. In 1865, the Government ordered 3,000 Starr carbines, these proved to be successful, and an additional 2,000 were ordered. The Starr carbine proved to be effective during the Civil War. During the war, the Starr Arms Company had been the fifth largest supplier of carbines and the third largest supplier of .44 calibre single action pistols. This is original example of the Starr 1858 carbine in excellent condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 38” overall. It is fitted with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with a steel butt plate. The action plate is stamped ‘Starrs Patent Sept 14th 1858’ and the action ‘Starr Arms Co Yonkers NY’ which is repeated on the barrel. The carbine is serial number '31350'. The weapon’s loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15088
£1,950.00

SOLD SOLD (18/04) MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle & Sling. Sn 15062 - 15062
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military mark ‘D6+CI’ and the steel butt plate with 'Swiss Cross' together with number number ‘902’. The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '184902' on the breech housing, barrel and magazine. The bolt number is not matching. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. 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 15062
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield 1853 Pattern, 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. A 600 - A 600
This is a very good, original British Officer’s private purchase Enfield 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. The side plate is stamped With Crown amongst foliate engraved decoration. It has all original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and inlaid void silver disc, steel butt plate, steel fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. It has a heavy military hammer with foliate engraved decoration. The barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling well defined. The barrel is stamped with proof / inspection marks. The metal work has even patina. Total length is 49 ½” with a 33" barrel. The cocking & firing action works perfectly. 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. The price includes UK delivery. A 600
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C1880 English Joseph Bourne & Son London Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 17 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Brass Furniture. Sn A 599 - A 599
Joseph Bourne & Son were English gunmakers recorded as having premises at 82 Mark Lane London in 1877 and 4 Cullum Street London between 1879 & 1891 (see page 144 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Bourne & Son. It has a 32” round steel barrel and measures 48” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and brass fittings including a void brass disc on the underside of the shoulder stock, brass fore end block, brass stock mounts, brass trigger guard and brass butt plate. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel has a small post foresight. The steel action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Bourne & Son’ and with crown mark. The top of the barrel has prrof / inspection marks and is stamped ‘Made In England’. The brass trigger guard tang is numbered ‘48700’ (all illustrated). It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The piece is complete with original steel ramrod with brass tip. It’s cocking and 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 599
£575.00

VERY RARE, MINT BORE, AS FOUND, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14951 - 14951
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 a very rare, transitional rifle by Thomas Conway. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 25 ½” octagonal steel barrel and is 44” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass bead fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. The action has tooled foliate decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ on a foliate background. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void silver escutcheon. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The rifle is in as found condition and would benefit from professional cleaning. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14951
£1,195.00

C1850 Scottish John Dickson & Son Edinburgh Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. Sn 15051 - 15051
John Dickson (1794-1880) was an Edinburgh based Gunmaker first recorded as working in 1830 at 60 PrincesStreet, then as John Dickson & son at 60 & 63 Princes Street between 1840 & 1929. The family business continued as John Dickson & Son Ltd at other Edinburgh addresses and is finally listed as operating under the name Dickson & MacNaughton between 1997-2000 (see page 207 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by John Dickson & Son made C1850. It has a 28 ¾”round steel barrel and measures 45 ½” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist, polished horn fore end cap, and steel furniture which has crisp foliate engraved decoration. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The barrel has a small post foresight. The action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer (illustrated). The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and 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. Sn 15051
£595.00

1847-1855 English William Murdoch Cumberland (Cumbria) Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Brass Furniture. Sn 15052 - 15052
William Murdoch was an English gunmaker recorded as having premises at 12 Roper Street, Cumberland (Cumbria) between 1847 & 1855 (see page 292 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion sporting shotgun by Murdoch. It has a 37” round steel barrel and measures 53” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist, brass fittings and polished horn fore end block. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate, action tang, butt plate tang, trigger guard with finial and barrel near to the breech have foliate engraved decoration. The barrel has a small post foresight and the rear sight is a groove in the top of the action. The action plate is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Murdoch’ (illustrated). The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and metal worm. It’s cocking and 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. Sn 15052
£545.00

C1820 English Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron Birmingham Single Barrel Muzzle Loading 16 Bore Percussion Sporting Shotgun. A 598 - A 598
Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron were quality English Gun makers located at 25 Russell Street, Birmingham between 1807-1821 (see page 35 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This is a very good percussion sporting shotgun by Dunderdale, Mabson & Labron. It has a 36 ½” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal and measures 52” overall length. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age and use. It has a walnut stock with chequered panel wrist & steel furniture. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate, action tang, butt plate tang, trigger guard with acanthus finial and barrel near to the breech has foliate engraved decoration. The barrel has a small blade foresight and the rear sight is a groove in the top of the action. The action plate is very faintly signed by the manufacturer (illustrated). The piece is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass tip. It’s cocking and 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 598
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (08/03 LAY-AWAY) 1817 Dated British Georgian Brown Bess Tower Enfield India Pattern .75” Bore Flintlock Musket With 39” Barrel Marked ‘29’ To The 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot. Sn 15004 - 15004
An excellent, original India Pattern Enfield Tower, Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 54 ¾” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel with proof/ inspection marks at the breech. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked ’Tower’ (Enfield) & Crown ‘GR’ (George Rex). The hammer is fitted with flint. It has its all original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The barrel has a block fore sight. It is complete with original steel ramrod, sling swivels and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The brass stock plate is marked ‘29’ to the The 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot , an infantry Regiment of the British Army, raised in 1694. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot to become the 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment in 1881. The Regiment saw action in the American Revolution and served in Nova Scotia in the war of 1812. The Regiment served as Marines aboard Royal Navy ships during the Napoleonic wars and also fought in many battles on land. The Regiment later saw action in India during the First Anglo-Sikh War). There are also other indistinct marks on the plate. The wood is stamped with numbers and has a contemporarily applied poker work date ‘1817’. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. Price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique flintlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 15004
£0.00
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