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Late 18th Century, English, Knubley London (Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward) Officer’s Private Purchase .700 Calibre, Flintlock Pistol With Brass Fittings & Steel Ram Rod. Sn 16135 - 16135
In the late 18th century, Charing Cross in London was a hub of gunsmithing activity. This included John Prosser, Thomas Gill, and John Knubley. In 1790 Knubley was awarded the title of Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward. Knubley moved his business to 7 Charing Cross in 1792. Knubley passed away in February 1795, but his wife continued the business along with Samuel Brunn until 1779 who operated as Knubley, Brunn & Co, Charing Cross, London. Brunn passed the business along to John Mallet who continued to operate at Charing Cross until 1803. This is an excellent original, Officer’s private purchase flintlock pistol by Knubley London. It is 15 ½” overall length with a 9” un-sighted steel barrel. Its smooth bore has just staining and residue consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel is marked ‘ London’ and has black powder proofs. The original Walnut full stock is has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age. It has its original steel ram rod, Swan neck hammer fitted with flint & brass trigger guard with extended tangs. The butt has a brass cudgel cap. The lock plate is signed by the manufacturer ‘Knubley’. The cocking and firing actions work correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16135
£945.00

QUALITY, C1810 English Staudenmayor London 32 Bore Nipple & Drum Percussion Converted From Flintlock Overcoat Pistol With Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 16132 - 16132
The English gunsmith Samuel Henry Staudenmayor is recorded as having premises at 35 Jermyn Street London 1799 & 32 / 35 Cockspur Street London in 1802 & until his death C1825 (see page 205 of Brown’s book ‘British Gunmakers Volume 1’ ). This is a fine quality Staudenmayor of London Percussion Overcoat Pistol. Made around C1810 and later nipple & drum converted to percussion. It is 12” overall length with a 6” octagonal Damascus barrel which has a German silver blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The barrel has 2 silver bands at the breech and the top barrel flat has an inlaid copper cartouche with indiscernible embossed lettering. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age. The action tang, trigger guard with Pineapple finial and dolphin hammer have quality tooled decoration. The full stock is made from rich English Walnut with chequered panels for grip. The stock has German silver stock mounts and a void inlaid German silver escutcheon. It has its original wood ram rod with polished horn end cap. The action has a safety bolt and the action plate is crisply signed by the maker ‘Staudenmayor London’ . 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 16132
£895.00

1870 British Enfield Tower Snider 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Service Rifle. Sn 16131 - 16131
This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and by the manufacturer 'Tower (Enfield) 1870'. There are no discernible markings at the breech. It has excellent all original wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its steel cleaning rod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight and sling swivels. The barrel's bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. The rifling is crisp. The barrel is stamped with black powder proof marks. Total length is 55 ½” with a 37" barrel. The wood is numbered 2169 . The cocking & firing action works perfectly. This is an antique obsolete calibre 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. Sn 16131
£1,200.00

RARE, MINT BORE, American Civil War Era 1860-1869, Model 1865 Spencer .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Cavalry Carbine By Burnside Rifle Company With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine & Saddle Bar With Ring. Sn 16005 - 16005
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating carbine size rifle (37 ½” overall) fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the Cavalry, during the American Civil War and were manufactured by The American Burnside Rifle Co. Production began in 1860 and ended in 1869. The Spencer had an innovative 7 shot tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is an original example in excellent condition for its age. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 18” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar with ring. It is also fitted with single sling swivel lug, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is stamped very faintly stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle /Pat’d March 6 1860/ Manuf’d As Prov. R.I. Burnside Fifle Co Model 1865’. The frame is numbered ‘901A’ (illustrated). The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War era carbine 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 16005
£2,200.00

American Civil War Connections, Imperial German Potsdam Prussian State Arsenal M1809/31 .70 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle & Sling. Sn 16006 - 16006 / 16101
The Model 1809 Potsdam musket saw service in the Napoleonic wars. From 1831 to 1839, Prussia began large-scale conversion from flintlock to percussion circa 1839, becoming the M1809/39, but research indicates conversions may have started as early as 1831. The name "Potsdam" comes from the guns made at the Prussian State Potsdam arsenal. These weapons saw service during the American Civil War and were used by both sides during that conflict. The rifles were made in both smoothbore and rifled variants. A contract for 165,000 smooth bore & rifled Potsdam’s arrived in the USA in 1861/62 for issue to federal forces. Our Model 1809/31 Potsdam rifle is in excellent condition. It has all original wood and metal throughout. It has a 40” barrel which has a clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight and flip up rear sight. It has a bayonet bar, brass barrel bands, trigger guard with extended tang and the shoulder stock with figured cheek piece has a steel butt plate Regiment marked ‘20 LWR 8C 468’. The action plate has the Potsdam arsenal mark. The wood and metal have Imperial German inspection marks and various numbers. The rifle has its original steel cleaning rod with screw off worm. The rifle’s sling swivels are fitted with a later leather sling. The rifle’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item if retained in a collection or display. Sn 16006
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (02/07) QUALITY, OFFICER’S PRIVATE PURCHASE, English 1741-1804 Henry Nock London (Later Wilkinson Sword) .650 Carbine Calibre, Flintlock Pistol With Brass Fittings & Ram Rod. Sn 16080 - 16080
Henry Nock (1741–1804) was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty and was an appointed gunmaker to the King. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is an excellent original, Officer’s private purchase flintlock holster pistol by Nock. It is 14 ½” overall length with a 9” un-sighted steel barrel. Its smooth bore is clean with no pitting. The top of the barrel is signed ‘H.Nock London’ within a stylised star burst design. The original Walnut full stock is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected. It has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap, swan neck hammer fitted with flint & brass trigger guard with extended tang and Pineapple finial. The lock plate is signed by the manufacturer ‘H. Nock’. The cocking and firing actions work correctly. The price for this flintlock pistol by a prestigious manufacturer includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16080
£0.00

**MINT BORE** 1st MODEL WITH 3 GROOVE RIFLING**Victorian 1862 Dated British Enfield Tower Model 1855 .577 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Pistol With Captive Steel Ram Rod, 2 Leaf Graduated Rear Sight & Brass Fittings . Sn 16085 - 16085
This is an excellent British Victorian Model 1855 Cavalry Pistol. It is the 1st model with 3 groove rifling. The pistol is 16” overall with a 10” round steel barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp well defined 3 groove rifling. The barrel has black powder proofs. It has a heavy military Dolphin hammer and brass fittings including butt cap with steel lanyard ring, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end block with ram rod mount. The action plate is crisply marked with Crown & ‘Tower’ (Enfield) together with ‘1862’ date. The walnut full stock is all original & undamaged with just bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The pistol is complete with its original captive steel ram rod. Its action works as it should. 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 16085
£1,200.00

Victorian, English Mid 1800's Private Purchase, Short Sea Service Customs / Revenue, .56 Calibre, Percussion Belt Pistol By Lacy & Co London With Belt Bar & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 16084 - 16084
John George Lacy was an English London based Gunsmith first recorded as being in business between 1811-1815. In 1815 he went into partnership with David William Witton and they traded as Lacy & Co until 1833 at various London addresses including 63 Fenchurch Street and 13 Camomile Street. In 1836 the partnership ended. In 1853 Lacy is again recorded as operating as Lacy & Co (see pages 141 & 177 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 By Brown). This is an excellent original Victorian, Mid 1800's Private Purchase Short Sea Service Customs/ Revenue percussion Pistol by Lacy & Co. It is 12” overall length with a 6” barrel which is .56" bore. The pistol’s smoothbore has staining consistent with age. The original Walnut stock with brass furniture & is undamaged. The stock is fitted with steel belt bar. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the barrel has crisp proof marks. The brass butt plate is fitted with lanyard ring. The action plate is marked 'Lacy & Co London'. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16084
£875.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 26/04) Civil War Era, 1854 Dated M1842 U.S. Army, Cavalry & Navy, Ira N. Johnnson .54 Calibre Percussion Pistol With Captive Ram Rod Together With A Framed Copy Of An Original Photo Of Factory Inspector Lt John C. Beaumont ‘JCB’ - 16083
In the early 1840s Ira N. Johnson and a number of associates set up a factory in Middletown, Connecticut, to complete a Government contract for martial pistols of the 1842 pattern. The smoothbore Johnson used the same 54-calibre ball as the new Mississippi Rifle from the Eli Whitney Jr. factory. While it was strongly associated with the cavalry of the day, the 1842 was actually a general service pistol along the lines of the British and French percussion handguns adopted the same year and many examples bear naval markings. Ira Johnson received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Dept in March 1851 to produce 10,000 M1842 pistols. The Johnson pistols, in their most familiar role, replaced very similar flintlocks in the saddle holsters of mounted troops. Issued in pairs, they afforded the Dragoons a couple of extra shots after they discharged their muskets and closed with an enemy. The 1842 is a sturdy pistol with reinforcing brass mounting and a substantial “ball” capping the butt to serve as a cudgel. Our example is in excellent condition. All metal and wood is original with even patina. The pistol has the correct brass fittings including, small blade fore sight, cudgel butt, heavy military hammer and captive steel ram rod. It is 14 ½” overall length with an 8 ¼” steel smooth bore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The action functions as it should. The action plate is marked ‘US’ (Army) above ‘I.N. Johnson’ together with ’Middtn Conn’ & ‘1854’ date. The barrel has the Factory inspectors mark ‘JCB’ which belonged to Lt John C. Beaumont U.S. Army. Notes accompanying the pistol detail Beaumonts career and describe the stock and finisher inspector of the pistol to be Capt William Anderson Thornton U.S. Army (1840-61). The pistol also comes with a framed copy of an original photograph of Factory Inspector Lt John C. Beaumont in uniform posed in a group of fellow officers (a sticker adhered to the glazed frame indicates the position of JCB). 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 part of a display or collection. Sn 16083
£0.00

RARE, MINT BORE, C1872 U.S. New York State Militia, Model 1871 Remington Rolling Block .50x70 Military Obsolete Calibre Service Rifle. Sn 16078 - 16078
During the U.S. Civil War, Joseph Rider experimented with several breech loading weapon designs. In 1865, he was issued the first patent for what would evolve into the Remington rolling block action resulting in the introduction of the Remington Model 1871 rifle. The Remingtons continued to invest in Rider's work, and met with Ordnance Department officials in the hope of interesting them in this new design. The rifles made by Remington and under licence by Springfield Armoury were purchased by the U.S. Government. These rifles were reputedly used by the New York State Militia (The 7th Regiment of the New York Militia, aka the "Silk Stocking" regiment, was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Also known as the "Blue-Bloods" due to the disproportionate number of its members who were part of New York City's social elite, the 7th Militia was a pre-war New York Militia unit that was mustered into federal service for the Civil War. After the Civil War, the 7th Regiment continued as a unit of the New York State National Guard. It was noted for its military efficiency as well as the social status of its members). This is an excellent original Remington Model 1871 rolling block rifle in obsolete .50x70 calibre. It has a 36" barrel (52" overall) and has an external hammer, block & blade fore sight and ladder rear sight. The woodwork and metal work are undamaged and excellent. Its rifled bore is near mint, crisp & clean and it is complete with sling swivels & original steel cleaning rod. The action and barrel have factory inspector’s marks. The action tang has Remington’s name and 1864 to 1871 Patent detail. The steel butt plate tang is stamped ’14 above H’, most likely a Unit number. There are no visible serial numbers or dates on the wood or metalwork. It's loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare rifle includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A Firearms licence is required to own this weapon in the UK for shooting. Sn 16078
£1,450.00
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