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1869 U.S. Army Marked Springfield Model 1863 ‘Trap Door’ .50-70 Obsolete Calibre Rifle With Additional Rear Flip Up Long Range Peep Sight. Sn 16016 - 16016
This is an excellent original Springfield ‘Trap Door’ .50-70 Calibre Service rifle. It has all original wood stock and the metal work is clean. It measures 48” overall with a 29” round steel barrel which has a clean bore & crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, graduated flip up rear sight & additional rear flip up long range peep sight. It also has a heavy military hammer, steel butt plate, single sling swivel, brass fore end block and steel ram rod. The action plate is marked with the American Eagle and 'U.S. Springfield' together with ‘1863’ (model). The barrel and action have matching numbers ‘43704’. The trap door is stamped ‘U.S.’( Army) together with Eagle’s head and ‘1869’ (date). The steel butt plate tang is stamped ‘U.S.’ (Army). The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 16016
£975.00

Victorian C 1820 British Enfield Tower .650 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 16023 - 16023
The Cheshire Yeomanry of the Great War was a descendant of a volunteer tradition that dates back to 1797, when six independent mounted troops were raised in the county during the crisis of the Napoleonic era. In 1803 they were formed into the Western Cheshire Yeomanry Cavalry and became the Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. In common with all such units, they were absorbed into the Territorial Force, when it was established in 1908 as part of wide-ranging reforms of the British Army in the light of experience of the South African war, and the growing international tension in Europe. The newly-named “Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester’s) (Hussars)” was composed of part-time soldiers. It was headquartered in the Old Bank Buildings in Chester, with squadron drill stations at Knutsford, Eaton, Northwich and Macclesfield. This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine to the ‘ECYC’ (Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry). It has all original walnut full stock which exhibits normal service wear. The metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) together with inspection mark. There is no visible date. The brass butt plate tang is crisply engraved ‘ECYC Cn T 20’ To The Earl of Chester’s Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore (pre-rifling) has just light staining consistent with age. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion Carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16023
£875.00

SOLD SOLD (14/02) ZULU WAR ERA, 1870’s Victorian British Swinburn’s Patent Martini Action 577 x 450 Obsolete Calibre Rifle With Henry Rifling By V&R Blakemore London / Abingdon Works Issued To The Natal Volunteers With Sling & Illustrated Info File - A 1001
The Swinburn rifle in outward appearance is very similar to a Martini Henry, however the action is of the Swinburn patent. In simple terms this has a falling block and cocking lever as in a Martini, but employs a V leaf spring and hammer to strike the firing pin and has an additional side lever which allows the hammer to be cocked without operating the under lever. In the Mid 1870’s The Colonial Government of natal purchased quantities of Swinburn patent Martini action carbines & rifles to arm their Police & Volunteers. This is an excellent and exceptionally rare to find Natal Volunteers issue Swinburn Patent rifle. An illustrated document file containing a copy of a ‘Tower Heritage Collection Firearms History Sheet’ regarding this rifle which states “records indicate that only 850 Swinburn rifles were supplied to Natal in the run up to the Zulu war and this is one of them” and many pages of excerpts from the book ‘Brave Men’s Blood: The Swinburn History It’s Issue & Use During The Zulu War’ by Knapp which contains detailed information regarding the origins of the Swinburn rifle and Units of the Natal Volunteers accompanies the rifle. The action has the correct additional side mounted Swinburn cocking lever and is stamped ‘V&R Blackmore London Swinburns Patent’ (The history sheet states that although marked Blackmore this rifle was almost certainly made by the Abingdon Gun works which was a partnership of leading members of the guntrade in which John Field Swinburn was a major shareholder. The barrel is stamped ‘Henry’s Patent (rifling) A&T (Adams & Tait Birmingham)’ & numbered ‘2327’. The barrel is also numbered ‘Z3159’ and has the correct bayonet lug. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has just the bumps & bruises consistent with age & service use. The underside of the shoulder stock is impressed with matching number ‘Z3159’. The rifle has sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The 36” barrel has a clean bore with crisp Henry Patent rifling. The rifle has a block and blade fore sight and flip up graduated ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work as they should and it has its original cleaning rod. The price for this historic piece 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. A 1001
£0.00

MINT BORE, 1911 British BSA Martini Action .310 Cadet / Greener Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Commonwealth State Of Victoria Markings. Sn 15778 - 15778
This is an excellent BSA Martini Action .310 Obsolete Calibre Cadet Rifle With Australian Military markings. These British made rifles were used as training rifles and fire the now obsolete calibre .310 Cadet (310 Greener) round which was introduced by Greener in 1900. It is complete with sling Swivels, bladed block foresight & flip up rear sight. The steel barrel's bore is near mint, clean with sharp and well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini action which works perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'Made By The Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd' & with the BSA piled arms trademark. The right side is crisply stamped 'Commonwealth Of Australia Vic (state of Victoria south-east Australia)’ & numbers '5902’ & ‘10890’. The top of the breech is stamped with Australian Kangaroo mark. The barrel is stamped with calibre detail ‘310’ and ’12-120’. The barrel is numbered ‘7859’ The stock is impressed Commonwealth Of Australia roundel above number 20019 and dated ‘7/11’ (November 1911). 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 15778
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (10/02) INCLUDING BOLT, MINT BORE, 1887 Dated WW1 Era Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Obsolete Calibre Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle Regiment Marked ’37 RE 1 170’ To The Supplementary Ersatz Battalion Of Infanterie-Regiment - 15999
The 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Rifle with tube magazine was adopted as the Infanterie-Gewehr 71/84. The rifle was designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company. It was issued to Infantry Regiments. This is an excellent, original example of the Mauser M1871/84. Its woodwork is superb & all original. The wood is crisply impressed with imperial inspection marks. The metalwork is undamaged with original finish. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp well defined rifling. The breech is crisply marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks, model designation and 1887 date. The weapon has all matching numbers including the bolt ‘9788 / 88’. The bolt action firing mechanism works as it should. It has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and sling swivels. The butt plate tang is stamped ’37 RE 1 170’ To The Supplementary Ersatz Battalion Of Infanterie-Regiment Graf Werder (1 Rheinisches Nr 37) Weapon Number 170 (see page 29 of German Small Arms Markings by Gortz & Bryans). 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15999
£0.00

Victorian British Army In India Arsenal Native Troops Enfield Pattern 1853 Type, 3 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket With Stock Patch Box. Sn 15989 - 15989
This is an original 3-band Percussion Rifle Indian Arsenal made for British Army in India Native troops. The action plate has crude Queen’s crown and script characters and the barrel at the breech has hand tooled decoration. It all original woodwork with hinged patch box on one side of the shoulder stock, steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & brass fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has fixed sights. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. Total length is 52 ½” with a 37" barrel. The metal has been re-blued at some time in its life and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a faint ink roundel stamp. 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. Sn 15989
£675.00

RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle. Sn 15991 - 15991
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a rare Lancaster's patent rifle. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’s Patent’. It has all original woodwork with steel fittings all in the white including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 2 barrel bands, block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod. Its 27” barrel has correct Lancaster Patent Oval bore and is clean. The barrel has black powder proofs. The top of the barrel has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). Total length is 43”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare weapon includes UK delivery. NB As 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. Sn 15991
£1,275.00

C1870’s Victorian, English, George Playfair, Birmingham, 10 Bore, Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 15990 - 15990
An excellent Victorian 10 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock panels. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29”, round steel barrels with brass bead fore sight, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ¾” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The barrel rib has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). The barrels have black powder proofs. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration and are signed by the maker ‘Playfair’, most likely George Playfair recorded in 1874 as having premises at 13 Newton Street, Birmingham (see page 308 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. 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 15990
£925.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1860 British WD Enfield MK II** Snider .577 Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment / Unit Marked ’TG 86’ & Sling. Sn 15987 - 15987
This is an original British MK II** .577 Snider Artillery Carbine by Enfield. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Snider converted carbine has a 21” round steel barrel with near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It measures 40 ½” overall length. The blued metal work has been professionally re-blued at some point in its life. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment or Unit marked ‘TG 86’. The original woodwork has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a crisp 1860 WD Enfield ink roundel. The action plate is dated 1860 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection marks. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II**’ designation and WD inspection marks. The action is strong and works as it should. It has an adjustable rear ladder sight, block and blade foresight, bayonet lug & sling swivels fitted with brown leather sling. The price for this carbine worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark 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. Sn 15987
£1,350.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1853-1870 James Aston Hythe (Kent) British Volunteer’s Private Purchase 1853 Pattern Enfield 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Percussion Rifle Regiment / Unit Marked ’70 OU’. Sn 15988 - 15988
James Aston was an English Gunmaker recorded as working in Hythe, Kent between 1853 & 1870 (see page 159 of British Gunmakers by Brown). This is an original British Volunteer’s Enfield 1853 Pattern 3 band Percussion Rifle by James Aston. The weapon’s action plate is stamped by the manufacturer ‘J.Aston Hythe’. It has all original walnut wood work which has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate Regiment / Unit marked ’70 OU’, Brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight, fixed fore sight and original sling swivels. The 39” barrel has a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. Overall length is 55”. The cocking & firing actions work 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 for this rifle worthy of further research regarding the Regiment / Unit mark includes UK delivery. Sn 15988
£1,395.00
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