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SOLD SOLD (02/11) MINT BORE, ZULU WAR 1879 Dated British WD MK I Converted To MK III Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Short Lever Service Rifle. Sn 16756 - 16756
This is an original MK I converted to MK III Zulu War 1879 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, short lever service rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use & impressed with Enfield roundel & ‘5’ mark. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The weapon retains its MK I grooved trigger. The 32 ½” steel barrel has a near mint bore, mirror clean with sharp, well defined rifling. The barrel has inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark III I’ model designation and dated '1879' together with inspection mark. 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 16756
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (05/10) Victorian 1887 Dated British WD MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Long Lever Service Rifle Action Numbered 'B2626' & Sling. Sn 16770 - 16770
This is an original MK IV. 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever service rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use & impressed with roundel & numerous other numbers / letters (illustrated in image 3). It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling, steel cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The 32 ½” steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Enfield, ‘Mark IV I’ model designation and dated '1887' together with inspection mark. Unusually the action is also numbered 'B 2626'. 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 16770
£0.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY**9/10** SCARCE, MINT BORE, 1876 Dated, British WD Martini Henry Mk I Converted To Mk II In 1894, .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Artillery Carbine Regiment Marked ‘V.1.SX.A’To The 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers (Brighton). Sn 16782 - 16782
The 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers was a part-time unit of the British Army's Royal Artillery from 1859 to 1961. Raised as coastal defence artillery, the unit later served as field artillery in Mesopotamia during World War I, and in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and North West Europe during World War II. The 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers were formed at Brighton on 19 November 1859. The unit soon reached a strength of eight batteries. This is an excellent original example of the Martini Henry Artllery Carbine in .577x450 calibre. Originally MK I made in 1876 it was converted to MK II in 1894 and the weapon is correctly stamped indicating the conversion. It is also date stamped 1876 with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and WD arrow. The original woodwork has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock is crisply stamped with the Enfield roundel and it has a brass disc, date stamped '4 1894’ (April 1894) and Regiment stamped ‘V.1.SX.A’ to the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers together with weapon number ‘344’. The metal work has even patina throughout. The 20 ½” barrel has proof / inspection marks. It has a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It has its original steel cleaning rod, block & blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, bayonet bar & sling swivels. The weapon retains its MK I grooved trigger. These carbines are scarce and the price for this nicely marked 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 16782
£0.00

Mid 18th Century, Spanish Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro) Miquelet Lock .550 Calibre Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Gold Inlaid Decoration. Sn 16728 - 16728
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro), recorded from 1724 to 1793 (the year of his death), was a student of Joaquín Celaya, and was named honorary gunsmith to King Carlos III in 1761. He retired on 2 May 1792. This is an attractive, Spanish miquelet rifle by Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). It is 39” overall length with a 24 ½”, octagonal barrel. Its bore has staining consistent with age & use and crisp rifling. It has a brass blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. The steel Miquelet lock has an indistinct cartouche inlaid with gold and the trigger guard has the gold inlaid cartouche of Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). The original Walnut furniture has knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age & use and has a decorative steel butt plate. The metal work has even aged patina. The Miquelet lock works. The price for this musket worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16728
£895.00

QUALITY, C1800 Spanish Andres Mendizabal Miquelet Lock, Irusta Eibar Barrelled 16 Bore Musket With Gold & Silver Inlaid Decoration. Sn 16727 - 16727
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. This is an attractive, Spanish musket made C1800. It is 51” overall length with a 36 ¼”, 16 bore, round cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech. Its smooth bore has staining consistent with age & use. It has a silver blade fore sight with silver inlaid decoration and the barrel flats near to the breech has tooled decoration inlaid with gold and barrel maker’s cartouche ‘Irusta’ (working in Eibar Region C1800). The steel Miquelet lock has the maker’s cartouche of ‘Andres Mendizabal’. The original Walnut furniture is excellent, undamaged & has a decorative steel butt plate. The musket has a wood ram rod with polished horn end cap. The Miquelet lock works as it should. The price for this musket worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display . Sn 16727
£895.00

AS FOUND UN-CLEANED, English, C1840 Baker London 1.5 Bore Percussion Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16726 - 16726
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss in as found, un-cleaned condition. This Blunderbuss is 30” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining & residue consistent with age & use. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a Dolphin hammer, Walnut full stock, brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod flute. The trigger guard and butt plate have engraved foliate decoration. The steel action plate has foliate engraved decoration and is signed 'BAKER' (most likely Ezekiel Baker (1758-1836) was apprentice to the famous English Gun Smith Henry Nock of Wilkinson Sword fame before establishing himself as a quality gunmaker in his own right with various premises in London. Between 1823-1854 Baker is recorded operating as E.Baker & Son at Size Yard, Whitechapel Road , 49 Tenter Street & 7 Union Street, London (his son Ezekiel John Baker died in 1841). Baker was the inventor of the ‘Baker Rifle’ which was adopted by the British Army in 1800 and made quality firearms for Royalty. See page 139 of the book British Gunmakers Volume 1 London by Nigel Brown). The action also has a safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel is signed ‘London’. It has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap and worm with screw off brass cover. The blunderbuss has its original 10 ¼” long integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clip works correctly. The triangular blade has a central fuller. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The brass of this piece has even, dark, aged patina and professionally cleaned would look spectacular. The price for this Blunderbuss worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16726
£1,695.00

C1807 – 1826 British Officer’s Quality Private Purchase Stephen Wallis Birmingham Brown Bess .750” Musket Bore Flintlock Musket. Sn 16733 - 16733
Stephen Wallis was an English Gunmaker recorded at Vauxhall Road Birmingham between 1807 & 1826. Between 1827 & 1833 the company is recorded as Stephen Wallis & Son at the same premises. This is an excellent, original Officer’s private purchase Brown Bess flintlock musket made by Stephen Wallis sometime between 1807 & 1826. It measures 56” overall length with a 39 ¾” round steel barrel which is stepped to octagonal towards the breech. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has a brass blade fore sight and shallow groove action top rear sight. It has its original lock plate which is signed by the maker ’S.Wallis’. It has its original walnut stock with figured cheek piece which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use, iron ramrod, sling swivels and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial and butt plate have engraved decoration. The top of the wrist is inlaid with large void brass roundel with decorated edge. The metal work in the white is all original and undamaged. The hammer is fitted with flint. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK as part of a collection or display. Sn 16733
£1,975.00

MINT BORE, Victorian 1878 British WD & EIC BSA & M Co Snider MK III .577 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine. A 1016 - A 1016
The East India Company (EIC) renowned for its exploration and trading throughout the World had its own Army and Navy. The company was often in conflict with British Governments regarding trade but ultimately would often fight on behalf of the British Government for both their own & British interests. This is an excellent, original British War Dept WD & EIC marked .577 Snider MK III Cavalry Carbine. 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 BSA & M Co ((Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) cavalry carbine was made in 1878. It has a 19 ¼” barrel (37 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age & service use. The action plate is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown above ‘EIC’ mark, dated 1878 and has the 'BSA & M Co' (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) manufacturer's stamp together with inspection marks. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation and has WD marks. The hinged breech cover is numbered ‘6672’ together with small inspection mark and correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel have WD proof/inspection marks. The carbine has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The action is strong and works as it should. 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. A 1016
£895.00

Georgian / Victorian Era Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 16687 - 16687
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a good, ornately decorated Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 47” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The weapon has fixed front and rear sights. The rifle is 22 Bore. The rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures 5 Feet 1 Inch overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with an East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. As is common with these old native weapons the hammer and trigger move but it does not cock & dry fire. The price 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 16687
£575.00

MASSIVE, C1790 Indian North West Frontier Match Lock 8 Bore Musket With Cannon Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 16633 - 16633
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. This is a C1790 Indian matchlock musket as used against British troops on the North West Frontier. It has a 4 Feet 1 Inch long 8 bore cannon barrel with flared muzzle and measures 5 feet 8 Inches overall length. The bore has typical residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has a metal bar press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' arm to the metal powder pan arm and iron ram rod. The metal has even patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price 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 16633
£475.00
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