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RARE, American Civil War Era Burnside’s 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14312 - 14312
The Burnside Carbine was developed by Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside was an Officer in the Union Army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun. The Burnside Carbine made use of a specially-designed cartridge, this being a brass .54 calibre cartridge developed by Burnside himself. His new weapon and corresponding cartridge did much to eliminate the leaked hot gasses that were common when firing other breech-loading weapons of the time. Production of the carbine was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. These carbines were used by troops of both the Union & the Confederacy during the American Civil War. This is an original example of the Burnside 1856 Patent carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21” steel barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is stamped ‘Cast steel’ and with partially readable date ‘186?’. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and blade shaped, block fore sight. It also has a single sling swivel, steel saddle bar & ring and steel butt plate. The top of the action is stamped with number ‘5535’. It also has manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 5th 1856’. The right side of the action tang is marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence R.I. (Rhode Island)’. The 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 14312
£1,675.00

VERY RARE, MINT RIFLED BORE, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, British Pattern 1800 Baker Flintlock Rifle By Ketland Birmingham To The 44th (East Essex) Regiment Of Foot, Baker Sword Bayonet By Osborn Birmingham With Scabbard & Original Horn Powder Flask. Sn 14257 - 14257
The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle Regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces. The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments adopted these accurate rifles (the hit Napoleonic War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of rifle). The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s. This is a superb, very rare, original, Baker rifle. It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct 30” long steel ram rod with small ‘BH’ inspection mark and sling swivels. The rifle measures 45 ¾” overall with a 30” round steel barrel which has a near mint, clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has crisp proof marks. The lock is stamped with Georgian Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) together with manufacturer’s name ‘W. Ketland’ (William Ketland Gunmaker Steelhouse Lane & Whitall Street Birmingham 1802-1807, see Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol. 2). The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end barrel block. The stock has a figured cheek piece and has a void oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘44’ to the British 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, an Infantry Regiment in the British Army, raised in 1741. The Regiment served in the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars and fought at the battle of Waterloo 1815. The 44th became the Essex Regiment in 1881. The rifle is accompanied by its original very rare, Baker rifle sword bayonet with broad 22 ½” long steel blade and grooved brass handle with knuckle guard. The ricasso under the langet is marked with what appears to be a partial letter ‘O’, most likely Osborne (unable to clearly photograph but visible in the Osborn signature image inset in image 2). The back of the blade is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Osborn’ (the Birmingham cutler Henry Osborn was in business from around 1785 and was to go on to be one of the most prominent cutlers of his time with a reputation for innovation and new ideas. Osborn produced some of the first prototypes of the iconic 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre). The handle incorporates the correct bayonet release button. The handle is stamped ‘III’ which is most likely a weapon number. The bayonet comes with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. These bayonets are rarely found with their scabbards. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Also accompanying this rifle is its original large polished horn powder flask. The curved horn flask is 11” in length and 2 ½” wide at the base. The horn is in superb condition and has a brass base cap and sprung screw off nozzle. Its brass throat mount is fitted with sling swivel as is its brass base cap. The flask is fitted with a later cord sling. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the horn powder flask. The price for this very rare sought after Napoleonic Wars era collection including a rifle to a Regiment that fought at Waterloo & which is a must for any serious collector includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14257
£12,500.00

SOLD SOLD (13/10) Victorian 1855 Dated British Army In India 1853 Pattern .577 Calibre 2 Band Percussion Artillery Carbine With Enfield Tower Action Plate, Crisp 5 Groove Rifling. Sn 14222 - 14222
This pattern of Artillery Carbine were used by the British Military between 1853 into the 1870's. This example was sent to the British Army in India during the Victorian era and probably re-stocked there. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'Tower' (Enfield). It is also dated '1855'. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass fore end block, bayonet bar, sling swivels and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, block and blade fore sight and flip up rear sight. The barrel is clean and has crisp 5 groove rifling. Total length is 40 ½” with a 24” barrel. The 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. Sn 14222
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (06/10) f 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 3 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers & U.S. Marked Socket Bayonet. A 581 - A 581
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contract was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 3-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 757 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the Lancers post Crimean War. The barrel has proof / inspection marks (all illustrated). The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean rifled bore. Total length is 55" with a 39" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The weapon is accompanied by its original U.S. made socket bayonet. The bayonet has the correct swivel collar and 18” flat triangular section blade which is straight and undamaged and tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade is stamped ‘U.S.’. The price for this very rare Crimean War era American made British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 manufactured, with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A 581
£0.00

C1850, Continental 18 Bore, Single Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting Shotgun With Patch box, Ramrod & Sling. Sn 14189 - 14189
This is a continental muzzle loading percussion shotgun made C1850. It has a 31” round browned steel barrel and measures 47 ½” overall. The barrel is 16.23mm muzzle diameter (approx. 18 Bore). The smooth bore has staining and powder residue consistent with age and use. It has its original wood stock with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock. The wood has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age. The shoulder stock has a steel hinged patchbox and figured cheek piece. The action plate and Dolphin hammer have light foliate engraved decoration. It has a plain steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The shotgun’s butt plate & bead fore sight are absent. The shotgun has its original steel ramrod. The shotgun is fitted with sling swivels and webbing sling. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the weapon. The weapon strips, cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. Price for this attractive antique shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14189
£395.00

VERY SCARCE, Napoleonic Wars Era British Ketland & Co New Land Pattern (42” Barrel) Officer’s Private Purchase .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket To ‘A.Taylor’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14212 - 14212
Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an original British Officer’s private purchase Brown Bess New Land pattern flintlock musket. The New Land Pattern was introduced into British service C1802 after the signing of the Peace of Amiens to end the French Revolutionary Wars, when possibility seemed high of a return to peacetime levels of production (see page 36 plate 30 & page 37 of British Military Long Arms 1715-1815 by Bailey). Unfortunately peace did not last and the Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 culminating in the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815. This example of the New Land Pattern by Ketland & Co has the correct 42” round steel barrel with block foresight. It measures 58 ½” overall length. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘T. Ketland & Co’. It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer fitted with flint. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. The stock has an inlaid brass roundel engraved ‘A+Taylor’ no doubt the name of the British officer who commissioned this piece. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this historic piece worthy of further research regarding the Officer’s name includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14212
£3,450.00

C1838 Victorian, English, Joseph Graves, Birmingham, 12 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. A 579 - A 579
This is a Victorian 12 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver shield escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29 ¾”, 12 Bore browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 47” overall. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with hunting dog in the field retrieving game scenes and signed by the maker ‘Graves’, most likely Joseph Graves recorded in 1838 as having premises at Andover Street Birmingham (see page 229 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. The barrels smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age. 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. A 579
£575.00

MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Moroccan/ Arabic 12 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Ornate Brass Pin & Ivory Decoration & Ram Rod. Sn 14160 - 14160
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. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. 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 weapon 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. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket. It measures a massive 66” overall length. It has an octagonal steel barrel which is 18mm diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 12 Bore). The bore has the staining and residue consistent with age. The barrel has 6 brass barrel bands. The hammer has scrollwork highlighted in gold and the right side of the weapon has a side plate with silvered Arabic script. It has a wood stock with ornate brass pin and antique ivory decoration & and typical curved butt. The musket has a steel ram rod. The wood, ivory and metal of the weapon have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. As is common with these weapons the action does not cock and dry fire. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14160
£575.00

RESERVED RESERVED Remington 1864-1868 Patent U.S Remington Scandinavian Contract 8x58R Calibre (.318 Bore) Rolling Block Sporting Rifle. Sn 14019 - 14019
Remington Rolling Block rifles and carbines were breech-loading weapons produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This type of rifle was used in the Franco/Prussian War, Egyptian War 1882 and The Sudanese War 1884-85. All Scandinavian Remington rolling block rifles were made under license in Sweden and Norway. This is an excellent original U.S. Remington 1864-68 Patent Swedish contract 'Rolling Block' rifle. The breech has Swedish Crown @C’ mark above ‘JB’ & ‘GM’ marks. The stock tang is marked ‘9775’. The right side of the barrel at the breech is marked ‘4737/96’ and the wood ‘1896’. The action tang is marked with Remington’s 1864-1868 Patent detail (all illustrated). It has a 33” barrel (49” overall), an external hammer, ramp blade fore sight and 2 leaf sight. The metal is undamaged and has nice patina throughout. The woodwork is all original with no damage. It is fitted with sling swivels and steel butt plate. The loading and firing actions work as they should. Price 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. Sn 14019
£0.00

C1897 French Caubert Brevete Darne Patent Sliding Breech .410 Pinfire Single Damascus Barrel Shotgun. Sn 14073 - 14073
In 1897, a gunsmith from Saint Etienne, Régis Darne, patented a new basically different type of shotgun. It has a fixed barrel and a sliding breech system. Improved years after years, it was a real commercial success and Darne shotguns won many awards in gun shows and shooting competitions. This is an excellent example of a single barrel Darne patent pin fire shotgun. The shotgun measures 44” overall length with a 28” round Damascus steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The weapon has the correct Darne patent sliding breech released by a lever on the underside of the barrel. The hammer and action have engraved foliate decoration. It has a small post foresight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The underside of the action is stamped ‘Caubert Brevete’ above number 821. The wood sock has fine chequering at the wrist and steel butt plate. The smooth bore is clean and the firing action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique pinfire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14073
£675.00
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