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SOLD SOLD SOLD 1811 Dated Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Musket With East India Company (EIC) Brown Bess Lock & Wood Stock Inlaid With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 13411 - 13411
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 very good quality Indian / Afghan flintlock Jezail. It has a 40 ½” long smooth bore steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The muzzle opening measures 15mm (approx. 22 Bore). It measures 55 ½” overall length. The action is from an East India Co Brown Bess musket and is marked with the East India Company Rampant Lion mark and dated ‘1811’. It has a wood stock intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt, small blade fore sight & block with notch rear sight. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. Its action works correctly. 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 13411
£0.00

SOLD. SOLD. SOLD. 1855 Dated Enfield Tower .650” Carbine Calibre Constabulary Percussion Police Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch For Constabulary Bayonets. Sn 13372 - 13372
This is a Victorian Police 'Constabulary' percussion musket. It measures 42 ¼” overall with a 26 ½” smoothbore barrel which is .650 carbine calibre. The bore has just light staining consistent with age. The underside of the barrel beneath the wood is marked ‘WG’ & ‘Bond’. It has all original wood and metal work. The wood has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock has a rear sling swivel and the fore end has a contemporarily drilled hole no doubt for a sling swivel or anchor which is absent. The plain steel lock is crisply marked with Queens Crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina), Tower (Enfield) & dated ‘1855’. The carbine size musket has a heavy military hammer, brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block together with original steel ramrod. In 1843, as a result of a select committee meeting investigating the shortcomings of the previous Hanovarian version bayonet Lug's in service with the British Army, the Lovell's Lug was introduced. The Lug with Lovell's 'Catch' was introduced into the British Army in 1884 and applied to Constabulary bayonets up to the mid 1850's. (See page 98 and 99 of British & Commonwealth Bayonets by Skennerton & Richardson). This rifle is fitted with the correct Lovell's bayonet catch. The cocking and firing mechanisms work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13372
£0.00

1867 British Volunteer Officer’s Private Purchase 2 Band .577 Calibre Snider MK II ** Rifle By R. Whitehead Birmingham With Brass chain & Nipple Protector. A 607 / 13155 - A 607 / 13155
This is an excellent example of the Snider .577 calibre rifle. It is a quality made weapon no doubt a private purchase item for a volunteer / militia Officer. The side plate has finest quality scroll engraved decoration together with manufacturer’s name ‘R. Whitehead Birm’ and 1867 date . The breech cover is stamped with inspection marks and ‘II**’ designation. It has excellent all original wood work with chequered panels at the wrist and fore stock, steel butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard. The butt plate tang and trigger guard have scroll foliate engraved decoration. It also has its original bayonet bar, ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight, military heavy hammer, sling swivels, brass chain and nipple protector. The barrel has a clean bore, crisp rifling and is stamped with Victorian proof marks. Total length is 49" with a 31" barrel. The cocking & firing actions work 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 for this quality piece includes UK delivery. A 607 13155
£1,250.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD SUPERB, Early 1800’s Thomas Richards Bristol, British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion .750 Smooth Bore Musket. A 605 - A 605
Thomas Richards was an English Gunsmith based in Bristol between 1814 and 1818. This is a British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Musket By Thomas Richards. These smoothbore weapons were made before the introduction of rifling in barrels. It has the correct 30" .750 Musket Bore Barrel and measures 45 1/2" overall. The bore is clean. Its original walnut stock is in excellent condition with no damage. It has brass fittings including fore end block, butt plate, ramrod mounts and foliate engraved trigger guard with extended tang and pineapple finial. It has a sun burst engraved steel side plate crisply marked 'Richards' and heavy military hammer. The musket is fitted with steel sling swivels, block fore sight and original steel ramrod. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof marks and the top of the stock neck is inlaid with a void German Silver oval disc. It has a strong cocking and firing action. Price for this superb piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 605
£0.00

WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x60 Guedes Calibre Rifle & Sling. Sn 13363 - 13363
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations during WW1. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. This is a very good example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle in 8x60 Guedes calibre, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has all original woodwork whch has just the knocks, bumps and bruises consistent with age. The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Louis I, King of Portugal 11 November 1861- 19 October 1889). The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ & ‘M1886’. The weapon has matching numbers ‘SS 488’ on the breech and barrel. There is no visible number on the wood and the bolt is numbered ‘K141’. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight, bayonet stud, sling swivels, cleaning rod and steel butt plate. The weapon is fitted with an original leather sling. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13363
£645.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sons Gun Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase .600” Calibre, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 13329 - 13329
Isaac Hollis and Sons were London based Victorian gun makers recorded as operating in 1861. Throughout the years, Hollis manufactured quality sporting firearms and rifles for the British Government. About 1915, Hollis merged to form the company of Hollis, Bentley and Playfair. They remained in business until 1935. This is a percussion Cavalry Carbine by Isaac Hollis & Sons, no doubt a Cavalry Officer’s private purchase weapon. It is in excellent condition. It has all original walnut stock and original finish to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply ‘I. Hollis & Sons’ together with trademark roundel with wording ‘Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a clean .600” calibre bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The top of the barrel is stamped with inspection marks. It has a graduated ‘100,200, 300 yards’, block & 2 leaf rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with original steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is marked ‘I. Hollis & Sons Gunmakers’ (illustrated). It cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 13329
£1,400.00

Victorian 1860 British Enfield MK II*Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine Regiment Marked ’20 263’ To 20th Hussars . Sn 13312 - 13312
The 20th Hussars was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army. The Regiment was originally raised in Bengal by the East India Company as the 2nd Bengal European Light Cavalry in 1858, for service in the response to the Indian Rebellion. It was renamed the 2nd Bengal European Cavalry in 1859 and in 1862, while based in Mathura, it was transferred to the British Army and renamed the 20th Regiment of Hussars. It became the 20th Hussars in 1877. The regiment remained on the North West Frontier and participated in the Ambela Campaign in autumn 1863 and the Hazara Expedition in October 1868 before moving to England in 1872. The Regiment then served in Ireland, The Sudan and WW1. After service in Ww1 it was amalgamated with the 14th King's Hussars to form became the 14th/20th King's Hussars in 1922. This is an original British .577 Snider Patent Cavalry Carbine by Enfield to the 20th Hussars. 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 carbine has a 19 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and 3 groove rifling. It measures 37 ½” overall length. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate is Regiment marked ‘20’ to the 20th Hussars and weapon number ‘263’ together with inspection mark (illustrated). The original woodwork is undamaged and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a diamond ink cartouche which contains the letters ‘DC’ and has an Enfield ink roundel above number ‘1’. The side plate is dated 1860 and is marked Enfield, Crown VR (Victoria Regina), together with inspection mark. The breech and barrel have proof/ inspection marks together with ‘MK II*’ designation. The action is strong and works as it should. It has its original fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. Price for this Regiment marked carbine 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 13312
£695.00

Victorian British Army In India .650 Bore Percussion Musket With Fitting For Brunswick Bayonet. A 603 - A 603
This is an original India Arsenal Musket made in the late Victorian era for the British Army In India most likely issued to native Indian troops. The side plate is unmarked. It has all original wood stock which has the knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. It has a brass fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. It also has a brass butt plate with extended tang and brass stock fittings . The butt plate tang has what appears to be Indian Arsenal marks. The weapon has its original ramrod, fixed rear sight, block fore sight and sling swivels. The barrel's bore has staining consistent with age and use. Total length is 51" with a 35 ¼” 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. A 603
£695.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD QUALITY, Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase .650 Carbine Calibre Muzzle Loading Cavalry Carbine Musket By Greener Gunmaker To HRH Prince Albert With Saddle Bar. Sn 13327 - 13327
The famous W.W. Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a Victorian British Officer’s private purchase percussion cavalry carbine by Greener. It has a 24” steel barrel which is a clean .650 carbine smooth bore and measures 40 ½” overall. The side plate is marked ‘Greener’ and the top of the barrel ‘Greener maker To HRH Prince Albert’. It has its original walnut stock which is excellent condition as is its metal work with original blue finish. The right side of the stock has its original steel saddle bar and the shoulder stock is fitted with sling swivel. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, ram rod mounts and fore end block. It has a heavy military hammer, blade fore sight, block with ‘v’ notch rear sight and original steel ram rod. The weapon cocks & dry fires with a strong action. Price for this quality piece to a famous maker 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 13327
£0.00

VERY RARE, One Of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers. Sn 13313 - 13313
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 2-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. It is without bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 434 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the lancers post Crimean War. The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with 3 groove rifling. Total length is 46" with a 30" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The price for this very rare Crimean War era British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 made 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. Sn 13313
£1,450.00
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