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C1911-1932 Marlin Firearms Co New Haven CT USA Model 27-S ‘Take Down’ Pump/ Slide Action .25 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn 14904 - 14904
These Marlin USA slide action rifles were introduced in 1909 as the Model 27. The rifles were designed John Marlin and LL Hepburn. The model was re-designated as 27-S C1911. It was made up to WWI, and again after the war until 1932. This example is very good and chambered for the now UK obsolete .25 Rim Fire calibre. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The barrel is stamped with .25 RF’ calibre detail. It has a tube magazine, 24” blued round steel barrel, wooden stock and grooved wood slide. All wood and blued metalwork are in very good undamaged condition with even patina. The weapon is dismantled by a turn screw on the left side of the frame and screw on the right side. The barrel is stamped with Marlin New Haven CT manufacturer detail and 1890 to 1904 patent detail (illustrated). It has a curved blued steel butt plate, an adjustable rear sight and fixed fore sight. There is no visible external serial number. The frame tang is stamped ‘Marlin 27-S’. The weapon cocks and dry fires crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre, antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14904
£1,095.00

Victorian 1887 MK IV Enfield Martini Henry .577x .450 Long Lever British Service Rifle With British WD & India Arsenal Marks. Sn 14901 - 14901
This is an original MK IV 1887 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry, long lever Service Rifle. It has its original woodwork throughout which has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. The all original stock is impressed with India / Nepalese Arsenal roundel and 1908 date (illustrated) indicating that it was re issued for use in Nepal / India after British service. It has a block & blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel is clean, the rifling sharp and well defined. The barrel has numerous British WD ordnance / 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'. 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14901
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (02/03) MINT BORE, Victorian British Yeomanry Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine By The London Armoury Company Retailed By Kerr & Co London. Sn 14900 - 14900
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent Carbine by the London Armoury Co. 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 carbine has a 19 ½” round steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate & trigger guard. The butt plate tang is engraved ‘3.Y’ to a Yeomanry Regiment above weapon number ‘335’. The all original woodwork is excellent & undamaged. The action plate is marked ‘LAC’ (London Armoury Co) above ‘Jas Kerr & Co 54 King William St E.C (London)’ together with crisp Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks. The breech block cover has the correct knurled steel release catch. The cover is marked ‘Jas Kerr & Co 54 King William St E.C’. The action tang is numbered ‘J69’ together with inspection mark. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 14900
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (14/04) VERY RARE, Mexican & American Civil War Era 1844 Dated U.S. Army Model 1842 Springfield Armoury .69 Calibre Smoothbore Percussion Musket With Nipple Protector, Chain, U.S. Army Marked Socket Bayonet & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:17 - 14894:17
The Model 1842 Musket has the distinction of being the first regulation percussion firearm manufactured in a national armoury, the first musket manufactured at the U.S. Armouries at Springfield and Harpers Ferry with completely interchangeable components and the last .69 calibre, smoothbore musket issued by the U.S. Army. A total of about 275,000 were produced, 172,000 at Springfield Armoury. The Model 1842 musket was the primary infantry weapon of both the Union and Confederate armies during the first two years of the Civil War. It was still used in significant numbers by both armies as late as 1863. This original Springfield Model 1842 percussion musket has standard steel lock and furniture and undamaged walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The lock plate is marked: "SPRINGFIELD / 1844" behind the hammer and very faintly with "American Eagle" over "US (Army)" ahead of the hammer. The steel butt plate tang is stamped "US" (Army). The barrel has faint "V/ P” proof / inspection marks and has a small brass blade fore sight. The smooth bore of the musket’s 42” round steel barrel has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The musket measures 58” overall length. The musket has its original steel ram rod and is fitted with leather sling. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The musket comes with its original steel socket bayonet. The 15” ‘T’ form blade of the bayonet is straight and undamaged. The blade is stamped ‘U.S’ (Army) and has another indistinct mark (illustrated). The socket is undamaged and has the correct steel locking ring. The bayonet fits the musket perfectly. The price for this rare 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. Sn 14894:17
£0.00

1913-1914 Crawford Smuggling Operation, Irish U.V.F, 1897 Dated British WD BSA Co Martini Henry Mark 1 Converted To MK II .577x .450 Artillery Carbine With Red Hand Of Ulster and ‘For God And Ulster’ Stock Stamp & Leather Sling. Sn 14894:2 - 14894:2
The Larne gun-running was a major gun smuggling operation organised in April 1914 in Ireland by Major Frederick H. Crawford and Captain Wilfrid Spender for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Other smuggling operations also secured weapons for the UVF). Smuggled UVF rifles usually bear the Red Hand Of Ulster symbol. This is an original British WD Martini Henry Artillery Carbine, one of the smuggled guns sold to the UVF. It has all original wood furniture. The stock has bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and the metalwork has even patina. The action is dated 1897 and is marked by the manufacturer BSA Co together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The action also has the MK1 Conversion to MK II designation. The breech and barrel also have British WD ordnance marks (all illustrated). The stock is crisply impressed with the UVF Roundel which contains the Red Hand of Ulster and motto ‘For God And Ulster’ (illustrated). It has an adjustable ladder rear sight, bayonet lug, block & blade fore sight, sling swivels, steel butt plate, cleaning rod and original leather sling. As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. NB The rifle strips cocks and dry fires but is not suitable for shooting as at some point in its life the breech has been cut internally. The price for this historic UVF marked piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:2
£1,200.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) RARE, 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14894:1 - 14894:1
The Burnside Carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the American Civil War. The weapon 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 ran from 1857 to 1865 and was handled by the Burnside Rifle Company and the Bristol Firearms Company of Providence, Rhode Island. This is original example of the Burnside carbine in very good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The stock has a contemporary hand carved initial ‘H’ most likely carved by the Civil War soldier who owned this weapon (illustrated). The 21" barrel’s bore is clean and the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 1/2" overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight graduated ‘3’ to 300 yards and block fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The butt plate tang has a factory armourer’s inspection mark ‘D’ (all illustrated). The top of the action and frame are stamped with numbers (illustrated) . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856. The action tang is crisply 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 14894:1
£0.00

MINT RIFLED BORE, Victorian 1870 Dated British Enfield Tower .600 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With 3 Groove Rifling, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring, Nipple Protector & Chain. Sn 14847 - 14847
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1870' date. Its 21" rifled barrel has a superb bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The carbine measures 37" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with faint proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring & nipple protector & chain. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sights. It also has a small block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine has a brass fore end block, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14847
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (18/04) MINT BORE, Transitional C1850 Victorian English Thomas Conway Manchester .40 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle With Best Quality Tooled Decoration. Sn 14773 - 14773
Thomas Conway was an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852. This is a very rare, transitional rifle by Thomas Conway. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 30” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech and is 48 ¾” overall length. It has a superb, clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a brass post fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight graduated 50-100 yards. The action has best quality tooled decoration. The top of the breech is signed by the maker ‘Conway Manchester’ within banner on a foliate background. The sides of the action have scenes incorporating a hunting dog and stylised game in the field together with foliate work. The action tang has a hunting dog in pursuit of a stag scene. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The wrist has a void German silver escutcheon. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14773
£0.00

Victorian 1844 Dated British Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Captive Steel Ram Rod, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 14817 - 14817
This is an excellent, original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Cavalry Carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1844' date & inspection mark. Its 20" rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling and is .650 carbine calibre. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and ring. It has a fixed rear sight and additional graduated 2 leaf flip up rear sight graduated to 200 & 300 yards. It also has a small blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive steel ramrod with end cap. The carbine also has a brass fore end block, ram rod mounts, trigger guard with extended tang & butt plate. 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 14817
£1,675.00

Excellent Victorian Short Lever MK II Martini Henry 577 x 450 Rifle by the Field Rifle Company Birmingham. Sn 14775 - 14775
This is an excellent .577x .450 calibre Martini action short lever Rifle. It has all original woodwork, adjustable rear sight, block & blade fore sight, steel butt plate and steel cleaning rod. The 33 ¼” barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling. It measures 49 ¾” overall. It’s wood stock is all original and has a very faint ink roundel stamp ‘Field Rifle Co’. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The breech is marked ‘Field Rifle Company Birmingham’ (one of the numerous Birmingham based manufacturers/finishers of rifles). 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. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14775
£975.00
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