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VERY RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, British Military Issue Greenes Model 1856 (1854 Patent) .54" Bore Maynard's Patent Breech Loading Carbine By Mass Arms Co Chicopee Falls USA. Sn 11387 - 11387
This scarce Carbine was manufactured by Mass Arms Co USA and purchased by the British Government for issue to British Cavalry. The carbines never saw Military service due to the perceived fragility of the cartridge ammunition. The carbines were put into storage in the Tower Of London Armoury while further work on a reliable cartridge was carried out. A fire at the Tower destroyed almost all of the carbines and British contract guns like this example are few and far between. The weapon has several inspection marks. The serial number '221' is located on the inside of the breech and it has matching number at the ribbed fore end. It has double triggers with an innovative twist ribbed fore end which releases the breech when the front trigger is depressed. It also features the Maynard's 1845 Patent 'tape primer system' with hinged cover (the tape primer operated in a similar fashion to toy cap guns with paper roll charges ignited when the hammer strikes and rotated to the following charge). The frame is crisply marked with U.S. (Greene's) 1854 patent detail together with Maynard's patent detail, Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and manufacturer Mass Arms Co Chicopee Falls USA 1856'. The weapon's steel fittings including butt plate, saddle ring block and blade foresight and ladder rear sight graduated to 600 yards are all excellent and undamaged. It's original wood stock is undamaged and is fitted with a hinged steel patch box stamped with British Inspection mark. It's loading & firing actions works perfectly. It has an 18" barrel (34 1/2" overall). The barrel is clean with original crisp & clean 3 groove rifling. Price for this rare carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rim fire carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 11387
£2,950.00

Swiss Military Vetterli M1878 (M78) .41 Rim Fire Fire Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By Waffenfabrik Bern. Sn 12948 - 12948
The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to circa 1890, when they were replaced with Schmidt-Rubin rifles. Modified Vetterli rifles were also used by the Italian Army. The Swiss Vetterli rifles combined the American M1866 Winchester rifle's tubular magazine and a bolt system derived from the German Dreyse. Due to the Swiss Federal Council's early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breech loading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. This is an excellent M78 Vetterli bolt action rifle in .41 rim fire obsolete calibre rifle. It has all original, undamaged wood furniture. The left side plate is stamped with ‘Swiss Cross’ mark and stamped 'M78 Waffenfabrik Bern' together with model designation ‘M78’ and serial number ‘175747’. The barrel, butt plate and breech plate have matching numbers. The bolt is numbered ‘4286’ It has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, sling swivels, steel butt plate and original cleaning rod. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The loading & firing action works perfectly. 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 12948
£795.00

American Ethan Allen & Company 1860 Patent Falling Block .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre Single Shot Rifle. Sn 12890 - 12890
Ethan Allen (September 2, 1808– January 7, 1871) was a major American arms maker from Massachusetts USA. His first firearm, the "Pocket Rifle" was developed in 1836, and his first patent was granted in 1837. This is an excellent original Allen & Company 1860 Patent falling block rifle in .44 Henry Rim Fire Calibre. The top of the breech is marked with faint manufacturer detail ‘ E.Allen & Co, Worcester, Mass, Allens Pat Sept 18 1860’. It has a 26” round steel barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech(43 ¾” overall), a small flip up rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The rifled barrel is clean. It has a steel butt plate with hinged trap and fore end block. The metal work has even patina. The rifle has all original undamaged wood work which has just minor bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. It has an external hammer and its falling block action operates as it should. 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 12890
£1,295.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD British 1862 Dated Enfield MK II** 3 Band .577 Calibre Snider Rifle Regiment Marked ’V Ex3’ To The 3rd Militia Volunteer Battalion Essex Regiment & Buff Leather Sling . Sn 12822 - 12822
A large number of small Rifle Volunteer Corps had been formed in the county of Essex as a result of an invasion scare in 1859. In 1881 two units of ancient militia, the East Essex Militia and the Essex (Rifles) Militia, were re-designated the 3rd and 4th (Militia) Battalions of The Essex Regiment. In 1884 they formed part of the River Column under Lord Wolseley which struggled up the Nile to relieve Khartoum and attempt to save General Gordon from the Mahdi, who had overrun the Sudan. For this campaign the Regiment was awarded the battle honour "Nile, 1884-5". Both regular Battalions and elements of the Volunteer Battalions, served in the South African War (1899-1902), the Regiment gaining the battle honour "South Africa, 1889-1902". This is an excellent example of the Enfield Snider 3 Band Rifle Marked to The 3rd Essex Volunteers. The side plate is stamped With Queens Crown (Victoria) and by the manufacturer 'Enfield 1862'. It has excellent all original wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block, bayonet bar and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ramrod, ladder rear sight stamped with Enfield inspection marks, block and blade fore sight and sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The butt plate tang and breech are stamped ‘V Ex3’ to the 3rd Militia Volunteer Battalion Essex Regiment. It is also marked ‘465’ (weapon number). The barrel has a clean bore crisp rifling and is stamped with Victorian proof and WD marks. The breech is stamped ‘Snider’s Patent’ with arrow trademark ‘BSA Co’ and MK II** model designation . Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. The firing action works 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 includes UK delivery. Sn 12822
£0.00

MINT, 1887 Dated Imperial German Army Spandau Model 1871/84 11mm Tube Magazine Bolt Action Rifle. A 595 - A 595 / 12774
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 a near mint example of the Mauser M1871/84. It has all original woodwork & metalwork with original finish. It has a flip up ladder rear sight, block & blade foresight, bayonet lug, steel butt plate and sling swivels. The barrel has a crisp rifled bore. The breech is nicely marked 'Spandau' with Crown and Imperial proof/ inspection marks and dated 1887'. The stock has crisp impressed Imperial German marks. The bolt action and firing mechanisms work perfectly. The price for this near mint obsolete calibre rifle includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. A Firearms certificate is required if this weapon is owned for the purpose of shooting. A 595
£1,200.00

Private Purchase .577 Snider Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By Thomas Turner, Birmingham. Sn 4246 - 4246
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, 3 Band Rifle . It has all original Walnut woodwork throughout. It has a fine case hardened lock nicely engraved by the retailer ' Thomas Turner Fisher Street Birmingham'. The breech is marked with proof / inspection marks. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 55 inches overall with a 36 1/2 inch barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod and ladder rear sight. The bore is nice and clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. It's cocking and firing action works perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 4246
£1,200.00

QUALITY, C1860 Victorian English 15 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun. Sn 12661 - 12661
This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion shotgun. It has 30” brown wash steel barrels and measures 46” overall. The 15 Bore barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The smooth bores are in superb clean condition. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammers have light foliate engraved decoration. The fore stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The barrels have German Silver inserts at the breech. Both side plates have foliate decoration together with scenes of hunting dogs in the field. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Surprisingly for a shotgun of this high quality there are no visible manufacturer’s names on this piece. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12661
£845.00

QUALITY, 1846-1878 Victorian English 17 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun By John Moore Of Cholsey (Berkshire). Sn 12662 - 12662
The English Gunsmith John Moore is recorded as having premises at Cholsey, Wallingford, Berkshire between 1846 & 1878 (see page 290 of British Gunmakers Volume 2 by Brown). This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion shotgun by Moore. It has 31” brown wash steel barrels and measures 47 ½” overall. The 17 Bore barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The smooth bores are in superb clean condition, It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammer have light foliate engraved decoration. The fore stock has silver mounts. The wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The barrels have platinum inserts at the breech together with 3 gold bands. The barrel rib has the maker’s name ‘Moore Cholsey’ highlighted in gold. Both side plates have foliate decoration with the makers name ‘Moore’ on both sides. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12662
£845.00

British Volunteer Pattern Private Purchase Martini Henry MK II 577-450 British Service Rifle By T Hepplestone, Manchester. (No Nepalese Marks). Sn 8101 - 8101
This is an original British volunteer private purchase MK II 577-450 Martini Henry rifle retailed by T Hepplestone, of Manchester. The rifle is Birmingham proofed stamped and has its original woodwork throughout. The Birmingham proofed stamps are on the barrel, action and breach block and it has its original woodwork throughout. It has a block and blade fore sight, platinum lined flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. The nocks form is stamped with a large number 24.. The action works correctly and is fully functional. There are no Nepalese marks which indicate that this rifle was in solely British Service. There are various stamps on this weapon which indicate that it possibly came out of a museum and the markings are identical except for the numbers with another of our Martini Henry rifles, stock number 8102. 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 includes UK delivery. Sn 8101
£975.00

1893, Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .38-56 WC (Winchester Cartridge) Calibre Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 12594 - 12594
The Winchester Model 1886 was a lever-action repeating rifle designed by John Browning to handle some of the more powerful cartridges of the period such as the Black powder 'Buffalo' round. This is a rare, original example chambered in .38-56 WC which was used for hunting and personal protection. It has a 24" octagonal barrel & measures 44 ¼” overall. It has all original Walnut woodwork and metal with even patina throughout. The breech tang is crisply stamped 'Model 1886' and the top of the barrel is faintly stamped ' Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co New Haven, Conn USA'. The weapon is faintly stamped with serial number on the underside of the frame beneath the lever which appears to be ‘7264’ which dates it to 1893. It has a winged rear sight, brass blade fore sight, brass butt plate and full length tube magazine. It's lever, loading and firing actions work perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique 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 12594
£2,200.00
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