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Original Victorian Era Steel Cleaning Rods For The British Martini Henry Service Rifles. A 606 - A 606 / 13932
We have a number of original steel cleaning rods for the British Martini Henry service rifles available. All are clean and undamaged. The price is for an individual cleaning rod and includes UK delivery. A 606

19th Century Ottoman Empire 24 Bore Miquelet Lock Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Tiger Stripe Olive Or Palm Wood Stock, Silvered Hand Tooled Decoration, Action & Barrel Arabic Gunsmith / Family Signatures & Ram Rod. Sn 15226 - 15226
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. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket in the form found in the Ottoman Empire in that era. It measures 48” overall length. It has an octagonal 34" long steel barrel which is 14.93 mm muzzle diameter (approx. 24 Bore). The barrel has a small silver blade fore sight and grooved block rear sight. The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp well defined rifling. The barrel flats and underside of the action have detailed silvered Arabic signatures most likely gunsmith and or family names. It has steel barrel bands. The hammer and action have ornate silvered decoration. The weapon has its original steel ram rod. Its original Olive or Palm wood stock has an attractive Tiger stripe hue and bone or Ivory inlays. It has a steel ball end trigger on the underside of the stock. The butt is mounted with decorative metal plates. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native weapon of its age. The rifle cocks and dry fires but due to age and condition it is advised that this action is not performed to avoid damage to the action. 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 15226

MINT BORE, 1872 British Enfield Tower Snider Conversion .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine By V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London With Royal Canadian Mounted Police ‘RCMP’ Stamped Stock. Sn 15204 - 15204
This is an excellent, original British Military .577 Snider Conversion Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Enfield Tower cavalry carbine has a 23” round browned steel barrel with a near mint bore, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate & brass trigger guard. The all original woodwork is excellent & undamaged. The wood is impressed ‘RCMP’ to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The action and side plate are also browned steel. The side plate is crisply marked with Crown, dated 1872 and has the Enfield ‘Tower’ mark. It also stamped ‘V&R Blakemore Birmingham & London’ (this is most likely the Gunsmith who performed the snider conversion before supply to the RCMP). The breech and barrel have proof / inspection marks together with very faint ‘Snider Patent’. The breech cover has a knurled steel button release catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique 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 15204

RARE, American Civil War Era Gallager’s 1860 Patent .525” Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine By Richardson and Overman Philadelphia With Patch Box, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15159 - 15159
The Gallager carbine is an American black powder breechloading rifle produced during the American Civil War for use by Union Cavalry. The weapon was designed by Mahlon J. Gallager, who licensed the design to Richardson and Overman of Philadelphia for production. The Gallager was loaded from the rear with brass cases, which contained the projectile and the propellant. Covered by a disc made of greased felt, the projectile was inserted in the barrel after it was tilted up by a lever, followed by the case, and (like the concurrent muzzleloaders, such as the Springfield) were ignited by percussion cap, which was placed on the bolt face. The brass cases had a paper patch in the base, to prevent powder seepage and still allow the cap to fire the round. The weapon is .525” (13.3 mm) calibre. This is an excellent example. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 22” barrel’s bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling and it measures 39 ¼” overall. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and fixed fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with steel butt plate and patch box with hinged lid. The action plate is crisply marked with Gallager’s 1860 patent detail and Richardson and Overman Philadelphia manufacturer’s address together with number ‘7805’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this American Civil War era 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15159

VERY RARE, British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore 3 Band .442 Calibre Heavy Barrel Match Target Percussion Rifle. Sn 15141 - 15141
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is a very rare Lancaster's patent Percussion Match Target Rifle in .442 Calibre. The action plate is signed ‘C. Lancaster’ and the top of its heavy barrel ‘151 New Bond St London’. It has excellent all original woodwork with steel fittings including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, forward barrel block, 3 barrel bands, shrouded target fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivels and steel ram rod with brass end cap and threaded tip. The stock at the rear of the hammer has a bar for addition of an additional target rear sight. Its 39” barrel has Victorian proofs, 442 calibre detail and a clean bore with correct Lancaster Patent Oval rifling. Total length is 54 ¼”. The loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this very rare weapon includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 15141

Cased, 1846 – 1860 English John Sampson Liverpool 18 Bore, Muzzle Loading, Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun With Accessories. Sn 15108 - 15108
John Sampson was a Liverpool based Gunsmith recorded as working between 1846 & 1860 (see page 103 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). This is an excellent cased muzzle loading double barrel shotgun by Sampson. It has blued 28” smooth bore barrels with flat top barrel rib. The rib is signed by the maker ‘John Sampson 21 North John St Liverpool’. The barrel’s bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of each barrel are numbered 240 & have Victorian black powder proofs and other inspection marks. One barrel is marked ‘18’ (bore). Both barrels have inlaid roundels beneath the percussion nipples. The weapon has a bead fore sight. The action has scroll foliate engraved decoration incorporating a hunting dog scene and both action plates are signed by the maker ‘John Sampson’. It has double Dolphin hammers and double triggers. The shotgun’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The rifle has a lovely walnut shoulder stock with chequered wrist and steel butt plate. The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and worm. The stock has an inlaid void silver escutcheon. The rifle comes with its original wood case. The inside of the lid has its original Sampson Liverpool trade label. It has a hinged lid with folding brass carry handle, clasp fasteners and lock (key absent). The inside of the case has green felt lined compartments which protect the rifle in its broken down form, with additional compartments for accessories. The accessories comprise a Joyce and Co London labelled percussion cap tin (empty), a Sykes marked copper and brass powder flask, a leather and brass shot pouch with sprung nozzle which contains a small amount of lead shot, a metal oil bottle with screw top lid and applicator & a box of cloth patches. The price for this impressive cased shotgun by a provincial English gunsmith includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15108

C1850 American Kentucky Form Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Double Rifle (24 Bore) / Shotgun (28 Bore) Combination With Patchbox & Ram Rod. Sn 14455 - 14455
This is an American side by side double rifle / shotgun combination. It has Walnut furniture in the Kentucky rifle form with figured cheek piece and brass fittings including trigger guard with ornate extended tang, deeply curved butt plate and stock fittings including a hinged patch box with brass lid. One side of the stock is mounted with a brass plate in the stylised form of an American Eagle. The weapon has double hammers & triggers. The barrels set side by side measure 33 ½” length and have a central barrel rib. Both barrels have just light staining consistent with age and use. One barrel has crisp rifling and is 24 bore. The other barrel is 28 Bore smoothbore. The weapon measures 49 ½” overall. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration. It is complete with wood ram rod. One end of the ram rod is has an end cap formed from a spent brass cartridge case, the other end has a brass tip. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14455

1894 British WD Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs Enfield Martini Action HRB Co IC1 .303 Calibre Rifle Converted By C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED** Sn 14601 - 14601
This is a good Martini Action Rifle To The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs (SMRC). This WD IC1 Enfield Martini .303 rifle was converted for SMRC use by C.G. Bonehill Birmingham. It is complete with sling Swivels, blade foresight & flip up graduated rear sight. Deactivated to UK/EU specification the weapon, cocks & dry fires perfectly. It has all original wood furniture and metal work & has a steel butt plate. The left side plate is crisply stamped 'SMRC Special Converted For The Society Of Miniature Rifle Clubs By . C.G. Bonehill Birmingham’. The right side is crisply stamped with Queen’s Crown HRB Co dated 1894 IC1 and WD inspection mark. The barrel length is 29 ¼” and it measures 46 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery and UK/EU deactivation certificate. Sn 14601

RARE, C1870 Victorian Liege Poachers' 16 Bore Under Lever Break Action 4 Part ‘Take Down’ Pin Fire Single Barrel Shotgun. Sn 15053 - 15053
Victorian Poachers faced heavy penalties if caught in the act of taking game illegally and went to great lengths to conceal their activity. This is an original Liege, Belgian made ‘take down’ pin fire shotgun made in the Victorian era, C1870 & no doubt a useful poacher’s weapon. The weapon is break action operated by an under lever mechanism. The 29” round steel barrel steps to octagonal towards the breech and at a length of 19 ¼” from the muzzle unscrews. The remainder of the barrel is removed from the action by means of a separate small steel lever on the underside of the action. The barrel’s bore is clean. The action has a Dolphin hammer and plain steel action plate. The inside of the action has an ‘ELG’ Liege proof mark and other small inspection marks. It has an undamaged Walnut shoulder stock with steel butt plate. The shoulder stock is removed from the stock wrist and action by means of a twist of lug mounted on a steel plate on the shoulder stock that fits snugly into a recess with steel plate on the wrist. Assembled the shotgun measures 45” overall length. The cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare antique ‘take down’ poacher’s shotgun includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15053

Victorian C1860 English, John Venables, Oxford 28 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Brown Wash Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 15054 - 15054
This an excellent percussion sporting / hunting rifle by John Venables who was a quality English Gun maker recorded as having premises in Oxon, Oxford between 1846 & 1863, he is then recorded in the same location operating as Venables & Son in 1868 (see page 105 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and German Silver stock mounts. It also has a void German silver escutcheon inlaid. The stock also has a polished horn fore end block. Its 29 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel is signed ‘Venables Oxford’. The bore has light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 46” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply signed ‘Venables’. The rifle has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass worm, heavy Dolphin hammer, sling swivel lugs, blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent Victorian rifle 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. Sn 15054
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