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EXTREMELY RARE, BEST QUALITY, Victorian Jackson Nottingham 18 Bore, Belted Ball, Percussion Deer Hunting / Sporting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Removable Brass Muzzle Stopper & Leather Sling. Sn 15815 - 15815
John Jackson was an English, Nottingham based Gunmaker recorded at 7 Church Gate, Low Pavement Nottingham between 1821 & 1866. The Gunmaker Samuel Jackson is recorded at the same premises 1866-1886 then at 7 & 9 Church Gate C1886 – 1912. This is an excellent black powder Deer hunting / sporting rifle by John or Samuel Jackson Nottingham. The rifle has a steel 30” octagonal barrel (46" overall) in 18 bore for lead belted ball. The muzzle has its original removable brass and cork stopper to prevent water from entering the barrel when being carried in the field. The stopper fits the muzzle snugly. The bore has crisp grooved rifling for belted ball. The bore has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has a gold band inlaid at the breech end and the action has a silver roundel inlaid. It has all original undamaged Walnut stock with steel butt plate which has an extended tang & foliate engraving. The stock has finely chequered wrist panels and is inlaid with a void German silver escutcheon. The stock has a polished horn fore end block. The large trigger guard for gloved hand has an extended tang and acanthus bud finial. It has a Dolphin hammer and the action plate has a crisp Deer & Stag in the field scene. It is also crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Jackson Nottingham’. It is fitted with a German silver blade foresight & flip up 3 leaf rear sights. It has sling swivels fitted with an original leather sling & original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Its firing action works as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique black powder percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15815
£1,695.00

Large, C1800 Indian Match Lock 16 Bore Musket / Rampart Gun With Octagonal Barrel & Ornate Hand Painted Wood Furniture With Steel Ram Rod . Sn 15787 - 15787
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing and more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a C1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a 122cm long 16 bore octagonal barrel with flared muzzle and measures 171cms overall length. The barrel near the breech is numbered ‘97’. The smooth bore has residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has ornate red and green foliate scrolling decoration on a cream background & hand tooled brass barrel bands. It has a bead fore sight, grooved block rear sight and steel ram rod. It has a metal bar press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' arm to the metal powder pan (the match holder is absent). The metal has even patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The wood work is colourful, clean and undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15787
£345.00

SOLD SOLD (03/10) RARE, MINT BORE, American Civil War Era Gallager’s 1860 Patent .52 Obsolete Calibre Single Shot Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine By Richardson and Overman Philadelphia With Patch Box, Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15788 - 15788
The Gallager carbine is an American black powder breech loading 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 breech loaded to 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. 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 fixed ‘v’ notch plate 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 ‘10637’. The action is also numbered ‘128’. 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 15788
£0.00

RARE, SUPERB, MINT BORE, 1885 American Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action .40-60 Winchester Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Buffalo / Big Game Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15781 - 15781
The Winchester Model 1876 was a heavier-framed rifle than the Model 1866 or Model 1873 and was the first to be chambered for full-powered centre fire rifle cartridges, as opposed to rim fire cartridges or handgun-sized centre fire rounds. The 1876 earned a reputation as a durable and powerful hunting rifle. The .40-60 Winchester is a centre fire rifle cartridge intended for 19th Century big-game hunting. Nomenclature of the era indicated the .40-60 cartridge contained a 0.40-inch (10 mm) diameter bullet with 60 grains (3.9 g) of gunpowder. Winchester Repeating Arms Company necked down the .45-60 Winchester cartridge to hold a bullet with improved ballistics for the Winchester Model 1876 rifle. This is a rare, excellent original example of the 1876 lever action rifle in the large 40-60 Winchester centre fire calibre. It has a 20 ¼” octagonal barrel & measures 41" overall length. The rifle's bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has all original Walnut woodwork and blued metal work with original finish. The breech tang is crisply stamped 'Model 1876' and the top of the barrel is stamped 'Winchester Repeating Arms Co New Haven CT King’s Improvement Patented March 29 1866 October 16 1860’ (the patent refers to a convenient new type of loading gate, devised by Winchester plant superintendent Nelson King ‘King’s Improvement’). The barrel also has calibre detail ‘Cal 40-60’. The weapon is serial number 57167 which dates its manufacture to 1885. It has an adjustable flip up graduated rear sight, pinched blade foresight , steel butt plate with brass trap, steel fore end block, sliding breech dust cover and full length tube magazine. It's lever, loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare, superb 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 15781
£5,750.00

MASSIVE, C1800 Indian Match Lock 20 Bore Musket With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15728 - 15728
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. This is a C 1800 Indian matchlock musket. It has a massive 44” long 20 bore octagonal barrel and measures 5 feet overall length. The smooth bore has residue and staining to be expected. It has a wood stock and the metalwork has hand tooled decoration and brass fittings. It has a bead fore sight and block with notch rear sight. It has a metal press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' to the metal powder pan which has a swivel cover (illustrated inset in image 2). The musket is fitted with a steel sling ring. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK. Sn 15728
£425.00

C1930 English Holland & Holland Novelty, Ornate, Nickel Plated Metal Hip Flask In The Form Of A Rifle / Shotgun Shoulder Stock Numbered 94923 With Screw Top Lid. Sn 15730 - 15730
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an unusual nickel plated drinking hip flask by Holland & Holland made sometime in the 1930’s. It measures 8” overall length with ball screw top lid attached and the butt of the ‘stock’ is 3” width x 1 ¼” depth. The neck of the flask is marked by the maker Holland & Holland (illustrated in image 2). The flask has ornate embossed foliate decoration and chequered panels as would be found on rifle and shotgun stocks. One side of the flask has a lozenge shaped mark and the reverse has a panel with ‘No. 94923’ both of which can also be seen in image 2. The price for this interesting novelty flask by a famous firearms manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 15730.
£295.00

RESERVED RESERVED 1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15681 - 15681
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 an excellent original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 19458 . It also has crisp manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rh** (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The 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 15681
£1,845.00

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 15668 - 15668
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 contemporary hand carved initials ‘WP’ and ‘JL’ carved into the wood. The 21" barrel’s bore is has just light staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. It measures 39 ½” overall. It is fitted with a swivel flip up rear sight and pinched blade fore sight together with steel saddle bar & ring. It is also fitted with rear sling swivel, and steel butt plate. The top of the action and frame are stamped with matching numbers 9549 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent’. 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 15668
£1,695.00

RARE, American 1866-1871 Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Peabody’s 1862 Patent Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army .45- Peabody Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Ring. Sn 15650 - 15650
The Peabody action was an early form of breechloading firearm action, where the heavy breechblock tilted downwards across a bolt mounted in the rear of the breechblock, operated by a lever under the rifle. The Peabody action most often used an external hammer to fire the cartridge. The Peabody action was developed by Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts, and was first patented on July 22, 1862. Peabody carbines and rifles were made by the Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island; c. 1866–1871. The total production was, 112,000. Our example is in excellent condition. The weapon is 39 ½” overall length. By operating the under lever, the breech plates falls to allow loading of a cartridge. The weapon has a 21” long, blued barrel. It is chambered for a .45 Peabody Rim Fire Cartridge. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina. It has a pinched block foresight and adjustable rear sight. The left side of the frame is crisply stamped with manufacturer and patent detail (illustrated in image 2). The weapon is serial number ‘10405’. The all original wood work is undamaged with just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The butt plate is steel and it has a single sling swivel and saddle ring. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 15650
£1,795.00

RARE, Victorian Pre 1897 British Swinburn’s Patent Martini Action No 2 Musket Ammunition (.500/.450 Obsolete Calibre) Sporting Rifle By W&C Scott & Son (Webley). Sn 15648 - 15648
The Swinburn rifle in outward appearance is very similar to a Martini Henry, however the action is of the Swinburn patent. In simple terms this has a falling block and cocking lever as in a Martini, but employs a V leaf spring and hammer to strike the firing pin and has an additional side lever which allows the hammer to be cocked without operating the under lever. This is a very good example of the scarce Swinburn Patent rifle in No 2 Musket Ammunition Calibre(.500/.450). The action has the correct additional side mounted Swinburn cocking lever and is stamped by the manufacturer ‘ W&C Scott & Son Makers London Swinburns Patent’ (In 1897 Webley amalgamated with W & C Scott and Sons to become The Webley & Scott Revolver and Arms Company Ltd of Birmingham). The action tang is numbered ‘35500’. The metal work is undamaged. The wood work is all original and has a chequered wrist and fore stock. The underside of the shoulder stock near to the steel butt plate has a small, contemporary, professional repair and the butt plate is holed for trap (trap lid absent). The underside of the wrist is holed for sling swivel lug. The fore stock has a polished horn end cap. The 26” barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and the rifle measures 42 ¾” overall length. The underside of the barrel has a fixed ring for sling swivel. The barrel is marked ‘No2 Musket Ammunition’ and has proofs. The barrel has a block and blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. The rifle’s cocking & firing actions work as they should. The price 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 15648
£1,200.00
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