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Mid 18th Century, Spanish Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro) Miquelet Lock .550 Calibre Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Gold Inlaid Decoration. Sn 16728 - 16728
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. Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro), recorded from 1724 to 1793 (the year of his death), was a student of Joaquín Celaya, and was named honorary gunsmith to King Carlos III in 1761. He retired on 2 May 1792. This is an attractive, Spanish miquelet rifle by Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). It is 39” overall length with a 24 ½”, octagonal barrel. Its bore has staining consistent with age & use and crisp rifling. It has a brass blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. The steel Miquelet lock has an indistinct cartouche inlaid with gold and the trigger guard has the gold inlaid cartouche of Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). The original Walnut furniture has knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age & use and has a decorative steel butt plate. The metal work has even aged patina. The Miquelet lock works. The price for this musket worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16728
£895.00

QUALITY, C1800 Spanish Andres Mendizabal Miquelet Lock, Irusta Eibar Barrelled 16 Bore Musket With Gold & Silver Inlaid Decoration. Sn 16727 - 16727
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. This is an attractive, Spanish musket made C1800. It is 51” overall length with a 36 ¼”, 16 bore, round cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech. Its smooth bore has staining consistent with age & use. It has a silver blade fore sight with silver inlaid decoration and the barrel flats near to the breech has tooled decoration inlaid with gold and barrel maker’s cartouche ‘Irusta’ (working in Eibar Region C1800). The steel Miquelet lock has the maker’s cartouche of ‘Andres Mendizabal’. The original Walnut furniture is excellent, undamaged & has a decorative steel butt plate. The musket has a wood ram rod with polished horn end cap. The Miquelet lock works as it should. The price for this musket worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display . Sn 16727
£895.00

AS FOUND UN-CLEANED, English, C1840 Baker London 1.5 Bore Percussion Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16726 - 16726
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss in as found, un-cleaned condition. This Blunderbuss is 30” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining & residue consistent with age & use. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a Dolphin hammer, Walnut full stock, brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod flute. The trigger guard and butt plate have engraved foliate decoration. The steel action plate has foliate engraved decoration and is signed 'BAKER' (most likely Ezekiel Baker (1758-1836) was apprentice to the famous English Gun Smith Henry Nock of Wilkinson Sword fame before establishing himself as a quality gunmaker in his own right with various premises in London. Between 1823-1854 Baker is recorded operating as E.Baker & Son at Size Yard, Whitechapel Road , 49 Tenter Street & 7 Union Street, London (his son Ezekiel John Baker died in 1841). Baker was the inventor of the ‘Baker Rifle’ which was adopted by the British Army in 1800 and made quality firearms for Royalty. See page 139 of the book British Gunmakers Volume 1 London by Nigel Brown). The action also has a safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel is signed ‘London’. It has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap and worm with screw off brass cover. The blunderbuss has its original 10 ¼” long integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clip works correctly. The triangular blade has a central fuller. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The brass of this piece has even, dark, aged patina and professionally cleaned would look spectacular. The price for this Blunderbuss worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16726
£1,695.00

SOLD SOLD (03/04) MINT BORE, Victorian 1878 British WD & EIC BSA & M Co Snider MK III .577 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine. A 1016 - A 1016
The East India Company (EIC) renowned for its exploration and trading throughout the World had its own Army and Navy. The company was often in conflict with British Governments regarding trade but ultimately would often fight on behalf of the British Government for both their own & British interests. This is an excellent, original British War Dept WD & EIC marked .577 Snider MK III Cavalry Carbine. 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 BSA & M Co ((Birmingham Small Arms & Metals Small Heath 1872-1897) cavalry carbine was made in 1878. It has a 19 ¼” barrel (37 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate with trap and brass trigger guard. The woodwork has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age & service use. The action plate is crisply marked with the Victoria Crown above ‘EIC’ mark, dated 1878 and has the 'BSA & M Co' (Birmingham Small Arms & Machine Company) manufacturer's stamp together with inspection marks. The top of the breech is stamped 'III' model designation and has WD marks. The hinged breech cover is numbered ‘6672’ together with small inspection mark and correct knurled steel breech release catch. The breech and barrel have WD proof/inspection marks. The carbine has a fixed foresight and adjustable ladder rear sight. The action is strong and works as it should. The price 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. A 1016
£0.00

Georgian / Victorian Era Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 22 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 16687 - 16687
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 good, ornately decorated Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 47” long steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The weapon has fixed front and rear sights. The rifle is 22 Bore. The rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures 5 Feet 1 Inch overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with an East India Company Rampant Lion mark. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. As is common with these old native weapons the hammer and trigger move but it does not cock & dry fire. The 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 16687
£575.00

MASSIVE, C1790 Indian North West Frontier Match Lock 8 Bore Musket With Cannon Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 16633 - 16633
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 C1790 Indian matchlock musket as used against British troops on the North West Frontier. It has a 4 Feet 1 Inch long 8 bore cannon barrel with flared muzzle and measures 5 feet 8 Inches overall length. The bore has typical residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. 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 arm and iron ram rod. The metal has even 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 if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16633
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (O5/05) , C1840 English, Beckwith, London, Gunmakers To The Honourable East India Company (HEIC), Officer’s Private Purchase Brass Action .420 Calibre Bar Hammer, 6 Shot Pepper Box Revolver & Accessories Including WD Bullet Mould - 16679
The English gunmaker William .A. Beckwith operated in London from 1800 until approx. 1840 from which time business was conducted at 58 Skinner Street, Snow Hill. His son Henry was also involved in the family business until 1868. Henry Beckwith is listed as participating in the International Exhibition of 1851 (see page 123 of Pepperbox Firearms by Dunlap and Fig.53 on the same page where a pepperbox pistol by Beckwith is illustrated). The Honorable East India Company (HEIC) renowned for its exploration and trading throughout the World had its own Army and Navy. The company was often in conflict with British Governments regarding trade but ultimately would often fight on behalf of the British Government for both their own & British interests. This cased, bar hammer pepperbox by Beckwith of London is most likely an HEIC Officer’s private purchase piece and is in excellent condition. The action works perfectly. The pistol has a cluster of 6 x 3 ½” barrels and measures 8 ½” overall. The barrels are stamped with Victorian black powder proofs & the smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age. On one side the brass action is signed ‘Beckwith London’ within a foliate engraved panel and the reverse ‘Improved Revolving Pistol’ within a foliate engraved panel. The brass grip frame, steel trigger guard & steel bar hammer, have foliate decoration. The grip frame decoration incorporates a number ‘18’. The pistol has its original undamaged Walnut grip. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void brass roundel. The inside of the lid has its original W.A. Beckwith London To The Honourable East India Company trade label which has the Company’s Skinner Street address. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has compartments which contain accessories including an empty percussion cap tin, a steel bullet mould marked ‘42’ (calibre) and ‘WD’ (British War Dept), a copper and brass black powder flask, a small metal container with screw top lid and oil applicator tool, a wood ram rod with brass caps, & an Ebony handled tool. The price for this excellent cased pistol with many accessories & connections to the HEIC includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16679
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 21/01) 1793 British D.Wilson London Brown Bess Pattern Volunteer India Pattern .750” Musket Bore Flintlock Musket. Sn 16415:14 - 16415:14
This musket was made by one of the longest running of the London gun making families. Richard Wilson from Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland founded the company in London in the 1730’s. Many of Wilson’s Colonial Brown Bess muskets ended up in the hands of American Militia Units during the American War Of Independence (1775–1783), such as the 3rd New Jersey Militia who are recorded as being armed with Wilson India Pattern Brown Bess muskets. 512 India Pattern Brown Bess muskets were made for the government between October 1803 and August 1805 for use in the war against Napoleon. The company ended trading in 1832. This is an original Volunteer India pattern Brown Bess flintlock musket by D.Wilson (most likely one of Richard Wilson's family members involved in the business) . It measures 54 ¼” overall length with a 39” round steel barrel. The bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The barrel has numbers ‘SA1206’, ‘1173’ & ‘498’ together with what appears to be ‘MOIN’. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer ’D.Wilson’ & dated ‘1793’. It has its original walnut stock which has the knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & rear sling swivel. The stock is impressed with what appears to be ‘I over 5’. It has its iron ramrod and brass furniture including butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, fore end block and ram rod mounts. The hammer is fitted with flint & the cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work has even patina throughout. This historic musket is suitable is worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:14
£1,650.00

MINT BORE, C1890 British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .250 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Under Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 16628 - 16628
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English listed as 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 an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .250 CF calibre. It has a plain steel action & the breech has calibre detail ‘CF.250’ and the blued 26 ¼” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Non Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with chequered panel fore stock which has a polished horn fore end cap, chequered panel pistol grip and ribbed butt. It has leaf graduated flip up sights graduated 50-150 yards and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is near mint, shiny & clean. Total length is 41 ¾”. The under lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The action tang and action are numbered '8809'. The price includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 16628
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (27/05) C1830’s English Richard Johnston & Co London 10 Bore Percussion Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 16614 - 16614
The English London based gunsmith Richard Johnston is recorded in as gunmaker & army accoutrement at 68 St James Street London between 1798 & 1840 (see page 174 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion hunting rifle signed ‘R. Johnston & Co London’ . It has a 31 ¼” octagonal steel barrel (50” overall). The barrel’s bore has just staining consistent with age and the rifling is crisp and well defined. The rifle has a brass bead fore sight and grooved plate rear sight. It has a walnut half stock with German Silver stock mounts. The wood work has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The action plate is signed ‘R Johnston & Co London’ and has foliate engraved decoration. The signature is repeated on the top barrel flat. The rifle is complete with original wood ramrod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. Sn 16614
£0.00
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