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SCARCE, Crimean War Era, British Enfield Tower Lovell’s Pattern 1845 Extra Service .75 Calibre Percussion Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch & Socket Bayonet. Sn 16339 - 16339
A scarce .75” calibre Lovell’s Pattern 1845 extra service percussion musket. The action plate is struck with a Queen’s Crown (Victoria) & Tower. The Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture including three rammer pipes. The musket’s 39” smooth bore barrel has staining & residue consistent with age & use. It has a fixed front sight and correct Lovell’s bayonet catch. It has its original steel ram rod. One of George Lovell’s series of percussion smooth bore muskets for the line infantry regiments of the 1840’s along with the Pattern 1839 and 42 the P45 saw wide service all over the world and was at the time one of the most advanced military small arms of the age. These P45 extra service muskets are simplified versions of the P39 using pins rather than keys to retain the barrel and omitting the fixed rear sight of Lovells other muskets. They were however a sturdy and by the standards of the day an accurate weapon, widely issued throughout the army. The musket is in good fully working condition with nice, original undamaged Walnut stock and even patina to the metal work. A rarely seen British issue musket that was the mainstay of the early Crimean war army. The musket is accompanied by a corresponding socket bayonet. It has a 17” triangular blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 20” overall. There are no date or manufacturer marks on the bayonet. The price for this scarce musket with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16339
£895.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Leech & W.Ling Gunmakers Marked 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank / Punt Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. A 1010 - A 1010
William John Leech was an English Gunmaker recorded as having premises at Castle Alley 1813-14 & Union Street Whitechapel C1817. William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863 (see pages 180 & 178 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 signed by Leech & W. Ling. This size of gun (5 feet 1inch overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl or mounted on punts. It is 8 bore and has a 43 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & polished horn fore stock cap. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and is impressed ‘W.Ling’ indicating that the stock was supplied by the gunmaker William Ling. The wood has heavy brass mounts and heavy brass butt plate. The action plate and barrel block are signed ‘Leech’ (most likely William John Leech) It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1010
£2,750.00

Victorian 1840- 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1009
£2,450.00

Victorian British Army In India Arsenal Native Troops Enfield Pattern 1853 Type, 3 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket With Stock Patch Box. Sn 15989 - 15989
This is an original 3-band Percussion Rifle Indian Arsenal made for British Army in India Native troops. The action plate has crude Queen’s crown and script characters and the barrel at the breech has hand tooled decoration. It all original woodwork with hinged patch box on one side of the shoulder stock, steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & brass fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has fixed sights. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. Total length is 52 ½” with a 37" barrel. The metal has been re-blued at some time in its life and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a faint ink roundel stamp. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15989
£675.00

Near Mint C1870’s Victorian, English, George Playfair, Birmingham, 10 Bore, Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 15990 - 15990
An excellent Victorian 10 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock panels. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29”, round steel barrels with brass bead fore sight, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ¾” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The barrel rib has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). The barrels have black powder proofs. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration and are signed by the maker ‘Playfair’, most likely George Playfair recorded in 1874 as having premises at 13 Newton Street, Birmingham (see page 308 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15990
£950.00

1838 2nd Scinde Irregular Horse Enfield .700 Calibre Percussion Cavalry Carbine, .14th Prince of Wales's Own. rare Unit. Sn 15941 - 15941
The Scinde Irregular Horse was raised at Hyderabad on 8 August 1838. It was named after the province of Sind now in Pakistan, where it was raised to protect the trade route from the Bolan Pass to Sukkur on the Indus River and fight against the marauding Baluchi warriors. It later expanded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Scinde Horse. These three regiments were absorbed into the regular forces after the Mutiny of 1857 and became the 35th Scinde Horse and the 36th Jacob's Horse. They saw active service in Northern and Central India, Persia, Afghanistan on the North West Frontier and, during World War I, where they served in France and Palestine. The two regiments were amalgamated in 1922, as the present 14th Prince of Wales's Own Scinde Horse which served in World War II. This is an original Enfield Pattern private purchase cavalry carbine marked to the 2nd Scinde Irregular Horse. Its original wood full stock is undamaged and metal work has even patina. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the action plate is marked ‘2nd Scinde Irregular Horse’. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a smooth bore which has just light staining consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with Victorian proof/inspection marks and with an indistinct ‘London’ maker or retailer mark. It has a fixed rear sight and blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with sling swivels. It cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 15941
£1,275.00

1860 Dated British Military Private Purchase Volunteer / Militia Enfield Tower 2 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket. A 623 - A 623
This is an original Enfield 2-band Percussion smooth bore musket in .600 calibre. It is stamped on the side plate, ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1860’, together with Victorian Crown. The barrel has proof/ inspection marks. It has all original woodwork. The wood has chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist indicating that this weapon was a private purchase item. The underside of the shoulder stock has a void brass shield escutcheon. It has its original steel butt plate, ramrod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight & bayonet lug. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age & use. Total length is 49" with a 32" barrel. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is an antique percussion musket and no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. A 623
£795.00

VERY RARE, One of 16,000 British Crimean War Era 1856 Windsor USA Contract Pattern 1853 Enfield .577” Calibre 2 Band Percussion Rifled Musket With 1858 Dated Regiment Marked Butt Plate '4.L' To The 4th Lancers. Sn 13313 - 13313
This is an excellent original example of the British 1853 Pattern rifled musket manufactured under contract to British War Department by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont, USA in 1856. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) there was a shortfall of Enfield rifle muskets. Insufficient numbers were being produced in the United Kingdom and, despite a contract for their manufacture being placed in Belgium, further assistance from both the United States and France was sought. An American contact was swiftly set up in February 1855 for 25,000 US rifle muskets, altered to the Enfield bore, to be made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont. The American produced Enfields were stamped 'WINDSOR' on the lock. Although the contract was for 25,000 weapons, due to financial difficulties only 16,000 were produced in America for the British Army and marked ‘Windsor’. This is a very rare, original example of the Crimean War American contract 1853 Pattern 2-band Percussion Rifled Musket. The side plate is correctly stamped ‘Windsor’ and has the Queens crown (Victoria) together with ‘1856’ date. It has an excellent all original walnut stock, brass butt plate, brass trigger guard with extended tang, steel fore end block and original steel ram rod. It is without bayonet lug. The butt plate tang is crisply Regiment marked '4 L' (4th Lancers) together with 434 (weapon number) & date ‘1. 58’ (Jan 1858) indicating issue to the lancers post Crimean War. The musket has a block and blade fore sight, sling swivels and ladder rear sight. The barrel has a clean bore with 3 groove rifling. Total length is 46" with a 30" barrel. The firing action works perfectly. The price for this very rare Crimean War era British Army Musket, one of only 16,000 made includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 13313
£1,450.00

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
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