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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

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, 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

Victorian British 1844 Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Smooth Bore Percussion Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine With Nipple Protector, Chain, Saddle Bar, Ring & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15568 - 15568
This is an original British 1844 dated Enfield Tower Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine in excellent condition. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock with brass butt plate, fore end block, ram rod pipe and trigger guard with extended tang. It has a heavy military percussion hammer. The action plate is marked Crown VR (Victoria Regina), ‘Tower’ (Enfield) and dated ‘1844’ together with inspection mark. Its 20" barrel (36” overall) has a clean smooth bore. The barrel has crisp proof marks. It has a fixed rear sight and fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod, nipple protector with brass chain, steel saddle bar & ring. The steel of this carbine has been polished to a bright finish which was common practice for some Regiments. The weapon 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 15568
£1,375.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sons Gun Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department Snider .577 Calibre Cavalry Carbine . Sn 15566 - 15566
Isaac Hollis and Sons were London based Victorian gun makers recorded as operating in 1861. Throughout the years, Hollis manufactured quality sporting firearms and rifles for the British Government. About 1915, Hollis merged to form the company of Hollis, Bentley and Playfair. They remained in business until 1935. 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 is an original British .577 Snider Patent Carbine by Hollis & Sons. This Snider carbine has a 19 ¼” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The wood is all original and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The left side of the shoulder stock has a curved recess which would most likely have been inlaid with a scroll type banner presentation plate which is now absent. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘I. Hollis & Sons’ together with trademark roundel with wording ‘Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. The breech and barrel have proof/ WD inspection marks together with Snider patent mark (all illustrated). The breech cover is correctly without the later locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has a fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an 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 15566
£975.00

RESERVED RESERVED VERY RARE, American Civil War Era U.S Army 1851 / 1859 Maynard's Patent Model 1863 2nd Type .50" Calibre Single Shot Break Action Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 15176 - 15176
The Maynard Patent Carbines used during the Civil War were designed by Dr. Edward Maynard, a dentist, who was best known for his invention of a mechanical priming system used in several different rifles and carbines, one of the first being the U.S. Model 1855 rifle. Many older rifles were also modified to use this system. The Maynard Patent Carbines were made by the Massachusetts Arms Company. The first model was made with the Maynard priming system and were sold to the U.S. Army and Navy in .50 calibre, and were also used by the Internal Revenue Service. The second model, also known as the Model 1863, omitted the Maynard priming system to increase production rates, and were sold primarily to the U.S. Army in .50 calibre. About 20,202 were made, and were used by the 9th and 11th Indiana and the 11th Tennessee Cavalry Regiments, in addition to others. This is a 2nd Model carbine in excellent condition. The left side of the receiver is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTEE / MAY 27. 1851. / DEC. 6. 1859.”. The right side of the receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED B Y / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS.” The trigger guard tang is numbered “1067”. The weapon has the correct steel under lever which also forms the trigger guard. The weapon's steel fittings include butt plate, saddle bar, ring, fixed foresight and flip up 2 leaf rear sight. It's original wood stock is undamaged and has a Federal Army inspector cartouche (illustrated). It's loading & firing actions work perfectly. It has a 20" barrel (36 ½” overall). The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The price for this rare civil war carbine 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 15176
£1,795.00

C1840 RARE UNUSUAL TRANSITIONAL / EXPERIMENTAL German Form 7mm Calibre Percussion Rook / Small Game Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel, Double Set Hair Trigger Configuration, ‘Waterproof’ Screw Off Internal Nipple Block, Original Figured Walnut Stock. - 15241
This is a rare unusual German form Rook / Small game rifle made C1840 when the race was on to find innovative & efficient percussion actions for firearms. We have been unable to find any other examples of this form of rifle, nor identify the maker. This rifle has an ingenious percussion action & is no doubt an experimental / transitional piece. The action has a screw off nipple block with winged flange on the underside of the action. The block is unscrewed and a percussion cap placed on the nipple at the top of the block. The block is then screwed back into the underside of the action. The nipple and percussion cap remain within the action sitting under a plate / firing pin on top of the breech which is struck by the hammer when firing. The firing pin plate strikes the percussion cap seated within the action, ignites the cap and discharges the weapon. This system reduces the risk of water ingress into firing mechanism making it ideal, in the period, for hunting in the field (the barrel is loaded with black powder shot and wadding in the normal way from the muzzle end). The rifle has double triggers which can be set for hair trigger shooting. The 22 ½” octagonal steel barrel has a clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The rifle is 39 ½” overall length). The right barrel flat has indistinct small letters which appear to be ‘L*K’ and number ‘95’ (unknown). The top of the barrel has a small blade fore sight and block with notch rear sight. The action, hammer, trigger guard with scrolled tang & steel butt plate tang have crisp tooled foliate decoration. The all original walnut shoulder stock has a figured cheek piece, chequered panel wrist and chequered sliding patch box held in place by a small sliding metal pin catch with metal plate at the butt plate edge. The patch box contains a steel worm which screws onto the end of the weapon’s steel ram rod which slides into ram rod mounts under the barrel. The underside of the shoulder stock has a steel rosette which sits proud of the stock and may have been intended as a sling anchor. All wood and metal is original and undamaged with even patina. The loading and firing actions of this piece work perfectly. The price for this rare, unusual rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15241
£1,495.00

MASSIVE, 1823- 1851 William Burnett Southampton 9 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 15395 - 15395
William Burnett was an English Southampton based gunsmith between 1823 & 1851. This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun by Burnett. This size of gun (5’ 5” overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl. It is 9 bore and has a 49” round, browned, steel barrel. Its bore has just staining consistent with age & use. The barrel has a small indistinct inspection / proof mark (illustrated).It has walnut stock with horn fore stock cap. The wood has just knocks bumps and bruises consistent with age. The top of the wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The metal work has engraved foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Burnett’ amongst foliate decoration. It has a heavy steel dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass post foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap and brass threaded tip. 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. Sn 15395
£2,200.00

Victorian 1844 British Enfield Tower 16 Bore Percussion Smooth Bore Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine Regiment Or Unit Marked ‘C2’ With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Saddle Bar. Sn 14161 - 14161
This is an original, Victorian British Enfield Tower made Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine. It has all original walnut full stock which has the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use & blued metal work. One side of the stock has a small 'BO arrow' War Dept Board Of Ordnance impressed mark and another indistinct small impressed inspection mark. The other side has contemporary lightly scratched initials 'JD'. It has a heavy military percussion Dolphin hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower' (Enfield) with '1844' date & inspection mark. The brass butt plate is numbered ‘C2’ most likely a Yeomanry cavalry Regiment or Unit mark. Its 20" barrel’s smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age. The carbine measures 36" overall. The top of the barrel is stamped with crisp proof/inspection marks at the breech. It has the correct steel saddle bar and brass furniture. It has a fixed sights and under barrel captive steel ramrod. It cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. 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 14161
£895.00
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