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FIRST PRODUCTION, Victorian British Army In India Pattern 1858 / 67 Bengal Light Cavalry Enfield Tower .656 Calibre, Smooth Bore, Percussion Carbine With 1858 Dated Action, Saddle Bar, Ring, Inlaid Stock Disc ‘J. Fort’. Sn 15270 - 15270
Enfield Pattern 1853 cavalry carbines were used by the British army In India. By 1866 the stock of Tower P 53’s became diminished and conditions in India called for another issue of smooth bore carbines resulting in production of the ‘Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine’ . The Tower made Enfield 'Bengal Native Cavalry Carbine' were sealed by the ordnance on 22nd February 1867, under order number 57/16/2224/2263. (see C H Roads page113). The first production of 8000 Carbines used lock plates that were available from store, most if not all dated 1858. The 'Bengal Native Cavalry carbine' is smoothbore and .656 calibre. Known as the the P58-67 it has a two piece butt plate with 'chequering' between. This original Carbine has a two piece Butt Plate and 1858 dated lock which identifies it as a 'Bengal Native Cavalry Carbine’. The carbines were generally of superior quality to the P 53’s. This original Pattern 1858 / 67 Bengal Light Cavalry Carbine has the correct butt with brass edge caps and central exposed wood cross hatch chequering. It is in excellent condition throughout. It has all original walnut stock and original finish to the metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply stamped Crown VR (Victoria Regina) & 'Tower’ (Enfield) together with inspection mark and 1858 date indicating it was one of the first production Bengal light cavalry carbines. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a smooth bore which has staining and residue consistent with age. The top of the barrel is stamped with Victorian proof/inspection mark and number ‘53’. It has a fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has the correct under barrel captive swivel steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block & trigger guard. It is complete with correct steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is inlaid with brass disc stamped ‘J. Fort’ (most likely a Cavalry Station or armoury designation) and weapon number ‘230’. There is also an impressed Enfield roundel and faint impressed matching number ‘230’. 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 15270
£975.00

WW2 Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa U.S. Navy USN Mark 1 Training Rifle (1903 Springfield). Sn 14972 - 14972
The Parris-Dunn Corporation was founded by William G. Dunn and Cecil L Parris when they formed a business partnership in 1937. Each of these men brought unique contributions to this partnership. Although Dunn had no formal technical training he, like many great inventors, could see the interrelationships that existed between different mechanical devices and could modify or combine them to solve problems. Parris had a background as sales manager for the Kari-Kleen company of Souix City, Iowa and was a talented merchandiser. Initially Parris was the President of the corporation and Dunn the Vice-president but during the war years their positions reversed. William G. Dunn (1883-1968) ran a hardware business in Clarinda, Iowa in the early 1900's. In 1917 he formed the Dunn Counterbalance Company operating out of the back of his hardware store. He eventually built a factory on South 15th Street in Clarinda and the name was changed to the Dunn Manufacturing Co. He was a very talented inventor and eventually held patents for 75 different mechanical devices, many of which were related to the early automobile and aircraft industry. In 1936 he formed a partnership with Cecil Parris in order to better promote his generator business. When WWII broke out there was a severe shortage of military firearms at the start of the war and they were approached by US Army Ordnance to produce a non-firing training rifle. Shortly after, the US Navy also expressed interest in this project but they wanted some slight modifications in their model. The stock and the bolt mechanism are identical on both models and both models have 3 sling swivels. The following differences identify each model. The typical Army Model 1.It has a simple trigger that does not move. 2.It has a sheet metal trigger guard. 3.It either had no middle barrel band or it had a painted black stripe to simulate this band. 4. It has no bayonet lug. The typical Navy Model 1.It has a movable trigger that makes an audible click when pulled. 2.The trigger guard was made of cast iron 3.It has a metal middle barrel band. 4.It has a bayonet lug on the metal front barrel band. In July of 1942 the Army let contract 271 ORD for 35,000 training rifles of their pattern at a cost of $166,000. In August the Navy let contract NROS 10993 for 190,000 training rifles having their changes at a cost of $903,000. In October of 1942 the Army contract was completed and in November they finished the first Navy contract. In January of 1943 the Navy let contract NORD 808 for 110,000 additional training rifles and in June that contract was completed. The Parris-Dunn Training Rifle is not a very accurate replica of the 1903 Springfield Rifle. It has a similar profile but is thinner in cross section and 3 pounds lighter in weight. The receiver, bolt and trigger mechanism are simple by comparison to the Springfield. Plastic training bayonets and scabbards were available for the Navy Model training rifles. This is an original, WW2 Parris-Dunn Mk 1 USN training rifle. It measures 43 ¾” overall length, has the correct 3 sling swivels, large blade fore sight and bayonet lug (The rear sight is absent). The bolt action works as it should and it correctly cocks and dry fires. The steel butt plate is crisply stamped ‘Dummy Training Rifle Mark 1 USN Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa’ (illustrated in image 2 along with a contemporary image of a US Navy Sailor with a Parris Dunn USN MK1 dummy training rifle). The woodwork has old stable cracks and scratches but is complete. NB As a dummy training rifle incapable of firing ammunition, no licence is required to own this item in the UK. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14972
£395.00

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
£55.00

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
£875.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 02/07) 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
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (lay-away 17/03) 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
£0.00

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
£1,250.00

MATCH GRADE Victorian C1860 Isaac Hollis & Sons Birmingham & London .50 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Target Rifle With Turner’s Patent Rifling & Ram Rod. Sn 15034 - 15034
Isaac Hollis & Sons were quality English, Birmingham & London based Gunmakers recorded in 1861 as having premises at Weaman Row & 49 Whittall Street (previously Hollis & Sheath 1849-1861). Between 1870 & 1911 Hollis & Sons are also recorded as having ‘London Offices’ (see page 251 of British Gunmakers Vol.2 by Brown). This is a fine match grade target rifle by Isaac Hollis & Sons. It has a beautiful Walnut full stock with chequered wrist and fore end. The stock is fitted with steel patch box with hinged lid. The lid is decorated with engraved scrollwork. The stock has an inlaid silver oval disc with indistinct monogram which appears to be 'I.J.B. Lues'. The stock also has a steel fore end block. Its 33” steel barrel is .50 calibre. The bore is clean with crisp Turner’s patent rifling. The rifle measures 49 ½” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘ I.Hollis & Sons’. The barrel has faint proof marks with number ‘52’ and is marked ‘Turner’s Patent Rifling’. The rifle has its original steel ram rod, heavy Dolphin hammer, forward sling swivel and rear sling swivel lug, blade fore sight and flip up ladder rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang which has foliate engraved decoration. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this quality 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 15034
£1,750.00

C1850, English Thomas Conway, Manchester Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Combination Cape Rifle (.600 Calibre Rifled Barrel & 12 Bore Smoothbore Shotgun Barrel) With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. Sn 14949 - 14949
This is an excellent Double barrel percussion Cape rifle made C 1850. It has 30" browned steel barrels and measures 47 " overall. The barrels, set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The rifle barrel is .600 calibre and the bore is clean with well defined rifling. The shotgun barrel is smooth 12 bore. The bore is clean. It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the fore stock and wrist. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and trigger guard with extended tang. The metal work has nice foliage engraving to the action plates, breach tang, Dolphin hammers, trigger guard and butt plate. The action plates are both signed by the manufacturer 'Conway' (most likely Thomas Conway an English Gunsmith with premises in Manchester at 179 Chapel Street, 3 Market Street & 43 Blackfriars Street, Deansgate between 1803-1852) . Both barrels have silver roundel inserts at the breech. It has double triggers and the weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The shotgun is fitted with blade foresight & 3 leaf flip up rear sights each with silver sighting lines. The stock has 2 sling swivel lugs and it has its original brass tipped and capped wood ramrod. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion muzzle loading Cape rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14949
£1,195.00

C1850 French Maubeuge Arsenal .700 Calibre Percussion Military Carbine With Rifled Barrel, Bayonet Slide & Steel Ram Rod With Integral Powder Measure. Sn 14947 - 14947
This is an excellent, original, French Military carbine. It has all original undamaged walnut full stock & blued metal work. It has a heavy military percussion hammer and the lock plate is crisply engraved with Maubeuge Arsenal detail. The barrel has inspection marks (all illustrated). It has a brass fore end block, brass trigger guard and Brass butt plate which is numbered ‘8’ (illustrated). Its 23 ½” rifled barrel has a clean bore with well defined rifling. The carbine measures 36" overall. It has a fixed block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight and bayonet slide. The carbine has its original steel ram rod which has a hollow cup end for measuring powder. The side of the cup is numbered ‘930’ and has number ‘244’ struck out. 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 14947
£1,200.00
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