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BEST QUALITY, 1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Rolling Block 9.5 x 60R Mauser Obsolete Calibre Match Grade Target Rifle. Sn 14618 - 14618
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this best quality, heavy, rolling block match grade target rifle which is in the obsolete calibre 9.5 x 60R Mauser introduced C1887 for the Peabody Martini Action rifle. It has blued metal work and figured walnut stock, the left side with raised cheek piece. The stock is mounted with an oval brass plate engraved ‘F.F. Kesting’ most likely the name of the original owner of this rifle. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels fitted with leather sling and steel ramrod. The action tang is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a 31 ¾” round stepped to octagonal blued steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 48” overall length. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this excellent match target rifle worthy of further research, which would have been an extremely expensive weapon to buy when it was made 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 14618.
£1,875.00

1897 - 1900 Dutch Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt Rotterdam Holland Martini Action 10.4 x 38R Swiss Vetterli Obsolete Calibre Sporting / Target Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 14619 - 14619
Wilhelm Von Kreyfelt was a Dutch gunmaker active around 1870 until 1900. Little is known about Von Kreyfelt other than he made or modified this Martini action sporting / target rifle which is in10.4 x 38R Swiss Veterli, an obsolete calibre. It has a rotating bolt feature which allows the use of both rim fire and centre fire rounds in that calibre. The right side of the action is signed ‘WILH. VON KREYFELT, ROTTERDAM’. It has a double scroll trigger guard/cocking lever, walnut half stock, the right side of the butt inset with an oval brass panel engraved "J.VAN SILLEVOLUT, ROTTERDAM", the left side with raised cheek piece. It has a curved steel butt plate, two sling swivels and brass ramrod. It has an 86cm octagonal blued steel barrel with bow type rear sight and block and blade fore sight. The left side of the barrel is numbered 852. The barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The rifle measures 129cm overall length. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this excellent sporting rifle worthy of further research 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 14619
£1,795.00

VERY RARE, Transitional C1860’s Victorian English Beatley of Basingstoke Improved Patent .400 Calibre Swivel Breech Loading, Percussion, Internal Firing Pin, Black Powder Rifle. Sn 14573 - 14573
The Hampshire Museums and Archives Service in Winchester has a collection of billheads for the English Gunmaking Beatley family, For example, a bill dated 13 September 1834, was printed with the description: London Street, Basingstoke J. H. Beatley, Gun-Maker Bell Hanger, Brass Worker, etc. and Sole Manufacturer of Brownjohn’s Patent Cap Charger. Percussion and other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Fishing Apparatus of all Kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned and lacquered. Agent for the Portable Oil Gas – fittings neatly and expeditiously executed. Thirty years later, in 1864, Charles Beatley delivered a bill that advertised: London St, Basingstoke Charles Beatley Gun Maker & Fishing Tackle Manufacturer, Tin Man, Whitesmith, Working Cutler & Repairer of Steel Trusses, Archery of Every Description, etc. Percussion & other Fowling Pieces, with London proved Barrels, finished throughout on the most esteemed Principles. Percussion Caps, adapted for the above Chargers of superior Quality. Gun Powder, Shot, etc. Fishing Apparatus of all kinds, of the best Manufacture. Articles of Brass Work cleaned & lacquered. Gas fittings neatly & expeditiously executed. Fitter up of invisible fences in parks, pleasure grounds, gardens etc. and wire working of every description, in brass or iron. Copper and tin ware, in every variety. This is a very rare, transitional improved patent rifle by Beatley of Basingstoke. Little is known about this innovative breech loading internal firing pin black powder rifle. The rifle has a 29 ¾” octagonal barrel and is 47” overall length. It has a clean bore with crisp rifling. It has a block with post fore sight and block with ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. The top of the barrel is engraved ‘Beatley Basingstoke’. The underside of the barrel has black powder proofs. Its original Walnut stock with chequered panel wrist has a steel butt plate with foliate engraved extended tang. The action and trigger guard have quality foliate engraved decoration and the top of the swivelling breech block is engraved ‘improved patent rifle’. The breech is opened for loading by depression of a flat button on a lever on the underside of the action, this allows the breech to be swivelled open by sideways operation of the lever. A percussion cap is then placed on a nipple on one side of the breech chamber and powder bullet / ball and wadding loaded into the other side. The chamber is then closed using the lever. The weapon is cocked by pulling back its cocking lever which has the appearance of a traditional hammer. This lever cocks the internal hammer and is ready for firing. Its loading and firing actions work perfectly. The previous owner of this piece has compiled several internet sourced A4 size paper printouts covering topics such as ‘Gunmakers Of Basingstoke’, ‘London Gazette’ and ‘Census Returns ‘. The information, which accompanies this piece, although providing some information about the Beatley family and their connections to other Basingstoke Gunmakers does not shed any light on the Patent or origins of this rifle. The price for this very rare transitional rifle worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB as an antique black powder rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14573
£1,895.00

Large Victorian, Heavy Construction 20 Bore Large Game Percussion Sporting Gun For Ball. Sn 14311 - 14311
This is a large Victorian era percussion sporting gun for ball. It is 20 bore and has a 33" stepped round to octagonal brown barrel (49” overall). Its bore has just light staining to be expected with age and use. It has all original undamaged Walnut stock with chequered wrist & steel butt plate. The trigger guard has an extended tang with acanthus bud finial. The action and Dolphin hammer have engraved scrollwork decoration. The barrel has a small blade foresight and it has a ‘v’ notch block rear sight. The stock has a polished horn fore end block. The weapon has its original brass ram rod. There are no visible external manufacturer or proof marks on this weapon. The gun’s firing action works perfectly. The price for this large Victorian 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 14311
£745.00

VERY SCARCE, Napoleonic Wars Era British Ketland & Co New Land Pattern (42” Barrel) Officer’s Private Purchase .75” Bore Brown Bess Flintlock Musket To ‘A.Taylor’ With Brass Fittings & Original Ram Rod. Sn 14212 - 14212
Ketland & Co were English gunsmith's based at various addresses in Birmingham & London between 1785-1819. This is an original British Officer’s private purchase Brown Bess New Land pattern flintlock musket. The New Land Pattern was introduced into British service C1802 after the signing of the Peace of Amiens to end the French Revolutionary Wars, when possibility seemed high of a return to peacetime levels of production (see page 36 plate 30 & page 37 of British Military Long Arms 1715-1815 by Bailey). Unfortunately peace did not last and the Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 culminating in the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815. This example of the New Land Pattern by Ketland & Co has the correct 42” round steel barrel with block foresight. It measures 58 ½” overall length. Its smooth bore is clean. It has its original lock plate engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘T. Ketland & Co’. It has the correct heavy swan neck hammer fitted with flint. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected and original steel ram rod. The stock has an inlaid brass roundel engraved ‘A+Taylor’ no doubt the name of the British officer who commissioned this piece. It also has the correct sling swivels and brass furniture . The metal work has even patina throughout and it cocks and dry fires perfectly. The price for this historic piece worthy of further research regarding the Officer’s name 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 14212
£3,450.00

C1850 Victorian British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Rifled 13 Bore Fusil Musket Saddle Carbine. Sn 14111 - 14111
This is a very good British Officer's Private Purchase Percussion Fusil saddle carbine made C1850. It has 20” long round steel barrel and measures 35 ½” overall. The bore has just light staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. Its walnut full stock has just minor bumps and bruises and is all original with no damage. It has brass fittings including forend block, butt plate, ramrod mounts and trigger guard with extended tang. The action has a plain steel side plate and heavy military hammer. The top of the barrel is stamped with proof marks. The stock has also has a brass plate engraved ‘Bore 13’. The weapon has its original steel ramrod. It has a block and blade fore sight and 2 leaf rear sight. It has a strong cocking and firing action. There are no visible manufacturer or retailer marks on this piece. Price 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 14111
£895.00

SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 - 13991
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. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock 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 13991
£3,250.00

Victorian British Hollis & Sons Gun Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase .600” Calibre, Percussion Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 13329 - 13329
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. This is a percussion Cavalry Carbine by Isaac Hollis & Sons, no doubt a Cavalry Officer’s private purchase weapon. It is in excellent condition. 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 ‘I. Hollis & Sons’ together with trademark roundel with wording ‘Makers To Her Majesty’s War Department’. Its 21" barrel (37” overall) has a clean .600” calibre bore with crisp 3 groove rifling. The top of the barrel is stamped with inspection marks. It has a graduated ‘100,200, 300 yards’, block & 2 leaf rear sight and block & blade fore sight. It has an under barrel captive steel ramrod. The carbine also has brass fore end block, trigger guard & butt plate. It is complete with original steel saddle bar & ring. The stock is marked ‘I. Hollis & Sons Gunmakers’ (illustrated). It cocks & dry fires perfectly. 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 13329
£1,375.00

Private Purchase .577 Snider Calibre 3 Band Rifle Retailed By Thomas Turner, Birmingham. Sn 4246 - 4246
This is a quality private purchase .577 Calibre Snider, 3 Band Rifle . It has all original Walnut woodwork throughout. It has a fine case hardened lock nicely engraved by the retailer ' Thomas Turner Fisher Street Birmingham'. The breech is marked with proof / inspection marks. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard & fore end block. The rifle measures 55 inches overall with a 36 1/2 inch barrel and is complete with sling swivels, ram rod and ladder rear sight. The bore is nice and clean with crisp 3 groove rifling. It's cocking and firing action works perfectly. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and as such no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 4246
£1,200.00

QUALITY, C1860 Victorian English 15 Bore Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Hammer Shotgun. Sn 12661 - 12661
This is a quality made Victorian double barrel percussion shotgun. It has 30” brown wash steel barrels and measures 46” overall. The 15 Bore barrels set side by side have a central flat top barrel rib. The smooth bores are in superb clean condition. It has its original walnut stock which has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. Its steel butt plate tang, trigger guard with extended tang & hammers have light foliate engraved decoration. The fore stock has German silver mounts. The wrist is inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The barrels have German Silver inserts at the breech. Both side plates have foliate decoration together with scenes of hunting dogs in the field. The shotgun is fitted with bead foresight and has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. Surprisingly for a shotgun of this high quality there are no visible manufacturer’s names on this piece. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. Price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 12661
£845.00
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