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American Civil War Connections, Imperial German Potsdam Prussian State Arsenal M1809/31 .70 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle Regiment marked ‘20 LWR 8C 468’ & Sling. Sn 18168:3 - 18163:3
The Model 1809 Potsdam musket saw service in the Napolenic wars. From 1831 to 1839, Prussia began large-scale conversion from flintlock to percussion circa 1839, becoming the M1809/39, but research indicates conversions may have started as early as 1831. The name "Potsdam" comes from the guns made at the Prussian State Potsdam arsenal. These weapons saw service during the American Civil War and were used by both sides during that conflict. The rifles were made in both smoothbore and rifled variants. A contract for 165,000 smooth bore & rifled Potsdam’s arrived in the USA in 1861/62 for issue to federal forces. Our Model 1809/31 Potsdam rifle is in excellent condition. It has all original wood and metal throughout. It has a 40” barrel which has a clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight and flip up rear sight. It has a bayonet bar, brass barrel bands, trigger guard with extended tang and the shoulder stock with figured cheek piece has a steel butt plate Regiment marked ‘20 LWR 8C 468’. The action plate has the Potsdam arsenal mark. The wood and metal have Imperial German inspection marks and various numbers. The rifle has its original steel cleaning rod with screw off worm. The rifle’s sling swivels are fitted with a later leather sling. The rifle’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 if retained in a collection or display. Sn 18163:3
£1,375.00

**RARE** American Civil War Era Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent, .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Rifle With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine. Sn 18168:2 - 18168:2
The Spencer .52 calibre repeating rifle was designed by Christopher Spencer in 1860. It was a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army during the American Civil War. The Spencer had an innovative tubular magazine fed into the butt via a trap with steel latch. This is a rare, original example of Spencer’s 1860 patent in good condition. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The 28 ¼” barrel’s bore has just light staining & crisp rifling. The action tang is numbered '22708'. The rifle measures 47” overall length. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block with blade fore sight. It is also fitted with sling swivels, correct steel butt plate & tubular magazine with latch plate. The top of the breech is stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this collectable, rare, historic rifle 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 18168:2
£2,450.00

C1890, Victorian English, Double Damascus Barrelled 18 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. A 1068 - A 1068
This is a good Victorian double barrel muzzle loading percussion shotgun in English form. It has all original Walnut furniture with chequered panels at the wrist. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected. The underside of the stock has a void German silver escutcheon & It has a steel butt plate. The shotgun with double 30”, Damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 46” overall. The barrel has a brass bead fore sight. The action, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. There are no visible manufacturer marks. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work as they should. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The Shotgun has an ebonised wood ram rod with horn end cap and brass tube tip. The 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. A 1068
£575.00

C1870 English, H. Holland (Faringdon Berkshire) 12 Bore Obsolete Pin Fire Calibre, Double Barrel, Lever Break Action Shotgun. Sn 18097 - 18097
The English Gunsmith Henry Holland is recorded as having premises at High Street, Faringdon Berks, in 1868 (see page 250 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is an excellent pin fire double barrel shotgun by H. Holland (most likely Henry Holland Faringdon). The underside of the stock has an inlaid silver disc etched with heraldic arms (illustrated) It has an under lever action and has original Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock. The shotgun with double 27 ½”, browned steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. The action plates are signed ‘H. Holland’. The break action and firing action of the weapon work crisply. It has a bead fore sight and the barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The price for this shotgun worthy of further research regarding the heraldic arms includes UK delivery. NB As an antique pin fire shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 18097
£795.00

Victorian British 1869 BSA Co Snider Patent 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn 18096 - 18096
This is an excellent example of the Snider 3 Band Rifle. The action plate is stamped by the manufacturer 'BSA Co 1869'. It has all original undamaged wood work, brass butt plate, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. It is without cleaning rod. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. The breech is stamped with ‘BSA Co’ trade mark and Snider patent marks. It has the correct breech cover with press lever locking catch. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18096
£1,275.00

Victorian, English, Barton Of Litchfield 14 Bore, Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Damascus Barrels & Ram Rod. Sn 18104 - 18104
This is a Victorian 14 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has a Walnut stock with well defined grain & finely chequered wrist. The shotgun with double 27”, damascus steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. The barrels have gold bands at the breech. The barrels smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age & use. It has a bead fore sight. The action plates, action tang, steel butt plate tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved decoration. Both action plates are signed by the maker ‘Barton Litchfield’ (a retailer or maker). The shotgun has its original wood ram rod with brass end caps. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The price for this shotgun worthy of further research regarding the signature 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 18104
£875.00

SOLD SOLD (21/04) Victorian British 1865 LAC (London Armoury Company) Snider MK II** 3 Band .577 Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn 18103 - 18103
This is an excellent example of the Snider 3 Band Rifle. The action plate is stamped With Queens Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and by the manufacturer 'LAC 1865' together with inspection marks and etched number ‘22’. It has all original undamaged wood work impressed with armoury roundel, brass butt plate numbered ‘151’, fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original cleaning rod, ladder rear sight, block and blade fore sight. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling and is stamped with inspection marks. The breech is stamped with combined ‘LAC’ trade mark. It has the correct breech cover with knurled catch which is stamped ‘II**’ designation. The cocking and firing actions are crisp. Total length is 54 ½” with a 36 ½” barrel. 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. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18103
£0.00

**WESTLEY RICHARDS CONNECTIONS**MINT BORE**British WD 1882 N A & A Co Ltd (National Arms & Ammunition Company) Martini Henry MK III Short Lever .577x .450 British Service Rifle With NSW (New South Wales) Australian Government Stock Marking. Sn 18073 - 18073
National Arms and Ammunition Company Ltd was a private company founded in the 1870s by the famous British gun maker Westley Richards, mainly to produce the Martini-Henry rifle, and other Henry-Patent related items. They manufactured Martini-Henry rifles under contract to the British Government, as well as other firearms. It was relatively short lived, and operated various factories, many of which continued on their own after the company was broken up. This is an excellent original MK III 1882 dated .577x .450 Martini Henry MK III Service Rifle. It has undamaged, all original woodwork throughout. The stock is impressed with Australian Government ‘NSW’ mark (New South Wales) indicating that this rifle was sent to the Australian armed forces after British service. It has block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with period brown leather sling, cleaning rod & bayonet lug. The steel barrel's bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp Henry rifling. The metal work has some service wear. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the right side Crown VR (Victoria Regina) N A & A Co Ltd (National Arms & Ammunition Company) Mark III model designation and dated '1882'. The metal work has WD inspection marks (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 18073
£1,700.00

British Enfield 1860/ 1861 Naval Pattern, 2 Band .577 Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle With 5 Groove Rifling. Sn 18024 - 18024
This is an original British Enfield 1860 / 1861 Pattern 2 band muzzle loading percussion rifle. The metal work in the white has no visible markings. It has all original walnut wood work which has bumps and bruises consistent with age and use. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, bayonet bar, fixed fore sight & sling swivels. The 32” barrel is stamped with ‘*25*’ inspection / proof marks. Its rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use and 5 groove rifling of the Naval 1860 and 1861 rifle. The cocking & firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 18024
£895.00

Early 1800’s Gun Size Snider Patent Leather Covered Iron Black Powder Flask With Graduated, Sprung Brass Nozzle Charger. Sn 17986 - 17986
The American Jacob Snider invented the Snider patent firearm action which played a major role in the history of British breech loading firearms history. Decoration of 19th century powder flasks varied dramatically with hunting, game animals, foliate, village, military and marine scenes together with a variety of material coverings. This quality flask falls into the Leather covered category (see page 388, the Chapter ‘Leather & Leather Covered’ of the powder flask book by Riling). This is an excellent, gun size, black powder flask by Snider. It’s iron body is leather covered with stitched seam. The screw top brass charger has measurement adjustment ‘3 , 3 ¼, 3 ½, 3 ¾, 4 dram’ and spring lever which is fully functioning with a strong action. The charger is crisply marked ‘Snider’ and with gun trademark. The flask is 8 ½” length and 3 ¾” diameter at its widest. The body has no dents. There are no cracks, damage or signs of repair and the leather covering & stitching are excellent all clean and intact. The price for this attractive flask includes UK delivery. Sn 17986
£295.00
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