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C1900 Auguste Francotte’s 'AF' Patent Liege Belgium Martini Type Action .230 (297/230) Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Cadet Rifle. Sn 17307 - 17307
Auguste Francotte & Co was a Liege gunmaker. His company was founded in 1810 and was most active between 1860 and 1914. It had premises at Rue Mont Saint Martin 61, in Liege. The Company made weapons based on other manufacturers designs. The Francotte house manufactured a number of rifles shotguns based on the Martini system and supplied them to a number of Countries armed forces. This is a Francotte’s Patent Martini type action obsolete calibre rifle. These small rifles were used as training rifles for Military cadets. It has a block & blade foresight & adjustable, graduated rear sight. The rear of the action is tapped for addition of Vernier target sight. The steel barrel's bore is clean with well defined rifling and it has a crisp martini type action which works as it should. It has all original wood furniture stamped with small indistinct numbers. The metal work is undamaged. It has a steel butt plate, sling swivels and steel cleaning rod. The left side of the action is stamped with Auguste Francotte ‘s ‘AF Patent’ below crown mark and number ‘59930’. The lever on the right side of the action is stamped ‘AF Patent C’. As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17307
£1,275.00

RARE, MINT BORE, MATCHING NUMBERS, American Civil War Era Post 1863 Massachusetts Arms Co USA Smith’s 1857 Patent .50” Obsolete Calibre Break Action Percussion Cavalry Carbine Distributed By Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland. Sn 17302 - 17302
The Smith Carbine is a .50” calibre breech loading rifle patented by Gilbert Smith on June 23, 1857. The weapon successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850s and was used by various Cavalry units during the American Civil War. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading by depression of a break lever located within the trigger guard and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. The carbines were built by the Massachusetts Arms Company in Chicopee Falls and other American manufacturers . The name of the distributor for the manufacturer, Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland, is often stamped on the carbine's receivers. Early versions are often known to modern collectors as Artillery models, but all Smiths were issued to Cavalry units. Saddle bars and rings were only added to these carbines after 1863. This is an excellent original example of these rare carbines made post 1863 and correctly with saddle bar & ring. The metal work has even patina throughout with no rust. Its wood work is all original with just knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The wood has a small factory inspector’s ink cartouche mark (illustrated). The carbine has a 21 ½” barrel which has a near mint bore, bright & clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has a factory inspector’s mark ‘LFR’. The carbine measures 38 ½” overall. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, dolphin hammer, graduated, adjustable rear sight & block and blade fore sight. The trigger guard has the correct barrel release lever and the top of the frame and barrel have the correct flat barrel release bar. The frame is stamped with Mass arms co name & address (difficult to photograph due to its location under the saddle bar), Smith’s 1857 patent detail and by the distributor Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland (all illustrated). The barrel block and trigger block have matching numbers ‘2582’. The loading and firing actions work crisply. The price for this rare American Civil war piece 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 part of a collection or display. Sn 17302
£1,695.00

VERY RARE, 1871 New South Wales Australia Military Contract British WRA & A Co (Westley Richards Arms & Ammunition Company) , Henry’s Patent Action & Rifling Falling Block .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Centre Fire Service Rifle. Sn 17306 - 17306
VERY RARE, 1871 New South Wales Australia Military Contract British WRA & A Co (Westley Richards Arms & Ammunition Company) , Henry’s Patent Action & Rifling Falling Block .577x .450 Obsolete Calibre Centre Fire Service Rifle. Sn 17306 Alexander Henry, the famous Edinburgh gunsmith most renowned for his involvement in the introduction the Martini Henry rifle and invention of ‘Henry Patent Rifling’, patented his falling block breech loading action which competed unsuccessfully with the Martini action in Ordnance Board trials for British service rifles leading to the British army adopting Martini action rifles with Henry rifling. In the 1870’s, the New South Wales Government ordered consignments of Henry action rifles. As orders of this size were far beyond the capacity of Henry's factory, the rifles were produced under licence by Westley Richards Company. This is an excellent original very rare example of the Henry action .577x .450 Rifle, one of those made for the new South Wales Military & Police. It has all original woodwork throughout. The stock is impressed with New South Wales Government War Dept marks ‘NSW with arrow’ and number ‘AA7’. The underside of the stock is very faintly impressed with number ‘428’. It has block and blade fore sight, adjustable rear sight graduated 100 to 400 yards, steel butt plate, forward sling swivel & bayonet lug. The 33 ¼” steel barrel's bore has crisp Henry Patent rifling and just staining consistent with age and use. The metal work has even patina throughout. The top of the barrel is stamped ‘Henry’s Patent Rifling’ and has proof / inspection marks. The action works correctly and is fully functional. The action is stamped on the left side ‘Henry’s Patent’. The right side is manufacturer marked ‘WRA & A Co’ (Westley Richards Arms & Ammunition Company) above ‘1871’ (date). The action tang is signed ‘Alexr Henry’. The price for this very rare piece includes UK delivery. NB 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. Sn 17306
£1,675.00

SCARCE, All MATCHING NUMBERS, 1877 Swedish Remington Rolling Block 12.7x 48R Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Carbine With Full Stock In Laid With 1878 Dated 2 Kronor Coin. Sn 17305 - 17305
The Remington Rolling Block rifles and carbines were breech-loading weapons produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The weapons were made in America and under licence in Europe. The action of these weapons were extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This is an excellent original Swedish Remington rolling block carbine. The metal has ‘Crown H’, ‘CK’ and ‘JG’ stamps most likely factory inspectors marks. The right side of the frame is dated '1877', the left side, barrel and wood have matching numbers ‘1951'. It has an 18” blued barrel which has a clean bore with crisp rifling (34” overall), an external hammer, steel butt plate, winged blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight graduated ‘250’, ‘300’ & ‘350’ metres. The metal is undamaged and has even patina throughout. The wood full stock is all original and has just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The stock is neatly inlaid with an 1878 dated 2 Kronor coin. The loading and firing actions of the carbine work crisply. The price for this scarce carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this rifle in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17305
£945.00

ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, Swiss Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle, Sling, Early Production Model 1889 Maschinenfabrik Bern Bayonet & Scabbard. A 1036 - A 1036
In 1882 Eduard Rubin began testing the first small-calibre copper-jacketed bullet which could successfully withstand high velocities. In 1885, this round was combined with Rudolf Schmidt's first straight-pull action resulting in the Swiss, Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 7.5 x 53.5 mm Rifle. This is an excellent example. It measures 51 ½” overall with a 31" barrel and has all original woodwork. The stock is stamped with a Swiss Military marks (illustrated). The metal work retains its original bluing and is in excellent undamaged condition. The breech housing is stamped with Swiss proof/ inspection marks and matching serial numbers '71449' on the breech housing, barrel, magazine, bolt & ‘(71)449’ on the steel butt plate. The steel butt plate also has the 'Swiss Cross' mark. It is complete with bayonet bar, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, adjustable rear sight and block & blade fore sight. Its cocking and firing actions work perfectly and it's barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The rifle comes with an original early production Swiss Model 1889 Schmidt Rubin rifle bayonet. The bayonet is very good condition. The smooth grips are wood and secured with two rivets. The steel pommel has a sprung push button bayonet release which works perfectly. It has a cross guard with muzzle ring. On the underside of the cross guard it has the 'Swiss Cross' military stamp. The crossguard is numbered 81224. The ricasso is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Maschinenfabrik Bern’. The double edged steel blade with fullers measures 11 ¾” (16 ½” overall). Later production bayonets have a small stud welded inside the fuller or a ridge within the fuller to act as a scabbard stop. The fact that ours has neither of these modifications indicates early production (see page 209 of 'An Illustrated History Of bayonets' by Brayley. The scabbard is metal, painted black and has its original brown leather tab with brass rivet at the fixed belt bar. The scabbard has just light scuffs to the black finish and one dent consistent with age and service use. 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. A 1036
£975.00

WW1 Era, 1880 French Military, Fusil Gras Model 1874 11mm Calibre Service Musket With 1879 St Etienne Arsenal Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. A 1035 - A 1035
This is an early breech loading French military rifle. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a very good example. The wood is all original with just knocks bumps & bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has heavy military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight, bayonet block, steel butt plate, sling swivels & original cleaning rod. It measures 50 ½” overall with a 30 ½” barrel. The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use. The breech has the faint indistinct signature of the French Arsenal manufacturer & ‘M1874' model detail together with other numbers and inspection marks and 1880 date (illustrated). Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The weapon is complete with correct sword bayonet which has a clean 20 ½” 'T' back blade. The ricasso has inspection marks. The back of the blade is marked in French ’Manufacture d'Armes de St Etienne’ and dated ‘1879'. The bayonet has its original wood grips, brass pommel and steel cross guard with hook quillon. The cross guard has indistinct numbers. The bayonet is complete with original black painted steel scabbard which has a fixed belt bar, no dents and just surface wear to be expected. The scabbard has indistinct numbers near to the throat. 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 part of a collection or display. A 1035
£975.00

RARE, MINT BORE, C1873 British Kynoch Gun Factory converted 11mm / .43 Mauser Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre French Military Chassepot Model 1873 (M1866) Rifle & 1873 Dated French St Etienne Arsenal Model 1866 Brass Hilt Yataghan Sword Bayonet & Scabbard - A 1034
This is a British Kynoch Gun Factory converted French Military Chassepot M1866 rifle. After France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871, the French government attributed a large portion of blame for the their loss on the Chassepot rifle's poor reliability on the battlefield. At this time the Chassepot utilised the needle fire system, French officials were convinced of the need to adopt a metallic cartridge centre fire system. In 1873, France awarded a contracted to the Kynoch Gun Factory, Aston here in the UK to modify and converted their remaining Chassepot rifles for centre fire. These modified rifles were designated the Chassepot Model 1873 rifle and can be identified by the markings on the barrel and receiver. In 1874 the French adopted the Gras Model 1874 rifle, although Kynoch continued reworking the Chassepot's until the late 1870s. During WWI many of these converted Chassepots were put back into service. It has a 32” barrel with a near mint bore, clean & bright with crisp rifling. It has steel furniture with even patina. It has the correct Kynoch Aston factory & calibre markings (all illustrated). The original stock is walnut and is in very good condition with just bumps & bruises to be expected. The wood is impressed with weapon number ‘13’ near to the bayonet lug. The bolt action loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. The rifle is serial number ‘II 14267’. The bolt and bayonet lug have un-matching number. It is fitted with sling swivels, cleaning rod, ladder rear sight and block & blade fore sight. The rifle comes with the correct, original French model 1866 Chassepot sword bayonet (See pages 70 and 71 of ‘An Illustrated History Of Bayonets’ by Brayley). The steel fullered single edged ‘T’ back Yataghan blade has staining consistent with age and is 22 ¾” length. It has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. It has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The cross guard is numbered ‘AB 54258’. The back of the blade is marked with the name of the French Châtellerault Arsenal signature and dated ‘1873' in French. It is complete with the correct steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. The scabbard has original black finish and is stamped with matching number near to the throat. The price for this rare piece 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. A 1034
£1,250.00

MINT BORE, Austrian Military M1886 OEWG 11mm Obsolete Calibre Straight Pull Rifle & Sling. A 1033 - A 1033
The Mannlicher rifle was designed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher and was the first magazine rifle adopted by Austrian Infantry. The M1886 was manufactured by OEWG (Osterreichische Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft roughly translating to Austrian Arms Factory). The rifles in 11mm UK obsolete calibre were officially adopted by the Austrian Military on 20th June 1886. This is an original example of the M1886. It has a 32" barrel with a near mint bore, bright and clean with crisp rifling & it measures 52" overall. Its wood stock has just bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The breech is marked with a small combined 'OEWG' manufacturer's mark & '3557II'. The stock is impressed '6757II' (illustrated). The rifle has original sling swivels fitted with leather sling, block & blade foresight, adjustable rear sight, safety catch, steel butt plate with ‘IIQ’ inspection mark and bayonet bar/ lug. It's straight pull bolt action and firing mechanism work correctly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1033
£895.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY 23/4**1857-1865 American Civil War Era 1856 Patent .54 Calibre Single Shot Lever Action Burnside Rifle Co Providence Rhode Island Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 17254 - 17254
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 a very good, original example of the Burnside carbine. The metal work has even patina and its original wood stock has the bumps and bruises to be expected. The 21" barrel’s bore has residue & staining consistent with age and use & the rifling is crisp. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Cast Steel’ together with date which is either ‘1863’ or ‘1864’. 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 numbers 1225 and 5185 . It also has faint manufacturer and patent detail ‘Burnsides Patent March 25th 1856’. The action tang is faintly marked ‘Burnside Rifle Co Providence RI (Rhode Island)’. The loading and firing actions work as they should. The 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 17254
£0.00

RARE, WW1 Era, 1879 Dated French Military, Tulle Arsenal Fusil Gras M80 Model 1874 (74/80) 11mm Calibre Carbine. Sn 17256 - 17256
In 1874 France adopted a single shot rifle, this single shot rifle was based on the French 1866 Chassepot Needle Rifle. These weapons designated Gras M80 Model 1874 (Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874) and the rare carbine variant were the main long arm issue for the French Military and were used for front line service until 1886, when a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel was designed. The Gras continued to be issued to French troops throughout WW1. This is a rare Gras 74/80 Carbine. The wood is all original with no damage and just the bumps and bruises to be expected with age & service use. It has heavy brass military furniture and the metal work has even patina throughout. It has a block foresight, ladder rear sight and is fitted with sling swivels, bayonet slide & original clearing rod. It measures 38 ½” overall with a 20" barrel. The rifled bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. The breech is marked by the Tulle Arsenal manufacturer, 'M80 & M1874' model detail and dated ‘1879’ together with number 56211 & inspection marks (all illustrated). It has the correct turn down bolt and its loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare carbine includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17256
£1,100.00
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