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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/05) 1873 Remington USA Swedish Contract Rolling Block 11mm Military Rifle Regiment Marked ’24.RB’. Sn 17396 - 17396
A Swedish Remington 'Rolling Block' 11mm military rifle. The Remington Rolling Block rifle was a breech-loading rifle produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. This type of rifle was used in the Franco/Prussian War, Egyptian War 1882 and The Sudanese War 1884-85. This excellent original Remington Model rolling block rifle has a 11mm Bore. It has a 36" barrel (53 ½” overall) and has an external hammer, bayonet bar, block and blade fore sight and ladder rear sight. The woodwork and metal work are both undamaged and have a nice patina throughout. The woodwork has only the minor bumps and bruises from normal use which is to be expected of a weapon of this age. The wood is regiment marked ‘’24.RB’ over ‘No.2226’. The barrel has inspection marks. The action is numbered 3133 and ‘H’ above ‘1873’ date. It is complete with two sling swivels and steel cleaning rod. It's loading and firing action works correctly. The price includes UK delivery. 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 17396
£0.00

RARE, American Civil War Era Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent, .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Rifle With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine. Sn 17354 - 17354
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 excellent condition. The metal work has original finish & even patina and its original wood stock has just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The 28 ¼” barrel’s bore is clean with crisp rifling. The action tang is numbered '28758'. 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 rear sling swivel and forward sling ring lug, 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 17354
£2,750.00

RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine With Exceptionally Rare To Find Original Leather Barrel Cover. Sn 17352 - 17352
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon, in excellent condition, has a 24” long barrel which is fitted with its extremely rare to find original leather barrel cover. The leather is secure with just the scuffs and minor tears to be expected of a Naval weapon of this age. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure its leather cover. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The action tang is numbered ‘1244’ which is repeated on the loading lever. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged with just knocks bumps and bruises to be expected. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy carbine is a rare Civil War arm in its own right but is rendered even more desirable by presence of its original barrel cover. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17352
£2,250.00

SOLD SOLD (08/06) MINT BORE, American Civil War Era, Sharps 1848 / 1852 Patents & RS Lawrence 1859 Patent New Model 1863 .50 Capping Breech Loader Cavalry Carbine With Saddle Bar & Ring. Sn 17353 - 17353
The Sharps was one of the best known capping breech loading percussion guns made by the Union during the American Civil War. The Carbine designed by Christian Sharps featured a vertical sliding block at the rear end of the barrel. The sliding breech block allowed the Sharps to be loaded from the back end instead of from the muzzle end. This is an excellent original Civil War, Sharps Carbine. It has all original wood which has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The metal work has even patina. The 22” .50 calbarrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. The loading cocking and firing action works crisply. The carbine is 39” overall length. It is serial number C1805. After the Civil War these carbines were used for hunting large game in particular Buffalo. This carbine is fitted with blade fore sight & graduated ladder rear sight marked with Lawrence 1859 patent detail (illustrated) . The left side of the frame is fitted with steel saddle bar and ring. The butt is fitted with steel butt plate. The action is crisply marked 'C. Sharps Pat Oct 5th 1852', partially visible ‘Sharps Pat 1848’ and crisp ‘R.S. Lawrence Pat April 12th 1859’. The barrel has a small ‘FAW’ factory inspector’s mark and is stamped ‘New Model 1863’. The price for this piece of American Civil War history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17353
£0.00

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

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

SOLD SOLD (02/08) 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
£0.00

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
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