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SOLD SOLD (30/06) C1790 British East India Company (EIC), Brown Bess .75” Bore Muzzle Loading Flintlock Musket, Buff Leather Sling & Original Socket Bayonet. Sn 17263 - 17236
This is an original EIC Brown Bess flintlock musket. It measures 53 ½” overall length with a 38” round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The barrel has powder proofs. The barrel has a block fore sight. It has its original lock plate which is crisply marked by the manufacturer with the EIC rampant Lion mark together with a small inspection mark. It has its original walnut stock with brass furniture. It has its original iron ramrod and sling swivels fitted with buff leather sling. The cocking and firing mechanisms work as they should. The metal work in the white has even patina throughout. The musket comes with an original Brown Bess pattern socket bayonet. The triangular blade is 15 ¾”” in length. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the bayonet. The bayonet fits the Brown Bess. The price 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 17263
£0.00

MINT BORE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle & Leather Sling. A 1032 - A 1032
Lieutenant Colonel TERSSEN E.J.B served with the Belgian artillery. He became director of the State GUN Factory, rue Saint Léonard in LIEGE. In 1867, he registered two Belgian patents for:- a locking system for breech loading firearms & Modifications made to the locking system for breech loading firearms. His rifles were issued to the Belgian army. The American Springfield Armoury converted some of these rifles to .58 Rimfire & .50-70 Centre Fire calibre for use in the USA. This is an original Belgian Terssen Model 1868 Military 11mm Obsolete Calibre Trap Door Back Action Rifle. It has all original wood & metal work. The wood has just knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected and has a contemporary repair to the lower section of the shoulder stock which is secure. It measures 53 ½” overall with a 33 ½” steel barrel which has a near mint bore with crisp rifling. The weapon is fitted with block and blade fore sight, graduated 300-500 metres flip up rear sight. It also has a steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, steel fore end block, bayonet lug and steel ram rod. The barrel has inspection marks, ‘1868’ model designation and is numbered ‘E2095’ which is repeated on the butt plate tang, action and cleaning rod. The breech cover is numbered ‘R500’ and has small inspection marks. The weapon’s loading, cocking and firing actions work perfectly. 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 1032
£895.00

RARE, MINT BORE, American Civil War Era Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 1860 Patent, Model 1865 .52 Obsolete Calibre Repeating Rifle With 7 Shot Tubular Magazine. A 1030 - A 1030
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 Model 1865 rifle 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 near mint with crisp rifling. The top of the barrel is marked ‘M 1865’. The top of the action next to the hammer is numbered '563'. The rifle measures 47” overall length. It is fitted with a flip up rear sight and block with German silver 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 crisply stamped ‘Spencer Repeating Rifle Co Boston Mass Pat’d March 6 1860’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. 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. A 1030
£2,950.00

C1840 English Form, Peter Wharton, 6 Bore, Single Barrel, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Shotgun. Sn 17187. - 17187
This is an excellent, muzzle loading percussion shotgun in English form made C1840. It has a 33 ½” round brown wash steel barrel and measures 50 ½” overall. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age & use. The shotgun has its original walnut stock with chequered panels at the wrist & fore stock, polished horn fore end cap & steel butt plate. It has a steel lock plate signed by the maker or retailer ‘Peter Wharton’ (unknown) amongst foliate tooled decoration, Dolphin hammer, steel trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial also with tooled decoration. The shotgun is fitted with brass bead fore sight. The weapon cocks & dry fires perfectly as it should. The price for this large calibre antique shotgun worthy of further research regarding the lock signature includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17187
£1,750.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 05/05) MINT BORE, Victorian 1878 British Holland & Holland London .380 Long Rifle Black Powder Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Rook Rifle With Thomas Perkes 1878 Patent Under Lever & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 17171 - 17171
Founded in 1876 when the English Gunsmiths Harris Holland & Henry William Holland joined forces, Holland & Holland have been at the pinnacle of British gun making. This is an excellent Rook rifle in .380 Long Rifle Black Powder Centre Fire UK Obsolete Calibre. The 28 ¾” octagonal blued barrel has a near mint bore, bright & clean with crisp rifling (44 ¼” overall length). The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘4829 ‘ which dates its manufacture to 1878 & has London black powder proofs. The top barrel flat is signed by the makers ‘Holland & Holland 98 New Bond St London’. The action has crisp foliate tooled decoration. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with chequered panel fore stock, chequered panel pistol grip and steel butt plate with foliate decoration. It has a fixed ‘v’ notch plate rear sight with 2 additional folding leaves graduated 50-100-150 yards and blade fore sight. The Thomas Perkes patent (Patented 1878 No. 1968) under lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 17171
£0.00

1880 Imperial Russian Infantry Model 1870 / Berdan II Single Shot Bolt Action 10.7×58mmR Obsolete Calibre Rifle. Sn 17099:21 - 17099:21
The Berdan rifle is a Russian rifle created by famous American firearms expert and inventor Hiram Berdan in 1868. Berdam rifles were standard issue in the Russian Army from 1870 to 1891. The model of 1870, or Berdan II, is a single shot bolt action with a distinctive short, pear-shaped, bolt handle. The bolt handle serves as the only locking lug for the action, and when closed, points upwards at a 30 degree angle, rather than horizontally. The Berdan II Infantry rifles were issued with quadrangular socket bayonets. Initial production of the Berdan II was at Birmingham Small Arms in England. The rifles were later manufactured in large numbers by Russian factories at Tula, Izhevsk, and Sestroretsk. The rifle was known for its accuracy, simplicity and reliability. The 10.7×58mmR cartridge used in the Berdan rifles was also invented by Hiram Berdan, with assistance of Russian Colonel Gorloff. This is a very good original example of the Berdan II Infantry rifle. Its original wood work has the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The rifle measures 53” overall and has a 33” round steel barrel. The rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The weapon has a block and blade fore sight, ladder rear sight, steel butt plate and one sling swivel. It has the correct pear shaped bolt. The stock is impressed with indistinct roundel. The barrel is marked with crisp Russian Script, numbered ‘105168’ and dated ‘1880’. The bolt is numbered ‘33740’. The metal work has several other small inspection marks including the Russian Eagle. The rifle’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rare Imperial Russian Infantry rifle includes UK delivery. 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. Sn 17099:21
£875.00

1877 Dutch Model 1871/88 Beaumont Vitali 11x52R Obsolete Calibre Bolt Action Rifle By P. Stevens Maastricht With 4 Round Box Magazine. Sn 17099:20 - 17099:20
The Beaumont rifle is the first purpose-built cartridge rifle to be used by the Netherlands. Edouard de Beaumont designed the bolt and receiver which has very clean smooth lines with few sharp edges. The bolt is particularly aesthetic with no gripping surface on the cocking piece and bulbous bolt handle. The top of the chamber is drilled with two holes to vent gas away from the shooter in the event of a case rupture. This is a common feature in first generation bolt rifles as early brass cartridges were of varying quality. The rifle chambers the UK obsolete calibre11x52R Beaumont cartridge. P. Stevens of Maastricht was contracted to produce the majority of Beaumont rifles. This example is in good condition. It has original wood furniture which has just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected of a service rifle of its age. The stock is stamped with a very faint roundel which is dated 1877 and ‘Maastricht’. The metal work has even patina. The barrel length is 33” and it measures 52” overall. The breech is numbered ‘R222’ which is repeated on the bolt. The barrel is date stamped ‘1877’ and numbered ‘1860’. The butt plate tang has indistinct numbers which appear to be ‘1898’ above ‘1860’. The metal work has other small inspection marks. It has an adjustable rear sight, block & blade foresight, safety catch, single sling swivel & correct magazine. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. The loading & firing actions work as they should. 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. Sn 17099:20
£895.00

MINT BORE, WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 9.5x60R Obsolete Calibre Rifle & Sling. Sn 17099:12 - 17099:12
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army. Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War. This is an excellent example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle . It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. It has an internal, tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has all original woodwork which is impressed with Steyr & ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal) roundels . The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The metal is also stamped 'M 1886’. The rifle is serial number ‘QQ167’ which is stamped on the breech, barrel and wood. The bolt is numbered ‘K619’. It is complete with cleaning rod, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17099:12
£975.00

VERY RARE, MINT BORE, MUSEUM QUALITY, 1841 French Military Chatellerault Arsenal Muzzle Loading 8 Bore Percussion Jaeger Rifle. Sn 17076 - 17076
This is a very rare to find, large calibre, heavy, French percussion Rifle. We cannot find an exact match to this rifle but it is similar in form to other Jaegar rifles of the era. The rifle is in superb museum quality. All metal and Walnut full stock are original and excellent. The wood is impressed with Arsenal roundel (illustrated). It has a heavy military percussion crank hammer and the action plate is crisply signed with French Chatellerault Arsenal detail & inspection mark. It's 8 Bore, 32" barrel (52” overall) has a has a near mint bore, clean and bright with crisp 8 groove, very slow twist rifling. The barrel is dated 1841 and has arsenal ‘MR’ & other inspection marks (all illustrated). It has its original heavy steel ramrod & sling swivels. The rifle also has a steel fore end block, steel trigger guard with spur, barrel band, butt plate with spur, blade fore sight and unusual , one standing, one folding 3 peep-hole rear sight graduated to 600 metres. The rifle is very heavy weighing in at 5.5 Kg. The rifle cocks & dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17076
£2,200.00

**MUSEUM QUALITY, MINT BORE, VERY RARE** 1863 Kammerlader Model 1851 Swedish Navy Pivoting Breech 18 Bore Percussion Rifle. Sn 17078 - 17078
These rifles adopted by the Swedish Navy in 1851 were produced by P. J. Malherbe in Belgium and in Sweden by Carl Gustaf Stads Gevärsfaktori. The rifles used a pivoting chamber breech design and had a percussion cap ignition system. The chamber pivots upwards from the front for reloading. The kammerlader was designed to use paper cartridges — a pre-measured amount of gunpowder and a lead bullet wrapped in paper — both to speed up and simplify loading the weapon. Our example has the correct pivoting breech which is raised by operating a steel lever on the side of the action. The chamber is then ready for loading and a percussion cap is placed on the nipple which is presented on the underside of the chamber. The lever is then used to re-seat the chamber ready for firing. The ringed hammer on the underside of the action is then cocked and the weapon is fired by depression of the separate trigger in the conventional way. The metal work and Walnut stock with figured cheek piece are in splendid condition suitable for Museum display. It has a 26 ¾” barrel with a near mint, bore, clean & bright with deep cut, 6 groove rifling and measures 49” overall. It has a brass butt plate, brass barrel bands, blade foresight & 'notched plate' rear sight. The barrel has Carl Gustaff ‘Crown C’ mark & other factory inspectors marks (illustrated). The wood, barrel bands, butt plate, breech cover, action tang, action block, breech lever & hammer guard are numbered ‘7’. Two screws are numbered ‘6’. The wood has inspection marks and is dated ‘1863’. The pivoting breech and firing mechanisms work correctly. The price for this rare piece of Firearms history 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 17078
£1,750.00
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