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Victorian Era British WD & Liege Belgium Marked Snider .577 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine. Sn 16937 - 16937
This is a very good original British WD & Liege marked .577 Snider Cavalry Carbine. The Snider action was introduced to British service in 1866 and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This BSA & carbine has a 18 ¾” barrel (36 ½” overall). The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a brass butt plate and brass trigger guard. The woodwork has just the bumps & bruises to be expected with age & service use. The action plate has no visible date or manufacturer marks. The top of the breech is has a WD broad arrow mark and the barrel has post 1893 Liege ‘ELG’ mark together with other inspection marks (illustrated). The hinged breech has the correct knurled steel breech release catch. The carbine has a block and blade foresight and swivelling 3 leaf rear sight. The action is strong and works as it should. The price 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 16937
£895.00

Framed Display Board With Original Victorian Trade Labels Of The Prestigious Gunmakers James Purdey & Sons London & Later Images Of The company Premises. Sn 16851 - 16851
James Purdey founded James Purdey & Sons Limited in London, England in 1814, locating his business on Princes Street. Prior to starting out on his own, Purdey worked as head stocker for Joseph Manton, the foremost gunmaker of his time. In 1826 the company moved from the Princes Street location to Manton's former premises in Oxford Street. The founder's son, James Purdey the Younger, took over the running of the company from his father in 1858. James the Younger saw rapid change in the development and design of guns and rifles during his lifetime, essentially moving from muzzle loading flintlocks in the 1820s to breech loading hammerless ejectors by the 1880s. James the Younger was always at the forefront of advances in the design and building of his guns and rifles, and took out several patents for technical innovations over the years. Many of James the Younger's patents were adopted by other gunmakers. In 1882 the company moved from Oxford Street to new premises on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, where the company remains to this day. James Purdey & Sons, specialises in high-end bespoke sporting shotguns and rifles. Purdey holds three Royal Warrants of appointment as gun and rifle makers to the British and other European royal families. The open faced, wood framed display board has original Victorian Purdey trade labels & later images of the Company premises. The trade labels and images are clean and intact & are mounted on a green felt background. The centre of the board has a void brass roundel. The frame measures 16 ½”x 11 ½” x 1 ¼”. The rear of the frame is mounted with cord for wall hanging. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16851
£225.00

Quality Maker, Victorian C1850 W. Greener Birmingham .600” Bore Muzzle Loading Sporting / Hunting Rifle With Octagonal Barrel. Sn 16883 - 16883
The famous W.W. (William Wellington) Greener English sporting shotgun and rifle manufacturer was established in 1829 and is still in business, with a fifth generation Greener serving on its board of directors. He produced weapons under the names W. Greener & W.W. Greener. In the mid 1800’s Greener was producing firearms at the St Mary’s Works Birmingham and had Royal appointments with the British Monarchy. This is a sporting rifle by W.Greener. It has an undamaged Walnut stock. The top pf the wrist is inlaid with void shield shaped brass escutcheon. It has a 28” brown wash octagonal barrel . The bore has staining consistent with age and crisp rifling. The rifle measures 45” overall. The action has foliate scrollwork decoration and is crisply marked ‘W. Greener’. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, heavy Dolphin hammer, small brass blade fore sight & brass ‘v’ notch plate rear sight. It has a steel butt plate with extended tang and hinged trap, trigger guard with extended tang and acanthus bud finial all decorated with foliate scroll work. The fore end block is steel and the weapon is fitted with sling swivels. The weapon's loading and firing actions work as they should. The price for this rifle by a prestigious maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16883
£1,200.00

VERY RARE, LARGE, Persian 1779 Dated & Maker / Owner Named 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Toe Lock Musket Ornately Decorated With Inlaid Silver & Red Coral. Sn 16870. - 16870
This is an excellent, very rare to find, Persian Toe lock musket. It has a 1.31 metre long steel barrel with hand tooled silver barrel bands. The smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. It measures a large 1.73 metres overall length. The Gilt metal Toe lock action is complete and functions as it should, operated by a ball button lever on the underside of the stock. The underside of the action has Persian script which translates to ‘1779’ date and unknown original maker’s / owners name (illustrated in image 2). Its wood stock is intricately decorated with tooled silver plates and inlaid with pieces of red coral. It has an ornately tooled brass butt cap. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price for this impressive piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16870
£2,950.00

C1800 Edwards Dublin Castle Registered (DU-5928) Brass Barrelled Muzzle Loading Flintlock Coaching Blunderbuss. Sn 16867 - 16867
The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while,until August 1846. There were 39 districts (34 counties, 4 boroughs and Dublin City) each with its own two letter prefix followed by a number. This an excellent Dublin Castle Registered percussion coaching Blunderbuss signed ‘Edwards Dublin’ made C1800 and later Dublin Castle Registered sometime between 1843 & 1846. It is 30" overall with a 1 ½” muzzle width bell mouth, 14 ½” long Brass Cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The top of the barrel is stamped with ‘Dublin Castle’ registration mark ‘DU-5928’ and ‘Dublin’. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock engraved ‘Edwards’. Its original Walnut stock has brass mounts including butt plate stamped with matching Dublin castle registration number, trigger guard with extended tang and acorn finial and ram rod flutes. The stock has period carved initials ‘ME’ possibly of the coachman who owned this gun and has a single sling swivel. It has its wood ram rod with brass end cap and it cocks and dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16867.
£2,450.00

C1820 Wheeler Dublin City Registered (DC-572) Brass Barrelled Muzzle Loading Flintlock Converted To Percussion Blunderbuss . Sn 16866 - 16866
The Irish Registration Act was passed in 1843 and lasted only a short while,until August 1846. There were 39 districts (34 counties, 4 boroughs and Dublin City) each with its own two letter prefix followed by a number. This an excellent Dublin City Registered percussion Blunderbuss signed ‘Wheeler Dublin’ with a drum and nipple conversion from Flintlock. It is 33" overall with a 1 ½” muzzle width bell mouth, 17 ¾” long Brass Cannon barrel stepped to octagonal at the breech. The top of the barrel is stamped with ‘Dublin City’ registration mark ‘DC-572’ and has the makers name ‘Wheeler Dublin’. The barrel has crisp proof marks and the smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. It has a steel lock engraved ‘Wheeler’. Its original Walnut stock has brass mounts including butt plate stamped with matching Dublin Registration mark, trigger guard with extended tang and acorn finial and ram rod flutes. It has its wood ram rod with brass end cap and it cocks and dry fires as it should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16866.
£1,975.00

Rare Crimean War Period 1846 Imperial Russian Izhevsk Arsenal .700 Calibre Percussion Carbine Musket. Sn 16767 - 16767
This Pattern of Russian musket were an almost exact copy of the contemporary Model 1842 French Army musket of the period. Our example has a 26 ½” barrel and measures 42” overall length. The smoothbore has staining consistent with age. The barrel is numbered ‘No. 3206’ and has a small bead fore sight. Its original wood furniture has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The action plate is dated ‘1846’ which is repeated twice on the brass trigger guard and once on the brass butt plate. The Trigger guard and butt plate also have the Izhevsk Arsenal ‘bow & arrow’ marks. The butt plate also has the Imperial Russian double headed Eagle stamp. The carbine has a wood ram rod with brass ferrule. The action functions as it 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 16767
£1,375.00

Victorian, British Lacy & Co London, Officer’s Private Purchase Enfield 1839 Pattern .750 Calibre Percussion Service Musket. Sn 16768 - 16768
John George Lacy was an English London based Gunsmith first recorded as being in business between 1811-1815. In 1815 he went into partnership with David William Witton and they traded as Lacy & Co until 1833 at various London addresses including 63 Fenchurch Street and 13 Camomile Street. In 1836 the partnership ended. In 1853 Lacy is again recorded as operating as Lacy & Co (see pages 141 & 177 of British Gunmakers Vol.1 By Brown). This is an original British Enfield 1839 Pattern muzzle loading percussion service musket by Lacy & Co. The action plate is signed by the maker ‘Lacy & Co London’. It has all original walnut wood work which has just bumps and bruises consistent with age and use, brass butt plate, brass fore end block and brass trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle has its original steel ramrod, fixed fore & rear sights & sling swivels. The barrel’s 39” barrel is stamped with proof marks. It’s smooth bore is clean. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB This is an antique muzzle loading percussion musket and no licence is required to own it in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 16768
£1,275.00

AS FOUND UN-CLEANED, English, C1840 Baker London 1.5 Bore Percussion Blunderbuss With Brass Cannon Barrel & Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16726 - 16726
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss in as found, un-cleaned condition. This Blunderbuss is 30” overall with a 14” brass cannon barrel stepped to octagonal towards the breech with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining & residue consistent with age & use. The flared muzzle opening is a large 36mm (approx. 1.5 Bore). It has a Dolphin hammer, Walnut full stock, brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod flute. The trigger guard and butt plate have engraved foliate decoration. The steel action plate has foliate engraved decoration and is signed 'BAKER' (most likely Ezekiel Baker (1758-1836) was apprentice to the famous English Gun Smith Henry Nock of Wilkinson Sword fame before establishing himself as a quality gunmaker in his own right with various premises in London. Between 1823-1854 Baker is recorded operating as E.Baker & Son at Size Yard, Whitechapel Road , 49 Tenter Street & 7 Union Street, London (his son Ezekiel John Baker died in 1841). Baker was the inventor of the ‘Baker Rifle’ which was adopted by the British Army in 1800 and made quality firearms for Royalty. See page 139 of the book British Gunmakers Volume 1 London by Nigel Brown). The action also has a safety bolt feature. The top of the barrel is signed ‘London’. It has its original wood ramrod with horn end cap and worm with screw off brass cover. The blunderbuss has its original 10 ¼” long integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clip works correctly. The triangular blade has a central fuller. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The brass of this piece has even, dark, aged patina and professionally cleaned would look spectacular. The price for this Blunderbuss worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 16726
£1,695.00

MASSIVE, C1790 Indian North West Frontier Match Lock 8 Bore Musket With Cannon Barrel & Ram Rod. Sn 16633 - 16633
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. This is a C1790 Indian matchlock musket as used against British troops on the North West Frontier. It has a 4 Feet 1 Inch long 8 bore cannon barrel with flared muzzle and measures 5 feet 8 Inches overall length. The bore has typical residue and staining. It has a wood stock which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. It has a metal bar press trigger on the underside of the stock which correctly moves the 'match holder' arm to the metal powder pan arm and iron ram rod. The metal has even patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. The price 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 16633
£475.00
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