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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

Cased, Victorian, Alexander Thomson Edinburgh Scotland 14 Bore Double Damascus Barrelled, Muzzle Loading, Percussion Sporting Shotgun & Powder Flask. Sn 16844 - 16844
Alexander Thomson was a Scottish Edinburgh based gun smith recorded at 3 Drummond Street, 1820, 16 Union Place 1833-44 also at 3 South Street & Andrew street 1840-41. Alexander Thomson & son are recorded at 95 Princes Street Edinburgh 1869-75 & 3 Hanover Street Edinburgh 1876-C1878 (see page 347 Of British Gunmakers Volume 2 by Brown). This is an excellent Victorian double barrel percussion sporting shotgun by Alexander Thomson. It has 29” Damascus steel barrels set side by side. The barrels have a central flat top barrel rib & brass bead fore sight. The barrel rib is engraved ‘Alexr Thomson Edinburgh’. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The underside of the barrels have proofs and are each marked ‘14’ (bore). It has its original walnut stock with chequered panels all in excellent condition. The wrist of the stock has a void silver shield escutcheon & steel butt plate. The trigger guard with extended tang, stock block tang, action plates & hammers have quality tooled decoration. The action plates are signed by the maker ‘Thomson’. The shotgun has its original wood ramrod with brass end caps. The brass tip cap unscrews to reveal a steel worm. The weapon cocks & dry fires as it should. The weapon is contained in its original sturdy leather case with hinged lid. The lid is impressed 'W. Richardson Dickson Chisholm' most likely the name of the original owner of this gun. The inside of the lid has a nice original Thomson trade label (illustrated). The case has a carry handle, leather straps with buckles and lock but no key. Internally the case is fitted with compartments for the shotgun and accessories. The case contains a copper and brass powder flask. The nozzle of the flask has the correct lever but the spring is absent. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16844
£1,495.00

MINT BORE, QUALITY, Victorian, Cased, George Gibbs Bristol Metford’s Patent .461 Gibbs Obsolete Centre Fire Calibre Breech Loading, Box Lock Break Action Double Barrel Hunting Rifle With Original Accessories. Sn 16792 - 16792
George Gibbs (1811-1884) was an English Gunsmith recorded as working in Bristol between 1830 and 1884 both on his own and as J & G Gibbs (1835-41) at various addresses in Bristol including Redcliffe Street, Thomas Street 29 Corn Street and the Lewins Mead Factory St John’s Bridge Bristol. His family business continued after his death and was recorded as operating in Bristol and London throughout the Victorian era, both World Wars and post war into the modern era finally closing in the year 2000 (see page 225 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 2). This is a cased quality double hunting rifle George Gibbs, 29 Corn Street, Bristol. The rifle has double 28” round steel barrels. The bores are near mint, clean with crisp rifling. The barrels have a blade fore sight and ‘v’ notch plate rear sight graduated ‘100’ (yards) with additional leaf sight graduated ‘200’ (yards).The barrel rib is signed ‘George Gibbs 29 Corn Street Bristol Metfords Patent 1338’. The underside of the barrels have proofs and ‘48’ markings. They are each numbered ‘12881’ which is repeated on the trigger guard tang. It has beautiful all original undamaged Walnut stock with ribbed polished horn butt plate. The wood has an inlaid silver escutcheon with monogram ‘GCW’ most likely the original owner’s initials. The stock wrist and removable fore stock have fine chequering. The fore stock lever assembly It has double triggers and the action, trigger guard and fore stock lever assembly & under lever have best quality tooled decoration. The fore stock lever assembly is marked ‘Patent’. The action ‘Gibbs Patent 362’ & the under lever ‘George Gibbs’. The action has a lever safety bolt under which is, highlighted in gold the warning indicator ‘bolted’. The underside of the barrel rib and shoulder stock have sling swivel lugs. Its loading and firing actions work as they should. The weapon is contained in its original canvas and leather covered wood case with hinged lid. The case has a hinged lid with carry handle, leather straps with buckles and brass catch with lock (key absent). It is baize lined and the inside of the lid has a nice original George Gibbs trade label (illustrated). The inside of the case is contoured to fit the rifle and it's many accessories some of which are contained in their own removable box with lid. The accessories include include a sectional screw fit cleaning rod, several wood handled tools, oil tin with screw top lid, brass bullet mould marked ‘450/480’ , a quantity of moulded lead bullets, empty shell casings head stamped ‘461 No.1 Gibbs’, brass loading tool, primers, leather sling with metal screw bolts which fit the rifle’s sling lugs perfectly, a period Rangoon oil tin and empty period sporting gun powder tin. The price for this superb piece with many accessories 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 16792
£8,950.00

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

Mid 18th Century, Spanish Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro) Miquelet Lock .550 Calibre Rifle With Octagonal Barrel & Gold Inlaid Decoration. Sn 16728 - 16728
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th Centuries. Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro), recorded from 1724 to 1793 (the year of his death), was a student of Joaquín Celaya, and was named honorary gunsmith to King Carlos III in 1761. He retired on 2 May 1792. This is an attractive, Spanish miquelet rifle by Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). It is 39” overall length with a 24 ½”, octagonal barrel. Its bore has staining consistent with age & use and crisp rifling. It has a brass blade fore sight and adjustable rear sight. The steel Miquelet lock has an indistinct cartouche inlaid with gold and the trigger guard has the gold inlaid cartouche of Salvador Cenarro (Zenarro). The original Walnut furniture has knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age & use and has a decorative steel butt plate. The metal work has even aged patina. The Miquelet lock works. The price for this musket worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique Miquelet lock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16728
£895.00

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

MINT BORE, C1890 British Victorian Charles Lancaster's 1850 Patent Oval Bore .250 Centre Fire Obsolete Calibre Break Action Under Lever Rook Rifle. Sn 16628 - 16628
Charles William Lancaster (1820–1878) was an English listed as gun maker and improver of rifles and cannon. Lancaster was the eldest son of Charles Lancaster, gunmaker, of 151 New Bond Street, London. In 1850 Lancaster patented his Oval ‘smooth’ rifling system which reduced the problems with fouling, common with black powder rifles and increased accuracy. This is an excellent C1890 Lancaster's patent Rook rifle in .250 CF calibre. It has a plain steel action & the breech has calibre detail ‘CF.250’ and the blued 26 ¼” barrel with top flat is signed ‘Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond St London’ & ‘Non Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling’. It has excellent all original Walnut woodwork with chequered panel fore stock which has a polished horn fore end cap, chequered panel pistol grip and ribbed butt. It has leaf graduated flip up sights graduated 50-150 yards and blade fore sight. The rifle’s bore is near mint, shiny & clean. Total length is 41 ¾”. The under lever break action loading & firing actions work perfectly. The action tang and action are numbered '8809'. The price includes UK delivery. 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 16628
£1,375.00

MINT BORE, Victorian, British M. Sparrow King Military Pattern Enfield Pattern 1853 2 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Prize Rifle With Silver Escutcheon Monogram. Sn 16610 - 16610
This is an excellent, original British Military 2-band 1853 pattern Percussion prize rifle in .577" calibre. The action plate is signed ‘M. Sparrow King’ (unknown). It has excellent all original walnut stock with chequered panel wrist and fore stock. The stock is inlaid with silver plate roundel crisply engraved with stylised monogram. It has a steel butt plate, steel fore end block and trigger guard with extended tang. The rifle also has its original steel ramrod, ladder rear sight, military bayonet bar, sling swivels & block and blade fore sight. It has a heavy military hammer. The 33” barrel’s bore is pristine, clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has crisp proof / inspection marks. The metal work has all of its original blue finish. Total length is 49”. The cocking & firing actions work perfectly. This is an antique percussion 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 16610
£1,975.00
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