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**TIPU SULTAN COLLECTION CONNECTIONS**MASSIVE, Late 1700’s English Enfield Tower A* Bore Musketoon With Blunderbuss Type Cannon Barrel Captured By The Sultan’s Army For Use In War Against The British East India Company (EIC) With Ornate Decoration - 16415:8
Tipu, the “Tiger of Mysore” was the last king of Mysore. He was the East India Company’s most tenacious enemy, inflicting numerous defeats on the British, partly through his development of military rockets, before his death at Seringapatam in 1799 when he was defeated by the British Army, led by Major General David Baird. Tipu once said: “I would rather live one day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep”. When the British under Baird’s leadership finally captured Tipu’s capital city, the conquerors were astonished at the jewels, arms and art objects that Tipu had collected. Baird, son of an Edinburgh merchant family, later declared Tipu dead, from a gunshot to the head and three bayonet wounds. After his death many items of Tipu Sultan’s, arms, armour & jewellery were captured and ended up in private collections of British Officer’s who took part in Tipu’s final battle. The musketoon is a shorter-barrelled version of the musket and served in the roles of a shotgun or carbine. Musketoons could be of the same calibre as the issue musket or of a much larger calibre. The musketoon is most commonly associated with Naval use, and pirates in particular. Musketoon barrels were often flared at the muzzle, resembling a cannon or blunderbuss. Musketoons had a brass or iron barrel, and used a wheellock, flintlock or caplock firing mechanism, like the typical musket of the period. Large bore musketoons were loaded with multiple buckshot or pistol balls (generally smaller in diameter than musket balls) and used as shotguns. It is this type of loading that is most associated with Naval use. This an excellent original, massive Enfield Tower musketoon made sometime in the late 1700’s for British Military use. The weapon is adorned with period applied Indian form inlaid gold geometric and foliate designs to the barrel. The wood is also period carved with a foliate design featuring red coloured flowers on stems with leaves. This design matches that found on an embroidered arrow quiver which was part of ‘the Tipu Sultan collection’ sold at 'Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Sale' held on 21st April 2015. This carving indicates capture by Tipu Sultan’s forces for use against the EIC. The musketoon is 46" overall with a flared mouth 30” steel cannon barrel which is 5cm diameter at the muzzle (A* Bore). The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age. The lock is marked with Georgian crown ‘GR’ (George Rex), together with Board of ordnance inspection marks. It has a Swan neck hammer fitted with flint, original Walnut full stock and regulation brass mounts. It has its original steel ram rod. Its cocking and firing action works perfectly. The price for this massive musketoon with ‘Tipu Sultan’ connections 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 16415:8
£4,950.00

RESERVED RESERVED Late 1700’s British Enfield Tower Brown Bess .750 Musket Calibre Flintlock Musket Regiment Marked ‘5/7’ To The 5th Battalion 7th Regiment Of Foot The Royal Fusiliers (City of London). Sn 16415:4 - 16415:4
An original , Tower Brown Bess flintlock musket. It is 54 ½” overall length with a 39” long round steel barrel with fixed foresight. The top of the barrel has small indistinct inspection / proof marks. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and service use. Its lock plate is crisply marked with Georgian Crown GR (George Rex) together with inspection mark and ‘Tower’ across the tail. It has a Swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with, iron ramrod, sling swivels and ordnance pattern brass furniture. It’s butt plate tang is engraved ‘5/7’ to the 5th Battalion, 7th Regiment Of Foot, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London) which was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in continuous existence for 283 years. It was known as the 7th Regiment of Foot until the Childers Reforms of 1881. The Regiment served in many wars and conflicts throughout its long existence, including the American War of independence & The Napoleonic Wars. The musket’s cocking and firing action works perfectly. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if held as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:4
£2,750.00

RARE, Late 1700’s Dublin Castle, Long Brown Bess .750 Musket Calibre Flintlock Musket Regiment Marked ‘S.T’. Sn 16415:3 - 16415:3
A rare, original , Dublin Castle, Long Brown Bess flintlock musket. It is 57 ½” overall length with a 41 ¾” long round steel barrel with fixed foresight. The top of the barrel has a small crown inspection / proof mark. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and service use. Its lock plate is crisply marked with Georgian Crown GR (George Rex) together with inspection mark and ‘Dublin Castle’ across the tail (Dublin Castle assembled weapons cease to be stamped Dublin Castle in 1798 but produced until 1815). It has a Swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock with, iron ramrod and ordnance pattern brass furniture. It’s butt plate tang is engraved ‘ST’ most likely a regiment number worthy of further research. It’s cocking and firing action works perfectly. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. N.B As an antique musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if held as part of a collection or display. Sn 16415:3
£3,750.00

RARE, C1830 British East India Company (EIC) Brunswick Enfield .704” Belted Ball Calibre Muzzle Loading Percussion Rifle Volunteer Regiment Marked ‘V TB 3 25’. Sn 16415:2 - 16415:2
The Brunswick rifle was a large calibre (.704) muzzle-loading percussion rifle manufactured for the British Army by Enfield in the early 19th century. The Brunswick rifle was one of several designs submitted to replace the Baker rifle. Unlike the Baker rifle, the Brunswick rifle used a special round ball with raised ribs that fit into two spiraling grooves in the barrel. The rifle was designed to accept a sword type bayonet which mounted by use of a bayonet bar, similar to the design of that used on the Baker rifle. This is an excellent, rare to find, military specification EIC Brunswick rifle. The action plate is stamped with the EIC rampant Lion mark. It has all original woodwork with correct brass butt plate, trigger guard, ram rod mounts, patch box with hinged lid & fore end cap together with original steel ramrod & bayonet bar. It has a blade fore sight. The shoulder stock has contemporary hand carved Roman numerals 'IIIV'. The barrel measures 31” in length (47” overall). The butt plate tang is Regiment marked ‘V’ (Volunteer) ‘TB 3 25’. The barrel’s rifled bore has staining and residue consistent with age and service use. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. This is a rare, antique percussion rifle worthy of further research regarding the regiment mark 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 16415:2
£2,750.00

SCARCE, Crimean War Era, British Enfield Tower Lovell’s Pattern 1845 Extra Service .75 Calibre Percussion Musket With Lovell's Patent Catch & Socket Bayonet. Sn 16339 - 16339
A scarce .75” calibre Lovell’s Pattern 1845 extra service percussion musket. The action plate is struck with a Queen’s Crown (Victoria) & Tower. The Walnut stock has regulation pattern brass furniture including three rammer pipes. The musket’s 39” smooth bore barrel has staining & residue consistent with age & use. It has a fixed front sight and correct Lovell’s bayonet catch. It has its original steel ram rod. One of George Lovell’s series of percussion smooth bore muskets for the line infantry regiments of the 1840’s along with the Pattern 1839 and 42 the P45 saw wide service all over the world and was at the time one of the most advanced military small arms of the age. These P45 extra service muskets are simplified versions of the P39 using pins rather than keys to retain the barrel and omitting the fixed rear sight of Lovells other muskets. They were however a sturdy and by the standards of the day an accurate weapon, widely issued throughout the army. The musket is in good fully working condition with nice, original undamaged Walnut stock and even patina to the metal work. A rarely seen British issue musket that was the mainstay of the early Crimean war army. The musket is accompanied by a corresponding socket bayonet. It has a 17” triangular blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 20” overall. There are no date or manufacturer marks on the bayonet. The price for this scarce musket with bayonet includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16339
£895.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

MASSIVE, C1850 Leech & W.Ling Gunmakers Marked 8 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Wildfowling Bank / Punt Gun With Walnut Stock & Ramrod. A 1010 - A 1010
William John Leech was an English Gunmaker recorded as having premises at Castle Alley 1813-14 & Union Street Whitechapel C1817. William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863 (see pages 180 & 178 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is a massive percussion wildfowling gun made C1850 signed by Leech & W. Ling. This size of gun (5 feet 1inch overall length) were lay on riverbanks and sand dunes to support the heavy weight of the gun when hunting wild fowl or mounted on punts. It is 8 bore and has a 43 ½” round steel barrel. Its bore has light staining consistent with age and use. It has walnut stock with chequered wrist & polished horn fore stock cap. The wood has just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and use and is impressed ‘W.Ling’ indicating that the stock was supplied by the gunmaker William Ling. The wood has heavy brass mounts and heavy brass butt plate. The action plate and barrel block are signed ‘Leech’ (most likely William John Leech) It has a heavy steel Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price for this massive fowling piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1010
£2,750.00

Victorian 1840- 1863 William Ling, Jermyn Street, London, 6 Bore Percussion Muzzle Loading Single Barrel Wildfowling Shot Gun. A 1009 - A 1009
William Ling (born 1793) was an English London based gunsmith recorded at a number of London addresses between 1820 and 1863. He is recorded as working at Jermyn Street between 1840 & 1863. This is a quality made percussion wildfowling gun by William Ling Jermyn Street. It is 6 bore and has a 36” round, browned, steel barrel. It measures 53” overall length. The smooth bore has just light staining consistent with age & use. It has all original undamaged walnut furniture with chequered wrist . The top of the wrist is inlaid with void silver escutcheon. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration. It has a steel butt plate. The action plate is signed ‘Wm Ling London’ amongst foliate decoration. The barrel is signed ‘Wm Ling Gun Maker Jermyn St London’. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer. The barrel has a small brass bead foresight. The piece is complete with its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. Its cocking & firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. A 1009
£2,450.00

Victorian British Army In India Arsenal Native Troops Enfield Pattern 1853 Type, 3 Band .600 Calibre Percussion Musket With Stock Patch Box. Sn 15989 - 15989
This is an original 3-band Percussion Rifle Indian Arsenal made for British Army in India Native troops. The action plate has crude Queen’s crown and script characters and the barrel at the breech has hand tooled decoration. It all original woodwork with hinged patch box on one side of the shoulder stock, steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & brass fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & sling swivels. It has fixed sights. The barrel's smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. Total length is 52 ½” with a 37" barrel. The metal has been re-blued at some time in its life and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The stock has a faint ink roundel stamp. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price 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 a part of a collection or display. Sn 15989
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (08/07) Near Mint C1870’s Victorian, English, George Playfair, Birmingham, 10 Bore, Double Barrel Side By Side Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun With Ram Rod. Sn 15990 - 15990
An excellent Victorian 10 Bore double barrel shotgun. It has Walnut furniture with finely chequered wrist and fore stock panels. The underside of the fore stock has a void silver diamond shaped escutcheon. The shotgun with double 29”, round steel barrels with brass bead fore sight, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ¾” overall. The barrels smooth bores are clean. The barrel rib has indistinct lettering (to faint to photograph). The barrels have black powder proofs. The action tang and trigger guard with extended tang & acanthus bud finial have foliate engraved foliate decoration. Both side plates are engraved with foliate decoration and are signed by the maker ‘Playfair’, most likely George Playfair recorded in 1874 as having premises at 13 Newton Street, Birmingham (see page 308 of British Gunmakers Vol 2 by Brown). It is complete with brass capped wood ram rod. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work perfectly as they should. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15990
£0.00
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