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Superb and rare cased Military Webley Longspur Revolver

A SUPERB CASED 48-BORE JAMES WEBLEY PATENT 'LONGSPUR' (THIRD MODEL) FIVE-SHOT SINGLE-ACTION PERCUSSION REVOLVER RETAILED BY WEBLEY, SERIAL NO. 1374, CIRCA 1854
With blued octagonal sighted barrel muzzle and cut with three groove rifling, blued barrel wedge, case-hardened cylinder engraved with a band of foliage at the front edge and numbered from one to five, border and scroll engraved blued frame signed 'WEBLEY'S PATENT' within a ribbon on the large shaped inspection plate, case-hardened scroll engraved hammer and rammer, the former with chequered spur and the latter with blued retaining-clip, blued border engraved serial numbered grip-strap signed 'BY HER MAJESTY'S ROYAL LETTERS PATENT', blued border and scroll engraved trigger-guard and butt-cap, the latter with lanyard ring, and well figured chequered walnut grips, retaining most of its original finish throughout. Birmingham proof marks, in original fitted military oak case lined in green baize with accessories including a fine Dixon flask, a brass single-cavity 'WD' bullet mould, a combined loading rod and worm with attachable jag, Japanned percussion cap tin with Joyce label, and ivory handled turn-screw and nipple-wrench, original cloth bag of cast bullets and lubricating paste. the exterior with vacant shaped brass escutcheon and brass corner protectors.
The revolver is in fine mechanical order and a complete set of accessories is present. The lanyard ring and military style case would indicate a military purchase. At this time British Officers were required to purchase their own sidearms and this revolver was manufactured at the time of the Crimean War. The bluing is vibrant and contemporary. There is some loss of silver plating on the grip strap and one side plate as indicated and there are two burns on the lid of the case that my gunsmith says could be restored. The flask has some dents but not evident when present in the case. Overall a very attractive, rare and handsome looking set and an iconic revolver for a classic revolver collector.
The Longspur was short lived as the hammer although aesthetic was prone to damage which rendered the revolver inoperable as a single action mechanism.

Code: 50619

7500.00 GBP


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US Arms revolver hidden in book!

This is a US Arms Co Model 38 pocket revolver in 38 rimfire calibre. US Arms were a prolific maker of small handguns of some quality. The makers name is stamped on the barrel as is the model on the top strap. The walnut grips are in good condition as can be seen.
The revolver is profusely engraved. The main spring is very strong and although the revolver cocks and locks it does sometimes take some effort to ensure the hammer locks. An interesting decorative piece.
The revolver is cased in a "book" that would have been no doubt hidden on a book shelf to give unwanted visitors an unpleasant surprise.
The leather bound book is contemporary to the revolver and contains some empty rimfire cases. The spine is a little distressed but could be glued if you wish.

Overall an interesting and curious vintage firearm manufactured in the mid 1880's.

Code: 50590

975.00 GBP


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Late 15th Century Early 16th Century Signal Mortars

This is a small collection of wrought iron signal cannons although a slight inclination on the barrels suggests they may have had more aggressive uses.
These were used to signal time and commands.
Each has an incuse cross on the side of the touch hole and diameters and lengths vary.
These would be circa 1600 and would have been in use until the 18th Century.
The three different sizes make an interesting display.
Sold as a collection.
These are heavy please ask for quotation for foreign shipments.

Code: 50497

1400.00 GBP


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Good Cased Colt model 1862 Police revolver.

This is a scarce and interesting revolver for several reasons.
The Colt 1862 Police revolver was a hybridisation of the small frame 1849 pocket revolver and the larger Navy revolvers. The calibre of the pocket revolver was 31 calibre and that of the Navy being .36 calibre. The revolver had a five shot fluted cylinder of .36 calibre compared to the smaller pocket revolver and of course a barrel to match. The revolver used the pocket frame with a larger barrel and compensated for the larger calibre by reducing the number of chambers from 6 to 5.
These were sold in substantial numbers to the Police and Law enforcement agencies and one might ask why they were not made in the larger .44 calibre? This, to an extent can be explained by the fluted cylinder which was designed to reduce weight. These revolvers were a working tool and designed to be carried on the hip or in a shoulder holster for possibly a 12-hour shift so weight was an issue. In reality these would have been used at very close quarter so the calibre almost became irrelevant. The revolver had a notch in the hammer and safety stops between each cylinder so it could be carried safely with the hammer dropped between two loaded cylinders.
These revolvers are quite scarce and were the final percussion revolver manufactured by the Colt Manufacturing Company. Many were converted to rimfire in the early 1870’s so the survival rate of unconverted revolvers is low. To find one in its original case with all of the correct accessories is an exceptional find.
This case contains a Colt Mould, correct Hawksley powder flask, Eley percussion caps, Colt cleaning rod, nipple key, oil bottle and turnscrew. The Oak box is as it should be and contains the key to lock it and a number of cast bullets which from their oxidisation dates them from the time the revolver was first placed in the box. There is a vacant name plate on the lid.
The revolver has some original finish and traces of the silver plating on the frame and trigger guard with very good mechanics and a clean bore. The revolver has matching serial numbers in several places that date the manufacture to 1865. The revolver cocks and locks solidly as it should with the half cock for loading also engaging perfectly. The wedge is blank which is not uncommon on this model. The Colt USA address is clearly stamped on the top of the barrel.
An interesting cased Colt of investment quality.

Code: 50637

3750.00 GBP


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Good Wanzl model 1860 Rifle

The Wanzl rifle is significant as it was the first breech loading rifle of the Austrian Hapsburg Army and was developed in 1860 utilising a conversion of the Lorenz muzzle loading rifle.
The rifles were manufactured in both centrefire and rimfire calibres (14mm x 33mm) and the calibre is obsolete so can be owned in the UK without a license.
The lock of this rifle is dated 1862 and is a centrefire rifle in excellent condition with a tight action and clean bore. The rifle exhibits numerous military markings and the unit it was issued to would be researchable.
The rifle was replaced by the Werndl rifle in 1867 but unbelievably was still in use at the end of World War One which is a testament to their robustness. Some 70,000 rifles were converted and survival rates in good condition are low.
An interesting rifle seldom encountered in the UK.

Code: 50635

895.00 GBP


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Good Pattern 1842 Musket

This is an attractive looking 1842 musket manufactured by the renowned maker Potts.
.75" smoothbore with tight wood fit and a good trigger mechanism.
These muskets were still being issued and used in the Crimean War and were used in the US Civil War.
The effective range was around 200 yards and they were predecessor to the Pattern 1853 rifled musket.

Code: 50634

750.00 GBP


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Exceptional 1847 Colt Walker Brevette

The world record for a Colt revolver was made in April 2018 by Rock Island Auctions and was for a Colt Walker, the only one known to survive in a case. The price was a staggering $1.84 million! A “cheaper” one subsequently sold for $340,000.
In their excellent book on Colt Brevet Revolvers by Roy Marcot and Ron Paxton they state that “in their multi-year study on Colt Brevet revolvers only three copies of Colt Walkers were found”. I’m not one to disagree with the experts but having been in this business for 40 years I believe I have seen six of these and of course three might have been the ones referred to in the book. Clearly these are rare.
For the Colt Collector a Walker is the pinnacle of any collection but for mere mortals the aspiration to own a Walker is beyond us and merely a dream.
The 1847 Colt Walker was the largest black powder repeating handgun ever made at that time, but contrary to popular belief in the United States, it was not the most powerful, as some Austrian and British revolvers of the 1850s based on the Adams-Beaumont design were even more powerful because of their large calibres. The Colt Walker was created in the mid-1840s in a collaboration between Texas Ranger Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker (1817–1847) and American firearms inventor Samuel Colt (1814–62), building upon the earlier Colt Paterson design. Walker wanted a handgun that was extremely powerful at close range.
Samuel Walker carried two of his namesake revolvers in the Mexican–American War. He was killed in battle the same year his famous handgun was invented, 1847, shortly after he had received them. Only 1,100 of these guns were originally made, 1,000 as part of a military contract and an additional 100 for the civilian market, making original Colt Walker revolvers extremely rare and expensive to acquire.
The metal of the Walkers was prone to flaws and it is reported that at least 30% failed because of overloading and cylinders blowing up. Some of this was put down to troops inexperience with the new invention but as a consequence the revolver did not have the best of reputations and the design evolved into the Dragoon.
I suspect that a small batch was later ordered in Belgium as there was a requirement for a strong powerful revolver that surpassed the smaller Colt and Remington’s in .44 calibre with shorter cylinders. These revolvers were extremely well made as indeed were most Belgium guns and the Belgium proof house standards were greater than the British Proof House. Much of the components of the English gun trade including Tranter, Adams and Webley were made in Belgium. The metal was superior and quality excellent.
This example is, to all intents and purposes, indistinguishable from a Colt Walker with the exception that it was not made by Colt and is not stamped Colt. Everything else is identical even down to weight.
The revolver has a serial number stamped in several places including the wedge although it was clearly stamped to intimate that the manufacturer had made hundreds of them which of course from history we know this was not the case. The rifling in the bore is identical to the Colt Walker rifling, and is significantly different from the fast twist rifling of modern reproductions designed for present day shooters. The bore is difficult to photograph but it is clean with deep rifling extant.
Mechanically the revolver locks tight on full cock and the half cock works flawlessly. The revolver is stamped US 1847 above the key as the original and the overall finish is excellent as can be seen.
The revolver is contained in an older case that clearly was made for it and the case contains and original tin of percussion caps and a reproduction Walker powder flask.
Were this a “real” Walker the serial number of 988 would place it as being manufactured during the first year of manufacture. The revolver is superbly made but has no proof marks and the romantic in me says what if………
An interesting contemporary example of an iconic gun and a superb addition to any advanced Colt collection. Seldom seen and I doubt if I will sell another one.

Code: 50633

4500.00 GBP


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1 of 300 Rare Sharps 1870 Trial Rifle

This is an extraordinary rifle!
In 1870 the US Ordnance Department purchased 300 of what would become known as the M1874 breechblock from Sharps. Springfield Armory used these new M1874 pattern blocks, newly modified levers, and parts of their own manufacture (or modification) to assemble 300 trial rifles. Like the guns that had been altered by Springfield, these new Type II rifles were chambered for the .50-70 Government cartridge. Like the earlier alteration Type 1 rifles, the guns had 35” Springfield made barrels that were secured to the forend with two-barrel bands. The barrels of both Type I and Type II rifles were serial numbered to the receivers at the left breech, above the stock line. In the case of the alteration rifles, if the receiver serial number included a “C”, indicating 100,000, it was omitted from the barrel number. Springfield modified existing, obsolete musket stocks to obtain the buttstocks and forends. The butt plates were also surplus Civil War era musket butt plates. The cleaning rod and rear sight were of the current production US M1870 pattern. The breechblocks, hammers, locks, levers, trigger plate and lever catch were colour case hardened, while the rear sight, screws, lever hinge pin, firing pin, extractor and barrel band springs were heat blued. The balance of the metal parts, including the barrel, barrel bands, butt plate, ramrod and sling swivels, were left in the white; better known as National Armory Bright.

These altered trials rifles used their original Sharps serial numbers, while the newly made Type II Rifles such as this one was serial numbered in their own unique sequence from 1 to 300, with the number appearing on the left side of the barrel breech and on the receiver tang. The receivers bore either the original Sharps percussion era patent markings, or the earliest of the cartridge era markings, but no others. The repurposed musket butt plates bore their original U.S. marks, and the left side of the buttstock bore the script inspection cartouche of Erskine S. Allin, the master armorer at the Springfield Armory. These incredibly rare experimental Sharps rifles were issued during 1871 and 1872 and most of them saw service with the army on the frontier. Many of the Type II rifles were issued to the 13thUS Infantry, which was deployed to deal with Indian issues in Wyoming, Utah and the Dakota Territories during the early 1870s. The regiment was eventually recalled to the East and was stationed in New Orleans in very late 1874. The overall field performance of the M1870 Sharps rifles (as well as the Remington rifles) was not as good as the M1870 Springfield Trapdoor. As a result of the field trials, a new pattern of Trapdoor, chambered for the newly developed .45-70 Government cartridge was adopted in 1873, and the brief experiment with the .50-70 cartridge and altered Sharps firearms came to an end. By 1875, the guns were considered obsolete and were already being sold as surplus by the US government.

Many of these guns ended up with Buffalo Hunters as they were less expensive than the series of Model 1874 “sporting” rifles.

This particular example is as good as I’ve ever seen. The butt plate bears the usual U.S. mark on the tang. The rifle is marked with a crisp script ESA in an oval cartouche on the left wrist of the buttstock; this is the mark of Springfield’s Master Armorer Erskine A. Allin. A small capital A is stamped to the right of the receiver under the trigger guard.
The receiver is stamped on the left side

C SHARPS’ PAT.
SEPT. 12TH1848.

The serial number of the rifle is stamped on the left-hand side of the barrel and is serial no 16 so one of the first made.

The receiver retains some case colour and all screw heads are excellent. The bore is clean and bright with deep rifling as it should be and the mechanism works flawlessly and also disassembles easily for cleaning as it should. The correct cleaning rod is present as are the ladder rear sights.

The walnut stock has handling marks and there is a chip missing from the rear of the receiver in front of the trigger guard. This is repairable and I can recommend a repairer but I tend not to “improve” guns and feel this is always best left to the discretion of the new owner.

Sharps are an iconic firearm associated with the Civil War, Indian Wars and Buffalo hunting. This is an incredibly rare type II trials rifle in the obsolete 50-70 calibre and can be owned without license but would make an excellent example for shooting subject to proofing and licensing.

A superb example of investment quality. I will consider part exchange.
See this and other interesting collectible firearms at the Sandown Park Antique Arms Fair on Sunday 4th October. Social distancing and safe dealing in practice.

Code: 50632

8500.00 GBP


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Interesting Bayonet Boarding Pistol by Wilson circa 1800

The Wilson Family were extant as Gunmakers in London from 1730 to 1832 and were prolific Gunmakers turning their hand to basically anything including ducks foot pistols and Ferguson rifles!
There is quite a bit of information available on the Wilsons, so an excellent research project for the next custodian.
Brass pistols were generally manufactured as defensive weapons for stage coaches and offensive weapons for the military. They were made in brass as they were to be used at sea or in all weathers.
This interesting example has a brass “blunderbuss” swamped barrel and the top is fitted with a 3” bayonet with the release fitted on the tang. Despite popular misconception, blunderbusses did not spread shot extensively, the design was to make loading easier on a moving coach or rocking boat at sea.
The 12-bore pistol has a waterproof pan, and the lock is engraved Wilson with “London” engraved on the top of the barrel. The lock functions flawlessly and the ram rod is present, brass is in excellent order and the spring bayonet functions well with no loss of action of the spring. There is a tight old crack in the wood at the lock plate which isn’t going anywhere.
Sometimes known as boarding guns and used in cutting out parties, these pistols were designed for close combat with the back up of a bayonet as there would be no time to reload in a cutting out party at sea.
A pleasing example.

Code: 50629

2650.00 GBP


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Remington 1858 New Model Police Revolver

All of the smaller Remington Revolvers are scare in their original state as so many were converted to rimfire cartridges. This particular model is the Remington New Model Police revolver in .36 calibre and is a five-shot revolver.
The octagonal barrel has some original finish left and is stamped “Patented Sept. 14 1858, March 17, 1863. E Remington & Sons. IIion, New York U.S.A New Model” on the top flat.
The revolver is mechanically fine and locks and cocks well and has an extremely strong main spring. The grips are good and there are some traces of the original nickel finish extant on the trigger guard.
These revolvers were manufactured between 1863 and 1873 and it is known that less than 17,000 were made. Compared to the several hundred thousand pocket Colt’s that were manufactured this is a relatively low figure particularly when you consider potential survival rates.
This is a very good example of a scarce revolver and the last image shows the comparison in size with the smaller pocket spur trigger revolver. I am also selling the pocket Remington.

Code: 50628

1450.00 GBP


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