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This is a very good cased Tranter no 2 revolver in 54 bore complete with all accessories circa 1855.
The revolver can be fired single or double action by the double trigger as there is no hammer spur. The lower trigger pulls the hammer back to its stop position which can then be released with the upper trigger or it can be fired double action by pulling both triggers simultaneously. The revolver has a blank top strap but a Riley makers label in the lid of its oak case. The loading rammer is correctly stamped "Tranter's patent" and the grips are very good.
A full set of accessories include the correct bullet mould, powder flask, nipple key and turn screw, bullets, percussion caps, cleaning rod and the key for the lock.
A very decent example of one of Tranter's interesting designs.
This Daw patent revolver is of the highest quality and condition and was sourced from the estate of an English revolver connoisseur who had collected revolvers for more than 60 years and had a predilection for Daw revolvers. This 54 bore example is mechanically perfect and still retains most of its colour. I doubt if this revolver could be bettered.
George H. Daw first went into the firearms manufacturing and retailing business in 1851 as a partner in Witton, Daw & Company, located at 82 Old Broad Street in London. John Sergeant Witton had established himself as a London Gunmakers in 1835 and had worked under his own name until this partnership was established. In 1853 the firm moved to a new location at 57 Threadneedle Street, and in 1854 was renamed Witton & Daw, dropping the “& Co”. In 1860 George Daw took over the firm, changing the name to George Henry Daw (or simply G.H. Daw) and operating under that name 1880, when it was changed to G.H. Daw & Co. The firm remained in business in a number of locations through at least 1889, and may have remained active as late as 1892, but it is not clear if this “Daw Gun Company” had originated with original Daw business. Daw is probably most famous, although rarely remembered for, the introduction of modern “Boxer Primed” centrefire ammunition to Great Britain in 1861. Daw acquired the British patent rights to the French patent of Francois Schneider, whose design had been further improved by Clement Pottet. Unfortunately, the French patentees did not keep their patent rights in force in France, thus removing any protection that Daw had acquired by buying their rights for patent in England. He was sued by Eley Brothers, the largest ammunition manufacturer in England, and it was found that since the French rights no longer protected the patentees, they had no rights to sell to Daw, leaving him with no protection in England. Although Daw lost his case (and his investment in the patent rights), he was still directly responsible for bringing easily reloadable, modern centre fire ammunition to England. Daw’s greatest financial successes in the gun making business would come in the post-percussion era, with his manufacture of high quality cartridge revolvers, rifles and shotguns.
An interesting and spectacular classic English revolver.
This is another great design by John Moses Browning.
The Winchester Model 1886 was a lever-action repeating rifle designed by John Browning to handle some of the more powerful cartridges of the period. Originally chambered in .45-70, .45-90 WCF and .40-82 WCF, it was later offered in a half dozen other large cartridges, including the .50-110 Winchester.
The Model 1886 continued the trend towards chambering heavier rounds, and had an all-new and considerably stronger locking-block action than the toggle-link Model 1876. It was designed by John Moses Browning, who had a long and profitable relationship with Winchester from the 1880s to the early 1900s. William Mason also contributed, making some improvements to Browning's original design. In many respects the Model 1886 was a true American express rifle, as it could be chambered in the more powerful black powder cartridges of the day, proving capable of handling not only the .45-70 but also .45-90 and the huge .50-110 Express "buffalo" cartridges. The action was strong enough that a nickel-steel barrel was the only necessary modification needed to work with smokeless powder cartridges, and in 1903 the rifle was chambered for the smokeless high-velocity .33 WCF cartridge.
This particular rifle was manufactured in 45-90 calibre and has a factory standard 26" octagonal barrel. We know from the serial number we know it was manufactured in 1887 which ostensibly was the first full year of manufacture. The finish of the rifle has faded over 131 years but the mechanical action is fine and it has a good bore with no major problems. This is a typical “Cowboy” gun and would be used for both hunting game and for protection. This is a handsome looking rifle.
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This huge Adams patent self-cocking or “automatic” Dragoon revolver is in 38 bore (50 Calibre) and features an 8” barrel. These revolvers did not have a spur on the hammer and were fired double action.
The cased set features all of its accessories including the rare “tailed” mould. These early revolvers were made without a rammer and the bullets were simply pushed into the cylinder by hand and the hope was that the tail or spike behind the bullet would pierce the wad and hold it in place securely. This was not always the case and often the bullets would simply fall out of the cylinder leading to embarrassing or even fatal events. The revolver is in remarkably good condition with much original finish and is marked on the top strap with the makers name and address “Deane Adams & Deane, Makers to HRH Prince Albert. 30 King William Street, London Bridge”.
The revolver is mechanically sound and has good grips with a captive percussion cap container with a hinged lid. The accessories include a James Dixon powder flask, oil bottle, nipple key and turn screw, cleaning rod and oil bottle. There is a small bag of original cast bullets also contained within the box. There is no doubt that this is an original set as the good finish of the accessories matches the finish of the revolver. The English case has a vacant brass roundel in the lid and has its original key for the lock although the lock escutcheon is missing. It is very satisfying to find a complete cased set with the correct mould that has not been messed around with and without the later modification of a rammer addition.
For further and detailed information on this revolver read Taylerson’s seminal work on the subject “Adams revolvers”.
Webley Mark 1 air rifles are scarce if not rare and particularly in this condition. The rifle was only manufactured between 1925 and 1932 and the quantity manufactured was only circa 1500. This rifle’s serial number is under 500 so a relatively early one.
In his excellent book Webley Air Rifles 1925 – 2005, Christopher Thrale makes the point that the rifle was handmade and consequently there are considerable variations. This particular rifle was electro etched and this finish was notorious for fading and rubbing and whilst the famous Webley flying bullet logo is visible on the breech block and the patent dates are visible these are faded as can be seen. This particular rifle features a whole trigger guard as some had a hole for a trigger adjustment screw as seen on the Mark 1 air pistol. Overall condition of this scarce rifle is excellent and it has wonderful eye appeal. There is a tiny heel repair on the butt and I am not 100% convinced it is a repair as it could be ink but I will bring it to attention.
The rest of the wood is good; metalwork is fine with much original finish and no pitting.
This small rifle was no match for the larger BSA and was replaced with the popular Service Mark 2 rifle. This rifle would be the pride of any serious Webley air weapons collection and is seldom encountered.
This 36 calibre percussion Colt Navy revolver has matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, cylinder, wedge, butt strap and arbor which dates manufacture to 1863.The Navy was Colt's most popular model at the time and supplied to both the Civilian and Military market. This revolver would have been supplied at the height of the US Civil War.
The condition of the revolver is excellent, the lock up is as tight as the day it was made, bore is clean and sharp and all edges are sharp with no damaged screws as can be seen. There is a little colour left on the loading rammer and evidence of silver plate on the trigger guard.
The cylinder scene is completely extant and I would hypothesise that the cylinder was rolled at the start of the use of new roll dies which periodically wore out.
Fortunately for a revolver in this condition no collector or dealer has attempted to "improve" it by re-bluing it.
Grips are excellent and special order with most varnish remaining.
The address on the top strap is Col Sam Colt's New York address.
Other than the finish described the rest of the revolver has toned down to a mellow plum grey.
If you are looking for an excellent and fully functioning example of Colt's most iconic revolver and without paying a crazy price this might be the one for you.
This is quite a wonderful set. To say it is rare would be an understatement. This is a very early pre-war Webley Mk 1 new model .177 calibre pistol in its original case. Not only has the pistol seen little if any use but it has the original Webley “tag” on the trigger guard extant. The pistol has a rifled barrel and the indicative sign of an early pistol is the rear cap retention screw which was removed early into the series. The fact that at the time the case cost the same as the pistol meant that the percentage of these outfits purchased was small and the survival rate of course even smaller.
As expected the screws are all perfect and there is in excess of 95% original bluing with very little fading. Gordon Bruce’s excellent work “Webley Air Pistols” would leave me to believe that this was manufactured during the first year of manufacture in 1935. This is an iconic pistol and the set is a real “time capsule” that I doubt could be bettered. I will be listing more rare and interesting air pistols and rifles on my website.
This is a superb cased transitional revolver manufactured by Witton and Daw.
The manufacture is fairly accurately dated to 1855 so a real competitor to Colt.
The revolver features Polygroove rifling and is known as the “long type” See Taylerson for further details and I will supply copies to the purchaser. The revolver is a gas seal revolver which means that the reciprocating cylinder moves laterally to seal the breech. Many of us will know that the Nagant revolver is similar and as the cylinder locks that revolver was one of the very few that could use an effective silencer, but back to 1853!
The revolver has a 6” barrel, in 54 bore, excellent finely chequered walnut grips and the butt features a hinged trap for storing percussion caps. The entire frame and trigger guard is engraved in top quality style. The top strap features the correct London Threadneedle street address that Witton and Daw occupied from 1855 to 1860.
The case has all of the correct and contemporary accessories including a near mint bullet mould with the correct belted cavity, a wonderful tortoise shell tin with a full set of spare nipples, good powder flask, turn screw and nipple key with internal nipple pricker and cleaning rod and accessories with a cap tin.
The revolver has much original finish as can be seen, some slight case pitting on the left side where it has laid undisturbed for generations and some very small erosion in front of the cylinder as this gun has been used
Overall a handsome piece from a superb maker and considerably undervalued in comparison to its rarity and historical importance.
This is an exceptional Smith and Wesson single action target revolver in obsolete 32/44 calibre as listed in the Home Office obsolete calibre list.
A rare revolver, this antique revolver is in extraordinary condition and I hesitate to say mint but it is close.
Wonderful condition and probably impossible to improve on.
Other than the fairly common larger calibre "Russian" revolvers this is one of the few smaller cartridge "Russian" revolvers that is permissible to own under the Firearms Act as amended,
A fantastic piece.
This is a cased pre-war Webley and Scott Service Air Rifle Mk 2 with 3 barrels in .177, .22 and .25 calibre. The .25 barrel dates the set to around 1937 and the production run was small with the rifle's production being suspended during the War.
Overall condition is outstanding with most original colour with only a little fading in some spots on the barrels as can be seen.
Woodwork is excellent and as usual and as confirmed in Christopher Thrale's excellent work Webley Air Rifles 1925 - 2005 the gun was originally supplied with one barrel with the serial number of the receiver and the other two barrels do not have serial numbers but of course are identical in every respect to the serial numbered barrel.
Wood is excellent and the set contains 3 pellet tins, oil bottle and parts leaflet. Unlike many I have seen the horn butt plate is undamaged.
The case is in particularly good condition and very clean which is commensurate with the outstanding rifle inside it. Thrale states that the cases were supplied with a red lining but doesn't illustrate a three barrel set and goes on to explain that the cases were ordered by trade retailers to order from Brady's who were the main case manufacturer at the time.
The 1500 series serial number and the improved barrel make the rifle a second series release and of course pre-1939.
An exceptional set that would be very difficult to improve on. I have not seen a comparable set in the last decade.
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