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Extraordinary Jones Percussion Shotgun circa 1830

This is an extraordinary beautiful and rare gun.
This percussion sporting shotgun was manufactured by Jones a maker to HRH Prince Albert. The shotgun has an overall length of 47”, the barrel length is 29.5” “ and the gun weighs 7 pounds. The bore is approximately 16 gauge and it features London proofs.
The gun is in museum quality condition and features Gardner locks. The Gardner patent was designed to protect the shooter from fragmenting percussion caps and also to prevent the caps from falling off when carrying the gun loaded in the field which was a common occurrence. The design is straight forward. The percussion cap is placed on the nipple after the hammer is cocked and then a spring loaded “top hat” is lowered over the cap to completely cover it. The hammers of the gun have flat faces and when they drop they hit the “top hat” covering the percussion cap and transferring enough energy to ignite the cap. Gardner was a gunsmith based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This beautiful shotgun features gold inlays on the Knox and a gold “London” square escutcheon adjacent to the inlays. The finely chequered wrist features a vacant silver escutcheon and the fore end features a silver pineapple finial. The barrels have a breath-taking Damascus finish as can be seen. The stock features a cheek pad, not unusual for an early shotgun, and the wrist has good chequering.
Quite why Jones decided to fit Gardner locks to this gun is a mystery as he was a great innovator himself, holding several patents for “waterproof” locks and a clever dual ignition system, an example of which I sold last year. The application of the Gardner patent was short lived with rapid improvements being made to the quality of percussion caps by several makers.
This gun was previously misdescribed by an auction house as being a converted flintlock, probably because of the external spring of the Gardner mechanism. It is not a conversion and is in a condition as close as it could be to the original manufacture.
This shotgun is quite stunning and would take pride of place in any percussion arms collection.

Code: 50545

5250.00 GBP


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Matched pair of pocket pistols by H Nock circa 1790.

This is a very good pair of matched flintlock turnoff pistols made by Henry Nock of London.
A good example of Nock's general trade work the pistol locks are engraved "H Nock" on one side and "London" on the other and exhibit London proof marks.

Nock was a prolific inventor and is best known for his formidable multi-barrelled volley guns which were purchased by the Royal Navy and in recent years brought back to public notice by the TV series Sharpe in which Sergeant Harper carries a Nock Volley Gun. There is an interesting and erudite article on Nock and his volley guns in the Gun Report magazine of October 1967.

Code: 50500

1650.00 GBP


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Beautiful W C Scott 10 bore antique hammer gun.

This is an exquisite W C Scott and Son of London 10 bore hammer gun. The gun was manufactured in 1879 and has seen little use. The gun features 30” Damascus barrels and the top rib is engraved with the makers name and Great Castle Street, Regents Circus, London address with “patented triplex lever” to describe the gun. For the technical minded, Length of Pull is 14” and the left barrel measure .778” and the right barrel also measures .778” with an original proof of .775”. Bores are bright and the weight of the gun is 8.8 lbs. The barrel chokes are 041” and 0.32" The gun is very tight and has no issues and has a wonderful Damascus pattern to the barrels that doesn’t really show in the photographs. The barrels are browned as was all of W C Scott’s production at this time. The chambers of the gun are 2.7/8” so will not chamber modern 10 gauge cartridges and consequently it is exempt from licensing and can be owned as an object of curiosity.
The engraving is excellent and features a hunting dog on one lock plate and a Grouse on the other with a plethora of engraving around the locks and the trigger guard. If you look at the engraving of the dog, the dog actually has personality and I reckon a real dog was the subject matter. There is considerable original finish including nitre blue on the gun and the barrels are unblemished. There is a vacant silver escutcheon on the underside of the butt and the side plates are both engraved with the makers name W C Scott & Son. This is a quite beautiful example of the British Gunmakers art at the height of its popularity in the last quarter of the 19th Century.
W C Scott were prolific manufacturers and made guns in three qualities, A, B and C. Most B and C guns were sold to retailers who engraved their own names on the gun and most A grade guns such as this bore W C Scott’s name and were retailed from their London premises and proofed in London.
In 1871 the firm moved to 10 Great Castle Street, Regent Circus (now Oxford Circus) where the firm was to remain until 1899.
On 18 January 1875 William Middleditch Scott patented an external twin bolting system for barrels (No. 186) which comprised cross-bolts on either side of the action. Patent No. 1902 of 25 May 1875 covered a bolt which was part of the top lever. It engaged with the top rib extension and became famous as the Triplex top lever grip (in use up to 1892 when it was replaced by Scott's Improved Bolt). This gun features this action. Minor changes were made to the basic design over the next few years and it was widely used until gradually replaced by the rectangular crossbolt introduced in 1892, it was discontinued by Webley & Scott in 1914.
This is an attractive and interesting gun manufactured at the pinnacle of the career of one of England’s most revered gunsmiths.

Code: 50508

2650.00 GBP


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Iconic EV11 SMLE BSA rifle dated 1908

This is a very good pre-war Enfield Mk 111 complete with volley sights and magazine cut-off. BSA manufactured in 1908 this is the quintessential SMLE issued before the reality and rigours of WW1 revealed that the idea of Volley sights to fire at Cavalry at a distance and magazine cut-offs to save ammunition were really memories of the past and not relevant in the 20th Century.
The owner tells me it was re-barrelled and reproofed by Fultons in the 1970's and has seen little service since. This is both a shooters rifle and a wonderful historical artefact.
There are several cartouches and numbers on the butt. Overall a very tidy rifle and all changes admitted.

I can deliver to your RFD for £25 and I will be exhibiting at the Northern Shooting Show at Harrogate and Bisley in May.

Section 1 will require a FAC

Code: 50544

1050.00 GBP


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Unusual Alligator Hunting Howdah Pistol Set.

This is one of the most unusual items I have ever offered and I have offered a few!
This is an alligator hunting Howdah pistol set.
In the past I have seen several Vampire hunting sets but never an alligator hunting set!
I sold this several years ago to a customer who has now changed his collecting interests and it has never been on the open market to my knowledge.
Effectively it is a double barrel Howdah pistol with all accessories, mould, Hawksley Flask, turn screws etc. The calibre is stated as 12 mm and it is Liege proofed and of high quality. The Liege proof was significantly more severe than British proofs and when you see the size of the lead balls this pistol needed it.
The case has brass corners that I suspect were added later as there is some rubbing and it might look better if smaller corners were added. The lid has a stuffed Alligator Head with glass eyes and is quite a , dare I say it, bizarre conversation piece.
I am told it originated in Louisiana and I am not sure if I can export this but will look into it if asked.
An unusual item but of significant quality. An item for the collector who thought he had everything, but didn't!

Code: 50543

3600.00 GBP


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Forehand and Wadsworth Russian 32 revolver circa 1880

A good 5 shot .32 cal. Forehand & Wadsworth spur trigger Russian Model revolver. All of the metal is nickel plated except the hammer and trigger. The fluted cylinder retains about 60 to 70 % nickel while the 2& 1/2" round barrel and frame retain a good 95%+ nickel The grips are in excellent condition (99%) and bear the F & W logo. The action is strong and the cylinder revolves properly. 18,000 were made between 1888 and 1891.
These were sometimes referred to as suicide specials because they were less expensive than conventional revolvers but the name was derived from the fact that they did not have a trigger guard or safety so weren't the safest of things to carry in a pocket particularly with rim fire rounds that could detonate with impact on any of the rear edge.
This is an obsolete calibre revolver and does not require a license to own. A nice looking revolver manufactured in the 1880's.

Code: 50542

400.00 GBP


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Good Stevens "Favorite" Boys Rifle

Another really good example of a Stevens Favourite or Boys rifle in obsolete 25 Stevens Calibre. wood and metalwork and difficult to better this pleasing looking little rifle. I will include an inert 25 Stevens calibre round for display purposes.This is a take down rifle and disassembles in seconds. There is a lot of original finish on this rifle.

Stevens Arms was founded by Joshua Stevens with help from backers W.B. Fay and James Taylor in Chicopee Falls, MA, in 1864 as J. Stevens & Co. Their earliest product was a tip-up action single shot pistol.
Business was slow into 1870, when Stevens occupied a converted grist mill and had just sixty employees. The 1873 Panic had a further negative impact on sales. By 1876 the company had recovered to the extent that it was then manufacturing twice the number of shotguns as it had been prior to that year. In 1883 they purchased the Massachusetts Arms Company which Joshua Stevens had helped found in 1850.In 1886, the company was reorganized and incorporated as J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. The business was able to grow steadily with tool manufacturing and sales now accounting for the bulk of the business output.
Stevens and Taylor were bought out in 1896 by I.H. Page, who was one of the new partners and the bookkeeper. Page led the company to significant growth, such that by 1902 Stevens had 900 employees and was considered one of the top sporting firearms manufacturers in the world. In 1901, Stevens entered into a partnership with J. Frank Duryea to produce the Stevens-Duryea automobile manufactured at a separate facility also in Chicopee Falls, MA. In 1915, Stevens led the U.S. arms business in target and small game guns.
On May 28, 1915 Stevens was purchased by New England Westinghouse, a division of Westinghouse Electric. New England Westinghouse was created specifically to fulfil a contract to produce 1.8 million Mosin-Nagant rifles for Czar Nicholas II of Russia for use in World War I. They needed a firearms manufacturing facility in order to accomplish this and chose Stevens. After the purchase they sold off the tool making division, halted production of Stevens-Duryea automobiles, and, on July 1, 1916, renamed the firearms division the J. Stevens Arms Company. When the Czar was deposed by the communists in 1917, New England Westinghouse was never paid and they fell into financial distress.They managed to sell most of the rifles to the U.S. Government and keep the Stevens firearms facility operational and did return to limited production of civilian firearms between 1917-1920 while looking for a buyer for Stevens.
Stevens was purchased by the Savage Arms Company on April 1, 1920 with Stevens operating as a subsidiary of Savage but in a semi-independent status until 1942.This merger made Savage the largest producer of arms in the United States at the time.8 After World War II they were renamed as Stevens Arms and sometimes identified as "Savage-Stevens" after 1948. In 1960 Savage closed the Stevens Arms facilities in Chicopee Falls and moved Stevens production to various Savage manufacturing sites. In 1991 the Stevens name was discontinued but was resurrected in 1999 as the brand name for Savage's budget line of rifles and shotguns.

Code: 50540

725.00 GBP


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Iver Johnson 1900 rimfire revolver

This is an Iver Johnson "Double Action Model 1900" large frame revolver in obsolete rim fire calibre.

Iver Johnson was a U.S. firearms, bicycle, and motorcycle manufacturer from 1871 to 1993. The company shared the same name as its founder, Norwegian-born Iver Johnson (1841–1895).

Iver Johnson were prolific manufacturers of small low cost but good quality handguns and eventually became government contractors for rifles and machine guns eventually giving up the manufacture of bicycles.

The company has some notoriety insofar as President's William McKinley and Robert Kennedy were assassinated with Iver Johnson Revolvers with an attempt made on President Franklin Roosevelt with one.

This revolver is about mint condition as can be seen and has seen very little use and is a perfect example of an Iver Johnson firearm.

Code: 50539

SOLD


Interesting Triplett and Scott Carbine

This Triplett & Scott repeating carbine is a .50 caliber rimfire shoulder arm made by the Meriden Manufacturing Company of Meriden, CT circa 1864 to 1865. The rife was a direct competitor to the Spencer Carbine and is yet another interesting early metallic cartridge firing military long arm. One of only an estimated quantity 5,000 such carbines produced under contract for the State of Kentucky Home Guard Troops. This carbine has a seven-shot magazine tube in the butt. All carbines were delivered after May 1, 1865 and all were contracted for prior to the end of hostilities. Loaded by depressing the latch in frame behind hammer that allows barrel to twist away in circular motion and come in-line with magazine in butt. Firearm took the same rimfire metallic round as the Spencer carbine. The mechanism is a joy and the breech drops quickly with a powerful integrated extractor to eject the spent round.
A 30” barrel is secured to the stock via a single barrel band. Barrel bluing has turned to a mellow dark patina overall. Receiver stamped on left plate with “MERIDEN MANFG CO. / MERIDEN, CONN.” beneath hammer. Breech tang marked “TRIPLETT & SCOTT / PATENT DEC. 6, 1864”. Two piece black walnut stock with the shoulder piece This is a very good condition Triplett & Scott repeating rimfire carbine would certainly enhance any Civil War arms collection.

Code: 50538

2350.00 GBP


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Good Spencer Civil War Carbine

This is an excellent Civil War Spencer repeating carbine and a little better than most.
The Spencer repeating carbine was a manually operated lever-action, seven shot repeating carbine produced in the United States by three manufacturers between 1860 and 1869. Designed by Christopher Spencer, it was fed with cartridges from a tube magazine in the carbine's buttstock.
The Spencer repeating carbine was adopted by the Union Army, especially by the cavalry, during the American Civil War, but did not replace the standard issue muzzle-loading rifled muskets in use at the time.
At first, the view by the Department of War Ordnance Department was that soldiers would waste ammunition by firing too rapidly with repeating rifles, and thus denied a government contract for all such weapons. (They did, however, encourage the use of carbine breech loaders that loaded one shot at a time such as the Maynard carbine. Such carbines were shorter than a rifle and well suited for cavalry. More accurately, they feared that the army’s logistics train would be unable to provide enough ammunition for the soldiers in the field, as they already had grave difficulty bringing up enough ammunition to sustain armies of tens of thousands of men over distances of hundreds of miles. A weapon able to fire several times as fast would require a vastly expanded logistics train and place great strain on the already overburdened railroads and tens of thousands of more mules, wagons, and wagon train guard detachments. The fact that several Springfield rifle-muskets could be purchased for the cost of a single Spencer carbine also influenced thinking. However, just after the Battle of Gettysburg, Spencer was able to gain an audience with President Abraham Lincoln, who invited him to a shooting match and demonstration of the weapon on the lawn of the White House. Lincoln was impressed with the weapon, and ordered Gen. James Wolfe Ripley to adopt it for production, after which Ripley disobeyed him and stuck with the single-shot rifles
The Spencer showed itself to be very reliable under combat conditions, with a sustainable rate-of-fire in excess of 20 rounds per minute. Compared to standard muzzle-loaders, with a rate of fire of 2–3 rounds per minute, this represented a significant tactical advantage. However, effective tactics had yet to be developed to take advantage of the higher rate of fire. Similarly, the supply chain was not equipped to carry the extra ammunition. Detractors would also complain that the amount of smoke produced was such that it was hard to see the enemy, unsurprising, since even the smoke produced by muzzleloaders would quickly blind whole regiments, and even divisions as if they were standing in thick fog, especially on still days.
One of the advantages of the Spencer was that its ammunition was waterproof and hardy and could stand the constant jostling of long storage on the march, such as Wilson's Raid. The story goes that every round of paper and linen Sharps ammunition carried in the supply wagons was found useless after long storage in supply wagons. Spencer ammunition had no such problem.
In the late 1860s, the Spencer company was sold to the Fogerty Rifle Company and ultimately to Winchester. You can see the Spencer influence in later Winchester lever action rifles. Many Spencer carbines were later sold as surplus to France where they were used during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
Mechanically the rifle works flawlessly and the original seven round magazine is extant in the butt. This handsome looking carbine would be difficult to beat for value and represents an iconic arm of the American Civil War.

Obsolete calibre no license needed.

Code: 50537

2250.00 GBP


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