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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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Very Good BSA Martini Cadet rifle

This is an excellent Martini Cadet rifle in .310 obsolete calibre.
I have handled dozens of these over the years and this is a good one I would consider keeping for myself.
Lots of original colour, unadulterated and with an original sling.
The slings didn't last if they were used heavily.
A lot better than most and becoming scarce.
I bought this from a chap in the USA who bought it in the 1960's and never fired it as he could not find ammunition and didn't reload.
One of the better ones.
The Martini Cadet is a centre fire single-shot rifle produced in the United Kingdom by BSA and W.W. Greener for the use of Australian military Cadets. Based on a miniature version of the Martini–Henry it was internally different. Chambered for the .310 Cadet also known as the .310 Greener, they were also sold to the public as the BSA No.4, 4a, 4b and 5 in other calibres like the .297/230 and .22 rim fire.

Code: 50541

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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

650.00 GBP


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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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Civil War Era Greene Bolt action rifle

This is a rare and extraordinary rifle! James Durell Greene thought this rifle , it has the distinction of being the first bolt action breech loading rifle purchased by the USA Army and a host of extraordinary features. The most significant feature is that it is forward loaded, the bullet is behind the charge which means that the first shot is blank unless you insert a loose bullet. This allowed the bullet at the rear to seal the breech which was then pushed forward by a plunger within the bolt. The cartridge was detonated from the side by an under hammer percussion cap. Greene also incorporated into the rifle a Lancaster Oval Bore on the basis that it wouldn't foul and would adapt the rifle for muzzle loading should the bolt seize. Another innovation was a compartment in the butt for the cleaning rod which was subsequently adapted for most USA Military rifles.
Greene was a prolific inventor and produced the Greene Carbine with a different locking mechanism to this which utilised Maynard tape primers and also a rotary magazine which was then copied in the Krag rifle.
The rifle is in very good as can be seen, much original finish, no major problems with woodwork except the usual dings and pressure marks expected on a 150 year old rifle. The bolt action is as tight as the day it was made and the under hammer action is flawless.
This is one of only 900 rifles so there is a low survival rate particularly in this condition and is as an interesting rifle as one would ever wish to own.
The rifle will be supplied with an extensive and erudite article on the rifle which explains the development and use. Potential Investment quality and a superb and interesting rifle!

Code: 50536

2250.00 GBP


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