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19th Century Naval Swivel Cannon

This is an interesting Swivel Cannon that would be mounted on the bow or stern of a ship with the capability of being quickly portable to place it anywhere.
This would have been made at the turn of the 19th Century and would have fired a one pound solid shot or grape. Formidable at close quarter for sweeping decks.
Overall length 24".
Could possibly be improved with fresh black paint but my Mantra has always been "leave as found" to allow others the pleasure of "improving or ruining"

The short sea service pistol is simply to indicate the size and is not included but offered elsewhere. This is heavy, estimated weight 65 pounds.

Code: 50604

1800.00 GBP


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Victorian Coast Guard Pistol 1855

Her Majesty’s Coast Guard was established in 1822 and had the primary responsibility saving the sailors and property when a shipwreck occurred. The Coast Guard also patrolled the entire UK coastline to prevent smuggling and bizarrely invasion. By the 1850s, smuggling was on the wane, and so the responsibility of protecting the coastline from smugglers was transferred to the Royal Navy, putting the Coast Guard’s primary duty once again to assisting with wrecks and rescue operations.

This model saw service during the Crimean War (1853-1856) and was also known as the short sea service pistol.

This is a good representative example with a perfect mechanism and captive ramrod. The lock plate is stamped 1855 and Tower with a crown and invertee arrow.

Code: 50603

700.00 GBP


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18th Century Light Dragoon Pistol by Brasher

This is a reasonable Light Dragoon Pistol by John Brasher who had premises in Birmingham and London.
Brasher was a quality maker who had an interest in multiple barreled weapons and these are encountered.
This particular pistol is 13 bore (.69) and has a 9" tapered barrel with ramrod and brass furniture.
2 old and tight cracks in the forend but an attractive piece. The lock works perfectly and has a tight two stage action.
Lock plate is engraved "Brasher" with a military Crown over GR as expected.
A decent military flintlock manufactured around 1800.

Code: 50602

1600.00 GBP


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Winchester Model 1892 rifle year of manufacture 1894

This is a very good Winchester model 1892 in 44/40 calibre.
The Winchester Model 1892 was a lever-action repeating rifle designed by John Browning as a smaller, lighter version of his large-frame Model 1886, and which replaced the Model 1873 as the company's lever-action for pistol-calibre rounds such as the .44-40
When asked by Winchester to design an improved lever action to compete with a recent Marlin offering, John Browning said he would have the prototype completed in under a month or it would be free. Within 2 weeks, Browning had a functioning prototype of the 92. for the rifle vary and some are custom-chambered. The original rounds were the .32-20, .38-40, and .44-40 Winchester centrefire rounds, followed in 1895 by the new .25-20
This particular rifle has a 26” barrel , good mechanics and excellent bore, ideal for the Cowboy shooter who would prefer a lighter rifle than a large frame Winchester.
This rifle was recently proofed but given the venerable age of the rifle I elected to black powder proof which will be fine for Cowboy loads. The serial number reveals that the rifle was manufactured in 1894.
The original finish has faded but to an even attractive tone and there is no pitting to the barrel either externally or internally. The walnut stock is very good with no notable defects.
A decent and historical rifle that covers practical shooting and an iconic investment.
This is a Section 1 firearm and will require a Firearms Certificate to purchase. I will store at no charge for variations to be applied for.
See this and other interesting rifles at the Northern Shooting Show Harrogate May 11th and 12th.

Code: 50592

2750.00 GBP


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18th Century Cemetery Gun - unusual.

This is an unusual piece and definitely one for the flintlock collector who thought he or she had everything.
This is a Flintlock alarm gun with simple flared blunderbuss style barrel and flint-fired musket lock mounted to an unusual wooden casing. The gun has an iron pintle underneath with a sliding trigger bar which allows the forward motion of a tripwire to pull the trigger to fire the gun. The gun also has three iron rings which would have allowed the gamekeeper or church warden to set up to three tripwires. This gun is circa 1800 give or take 5 years either way.
Generally good condition as can be seen, one band appears absent but everything else sound.
These guns were set up to dissuade poachers and were also placed in cemeteries to discourage grave robbing. It has been debated that when in use the barrel would also be filled with shot to harm the intruder. Certainly at this time “mantraps” were in use.
Corpses were frequently “stolen” from graves for educational purposes , for training surgeon’s anatomy lessons. Valuables were also sought and in one notorious case, two grave robbers stole a lead coffin and melted it down for scrap value.
An interesting but bizarre example of a flintlock.

Code: 50599

750.00 GBP


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Indian Mutiny F Pattern Musket 7th Gwalior Regiment.

This is a very decent and historic .75” East India Co. F Pattern percussion musket to the 7th Gwalior infantry who were in the thick of the Indian Mutiny. EIC ‘F’ pattern side lock with bun nut retained hammer struck with EI Co. Rampant lion mark. Walnut stock with regulation F pattern brass furniture including spurred trigger guard for improved grip when fighting with a bayonet and F pattern bayonet catch. The right side of the butt with a brass marker disc engraved 7.GWI.I for issue to the 7th Gwalior infantry regiment. Barrel struck with feint London Proof marks has standing read sight and front sight / bayonet stud fitted. Last of the smooth bore muzzle loading percussion muskets adopted by the East India Company the F pattern was their issue equivalent of the British Ordnance issue Pattern 1842 musket and was a very solid reliable weapon being widely used by the company’s armies in India for many years. In good used service condition with some small losses to the edges of the stock, good barrel with much finish turning to blue brown with a fair bore and very good mechanical condition. An interesting piece for the British or EIC collector issued to one of the most famous of the company’s regiments.
Accompanied with much research into the Regiment and its involvement in the Mutiny and weapons issued.

Code: 50589

1000.00 GBP


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Rare Plant's revolver USA Civil War Era

Another rare and interesting revolver! This is an antique Plant’s Mfg. Co. Revolver, made circa 1864 in New Haven, Connecticut. Makers of revolvers during the American Civil War had three choices:
1) they could take their chances violating the Smith & Wesson owned Rollin White Patent for the concept of a “bored through cylinder” to accept metallic cartridges. Those that did were invariably sued.
2) they could continue to make percussion guns with all of their disadvantages until the Smith and Wesson patent expired.
3) they could invent their own concept that was both an improvement over percussion guns and circumvented the Rollin White Patent. This is the option that Plant’s Mfg Co chose.

Plant’s Mfg. Co. was financed and represented by the famed firearms agents Merwin & Bray, hence their name on the top of the barrel which is extant but faint. Their revolver featured a “cup-primed” and front-loading concept, which was among the best attempts to get around S&W’s 12-1/2-year stronghold on cartridge revolvers. Although there was some advertising stating government purchase this is not confirmed but Soldiers were able to privately purchase any firearm for their own use during the Civil War.

Code: 50597

1250.00 GBP


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Rare Werder Model 1869 Pistol .

This massive and rare pistol is the Werder pistol model 1869 in obsolete 11.5 mm calibre. This was an infantry and light cavalry falling block pistol, invented by Johann Ludwig Werder in Bavaria and based on his rifle design of 1868. It was one of the first centre fire pistols to be adopted for use by a European military force. This pistol was introduced during the transition from percussion pistols to self-contained metallic cartridges and in interesting on many levels.
Although it was originally known as the "Bavarian Lightning pistol" because of its rate of fire, the Werder pistol proved too heavy for practical use. The rate of fire was said to be 20 rounds a minute and it occurred to me that this was quite ambitious. For pure interest I considered that I was sheltering behind my horse and using either a revolver with a loading gate and this pistol and timed myself loading it. The conclusion that I reached was that if an enemy was advancing and you had a cool head, the Werder would outshoot the revolver every time in respect of speed of loading once you achieved proficiency with it.
With typical Teutonic efficiency the pistol is stamped with a plethora of matching serial numbers on every part easily or not so easily reached including screw heads and inside of the trigger guard.
There is some original colour but mostly mellowed to a plum platina, the cavalry cartouches are still evident on the butt and the screws are all clean and not messed with. The bore is clean and the mechanics are excellent.
To fire the pistol the hammer on the right of the frame is pulled back and the trigger pulled. The front trigger is then pressed with the trigger finger and the Martini style breech then opens with some violence to extract the spent cartridge ready for reloading. You can easily see that this form of pistol would later evolve into the modern slab sided automatic pistols such as the Bergmann and Mauser C96.
This is only the third Werder I have offered for sale in forty years.
A very interesting and rare martial firearm that really is anachronistic for its time.

Code: 50596

2650.00 GBP


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Rare Square Back Trigger Guard Colt Navy

This is a very good example of a very early square back trigger guard Colt Navy revolver manufactured in 36 calibre.

In Patrick Swayze's excellent Tome titled "51 Colt Navies published in 1967 he states

The design of the square back trigger guard was probably made with the question of appearance alone in mind, for it certainly does not does not seem to have any useful or practical value. In fact, it would seem that such a design would be highly impractical because of the chances of the pointed rear of the trigger guard proper becoming fouled in the holster, or pocket, from which it was being drawn. The square back design is attributed to Colonel Talcot of the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army, who seemed to have a fondness of the symmetry and beauty of the design. Since Colonel Talcot had much to do with the purchase of handguns for U. S. Army - a potential purchase of some size - Sam Colt was certainly one to cater to the whims of those who could help him sell his handguns; so the square back trigger guard it was! The story is that when Colonel Talcot was convicted by a court(s) martial, Colt immediately discontinued his production of the square back design and changed to the small rounded trigger guard.

This particular revolver has an excellent bore, and is mechanically sound with all matching serial numbers on the arbour, rammer, butt, frame and cylinder. The wedge has a different number but is contemporary and with a number close to the revolver.
The action is tight and although the finish is faded away there is some silver plating extant in protected areas. The revolver has a strong mainspring and cocks and locks perfectly, the latch spring on the rammer is particularly tight. There is evidence of the cylinder safety stops and they have not been totally worn away as is often seen. My view is this was a working gun that was well looked after by the state of the bore and I would say that it could have been issued to some official body.
There is an inspectors stamp "G" below the frame serial number stamp.
The 7.5" barrel is roll stamped with the early address
"-Address Saml Colt -New-York City-"
The I of the city is extant and this indicates an early revolver as this eventually wore out and examples stamped C TY are not unusual.
The brass square back trigger guard indicates it is one of less than 1000 manufactured and given survival rates is a difficult Colt to find for any collection.
Expect to pay at least 50% more for an example with any original finish left.
A desirable revolver.

Code: 50547

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Remington Model 95 1888 Derringer.

The Remington Model 95 is a double-barrel pocket pistol commonly recognised as a derringer. The design was little changed during a production run of nearly 70 years through several financial reorganisations of the manufacturer causing repeating serial number sequences. Guns were offered with engraving or plain blued or nickel-plated finish with grips of metal, walnut, rosewood, hard rubber, ivory or pearl. The earliest production had no extractors and have E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. stamped on the right side of the barrel and ELLIOT'S PATENT DEC. 12, 1865 stamped on the left side of the barrel. These inscriptions were swapped to opposite sides of the barrel when extractors were added in 1869. In 1880, the inscription was changed to E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. ELLIOT'S PATENT DEC. 12th 1865,and placed atop the barrel rib. The barrel rib top inscription changed to REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION N.Y. in 1888 and again to REMINGTON ARMS U.M.C. CO. ILION, N.Y.in 1910
This particular example is the pattern introduced in 1888 identified by the inscription on the top rib. This is a very good example and lacks some of the inherent faults often seen. The bore is clean which is good as the .41 rimfire cartridge used was notorious for creating corrosion in the barrels if not cleaned because of their high mercury content. I have seen many excellent looking pistols with awful bores. Another issue is cracked and repaired hinges which this example does not suffer from.
This is a nickel plated pistol with more than 90% of the finish extant as can be seen and with excellent grips. A very attractive and handsome looking example of an iconic gun reputed to be favoured by gamblers and “loose” women as they are very easily concealed.

Code: 50595

SOLD


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