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Rare Tranter

This is a Tranter “Eureka” Tranter patent side opening rook rifle in 297/250 obsolete calibre.
The rifle was regarded by Stewart in his seminal work on Tranter as being rare with a very low production and very few being noted.
The condition of this rifle is very good, possible old refinish but "back in the day", no major flaws, excellent walnut stock and fire blue nitre finish still evident on the opening lever and the trigger. The flip up leaf rear sight calibrated to 100 yards is extant which is nice because this was a vulnerable part and is often missing on rifles. No wear on the nickel but the blacking has some rubbing wear where the rifle was held in the left hand on the barrel in the absence of a forend. The bore on the rifle is very good, no pitting and the mechanics are good. I no longer use the adjective “crisp” as everyone else seems to now use this as a superlative so let’s just say it works as well as the day it was made. Given the overall condition of the plating and woodwork I would say that if I owned this rifle I think I would have it professionally re-blacked to bring it back to 100% condition.
This rifle is forendless as are most Tranter rook rifles and Stewart explains that the Eureka is occasionally seen like a large version of Tranter Brothers single shot pistols. The Eureka is a version of the Little Monarch but without the engraving. I have seen very few over the years and they are seen in both factory nickel and blued finishes. I have seen both round and octagonal barrels.
Stewart also mentions that these were sold by the Army and Navy CSL and this rifle is stamped as such on the top of the barrel. The makers name and the calibre is also stamped on the rifle. The barrel is 26” long, overall length is 41” and the LOP is 14”. There is not a lot that Stewart has to say about them in his book because he explains that there have been so very few noted.
Overall an impressive looking and rare rifle that would enhance any collection I doubt if I will ever handle another one.

Code: 50468

2450.00 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

3400.00 GBP


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Outstanding Webley Mk 2 Target Pistol

I don't normally sell air weapons but in this instance I couldn't pass this by. This is a Webley Mk 11 "new target model" in .177 calibre in the original box.
The story here is that the person I acquired it from explained that it belonged to his uncle whose own Uncle had given it to him as a gift but his mother would not let him use it. Consequently the gun is in mint condition and I have never seen a better one.
This model was only made between 1925 and 1930 and as a consequence is scarcer than some of the other models and in this condition rare.
The box is tatty from 90 years of house moves and could do with some attention but it still has the original box of pellets in a box built into the box and it has its original instructions leaflet.The pellets are the original supplied with the gun so are oxidised and the box also contains the original waxed paper packet containing the spare seals supplied with the gun
People of an age ( like me) would have owned a Webley and it is an iconic gun that was used hard by their owners. Its a privilege to be able to offer such a great gun.

Code: 50506

700.00 GBP


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Winchester Model 1897 Shotguns.

I seldom feature licensed guns on this website but Winchester 1897 shotguns are interesting and collectible and are an exception to this rule.

All of these Winchester 1897’s are recently proofed but in their original magazine capacity which will require a Section 1 authority or Firearms Certificate to possess but I can arrange to have any of them professionally restricted and a proof house limitation certificate issued to allow them to be held on a standard shotgun certificate.

Code: 50478

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Exceptional US Civil War Spencer Carbine with provenance.

I recently offered a superb Spencer Model 1865 Carbine that was the best one I have sold. Unbelievably I have unearthed another one and this one has provenance to a Union Cavalry unit and is in remarkable condition.
The rifle has most its original colour including the case hardening on the lever and lock mechanism as can be seen. The bore is bright with deep rifling extant and the mechanism is perfect. The carbine’s wooden stock is in excellent order with the usual minor pressure marks of being issued but no major problems or repairs. The butt is stamped with a number of numerals indicating the unit it was issued to. The knox is stamped with the Spencer Repeating Arms Co address and the Model type (M1865) is stamped on the barrel. There is only a small amount of pitting on the carbine which is adjacent but not obscuring the address and the model number as can be seen. The photographs highlight this small blemish but they do not detract from the carbines eye appeal. This is a carbine that would grace any Civil War Collection as an exceptional example of probably the most reliable and best considered carbine used in the conflict.
The Spencer research society has identified the carbine to a block of weapons issued to the Union Army in August 1864 having been manufactured in June of that year. It was then supplied to K company of the 11th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry. The vendor has told me that he bought the carbine 25 years ago and at that time had identified the cavalryman who had been issued with it. Unfortunately he lost the details in the passage of time but I have no doubt that this can be researched as US records are very good and the carbine is stamped with an issue number.
The 11th Michigan Cavalry was organized at Kalamazoo and Detroit, Michigan October 10 and December 10, 1863. Among its ranks was future Michigan politician and author Elroy M. Avery.
The Regiment was part of General George Stoneman's campaign into eastern Tennessee, western Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina in 1865.
The 11th Michigan Cavalry was one of three in the Second Brigade of Brig. Gen. Simeon Brown of St. Clair. Engagements: In Kentucky: Hazel Green, McCormick’s Farm, Morristown, State Creek, Mt. Sterling, Cynthiana, June 8–9, Point Burnside, June 30, 1864. In Tennessee: Clinch River,Nov.28; Cobb’s Ford,Dec. 2: Bristol,Dec. 13; Paperville,Dec. 13, 1864. In Virginia: Abingdon,Dec. 15; Wytheville lead mines, Mt. Airey, Marion iron works, Seven Miles Ford, Mount Sterling, Sept. 17; Saltville I, October 1–3, 1864, Union defeat.(Saltville Massacre); Sandy Mountain, Marion, December 17–18, 1864; Saltville II, December 18–21, 1864, destroyed salt works; After Saltville, returned to Knoxville; arrived Dec. 28, 1864; Departed Knoxville, March 16–21, 1865; Morristown, March 24; Jonesboro, March 25. Crossing into North Carolina and heading south, they conducted a series of raids on sites manufacturing goods vital to Lee’s troops—Boone, March 28–29 destroyed Patterson yarn mill below Blowing Rock; Yadkin River; Wilkesboro, March 30; Jonesville, April 1; Mount Airy, April 2; Christiansburg, VA, April 3; Danbury, April 9 destroying the Moratock Iron Works; Salisbury, April 12 (Destroyed prison); Statesville, April 13–16 (Taylorsville, April 14); April 14, Lincoln assassination; Morganton, April 17–19; Marion, April 20; Swannanoa Gap, (the Army was blocked there and went around to Howard’s Gap) April 20; Hendersonville, April 24 ; Asheville, April 25–28; Marshall, April 26; Ward’s Farm; Left Brevard, pushing through Saluda Gap in the Blue Ridge, they entered South Carolina, looking for Jefferson Davis. Caesar’s Head, April 30; Pickensville, Anderson’s Court House.
The regiment was consolidated with the 8th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment on July 20, 1865. Mustered out at Nashville Tennessee on September 22, 1865.
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, as can be seen from the photograph of this particular carbine. 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.
This is an exceptional example

Obsolete calibre no license needed.

Code: 50461

3000.00 GBP


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Marlin XXX tip up revolver circa 1875.

Decent little Marlin XXX Standard tip up revolver in very scarce 30 RF calibre. This calibre proved very unpopular as it was said it could not perforate a wet overcoat!
This brass framed revolver is mechanically sound and an interesting item for Marlin collectors or collectors of pocket pistols.

Code: 50505

600.00 GBP


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Smith and Wesson Model 1.1/2 revolver civil war era

Civil War era Smith & Wesson model 1.1/2 in 32 rimfire.
Mechanically sound and solid example, some external pitting as can be seen but a decent example for the money.

Code: 50504

550.00 GBP


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Turn off percussion pistol by Egg circa 1830

Good 50 Bore Turn off Boxlock percussion pistol with a 3.5" barrel signed D Egg. The pistol functions perfectly with a strong mainspring. Fine chequered grips with vacant silver escutcheon. Durs Egg was a celebrated London Gunmaker, working between 1770 and 1834 holding the Royal Warrant of the Prince Regent, later George 1V. From 1834 a descendant D I Egg carried on the business until 1865.

Code: 50503

1000.00 GBP


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OTIS SMITH NEW MODEL REVOLVER

NRA excellent condition Otis A Smith new model revolver in 32 rimfire calibre manufactured in 1883. The top strap is marked “SMITH’S NEW MODEL” The revolver is in excellent condition as can be seen with the original hard rubber grips featuring the “OAS” logo. It was made by Otis A. Smith of Rockfall, CT.

Code: 50502

750.00 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

1600.00 GBP


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