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The following Napoleonic era British swords: 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officers and Troopers swords; 1796 Light Cavalry Officers swords; 1803 Infantry Officers swords; Scottish Officers swords; any officers sword with Regimental device, markings, etc., on hilt or blade. Naval officers swords, dirks. (all the above must be in VG to fine or better condition and with scabbards, no restoration) Good examples of British military firearms pre-1898.

WANTED: Cannon, bronze or iron, any type, but especially Naval examples 6pdr and smaller


409)  Irish Dagger circa 1795.  Stiff, broad, double-edged blade 12 1/2" in length, stamped " MAYFIELD  DUBLIN " . Iron mounted hilt with ebonized wood grooved grip. Good condition, solid grip, metal surfaces lightly pitted overall, markings deep and clear.  Sturdy and well-made fighting dagger.  Samuel Mayfield is listed as a Dublin cutler from 1794 to 1803 (he may have worked earlier but not appeared in the directories). His wife (widow?) continued the cutlery business until 1807.     $750.00  ON HOLD
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436)  British Lancaster Oval - Bore Volunteer Rifle.  31 1/4" barrel, .577 cal., London view and proof marks, "25" (bore). Approx. 15 - 16 thou difference measured between major and minor axis - same as military oval-bore.  Bayonet bar with guide appears same as military Sappers and Miners Carbine. Fitted with Lancaster's reversed backsight with graduations on underside of ladder; original bead on block foresight. Top of barrel engraved " 151 NEW BOND St. LONDON "  and stamped " LANCASTER'S  PATENT ".   Lock engraved
" LANCASTER'S PATENT " .  Original snap cap and chain. Iron-mounted 2-band stock. Original ramrod.  VG+ overall condition, bore ex., smooth and bright ( a bore light shining up shows the twist ). Ex. working order, tight positive lock. Metal is smooth light patina overall with good sharp markings. Stock fine, no repairs or cracks, uncleaned with much original varnish. Wrist is missing the small, shield-shaped escutcheon plate, it has simply fallen out with no damage to the stock.  A nice, all original example of Lancaster's famous rifling system.     $2450.00
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453)  Persian Priming Flask, 18th - 19th Century. Well-made of brazed sheet iron, with pivotted spring-loaded stopper. Two hanging rings. Approx. 6" long. Some minor dents along lower edge.     $80.00





 

454)  Eastern (Moroccan?) Powder Flask, 19th Century. Made of thick, moulded leather, with tooled geometric designs. Large iron carrying ring. 9" o.a.. VG condition, seams intact. Lots of character and charm.     $75.00




 

455)  Fine Quality Eastern Powder Measure.  4" long, 3/4" dia.  Iron construction, very well made. A firm pull on the carrying ring withdraws a square section calibrated plunger. A rare accessory for an Eastern gun of quality. Complete and in fine condition.      $100.00 



 
 

463)  British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword.  33" blade stamped with Crown over 5 inspector's stamp; maker "HADLEY" on back.  Ribbed wood grip retains about 30% original leather (has a grain crack but seems solid). Scabbard reverse stamped with "J.H. REDDELL & Co  BIRMm" . Both Hadley and Reddell were government contractors for 1796 troopers' swords, and cannibalizing to make up servicable weapons was a common practice in army depots. Condition of hilt and scabbard matching VG; clean blade with clear markings. Regulation cavalry issue 1796 L.C. sword.     $975.00



 
 

475) Adams Mk.III Revolver. .450 Adams cal.; 6-shot. 6" oct. barrel marked "ADAM'S PATENT SMALL ARMS Co 391 STRAND LONDON". Matching #'s. Frame marked "ADAM'S PATENT" in oval, also with Adam's trade mark logo. London view and proofmarks. Left frame has 4 stamped Broad Arrows. Ex. working order; VG bore; retains much original blue. Solid checkered grips with one tiny ( 1/4") chip out on right side at frame. This model introduced in 1872.     $1550.00

477) London Cased Colt Model 1878. 5 1/2" barrel marked "COLT'S PT FA MFG Co HARTFORD CT USA. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON". All other correct Colt markings on frame. Tiny London proofs on barrel and cylinder. All matching #'s 85XX ( made 1882 ). Triggerguard marked ".455 CAL E" ( .455 Eley). Case contains 16 cartridge block containing .455 COLT Dominion cartridges. Original green baize lining and London Colt label, oil bottle, turnscrew and cleaning rod. Usual scratches on case, no repairs or cracks. Gun is in perfect working order (apparently not fired much, and cleaned well afterwards); bore bright and sharp as new. Gun retains about 50%+ original blue, remainder drifting to nice smooth plum. Trigger and hammer retain 90% original brilliant blue. Original grips show some uniform use but no chips cracks or repairs. All markings sharp. In "British Military Pistols 1603-1888", p.86, Brooker notes a Colt Single Action Army with 5 1/2" barrel, # 98325 (made 1883) with Pall Mall address and " .455 CAL E" on triggerguard. Fine, all original Colt.    $4200.00

 


 

491)  Colt Model 1877 Lightning.  2 1/2" barrel ("sheriff's" or "shopkeeper's" length), cal. 38 Colt.  Usual Colt markings, VG original hard rubber grips (no repairs). Fine working order, VG bore with strong rifling. Nickel approx. 75% with some wear, especially at chamber mouths from firing. Hammer and trigger retain traces of brilliant blue, as do some screwheads.  Serial #  413XX , all matching, made in 1885.  Billy the Kid was clutching a Lightning when his promising career was cut short by Pat Garrett. A good, solid example of a popular Old West revolver.    $750.00


 

495)  British Pattern 1895 Infantry Officer's Sword, of Picquet Weight.  32 3/4" blade etched with crown over Royal Arms, crown over VR, Wilkinson's address, serial # 34604.  Steel hilt with VR cypher, shagreen covered grip in ex. condition, retains all silver wire.  Original leather sword knot. Leather covered field service scabbard (probably from another 1895 or 1897 sword). Fine condition overall; blade 95% original polish with sharp etching; hilt retains 98% original nickel plate. The 1895 is a scarce sword, since in 1897 the inboard edge was enlarged and turned over to protect the uniform, creating the Pattern 1897 - the pattern still in use today. Number 34604 was completed Oct. 22, 1896, and sold to Capt. A.S. Palmer, 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. Wilkinson letter and copy of ledger accompany sword.     $350.00 ON HOLD


496)  British Pattern 1827/45 Rifle Regiment Officer's Sword.  32 1/2" blade etched with scrolls, trophies of arms. Regulation steel hilt, grip with original leather covering (worn), retains most original wire wrap.  VG condition overall. No scabbard. Circa 1860.     $300.00

 
 

499)  Canadian WW I Era Pipe Major's Shoulder Belt Plate of the Perth Regiment.  Gilt maple leaf over St. Andrew's Cross, regimental device in center. Fine condition, some wear to plating.     $275.00
 
 
 


 
 
 
501)  British Snider-Enfield Mk.II** .  36 1/2" barrel with correct Government proofs and inspectors' marks; lockplate with Crown over VR,  1862 ENFIELD, lock inspector's stamp of crown over Broad Arrow.  Stock stamped with rondel of RM ENFIELD enclosing Broad Arrow WD over 1  ( First Class Arm);  various inspectors' marks in wood;  DC (indicating Canadian issue); buttplate stamped in correct Canadian Militia style 67 over 209 ( "67" is Woodstock, New Brunswick Regiment; equipment # 209).  Original clearing rod stamped 67 (same unit) over 74.  Retains original sling swivels.  Excellent tight working order. Bore VG+ with deep clear rifling. In original condition, most original blue on barrel drifting to plum color. Solid stock in fine condition, uncleaned and no repairs, usual minor service dings. Fine clear markings overall, wood and metal.  A superior condition Snider, not to be compared with the knocked-about, worn-out, re-worked examples coming from the Far East.     $850.00


503) British Volunteer Sword Bayonet.  Circa 1795-1800.  See Janzen's Notebook, #1, p.43.
22 1/1" blade with 4" socket. No markings.  VG condition, light age patina.     $175.00
 
 
 


 
 

510)  Pair of Quality Percussion Pocket Pistols circa 1845-50. 4 1/2" turn-off smoothbore barrels approx. 42 cal.  Folding triggers. Finely engraved, rounded frames have raised oval sideplates signed with gold inlay "J.TARATT  LONDON".  Continental-style ebonized grips with german silver buttcaps with capboxes.  Liege proofs. Excellent tight working order, fine overall condition, smooth gray metal with sharp engraving and traces of case colors on frames.  A J.Tarratt, c. 1850, is listed with a shop in London, making pistols ( Carey, "English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers").  I believe J.Taratt came from Liege and maintained a shop in London. These pistols, however, could not have been sold in England - they are not English proofed.  They may have been intended for the North American market, where their claim to London quality (a valid claim in their case) and Continental appearance would sell well in certain markets, New Orleans, for example.      $1600.00


 

 
512)  Webley "Wedge Frame"  54-Bore Revolver (.44 cal.).  5 1/4" octagonal barrel with engraved muzzle, silver cone foresight. Retailer's name "CHAs OSBORNE" engraved on topstrap (Charles Osborne established 1838, exhibited at International Exhibition of 1851, shops in London and Birmingham, ceased 1900). Birmingham proofs. 5-shot. Kerr's patent rammer. Fine checkered wood grips in ex. condition. Retains 95% plus of its original silver plating with some minor streaking and bubbling in areas, but only minor. The dark tarnished areas visible in the pictures could be removed in seconds with silver cleaner - this tarnish is extremely thin, it is not a built-up patina. However, I will leave this choice to clean or not to the buyer ( Note: this is a silver, not tin, plating, and the crisp sharp edges to the metal and markings prove it to be the first and only finish ever on the gun). Ex. working order; bore fine with deep sharp rifling with just small areas of light pitting visible. Original case with original green baize lining in fine condition. Original accessories include mould stamped "54" and "WD"  (initials of maker), fine flask, loading rod/ball-puller, oil bottle, screwdriver & nipple wrench, original key operates lock, interesting Eley cap box with label advertising (amongst other items) cartridges for Enfield and Sharp's rifles, detonating shells, cartridges for Breechloaders and Needle rifles, etc..   A fine original cased Webley.     $4200.00 -- reduced to $3700


513)  French Revolutionary Period Hussar Officer's Saber circa 1790.  Curved, 31" blade with 11" stepped, latch-back false edge (in Turkish style, and termed a "yelman" or "elman" in Eastern Europe).  Etched with bust of Sultan ("Grand Turk"), trophy of arms, talismanic sun. moon, and stars along with astrological symbols. Brass guard with grip of eastern hussar style combined with French-type slotted guard with the "O" shaped links in the slots. Wood grip with cord binding covered with original intact leather. A good, unfooled-with, early Revolutionary Period sword with classic "Eastern Hussar" style blade markings.     $850.00 -- reduced to $700

 

 

518) An Evocative Pattern 1845 Prussian Cuirassier's Breastplate of the Franco-Prussian War, Dated 1870. Steel with brass-domed rivets, retaining original cloth liner with pocket. Right shoulder area stamped W over 70 over Crown over S - the usual Prussian format where W = Wilhelm I and 70 is the date of inspection. Other markings include B (R?) over 9 and "JAEGER". The plate has been impacted over the heart area with a projectile (Chassepot bullet, canister...?) that produced an impressive dent and a "cookie-cutter" effect on the two layers of liner cloth. One wonders about the fate of the trooper involved. Condition is fine, with smooth metal overall, clear markings, and original liner. $975.00 ON HOLD
 
 
 

521) Scottish Officer's Shoulder Belt Plate of the 92nd ( The Gordons ) Highlanders. Copper plate retains traces of gilding; white metal centre device with battle honours (worn from many polishings); silver regimental number dark with tarnish. Victorian, Pre-1881 $475.00
 
 

 
 
 

529) Canadian Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword. 33" blade etched with cypher of George V, scrolls, Royal Arms, retailer's name "WILLIAM SCULLY MONTREAL". Steel hilt with George V cypher, retains ex. shagreen grip with all original wire wrap. Ex.+ blade (near mint but for one or two tiny stains) has all original bright polish and sharp etching. Hilt and scabbard retain all original plating in near mint condition. The field scabbard which also accompanies sword has some damage at chape and shows wear. The dress scabbard is engraved "THE SWORD INSPIRES DREAD, EVEN IN THE SCABBARD". The inside of the guard bowl is engraved:
LIEUT.
HAROLD E. SHARPE
1st C.M.M.G. Bde
1st ARMD. CAR REGt
6th D.C.R.C.H.
15th ARMD. CAR REGt
 
From the Royal Canadian Hussars website, I learn that Canada's first armoured unit (formed in 1917) was the 1st Motor Machine Gun Brigade, with 21 battle honours by war's end. That in 1936, the 6th D.C.R.C.H. (Duke of Connaught's Royal Canadian Hussars) was amalgamated with the 1st Motor Machine Gun Brigade to form the 1st Armoured Car Regiment, and that in 1941, the 6th D.C.R.C.H. furnished the Headquarters Squadron of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division and were designated the 15th Armoured Regiment ( 6th DCRCH ). They landed in Italy, and went into action in January of 1944, going to France in Feb., 1945. $875.00 
 
 
 
532)  British Blunderbuss by Henry Blyth, London.   16" stepped, cannon-muzzle brass barrel,  1 1/8" bore at mouth, London view and proof marks.  Lock engraved "BLYTH" .  Brass furniture of Sea Service style, flat buttplate secured by seven square-headed nails. Replacement iron ramrod, probably had a wooden rod originally. Fine overall condition, solid stock, no repairs or restoration, ex. working order, nice patina on brass.   Henry Blyth worked from 1756-86; from 1774 to 1780 his address was 91 The Minories (a district close to the Tower where many gunmakers worked).  On p.187 of George Neumann's "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution" is illustrated a very similar blunderbuss by John Rea, dated  1774-85.  It could easily be mistaken for this one by Blyth, so close are the two in all respects.  John Rea began his career in the mid-1770's and worked until 1812.  Interestingly, from 1786 (the year Blyth retired or died) Rea moved into No. 91 The Minories.  A fine example of a ship's blunderbuss of the Revolutionary War period.    $3900.00 ON HOLD

 
 
 
535)  Smith & Wesson No.3, Second Model American .44.  Standard 8" barrel with S&W address, patent dates on top rib.  Serial # 889X. Matching assembly # 724 on frame, cylinder, locking latch, and barrel.  Matching serial # stamped inside on wood of grip. Action tight and positive, cylinder locks up tight as does barrel latch (no frame-barrel looseness whatsoever). Bore is bright with sharp rifling, fine+ to excellent. Grips are fine, with no cracks or repairs.  Generally gray/brown patina overall with about 15% original nickel remaining, scattered areas of light surface pitting, metal edges are still sharp and the barrel address is quite clear. No alterations or repairs, just honest wear.     $2200.00
 
 

537)  German or Austrian Sabre circa 1640-80.  31" curved blade with single fuller.  Iron hilt with pierced kidney guard plates, knucklebow and side branch secured to pommel by screws. Thumb ring. Original spiral-carved wood grip. VG cond. overall, generally smooth metal with patina and some light to medium pitting in keeping with age on hilt and blade.
No damage.  Hilts of this type were very popular throughout Europe from Scandinavia to North Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and are seen with both straight and sabre blades.  The Austro-Hungarians employed them extensively in the Turkish Wars.  Claude Blair, pl. 175, "European and American Arms 1100-1850" shows a sabre like this in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.  Another such sabre is illustrated by Dr. Kalmar Janos, p.83, pl.153, "Regi Magyar Fegyverak", described as a Hungarian Hussar sabre of the 17th century with a dragoon hilt ( Dr. Kalmar fortunately gives German translations for his plate captions).     $1600.00 
 
 

540)  18th Century Brass Signal Mortar.  7 1/2" high, weight 25 lbs., bore approx. 1 1/8".
Just minor and insignificant dings, VG overall condition. Superior quality and condition to the average one of these.  I have seen this type also described as powder testers for artillery ammunition.  A good, original example.     $600.00

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

545)  US Model 1861 Rifle-Musket.  40" , .58 cal. barrel with V P eaglehead proofs, dated 1863, stamped N.J. (New Jersey).  Lock marked with eagle, "US TRENTON" , dated 1863. Stock solid, uncleaned, untouched, usual service nicks and dings, no repairs, deep "NJ" cartouche.  Original ramrod and sling swivels. VG+ overall condition, all clear and correct markings, light uniform untouched age brown on all metal, no pitting, fine bright bore with deep sharp rifling ( few small areas of light peppering). Excellent tight working order.  Completely original and untouched.     $1900.00

 

 
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549)  British Pattern 1876 Martini-Henry Socket Bayonet.  22 1/2" blade stamped with WD under Broad Arrow and inspector's mark. Blade has smooth bright finish with small areas of peppering.  Brass-mounted leather scabbard, leather solid but scuffed on edges. Socket retains most original blue with light surface peppering.     $125.00

 

 

 

551) Martini - Henry Rifle by Turner. 577-450 cal. 33 1/4" barrel marked "T. TURNER"; Birmingham proofs; # 9868 on knox-form with inspector's mark of crown over 1 over B. This last signifies inspection by Government inspector, and that the gun was found to be in all qualitative and dimensional respects identical to service issue Martini-Henry, thus allowing it to be used in Service Rifle competitions. Engraved on receiver " THOMAS TURNER / FISHER STREET / BIRMINGHAM". Engraved on t.g. "5300" (probably Turner's inventory # ; the 9868 on the barrel being the manufacturer's #). Stamped in circle on buttstock" THOMAS TURNER BIRMINGHAM". Bore is bright with sharp rifling, like new; metal is smooth overall with crisp edges retaining most original blue partially dulled to plum. All markings deep and clear. Ex. tight working order. Original rammer and swivels. VG solid wood. A fine Martini. $900.00 

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552)  ZAR Westley-Richards Martini. Cal. 577-450.  33 1/4" barrel with Birmingham proofs; "HENRY RIFLING" and "WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co".  Knox-form with date 1897 inside triangle. Right side receiver marked "MADE SPECIALLY FOR ZAR"; left side with W-R markings. Original rammer and swivels. About VG condition overall, gray metal with some scattered light pitting and traces of original blue; deep clear markings; solid wood with old period of use chip out along upper edge of left side forearm (worn smooth through carrying). Ex. tight working order; fine bore with deep sharp rifling.  Removeable action internals have all correct Auguste Francotte numbers and markings as detailed by Bester and Associates in "SMALL ARMS OF THE ANGLO-BOER WAR 1899-1902", PP.126-130.  Rifle conforms in all respects to the ZAR Rifle Type 2, or, to use the original Westley-Richards nomenclature "No. 2473 Westley Richards Improved Martini-Henry with indicator in block and side screw".  This rifle came from Canada, brought home by a returning Canadian soldier. Thus it escaped the wholesale destruction by the Imperial Forces of many captured Boer arms.     $1150.00 

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553)  Remington Rolling Block Rifle in 45-70 Caliber.  36" barrel, 3-band forestock.  New York State Militia type action (high-spur hammer drops to half-cock upon closing block; a safety feature required by NY).  3-line Remington address, patent dates, etc., on tang. Original factory tinned finish overall, about 15% remaining (balance of metal smooth age patina - all tinned finish bright and perfect where covered by stock).All markings sharp and clear. Original rammer and sling swivels. Fine bore with sharp rifling; ex. tight working order. Solid uncleaned stock shows very little wear or dings. In his work "Remington Rolling Block Firearms", p.22, Konrad Schreier notes that the NY State Militia rifle (normally in 50-70 cal.) "....was also built in small numbers in US Army caliber 45-70..." .  $1100.00 

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554)  US Model 1816 Musket Converted to Percussion. 42", 69 cal. smoothbore barrel with correct, deep Springfield proofs at breech, tang dated 1822, "Belgian alteration" nipple base has # 17 stamped next to it at time of conversion (the "Belgian alteration" was the only type of conversion performed by US national armories).  Lock marked with eagle over US, tail marked "SPRING / FIELD 1822"  (matching barrel and lock date). Stock is solid, uncleaned, usual minor service dings but no cracks or repairs, 2 clear cartouches.  Wrist fitted with genuine "of-the-period" german silver shield stamped E.9 over 26, most likely affixed by a militia unit before or at outset of Civil War (the bulk of these conversions were in the hands of state militias before 1861). Retains original ramrod and sling swivels. Smooth age patina overall, fine clear markings, ex. working order.  Bore dark. A good example of the type of musket many volunteer units (North and South) received at the war's beginning, and that could still be found in action some years later - for example, at Gettysburg, where one Union regiment loaded them with improvised buckshot cartridges to help break up Picket's Charge at close range.    $1400.00 

Note:  On p.305, "US Military Flintlock Muskets, The Later Years", by Peter A. Schmidt, is illustrated the exact same cartouche over 3 as seen on the above Springfield. It is a rectangular cartouche " LH " over the number 3, stamped in the same place on a converted Model 1822 Springfield.  This marking appears as the result of a classification system supervised by a Lt. Hagner in the 1840's to help prioritize muskets found to be suitable for alteration to percussion.

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555)  Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver.  5" barrel marked 2 lines  "ADDRESS SAML COLT / NEW-YORK CITY".  5-shot; 31 cal. Frame marked "COLTS PATENT".  Retains full cylinder scene with just minor wear.  Serial # 202XX (first year production), all matching (including inked # inside grip) except for wedge which is original 1849 wedge, numbered "083".  Possibly owner had a pair of pistols and mixed the wedges. Nice sharp-edged metal overall with clear markings, retains faded original blue/plum on barrel with traces of bright blue; wedge also has some bright blue as does lower flat where most of the bright blue survives where protected by rammer. Fine bright bore with deep rifling, just slight minor pitting. Ex. tight working order. Grips retain 80% original varnish, no cracks, chips or repairs.  A good, honest and early 1849 Colt.     $1400.00 ON HOLD

 
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556)  Colt London Navy, Hartford Manufacture.  7 1/2" barrel marked "ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON";  London view and proofmarks.  Cylinder retains 90% clear scene, remainder can be made out; London proofs. Ex. tight working order.  All matching numbers 421XX.  Sharp edged metal overall, barrel retains good bright blue around wedge and some on lower flats, especially where protected by loading lever. Grips retain 70% original varnish, no cracks, chips or repairs. VG to fine bore. A very good, all-original London address Colt of late Hartford production.  Navies of this type (in the range 37000 to 43000) were mostly shipped back to the Quartermaster-General, Providence, Rhode Island, and to various U.S. dealers right after Fort Sumter fell in April, 1861. This explains why more of this group are found in the U.S. than in the U.K. (J.G.Rosa, "Colonel Colt London", p.114).     $2700.00 ON HOLD

 
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557)  Webley Long Spur Revolver, Third Model.  7 3/4" octagonal barrel with Birmingham proofs. 5-shot cylinder with Birmingham proofs; chambers numbered 1 through 5.  All nipples clear; chambers measure .467" , major bore dia. at muzzle is approx. .465" .   Engraved in scroll left side frame "WEBLEY'S  PATENT" ; and along grip backstrap "1116 BY HER MAJESTY'S ROYAL LETTERS PATENT" .  All matching numbers on frame, cylinder, cylinder arbor, barrel, and inside wood of both grips.  Smooth age patina overall, all markings clear, pretty sharp edges all metal (never buffed or cleaned down).  Ex. working order.  Checkered grips retain most original varnish and are in fine condition, no repairs, cracks, or damage.  The brass foresight in the original narrow dovetail might be a period replacement. Bore has some pitting (not serious) but rifling is VG and clear. One of the two small extensions which partly form the V of the backsight on the hammer is snapped off.  An austere weapon, devoid of any engraving except the marks as noted. My respects to the designer and workmen - this action is as smooth as silk, and very easy to cock.     $1850.00

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558)  Pair of British Officer's Flintlock Pistols circa 1813-25.  9", .67 cal. iron barrels with Birmingham proofs, engraved "LONDON" , fitted with swivel rammers.  Bolted (safety) locks with roller frizzen springs; engraved "ANDREWS".  Brass furniture of military style. Fine original condition overall; ex. tight working order; locks retain much original blacking; stocks in fine, uncleaned, unworn condition, almost no dings. Left side forearm of one pistol shows thin grain crack that does not go through to other side and does not detract. Complete and original in all respects.     $3350.00

 
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559)  a)  British Pattern 1887 Mk.III Martini-Henry sword bayonet by Wilkinson. Dated '89, all usual Crown markings, inspectors' stamps, etc.  Fine o.a. condition.     $175.00

b)  Austrian M.1854 Lorenz bayonet.  Bayonet bears arsenal stamps, is in fine o.a. condition.  Scabbard is in VG condition, except that it is missing the part leather-covered metal tip.     $175.00

 
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560)  British R.N. Midshipman's Dirk c. 1810.  15" flat, strongly curved blade with etching at forte and traces of gilding. Retains original leather washer.  Reeded ivory grip in fine shape (no cracks or chips), relief decorated pommel cap and crossguard retain 80% gilding. Undisturbed tang.  Missing chain from guard to pommel. Leather scabbard with 3 gilt brass mounts retaing about 50% gilding, locket frog stud missing.  $750.00 

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561)  A Good 19th Century Khyber Knife.  Large, heavy 24" long "T" back blade of characteristic shape, retains much good polish with decoration at forte. Brass bolsters with red enamel inlay; horn grips. Wood scabbard covered in morocco/chagin leather in ex. condition; repousse decorated brass chape. All in fine condition.  An impressive weapon, widely employed by the Afridis and other tribes living in the hills and mountains of the Afghan-Indian border region, the famed North-West Frontier of Kipling's Empire.     $475.00

 
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562)  Indian Jambiya, 19th century.  8 1/2" bi-fullered blade with strengthened tip for thrusting; engraved decoration at forte. Iron bolsters, bone grips. Leather-covered wood scabbard with pierced brass chape. All in fine original condition.  See Stone's Glossary, p.313, Fig.396, #46 for exact same type.     $225.00

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563)  Imperial Japanese Shin-Gunto Army Officer's Sword 1930's - WW II.  26" blade with good clear Hamon (temper line), widens at tip, retains most fine original polish. Tang is signed with 4 characters. Original regulation leather covered military scabbard. Attached label reads "SUKI MORI SHIN SHINTO MEIJI".  Presumably this smith's work bridged these two periods, if the translation is correct.     $800.00 ON HOLD

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564)  British Pattern 1803 Infantry Officer's Sword by Prosser.  30" blade etched with usual floral scrolls, Crown over GR, "WARRANTED"; Royal Arms, etc. Blade VG overall with some wear, light pitting and staining, but etching mostly deep and clear. Gilt brass hilt with lion pommel, Crown over GR in knuckle-bow, original shagreen covered grip with twisted silver wire wrap in fine condition; tang button never disturbed. Hilt retains 95% bright gilding. Original leather scabbard with typical 3 gilt brass mounts, locket engraved "PROSSER CHARING CROSS LONDON" . Slight dents on chape do not detract. Upper mounts retain 90% bright gilding, chape approx. 70% - perfectly normal wear pattern for these swords.  The fact that this 1803 retains its original intact scabbard is nowadays most unusual.  Prosser was appointed Sword-Cutler to the King and Royal Family in 1799.  A beautiful sword, becoming harder and harder to find in good, complete condition. $2200.00 ON HOLD

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565)  Pattern 1854 Scots Guards Officer's Sword.  Owned by Lt. Colonel The Honourable Henry Walter Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, the second son of Charles Henry Rolle (Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes) Trefusis, the 20th Baron Clinton.  33" slightly curved blade with Wilkinson address, proofmark, center of percussion arrow on back, Prince of Wales "By Appointment", serial # 26455 (made 1885), etched in panel with owner's initials "HWT" .  This was Henry Walter Trefusis - his actual basic name, as the Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes names were assumed by his father through Royal Licence in 1867 as the result of his becoming heir to the Barony of Invermay.  The blade is professionally sharpened - HWT was to see active service - and is otherwise devoid of any other etching except as noted.  This was fairly commonly seen on Scottish officers' swords, perhaps because these men intended to use them and have them sharpened as often as necessary (a process that partially effaced conventional regulation etching patterns); or perhaps through an aversion to having the Hannoverian Cypher appear on their blades..... One thing is certain, it was not a question of keeping the cost down in this case, as we shall see later.  The Wilkinson ledger records # 26455 as being sold to Lt. Col. Honourable G. Windsor-Clive, who was married to the Hon. Gertrude Albertina Trefusis, daughter of the 19th Baron Clinton (HWT's grandfather). Young HWT was commissioned a lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders in 1886, and transferred to the Scots Guards in 1887, where it was clearly intended he should be from the outset, considering his family's status in society. The hilt is of nickel plated steel, incorporating the device of the Scots Guards, the shagreen grip bound with twisted silver wire. Original field service scabbard with hanger for Sam Browne rig.  Amongst considerable documentation with the sword is a copy of the "2nd Battalion Scots Guards Roll of Individuals Entitled to the South African Medal and Clasps".  On it appears the Hon. W. Trefusis, and that he is entitled to clasps for the (Queen's) Medal for Transvaal, Cape Colony, and Wittebergen.  Wittebergen was the battle honour name for a series of engagements and battles in July of 1901 that pretty much finished the Boer field army, though guerilla operations were to continue the war for many months.  Reflecting the blue-blooded nature of the Guards Regiments' officers, the 19 officers on the above-mentioned roll include five "Honourables" , one Earl and two Lords. Other documentation records that HWT went to Eton, married Lady Mary (daughter of the 6th Earl Beauchamp) and Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary - the Queen later acting as sponsor for their son - and that in later life he became the High Sheriff of Cornwall, amongst other positions.  In 1883, "The Great Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland" listed the Clinton holdings in Devon, Cornwall, Aberdeen, Perth and Kincardine at 34,776 acres with annual income of 32,613 Pounds Sterling (it took but a minimum of 3000 acres to be in the "Great Landowners" category; no, the blade does not lack further etching because HWT's grand uncle could not afford it). Sword is in overall fine condition, bright blade with good clear markings, only very small areas of light staining. Grip shagreen and wire wrap completely intact. Scabbard and hanger in fine shape also.     $1100.00  

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