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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: Fine British Military Firearms, Pre-1898; also, British Military and Naval swords, Enlisted and Officer's Patterns. Also, Scottish and British Basket-Hilted Swords.

847) French M.1866-74 Gras Infantry Rifle. 32 1/2" barrel with various arsenal poincons, "1874 S 79" (constructed as needle-fire Chassepot 1874, modified to Gras 1879), bayonet bar # AB 93866 ( matching ramrod, bolt and all bolt parts, barrel near chamber, and stock - an all-matching gun).Receiver marked "MANUFACTURE D'ARMES / CHATELLERAULT" and "Mle 1866-74" (in this case, the "74" means the Model year the Gras was adopted). Right side buttstock carries Chassepot rondel dated 1874, left side the Gras modification rondel dated Sept. 1879 above serial # AB 93866. Along with the much-modified Chassepot bolt, the Chassepot chambers were fitted with an insert to handle the 11 X 59R Gras cartridge. Condition overall is excellent - retains all fine arsenal conversion blue on barrel and receiver, bolt has light age patina and much dried grease (easily cleaned). Bore bright and sharp as new. Ex. Working order. Stock solid, almost no dings, no cracks or repairs, never touched with deep clear conversion markings. Finding these much-used rifles in such great condition is getting hard these days - and moreover, many were converted to 8mm Lebel.

Reduced to $900

Note: Gun comes with a fine condition Model 1874 bayonet and scabbard
   $1,150  Reduced to $900  
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980) A Large Greener (or Greener-type) Whaling Gun circa 1860. 36" long barrel, 3 1/2" wide at breech, approx. 1 3/4" bore. Brass action with hinged lid (rear tip of lid broken off), single large hammer fired by lanyard that passes through hole to underside of stock. Solid stock with reinforcing straps on handle/grip; brass plates at swivel bolt hole. Length overall 56" ; weight 75 lbs. No visible markings, barrel has uniform light pitting overall. Percussion lock appears to be in working order, has a powerful mainspring. I have not pulled it back to full cock for fear the original (and very tender) rope lanyard would tear apart rather than operate the sear. This action does not have the double nipples said to be a feature of Greener's guns. Whether this is a Greener or perhaps one of the very similar single-barrel guns made by Cordes & Rechten of Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1856, I cannot say. In any event, it is a completely original c. 1860 whaling swivel cannon. PS: I know of one website where an original Greener harpoon alone is priced at $5550.00 . Incidentally, there is another site which provides quite good looking reproduction harpoons forged with the correct slotted shank with ring, at reasonable prices.   $4,000  
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1282) Black Watch Plaid Brooch. 3 1/2" in dia. Dates late 19th, early 20th century. St. Andrew on cross, battle honour Sphinx over "EGYPT". Motto "NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT" (both the regimental and Scotland's motto). Cast in white metal, with fine hand chased detail. Ex. condition.   $400  Reduced to $300  
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1357) English Flint Pistol by Sharpe, Made for the American Trade. 9" round brass barrel, .58 cal., Birmingham proofs, breech stamped "SHARPE EXTRA PROOF". Lock marked "SHARPE", roller frizzen spring, fine crisp working order. Brass furniture with light engraving. Silver wrist escutcheon. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, uncleaned and retaining nearly all original varnish with untouched raised grain surface (feathering). Rammer is an old replacement, correct in style. Pistol has strong character and is a nice example of a class of pistol that armed many Militia officers and Militia cavalry troopers, wagon drivers and canal and river boatmen, as well as citizens from New York to St. Louis in the 1800 to 1840's era.   $1,450  Reduced to $1,200  
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1403) "Armurier et Arquebusier". 54 plates and text. Circa 1760 tome containing the full-size ( 10 X 15 1/2" ) military plates and text of Diderot's Encyclopedia. Plates illustrate gun manufacturing and tools; military musket components; 5 plates of infantry musket drill; 15 plates of complex infantry formations and evolutions (too many to picture all); Vauban fortification plans and siege methods; canno, mortars, carriages, siege weapons, etc. Marbled covers detached from spine, which has above title in gold letters. All plates and text pages are in fine condition   $750  Reduced to $500  
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1454) Fine British Officer's Hanger c.1770-75. 25 3/4" curved double fuller blade of typical period English form. Fine quality pierced and chiseled steel hilt with gadrooned pommel (spiral chiseled grooves). Ex. grip with original shagreen covering and original silver tape wrap. Blade clean with light pitting/patina overall; hilt in fine matching condition. An fine, all-original example of a popular officer's sword of the Revolutionary War period.   $1,600  Reduced to $1,250    
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1466) British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with Unusual and Fine Quality Blade. 35", flat unfullered slightly curved blade with fine quality etching of "Crown over VR" scroll designs and maker/retailer "ANDREWS / 9 / PALL MALL / LONDON" , proof mark on obverse, back marked "PROVED". Steel guard, grip with original shagreen and silver wire wrap (wear to inboard/reverse shagreen indicates sword was carried a good deal). Steel scabbard, no dents, light pitting overall matching hilt. Blade is bright and clean, etching clear and sharp of the best quality. John and William Andrews occupied 9 Pall Mall from 1821 to 1868. With its heavy and flat-sided blade, this is obviously the choice of a cavalry officer with strong opinions regarding blade design.   $800  
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1493) Western Balkan Silver Mounted Flint Pistol c. 1800. 12 1/2" round barrel, .63 cal., silver band and chiseled relief panel at breech stamped with Muslim armourer's punchmark; another, larger punchmark on left side breech; a typical illegible attempt at a European barrelsmith's signature appears on top of barrel. Well-made lock in fine working order with powerful springs, grooved frizzen face shows period wear, usual spurious European lock maker's markings. Solid stock is relief carved and silver wire inlaid, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron t.g. and sideplate, silver longspur engraved buttcap and embossed silver muzzle band. A genuine all-original Balkan fighting pistol from an extremely turbulent era.   $1,500  Reduced to $1,100  
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1515) Blunt & Syms Pepperbox. 2 3/4", 6-shot fluted barrel cluster with crowned muzzles, .31 cal, stamped "6" on barrels and cylinder arbor screw. Engraved frame with flared butt. Fine working order. Grips retain 90%+ fine original varnish, slight chip missing both sides at rear of flared butt. Barrels retain 95% fine original blue, frame retains small amount original blue, remainder toned to very light smooth plum. Fine + condition overall.   $1,550  
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1525) Large European 19th Century Crossbow. Strong steel bowstave 29" wide, overall stock length 39". Stock fitted at front with iron pivot slot for goats-foot type spanning lever; brass fore-end tip houses windage dial adjustable fore sight. Swiss-type elevating rear sight. Lock appears to be in working order, spring-loaded bowstring release hook snaps up when trigger is pulled. Solid, uncleaned, massive stock with brass mounts, no cracks or repairs. A good Flemish, German or Swiss crossbow for hunting or target. I previously offered this bow for $1600, but recently cleaned the brass (it was black with patina), and have now lowered the price   $1,250  
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1528) Royal Navy Pattern 1804 Cutlass. 28 1/2" blade stamped with inspector's mark of "Crown over 12". Regulation "figure 8" iron hilt, with original leather washer at blade shoulders. Blade is smooth and clean, never stamped with GR cypher, as many others were not also. Apparently some makers were excused the requirement of a stamped cypher to expedite production or keep the price lower, or both. VG condition overall.   $800  
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1548) A Fine Silver Stocked Albanian Miquelet Pistol c. 1800. 13 3/4" , .60 cal. barrel. Engraved lock stamped with maker's punchmark, ex. crisp working order. Solid, heavy silver stock of fine workmamship, extensively decorated by engraving and chisel-work. A fine example and all original.   $2,250  
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1566) Fine Quality Pair Eibar Spanish Pistols dated 1856. 6", .66 cal. barrels with turned and roped muzzle rings, octagonal at breech to chiselled and roped baluster turnings, silver inlay on barrel and muzzle turnings, extensive silver inlay designs on round and oct. sections, inlaid "EN EIBAR / ESTABAN URCELA / ANO 1856". Barrels smooth overall, retain good traces of original brown finish (W.K.Neal "Spanish Guns and Pistols", pp.43-44 notes that by the 1830's browning was replacing blue as the preferred finish). All silver inlay intact and in fine condition. Lockplates, hammers, breech snails are all engraved, chiselled, and retain much original polish. Locks are true miquelet type, with the additional refinement that the heels of the hammers are fitted with rollers where they contact the mainsprings. Locks are in perfect tight working order. Locks, sideplates, belthooks, and all stock mounts are polished steel and retain most of this polish, the balance only slightly dulled. Original horn-tipped rammers. Solid stocks in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs, checkering crisp and ex. condition. Excellent condition, all original pair of fine quality.   $3,250  
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1568) A Very Fine Silver-Mounted Neapolitan Gun in the Spanish Manner. 38" , .66 cal. octagonal to round barrel, silver spider fore sight, silver rear sight, silver rammer pipe and barrel band, silvered engraved tang. Stamped with deep square poincon "RF / Di / NAP" between fleurs-de-lys. This is the stamp of the Royal Neapolitan Arsenal; see Stockel p.1651, # 8642, for identical mark dated c.1768. W.K. Neal illustrates a Neapolitan miquelet pistol in the Ripoll style with a barrel marked by the Royal Arsenal in exactly the same austere style. Same square stamp with the same little cusp on each side, the only other marks being two fleurs-de-lys. This explains the absence of other fancy marks and gold inlays - the Royal Arsenal stamp says it all, no need for a plethora of private maker's stamps proving (or hoping to prove) authenticity. I can just imagine the penalty for faking the Royal Arsenal stamp.....
Excellent engraved miquelet lock of Spanish style (not a la Romana), gold lined deep maker's punchmark "M / AN / D?? / A" , flanked by engraved trophy of arms. Lock in crisp, tight working order. Fine+ to ex. stock of Madrid form, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, only very minor few little dings, extensive high relief carving, all mounts of engraved silver consisting of barrel band, sling swivel, rammer entry pipe, trigger guard, sideplate, escutcheon plate, buttplate tang (plate itself is the original iron one to better take the wear of grounding). Only damage anywhere on gun is that the silver butt sling swivel has lost the lower part of its loop. Original wood rammer with silver tip and iron threaded ferrule on other end. Elegant gun of fine quality and condition, completely original, Fine+ to Ex. overall.
   $6,250  Reduced to $4,750  
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1569) Pair of Antique Ceramic Figures of Napoleonic French Cavalrymen. Height 12". Underside of bases stamped with numbers and the beehive mark of the Royal Austrian Ceramic Works circa 1870's (I am told). These are apparently two of a larger set. I have had these for some 20 years. Genuine antiques, completely intact with no repairs, and exhibiting great detail. The pair:   $700  
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1580) A Rare French Officer's Presentation Sword dated 1828. 30" blade etched on back "MANUFre ROYALE DE KLINGENTHAL Str 1828 S.A." and in large letters in the obverse fuller "DONNE PAR LE ROI" (Given by the King). Blade retains much original polish, all etching sharp and clear as new. Brass hilt retains 10 - 15% gilding, leather covered grip missing brass wire except for a few turns near pommel. About 700 or so of these presentation Model 1821 Infantry Officers swords were given to graduating officers of the Ecoles Militaires from 1822 to 1830. Steel scabbard with mostly smooth dark age patina, 3 small dents on reverse near drag. Untouched VG condition.   $600  
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1605) A Fine Pattern 1857 Royal Volunteer Engineer's Sword. 32" blade etched with Crown, "VR", cannon, "VOLUNTEER / ENGINEERS" with corps badge, retailer "ALGAR / & WOOD / WARRINGTON". Blade retains all original bright polish, etching like new/mint (has 2 tiny edge nicks that are so small they do not detract). Brass guard retains all original gilding, is undented, ex. to mint condition; grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap in ex. condition. Original buff leather throat washer. Iron scabbard with smooth age patina, no dents whatever. A handsome and distinctive sword in ex.+ condition.   $975  
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1608) Indian Katar, 17th - 18th Century. 12" triple-fullered blade cut down from Firangi (European) sword blade. Areas of guard chiseled with foliage patterns, remainder pierced with myriad small square holes. Shows fine workmanship and great age, though metal is generally smooth overall.   $675  
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1609) Good Indian Suit of Mail and Plate Armour. Composed of alternate rows of solid and riveted links, four large breast plates with lace loops, smaller plates at sides and five rows of overlapping scales on back These scales overlap each other by two-thirds, ensuring that any thrust or cut must penetrate the thickness of two layers. The suit's links are graduated in thickness and diameter, heavier on the upper body and becoming lighter towards the bottom (where there would be leg armour as well), and on the lower arms. There is an inscription on the upper right breastplate. Its type and location suggests this may have come from the known group of 16th and 17th century suits captured by Anup Singh, Maharajah of Bikaner, when, acting as the General of the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb's army, he took by siege the Fortress of Adoni in 1689.
This generall style of mail, plate, and scale armour was widely popular from Turkey, Eastern Europe including Russia, Persia, Central Asia, and India for centuries. Condition is VG, suit is intact and complete.
   $2,500  Reduced to $2,000  
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1613) Fine Italian Silver Inlaid Swept-hilt Rapier circa 1610. 43" blade (measured from crossguard), flattened diamond cross-section, signed on obverse "SEBASTIAN" and on reverse "HERNANDEZ", and stamped with the punch marks of Toledo and Sebastian Hernandez the Elder ("el viejo") working dates 1599- 1637. Three-ring guard, pommel, hilt bars and quillons spiral chiseled with flutes, and inlaid with silver - true inlay, not mere surface damascening. Original twisted wire grip and turk's heads. Blade in ex. condition, clean and smooth, no pitting, still sharp, deep clear markings (never rusted and then overcleaned). Hilt probably originally blued to accent the silver, now a smooth age dark patina, very little wear, silver inlay intact. No breaks, damage or repairs/restoration. An unusually fine condition original rapier, quite likely kept for centuries in one of the many private noble armouries dispersed by the tumult of the first half of the 20th century. Once the property of Sir Charles Clore (d.1979), London merchandising millionaire and art collector. A copy of the receipt obtained by the previous owner accompanies sword.   $12,000    
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1615) British Light Company or Rifle Regiment Officer's Sword c. 1805. Strongly curved 27 1/2" flat blade (measured on the chord), 11" false edge, etched for 2/3's its length with floral and vine designs, Britannia with shield, "WARRANTED", Royal Arms under Crown (appears to be post1801 Arms), Winged Victory, etc. Etching is worn and faint, but can mostly be made out - it was never deep etching to begin with. Blade is smooth with no pitting to speak of, just a surface patina. Steel hilt, grip retains original shagreen and silver wire wrapping, it is partially cracked at upper end near pommel, but not broken through. Steel scabbard has but two very shallow dents - you must look quite closely to see them at all. Missing the lower suspension ring, leaving a small hole in the band where it was afixed. Hilt and scabbard have overall matching smooth patina but almost no pitting.   $1,250  
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1638) British Light Company Officer's Sword c.1812. Strongly curved blade measures 28" across the chord, 8" false edge, etched with panoply of arms, etc., Royal Arms surmounted by Crown, maker "T.BATE'S / WARRANTED" in scroll. Fine blade retains approx. 50% original faded blue and gilt, the remainder of the blade smooth and clean. Steel hilt retains all original shagreen and wire wrap. Steel scabbard in fine condition, smooth clean surface matching hilt, just two almost invisible minor dents.   $2,300  
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1650) An Unusual British Family Sword Commemorating Several Generations Of Service. 33 3/4" blade etched with Royal Artillery devices, Victorian Cypher, Royal Arms, cannon over "UBIQUE", maker "HAMBURGER / ROGERS & Co / KING St. / COVENT Garn . LONDON" (at this address 1840-1917).Obverse etched near shoulders "CHARLES FELIX PHILLIPS, Esqr / DIED in INDIA 21st APRIL 1869 - IN HIS 26th YEAR / 3rd (K.O.) HUSSARS". On the reverse "HERBERT PHILLIPS FLETCHER DSO / CROIX de GUERRE / MAJOR. MIDDX. HUSSARS & R.F.C. / KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE 3 AUG. 1916 AGED 44". It is the name "Phillips" that connects these two men.As originally provided as a Royal Artillery sword, this blade had a Light Cavalry style 3-bar hilt, which would have been correct also for the young hussar who died in India, the sword probably given to him by a related ex-artillery officer. However, in 1896, the Heavy Cavalry hilt now on the sword was decreed for all cavalry officers (Light or Heavy). As a consequence, many L.C. officers had their blades re-hilted with the H.C. guard - it was a very common practice rather than buy an entire new sword. This was done to this blade, and the tang professionally checked to perfectly match the pommel. Major Fletcher, as an hussar officer who joined the R.F.C. (it did not become the R.A.F. until April, 1918) could continue to wear this sword since R.F.C. officers wore the sword of the branch of the service they came from. Blade and hilt in fine condition, grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap; field service scabbard leather scuffed with a partially open seam.. Original sword knot and leather throat washer."   $900  
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1651) British Pattern 1856 Mk.I Drummers' Sword. 19" double-edged blade smooth with some surface darkening and a few areas of very light pitting. All brass hilt in fine condition. Brass mounted scabbard VG, seam partially open, locket engraved "V / TH4 / 27". VG overall."   $375  Reduced to $300  
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1658) Webley Model 1883 Police Revolver. 2 1/2", .450 cal. barrel with Birmingham proofs, correct German silver foresight. 6-shot cylinder with Bir. proofs in flutes, face stamped ".450" and "892" (last 3 digits of SN on frame). Frame marked with serial # "88892 , .450 / POLICE / WEBLEY'S / handcuffed hands / M.P. /1430" and Bir. proof. Topstrap marked "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON and BIRMINGHAM". Solid uncleaned checkered grip, no cracks or repairs, several shallow pressure marks on right side. Ex. crisp like new working order and indexing; ex.+ bright bore with sharp rifling. Metal retains 20% original bright blue, remainder smooth honest service wear with a small areas very light pepper-salt. This exact model was derived from the famous RIC revolver, and adopted by the Metropolitan London Police in 1883, as well as by many other police forces throughout the Empire. The # 1430 is the issue # of some police force, so well-stamped I believe it was applied by Webley as part of the order. Regarding the handcuffed wrists, I quote from Dowell's "The Webley Story", p.66 "....the frame is stamped with the Webley trade mark depicting a pair of handcuffed hands. This trade mark was used on weapons issued to police forces"; see also pl.38c for the identical model."   $1,400  Reduced to $1,100  
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1667) Cased Pair of Italian Double Barrel Pistols c. 1850. 6 1/2" , .69 cal. barrels with hook breeches retain much original genuine twist finish, ribs engraved "A.SCARPATI NAPOLI". Back-action locks engraved "A.SCARPAT" (obverse; "NAPOLI" (reverse). All four locks in ex. crisp like new working order; nipples show no wear. Fine+ stocks, never cleaned, no restoration, ex. checkered grips, engraved steel mounts smooth with no pitting. Buttcaps are spring-loaded to swivel sideways to provide storage for spare caps. Original brass tipped ramrods with threaded ends.
Cased retains fine original green baize lining. Original mold, cleaning tools and steel rod threaded to accept wire brush and steel jag. Screwdriver missing. Three fitted brass boxes for wads, caps, and bullets. Sixteen holes, 11 at front and 5 at back, to hold prepared paper cartouches, providing four reloads for both guns. This explains the lack of a powder flask or a space to hold one. Leather tabs allow entire compartmented interior to be removed from case. Case fitted on both ends with flush-fitted folding brass handles. Case exterior has several grain cracks, scratches, small bit of veneer missing from one bottom corner, though overall condition is good. A gunmaker named Scarpati is dated as working in Naples 1770-92; while obviously he could not have made these pistols, he is likely an ancestor.
Suitable for a traveling gentleman or military officer, these pistols date from an era of turmoil in Italy, the time of Garibaldi and Risorgimento, and eventual unification as the Kingdom of Italy in 1861."
   $4,000  
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1673) British Indian Army Mountain Artillery Senior NCO's Sword. 30" strongly curved blade with 10" back edge, is identical in form to British Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896. Stamped with maker's mark "JOHN ROUND & SON / LIMITED / SHEFFIELD" , this mark partly overstruck with date '8 '15 (possibly '13) and inspector's stamp. Obverse with Broad Arrow and twice struck Crown over 1D over E ( I'm pretty sure it's "1D" and not "ID"). John Round & Son Limited is listed in Sheffield at Tudor St. from 1874 to 1932 as a "Silversmith, Electroplater, Knife and Swordmaker" (R.H. Bezdek, "Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland", p.214). Hilt is of some base metal, probably brass, non-magnetic, heavily silver plated. The silver shows virtually no wear, though it is tarnished black in some areas. Grip covered in shagreen, bound with silver and copper wire. Tang button is undisturbed. Blade is smooth, no pitting just light patina; grip and guard are ex. condition, showing no appreciable wear. I am not entirely certain of my attribution, but the hilt has the subtle look of the Indian Army version of the 1821 L.C. guard. Combining this with the date (1913 or 1915), the Crown ownership and the form of the blade, plus the quality silver plate, I conclude it to be a sword of a senior NCO of the Indian Mountain Artillery.    $450  
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1674) Highland Regimental Officer's Claymore. 32" double-edged blade of "claymore" pattern, etched with Crown and cypher of George VI, thistles, Royal Arms. Blade is smooth and clean, all etching in fine condition. Original leather throat washer. Smooth clean iron basket guard, retains original buff leathe/red baize liner (some wear), and red pommel fringe. Grip retains all original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Leather-covered field service scabbard with correct lengthy, ball-ended Scottish chape (some scuffing to leather)    $800  
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1678) British Officer's Sword of the 2nd Dragoons (Queen's Bays). 36" slightly curved blade etched with Crown over VR, "S.J.PILLIN / 31 GERRARD St / LONDON / W" (at this address 1881-1922 when absorbed by Wilkinson) "DRAGOON GUARDS / 2nd / QUEEN'S BAYS" Royal Arms, "LUCKNOW" and owner's initials "TW". Serial # on back "99122". Nickel-plated Heavy Cavalry guard retains most original finish, grip with original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Early pattern field service scabbard of very thick, stiff leather with two nickel-plated mounts, chape with usual dings inflicted by spurs, stirrups, etc. Partial crack in leather on reverse near chape, not serious and scabbard is still sound. Blade has areas of light pitting, wear, but all etching is clear and very legible. The initials T.W. are those of Brigadier Thomas Ward CMG (Companion of the Order of St.Michael and St. George), commissioned from the ranks in 1890. Though the Pillin records have been lost, a rough Pillin chronology has been built up from named swords, battle honours, etc., and this sword's number is consistent with an 1890 date. It is the sword worn by Ward in the two photos reproduced in the pics. During the South African ( Second Boer) War, serving as Squadron Leader of "C" Squadron, Captain Ward was wounded in combat, and mentioned in Despatches by Lord Kitchener. In 1904, he was seconded to the Denbigh Hussars. Ward ended his Great War service as a Brigadier. Further info accompanies sword.    $1,150    
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1686) Webley RIC Pattern Revolver issued to Toronto Police Force. 3 1/2" barrel, correct german silver fore sight, Birmingham proofs. Frame with Bir. proof, marked on reverse side "TPF" (Toronto Police Force) in large engraved letters (this is a known group), "525", Webley trade mark of Winged Bullet over "W&S", "WEBLEY'S / R.I.C. / No.1.442 CF" over serial # 101748 (matching # 748 on rear of cylinder). The "525" is likely a TPF number, continuing a ledger record of guns that began long before this order to Webley, and from the look of it, stamped by Webley from a block of numbers sent by the police. Top strap stamped "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM". Crisp, like new working order and indexing, bright nearly mint bore and chambers, overall retains 85% original bright blue. Grip ex.+, looks almost new, shows no wear, dents, cracks or repairs. Revolver is in ex. all original condition.    $1,850  
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1690) Scottish Basket Hilt c. 1640-50. 33" backsword blade stamped both sides in twin fullers "XX ANDRIA XX / XX FARARA XX". Iron hilt with simple line engraving on junction plates, no breaks, repairs or missing elements (note that these hilts never had a quillon, Scots: "back ward"). Original grip of early type, 4-sided with chamfered edges, tapered at both ends. Wormed but solid, still bears marks of long-lost original wire wrap; at the top of the grip, sandwiched between the wood and pommel, is trapped a small remnant of the original multi-coloured wool fringe. This form of grip is also often seen on West Highland Ribbon Hilts/Beaknose Swords, when (very rarely) they retain their original grips. In a very rare survival, this sword retains its original thick buff leather liner, which bears the dark impressions made by the bars of the guard. This guard is identical in typological development with sword # 23, "Scottish Swords & Dirks" by John Wallace; it fits in the same group illustrated by C.Mazansky "British Basket Hilted Swords" examples D8 to D10 that he dates from c. 1600 to later 17th century. Further, the three swords illustrated by David Blackmore "Arms & Amour of the English Civil Wars" pp.30-31 also have baskets of this same type, but their pommels are English in form. One of these so-called "Irish" hilted examples was excavated at the site of Basing House, destroyed in 1645. Completely original in all respects, no restoration or repairs. Ex. Ken Drake collection.    $4,000    
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1693) English Silver Mounted Hanger circa 1697. 19" curved, single fuller blade marked both sides with Solingen Running Wolf, blade smooth with just small areas scattered light pitting. Silver mounted hilt with staghorn grip in ex. condition, no cracks, repairs or any restoration. Knuckle bow stamped with "lion's head erased" and figure of seated Britannia introduced in 1697 to replace old silver marks and indicate a raised standard for sterling, compulsory until 1719 when the old marks and old standard for sterling returned. The maker's mark appears to be "KN", and though the date letter shows wear, it is likely that for 1697. A fine, all-original hanger with no restoration or damage, of a type much favoured by Naval officers of the period - see pic of Vice Admiral Thomas Hopsonn.    $1,800  
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1694) An Impressive French Hunting Dagger, Second Half 18th Century. 12 1/2" strongly curved, thick and heavy (to function as cleaver), 2 1/8" wide blade with pronounced clip point, of excellent workmanship to rival the best of any bladesmith's work. Smooth with no pitting and just small areas of light surface stain. Original green baize throat washer. Hilt with high quality brass mounts, finely hand chased and engraved, retain small traces of original gilding, ebonized spiral carved original grip capped with pommel ensuite with cross-guard. Brass mounted, leather covered wood scabbard retains 99% original leather with some slight surface scuffing that does not detract from the dramatic effect of the dagger which is in fine condition, no repairs or restoration, impressive in style, quality, weight and condition.    $2,600  
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1699) A Fine British Overcoat/Pocket Pistol by Mortimer. 3 1/2" , .52 cal. barrel, top flat engraved "44 LUDGATE HILL, LONDON".Almost certainly a hook breech, though I didn't want to push out the barrel key to prove it. Lock in ex. crisp working order, engraved "T. MORTIMER & SON", roller on frizzen spring, bolted safety, cock and frizzen have border engraving matching that of the lock. Ex. crisp edged stock,never cleaned, no restoration, fine sharp checkering on bag grip, silver escutcheon with initials "GF". Engraved iron trigger guard retains much original blue finish. Original ramrod. It would appear that Thomas Mortimer moved to the Ludgate address in 1807, with his son. Thomas became "Gunmaker toHis Majesty" in 1817, and died in 1824. Fine smooth metal except for a bit of minor pepper and salt around vent on barrel. A fine and completely original gun in all respects.   $1,750    
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1700) Wilkinson Officer's 1821 Light Cavalry Saber of the 8th Irish Hussars. 34 1/2 blade, etched profusely with battle honours on reverse "LESWARREE, HINDOSTAN, ALMA, INKERMAN, BALAKLAVA, SEVASTOPOL, CENTRAL INDIA" Harp surmounted by Crown, and "THE KING'S / 8th / ROYAL / IRISH HUSSARS". On blade shoulder "HENRY / WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON". Obverse etched with scrolls, "CROWN over VR", owner's arms and motto "LABES PEJOR MORTE" of Captain Horace Durrant. Back of blade numbered 13108 (made 1864). Wilkinson ledger copy accompanies sword confirming sold to "DURRANT ESQ." in 1864, "LIGHT CAVALRY" blade embossed by "ROWE" , who was head etcher at Wilkinsons's , and the quality - and condition - of the blade is superb. Regulation steel guard retains all original shagreen and wire wrap on grip. Condition of blade is ex., bright with all etching sharp and clear, very slight spots of minor pitting near point. Hilt and scabbard bear matching light dull steel patina, scabbard has one or two very small dents near reverse drag. Overall condition is fine, blade ex. and bright. Horace Durrant entered service as a cornet in the Bengal Light Cavalry, and afterwards was appointed Lieutenant and Adjutant to the Bodyguards of Governors General and Lord Canning, and served with them during the Mutiny. He volunteered his services for the Persian War, but Lord Canning declined to detach any of his officers from the Bengal Presidency due to rumours of disaffection amongst the native troops. On July 17, 1863, Durrant exchanged into the 8th Hussars as Captain, and sold out in 1866. He was gazetted in 1869 as Captain and Adjutant to the 1st West York Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Ten years before this sword was made, the 8th Irish Hussars were one of the regiments participating in the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade" at Balaklava, where they suffered loss of 65 men out of 104 that went into action.    $1,200    
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1708) European Zischagge c. 1630-40, Probably German or Dutch. One piece skull with formed strengthening ridges, neck guard of 3 separate, articulated lames. Hinged cheek guards; nasal bar can be locked in position by thumbscrew. All elements are original to this helmet, even the leather holding the cheek guards is very old and tender, with some small repairs. This example very similar to one illustrated by David Blackmore, "Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars", Fig.11, p.15, a Zischagge in the Royal Armouries. A fine original example, all parts with matching age patina. Some authors refer to this type as the "Eastern" helmet, and with reason. It appears to have originated in a clearly related form in the Turkish Empire early in the 16th century, where it was known as the "Chichak". It was taken up by Central and Western European peoples - in Hungary it became the "Sisak", and in the German lands, the "Zishagge". It was likely the most common form of cavalry helmet during the 30 Years War (1618-48). Many were imported by English forces during the Civil Wars.    $2,200    
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1709) Title: "Handbook / of the / .303" Lewis Machine Gun / Part 1. (Provisional) / 1915". 49 pp.
Not a reprint, an original handbook printed 1915, "Crown Copyright Reserved". Some chapter headings:
Action of mechanism
Loading
Stripping and assembly
Points to be attended to during firing
Rubber stamped as being "Received / Director of Stores Aug. 1917 / Ottawa". Complete, fine condition.
   $40  Reduced to $25  
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1711) British Pattern 1899 Cavalry Saber with Rare Experimental Leather and Wood Scabbard. 33 1/2" blade marked "EFD" (Enfield), Broadarrow, dated ' 01 (1901). Steel guard with overall even light pitting, stamped "EFD" with inspector's stamp, checkered leather grips in fine condition. Scabbard in fine+ condition, made with wood body fitted with a 4" steel upper mount with two fixed rings, and a 6" steel drag, the whole covered with leather from throat to the barely exposed drag (a magnet revealed the lengths of the steel mounts). Leather is in fine sound condition, perfect intact seam, shows little wear, stamped on back near ring with inspectors' stamps, date " ' 01" , "99" (pattern), "EFD". Blade is ex.+ with nearly all original polish. A rare experimental type developed in light of South African War experience. See Robson, "Swords of the British Army", Revised edition, p.57, for an account of the production of these scabbards, apparently for troop trials.    $650  
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1716) Massive Zeiss Made Dutch Army Artillery Rangefinder. 33" end to end, many brass knobs, dials, etc. A brass plaque reads "NEDINSCO / 'S GRAVENHAGE / SYSTEM / CARL ZEISS / JENA". The various dials, etc., are in Dutch. Leather pads at ends are in fine condition. Box is original with modern brass latch. Probably made 1930's, but maybe earlier. A heavy (25 lbs), beautifully made precision instrument that must have cost a fortune in its day. With folding tripod clamp for field service.    $250  
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1717) An All-Steel Highland Pistol by Nock, London. 6", .46 cal. engraved barrel with swamped muzzle, engraved "LONDON". Engraved lock with roller frizzen spring, maker "NOCK". Engraved, hollow iron stock fitted with belt hook, "ram's horn" butt with threaded vent prick. Original ramrod. Lock is in ex. crisp working order, of fine quality as one would expect from a maker of Samuel Nock's abilities, nephew and apprentice of Henry Nock. Samuel Nock worked from 1805 to his death in 1852. As the pistol is in flint, it would suggest a date early in the "Highland Revival", probably 1820-25. It certainly had a mate, and was probably cased with a dirk, claymore and various accoutrements. Smooth clean metal overall, clearly always cared for, of fine quality and robust reliability. Entirely original in all respects.    $4,650    
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1721) An Excellent Model 1858 Starr DA .44 Revolver. 6" barrel, .44 cal. Frame marked right side "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15 1856", left side "STARR ARMS CO. NEW YORK". Many parts have small "in house" inspectors' letters like "W" or "H". Matching serial # 7910 on cylinder and frame. Ex.+ grip, no cracks or repairs, clear inspectors' cartouches both sides. Action in perfect crisp working order, like new. Bore is bright mint. Overall gun retains 90% original brilliant blue. Cylinder has flaked to smooth light plum with patches of bright blue, much blue in rebated area around the perfect nipples and the chambers retain nearly all their blue. Hammer and loading lever retain ex. case colors. All screwheads in perfect shape. A great example, 100% original.    $3,500  
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1722) Excellent Cased Model 1867 Mk II Adams Revolver. 6" barrel, .450 CF cal., top marked "ADAMS PATENT SMALL ARMS Co 331 STRAND LONDON" , stamped with tiny London view and proof marks. Cylinder with London proofs, serial # 4703 which matches #4703 stamped on frame. Right side frame "ADAMS PATENT" in oval, Adams "TRADE MARK" near grip. Action in perfect like new working order, chambers and bore mint bright. Ex.+ to mint grip, no cracks, chips, or repairs, crisp unworn checkering. Gun retains 98% perfect bright original blue. There is a small flaked area on front of trigger guard, slight wear to blue on part of the front edge of the cylinder. Perfect screw heads. Case contains cleaning rod, screwdriver, glass oil bottle. Original ex. green baize lining. Original trade label depicts this Mk II Model, gives extensive operating instructions, notes the Adams adopted by H.M. War Dept., London Police, etc. Case in fine condition, never refinished, has a partial grain crack in wood of bottom, otherwise no damage. An outstanding condition gun and case. 100% original in all respects.    $4,500    
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1723) U.S. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer's Sword. Straight, d.e. blade 29 1/2" , etched with scrolls, "US" "E.PLURIBUS UNUM", maker "HORSTMANN PHILADELPHIA". Presentation grade brass mounts cast and chased in high relief on hilt and scabbard mounts, undented nickel plated scabbard body. Original VG+ shagreen grip with wire wrap. Folding counter-guard engraved "PRESENTED TO / CAPTAIN CLARENCE J. KENSIL / BY COMPANY H / FIRST REGIMENT / INFANTRY N.G.P. / NOVEMBER 20th 1890". VG+ condition overall, blade smooth with slightly worn etching, brass mounts with light patina, scabbard nickel with minor light bubbling and small areas light pitting.   $425  
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1724) U.S. Model 1860 Staff & Field Officer's Sword. 30" blade etched with scrolls, flags, eagle & shield, "US", maker "H.V.ALLIEN & Co / New York, NY". Regulation hilt retains original fine shagreen and wire wrap, hinged counter-guard engraved "PRESENTED TO / LIEUT. RICHARD M. SHOEMAKER, JR. / BY Co. D 1st INFTY N.G.P. / FOR FAITHFUL SERVICES RENDERED / FEBRUARY 17th 1899" (N.G.P. = National Guard Pennsylvania) Folding counter-guard spring is weak. Fine undented nickel plated scabbard, 3 brass mounts. Hilt and mounts retain traces of original gilding; blade is ex.+ bright with like-new etching.    $425  
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1730) British Pattern 1895 Army Officer's Sword by Wilkinson. 33" blade, 21 1/2" fuller, 12" false edge, etched with scrolls, "Crown over Royal Arms over VR" both sides, large owner's initials "H. L-T". Back stamped with s.n. 34698. Steel hilt of 1895 pattern, pierced with Crown over VR, unusual lower grip collar with shaped extension to position thumb for a thrust. Grip retains all original shagreen and silver wire wrap. Fine undented scabbard. Blade bright with excellent etching, lower edge sharp from near hilt to point. Wilkinson ledger (copy with sword) lists # 34698 as having a 33" blade, "steel infty" hilt, and "Old Pattn Blade". This is certainly not the correct "dumb bell" pattern that was born with the 1892, passed to the 1895 and continued in the 1897 Pattern to this day. The ledger lists the purchaser as "H. Lieth Tomkins" (the HL-T on the blade) of the "28th Punjab Inf". Clearly H. L-T had his own notions of what a blade should be, and had it professionally edged for combat. The 28th Punjabis were stationed in Ceylon when war broke out in 1914, and rather savagely suppressed the riots of 1915. Subsequently transferred to Mesopotamia, they participated in the bloody battles to relieve Kut al Amara, the 3rd Battle of Sannaiyat, the Capture of Baghdad, actions at Istabulat and Tekrit, moving in 1918 to fight in the Palestine Campaign. They suffered a total of 1423 casualties.    $700    
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1731) German Left-Hand Dagger c.1580-1600. Broad, double edged, stiff blade 16" in length, bladesmith's mark on ricasso. Cross-guard with upturned quillons in plane with ring counter-guard (made this way), conical pommel with undisturbed tang button. Original wood grip probably re-wrapped with twisted iron wire, correct style turk's heads - expert restoration and well-aged to match hilt. Blade and guard with mostly light pitting overall, this surface pitting reveals the lengthwise seams that characterize the armourer's hammer-forged steel of the era - this is no Victorian fake using off-the-shelf homogeneous rolling mill material. A very nearly identical main gauche appears in Muller and Kolling "Europaische Hieb - und Stichwaffen", # 197, p.235, same large dimensions and outward turned quillons.    $2,000  
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1732) Spanish Ripoll Miquelet (Patilla) Lock Pistol, Second Half 18th Century. 6", .60 cal. barrel, octagonal to round with moulding at muzzle, typical gold-filled armourer's stamps, the main rectangular stamp missing some gold foils making identification unsure. Patilla lock in worn but working order, holds half and full cock. VG solid stock, no repairs or cleaning, thin grain crack ahead of lock on obverse held in place by lock and brass forend cap. Pierced and engraved brass mounts of traditional design, ball end grip, belthook, original ramrod. See article by E.Graells, "A Primer of Ripoll Gunlocks", in Arms and Armor Annual ed. Robert Held, p.139 for very similar pair of pistols. I include in my pics an illustration of a similar pistol in the Museum of Ripoll from "Les Armes de Foc de Ripoll" by Graells, showing the same type trigger guard as opposed to the type with spur.    $1,500  
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1733) Cased British Double-Action Tranter model 1856 Revolver. 6", .54 bore (.44 cal.) barrel, Bir. proofs, loading lever stamped "TRANTER'S PATENT". Frame marked "No. 13714.T.", "TRANTER'S PATENT", 5-shot cylinder with Bir. proofs. Spring-loaded cylinder pin retainer, and safety lever to lock cylinder in intermediate position between nipples. Action in ex. crisp working order, double or single action. Checkered grip in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs.. Bore is ex., bright with sharp rifling. Overall gun retains 80%+ ex. bright original blue(note that Tranter cylinders received a dull gray casehardening, not blue), remaining surface smooth plum patina. Gun is overall Very Fine to Ex. Case retains all original green baize lining. Original double cavity mold stamped "TRANTER'S PATENT"; ex. condition original bag flask with adjustable spout; original screwdriver and nipple wrench; original pewter oil bottle stamped on bottom "JAMES DIXON / & SONS / SHEFFIELD / 202 P"; original Joyce cap box w/caps; original canister of "TRANTER'S / PATENT / LUBRICATION COMPOSITION" with much original lube inside; 12 original bullets covered with white lead oxide. Case in good solid condition with two pivoting locking hooks, but missing brass lid escutcheon and lock bezel.    $3,900  
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1735) Irish Coaching Blunderbuss by Willet, Dublin. 14 3/4" heavy, part oct. barrel with large bell mouth 1 5/8" bore at muzzle, 2 1/8" bell, private proofs, engraved "DUBLIN" on top flat. Fine untouched lock in ex. working order, engraved "WILLET" ( Henry Willet, Dublin, worked 1781 - 1810. Stockel, p.1388). Fine+ uncleaned stock with only a few minor dings (thin short grain crack ahead of lock, scarcely visible no wood replaced or repaired), brass mounts, original rammer, made with sling bar and ring. This indicates use by a mounted man, possibly a postillion, or perhaps, a guard seated beside the driver. The particularly wide muzzle would help in reloading from a swaying coach seat or postillion's saddle. A sharp, un-messed with blunderbuss.    $3,400    
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1736) US Navy Model 1895 Winchester-Lee Straight Pull Rifle. 28", 6mm cal. barrel with correct rear sight and fore sight hood. Receiver reverse side marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT.10.93. JAN.30.94 OCT.8.95.". Receiver ring marked "U.S.N. / anchor / No 15370 / J.N.J." (Note: Inspector J.N.J. was Lt. John N.Jordan, who inspected USN Second Contract serial numbered 15,001 to 20,000 delivered August 1 to Dec.6, 1898. By Winchester letter, for example, serial number 18003 was applied to a Lee Navy July 22, 1898). Action in ex. working order, bore is bright with ex. rifling - quite unusual with these rifles since the hot burning early smokeless powder rapidly eroded the Metford type rifling (something the British also discovered with their Mk.I and II Lee-Metfords, and changed the rifling to one of Enfield design). Stock is ex., never cleaned, showing almost no wear - look at the crisp edges of the wood around the back sight, no cracks or repairs and very few even minor dings. Barrel and receiver retain nearly all original blue, drifting lightly to dull and/or plum in places. Sharp edged metal allover, neither metal or wood ever touched.   $2,700    
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1739) A Mid-to-Late 19th Century Head Dress tin Box, Probably British. 9 1/2" tall, oval cross-section 10 X 9 3/8". Retains virtually all original painted finish, locking latch and carrying handle. Several minor dents do not detract; like new inside.   $75  
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1740) Walker's "Excelsior" IV Ship's Log. Cased in original wood box, the log consists of an 11" long 4-bladed brass rotor (partly painted black) designed to be streamed behind the "Yacht, Motor Launch, or Fishing Craft" from an outrigger, the line attached to a gimbaled brass dial recorder fitted with a red painted iron flywheel. It appears to be in operating order, and the dial face is clean and shows no corrosion or fading. The set includes an oil can with label "Ship-Log Oil".All original and complete.   $150  
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1741) A pair of Ship Rigger's Fids. Both stand 13 1/2" tall, one base slightly larger than the other. These were used back in the day in the process of long or short splicing, to pry open the lay in the old hemp ropes.   $40  
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1742) Pair of Genuine Colt 1911 .45 Auto Wood Grips. Taken from a 4-digit Government 1911 that had been re-blued, fitted with target sights, and had its ejection port enlarged and chamfered - at a time when one .45 auto was about the same as another regarding collector value. Condition is VG+, no cracks or repairs, just normal wear, never refinished. Guaranteed genuine early Colt manufacture.   $125  
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1744) WW I Style Artillery Piece Desk Model Cigar Lighter. 9 1/2" o.a. length, original dazzle camo stripe finish in fine condition. Pulling the breech chain pops up the cover, revealing a zippo-like ignition mechanism which seems to be in working order (no promises, don't have fuel or flints). American made, underside of base marked "DEMLEY" , "PAT. PENDING" and screws for "FUEL" and "FLINT" .   $40  
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1745) French Model 1836 Senior Gendarmerie Officer's Pistol. 5", .60 cal. damascus stripe barrel polygroove rifled "en chevaux" (hair rifling). Lock engraved "MANUFre de / CHATELLERAULT / C.T.& Cie"; in ex.crisp working order. Solid uncleaned stock, no cracks or repairs, iron mounts, hinged trapdoor in butt, checkered grip in fine condition. Original ramrod. VG+ overall, untouched. The flared checkered grip, the more elaborate fore end tip and the damascus barrel mark it as made for a senior officer.    $850  
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1746) A Fine Mariette Pepperbox c. 1840. 5-shot barrel cluster, .36 cal., Liege proof. Barrels are of genuine figured damascus twist, numbered 1 through 5. Fully engraved frame, serial # 388, grip strap marked "MARIETTE / BREVETE". Action in ex. crisp working order, like new. Ebony grips in ex.+ condition, no cracks or repairs. Excellent condition overall, retains most of its original "in the white" polish. All damascus finish on barrels intact, so strongly etched to bring out the inherent figure you can feel it. A superior condition and quality example.   $1,500  
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1747) Fine Pair French Double Barrel Holster Pistols, Circa 1780. 8 1/2" , .56 cal barrels, hook breeches, gold blade fore sights. Locks in ex. working order, having been converted to percussion by a skilled gunsmith c. 1830's. Fine+ uncleaned stocks, plain but fine quality iron mounts, checked grips in fine sharp condition. Barrels and mounts retain most of the dark blue finish applied at time of conversion. Original horn-tipped ramrods, one fitted with a charge-pulling screw, the other with a patch slot and threaded for brush. Nice untouched pair.   $3,200  
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1749) American Militia Trooper's Sword, Circa 1805-10. 33" , broad curved blade of exactly the pattern of the British 1796 Light Cavalry saber. Brass hilt, grip retains all its original covering in fine condition. All-brass scabbard in fine condition, several minor dings do not detract. Blade is smooth, clean with only minor areas of surface stain, professionally edged and very sharp. Although made in England, it is of a type certainly intended for export to the US in the years before 1812. I have owned another like this, and seen several others, all identical and each professionally sharpened.    $700    
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1751) Late Revolutionary War American Saber Known as the "Rhode Island" type. 28 1/4" curved blade. Brass guard of "Rhode Island" type, with the characteristic urn pommel and curved horn grip in ex. condition. Original red baize washer. From the style of blade, to the guard and grip, the few surviving examples of this type show no significant variations. Blade is dark, uncleaned but has omly minor corrosion; brass guard shows deep age patina, untouched tang button. Completely original and untouched overall. See G. Neumann "Swords and Blades of the American Revolution" , p.176, item 343.S for an identical example.    $2,800  
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1752) British Treaty Pistol for Issue to Loyal Indians during 1812-14 War. 9", .65 cal. barrel with Governments proofs of Crown over GR over Broad Arrow; Crown over Crossed Scepters. Inspector's stamp of Crown over 8 near touch hole, Lock in fine working order, marked by maker "MOXAM" (one of the known contractors for these pistols, and listed in period documents); also stamped with lock inspector's stamp of Crown over Broad Arrow. Fine solid uncleaned stock, no cracks or repairs, worn but recognizable Crown over "GR" and "BO" (Board of Ordnance) stamp on upper wrist. The entire inspection format is the same as used on all other Crown owned firearms in this period. Completely original with no restoration, though top jaw and screw are likely period replacements. Years ago, I examined a return of 1813 from Kingston in the Canadian Archives listing "Presents in His Majesty's Storehouse for Presentation to Loyal Indians" , recording numbers of available common trade muskets (serpent sideplates), chiefs' guns, pistols (pairs), tomahawks, spear blades, swords, etc. All these guns were inspected with full format as used for military firearms. A good example of a scarce arm made only for a brief period during the 1812-14 War.    $3,200  
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1753) Westely-Richards Monkey Tail Carbine. 25" barrel stamped with markings ".483" and ".450", "WHITWORTH PATENT", serial # "C 2218" and "P 5244" partially over Birmingham proofs. There is no provision for bayonet. The "tail" itself marked "MANUFACTURED / BY / WESTLEY-RICHARDS" with a triangle enclosing "C". Lockplate marked "WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co. 1879". Action in ex. working order;An interesting and Fine Quality bore is bright and shows some frosting. Iron mounted stock is fine+, no cracks or repairs, uncleaned. Smooth light age patina on all metal, deep, clear markings. It is recorded that from 1872 to 1885, 3000 25" barrel carbines with serial prefix "C", numbered from 1 to 3000, were sent to South Africa - this is one of them. I am told the # "P 5244" is a South African Police number. It was certainly not stamped by W-R over the proof marks, nor were the same dies used as for the serial number.    $1,500  
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1754) An Interesting and Fine Quality Kingdom of Piedmont / Italian Cavalry Officer's Saber, by Osborn of Birmingham. 32" curved blade with clipped point, narrow back fuller and broader central fuller. Etched with identical scroll designs both sides incorporating "OSBORN / WARRANTED / BIRMINGHAM" , with a very Continental looking crown - it is certainly not an English crown and appears to be identical to the Italian Royal crown. The blade is much more European in form than English. It is mint, retaining all original polish intact. The hilt is of a distinctly Italian pattern, stamped with the name of the cutler / retailer "G. FIOVANO / TORINO" (Turin in Piedmont). The checkered grip is made of a high quality bone used by cutlers as a cheaper alternative to ivory. It is in ex. condition. The all-steel scabbard is undented, and bears a smooth light patina matching the guard. The last date I have for Thomas Osborn is 1849, when the business moved to a new address. It is not, however, the date he went out of business. In 1858, Cavour, the Prime Minister of Piedmont - Sardinia, conspired with Napoleon III to oust the Austrians from Italy, hoping to create at the least a Kingdom of Upper Italy. France was to be given Savoy and Nice, Piedmontese territory on the French side of the Alps for their efforts. In 1859, a French army along with troops from Piedmont, defeated the Austrians at Magenta and Solferino (very bloody affair), ending the Dual Monarchy's hegemony over the Italian peninsula forever. Amidst further strife involving Garibaldi, the Papal States, plebiscites in Parma, Modena, Tuscany, Sicily, Naples, Umbria, Romagna, etc., an Italian parliament met in Turin in 1861 and elected Victor Emmanual II of Piedmont King of a united Italy. How Osborn came to make the sword is a matter for speculation. However, it is worth noting that, nourished by Byron and other poets and men of letters, England had long held a strong sympathetic aspiration for Italian unity.
Note:The brilliant original polish on this blade confounded my camera and more or less defeated my attempts to photograph the etching-which is like new
   $950    
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1755) British Pistol by Samuel Brunn c. 1805-10. 9", .75 cal. damascus strpe barrel with sighting flat marked "56 CHARING CROSS LONDON", gold stripe at hook breech and gold lined touch hole. Lock signed "S. BRUNN", bolted safety, roller frizzen spring, fine working order. Half-stock with horn fore end tip, silver barrel key escutcheons and oval wrist escutcheon with owner's initials and heraldic device. Checkered fish-tail grip, checkering in fine condition. Ramrod replaced, barrel probably re-browned.   $2,450  
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1756) British Royal Irish Constabulary Carbine. 20", .303 cal. barrel with Crown proofs, "E" on Knox form for Enfield, not Metford, rifling, matching original numbers (not re-stamped)on barrel, receiver and bolt. Receiver butt-socket marked with Crown over "VR", "ENFIELD / 1898 / L.E.C. / 1". L.E.C. = Lee-Enfield Carbine, which, when modified to take a bayonet, became this RIC carbine. Action in ex. working order, bore is bright and ex.+. Solid original stocks in fine uncleaned condition, various clear inspectors' stamps. Original British military sling. Complete, all matching #'s, and in fine originalcondition overall retaining most original smooth blue.   $1,500    
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1757) British Pattern 1831 General Officer's Sword. 31 1/2" blade etched with regulation scrolls, crossed baton and sword, Crown over "VR" both sides, retailer "C.SMITH / & SON / NEW / BURLINGTONS / LONDON" (Charles Smith & Son at 5 New Burlington St. 1879-1914); the Victorian cypher dates the sword before the Queens death in 1901. Blade is absolutely mint with all original bright polish. Guard of regulation pattern, original sword knot (frayed at pommel), ex. grips, retains 95% original gilding. All-brass scabbard in ex.+ condition, no dents, virtually no wear. An ex.+ overall example of the General Officer's sword, hard to improve on.   $1,150    
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1758) Interesting Belgian Revolver, Part Pepperbox and Part Colt 1851 Navy. 5 1/2" deeply rifled octagon barrel approx. .34 cal. (cylinder chambers measure .34), Colt style rammer and wedge. Dove-tailed foresight and blade rear sight. 6-shot cylinder with full coverage of sailing and steam side paddle/sailing warships, all with clearly visible gunports. Liege proof. Ring trigger activates hammer which has a heart-shaped cap flash shield on top. Action in fine working order, powerfull mainspring. Finely checkered ebony (or ebonized) grips, small chip out at front base of reverse grip. VG+ to Fine overall condition, barrel retains considerable original blue, cylinder scene complete and clear, action and grip straps with light engraving. $2250.00
Note: A virtually identical gun, though lacking cylinder scene, realized $2500 at a well-known auction house in March of this year. It was maker marked by Jean-Jacques Herman, who worked in Liege 1839-60. He did obtain various patents for revolvers.
   $2,250  
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1759) Early Victorian Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer's Sword by Prosser. 32" pipe-back blade (pre-1845), etched both sides with "Crown over VR" and "PROSSER / TO THE / ROYAL FAMILY / 9 / CHARING CROSS / LONDON".Etching is of very high quality, and in brilliant original condition; blade retains most original polish with small areas surface staining.Original leather washer at throat. Gilt brass hilt of regulation form, folding counter-guard, ex.+ grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap. Scabbard in fine condition, fine original leather with intact seam, no cracks or repairs. Upper scabbard mount engraved "PROSSER / TO THE / ROYAL FAMILY / CHARING CROSS / LONDON". Not fitted with suspension rings, never had a middle mount, to be worn by shoulder belt only. Chape shows almost no wear, both scabbard mounts and hilt retain 98% fine original gilding. John Prosser Sr and later, when he joined the firm, John Jr worked at 9 Charing Cross from 1795 to 1852. John Sr died in 1837. John Jr retained his father's honour as maker to the Royal Family, and this crisp, almost jewel-like sword reflects the quality of the Prossers' work.   $975    
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1761) Hanoverian Jaeger Rifle c. 1840. Heavy, 29 3/4" barrel, .66 cal., rifled with 8 deep grooves. Bore in VG - Fine condition. Original brass foresight, single blade rear sight. Octagonal at breech for 5", then round to muzzle. Barrel is of genuine twist and all the pattern remains, just slightly dulled. Back-action lock with pivoting hammer block, ex. crisp working order, including double set triggers, marked "TANNER / IN HANNOVER". Lock and trigger plate retain muted case colors. Solid brass mounted stock in fine uncleaned condition, no cracks or repairs, original sling swivels and thick wood rammer. Buttplate tang numbered "10". Round patchbox engraved with Crown over "GR". Overall condition is fine+, untouched. I reproduce a page from a German publication that I received with the rifle, showing and giving specs of the Hanoverian Model 1837 Jaeger Rifle - the relationship of the two rifles is obvious. The Model 1837 illustrated is made by Tanner also, and apparently Tanner submitted this successful design in the Trials. The lines of the stock, cheek rest, pistol grip, thick wood rammer, are identical. It also has a hammer block. However, the Model 1837 used a front-action lock, had a large rectangular patchbox, different placement of the sling swivels and a bayonet bar. This "GR" rifle never had a bayonet bar - the smooth and continuous pattern of the twist at the muzzle prove this beyond doubt. Bayonet bars were brazed or welded on to flats cut into the barrel and simply cannot be removed, however carefully, without leaving traces of the fact, especially on genuine twist damascus barrels. The military lines and the Royal "GR" cypher on the patchbox indicate Crown ownership. The previous owner was aware that Hanover remained a dynastic property of the British Royal House when the Elector of Hanover became George I of England in 1714 (Hanover had its status raised from Electorate to Kingdom in 1815). Although Hanover was not considered the property of England, all the British Kings from George I to William IV retained sovereignty over Hanover. However, George IV died in 1830, a date I consider too early for this rifle. William IV became King of England and ruler of Hanover from 1830 to 1837 - but this is clearly not a "WR". William died in 1837 and was succeeded by Victoria. The new Queen was debarred from becoming Queen of Hanover by Salic Law, which excluded a female ruler. To solve the problem, Victoria's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, left England and became King George of Hanover (1837-51), and hence the "GR" on the patchbox cover. When King George died, he was succeeded by his son, George, who reigned until Hanover picked the wrong side in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 for supremacy in the German lands and was annexed by Prussia in that year. Entirely original and in Fine+ condition.    $2,800  
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1762) Fine Spanish Ripoll Pistol c.1780. 8", cannon muzzle barrel, .69 cal., oct. at breech, becoming poly-sided to muzzle. Breech flats inlaid with silver vines in a characteristic Ripoll design, gold-inlaid mark of Ripoll barrelsmith "TENAS" (see below). Fine engraved patilla lock with powerful springs in ex. crisp working order signed by Ripoll locksmith "PITOT" (see below). Perhaps it is unnecessary for me to point out that in Ripoll, and indeed all Spain, the barrelsmith almost never made the lock or vice versa. Fine stock with engraved iron mounts, belt hook, relief carving at barrel tang and rammer channel, oval wrist escutcheon with initials "FPV". Original baleen ramrod with turned iron tip and mid-mount. Smooth clean metal overall, Fine+ condition. I reproduce two pages from E. Graells i Puig "Les Armes de Foc de Ripoll". The first shows the signature "PITOT" (# 166, noted as appearing on the lockplate of a pistol in the Museum of Ripoll). The second shows the several marks of the famous Tenas family of barrel and gunsmiths, who worked from 1609 to 1816. Number 243 looks close, but whether it belongs to Domenec, Eudald or Miguel Tenas - all barrelsmiths who worked c. 1780's - 1800's - is not known. A quality Ripoll pistol.   $2,800    
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1763) Cased Third Model Tranter Revolver. 6", 54 bore (.44 cal.) barrel, engraved muzzle, Birmingham proofs, third model loading lever stamped (TRANTER's / PATENT). Frame # 12765T, spring loaded cylinder pin release. 6-shot cylinder with Birmingham proofs. Tranter double trigger stamped "TRANTER's / PATENT". Ex. working order and indexing, double or single action, like new operation. Grip in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs. Frame and barrel are, like all early Tranters, one piece, with engraving, retain 95% original bright blue. Bore rates as fine, bright with some minor frosting. Ex. overall, complete and all original. Fine case in ex.condition, all original lining. Ex. undented flask by "C & JW / HAWKSLEY", original nipple wrench, original mold stamped with Tranter's mark, original large canister with label "W. TRANTER's LUBRICATING BULLETS" (empty) ; another labeled "W.TRANTER's LUBRICATING COMPOSITION" with much decayed grease still inside; "F.JOYCE & Co PERCUSSION CAPS". Original wood and brass cleaning rod. All accessories in fine condition. A fine example in all respects.   $4,200  
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1764) British Mortuary Sword c. 1640. 31 1/2" back-edge blade with two fullers marked both sides "ME FECIT / SOLINGEN". Iron hilt chiseled with spade patterns exhibiting greater skill than often seen on the average mortuary hilt, many of which are just plain crude. Original spiral carved grip retains some original wire wrap and thin white cloth that was often wrapped around the grip before the wire was applied. Overall condition is VG with age dark patina overall. Sword does not seem to have been messed with for centuries. Whether this sword should be classified as "Proto - Mortuary" or "Mortuary" is moot. It has elements of both. The langet-block and the 2" wide but barely curved over quillon are mortuary; the arrangement of the guard bars is proto-mortuary. C. Mazansky, "British Basket-Hilted Swords", pp. 264 - 5, shows three c.1630-40 hilts with exactly this same combination of features. All the experts agree that the various "mortuary" hilt types were in use simultaneously.    $2,500  
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1765) A Fine Caucasian / Cossack Pistol "Topantcha", late 18th to mid-19th century. 13", .60 cal. barrel of genuine twist damascus (faded but visible), struck at breech with two armourer's marks in Arabic, gold inlay at breech and star fore sight. Barrel has well-executed chiseled decoration - the three narrow near full length ribs are dead straight. Tang covered in fine quality gold damascene en suite with lock. All screw heads and button trigger also with gold decoration. Miquelet lock of typical Persian-Caucasian type, all surfaces covered with gold damas, in crisp ex. working order with powerful springs. Original leather covered stock completely intact with only minor wear. Pierced silver side plate, silver niello barrel bands and grip pommel. All gold damas is 98% intact. Three small studs in the stock near the tail of the lock once secured a brocade covered leather pad to protect the trigger finger from accidental (and painful) contact with the mainspring as it snaps the cock. These pads rarely survive, but can be seen on two very similar Caucasian pistols illustrated in Claude Blair's "Pistols of the World", plates 810 and 811 (these pistols in the Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern). A fine quality and all-original pistol.    $3,600    
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1766) British Commercial Sergeants Pattern Carbine, c. 1850-60. 33 1/4" , .73 cal. smoothbore barrel fitted with Lovell's bayonet catch, Birmingham proofs. Lock stamped "TOWER" and with Crown (no "VR"). Lock in ex. working order. Solid, uncleaned stock with some minor dings, several production stamps. The closest British military pattern would be the P. 42 Sergeants of the Line Carbine. A useful and inexpensive arm, such guns were kept in stock by the Birmingham trade, and many of this sort sold to both North and South in the early stages of the Civil War. VG+ overall, missing front swivel but rear is original, smooth dark patina on barrel may largely be original blacking, all markings deep and clear.   $1,200  
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1767) Peabody Rifle, Canadian Model. 36", .50 cal. barrel (50-60 Rimfire). Receiver marked on rt. side "MAN ' F ' D BY / PROVIDENCE TOOL CO. / PROV. R.I." , left side "PEABODY's PAT / JULY 22 1862". Action in ex. crisp working order, like new. Solid uncleaned, untouched stock in ex. condition, stamped "CM" rt. side buttstock, cartouche left side, the number "A 1191", only a few minor dings, three barrel bands stamped "U" (up) retain much original blue. Original cleaning/clearing rod and original swivels. Barrel retains 95% original blue, just slightly faded, bore is fine+, bright with sharp rifling some small areas pepper and salt. Receiver retains 90% slightly muted case colors; colors on lockplate, hammer and lever a bit more dull from handling, but visible. Most screwheads and ends retain bright blue. The 1866 contract specified 5000 to be delivered, but only 3000 were. The "CM" that appears on all examples and once thought to have been stamped by the Canadian Militia (even though no other Militia arms were ever so marked) is now believed to have been applied at the factory, signifying "Canadian Model". The "A 1191" is the factory production number. The bayonet fits the muzzle perfectly. It is of typical U.S. style, stamped "US", but with a British type scabbard into which it fits exactly. A P-53 bayonet is too wide to enter fully into the scabbard, and it is nearly one inch longer than the regular P-53 scabbard since the Peabody bayonet blade is about 3/4" longer. This scabbard could certainly never fit any British infantry socket bayonet from the Brown Bess to the Pattern 1851, they are all far to wide. It is stamped "63" on the throat mount, and bears a Broad Arrow over "BO" in the leather. In response to the threat posed by the Irish Fenians, Canada was buying modern breechloaders to replace her various Enfield muzzle loading patterns. By spring of 1867, 4000 Spencer M-1865 muskets had been purchased, and the first Peabodys had arrived in March of that year. To all appearances, the M-1865 Spencer musket bayonet was the same as the Peabody's (though I seem to remember that the diameter of the Spencer muzzle was slightly greater, and a Peabody bayonet would not fit; this was by direct comparison of the two rifles years ago). Also in March of 1867, a Militia Order specifically regarding Spencer muskets, stated that "bayonet scabbards and rifle slings would be sought". Had the Spencer bayonets arrived without scabbards, or was the US pattern of frog found incompatible with the British equipment worn by Canadian Militia? Were scabbards that would fit both Spencer and Peabody bayonets sourced in England through the Board of Ordnance? A fine, untouched example in every regard.    $1,700    
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