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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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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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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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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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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  Reduced to $1,900  
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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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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  Reduced to $1,500  
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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  Reduced to $2,000  
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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 to His 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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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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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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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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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  Reduced to $2,700  
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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  Reduced to $1,950  
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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.

NOTE: Carl Daniel Tanner, Hanover, 1791-1858, was Court Gunmaker = "Hofrustmeister"
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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  Reduced to $1,950  
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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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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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1770) British Cavalry 3/4 Basket Hilt Backsword c, 1750. 33 1/2" heavy single-edged blade, twin narrow fullers, 8" false edge. Heavy-built basket retains original buff leather liner, original shagreen grip cover, missing twisted wire wrap but retaining original turks-head collars. Pommel engraved with issue # 39. A good sturdy example, identical to # VIII1, p.227, "British Basket-Hilted Swords" by C. Mazansky. VG condition, all original, hilt with overall cleaned light pitting, blade with patches of light pitting but mostly smooth and clean. A good original example in all respects, and a powerful sword.    $3,300    
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1771) American Arms Co. Double Barrel O/U Deringer. 3" barrels, one .32 RF the other .22 RF. Barrels rotated by hand, pulled forward to eject shells. Top of .32 barrel marked "WHEELER'S PAT. OCT. 31 1865", the .22 barrel "AMERICAN ARMS Co. BOSTON, MASS.". Barrels retain 35% original blue, balance fading to smooth plum. Bores have strong, bright rifling with some scattered light pitting. Action is crisp and positive, barrel lock-up tight, brass frame # 603 retains 10% or so original nickel. Grips are fine+, retain 95% smooth original varnish, some slight dings on bottom edges. VG+ overall.    $975  
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1772) Pair of Elliptical Muzzle Flint Pistols with Spring Bayonets circa 1790-1800. 4 1/2" barrels; elliptical muzzle approx. 3/4" X 1". Engraved actions signed "JEAN RAINKIN" , Liege maker 1766 - 1836. Ex. working order, smooth metal overall with some light staining, sliding safeties retain brilliant blue. Silver wire inlaid grips with checkered backs, one grip has thin crack on right side about 1/4" deep that does not go through the 1" thick stock which is quite solid.   $3,400  
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1773) Scottish Dirk with Sterling Silver Mounts. 10" blade etched on obverse with foliage and military trophies, ex. to near mint condition with all etching and original polish like new. Grip deeply carved with high relief interlace instead of the shallow basket weave that usually appears on these later dirks. Pommel and companion knife and fork with matching amber color stones. Birmingham hallmarks on virtually every mount; the full set of 4 appears on the scabbard locket - maker's initials "W.H.L.", Birmingham anchor, lion passant and the date letter "d" for 1903. Ex. condition overall, no repairs and all original.    $1,600    
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1774) Turkish / Balkan Yataghan. 22 3/4" blade with inlaid silver Arabic script. Though I make no pretense to read Arabic, certain characters are employed so often the collector learns to recognize them - in this case those for "the work of" (followed by the maker's name, and "the possession of" (followed by the owner's name). Also, it id dated 122? . The last numeral missing because of some inconvenient pitting. Thus the date could be from 1220 AH to 1229 ( AD April 1, 1805 to Dec.24, 1813 ). Certainly a dating of the early 19th century is entirely likely for this weapon. The hilt is a heavy and large eared affair of very good quality workmanship. It is of an alloy that gives it a somewhat golden hue. Note that a thin (the width of the blade's back) one inch long piece is missing at the blade/hilt join. No other damage or repairs, blade generally smooth with some scattered light pitting.   $750  
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1776) Martini-Metford Mk.VI. 33 1/4" barrel (measured to breechblock face) heavy .303 cal. barrel, British military proofs. Receiver marked "Crown / VR / B.S.A.& M Co / Crown over Broad Arrow / VI / 1" . Ex. like new working order. Stock in ex.+ condition, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, only a few very minor service dings, "BSA & M" rondel stamp with "WD" under Broad Arrow. Reverse buttstock stamped "RRCI / 251" (matching # 251 stamped in cleaning/clearing rod). Barrel retains 95% ex. original blue, receiver 80%, bore is mint, original rod and sling swivels. Complete and as issued in all respects. A very fine example of a scarce rifle, 1000 were purchased and issued in 1893 to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Infantry (RRCI) of which this is # 251.    $1,700    
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1777) Martini-Henry Mk.III. 33 1/4" barrel with standard British military proofs. Receiver marked "Crown / VR / ENFIELD / 1883 / inspector's stamp / III / 1" (the "1" means First Class Arm). Ex. like new working order; mint bore. Ex. uncleaned stock, a few very minor dings, no cracks or repairs, buttstock with Enfield rondel over "III / 1". Unit markings "AB / 65" next to "DC" (Dominion of Canada). Original ramrod and swivels. Standard complete Mk.III in all respects. Smooth original blue overall, drifting to plum. Original brass muzzle cover. A fine example, not to be confused with the scrap metal coming from India or Nepal. Canada tended to keep most of its Martini-Henrys in store, against the possibility of some serious dispute with the USA. Snider .577 caliber rifles were considered adequate for the Militia. However, a border dispute between Great Britain and Venezuela (the latter being supported by the US) erupted in 1895 and posed the real possibility of war between the Britain and the US, with the obvious threat to Canada. But by 1895, the single shot, black powder Martini-Henrys were decidedly long in the tooth; they had been conserved beyond their "use by" date. Canada ordered, and quickly received, 40,000 Long Lee-Enfields and 2300 Lee-Enfield carbines. And that is why some of the best, even flat out mint Martini-Henrys come from Canada.   $1,300    
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1782) Wilkinson 1821 L.C. Pattern Sword of the 10th Hussars, property of Lord William Cavendish-Bentinck. 35" blade etched with Prince of Wales plumes over X / R.H. (Tenth Royal Hussars), Victorian cypher both sides, owner's name "WILLIAM BENTINCK", Wilkinson address and serial # 30364. As is unfortunately sometimes the case, the Wilkinson ledger records no purchaser's name - it may well have been ordered and picked up by Lord Bentinck's tailor. Hilt is of late 1821 pattern, made 1890. Entering the regiment from the militia, Bentinck became a lieutenant in the 10th Hussars in 1889, using his militia sword until this one could be obtained shortly thereafter. Blade ex., retains most original polish, no pitting, all etching sharp and clear. Hilt also ex., shagreen covering and wire wrap ex. Scabbard undented, with areas of light pitting. Lord Bentinck's service in the Boer War was active; he is one of only a few officers mentioned in the regimental history (see pics of documents). "They scarcely completed their business with the Landdrost.... Lord William Bentinck....." For his excellent sustained service, Lord Bentinck became a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1901.

Note: In Ron Bester's "Small Arms of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902", p.79, the author states "Then in 1896, new regulations stipulated that all cavalry officers should wear the sword which the heavy cavalry officers already wore, the honeysuckle one, although many light cavalry officers commissioned before 1896 carried their earlier pattern of sword in the Anglo-Boer War".
   $1,150    
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1783) A Fine and Early Royal Artillery Officer's Sword by Wilkinson. 35 1/2" blade with fine quality etching of Royal Arms over "VR" , "UBIQUE" Wilkinson address, "ROYAL ARTILLERY" , owner's family crest and motto "AD ASTRA SEQUOR" encircling a rampant lion. These are the exact arms of the Tottenham family. Serial # 5194 on back of blade. Hilt bears a smooth dark patina matching scabbard, retains all original shagreen and wire wrapping. Scabbard in fine condition, just several minor dings near drag. Blade is excellent, retains most original polish, etching like new, few minor spots of light pitting. An inquiry to Richard Milner (who possesses the original Wilkinson ledgers) revealed that the entry against #5194 simply says "Six Royal Artillery swords made for stock". I was not charged for this information, by the way. This sword was made in 1854, the start of the Crimean War, and the first year that Henry Wilkinson began to serial number his blades, starting the enumeration at 5000. Thus this is the 194th Wilkinson sword to receive a serial number. An impressive sword in fine condition, with a blade somewhat larger than usual.   $1,200  
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1784) British Cutlass from the Hudson's Bay Company Side Wheel Steamer "Labouchere". 29" curved, flat sided blade with 9" false edge. All-brass hilt (guard and grip), engraved "LABOUCHERE". Retains original leather washer. Untouched condition, blade mostly smooth age dark with absolutely no serious pitting. Brass hilt with deep age patina slightly lighter on grip from handling. Untouched tang button/peen. The form of this cutlass follows that of the Royal Navy's Pattern 1845 cutlass, though the Navy's cutlass had an all-iron, black painted hilt. It is exactly the sort of cutlass you would expect to find in a British merchant ship's arms locker of this era. Built in 1858 at Greens in the Blackwall yards of London, the Labouchere steamed her way to the Vancouver Island port of Victoria. She engaged in trade with West Coast Indian tribes, Russian America, and carried miners to the Fraser and Cariboo country, as well as passengers up and down the North West coast. In 1862, the Labouchere was seized by the Tlingit Indians during a confrontation between the crew and the natives over what both parties apparently considered dishonest and unfair trade practices (see article in "Journal of the West", Oct. 1994. I was unable to locate a copy). Following her release, Labouchere continued to ply her trade up and down the coast. On April 14, 1866, she departed San Francisco for Victoria, only to hit the reef off Point Reyes in heavy fog that night. Backing off the reef, Labouchere fought to stay afloat and re-enter San Francisco habour in the morning light. But the pumps and damage control were unable to save her, and she went down on the morning of April 15 with the loss of only two lives. Completely original and untouched.    $1,250  
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1785) Northumberland Fusilier Pattern 1897 Sword of Lt. Colonel Thomas Michael Scanlon, Twice Winner of the Military Cross and Mentioned in Despatches. 32 1/2" blade etched with flaming bomb, St.George and dragon, cypher of George V, owner's initials "T.M.S.", battle honours from Wilhelmstahl, various Peninsular battles, to Lucknow, Afghanistan, Khartoum and South Africa. Serial # 8258, retailed by "HAWKES & Co / 1 / SAVILE ROW / W". Hilt bears Northumberland bomb & St.George and dragon; ex. condition original shagreen and wire wrapping. Hilt retains all original nickel plate; blade is ex.+ with untouched original polish. Ex.+ condition overall including field service scabbard. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. on 11 Dec., 1914, Scanlon arrived in France June 14, 1916. Wounded on the Somme Sept. 2, 1916, he was awarded the MC for the following action in the London Gazette, Nov. 14, 1916, p.11066 "When his Battalion was being relieved..... (see pics of document). Another account states "....(he) gathered together a party of seven men and beat back the enemy. Although wounded...Five of them were wounded" (see docs). Scanlon was wounded again at Armentieres in Nov, 1916, and placed in reserve for recuperation and training. Promoted to Captain in June, 1918. Received Bar to MC for gallantry in Aug., 1918. London Gazette, p.4222, "For conspicuous gallantry...." (see docs). On Sept. 2, 1918, Scanlon received a third wound and was sent home to recover. His further service is recorded in the documents, as is his service as a Major in France in 1940. He returned to England when France was overrun by the German onslaught, and served in the Home Guard with the rank of Temp. Lt. Col. in 1942. Thomas Michael Scanlon died at age 87 in 1982, to be soon followed by his wife of 62 years. The fine condition of the sword can be explained by the fact that it likely remained with its owner until comparatively recent times, and was carefully maintained. Further, the couple had no children, so it came to the market in lieu of any close family to inherit it.    $1,250  
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1787) Webley R.I.C. Revolver Sold to New South Wales Police. 2 1/2", .450 cal. barrel with small Birmingham proofs, correct german silver foresight. 6-shot cylinder with Birmingham proofs, number "829" matching frame # 70829. Frame marked ".450 / 1761 / WEBLEY'S over manacled hands MP / N.S.W. POLICE" (1761 is the police inventory #; the manacled hands marked only on guns sold to police departments). Right side serial # 70829 and a small Birmingham proof. Top strap "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM". Action ex. tight working order and indexing, bore fine+ to ex., bright with sharp rifling. Grip checkering is fine+, only slight wear, no cracks or repairs, bears "NSW" stamp. Overall retains 50% original blue, balance smooth plum patina, never cleaned.    $1,600  
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1788) Cased Webley .450 R.I.C. Revolver, Webley's No.1, New Model of 1883, Retailed by Cogswell & Harrison. 4 1/2" barrel with Birmingham proofs. 6-shot cylinder 1 1/2" in length, bears Birmingham proofs, serial #995 as well as #5 which also appears on cylinder pin. Frame serial # 995, Birmingham proof, top strap engraved "COGSWELL & HARRISON / 226 STRAND, LONDON". Action and bore like new - mint. Grip like new. 99% original nickel finish, no wear to edges except for a little bit at rear of frame above grip, very minor and scarcely noticeable, one or two tiny areas of very light freckling, not wear. Screw heads like new. No flash wear at chamber/bore forcing cone interface. Overall condition is ex.++ , and many dealers would call it "virtually mint" , which it really is. Ex. all-original case retains both keys, original cleaning rod, pewter oil bottle, and screwdriver stamped "W.EVANS / PALL MALL". Original Cogswell & Harrison trade label, all fine original green baize lining, worn only where contacted by foresight. In "The Webley Story", Dowell illustrates this exact type, also nickel plated, pl.34e. On p.66, he details how these were made to handle .476, .455, and .450 ammunition. He also states that the long cylinder allowed it to be bored to use .45 Long Colt and .44-40 cartridges, though this cylinder's chambers have a well-defined step where they abruptly choke down and will allow only the above named English rounds with their shorter cases to enter. I tried a .45 LC round, it entered for about 2/3 its length and stopped dead at the step. However, it's evident that the cylinder is long enough to handle the American cartridges if properly bored. I mention this only to show Webley's interest in the American market; I most certainly am not suggesting that this revolver be desecrated by boring out the chambers! Note that the lack of Webley's name on the gun is nothing unusual. If requested, especially if by a highly respected firm such as Cogswell & Harrison, Webley would leave name and logo off so the retailer could apply his own. This was a very common custom in the English gun trade. However, in 1889, Webley refused to follow it any more, having learned that some unscrupulous dealers were buying Belgian copies and passing them off as Webleys, and that some had failed their owners. From that date, all Webley production would bear both name and logo. There is no doubt this is a a Webley - its glassy smooth action, precision and obvious quality are unmistakeable. As if Cogswell & Harrison would risk their reputation by trying to pass off a Belgian imposter!   $5,000  Reduced to $4,250    
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1789) Cased Adams Mk.II Revolver. 4 1/4" octagonal barrel, .450 Boxer cal., marked on top flat "ADAM'S PATENT SMALL ARMS Co, 391, STRAND, LONDON." London view and proof marks. 6-shot cylinder with serial # 2484 (matching frame), London proofs. Frame marked "ADAM'S PATENT No 2484" with Adam's "TRADE MARK". Perfect, like new working order and indexing, chambers and bore mint, bright sharp rifling. Grip like new, shows no wear. Gun in ex.+ condition, retains 95%+ brilliant unworn original blue, just minor dulling / flaking on outside of trigger guard and on short upper grip tang. Case in ex. condition, original tools include screwdriver, brass cleaning rod, round wood box with screw-off lid (for spare screws?), all original green baize lining shows virtually no wear, original large Adam's trade label with instructions for use intact with minor staining from oily gun but entirely legible. Case lid has inset brass medallion engraved with owner's name "EDMUND RANDOLPH Esq. 69th REG't" .   $5,000  Reduced to $4,250    
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1790) British Musician's Sword of the 2nd (Hussar) Regiment Bucks Yeomanry, dated 1824. 27 1/2" flat side blade etched with maker's address "BICKNELL / & MOORE / OLD BOND STREET / LONDON" (founded in 1755, the firm was at this address 1815-37). Brass mounted mamluke-style hilt with wood grip scales. Sword in VG condition, blade smooth with light staining in places, retains original scabbard washer, all-brass scabbard with several dents that do not detract, engraved "GIVEN BY LT COL THE MARQUIS OF CHANDOS FOR THE USE OF THE YEOMEN COMPOSING THE BAND OF THE 2nd OR HUSSAR REGt BUCKS YEOMANRY 1824". The Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry consisted of 3 regiments in 1803, but by 1827 only the 2nd regiment was retained, privately funded by the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos. Lt. Col. the Marquis of Chandos was an officer in the regiment (eventually its Colonel), moreover, the first son of the Duke. Upon the death of his father in 1839, he became the 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos. Sword comes with further research.    $675  
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1791) Imperial German Model 1879 Reichsrevolver. 7 1/2", 10.55mm cal, barrel with eagle proof, serial # 5997, Mundungswulst ("fat mouth") muzzle. Frame dated 1881, matching serial # 5997, "S&S VCS CGH SUHL" on sideplate (also #5997), the consortium of Sauer & Sohn, V.Christian Schilling and C.G. Haenel. Cylinder matching #5997 as is cylinder pin - in fact, all numbers are matching, with small parts down to the last screw numbered "97". Action in ex. crisp working order and indexing. Chambers and bore are mint. Fine grips have several small dings, but no cracks or repairs, never cleaned, matching #5997 stamped on both inside. All metal edges are sharp, all markings deep and clear. Overall condition is Fine+, retains a smooth blue-black original finish. Grip buttplate bears canceled unit markings "58.A.E.2." and second unit markings "1.M.58.78.". A fine, untouched example.    $1,600  
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1792) Royal Navy Sea Service Pistol dated 1805. 9", .57 cal. barrel with Government proofs, crown / GR / Broad Arrow, etc. Inspectors' stamps near touch hole and barrel tang. Lock in ex. crisp working order, marked with Crown over "GR" and "TOWER" plus lock inspector's stamp. Fine stock never refinished, with storekeeper's stamp dated 1805, inspectors' stamps beside trigger guard tang, original belthook stamped with crown, as is the original ramrod. This is not a shortened Sea Service Long pistol (although some of these were indeed shortened), the angle of the grip is more pronounced, the sideplate and belthook are different; it is entirely purpose-built. Note that it retains, however, the plain buttcap of the Sea Service pattern, as well, of course, the SS caliber. See R. Brooker "British Military Pistols 1603-1888", fig. 56, p.63. and p.66 for text. Brooker's example is identical in every repect, also dated 1805. The author comments that "..these pistols are somewhat scarce..." , probably because there were so many SS Long pistols available to be shortened. Smooth clean metal overall, all markings deep and clear, though the stock's storekeeper's stamp is partly worn, the 1805 date is unmistakable. Completely original in all respects.    $2,500    
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1793) Napoleonic French An XI (Year 11) Light Cavalry Saber. 34 1/2" blade etched on back "M=Fure IMPALE du KLINGENTHAL JUIN 1813" (Manufacture Imperial of Klingenthal June 1813). Stamped with poincons of JG Bick (as used from 1812 to May 1815), JI Krantz (1812-1814), FL Lobstein (1804-1821). Blade is fine with clear markings, smooth overall with areas of light staining. Regulation brass hilt with three inspectors' poincons on knucklebow, all original leather on grip in fine condition. Original heavy undented iron scabbard retains original cut-off buff leather suspension straps (very stiff with age, but could easily be removed if desired). Smooth dark age patina, three inspectors' poincons appear on correct pattern drag - these Light Cavalry swords are frequently found with smaller, more conventional drags ("dard" in french) without the curious hook. Whether they are post-Napoleonic French replacements, or made in Germany to replace damaged war reparations is unknown to me - some collectors call them "German" pattern scabbards. This scabbard is the correct and original pattern issued with the An XI saber during the Napoleonic era. Note that the thin flat throat plate once brazed to the blade retaining springs in the scabbard is missing, though the spring fixture remains intact and secure. The red baize washer on the hilt/blade juncture is original.    $1,650    
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1794) Napoleonic French Officer's Sword. 26" curved blade, 6 1/2" false edge with clipped point, etched on back "M=fture Nale du Klingenthal Coulaux Freres Entrep.ns" (Manufacture National of Klingenthal Coulaux Brothers Entrepreneurs) . Blade stamped with inspectors' poincons of Jean-Jacques Mouton as used 1798-1809, and the Director's poincon of Lt. Col. Simon-Ferdinand Beaumaretz, 1803-1807. Brass mounted hilt with ebonized reeded wood grip. Blade is smooth, VG condition overall, fine clear markings   $750  
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1797) European Hanger or Cutlass, mid-18th century. 24 1/2" blade. Brass hilt, complete with no repairs, retains all original leather and brass wire wrap. Though this could be an artillery or infantry hanger, the lack of unit or monarch's markings make this unlikely. Several navies used such inexpensive swords in the role of cutlass, as did the merchant marine and privateers. VG+ and original in all respects.    $450  
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1799) Danish Model 1789 "Rytterpallask" Heavy Cavalry Sword. 36 3/4" blade with broad central fuller, narrow fuller along back, small punch-mark at forte; VG+ condition, smooth dark age patina with small areas of light pitting. Heavy, large guard of brass with nice age patina, thumb ring and large globular pommel, all original leather grip covering with twisted brass wire wrap in fine condition. Left inside guard with punch-dot unit marking "9.5."   $1,450  
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1800) Royal Navy Pattern 1804 Cutlass. 29" flat blade with inspector's stamp crown over 8, maker "BATE" (known contractor) and large "Crown over GR". Blade is smooth with scattered pitting. Figure-8 iron guard is solid, and in fine condition. Partial strikes of the large Crown over GR are very common on these cutlass blade - it's not worn or over-cleaned, this is how it looked when new. The flat blades are wedge shaped in cross section, and unless the die was held at the proper angle when struck, the result was as you see here - deep on one side, faint on the other. I've more than once seen the marking double-struck to correct the deficiency of the first hit but usually creating a blurry double image. It's obvious the inspectors couldn't care less. A once common cutlass getting harder to find.    $1,200  
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1802) A Unique Pennsylvania Double-Barrel Pistol by George Schalk, Pottsville. 4 7/8" , .60 cal. heavy smoothbore barrels die stamped "G.SCHALK" on one, "POTTSVILLE" on the other. Brass bead foresight, frame mounted V rearsight. Engraved brass frame and trigger guard; original wood grips in fine condition, not refinished, no cracks or repairs. Engraving is of professional quality, incorporating floral scrolls and fanciful animals. Ex. working order, powerful mainsprings, half and full cocks function perfectly. Nipples are not battered down. Barrels are a smooth brown patina with good bores. A solid and substantial arm, heavier than you expect and very well made, with appealing and unusual lines. George Schalk (1825-1893) was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. Under apprenticeship he learned the trades of locksmith and gunsmith. Passing his guild examination in 1850, aged 25, Schalk received his credentials as a master of both trades in 1852. He emigrated to Pottsville in 1854 and set up in business, his card listing his specialties as "Gain Twist Rifles, Common Rifles, Pigeon Guns, Double Shotguns, Common Guns, Pistols, etc". Closest to Schalk's heart was his development of extremely accurate rifling systems and bullets. He was a Master shot, winning many cups and gold medals in Schuetzen and other rifle matches. A young Harry M. Pope first encountered George Schalk at a match in Newark, NJ, and in later years remembered that while he said little, he listened "...to wisdom...saying little but drinking in all I could without intruding". When he had established himself as America's finest barrel maker, Pope acknowledged that were it not for George Schalk's influence, he might well have remained a bicycle maker. In his early advertising, Pope stated that he could provide "barrels on the Schalk System". It is probable that Schalk and then Pope were the most prominent men in the field of single shot rifles in America. Although Schalk listed pistols in his advertising, he seems to have made very few of them. When Henry A. Truslow wrote his article on Schalk in 1988 (copy to buyer), he had located only two. One was a miniature for a watch fob, the other a unique capping breech loader stamped in two lines "G.SCHALK / POTTSVILLE". The die stamps used on this double barrel pistol I offer here appear identical to those stamped on one of his Schuetzen rifles, the markings illustrated on line, same style, font, etc. Pistol is in VG+, all original condition with no restoration. The wood ramrod may not be the original, though perhaps it is, since the age patterns on its surface as determined by the pistol's fittings show it has been in it for a long time.    $3,800    
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1803) Fine Pair English Traveler's Pistols by Hole, Bristol, c. 1815-20. 5 1/2", .60 cal. octagonal barrels retain 98% original brown twist finish, only very slightly faded, fine sharp edges. Engraved locks retain most original blackened finish, raised pans, roller frizzen springs, bolted cocks, ex. working order, signed "Wm HOLE / BRISTOL" (William Hole, Bristol, 1801-44). Ex. crisp-edged stocks, sharp checkering on bag grips, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, almost like new. Both pistols in same ex. condition, completely original.    $3,500  Reduced to $3,200  
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1805) British Mk.II Enfield Revolver. 5 3/4" barrel, .476 cal., serial # 4058, small proof on topstrap. 6-shot cylinder matching # 4058, same inspector's stamp on each chamber as on barrel. Frame matching # 4058; marked with Crown over "VR / ENFIELD / 1882 / II", crown inspector's stamp. Barrel / frame lockup is like new; action is in perfect, like-new working order and indexing. Ex. grip retains much original varnish, only several small dings, no cracks or repairs. Gun retains much original blue finish, gently fading to smooth plum on cylinder and part of barrel. All markings deep and clear as new. Bore and chambers are mint. All screwheads are perfect. A fine example of an extremely well-made (like the Merwin-Hulbert, it had to be if it was going to work at all) but unsuccessful design.    $2,000    
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1808) Very Fine Pair of English Officer's Pistols by Wilbraham, London, c.1825-30. 9", .65 cal. twist barrels, sighting flats engraved "WILBRAHAM LONDON" , "V" type rear sights and bead foresight; patent (hook) breeches with platinum lines and vents. Barrels retain 100% brilliant original twist finish, bores are like new mint bright (using a solvent, I had to clean old dried grease out of them to see their condition). Swivel rammers. Engraved locks with deep waterproof pans, roller frizzens, bolted cocks, both locks in perfect, crisp working order, frizzen faces show almost no use, plates engraved with maker's name "WILBRAHAM" (George Wilbraham, London, 1822-38). Locks retain virtually all original dark oil-quenched case hardening. Ex.+ stocks, really like new, retain all original finish, show no wear, cracks, dings or repairs, perfect crisp checkered bag grips with engraved blued steel caps, blued steel fore-end caps and engraved trigger guards retain nearly all brilliant original blue. Silver barrel key and wrist escutcheons with untouched patina. Barrel keys and their escutcheons are like new, and appear as if the keys were never driven out. Both pistols in identical ex.+ to near mint condition, untouched and probably never apart.
Brass-bound case with all original green baize lining, contains original tools - wood/brass cleaning rod, mold, spare flints, oil bottle. Ex.+ powder flask, copper body no dents, spare bullet compartment, base unscrews to contain spare flints and patches. Case has folding handle in lid; note the holes in the padded lid liner - over the years, the pistols' frizzen bridles have worn through the liner. Case is in fine, all original condition. It does have a partial grain crack in the underside that cannot, of course, be seen and that presents no structural problem. I have identified these as officer's pistols for several reason: 1) the choice of .65 caliber, giving the owner the ability to use standard British carbine and pistol bullets in a pinch on campaign; 2) the captive rammers; 3) the weight of the guns and barrel lengths indicate they are saddle holster guns, not smaller traveler's pistols. The unusual (unusual, that is, on officers pistols) provision of spurs on the trigger guards suggest the owner considered that he might have to employ them as duellers. A fine pair both for condition and quality of workmanship.
   $12,500    
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1809) Canadian Issue Colt London Navy Revolver. 7 1/2", .36 cal. barrel with London proofs, marked "ADDRESS. COL. COLT. LONDON." Frame marked "COLT'S PATENT". Cylinder retains ex. full scene, including tiny edge marking "ENGAGED 16 MAY 1843" , and the equally tiny and shallow Ormsby signature (thinning but there) under "COLT'S PATENT No. 33236", London proofs, ex. nipples, cylinder pins show some wear but still function as designed to lock up the cylinder. Ex. grips retain 95%+ original varnish, sharp edges show almost no wear; no cracks, chips or repair; stamped "UC / G / 17" , and with a deep clear crown inspector's stamp on right grip near frame (the position where all 800 of the purchase were stamped). All serial numbers matching # 33236 - barrel, wedge ("236"), frame, trigger guard, backstrap, loading lever, and cylinder. Barrel retains 45% original bright blue, balance thinning but will still reflect the original high polish - never touched up or cleaned in any way - the lower 3 flats especially retain most original blue. Loading lever, hammer, and frame retain much original case color. Traces of original blue on t.g. and backstrap. All metal edges are sharp and crisp. All screw heads are perfect, unbuggered; it is likely the gun was never apart. Action, indexing, work fine, though I suspect the tip of the trigger sear is chipped slightly so as to shorten it a bit since the hammer rests a little further forward than usual in the loading notch and full cock. However, the action still performs all its functions properly. No. 33236 was issued to the Napanee ("G") Troop of Upper Canada. Its serial number lies between #'s 33233 and 33237 as recorded in a 1989 article in the Journal of Arms Collecting, Vol.27, No.1, listing known surviving Canadian Navy Colts. The list made no pretence to be complete - indeed I have over the years owned 5 other UC or LC Colts not on the list, along with some that were. The holster is a genuine 1856 purchase item, stamped where it should be with the Napanee issue markings "UC / G / 19" (close, but no cigar!) inside the flap with the same dies as used on the pistol grips. It is in generally good condition, missing the leather plug at the muzzle. The original strap and brass stud closure (you can see the stitching pattern) has been replaced during its working life by a small buckle (missing) and leather tongue. The original sewn-on belt loop (its stitched pattern also still visible) was replaced with a riveted leather and brass loop. These Colts and their accoutrements were in service for a long time; when the 1885 Rebellion broke out, they were still the principal revolver available. A large order for Colt 1878 revolvers was hastily placed! A completely correct and honest untouched revolver.    $8,500  Reduced to $7,500  
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1810) U.S. Model 1861 Rifle-Musket. 40", .58 cal. barrel marked with "V", "P" and eaglehead, dated 1862. Bore is in ex.+ condition, bright with sharp rifling. Lock markings "US / NORWICH", Eagle, date "1863". Note that a one year difference between lock and barrel dates is a frequent occurrence on both private contractor and Springfield Arsenal guns and is considered of no consequence when the condition of components matches (as they do here).Lock is in ex. working order, hammer nose is slightly chipped. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, just a very few minor dings, has been cleaned and refinished, though in an attractive manner. Two inspectors' cartouches are still visible though faint, plus the large oval cartouche of James D.Mowry, a major partner in the Norwich firm. With its ex.+ to near mint bore, this would make a fine shooter. All metal is clean, no pitting, deep clear markings. Original rammer and sling swivels.   $1,150  
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1812) Colt Navy-Army Revolver. 7 1/2" barrel, marked "ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT", with inspector's "S" near "CT" and inspector's "N" near wedge left side, serial # 79637, wedge # 9637, loading lever 79637 (gun is all-matching #'s). Cylinder has good unbattered nipples, 3 safety pins intact, others with some damage, retains 80% scene with some roughness obscuring remainder, "COLT'S PATENT No 79637" followed by inspector "M". Frame marked "COLT'S / PATENT / U.S.", "79637" cylinder arbor #9637. Action is crisp with perfect indexing; bore is VG with some very light darkness in grooves but rifling is strong. Trigger guard # 79637 with inspector "M"; backstrap # 79637, inspector "H" near hammer. Brass has medium mustard patina. Grips are cartouched both sides, these are faint but visible; grips are solid with no cracks, chips or repairs, never cleaned exhibiting nothing but honest wear and with very little edge wear.With the exception of the hammer screw head which shows a little bungling, all screw heads are ex. Frame retains no visible case colors, bears a mottled gray-black patina with small areas of light pepper and salt pitting. The barrel's blue-black patina possibly an old re-finish but showing aging. However, note that the address and the shallow, tiny inspectors' letters are still very clear, and the edges are still sharp.   $4,500  
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1813) British Royal Navy William IV Sea Service Pistol. 9", .65 cal barrel bears Georgian proofs of Crown/GR/Broad Arrow and Crown over crossed sceptres, barrel inspector's stamp near vent, Crown stamp near tang. New Land pattern swivel rammer. The Georgian proofs show this barrel was taken from new old stock never previously mounted (a common feature of these WR pistols), and given the blackening treatment so characteristic of these William IV Sea Service pistols, of which it retains 95% in fine condition. Lock with Crown over "WR", stamped with lock inspectors stamp of Crown over Broad Arrow, crisp, like new working order. Ex.+ stock with no cracks or repairs, never cleaned, sharp edges, various crown inspectors' stamps, large Broad Arrow over "BO" (Board of Ordnance). A really excellent condition pistol, complete and entirely original.    $2,000    
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1814) Sword of Lt.Col. C.M.Porteous, 9th Gurkha Rifles, 1914. 32 3/4" blade etched with scrolls, Crown over "VR", Wilkinson address, owner's initial "CMP" (Charles McLeod Porteous) ,serial # 27194 (made 1886). Blade professionally edged for combat. Pattern 1827 Rifle Regiment officer's guard; grip retains all original shagreen except for small piece missing on reverse side, original wire wrap. Nickel plated scabbard in good condition except for some rust on drag. It fits the sword well enough although a bit tight; however, a four year old child could draw and sheath it. The copy of the Wilkinson ledger (goes to buyer) for # 27194 records that it was an 1822 Infantry Officers sword sold in 1886 to "C.Porteous Esq., 4th Royal Fusiliers". Knowing little of Porteous' career, such as when he left the 4th Regiment, and for what branch or other regiment, I can only say that at the least, he would certainly have had the brass 1822 hilt replaced by the rifle regiment hilt when he became Lt.Col. of the 9th Gurkha Rifles, later Colonel of the Second Battalion 1914. It was a very common practice for officers who changed their branch of service, or when new regulations stipulated a revised hilt, to simply have the old blade re-hilted. Porteous ended his military career as a Brig. General in 1919. He was the father of Col. Patrick Anthony Porteous, 4 commando, who earned the VC fighting alongside the Canadians at Dieppe in 1942.    $750  
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1815) European Zischagge c. 1625-50, Probably German or Dutch. One-piece skull with strengthening ridges, lobstertail neck guard of three articulated lames. Original ear flaps; nasal bar secured in position by thumbscrew. All parts are original to helmet, even the leather straps holding the ear flaps are old and tender, with sensible needle and thread reinforcing to the leather made by a previous owner. There is no other restoration of any sort; surface age dark patina in areas. This helmet is 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. Some authorities refer to this general type as the "Eastern" cavalry helmet, and with reason. The type originated in an obviously closely related form in the Turkish Empire in the early 16th century, where it was known as the "Chichak". It was adopted by Central and Western European cavalry - in Hungary it was termed the "Sisak"; in the German lands, the "Zischagge" (thus retaining forms of the Turkish name). It was likely the most common form of munitions grade cavalry helmet during the Thirty Years War (1618-48). Many were imported by both sides during the English Civil Wars, mostly from or through Holland.    $1,500  
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1816) A Good Caucasian / Russian Cossack Kindjal dated 1905. 16 1/2" heavy and sharp blade with two central fullers, inlaid with gold design, date 1323 AH (1905 AD), and armourer's signature. Blade in ex. condition retaining much of the original light gray finish found on many kindjal blades with minor wear from the wood scabbard body. Dark horn hilt in fine condition secured by two gold damascened rivet studs. Iron scabbard suspension band and pointed chape bear matching gold damascening, back of suspension band silver damas date 1323 AH. Original leather scabbard covering in fine shape, though missing the leather pouch on back that held a small knife - often the case with those kindjals that were so fitted with a companion knife (even if the pouch remains, the knife is usually missing). $1250.00

Note: By the end of the Murid Wars, many Russian Cossacks - Kuban and Terek, for example - had adopted the dress and weapons of the Caucasian mountaineers, Daghestani, Chechen, etc. On this kindjal's blade the Arabic character "Amal-i" ("the work of") appears along with the smith's name. It is the Arabic equivalent of "Me Fecit". Caucasian armourers often signed their work, and nearly all these men were Muslims, even in Christian areas. I can't read the name of this bladesmith because I don't understand Arabic, but one learns to recognize certain oft-repeated characters like Amal-i, and dates.
   $1,250  
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1818) British Second Pattern Brunswick Rifle Bayonet. 22 1/4" blade marked "ENFIELD" with inspector's stamp. Brass hilt with issue markings "1 Co / 43" . Retains original leather throat washer. Blade in fine condition, patches of very light surface pitting/staining, much original polish remains. Far better than average overall condition.    $325  
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1819) British Socket Bayonet for P-39 Musket. 17 1/4" blade marked: "S.HILL", "X", Crown inspector's stamp, several other small stamps. 3" socket with smooth original brown patina; blade fine condition, clean and smooth.    $175  
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1820) Hagner #2 45-70 Leather Cartridge Pouch. Cover flap embossed "US" ; marked "No.2" on back; closing tab has tiny inspector's initials on tip. Pouch contains 3 rows of canvas loops, 8 loops to a row. All seam stitching and canvas loops are sound and intact, fine condition. Leather is fine also. This pouch design developed by Col.P.V.Hagner, Commanding Officer of Watervliet Arsenal.    $175  
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1821) Montenegrin Revolver c.1885-90. 3 3/4" barrel with integral foresight, marked "VERO MONTENEGRINO". 5-shot cylinder stamped #52, matching #52 on frame. Belgian proof for rifled arms. Chambered for the large (by handgun standards) Austrian Werndl Cavalry Carbine round, as was the original Gasser Montenegrin revolver of 1870, also issued to the Austrian military. Ex. crisp working and indexing order, double or single action. Lightly engraved overall; retains 90% original nickel plate. Hammer, trigger, and ejector mechanism retain good traces of original blue. Grips retain fine checkering, no chips, cracks or repairs. Bore has strong rifling, dark in the grooves.    $700  
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1822) Colt 1851 Navy Revolver, Made Late 1861. 7 1/2" oct. barrel marked "ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA". Correct brass bead foresight. Frame marked "COLT'S / PATENT". Cylinder scene worn, but some 20% remains, clear "COLT'S PATENT No 117028". Action fine working order. All numbers matching - barrel, lever, wedge, cylinder arbor, cylinder, frame, backstrap and trigger guard. Nipples are not battered down. Bore is dark but with strong rifling. Grips are fine, little wear to edges, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, only a few minor dings. Gun has smooth, crisp-edged metal overall, never cleaned or buffed down, light age patina. An honest Colt, made at the start of the Civil War.   $1,650  
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1823) Caucasian/Russian Cossack Kindjal, circa mid to late 19th century. Heavy, 13" flattened diamond section blade with characteristic offset fullers. Dark horn grip with silver niello domed rivets, small old repaired crack at pommel on back - nothing replaced, just re-secured. Wood scabbard retains original leather covering in fine condition, fine silver niello mounts. Fine condition overall, blade with smooth, clean surface.   $750  
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1824) British Brunswick Rifle for Indian Service. 30", .70 cal barrel rifled with 2 deep grooves, folding leaf backsight and bayonet bar of standard 2nd Model design. Pattern '53 lock marked with "Crown VR", "TOWER / 1864" and inspector's stamp of Broad Arrow over "I" (India). This Brunswick pattern was sealed 30th July, 1864. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, marked with WO (War Office) rondel enclosing Crown and Broad Arrow over "1" (First Class Arm), along with large Broad Arrow over "I". In all respects save one, this Brunswick is identical to the Second Model made for the Royal Rifle Brigade before the introduction of the P-51 / P-53 series. The only difference is the provision of the more modern P-53 lock, which, on this gun, is in ex. crisp working order. Barrel retains a smooth surface, and considerable original blue turning plum. Bore is dark with deep clear rifling. The quality of manufacture is in no way inferior to that found on British Rifle Brigade Brunswicks. The rational behind the re-introduction of the Brunswick Pattern is interesting. Following the 1857 Mutiny, it was decided that no rifled arms would be issued to ordinary Indian infantry. However, it was considered desirable that the Sikhs be equipped with a more accurate arm than a smoothbore, but not so accurate as the P-51 / P-53 rifles issued to British Regulars. This, the third and last incarnation of the Brunswick infantry rifle, was the answer. See C.H.Roads, "The British Soldier's Firearm, 1850-1864", p.110.    $2,300  
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1825) Caucasian / Russian Cossack Shashka, circa 1850-75. 30" multi-fullered blade of distinctive shashka form, probably of Solingen origin. I have seen this exact pattern of etching once before on a shashka blade ,attributed to Solingen
Generally speaking, Caucasian warriors preferred blades from Europe; Persian "poulad jauharder" damascus (Russian: "bulat") was considered too brittle. Solingen wisely paid very close attention to their agents and merchants from areas all over the world, and produced blades of quality in configurations calculated to appeal to local markets. Hilt and scabbard mounts of matching relief carved silver niello, with gold wash highlights. Scabbard of wood, leather covered in traditional ass skin, seam stitching intact, some small surface scratches but in fine condition with no repairs. Blade has some small areas of light pitting, shows age and wear but has been maintained over the years - no edge nicks and very sharp. A good shashka, with fine quality hilt and scabbard mounts.
   $3,800  
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1826) Napoleonic Imperial French An 9 (Year 9) Dragoon Musket. 40 1/2" , .69 cal. barrel. Lock marked "Mre IMPle / de St. ETIENNE" , lock in ex. crisp working order. Solid stock, brass-mounted except for correct iron double-strapped mid-band. Original swivels and rammer. Buttstock stamped "TULLE / 1836 / No.1", probably indicating a re-furbishing Tulle Arsenal that year and perhaps storage. Barrel markings removed during that work. Left side buttstock stamped "P.N / 7" and again, "No.1" in counterlock area. Clean smooth metal overall.   $1,850  
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1827 Not For Sale) Can anyone identify the heraldic arms on this Germanic style spontoon circa 1750-80? The other side is etched with the British Royal Arms. NOT FOR SALE   $0  
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