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

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

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

Reduced to $900

Note: Gun comes with a fine condition Model 1874 bayonet and scabbard
   $1,150  Reduced to $900  
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980) A Large Greener (or Greener-type) Whaling Gun circa 1860. 36" long barrel, 3 1/2" wide at breech, approx. 1 3/4" bore. Brass action with hinged lid (rear tip of lid broken off), single large hammer fired by lanyard that passes through hole to underside of stock. Solid stock with reinforcing straps on handle/grip; brass plates at swivel bolt hole. Length overall 56" ; weight 75 lbs. No visible markings, barrel has uniform light pitting overall. Percussion lock appears to be in working order, has a powerful mainspring. I have not pulled it back to full cock for fear the original (and very tender) rope lanyard would tear apart rather than operate the sear. This action does not have the double nipples said to be a feature of Greener's guns. Whether this is a Greener or perhaps one of the very similar single-barrel guns made by Cordes & Rechten of Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1856, I cannot say. In any event, it is a completely original c. 1860 whaling swivel cannon. PS: I know of one website where an original Greener harpoon alone is priced at $5550.00 . Incidentally, there is another site which provides quite good looking reproduction harpoons forged with the correct slotted shank with ring, at reasonable prices.   $4,000  
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1282) Black Watch Plaid Brooch. 3 1/2" in dia. Dates late 19th, early 20th century. St. Andrew on cross, battle honour Sphinx over "EGYPT". Motto "NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT" (both the regimental and Scotland's motto). Cast in white metal, with fine hand chased detail. Ex. condition.   $400  Reduced to $300  
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1357) English Flint Pistol by Sharpe, Made for the American Trade. 9" round brass barrel, .58 cal., Birmingham proofs, breech stamped "SHARPE EXTRA PROOF". Lock marked "SHARPE", roller frizzen spring, fine crisp working order. Brass furniture with light engraving. Silver wrist escutcheon. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, uncleaned and retaining nearly all original varnish with untouched raised grain surface (feathering). Rammer is an old replacement, correct in style. Pistol has strong character and is a nice example of a class of pistol that armed many Militia officers and Militia cavalry troopers, wagon drivers and canal and river boatmen, as well as citizens from New York to St. Louis in the 1800 to 1840's era.   $1,450  Reduced to $1,200  
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1403) "Armurier et Arquebusier". 54 plates and text. Circa 1760 tome containing the full-size ( 10 X 15 1/2" ) military plates and text of Diderot's Encyclopedia. Plates illustrate gun manufacturing and tools; military musket components; 5 plates of infantry musket drill; 15 plates of complex infantry formations and evolutions (too many to picture all); Vauban fortification plans and siege methods; canno, mortars, carriages, siege weapons, etc. Marbled covers detached from spine, which has above title in gold letters. All plates and text pages are in fine condition   $750  Reduced to $500  
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1454) Fine British Officer's Hanger c.1770-75. 25 3/4" curved double fuller blade of typical period English form. Fine quality pierced and chiseled steel hilt with gadrooned pommel (spiral chiseled grooves). Ex. grip with original shagreen covering and original silver tape wrap. Blade clean with light pitting/patina overall; hilt in fine matching condition. An fine, all-original example of a popular officer's sword of the Revolutionary War period.   $1,600  Reduced to $1,250    
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1466) British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with Unusual and Fine Quality Blade. 35", flat unfullered slightly curved blade with fine quality etching of "Crown over VR" scroll designs and maker/retailer "ANDREWS / 9 / PALL MALL / LONDON" , proof mark on obverse, back marked "PROVED". Steel guard, grip with original shagreen and silver wire wrap (wear to inboard/reverse shagreen indicates sword was carried a good deal). Steel scabbard, no dents, light pitting overall matching hilt. Blade is bright and clean, etching clear and sharp of the best quality. John and William Andrews occupied 9 Pall Mall from 1821 to 1868. With its heavy and flat-sided blade, this is obviously the choice of a cavalry officer with strong opinions regarding blade design.   $800  
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1493) Western Balkan Silver Mounted Flint Pistol c. 1800. 12 1/2" round barrel, .63 cal., silver band and chiseled relief panel at breech stamped with Muslim armourer's punchmark; another, larger punchmark on left side breech; a typical illegible attempt at a European barrelsmith's signature appears on top of barrel. Well-made lock in fine working order with powerful springs, grooved frizzen face shows period wear, usual spurious European lock maker's markings. Solid stock is relief carved and silver wire inlaid, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron t.g. and sideplate, silver longspur engraved buttcap and embossed silver muzzle band. A genuine all-original Balkan fighting pistol from an extremely turbulent era.   $1,500  Reduced to $1,100  
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1515) Blunt & Syms Pepperbox. 2 3/4", 6-shot fluted barrel cluster with crowned muzzles, .31 cal, stamped "6" on barrels and cylinder arbor screw. Engraved frame with flared butt. Fine working order. Grips retain 90%+ fine original varnish, slight chip missing both sides at rear of flared butt. Barrels retain 95% fine original blue, frame retains small amount original blue, remainder toned to very light smooth plum. Fine + condition overall.   $1,550  
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1525) Large European 19th Century Crossbow. Strong steel bowstave 29" wide, overall stock length 39". Stock fitted at front with iron pivot slot for goats-foot type spanning lever; brass fore-end tip houses windage dial adjustable fore sight. Swiss-type elevating rear sight. Lock appears to be in working order, spring-loaded bowstring release hook snaps up when trigger is pulled. Solid, uncleaned, massive stock with brass mounts, no cracks or repairs. A good Flemish, German or Swiss crossbow for hunting or target. I previously offered this bow for $1600, but recently cleaned the brass (it was black with patina), and have now lowered the price   $1,250  
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1528) Royal Navy Pattern 1804 Cutlass. 28 1/2" blade stamped with inspector's mark of "Crown over 12". Regulation "figure 8" iron hilt, with original leather washer at blade shoulders. Blade is smooth and clean, never stamped with GR cypher, as many others were not also. Apparently some makers were excused the requirement of a stamped cypher to expedite production or keep the price lower, or both. VG condition overall.   $800  
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1548) A Fine Silver Stocked Albanian Miquelet Pistol c. 1800. 13 3/4" , .60 cal. barrel. Engraved lock stamped with maker's punchmark, ex. crisp working order. Solid, heavy silver stock of fine workmamship, extensively decorated by engraving and chisel-work. A fine example and all original.   $2,250  
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1566) Fine Quality Pair Eibar Spanish Pistols dated 1856. 6", .66 cal. barrels with turned and roped muzzle rings, octagonal at breech to chiselled and roped baluster turnings, silver inlay on barrel and muzzle turnings, extensive silver inlay designs on round and oct. sections, inlaid "EN EIBAR / ESTABAN URCELA / ANO 1856". Barrels smooth overall, retain good traces of original brown finish (W.K.Neal "Spanish Guns and Pistols", pp.43-44 notes that by the 1830's browning was replacing blue as the preferred finish). All silver inlay intact and in fine condition. Lockplates, hammers, breech snails are all engraved, chiselled, and retain much original polish. Locks are true miquelet type, with the additional refinement that the heels of the hammers are fitted with rollers where they contact the mainsprings. Locks are in perfect tight working order. Locks, sideplates, belthooks, and all stock mounts are polished steel and retain most of this polish, the balance only slightly dulled. Original horn-tipped rammers. Solid stocks in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs, checkering crisp and ex. condition. Excellent condition, all original pair of fine quality.   $3,250  
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1568) A Very Fine Silver-Mounted Neapolitan Gun in the Spanish Manner. 38" , .66 cal. octagonal to round barrel, silver spider fore sight, silver rear sight, silver rammer pipe and barrel band, silvered engraved tang. Stamped with deep square poincon "RF / Di / NAP" between fleurs-de-lys. This is the stamp of the Royal Neapolitan Arsenal; see Stockel p.1651, # 8642, for identical mark dated c.1768. W.K. Neal illustrates a Neapolitan miquelet pistol in the Ripoll style with a barrel marked by the Royal Arsenal in exactly the same austere style. Same square stamp with the same little cusp on each side, the only other marks being two fleurs-de-lys. This explains the absence of other fancy marks and gold inlays - the Royal Arsenal stamp says it all, no need for a plethora of private maker's stamps proving (or hoping to prove) authenticity. I can just imagine the penalty for faking the Royal Arsenal stamp.....
Excellent engraved miquelet lock of Spanish style (not a la Romana), gold lined deep maker's punchmark "M / AN / D?? / A" , flanked by engraved trophy of arms. Lock in crisp, tight working order. Fine+ to ex. stock of Madrid form, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, only very minor few little dings, extensive high relief carving, all mounts of engraved silver consisting of barrel band, sling swivel, rammer entry pipe, trigger guard, sideplate, escutcheon plate, buttplate tang (plate itself is the original iron one to better take the wear of grounding). Only damage anywhere on gun is that the silver butt sling swivel has lost the lower part of its loop. Original wood rammer with silver tip and iron threaded ferrule on other end. Elegant gun of fine quality and condition, completely original, Fine+ to Ex. overall.
   $6,250  Reduced to $4,750  
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1569) Pair of Antique Ceramic Figures of Napoleonic French Cavalrymen. Height 12". Underside of bases stamped with numbers and the beehive mark of the Royal Austrian Ceramic Works circa 1870's (I am told). These are apparently two of a larger set. I have had these for some 20 years. Genuine antiques, completely intact with no repairs, and exhibiting great detail. The pair:   $700  
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1580) A Rare French Officer's Presentation Sword dated 1828. 30" blade etched on back "MANUFre ROYALE DE KLINGENTHAL Str 1828 S.A." and in large letters in the obverse fuller "DONNE PAR LE ROI" (Given by the King). Blade retains much original polish, all etching sharp and clear as new. Brass hilt retains 10 - 15% gilding, leather covered grip missing brass wire except for a few turns near pommel. About 700 or so of these presentation Model 1821 Infantry Officers swords were given to graduating officers of the Ecoles Militaires from 1822 to 1830. Steel scabbard with mostly smooth dark age patina, 3 small dents on reverse near drag. Untouched VG condition.   $600  
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1605) A Fine Pattern 1857 Royal Volunteer Engineer's Sword. 32" blade etched with Crown, "VR", cannon, "VOLUNTEER / ENGINEERS" with corps badge, retailer "ALGAR / & WOOD / WARRINGTON". Blade retains all original bright polish, etching like new/mint (has 2 tiny edge nicks that are so small they do not detract). Brass guard retains all original gilding, is undented, ex. to mint condition; grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap in ex. condition. Original buff leather throat washer. Iron scabbard with smooth age patina, no dents whatever. A handsome and distinctive sword in ex.+ condition.   $975  
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1608) Indian Katar, 17th - 18th Century. 12" triple-fullered blade cut down from Firangi (European) sword blade. Areas of guard chiseled with foliage patterns, remainder pierced with myriad small square holes. Shows fine workmanship and great age, though metal is generally smooth overall.   $675  
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1609) Good Indian Suit of Mail and Plate Armour. Composed of alternate rows of solid and riveted links, four large breast plates with lace loops, smaller plates at sides and five rows of overlapping scales on back These scales overlap each other by two-thirds, ensuring that any thrust or cut must penetrate the thickness of two layers. The suit's links are graduated in thickness and diameter, heavier on the upper body and becoming lighter towards the bottom (where there would be leg armour as well), and on the lower arms. There is an inscription on the upper right breastplate. Its type and location suggests this may have come from the known group of 16th and 17th century suits captured by Anup Singh, Maharajah of Bikaner, when, acting as the General of the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb's army, he took by siege the Fortress of Adoni in 1689.
This generall style of mail, plate, and scale armour was widely popular from Turkey, Eastern Europe including Russia, Persia, Central Asia, and India for centuries. Condition is VG, suit is intact and complete.
   $2,500  Reduced to $2,000  
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1613) Fine Italian Silver Inlaid Swept-hilt Rapier circa 1610. 43" blade (measured from crossguard), flattened diamond cross-section, signed on obverse "SEBASTIAN" and on reverse "HERNANDEZ", and stamped with the punch marks of Toledo and Sebastian Hernandez the Elder ("el viejo") working dates 1599- 1637. Three-ring guard, pommel, hilt bars and quillons spiral chiseled with flutes, and inlaid with silver - true inlay, not mere surface damascening. Original twisted wire grip and turk's heads. Blade in ex. condition, clean and smooth, no pitting, still sharp, deep clear markings (never rusted and then overcleaned). Hilt probably originally blued to accent the silver, now a smooth age dark patina, very little wear, silver inlay intact. No breaks, damage or repairs/restoration. An unusually fine condition original rapier, quite likely kept for centuries in one of the many private noble armouries dispersed by the tumult of the first half of the 20th century. Once the property of Sir Charles Clore (d.1979), London merchandising millionaire and art collector. A copy of the receipt obtained by the previous owner accompanies sword.   $12,000    
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1615) British Light Company or Rifle Regiment Officer's Sword c. 1805. Strongly curved 27 1/2" flat blade (measured on the chord), 11" false edge, etched for 2/3's its length with floral and vine designs, Britannia with shield, "WARRANTED", Royal Arms under Crown (appears to be post1801 Arms), Winged Victory, etc. Etching is worn and faint, but can mostly be made out - it was never deep etching to begin with. Blade is smooth with no pitting to speak of, just a surface patina. Steel hilt, grip retains original shagreen and silver wire wrapping, it is partially cracked at upper end near pommel, but not broken through. Steel scabbard has but two very shallow dents - you must look quite closely to see them at all. Missing the lower suspension ring, leaving a small hole in the band where it was afixed. Hilt and scabbard have overall matching smooth patina but almost no pitting.   $1,250  
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1638) British Light Company Officer's Sword c.1812. Strongly curved blade measures 28" across the chord, 8" false edge, etched with panoply of arms, etc., Royal Arms surmounted by Crown, maker "T.BATE'S / WARRANTED" in scroll. Fine blade retains approx. 50% original faded blue and gilt, the remainder of the blade smooth and clean. Steel hilt retains all original shagreen and wire wrap. Steel scabbard in fine condition, smooth clean surface matching hilt, just two almost invisible minor dents.   $2,300  
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1650) An Unusual British Family Sword Commemorating Several Generations Of Service. 33 3/4" blade etched with Royal Artillery devices, Victorian Cypher, Royal Arms, cannon over "UBIQUE", maker "HAMBURGER / ROGERS & Co / KING St. / COVENT Garn . LONDON" (at this address 1840-1917).Obverse etched near shoulders "CHARLES FELIX PHILLIPS, Esqr / DIED in INDIA 21st APRIL 1869 - IN HIS 26th YEAR / 3rd (K.O.) HUSSARS". On the reverse "HERBERT PHILLIPS FLETCHER DSO / CROIX de GUERRE / MAJOR. MIDDX. HUSSARS & R.F.C. / KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE 3 AUG. 1916 AGED 44". It is the name "Phillips" that connects these two men.As originally provided as a Royal Artillery sword, this blade had a Light Cavalry style 3-bar hilt, which would have been correct also for the young hussar who died in India, the sword probably given to him by a related ex-artillery officer. However, in 1896, the Heavy Cavalry hilt now on the sword was decreed for all cavalry officers (Light or Heavy). As a consequence, many L.C. officers had their blades re-hilted with the H.C. guard - it was a very common practice rather than buy an entire new sword. This was done to this blade, and the tang professionally checked to perfectly match the pommel. Major Fletcher, as an hussar officer who joined the R.F.C. (it did not become the R.A.F. until April, 1918) could continue to wear this sword since R.F.C. officers wore the sword of the branch of the service they came from. Blade and hilt in fine condition, grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap; field service scabbard leather scuffed with a partially open seam.. Original sword knot and leather throat washer."   $900  
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1651) British Pattern 1856 Mk.I Drummers' Sword. 19" double-edged blade smooth with some surface darkening and a few areas of very light pitting. All brass hilt in fine condition. Brass mounted scabbard VG, seam partially open, locket engraved "V / TH4 / 27". VG overall."   $375  Reduced to $300  
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1658) Webley Model 1883 Police Revolver. 2 1/2", .450 cal. barrel with Birmingham proofs, correct German silver foresight. 6-shot cylinder with Bir. proofs in flutes, face stamped ".450" and "892" (last 3 digits of SN on frame). Frame marked with serial # "88892 , .450 / POLICE / WEBLEY'S / handcuffed hands / M.P. /1430" and Bir. proof. Topstrap marked "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON and BIRMINGHAM". Solid uncleaned checkered grip, no cracks or repairs, several shallow pressure marks on right side. Ex. crisp like new working order and indexing; ex.+ bright bore with sharp rifling. Metal retains 20% original bright blue, remainder smooth honest service wear with a small areas very light pepper-salt. This exact model was derived from the famous RIC revolver, and adopted by the Metropolitan London Police in 1883, as well as by many other police forces throughout the Empire. The # 1430 is the issue # of some police force, so well-stamped I believe it was applied by Webley as part of the order. Regarding the handcuffed wrists, I quote from Dowell's "The Webley Story", p.66 "....the frame is stamped with the Webley trade mark depicting a pair of handcuffed hands. This trade mark was used on weapons issued to police forces"; see also pl.38c for the identical model."   $1,400  Reduced to $1,100  
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1667) Cased Pair of Italian Double Barrel Pistols c. 1850. 6 1/2" , .69 cal. barrels with hook breeches retain much original genuine twist finish, ribs engraved "A.SCARPATI NAPOLI". Back-action locks engraved "A.SCARPAT" (obverse; "NAPOLI" (reverse). All four locks in ex. crisp like new working order; nipples show no wear. Fine+ stocks, never cleaned, no restoration, ex. checkered grips, engraved steel mounts smooth with no pitting. Buttcaps are spring-loaded to swivel sideways to provide storage for spare caps. Original brass tipped ramrods with threaded ends.
Cased retains fine original green baize lining. Original mold, cleaning tools and steel rod threaded to accept wire brush and steel jag. Screwdriver missing. Three fitted brass boxes for wads, caps, and bullets. Sixteen holes, 11 at front and 5 at back, to hold prepared paper cartouches, providing four reloads for both guns. This explains the lack of a powder flask or a space to hold one. Leather tabs allow entire compartmented interior to be removed from case. Case fitted on both ends with flush-fitted folding brass handles. Case exterior has several grain cracks, scratches, small bit of veneer missing from one bottom corner, though overall condition is good. A gunmaker named Scarpati is dated as working in Naples 1770-92; while obviously he could not have made these pistols, he is likely an ancestor.
Suitable for a traveling gentleman or military officer, these pistols date from an era of turmoil in Italy, the time of Garibaldi and Risorgimento, and eventual unification as the Kingdom of Italy in 1861."
   $4,000  
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1673) British Indian Army Mountain Artillery Senior NCO's Sword. 30" strongly curved blade with 10" back edge, is identical in form to British Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896. Stamped with maker's mark "JOHN ROUND & SON / LIMITED / SHEFFIELD" , this mark partly overstruck with date '8 '15 (possibly '13) and inspector's stamp. Obverse with Broad Arrow and twice struck Crown over 1D over E ( I'm pretty sure it's "1D" and not "ID"). John Round & Son Limited is listed in Sheffield at Tudor St. from 1874 to 1932 as a "Silversmith, Electroplater, Knife and Swordmaker" (R.H. Bezdek, "Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland", p.214). Hilt is of some base metal, probably brass, non-magnetic, heavily silver plated. The silver shows virtually no wear, though it is tarnished black in some areas. Grip covered in shagreen, bound with silver and copper wire. Tang button is undisturbed. Blade is smooth, no pitting just light patina; grip and guard are ex. condition, showing no appreciable wear. I am not entirely certain of my attribution, but the hilt has the subtle look of the Indian Army version of the 1821 L.C. guard. Combining this with the date (1913 or 1915), the Crown ownership and the form of the blade, plus the quality silver plate, I conclude it to be a sword of a senior NCO of the Indian Mountain Artillery.    $450  
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1674) Highland Regimental Officer's Claymore. 32" double-edged blade of "claymore" pattern, etched with Crown and cypher of George VI, thistles, Royal Arms. Blade is smooth and clean, all etching in fine condition. Original leather throat washer. Smooth clean iron basket guard, retains original buff leathe/red baize liner (some wear), and red pommel fringe. Grip retains all original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Leather-covered field service scabbard with correct lengthy, ball-ended Scottish chape (some scuffing to leather)    $800  
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1678) British Officer's Sword of the 2nd Dragoons (Queen's Bays). 36" slightly curved blade etched with Crown over VR, "S.J.PILLIN / 31 GERRARD St / LONDON / W" (at this address 1881-1922 when absorbed by Wilkinson) "DRAGOON GUARDS / 2nd / QUEEN'S BAYS" Royal Arms, "LUCKNOW" and owner's initials "TW". Serial # on back "99122". Nickel-plated Heavy Cavalry guard retains most original finish, grip with original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Early pattern field service scabbard of very thick, stiff leather with two nickel-plated mounts, chape with usual dings inflicted by spurs, stirrups, etc. Partial crack in leather on reverse near chape, not serious and scabbard is still sound. Blade has areas of light pitting, wear, but all etching is clear and very legible. The initials T.W. are those of Brigadier Thomas Ward CMG (Companion of the Order of St.Michael and St. George), commissioned from the ranks in 1890. Though the Pillin records have been lost, a rough Pillin chronology has been built up from named swords, battle honours, etc., and this sword's number is consistent with an 1890 date. It is the sword worn by Ward in the two photos reproduced in the pics. During the South African ( Second Boer) War, serving as Squadron Leader of "C" Squadron, Captain Ward was wounded in combat, and mentioned in Despatches by Lord Kitchener. In 1904, he was seconded to the Denbigh Hussars. Ward ended his Great War service as a Brigadier. Further info accompanies sword.    $1,150  
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1686) Webley RIC Pattern Revolver issued to Toronto Police Force. 3 1/2" barrel, correct german silver fore sight, Birmingham proofs. Frame with Bir. proof, marked on reverse side "TPF" (Toronto Police Force) in large engraved letters (this is a known group), "525", Webley trade mark of Winged Bullet over "W&S", "WEBLEY'S / R.I.C. / No.1.442 CF" over serial # 101748 (matching # 748 on rear of cylinder). The "525" is likely a TPF number, continuing a ledger record of guns that began long before this order to Webley, and from the look of it, stamped by Webley from a block of numbers sent by the police. Top strap stamped "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM". Crisp, like new working order and indexing, bright nearly mint bore and chambers, overall retains 85% original bright blue. Grip ex.+, looks almost new, shows no wear, dents, cracks or repairs. Revolver is in ex. all original condition.    $1,850  
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1690) Scottish Basket Hilt c. 1640-50. 33" backsword blade stamped both sides in twin fullers "XX ANDRIA XX / XX FARARA XX". Iron hilt with simple line engraving on junction plates, no breaks, repairs or missing elements (note that these hilts never had a quillon, Scots: "back ward"). Original grip of early type, 4-sided with chamfered edges, tapered at both ends. Wormed but solid, still bears marks of long-lost original wire wrap; at the top of the grip, sandwiched between the wood and pommel, is trapped a small remnant of the original multi-coloured wool fringe. This form of grip is also often seen on West Highland Ribbon Hilts/Beaknose Swords, when (very rarely) they retain their original grips. In a very rare survival, this sword retains its original thick buff leather liner, which bears the dark impressions made by the bars of the guard. This guard is identical in typological development with sword # 23, "Scottish Swords & Dirks" by John Wallace; it fits in the same group illustrated by C.Mazansky "British Basket Hilted Swords" examples D8 to D10 that he dates from c. 1600 to later 17th century. Further, the three swords illustrated by David Blackmore "Arms & Amour of the English Civil Wars" pp.30-31 also have baskets of this same type, but their pommels are English in form. One of these so-called "Irish" hilted examples was excavated at the site of Basing House, destroyed in 1645. Completely original in all respects, no restoration or repairs. Ex. Ken Drake collection.    $4,000    
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1693) English Silver Mounted Hanger circa 1697. 19" curved, single fuller blade marked both sides with Solingen Running Wolf, blade smooth with just small areas scattered light pitting. Silver mounted hilt with staghorn grip in ex. condition, no cracks, repairs or any restoration. Knuckle bow stamped with "lion's head erased" and figure of seated Britannia introduced in 1697 to replace old silver marks and indicate a raised standard for sterling, compulsory until 1719 when the old marks and old standard for sterling returned. The maker's mark appears to be "KN", and though the date letter shows wear, it is likely that for 1697. A fine, all-original hanger with no restoration or damage, of a type much favoured by Naval officers of the period - see pic of Vice Admiral Thomas Hopsonn.    $1,800  
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1694) An Impressive French Hunting Dagger, Second Half 18th Century. 12 1/2" strongly curved, thick and heavy (to function as cleaver), 2 1/8" wide blade with pronounced clip point, of excellent workmanship to rival the best of any bladesmith's work. Smooth with no pitting and just small areas of light surface stain. Original green baize throat washer. Hilt with high quality brass mounts, finely hand chased and engraved, retain small traces of original gilding, ebonized spiral carved original grip capped with pommel ensuite with cross-guard. Brass mounted, leather covered wood scabbard retains 99% original leather with some slight surface scuffing that does not detract from the dramatic effect of the dagger which is in fine condition, no repairs or restoration, impressive in style, quality, weight and condition.    $2,600  
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1699) A Fine British Overcoat/Pocket Pistol by Mortimer. 3 1/2" , .52 cal. barrel, top flat engraved "44 LUDGATE HILL, LONDON".Almost certainly a hook breech, though I didn't want to push out the barrel key to prove it. Lock in ex. crisp working order, engraved "T. MORTIMER & SON", roller on frizzen spring, bolted safety, cock and frizzen have border engraving matching that of the lock. Ex. crisp edged stock,never cleaned, no restoration, fine sharp checkering on bag grip, silver escutcheon with initials "GF". Engraved iron trigger guard retains much original blue finish. Original ramrod. It would appear that Thomas Mortimer moved to the Ludgate address in 1807, with his son. Thomas became "Gunmaker toHis Majesty" in 1817, and died in 1824. Fine smooth metal except for a bit of minor pepper and salt around vent on barrel. A fine and completely original gun in all respects.   $1,750    
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1700) Wilkinson Officer's 1821 Light Cavalry Saber of the 8th Irish Hussars. 34 1/2 blade, etched profusely with battle honours on reverse "LESWARREE, HINDOSTAN, ALMA, INKERMAN, BALAKLAVA, SEVASTOPOL, CENTRAL INDIA" Harp surmounted by Crown, and "THE KING'S / 8th / ROYAL / IRISH HUSSARS". On blade shoulder "HENRY / WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON". Obverse etched with scrolls, "CROWN over VR", owner's arms and motto "LABES PEJOR MORTE" of Captain Horace Durrant. Back of blade numbered 13108 (made 1864). Wilkinson ledger copy accompanies sword confirming sold to "DURRANT ESQ." in 1864, "LIGHT CAVALRY" blade embossed by "ROWE" , who was head etcher at Wilkinsons's , and the quality - and condition - of the blade is superb. Regulation steel guard retains all original shagreen and wire wrap on grip. Condition of blade is ex., bright with all etching sharp and clear, very slight spots of minor pitting near point. Hilt and scabbard bear matching light dull steel patina, scabbard has one or two very small dents near reverse drag. Overall condition is fine, blade ex. and bright. Horace Durrant entered service as a cornet in the Bengal Light Cavalry, and afterwards was appointed Lieutenant and Adjutant to the Bodyguards of Governors General and Lord Canning, and served with them during the Mutiny. He volunteered his services for the Persian War, but Lord Canning declined to detach any of his officers from the Bengal Presidency due to rumours of disaffection amongst the native troops. On July 17, 1863, Durrant exchanged into the 8th Hussars as Captain, and sold out in 1866. He was gazetted in 1869 as Captain and Adjutant to the 1st West York Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. Ten years before this sword was made, the 8th Irish Hussars were one of the regiments participating in the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade" at Balaklava, where they suffered loss of 65 men out of 104 that went into action.    $1,200    
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1708) European Zischagge c. 1630-40, Probably German or Dutch. One piece skull with formed strengthening ridges, neck guard of 3 separate, articulated lames. Hinged cheek guards; nasal bar can be locked in position by thumbscrew. All elements are original to this helmet, even the leather holding the cheek guards is very old and tender, with some small repairs. This example very similar to one illustrated by David Blackmore, "Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars", Fig.11, p.15, a Zischagge in the Royal Armouries. A fine original example, all parts with matching age patina. Some authors refer to this type as the "Eastern" helmet, and with reason. It appears to have originated in a clearly related form in the Turkish Empire early in the 16th century, where it was known as the "Chichak". It was taken up by Central and Western European peoples - in Hungary it became the "Sisak", and in the German lands, the "Zishagge". It was likely the most common form of cavalry helmet during the 30 Years War (1618-48). Many were imported by English forces during the Civil Wars.    $2,200    
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1709) Title: "Handbook / of the / .303" Lewis Machine Gun / Part 1. (Provisional) / 1915". 49 pp.
Not a reprint, an original handbook printed 1915, "Crown Copyright Reserved". Some chapter headings:
Action of mechanism
Loading
Stripping and assembly
Points to be attended to during firing
Rubber stamped as being "Received / Director of Stores Aug. 1917 / Ottawa". Complete, fine condition.
   $40  Reduced to $25  
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1711) British Pattern 1899 Cavalry Saber with Rare Experimental Leather and Wood Scabbard. 33 1/2" blade marked "EFD" (Enfield), Broadarrow, dated ' 01 (1901). Steel guard with overall even light pitting, stamped "EFD" with inspector's stamp, checkered leather grips in fine condition. Scabbard in fine+ condition, made with wood body fitted with a 4" steel upper mount with two fixed rings, and a 6" steel drag, the whole covered with leather from throat to the barely exposed drag (a magnet revealed the lengths of the steel mounts). Leather is in fine sound condition, perfect intact seam, shows little wear, stamped on back near ring with inspectors' stamps, date " ' 01" , "99" (pattern), "EFD". Blade is ex.+ with nearly all original polish. A rare experimental type developed in light of South African War experience. See Robson, "Swords of the British Army", Revised edition, p.57, for an account of the production of these scabbards, apparently for troop trials.    $650  
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1716) Massive Zeiss Made Dutch Army Artillery Rangefinder. 33" end to end, many brass knobs, dials, etc. A brass plaque reads "NEDINSCO / 'S GRAVENHAGE / SYSTEM / CARL ZEISS / JENA". The various dials, etc., are in Dutch. Leather pads at ends are in fine condition. Box is original with modern brass latch. Probably made 1930's, but maybe earlier. A heavy (25 lbs), beautifully made precision instrument that must have cost a fortune in its day. With folding tripod clamp for field service.    $250  
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1717) An All-Steel Highland Pistol by Nock, London. 6", .46 cal. engraved barrel with swamped muzzle, engraved "LONDON". Engraved lock with roller frizzen spring, maker "NOCK". Engraved, hollow iron stock fitted with belt hook, "ram's horn" butt with threaded vent prick. Original ramrod. Lock is in ex. crisp working order, of fine quality as one would expect from a maker of Samuel Nock's abilities, nephew and apprentice of Henry Nock. Samuel Nock worked from 1805 to his death in 1852. As the pistol is in flint, it would suggest a date early in the "Highland Revival", probably 1820-25. It certainly had a mate, and was probably cased with a dirk, claymore and various accoutrements. Smooth clean metal overall, clearly always cared for, of fine quality and robust reliability. Entirely original in all respects.    $4,650    
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1721) An Excellent Model 1858 Starr DA .44 Revolver. 6" barrel, .44 cal. Frame marked right side "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15 1856", left side "STARR ARMS CO. NEW YORK". Many parts have small "in house" inspectors' letters like "W" or "H". Matching serial # 7910 on cylinder and frame. Ex.+ grip, no cracks or repairs, clear inspectors' cartouches both sides. Action in perfect crisp working order, like new. Bore is bright mint. Overall gun retains 90% original brilliant blue. Cylinder has flaked to smooth light plum with patches of bright blue, much blue in rebated area around the perfect nipples and the chambers retain nearly all their blue. Hammer and loading lever retain ex. case colors. All screwheads in perfect shape. A great example, 100% original.    $3,500  
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1722) Excellent Cased Model 1867 Mk II Adams Revolver. 6" barrel, .450 CF cal., top marked "ADAMS PATENT SMALL ARMS Co 331 STRAND LONDON" , stamped with tiny London view and proof marks. Cylinder with London proofs, serial # 4703 which matches #4703 stamped on frame. Right side frame "ADAMS PATENT" in oval, Adams "TRADE MARK" near grip. Action in perfect like new working order, chambers and bore mint bright. Ex.+ to mint grip, no cracks, chips, or repairs, crisp unworn checkering. Gun retains 98% perfect bright original blue. There is a small flaked area on front of trigger guard, slight wear to blue on part of the front edge of the cylinder. Perfect screw heads. Case contains cleaning rod, screwdriver, glass oil bottle. Original ex. green baize lining. Original trade label depicts this Mk II Model, gives extensive operating instructions, notes the Adams adopted by H.M. War Dept., London Police, etc. Case in fine condition, never refinished, has a partial grain crack in wood of bottom, otherwise no damage. An outstanding condition gun and case. 100% original in all respects.    $4,500    
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1723) U.S. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer's Sword. Straight, d.e. blade 29 1/2" , etched with scrolls, "US" "E.PLURIBUS UNUM", maker "HORSTMANN PHILADELPHIA". Presentation grade brass mounts cast and chased in high relief on hilt and scabbard mounts, undented nickel plated scabbard body. Original VG+ shagreen grip with wire wrap. Folding counter-guard engraved "PRESENTED TO / CAPTAIN CLARENCE J. KENSIL / BY COMPANY H / FIRST REGIMENT / INFANTRY N.G.P. / NOVEMBER 20th 1890". VG+ condition overall, blade smooth with slightly worn etching, brass mounts with light patina, scabbard nickel with minor light bubbling and small areas light pitting.   $425  
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1724) U.S. Model 1860 Staff & Field Officer's Sword. 30" blade etched with scrolls, flags, eagle & shield, "US", maker "H.V.ALLIEN & Co / New York, NY". Regulation hilt retains original fine shagreen and wire wrap, hinged counter-guard engraved "PRESENTED TO / LIEUT. RICHARD M. SHOEMAKER, JR. / BY Co. D 1st INFTY N.G.P. / FOR FAITHFUL SERVICES RENDERED / FEBRUARY 17th 1899" (N.G.P. = National Guard Pennsylvania) Folding counter-guard spring is weak. Fine undented nickel plated scabbard, 3 brass mounts. Hilt and mounts retain traces of original gilding; blade is ex.+ bright with like-new etching.    $425  
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1730) British Pattern 1895 Army Officer's Sword by Wilkinson. 33" blade, 21 1/2" fuller, 12" false edge, etched with scrolls, "Crown over Royal Arms over VR" both sides, large owner's initials "H. L-T". Back stamped with s.n. 34698. Steel hilt of 1895 pattern, pierced with Crown over VR, unusual lower grip collar with shaped extension to position thumb for a thrust. Grip retains all original shagreen and silver wire wrap. Fine undented scabbard. Blade bright with excellent etching, lower edge sharp from near hilt to point. Wilkinson ledger (copy with sword) lists # 34698 as having a 33" blade, "steel infty" hilt, and "Old Pattn Blade". This is certainly not the correct "dumb bell" pattern that was born with the 1892, passed to the 1895 and continued in the 1897 Pattern to this day. The ledger lists the purchaser as "H. Lieth Tomkins" (the HL-T on the blade) of the "28th Punjab Inf". Clearly H. L-T had his own notions of what a blade should be, and had it professionally edged for combat. The 28th Punjabis were stationed in Ceylon when war broke out in 1914, and rather savagely suppressed the riots of 1915. Subsequently transferred to Mesopotamia, they participated in the bloody battles to relieve Kut al Amara, the 3rd Battle of Sannaiyat, the Capture of Baghdad, actions at Istabulat and Tekrit, moving in 1918 to fight in the Palestine Campaign. They suffered a total of 1423 casualties.    $700    
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1731) German Left-Hand Dagger c.1580-1600. Broad, double edged, stiff blade 16" in length, bladesmith's mark on ricasso. Cross-guard with upturned quillons in plane with ring counter-guard (made this way), conical pommel with undisturbed tang button. Original wood grip probably re-wrapped with twisted iron wire, correct style turk's heads - expert restoration and well-aged to match hilt. Blade and guard with mostly light pitting overall, this surface pitting reveals the lengthwise seams that characterize the armourer's hammer-forged steel of the era - this is no Victorian fake using off-the-shelf homogeneous rolling mill material. A very nearly identical main gauche appears in Muller and Kolling "Europaische Hieb - und Stichwaffen", # 197, p.235, same large dimensions and outward turned quillons.    $2,000  
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1732) Spanish Ripoll Miquelet (Patilla) Lock Pistol, Second Half 18th Century. 6", .60 cal. barrel, octagonal to round with moulding at muzzle, typical gold-filled armourer's stamps, the main rectangular stamp missing some gold foils making identification unsure. Patilla lock in worn but working order, holds half and full cock. VG solid stock, no repairs or cleaning, thin grain crack ahead of lock on obverse held in place by lock and brass forend cap. Pierced and engraved brass mounts of traditional design, ball end grip, belthook, original ramrod. See article by E.Graells, "A Primer of Ripoll Gunlocks", in Arms and Armor Annual ed. Robert Held, p.139 for very similar pair of pistols. I include in my pics an illustration of a similar pistol in the Museum of Ripoll from "Les Armes de Foc de Ripoll" by Graells, showing the same type trigger guard as opposed to the type with spur.    $1,500  
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1733) Cased British Double-Action Tranter model 1856 Revolver. 6", .54 bore (.44 cal.) barrel, Bir. proofs, loading lever stamped "TRANTER'S PATENT". Frame marked "No. 13714.T.", "TRANTER'S PATENT", 5-shot cylinder with Bir. proofs. Spring-loaded cylinder pin retainer, and safety lever to lock cylinder in intermediate position between nipples. Action in ex. crisp working order, double or single action. Checkered grip in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs.. Bore is ex., bright with sharp rifling. Overall gun retains 80%+ ex. bright original blue(note that Tranter cylinders received a dull gray casehardening, not blue), remaining surface smooth plum patina. Gun is overall Very Fine to Ex. Case retains all original green baize lining. Original double cavity mold stamped "TRANTER'S PATENT"; ex. condition original bag flask with adjustable spout; original screwdriver and nipple wrench; original pewter oil bottle stamped on bottom "JAMES DIXON / & SONS / SHEFFIELD / 202 P"; original Joyce cap box w/caps; original canister of "TRANTER'S / PATENT / LUBRICATION COMPOSITION" with much original lube inside; 12 original bullets covered with white lead oxide. Case in good solid condition with two pivoting locking hooks, but missing brass lid escutcheon and lock bezel.    $3,900  
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1735) Irish Coaching Blunderbuss by Willet, Dublin. 14 3/4" heavy, part oct. barrel with large bell mouth 1 5/8" bore at muzzle, 2 1/8" bell, private proofs, engraved "DUBLIN" on top flat. Fine untouched lock in ex. working order, engraved "WILLET" ( Henry Willet, Dublin, worked 1781 - 1810. Stockel, p.1388). Fine+ uncleaned stock with only a few minor dings (thin short grain crack ahead of lock, scarcely visible no wood replaced or repaired), brass mounts, original rammer, made with sling bar and ring. This indicates use by a mounted man, possibly a postillion, or perhaps, a guard seated beside the driver. The particularly wide muzzle would help in reloading from a swaying coach seat or postillion's saddle. A sharp, un-messed with blunderbuss.    $3,400    
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1736) US Navy Model 1895 Winchester-Lee Straight Pull Rifle. 28", 6mm cal. barrel with correct rear sight and fore sight hood. Receiver reverse side marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT.10.93. JAN.30.94 OCT.8.95.". Receiver ring marked "U.S.N. / anchor / No 15370 / J.N.J." (Note: Inspector J.N.J. was Lt. John N.Jordan, who inspected USN Second Contract serial numbered 15,001 to 20,000 delivered August 1 to Dec.6, 1898. By Winchester letter, for example, serial number 18003 was applied to a Lee Navy July 22, 1898). Action in ex. working order, bore is bright with ex. rifling - quite unusual with these rifles since the hot burning early smokeless powder rapidly eroded the Metford type rifling (something the British also discovered with their Mk.I and II Lee-Metfords, and changed the rifling to one of Enfield design). Stock is ex., never cleaned, showing almost no wear - look at the crisp edges of the wood around the back sight, no cracks or repairs and very few even minor dings. Barrel and receiver retain nearly all original blue, drifting lightly to dull and/or plum in places. Sharp edged metal allover, neither metal or wood ever touched.   $2,700    
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