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We stock a wide range of Flintlock and Percussion Longarms including Flintlock Muskets, Flintlock Rifles, Fintlock Bunderbusses & Cased Flintlock Sporting Guns. Not all our stock is on the website. Please check back soon as we will be adding to this page regularly. If you are looking for a Brown Bess Musket for sale, Blunderbuss for sale or other interesting Muskets for sale please contact us.

Napoleonic Charleville Flintlock Musket dated 1785

* * New Stock * * Napoleonic French Charleville Regulation Musket Model M1777, Manufacture de St. Etienne, dated 1785.

Napoleonic French Charleville Regulation Musket Model M1777, Manufacture de St. Etienne, dated 1785.

French Charleville Regulation Musket Model M1777 dated 1785. 60" overall,  .69 calibre, 44.75" barrel. Barrel stamped "85" at breech denoting year of manufacture, 1785. Inspectors and proof markings. The patinated rounded lockplate is engraved "St. Etienne” [Manufactory of St. Etienne] with  a crisp inspector’s "J" stamp under crown and number "84" above it denoting the lock date, not unusual for it to predate the barrel by a year. Ring neck cock, brass pan, frizzen all original. Strong working action. Good internal mechanism. All original (including screws) regulation furniture including sling swivel and ramrod with traces of inspectors stamps. Pitting to all metal parts. Complete with M1777 bayonet. Original stock with spliced repair to 17" of fore end and 3.5" spliced repair under the buttplate. Some old worm to stock resulting from storage.


Despite 7 million M1777 muskets being made between 1777-1839,  few older examples survive in original flintlock form with the date 1785 which pre dates the French revolution in 1789 and the Napoleonic Wars from 1793-1815. The production rate at St Etienne was 12,000 a year when this musket was made. This musket has seen a lot of service and its date gives it a good chance of being at many major battles. Large numbers of the M1777 were either destroyed, damaged or converted. Many examples that come to auction have replacement locks and other parts.


An interesting musket for the Napoleonic collector and cheaper than a Brown Bess!


Price:   £1,950.00 


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The price includes UK delivery. No licence is required to possess this item in the UK if owned as a curio as part of a collection or display.

Dublin Castle Marked Flintlock Blunderbuss

* * New Stock * * A Brass Barrelled Flintlock Blunderbuss circa 1797 marked Dublin Castle with Spring Bayonet

A Brass Barrelled Flintlock Blunderbuss circa 1797 marked Dublin Castle with Spring Bayonet

A  late 18th century brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss with spring bayonet. Two stage brass octagon to round bell mouth barrel 14.5” long with banded intersection, top flat engraved “Dublin Castle” with 12½” top spring bayonet released by a thumb catch on the breech tang (action requires new spring).  Border engraved stepped lockplate with flat swan neck cock, roller frizzen, lockplate signed “DENNING”. Strong working action with all original parts. Walnut fullstock with slight damage to stock and tang around mounting screw. Brass mounts, including flower engraved trigger guard with acorn finial, engraved butt plate tang, ramrod pipes and side nail cups. Original horn tipped ramrod with iron worm.  Overall length 30.5".


Henry Denning is recorded in Heer Der Neue Stockel as working in Sherborne Dorset circa 1797. Whilst it is possible that is was made in Dorset for Dublin Castle, the characteristics of this blunderbuss indicate a slightly earlier date so it may well be that Henry Denning worked in Ireland before moving to Sherborne. There is a link between a Henry Denning and Earl Digby of Sherborne Castle as a local Henry Denning metalworker is known to have completed iron gates at the castle circa 1789-1790.  Edward Digby 2nd Earl Digby was also Baron Digby of Ireland 1793-1856 preceded by his brother Henry Digby. The other explanation is that the engraving may be spurious but it looks period. 


Price:   £2,450.00 


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Brown Bess Musket

* * New Stock * * A REGULATION ISSUE POST 1809 THIRD MODEL INDIA PATTERN FLINTLOCK BROWN BESS MUSKET

A REGULATION ISSUE POST 1809 THIRD MODEL INDIA PATTERN FLINTLOCK BROWN BESS MUSKET

A  .750 Calibre India Pattern Third Model Flintlock Brown Bess Musket, Circa 1810. 39" barrel stamped with Kings Proof  marks and inspectors/makers initials of TL towards the breech. Number 609 stamped on left side of barrel. Smooth grey patina to barrel. Regulation working lock, all original, engraved TOWER with Crown over GR. Post 1809 throat hole flint cock. All correct regulation brass furniture with three ramrod pipes and brass fore end cap. Original iron ramrod. Sling swivels fitted. Regulation full stock cleaned and oiled with evidence of  old worm and spliced repaired fore end - probably in period.  Overall length 55".  Cleaned but very pleasing overall patina. 


Price:   £2,450.00 


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  614D


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Scottish 18th Century Flintlock Blunderbuss

* * New Stock * * A Rare 18th Century Scottish Brass Mounted Iron Blunderbuss by Francis Innes of Edinburgh

A Rare 18th Century Scottish Brass Mounted Iron Blunderbuss by Francis Innes of Edinburgh

A rare iron barrel brass mounted blunderbuss circa 1775 by Francis Innes of Edinburgh. Octagonal 16 1/2in. iron barrel with flared round trumpet muzzle banded at the intersection, some pitting to top flat. Makers address to top flat of barrel - indistinct due to pitting but clearly name or address followed by EDINBURGH with proof marks and barrel makers stamp to breech. Flat lockplate with stepped pointed tail signed within banner 'F. INNES', plain frizzen, swan neck cock, some pitting but all original. Walnut handrail full-stock with exposed muzzle, some old well executed spliced/inset repairs to stock. Brass furniture including rococo escutcheon to wrist, pierced sideplate shaped with flowers (complete with no losses), acorn finial, flower engraved trigger guard, ramrod pipe and interesting buttplate with bird engraving (wings displayed) above top screw, brass tipped ebony ramrod. Bird engraving to buttplate may be decorative or with further research may reveal owner if unique. 


Innes, Francis [1772-1789] (Scottish Arms Makers by Whitelaw)


Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. Had Royal Warrant. Made all metal flintlock pistols with scroll butt and cased flintlock duelling pistols, also made single and double barrel flintlock fowling pieces and Ferguson flintlock breech-loading rifles. Had Royal Government contract for flintlock holster pistols and flintlock muskets.(A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York. )


Price:   £2,650.00 


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  615D


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Colonial Flintlock Long Fowler

* * New Stock * * A Good Quality 18th Century Colonial Style Flintlock English Long Fowler marked Wooler

A Good Quality 18th Century Colonial Style Flintlock English Long Fowler marked Wooler

A Flintlock Long Fowler in Colonial Style with Carved Stock and 43.75" hexagonal .50" smooth bore barrel marked WOOLER on top flat. Dovetailed brass front sight with notched rear sight. All brass furniture consisting of trigger guard, butt plate and three ramrod pipes. Original iron ramrod. Stock with evidence of some old wormholes under barrel, crisp chequering and nicely carved apron behind tang, matching carved area around ramrod aperture. Overall length 60".  This fowler is very well balanced for a long gun.


Price:   £750.00 


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  616D


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Martini Henri Armourers Cut Away Artillery Carbine

* * New Stock * * Armourers cut away Martini Henry .450/577” Mk2 Artillery carbine

Martini Henri Trainer

.450/577” Armourers cut away Martini Henry Mk2 Artillery carbine. Mk2 rifle action with Victorian Birmingham black powder proof marks, engraved to the left side "SMRC SPECIAL CONVERTED FOR THE SOCIETY OF MINIATURE RIFLE CLUBS BY C G BONEHILL BIRMINGHAM". Carbine is cut away to the right side to show internal working parts, the block also sectioned to show the movement of the striker.


Walnut stock, the butt chequered to the wrist is fitted with regulation Mk2 carbine furniture and is cut away to the top of the hand area to show the location of the stock bolt. Henry rifled barrel with short carbine ladder rear sight is sectioned at the breach through the knox form to show chamber area and rifling lead and to the front of the rear sight to show the seven groove Henry rifling. Built up on a Bonehill Martini action as an armourer’s instructional tool to show how the rifle works these rare cut away rifles are both a fascinating engineering tool and an interesting decorative piece. In good condition with fully working parts, a desirable item for the Martini collector.


Price:   £950.00 


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  618D


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Tower Marked Brown Bess

Post 1809 India Pattern Regulation Brown Bess Musket with Regimental Markings

Post 1809 India Pattern Regulation Brown Bess Musket with Regimental Markings

A good original and rare variation of the India Pattern Brown Bess with Regulation and Swedish Inspection markings. 39” sighted barrel with King’s proofs. Stock with Swedish Government regimental unit mark of 4) M1293. Matching marks to barrel, stock and butt cap. Border engraved lock plate, engraved ‘Tower’ on the tail and Crown ‘GR’ with inspector’s mark below the pan. Post 1809 throat hole cock, regulation India Pattern brass furniture comprising butt plate, trigger guard, side plate and 3 ramrod pipes, fore-end cap, swivels and period replacement iron ramrod.


This is part of a consignment of muskets supplied to Sweden after 1809 to assist them during their war with Denmark. It is probable that part of the consignment was made up of parts available at the Tower and shipped to Sweden where they were stocked locally. The stock markings etc match the barrel and other furniture so the stock is period. A rare Brown Bess variant. 


Very good lock and barrel with much original finish. Stock has handling marks and an old split repair forward of the sideplate but good honest condition. Original trigger guard has old split in brass but is tight in place. All other original regulation furniture in good condition. Matching overall patina.


Price:   £1,950.00 


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  619D


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Enfield Two Band Artillery Carbine by Thomas Turner

An Ordnance contract Enfield Pattern Two Band Artillery Carbine by Thomas Turner issued to the Victoria Permanent Artillery (Australia).

An Ordnance contract Enfield Pattern Two Band Artillery Carbine by Thomas Turner

A fine condition Enfield Pattern .577 regulation calibre Artillery Carbine by Thomas Turner of Fisher Street, Birmingham, circa 1860-1870. This 3 groove rifle undoubtedly started life as a three band Enfield pattern ordered by the Ordnance and subsequently issued to the Victoria Permanent Artillery in Australia (VPA on butt tang). The VPA were established when the British Army left the colony of Victoria in 1870, formed mainly as a Volunteer force by Melbourne residents to combat the possible threat from one of the other colonial nations of France, Germany or Russia after the British Army left. Russian aspirations in the Pacific were a particular local worry.


Like many long rifles it was probably damaged near the muzzle at some stage during its working life as proven by the clear unserviceable 'S' stamp punched over one of the barrel proof marks. With a fine bore and excellent condition otherwise, it was shortened at some stage to a two band 24" barrel artillery specification carbine retaining the mix of components of the long rifle such as the earlier forward projecting rib on the bayonet bar but with the later style foresight blade and second pattern ramrod. Sold out of service as per the barrel marks, subsequent history is not known.


Stock in excellent condition with no splits and very little bruising and minor handling marks. Good profiles around lock and sideplate. Brass furniture excellent mellow condition. Lock excellent both inside and out. Bore is sharp and near mint and would improve to mint with a clean. Barrel externally very good with some pitting as befits age and use with very clear markings. The barrel has clear proofs (with one overstamped as already mentioned) and numerous Ordnance inspectors marks. Likewise the lock internals have clear Ordnance inspectors marks. Ladder rear sight. The plain lock is in excellent condition with clear Thomas Turner, Fisher Street, Birmingham markings. Regulation brass furniture with front and rear slings fitted. Overall fine condition for age.


Thomas Turner was an excellent and innovative gunmaker. As proven by this quality rifle, he was one of the contractors to the War Department as well as being one of the founder members of the Birmingham Small Arms Trade organisation (BSA) and supplier of thousands of Enfield pattern rifles to the USA during the American Civil War. 


Price:   £725.00


Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this item  - quoting reference: SKU  620D


The price includes UK delivery. No licence is required to possess this item in the UK if owned as a curio as part of a collection or display.