We normally stock a wide range of flasks and accessories including cases and individual lock mechanisms. Powder flasks by Dixon, Hawksley, Sykes and many other makers. All types of bullet mould, powder measures and tools.
This is a unique opportunity to acquire an empty case which once contained a Scottish Garniture of Highland Dress including a Pair of Scottish pistols, Dirk, Sgian Dubh, Buckles, Badges, Plaid Brooch, Powder Flask, etc.
The lock is marked Crown over WR, the date mark of William IV which dates this case accurately from 1830-1837.
The case is covered in Maroon leather with a pull out tray revealing space under for Sporran, Kilt etc (or Pipes). Some renovation is required but overall good condition and velvet close fitted lining is in particularly good condition for its age requiring just minor attention. Leather to underside is worn at edges. Superb Patina overall. Lock is complete but requires attention.
The date of 1830 makes this case suitable for a pair of Rams Horn Pistols, either late Flintlock or Percussion of Scottish Presentation or Dress type. Scottish Pistols were still in high demand during this Regency Period with memories of the Pageant that was organised by Sir Walter Scott in 1822 when he organised the visit of George IV to Scotland.
The shape of the badge section narrows the original contents to a Scottish regiment with that shape of badge - Scots Guards, Royal Scots or Highland Light Infantry.
External Dimensions 22.5" x 14.25" x 5.5"
Internal tray 21.5" x 13.25" x 2.25"
Internal base compartment under lift out tray 21.5" x 13.25" x 1.25"
Dirk fitted compartment 18.5"
Pistols length including rams horn pricker section 11.75" - will take 6" or 7" barrel depending upon flintlock or percussion
Please note: Pistols compartment is recessed to take belt hooks.
A very scarce long case for an Adams Revolving Rifle or similar long arm, external case dimensions of 51" length, 8" wide and 2 7/8" deep. Internal length 49 3/8", width 6 3/8". 2 1/8 deep. Oak with brass corners, original central lock and escutcheon with sliding locks to left and right front, all complete. Central circular brass escutcheon to lid. Original Adams label to case lid. Original baize but will obviously need re-fitting. Good condition.
This case will take the longest barrel that Adams produced of 30". However, a shorter barrel Adams or similar could be fitted together with a lidded compartment to utilise the case length.
A Fine Net Rope Flask by G & J. W. Hawksley, with corded rope design, petals embossed at the base and petal form at the throat. Nice patina with remnants of original colour and lacquer, the charger nozzle stamped ‘G & J. W. Hawksley' with adjustable nozzle marked 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4 Drams. Riling no 411. Fine condition , no seam separation, a few very minor pinprick size dents, working charger and spring. Height 8", width 3 1/4".
A fine Tranter Patent 80 bore double bullet mould. Very good condition marked 'TRANTER'S PATENT' on side and '80' on blued sprue cutter which retains majority of its original finish. Excellent for a cased set. Rare. 19.5cm / 7.6" overall.
A classic early/mid-19th century form of powder flask with a compressed/flattened horn body and its original brass mounts including adjustable powder measure/pouring spout measuring 25 to 35 grains of powder. With working spring with powder cut off. Retains one of the original iron suspension loops. Overall length 7.75", width at widest point 2.5". This type of flask was a more basic form of a Highland Powder Horn and was popular in the USA. Good condition, one suspension loop missing.
Rare 17th/18th Century Scrimshaw Powder Horn Flask decorated with scrimshaw work in the form of Masonic symbols and images as per photographs. Overall 9" long with wooden stopper and two iron loops. Worn and dark in places but overall scrimshaw work in good order apart from one area of damage approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. Wooden stopper could be a replacement but has some age. Overall flask (except small damaged area) has a coating of what looks like a shellac varnish to protect the scrimshaw.
A rare subject for a scrimshaw flask. The flask comes from a highly trusted source.
Rare large and heavy multi gang bullet mould dating from mid 19th Century as the only other example I have seen was offered in the USA and described as a US Civil War Buckshot Mould due to the makers name being traced to that period. It may date earlier when wooden handles were first used as the metal and wood has a very old patina. This mould could have been used for making 'Buckshot' type of balls or any type of Scattergun including Blunderbuss. A previous example of this type sold at auction in the UK was described as a ball mould for Blunderbuss on Royal Mail Coaches but that may be speculation as I can find no definitive reference. It is not marked with a makers name. 15.5" long with wooden handles and locking mechanism enabling a pin to be put through the hasp and keep the mould tightly shut whilst in use. There are 43 cavities of .25" diameter and around the same number of smaller shot of around 0.1". A rare addition for the collector of bullet moulds.
An extremely scarce American Revolutionary War Period stepped wedge case for a pair of flintlock pistols. Red leather with brass hinged loop handle and large brass lock plate (no key) with cusped bevelled border. Old repair to leather seam/hinge at the back. Interior in original contoured lined green velvet Leather inscribed in ink ‘S Bruester Case of Pistols New York’.
The (subsequent?) owners inscription is circa 1800. The case is late 18th Century circa 1770. It is highly probable that it was used in the American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Cases of this nature are noted to contain the pistols in their individual cloth or soft leather bags/pouches.
25.5cm high x 10cm x 10 cm.
The price includes UK delivery.
Note: S Bruester was Samuel Brewster (Bruester) — of New York, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1804-08.
Collection of Dr. Shaun Brown - Bonhams Sale no. 20801, 24 April 2013, Lot 446.
Collection of Field Marshal Sir Francis Festing G.C.B, K.B.E, D.S.O.
Acquired from Peter Dale Ltd in 1971.
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