An interesting cased pair of 3rd Light Dragoons Officers Percussion Pistols by Smith, circa 1842. 9" round barrels of carbine bore with deep proof marks and original browning. Engraved lockplates signed Smith. Excellent stocks with original varnish. Iron furniture with engraved triggerguard. Brass tipped ramrods. The case is particularly attractive and unusual - an all original burr yew veneer which has mellowed and developed a very pleasing patina. Case has original lining and some accessories including cleaning rod, cap tin, turnscrew, a few patches and a ball. Also a three way flask which looks like a field replacement copy of the original flask as it fits very nicely but is a little crude and has ball compartment lid missing. The pistols are sleepers with original varnish and untouched barrels with original browning and varnish. Browned barrels show signs of use with some light pitting/colour loss towards breech. Iron parts have even patina. No missing veneer to case or apparent repairs. Original lining to case. Flask missing compartment lid.
The original owner of these pistols was Cornet Edward Worley (crest and initials on lid escutcheon) of the 3rd Light Dragoons who was killed in the charge of the 3rd Light Dragoons carrying the regimental standard at the Battle of Moodkee on 18th December 1845 during the first Anglo Sikh war. Cornet Worley purchased his commission in the 3rd Light Dragoons on 16th August 1842. Best references for the Anglo-Sikh Wars are Donald Featherstone : 'At Them With The Bayonet - The First Sikh War' and George Bruce : 'Six battles for India - The Anglo-Sikh Wars 1845-6, 1848-9'.
An excellent Brown Bess socket bayonet for the 3rd Model/India pattern Brown Bess by Osborn & Gunby who produced Brown Bess bayonets from 1808-1811 (“Brown Bess Bayonet”, 1995, Graham Priest). Excellent condition with clear marking of “Osborn and Gunby “ stamped on the forte. Overall length 20.6” (524mm), Blade 16” (404mm), Socket 4” (100mm), Stud to Muzzle 1.95” (50mm), Muzzle ring diameter (front of socket internal) 23.5mm.
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.
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.
An extremely rare English Civil War period dated Main Gauche. Etched Toledo blade dated Anno 1643 with Toledo Coat of Arms on one side and etched patterns on reverse. Decorated solid hilt with twist style crossguard. Wooden grip. Blade 9", overall length 13.4", width of crossguard 6.25". This Main gauche is a very rare survivor from the English Civil War. It was found in a 16th/17th Century house in Evesham bricked up behind an airtight wall together with a Stiletto sheath and a cavalry spur. Apart from the Battle of Evesham in 1645, Charles I also stayed at Evesham so the civil war links to this Main Gauche make this rare item even more unique. Blade is stained but excellent for age with clear Toledo mark and date. Toledo Coat of Arms is less clear but present. Hilt has been reattached at some stage with what appears like hand made nails or screws. Plain grip looks original and complete but has some damage. May have had a silver wire binding in the past.
A 17th Century single steel Rowel spur complete with buttons and buckle frame on suspension loops attached to the yoke/heel band. Rowel with 8 points. An interesting item for the spur collector showing the buttons and buckle frame suspended on loops rather than an integral part of the heel frame/yoke. Damage to the 8 point Rowel and yoke.
This is an English Civil War period item circa 1640 as it was found in a 16th/17th Century house in Evesham bricked up behind an airtight wall. A Main Gauche and Stiletto sheath were also found in the same place with the Main Gauche blade dated 1643 (Main Gauche and Stiletto sheath available separately but we would prefer to sell these items together as they were found). Apart from the Battle of Evesham in 1645, Charles I also stayed at Evesham so the civil war links make this an interesting but not overly valuable item. It is likely that the spur is even older than 1640 however there is no way to tell how long passed between its manufacture and its storage within the wall in Evesham.
A Scarce 120 Bore Nickel Silver Framed 6 Shot Pepperbox Revolver of Bar Action Boxlock type with 3" barrels, good quality scroll engraved frame with similarly engraved iron trigger guard and nicely figured Walnut grips. Unsigned but with Birmingham proof marks, this is a good quality Pepperbox with strong traces of original finish to trigger guard and hammer and with strong original colour to barrels. Excellent mechanism and condition. Overall length 8.25".
A very good quality flintlock boxlock 40 bore pocket pistol by Oates of Worcester circa 1790. Engraved lock with stand of arms on either side around an oval signed Oates and Worcester. Sliding safety (minor damage) which also intercepts frizzen, line engraved flintcock and frizzen, line engraved top jaw, sprung frizzen, starburst engraving to tang. Hidden drop down trigger. Excellent strong action. 1.5” barrel engraved at muzzle. Frame with clear London proof marks. Nicely grained Walnut slab sided stock in excellent condition with no splits and virtually no shrinkage. Silver shield escutcheon to stock. Overall length 6.1”.
Oates is not recorded as a gunmaker in Worcester so this is a rare survivor but the London proofs may indicate a family connection with Benjamin Oates of London, gunmaker circa 1761-1780.
An attractive good quality small pair of 180 bore percussion brass bodied muff/pocket pistols. Unsigned. Circa 1830-1840 with round blued iron turn-off 1.5" barrels, engraved bands at the muzzles, rounded borderline and scroll engraved frames with central dolphin-headed hammers and automatic blued concealed triggers, finely chequered walnut bag-shaped butts in excellent condition with virtually no shrinkage and excellent wood to metal fit. Silver lionshead mask butt-caps and initialled oval escutcheons to wrists. Working actions, one trigger at fault needing adjustment. Overall length 5.1".
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!
A French An 13 (Year 13 or 1804/05) Cavalry Pistol, Manufacture Impériale de Maubeuge, 1815, near Museum Quality. 201mm barrel of musket .69 bore with five flats around breech which is marked EF on one side and 1815 on the other. Clear "M'le an 13" marking to tang. All original regulation brass furniture with clear inspector marks. Original steel button headed ramrod. Stock with inspectors marks and manufacturers roundel, original varnish with minimal handling marks. The best we have ever seen in totally original condition, obviously used from slight wear to frizzen face and pan but in superb order. Mild staining to iron parts, wood is excellent.
Maubeuge-made cavalry pistols are rare and this gun not only comes from this desirable manufactory but it also bears the historic date of 1815, indicating it was made after Napoleon returned from exile in March 1815 but before his defeat at Waterloo and abdication in June, after which the markings changed from “Impériale” to “Royale”. This pistol is in superb condition with all of the highly desirable Imperial markings in crisp condition: "M're Imp'le Maubeuge'" the “Manufacture Impériale” on the lockplate and the “EF” (Empire Francaise) stamps on the barrel breech forward of the touch hole and the left side of the stock within a stamped acceptance roundel with the year date of 1815. This pistol was made for the Waterloo campaign and was probably used there. Extremely hard to find in such great condition, especially from Maubeuge.
The Year XIII is the successor to the Year IX pistol, although the Year IX was still in use throughout the First Empire (1804-1815). The Year XIII pistol shares many characteristics of the Year IX. The most obvious difference is in the manner of attaching the fore end band which is a different shape and has only one ring rather than the two of the Year IX resulting in the shortening of the wooden stock below the barrel. The other major difference is the fixing of the barrel band - on the Year IX it was held in place by a band spring and on the more robust Year XIII it was held in place by a screwed tang extending rearwards secured in place by the forward lockplate retaining screw. See "French Military Weapons 1717-1938" by Major James F Hicks, page 88.
An excellent Brown Bess socket bayonet for the Brown Bess Musket Pattern 1793 (India Pattern types 1 and 2). Excellent condition with clear inspectors marking of crown over 31 and GILL marking stamped on the forte - the ‘G’ of GILL faded like many of the period. Overall length 22” (558mm), Blade 16.75” (425mm), Socket 4” (100mm), Stud to Muzzle 1.95” (50mm), Muzzle ring diameter (front of socket internal) 23.5mm.
A rare Persian/Indo Persian Mesraq Trident from the late Qajar period. Socket inlaid with silver patterns as is the central part of spearhead in either niello work or koftgari decoration (difficult to tell as scoring for koftgari application is not evident). 23 inches long, 4 inches wide at widest point.
Even patina with no rusting but some loss of silver decoration to both socket and spearhead.
Fine and Rare Silver Mounted 18th Century Ball Reservoir Lightweight "Flintlock" Air Gun with Skeleton Stock by Edward Bate of London (1743-1810). With hallmarked silver mounts of "IK", John King, London silversmith with date letter of 1775. Hexagonal to round blued barrel with much original blue remaining, hexagonal for first 12" with crisp edges, overall barrel length 24.25" of 100 bore with notched rear sight and silver bead front sight (top of bead missing). BATE LONDON inlaid in silver on top flat of barrel with silver inlaid flowers/foliage to breech and foliage engraved tang. Barrel retained by two iron barrel bolts - forward one missing. Horn tipped ramrod. Original brass/copper ball reservoir (with age patina and some dents) screws into barrel under leading edge of lockplate.
The stepped lockplate is signed "BATE" with elaborate engraved scrollwork that incorporates a gun buttstock and hound below the pan and a caduceus and orb at the tail, the orb possibly representing a globe with lines of latitude and longitude. Flintlock mechanism with strong traces of original colour to lockplate, frizzen and frizzen spring in very fine condition. Silver furniture comprises finely engraved hallmarked triggerguard incorporating housing for ball reservoir, silver lattice hallmarked buttplate, silver rosette side nail cups, front and rear ramrod pipes and a silver escutcheon on shoulder of stock with intertwining rop border around the escutcheon. The silver furniture with mainly floral engraving, scrolls and decorative borders. Finely figured Walnut stock has a skeleton butt with engraved pierced lattice buttplate and a raised carved rococo shell and scroll pattern at the apron/tang that is similar to those seen on other Bate air guns. Stock has had minimal repairs and is in excellent restored condition.
The Flintlock mechanism is used to discharge the weapon once the ball reservoir is pumped with sufficient air pressure which, from experience, needs to be pumped up to 2,000 times to enable around a dozen shots without re-pressurizing. An amazingly engineered air gun for its time. All air guns by Bate are rare - silver mounted air guns by Bate are extremely rare and this beautiful lightweight example is amongst the best.
Edward Bate (1743-1810) was a quality gunmaker active in Brownlow Street, Long Acre, London for the period 1763-1778, Contractor to the Ordnance 1779--83. He is noted for his fine airguns including some with similar distinctive skeleton stocks. One such gun by Bate but with iron mounts was previously in the W. Keith Neal Collection - see below.
For similar skeleton stocked example of Bate's Air Guns see:
Christies London, Sale 8934 - FINE ANTIQUE FIREARMS FROM THE W. KEITH NEAL COLLECTION, 9 November 2000, Lot 23 - A Fine 44-Bore 'Flintlock' Sporting Air Gun by Edward Bate, London circa 1775. (some damages and repairs including barrel bolt missing, top jaw and screw replaced - all iron mounts). Price realised: £8,225.
For a non skeleton stocked example, again with iron mounts and some damages including stock bruising, fore end chipped and cracked - Christies London, Sale 6542, FINE ANTIQUE FIREARMS FROM THE W KEITH NEAL COLLECTION, 25 October 2001, Lot 26 - A 120-Bore 'Flintlock' Sporting Air Rifle by Edward Bate London Circa 1770. Price realised: £5,640.
A complete original Flintlock Lock for a Regulation Brown Bess, India Pattern Type 1 with the Swan neck cock, marked TOWER and CROWN over GR with ordnance inspectors mark. Makers/Inspectors marks to inside of lockplate. Excellent condition.
This is an original seven shot charger for a Nock type volley gun which loads all barrels simultaneuosly with a single measured charge of powder, essential as the alternative is to remember which barrels have been loaded individually to avoid doubling the charge.
Made in brass, it is 1.75” wide and 1.375“ deep with a swivel cover marked with an arrow covering seven compartments. Each nozzle centre is .5” from centre of adjoining nozzle so would not be suitable for larger bore volley guns. After filling the compartments with powder flush with the surface ensuring a uniform charge in each barrel, the swivel lid is then closed and the powder discharged through the seven nozzles by sliding the nozzle cover inwards to its ‘open’ position. I have only seen this exact pattern of charger once in a cased set. It is not in Riling and is an extremely rare flask in fine condition. Also very tactile!
A scarce Light Dragoon Officers Private Purchase Flintlock Pistol by Brander & Potts of regulation pattern with 9" musket bore (.75) barrel and regulation brass furniture. No visible proofs to top of barrel but may be underneath as barrel has same patina as other furniture. Walnut full stock, old very neat repair to rear of lock and some cracks to left fore end. Excellent lock is well stamped BRANDER & POTTS and 70 MINORIES, LONDON with throat hole flintcock and excellent working action. Steel ramrod. Brander & Potts operated from 70 The Minories, London between 1802-1827. This type of heavy calibre Brown Bess musket bore flintlock pistol was carried by British and Colonial military officers during the Napoleonic era and beyond.
A good original and rare variation of the Pattern 1793 (India Pattern Type 2) Flintlock Brown Bess with Regulation and Swedish Inspection markings. 39” sighted barrel of.75" bore 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 Ordnance Inspector’s crown mark and arrow below the pan. India Pattern Type 2 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.
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