PREVIOUSLY SOLD GALLERY ~ PAGE 5
Here are examples of stock we have previously sold through this site. Below is a Campaign Writing Slope, an Avar Sword and a Travelling Pistol by Rigby of Dublin.
A GOOD NEW LAND PATTERN FLINTLOCK PISTOL
A good New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol, circa 1800. 9" regulation bore proofed barrel. Flat border engraved lock engraved with a Crown and marked Tower with contractors initials of RW, Robert Wheeler. Flat border engraved ring necked cock, semi waterproof pan. Walnut fullstock with various markings. Regulation brass mounts. Swivel ramrod.
Stock is very good with a well executed old inset repair during working life between triggerguard and ramrod. Iron furniture and barrel with minor pitting. Brass mounts in very good condition.
A NAMED VICTORIAN OFFICERS MILITARY CAMPAIGN WRITING SLOPE WITH PIG STICKING TROPHY AMONGST CONTENTS
A late Victorian Officers Brass Bound Military Campaign Writing Slope, circa 1885. Good quality solid mahogany folding writing slope with brass corner straps. Rectangular escutcheon to top of slope with initials and name: C C Pearson. Original baize lined base. Brass plated lifting handles to each side with a side drawer accessed by opening slope and removing drawer retaining pin. Original ink bottles, original leather skiver, original lock with key and brass/plated furniture. Side drawer contains original items of owner - a black and white photograph in his uniform with medal, a tie with a length of matching ribbon (I would have said medal ribbon but probably related to regimental colours rather than a medal), an ivory letter opener, slope key, typed brief service record and finally a pair of mounted wild boar tusks. Size of slope is 15 inches long, 9 inches wide, 6 inches depth. Campaign slope all original and good condition except for leather skiver cracked and split at folds. Ivory letter opener tip damaged.
The ivory letter opener (pre CITES) is engraved CCP on one side and on the other side is handwritten in ink with details of his unit and various postings/detachments from 1876 including Stubbington, Sandhurst, Bangalore, Dalhousie, Mamund , Bara Valley, Kyber and Ferozepur amongst others. The wild boar tusks are an engraved silver mounted pig sticking trophy with inscription : Speared 19th May /95, Ch. C B P "Rufus". Pig sticking was highly popular with British Officers in India at the time of Pearsons postings. Pearson was the pig sticker who accounted for the pig as the award of its tusks as his initials on the mount proves. Whether the nickname of Rufus was him or the pig is not known!
Charles Coffin Pearson was born on 28 March 1867, son of Lieutenant General Sir Charles Knight Pearson KCMG CB, one of the more successful British Generals in the Zulu Wars who was also present at the Siege of Sevastopol and was mentioned in despatches no less than 11 times. After graduating at Sandhurst, Charles Coffin Pearson was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry on 14 September 1887 with subsequent promotions of Lieutenant 2 June 1891, Captain 5 June 1897, Major 10 July 1907.
He served in the 1897-98 Mohmand Campaign and the Tirah Expeditionary Force for which he was awarded the campaign medal and 2 clasps. The 52nd were in the 2nd Brigade along with the 9th Gurkha Rifles in the Mamund Valley supporting a small force of cavalry including a certain 2nd Lt Winston Churchill who wrote his first non fiction book on the campaign in 1898, The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Pearson retired on 14 September 1907 but re-joined for the Great War in 1914 as Adjutant for the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry.
So many of these military slopes have disappeared out of the direct family of the owner over the years. However, we should be grateful for these surviving items coming onto the market with a story to tell.
A FINE NET ROPE FLASK BY G & J. W. HAWKSLEY, RILING 411
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".
BROWN BESS MUSKET PATTERN 1793 (INDIA PATTERN TYPE 2) WITH REGIMENTAL MARKINGS
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.
FINE LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY SILVER MOUNTED SCOTTISH DIRK
From a collection of Scottish Dirks that included a dated dirk illustrated in James Drummond’s series of watercolours: “Ancient Scottish Weapons” is this good quality late 17th/ early 18th century silver topped dirk with a bog oak grip. This grip has a rich, dark patina with the early four bands style of Celtic interlace ropework carving similar to the example in the Royal Museum of Scotland, item 8 page, 10 of "The Scottish Dirk" by James Forman (that illustrated dirk is dated late 17th century). The final band of carving with haunches evolved from the earlier type of balloch knife. The underside of the pommel is decorated with ten folded rope ribs and the silver top disc/pommel cap is fixed onto the grip by a similar number of silver claws. The tang is secured by a silver mount around the iron button. The 11.5" blade is a cut down sword blade. Overall length 15".
A very rare variant with the silver pommel top disc of this early type of dirk.
A REGULATION FLINTLOCK BROWN BESS MUSKET PATTERN 1793 (INDIA PATTERN TYPE 2)
A Pattern 1793 Flintlock Brown Bess Musket (India Pattern Type 2), Circa 1810. 39" barrel , .75" bore, 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 and Ordnance Inspectors mark of crown over arrow..India Pattern type 2, 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 spliced repaired fore end - probably in period. Overall length 55". Cleaned but very pleasing overall patina.
7TH-9TH CENTURY AVAR STRAIGHT EDGED SABRE/SWORD
The sabre is 35.5" overall with a 29.5" straight single edged blade. The final 6" point of the blade is double edged. The crossguard appears to be made of cast bronze with short straight conical quillons. The Tang is slightly curved ending in a hollow cast bronze pommel which is typical of known Avar weapons from the period. Avar weapons with a single straight cutting edge are sometimes known as proto-sabres as the majority of this type are believed to slightly pre date the earliest curved sabres that they inspired.
This sabre is part of a cache of weapons which were found approximately 20 years ago in the Caucasus region, part of what was historically Avar/Magyar territory. The finest example from the cache was sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by a famous London based dealer (Arms and Armor Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Item 40). The most famous sword of this type is the Sword of Charlemagne (Weltliche Schatzkammer, Vienna) which is believed to be of Avar origin and likely dates to the 8th century. During Charlemagne's eastern campaigns his forces are known to have taken examples of Avar weapons back to Western Europe where they were then used as diplomatic gifts. An example of such gift giving can be found in the Frankish Royal Annals which show that Charlemagne once presented an Avar sword to King Offa of the Anglo-Saxons.
The Sabre is in uncleaned excavated condition.The blade has an even unrestored patina with only minor chips to the cutting edge. The pommel and crossguard are complete but the grip has not survived.
A FINE QUALITY RIGBY PERCUSSION 30 BORE TRAVELLING PISTOL WITH SWIVEL RAMROD AND MAGAZINE TRAP BUTT CIRCA 1843
A fine quality Irish percussion 30 bore travelling pistol by W & J Rigby of Dublin made circa 1843.. Heavy damascus twist barrel and rib signed Dublin on top flat with Irish Firearms Act of 1843 Registration mark. Captive swivel ramrod. Figured walnut finely chequered stock with vacant silver escutcheon under butt. Finely engraved action signed W & J Rigby with platinum breech plug. The Rigby action has the usual three bents. Steel shoulderstrap lifts by means of a latch to reveal a magazine containing two balls and percussion caps. Measures 6.25" overall.
A nearly identical example of this pistol is illustrated in ‘Great Irish Gunmakers, Messrs RIGBY, 1760-1869‘ by D.H.L Back, Page 99, Plate 35.
Sleeper in very good condition. Mechanically sound. Minor stock chequering wear but no stock shrinkage.
CAVALRY/LANCERS PATTERN PERCUSSION PISTOL BY EDWARD BOND MARKED TO THE NATIVE STATE OF BARODA, CIRCA 1862.
A very good quality Cavalry/Lancers pattern percussion pistol made by Edward P Bond circa 1862. Closest in shape and style to the 1858 Pattern Cavalry pistol, this private contract pistol was made by Edward P Bond for use by an officer of Sepoy/Native Cavalry in Baroda - probably the Baroda Residency due to the quality of the item. 15 ½” overall, 9 1/8” round, .65 carbine smoothbore barrel with London proofs and further markings of HOOPER SQUARE, LONDON on top of barrel and inspectors marks linking the barrel and tang as well as N.S. over BDA within an oval. Additionally, there is a triangular mark overlaying the part of the address. New Series type flat border line engraved lock plate, signed EDW.D P. BOND. Excellent quality lock internals. Rounded border engraved hammer. Walnut fullstock with captive swivel rammer, regulation type mounts, comprising butt cap with lanyard ring, brass trigger guard, flat fore end cap, ramrod pipe and single sidenail with brass cup. Engraved brass plate to side with initials which could be the officers initials or the unit initials. Further research required.
This is a rare item for the collector of EIC and similar pistols as I have only seen the NS and BDA markings before on 1853 pattern cavalry swords. Condition is excellent, consistent patina and traces of original finish, strong markings and very good stock with minimal handling marks.
Edward Philip Bond is noted in Blackmore, Gunmakers of London 1350-1850, as Contractor to Ordnance 1856 and East India Company 1844-1853. He is recorded at Hooper Square 1862-1870.
Baroda was an Indian princely state, ruled by the Gaekwad dynasty from its formation in 1721. Following the Second Anglo-Maratha War of 1803–1805, the Gaekwads of Baroda made peace with the British, entering into a subsidiary alliance which acknowledged British suzerainty and control of the state's external affairs in return for retaining internal autonomy. A wealthy state due to the lucrative cotton trade as well as rice, wheat and sugar, it was one of the largest and richest of the hundreds of princely states existing alongside British India.
RARE 17TH/18TH CENTURY SCRIMSHAW POWDER HORN FLASK DECORATED WITH MASONIC SYMBOLS AND IMAGES
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.
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