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Velo-Dog "Tue Tue" Revolver By G. Morian, Paris c.1900
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As the cycling trend grew, so too did the complaints from riders about the nuisance of stray dogs. Whilst this routine hazard was for the most part uneventful, cyclists were rightly fearful of aggressive dogs and the possibility of attack from rabid canines. In fact the risk was such that in 1894, Charles-François Galand offered the civilian market a new cartridge for use in his petite 5-shot revolvers. He called his new small diameter centre-fire cartridges, "Velo-Dogs," which proved themselves to be significantly more capable than any similar sized rimfire cartridges of the time. In fact, Velo Dog revolvers became hugely popular, which led to them being copied, modified and reproduced, resulting in many derivatives. Although any revolver chambered for the cartridge will be a Velo Dog by default, by and large Velo Dog pistols tend to be characterised as palm size, gate loading revolvers with folding triggers, making them very handy for pocket carry. Overall, most were reasonably well made, but some were downright crude.

Interestingly, Galand's arms catalogue showed the availability of two models; the first was the typical Velo-Dog but the other, which was named the "Tue Tue" ("Kill Kill"), was a little larger than expected and featured a trigger guard, with both a loading gate and a swing out cylinder.

Meanwhile G. Morian, a competing Parisian supplier of arms and swordsticks, offered gentlemen his improved vision of Galland's Tue Tue: A 6-shot Velo Dog with both a gate load option for top up reloads; a sprung swing out cylinder with star ejector; a discreet bobbed hammer allowing use in both double and single action mode, safety lock; plus a larger grip; adjustable foresight and floating firing pin. All in all, this was indeed a superior and very well made Velo Dog revolver, perhaps intended for the more advanced shooter, versed in the handling of small arms.

Presented in full working order, this Velo Dog is signed "G. Morian Paris." It is in good condition throughout, but does show some age wear and pitting to the left of the frame, but is generally sharp with much original blue and excellent bore. Allegedly this revolver was worn by a detective in an ankle holster, in the service of La Sûreté in France.

The 5.75 mm Velo Dog is an obsolete calibre firearm, which may be owned subject to conditions and restrictions of the Firearms Act 1968.

Barrel length = 1¾ inches
Overall length = 5½ inches

Code: 50818Price: 650.00 GBP

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80B Webley Wedge Frame Percussion Revolver, c.1862
Introduced in 1857, this Webley Wedge Frame revolver was made in three sizes. However, with production concentrating on the 54 bore military spec versions, these 80 bore examples are rare to find. As the mid sized offering, this revolver was retailed by Griffiths & Worsley of Manchester, c.1862. It is offered in good condition and full working order, with tight indexing, decent nipples, screws, grips and some original finish, with the rest to a dark patina.

An example of a full size Webley Wedge Frame 54 bore revolver is also available on this website. It is shown in the last image together with the 80 bore - sold separately.

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Code: 50817Price:

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54B Webley Wedge Frame Percussion Revolver, c.1862
Introduced in 1857, Webley Wedge Frames were known as robust and reliable revolvers, making them a popular choice among British Army officers. Certainly, this 54 bore example with its plain unadorned finish, may well have been one of those intended for the military market.

Presented in full working order, this heavy duty revolver is in very good condition with strong springs and good indexing cylinder with decent nipples. Overall the pistol shows signs of service wear, but has nevertheless retained good angles, screws and excellent grips.

Although Webley introduced a Solid Frame version in 1859, demand for their Wedge Frame revolvers continued. This is evident from the fact that this revolver was retailed by Griffiths & Worsley, a gunmaker operating in Manchester between 1862 to 1868, who also supplied medium sized 80 bore and smaller 120 bore pocket revolvers to the same design. An example of the 80 bore revolver is available on this website - sold separately.

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Code: 50816Price:

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Heavy Cavalry "W.A." Percussion Pistol, c.1845
An excellent example of an English heavy cavalry type percussion pistol, stamped "W.A." on the woodwork and barrel - reputedly having been reworked by the Woolwich Arsenal, c.1845. At any rate, such pistols are not unique as other identical examples are known to exist, each bearing the same W.A. markings. These all appear to have been official armoury constructed pistols, which share additional characteristics, in so much as they have been assembled from obsolete stock parts. Perhaps they may have been intended for supply to militia forces.

Interestingly though, whatever the circumstances leading to their creation, these regulation barrelled pistols bear the crowned GR proof and view marks of arms issued much earlier in life. Furthermore, since this pistol's adaptation and refit, it seems to have had little or no additional use - probably having remained in an armoury store.

Presented in a generally excellent and untouched condition, this pistol makes for a fascinating example of British resourcefulness. Complete with its plain robust and strong working lock, plus, an original iron ramrod, attractive brass fittings and sharp furniture throughout.

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Code: 50752Price: 520.00 GBP

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50B Percussion Pistol & Side Spring Bayonet, c.1810
A little longer than usual, this single shot sash pistol features a formidable sprung bayonet, which deploys smartly when the side mounted locking catch is disengaged.

Presented in good working order, this personal defence weapon has seen extended service, which has left it rubbed overall. To the side of the working box lock action, the gunmaker's name is part visible, though it is believed to have been signed by, "Richards." London proofs are also present on the barrel.

With the finish now reduced to an aged mottled brown, salt and pepper patina, this pistol would benefit from a light clean. Nevertheless the pistol is intact with strong working springs. The bag shaped butt also shows some slight shrinkage, but it is interestingly marked with the crest of a titled gentleman, consisting of a Noble's Crown above a static heron holding a serpent in its bill. The pistol also comes with a simple tapered wood ramrod.

Overall a complete dual function pistol, which can be improved with careful cleaning.

Barrel length = 6½ inches
Overall length = 10½ inches

Code: 50809Price: 525.00 GBP

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Antique Bronze & Oak Signal Mortar, c.1900
An antique model of a mortar, with bronze four stage barrel, raised astragal rings and a pair of basal trunnions mounted on an iron-clad oak frame. The large barrel, which is of approximately 4 bore, is clear through to the narrower chamber and raised vent.

Overall an attractive and robustly made mortar of proportions which suggest that it was made as a gentleman's desk ornament.

Barrel length = 2¾ inches
Overall length = 7½ inches

Code: 50774Price:

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French Cannon Barrel Pistol By Bonnand, c.1790
A superb late 18th century travelling pistol, signed "Bonnand."
Presented in full working order, this 54 bore pistol, with its turn off cannon barrel, is decorated in French style. Attractive silver wire inlay and eagle's head pommel, suggest that this pistol was of high quality.

Now converted to percussion, this pistol with its rounded lock, is aesthetically beautiful. Altogether a great example for the collector.

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Code: 50803Price: 525.00 GBP

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Gentleman's Brass Pocket Pistol By W. Bond, c.1835
In 1768, when William Bond opened his gun shop at 45 Cornhill, unbeknown to him, he was founding a dynasty of gunmakers. All talented craftsmen, the Bonds worked at this address in London for over 60 years. Then, in 1830, a later William Bond moved premises to 59 Lombard Street, where successive generations remained until 1879.

This 50 bore percussion pistol was therefore made by the later William Bond, c.1835. With its brass box lock engraved with a stand of arms and sunburst details around the touch hole, the pistol is a fine example of the gunmaker's skill. A short turn-off barrel, sliding safety and concealed trigger, makes this a very pocketable defence pistol for the gentleman. In full working order and with an attractive, well fitting slab sided butt, all together makes this example one for the collector.

Barrel length = 1½ inches
Overall length = 6 inches

Code: 50808Price:

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Ottoman Empire Fighting Man's Kabur Flintlock, c.1800
A good Ottoman Empire kabur (holster) flintlock, dating to c.1800. this pistol is well made with traditional Zulfikar decoration, carved wood and fine silver wire inlayed into the butt, depicting a Shamshir sword, swirl patterns and other artefacts. A large metal emblem can also be found on the butt, which leads down to a brass long eared pommel - one ear having been repaired during its working life.

Presented in full working order, this pistol is in overall sleepy condition, with no losses or wood repairs, although silver wire has be wound around the barrel to strengthen the muzzle.

Generally the pistol is in good condition with no serious loss or major repair. Basically a sleepy example with dark age patina and traditional faux ramrod.

Good examples of Ottoman Empire pistols are sought after and this one is certainly in collectable condition, easily improved with light cleaning if desired.

Barrel length = 11 inches
Overall length = 19 inches

Code: 50814Price: 550.00 GBP

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T. Hill & Son, Webley Bentley 80 Bore "Safety" Revolver, c.1860
A Webley Bentley "Safety" revolver made c.1860, and now in need of some attention.

This medium size revolver is in decent condition, all working and locking tight with a strong mainspring. However, the trigger return spring does not function. Good nipples and grips and the vestiges of the name, "T. Hill And Son" engraved on the barrel flat, make this a reasonable project worth considering.

With the rammer also lacking, this English percussion revolver is priced for the gunsmith enthusiast to restore.

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Code: 50813Price: 275.00 GBP

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