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Colt London Agency .31 Pocket Revolver, c.1867The 1849 Pocket Model was Colt's most widely carried revolver, which remained in production for 23 years. However, this variant is a rarer six-shooter - most were five shot revolvers. It was assembled in New York and then sent to their London agency in 1867. As such, it also has the "L" [London] marked iron back strap and trigger guard.
Slim and eminently packable, this revolver is in good working order with a crisp action, sharp profiles and clear but slightly worn 'Stage-Coach Robbery' cylinder scene. Well defined inscriptions, matching numbers throughout and a pleasing dark age patina, plus some traces of original finish, as well as a good bore, add up to making this a collectable Colt.
Barrel length - 5 inches
Overall length - 9.5 inches
Crown Contract Officer's Flintlock by Barnett, c.1810A good government contract flintlock by Barnett, made c.1810, which bears a crown inspector's mark over "2" on the signed lock. This officer's pistol is of the Light Dragoon pattern, with its regulation barrel showing London proofs, together with an interesting and deeply struck stamp of a star above a pair of letters, which are believed to be, "RS." Another unidentified cartouche of entwined letters can also be found stamped into the woodwork towards the left of the side plate.
The flintlock is fully functioning with a strong action and dark patina, showing signs of former service use, leaving a good cosmetic appearance throughout. The pistol has also retained its original ramrod.
It is known that John Edward Barnett, who operated between 1810 - 1842, was also a contractor to the Customs and Ordnance.
A good find for the collector.
Barrel length = 9 inches
Overall length = 15 inches
Code: 50728Price: 795.00 GBP
Customs Officer's Brass Barrelled Flintlock By Barnett, c.1810ZMW Militaria recently sold an identical Barnett flintlock, which was duly attributed to, H.M. Customs. That particular pistol bore a clear, "CUSTOMS," property mark, impressed into the flat atop the brass barrel. The officer's flintlock presented here however, does not have that property mark.
On the subject of property marking, traditional hand engraving methods were the most common means of applying ownership details to any service weapon. Hand engraving was relatively quick and easy to apply, whereas the mechanical stamping of an item first required expensive tooling to be obtained. Of course once equipped with a dye, the act of stamping a pistol during its assembly, became an even simpler process.
John Edward Barnett was one of the most prolific contractors to the Board of Customs, 1810 -1842, yet few of his "Customs Pattern" flintlocks are ever found thusly marked. Nevertheless, it seems that of those pistols that likely served, Barnett had reserved a space on the barrel flat, where the gunmaker might otherwise have placed his Minories address - This space has however been left vacant. Perhaps the Board of Customs just did not feel any urgent need to marking its weapons?
Brass barrelled pistols are believed to have been carried on Customs' cutters operating at sea.
Offered in full working order, the pistol is in excellent condition, complete with original ramrod and worm.
A superb find for the collector.
Barrel length = 8 inches
Overall length = 13.5 inches
Code: 50727Price: 1390.00 GBP
Unusual Large French Military Percussion Pistol, c.1840Selling on consignment: An unusual and large French military pistol that has been armoury adapted.
Presented in working order, this gun appears to be an official fusion of French military or gendarmerie designs from the 1840s. With the lock bearing armoury details relating to the Manufacture Impériale de Tulle, this pistol may originally have been a rampart weapon. Furthermore, when it was armoury modified, the barrel was shortened and a belt hook added. As such, it is possible that it was once used as a prison weapon.
As is, the pistol is certainly an interesting adaptation of a service firearm, offered in working order.
Code: 50722Price: 375.00 GBP
Victorian Customs "Day & Night" Nautical SpyglassThis is a genuine Victorian officer's, brass two draw nautical spyglass, marked to the "Customs" and signed, "Dolland London." Cosmetically there is a good mix of patina and brighter colouring to the body and extending tube, as well as general surface wear, including a slight seem split. Nevertheless the glass is optically in excellent condition, with no obvious damage to the lenses. None of the minor defects affect the function of this fine telescope, that still gives a bright and clear view of distant objects. It is additionally marked, "Day and Night."
With a diameter of 2½ inches, fully drawn with sun hood extended, the telescope measures 39½ inches in length. Closed down to its smallest size, it measures 20½ inches, with the optional hood making a difference of 4½ inches. A dust cover is present to protect the eyepiece.
Code: 50726Price: 290.00 GBP
Genuine English Gun Box, c.1855A good quality English gun box that once held a large revolver. Retaining all its original green baize lining and compartments, the box is presented in very good condition, with some minor wear from use.
Although this pistol case appears untouched, it has no gunmaker's label. In fact, it looks as though there was never a label present.
For measurements, see last image. Dimensions are all in centimetres.
Tower Coastguard Flintlock Pistol, c.1825Rarely seen, these Tower pattern flintlocks are something of a paradox among the stable of other regulation service pistols, but they were not the first compact Board of Ordnance pistol to be issued. That distinction belongs to the earlier pistols first used by the Preventive Water Guard, which were literally no more than, radically cutdown ex Royal Navy Sea Service flintlocks. However, it was those armoury chopped guns that were the inspiration for this pistol, that became designated as the "Coastguard" pattern.
The Preventive Water Guard were themselves established in 1809, by the Board of Customs, as a proactive law enforcement service tasked with stopping the smugglers' trade. By 1816 the PWG came under the control of the Treasury, who in cooperation with the Board of Trade supplied additional training and new specialist lifesaving equipment. In exchange for their investment, the guard were now expected to go to the aid of stricken mariners and to protect the shipwrecked cargoes from looters, but their primary objective was changed to one of revenue collecting.
By 1822 the PWG came under government review, which resulted in their return to Customs' control. From there on, the guard became known as the, "Coastguard," returning to their original calling as an effective armed anti-smuggling force.
"Tower" marked on the lock tail, this flintlock is one of the Coastguard's service pistols, all fully ordnance marked on the bolted lock, as well as having an extra crown stamp to the barrel tang. Presented in good working order, with strong springs, the iron work is showing a grey age patina, with some surface pitting and speckling. Woodwork is generally good, but has some evident wear and service knocks, as well as a stamped Board of Ordnance mark. There is also a small closed loss to the wood at the front of the lock, just beneath the frizzen spring - this is not immediately noticeable.
All in all, a rare flintlock, seldom found in such good condition.
Barrel length = 4¼ inches
Overall length =
80 Bore Adams' Wadded Bullet Revolver, c.1851This six-shot Birmingham gun trade self-cocking revolver is an evolution in design, thanks to the improvements made by Robert Adams and his development of the wadded bullet, in 1851.
Adams' newly designed bullets featured a fibrous wad, pinned to a spigot on the bullet's base. The benefits of this wad were several; bullets could be seated more easily into their cylinder, without the need for a forceful rammer; either soft or hard lead alloys could be used as shaved debris was eliminated; faster reloading times resulted, as the friction fit to the chamber wall was taken care of mainly by the wad. Furthermore, if harder lead bullets were used, this opened up the prospect of achieving higher muzzle velocities with less bore fouling.
Presented in full working order, the main feature of this 80 bore percussion revolver is its sprung loaded plunger. As the task of bullet seating was made easier using wadded bullets, the plunger needed only to be operated by an effortless finger push. All springs and action operate without fault - Indexing and cylinder timing are all rock solid. Cosmetically the revolver is good, with micro groove rifling and excellent grips, as well as much original finish, showing some surface speckling and light pitting around the barrel and frame.
A rare revolver in good collectable condition.
Barrel length = 4½ inches
Overall length = 10 inches
Code: 50723Price: 590.00 GBP
Crimean War Exigency - Colt Navy .36 Revolver, c.1853When Colt opened their London premises in 1853, this revolver was among the earliest Model 1851 Navy pistols to leave the Pimlico factory. In fact, Colt's records actually document the manufacture date for this pistol as being 1852. However, the most intriguing detail about this particular revolver, is the absence of all British proof marks: At least one other "London" specimen is also known, which incidentally is serially numbered to within 250 pieces of this pistol. This anomaly was no doubt caused by an unprecedented occurrence, which dominated the life and times of this revolver.
Knowing that the Crimean War was by now being waged, historians have discovered that a batch of London .36" Colt Navy revolvers were indeed ordered by the government, granting dispensation for these Colts to be exempted from all proof requirements. This was a crisis measure done to facilitate the revolvers' immediate delivery to Southampton Docks, where waiting troop ships were about to set sail to the Balkans.
By the end of the war, the Royal Navy is documented to have acquired 4,000 Colt revolvers, with a further 5,000 having been procured for the War Department. Most of these of course went through the regular channels of proof... with only the early exigency models being without. Sold un-proofed, this revolver and its other known counterpart continued in service, to a point where they eventually required refurbishment. At that time the US naval cylinder scene was officially removed, but the serial numbers were left intact. After being reworked, where appropriate they were marked with a WD and crow's foot stamp. This is evident on the second specimen Colt, but the one offered here remained sterile, despite showing the same armoury characteristics of being reworked. From thereon, many government Colt Navy revolvers were redistributed, with supplies going to the Dockyard Constabulary as well as overseas police forces, but may more went on to serve in India, in the aftermath of the Mutiny.
Although unmarked, the facts and comparisons to the other known "WD" example, taken together present compelling circumstantial evidence which points to this Colt Navy as being one of the earlier examples to be accepted into military service within British armed forces.
Presented in full and strong working order, this mismatched revolver uses the cylinder of another early Colt Navy. Sharp angles and a deep patina throughout, make this an overall attractive piece for the collector of historic firearms. With good nipples, some light surface pitting and original domed screw heads, it is clear that this pistol has been professionally maintained, which has left it with a very good bore with well defined rifling. A small and almost unnoticeable loss to the toe of the left grip, has also been well repaired in antiquity.
All in all a rare variant for the Colt collector.
Code: 50716Price: 1295.00 GBP
Model 1851 Colt Navy - British Service Holster, c.1854This is a rare British leather service holster made to fit the Colt Navy with 7½" barrel. It is contemporary to the Crimean War period and to the revolver being offered on this site, but it was not obtained with the pistol.
The holster is of excellent quality, being made from black and tan double skinned leather, which is still supple. Light wear and surface crazing is evident, but the holster remains functional, despite some separation to the stitching as shown.
All in all, a rare holster to add value to your revolver collection.
To be sold without the revolver, which is available as a separate listed item.
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