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Coastguard Pattern Pistol c.1850Selling on consignment: A Coastguard patten percussion pistol with proof marks and inspector's stamps. Offered in presentable condition, this pistol does show signs of overall cleaning and wear but nevertheless, it retains many original features including, swivelling ramrod and Crown marked belt hook. Some closed fractures to the right of the forend suggest that the pistol has led an active service life yet, this robust pistol remains in full working order.
N.B. Although photographed without the lanyard ring, the original one has been retained by the owner and will be supplied fitted to the pistol. It was removed to allow it to fit into a display case.
Code: 50965Price: 390.00 GBP
Deane Harding 54 Bore Percussion Revolver c.1860First made in 1858, this scarce 54 bore revolver was made by Deane & Sons in partnership with their hired company manager, James William Harding. This was an unusual union brought about after the Deane-Adams relationship dissolved, when Robert Adams left the company to ally with the London Arms Company, allowing them to take over production of the Beaumont Adams revolver.
Needing a large frame double action revolver to compete with the likes of Adams, Tranter and Webley, the Deane-Harding relationship offered to provide a high-quality firearm suitable for military applications. These revolvers differed substantially from others by virtue of their two-part barrel and frame assembly that relied on a hinge and hook to lock both parts together. The concept resulted in a strong revolver but mechanically it failed to gain widespread approval in military circles. Certainly, when Lord Roberts influentially wrote in an English firearms publication that the gun, “Could always be depended upon to malfunction at a critical moment," his comments impacted on sales. In the end, Deane turned his sights toward the civilian market and the production of smaller calibre pistols. Sales of the expensive London Deane-Harding revolver were slow, so the company approached the Birmingham Gun Trade to manufacture the pistol more cheaply. A cartridge version of the revolver later appeared, which continued in production until the early 1870s.
This London proofed Deane-Harding revolver has an all over dark aged patina, however, it is mechanically in need of some attention - The double action is working but the trigger return spring and hand are missing. Nevertheless, the revolver is visually complete with an attractive salt and pepper speckled and lightly dimpled surface, which has retained good angles as well as having a readable "Deane Harding" makers and Patent legend. The top strap is however unattributed. Decent grips, nice nipples and a good mainspring make this revolver worthy of further preservation.
Barrel length = 6 inches
Overall length = 12 inches
Pre War .177" Webley Senior Air Pistol, c.1936In 1935 Webley updated their iconic range of air weapons with the introduction of a slant gripped "Senior" pistol. This pistol was the top of the range until war broke out, at which point production of sporting guns was halted to allow Webley to concentrate on military arms manufacture.
This early example, which dates to around 1936, is presented in good condition and strong working order. Retaining strong traces of original blue finish, the rest of the pistol has a wonderful dark age patina and best of all, shows no evidence of abuse. Perfect grips, clear body stamps showing 1925 patent dates, good screw heads and a crisp clean bore, all in all, make this air pistol one for the shooter or collector.
Wishing You All A Happy New Year!Here's something to be happy about in 2019; to celebrate the New Year, ZMW Militaria is pleased to offer our customers a selection of collector grade items at special prices, with free UK postage.
Code: 50941Price: On Request
1938 Royal Air Force Mess Room Fusee Clock2019 New Year Special
A pre WW2 RAF fusee mantelpiece clock made by Elliott - having the movement dated to 1938. These much sought after 8 day clocks, served in officers' Mess Rooms at RAF stations. This example has a good and unrestored oak case, which is in excellent condition, having a rich and well figured grain. It is free from damage and repair, although a latch was fitted at some point to the clock's back door panel. The clock retains its original and unrestored silvered dial, as well as having genuine spade and poker hands. Furthermore, the brass bezel has not been polished, so it has retained much of its gilt finish, albeit a little speckled with age. When placed on a level surface, these chain driven and robustly built clocks, are more than capable of delivering accurate timekeeping.
Code: 50958Price: 995.00 GBP
Rare & Important Longines Explorer's Pocket Watch, c.18952019 New Year Special
Longines has a tradition of being an innovative watch company, keen to associate itself with all manner of world record breaking achievements. As such, Longines was often chosen by pioneering greats to assist in their endeavours. Whether it was on the railways, or far off Antarctic exploration, aerial conquest, ocean navigation... and the list goes on, Longines was always involved. However, one area of particular interest for the watch historian has been in the pursuit of military issue Longines watches - particularly in the diver's watch category where they do indeed hold a notable wartime intrigue. Yet their speciality waterproof watches can be traced right back to watches such as this extremely rare Longines' Explorer's Pocket Watch.
Dating to 1895, this Longines Explorer is for all intents, the missing link - an ancestor of the Special Forces diver's watches issued to the first Allied frogmen in WW2: Starting out as a waterproof silver pocket watch with the distinctive canteen screw down cover to seal the watch winder, the resulting dive-watches evolved by the mere addition of strap lugs to an improved watertight case.
This particular Longines watch is also identical to the Explorers' Watches designed for the the Royal Geographic Society in the late Victorian era. Many of these are documented by the RGS as having served on notable scientific and surveying expeditions, which add considerable worth to them.
The Longines Explorer's Watch being offered here, was made for the London firm of Searle & Co. It was made entirely at the Longines' factory at Saint Imier, a fact which can be confirmed by the presence of Longines serial numbers inside the watch case. Furthermore, this watch is presented in remarkably good condition, free from significant service wear, showing only signs of careful carry, with just one barely obvious hairline in the vicinity of the stylised Roman IIII. The early original leather seals are also still intact, which would have been packed with wax and grease to ensure a hermetic seal. The silver hallmarked case screws up very securely and houses the excellent Longines Lepine 'Adjusted' movement, jewelled to the centre and looking factory fresh. Working well and keeping good time, the watch shows no sign of any inappropriate meddling - nor has it been serviced. A truly beautiful sleeper that could be a special one of a kind, made by Longines on a commission.
Worthy of further research, this Longines Explorer's Watch would certainly be an important addition to a collection of early watertight timepieces and, being dent free and altogether in premium condition, will be next to impossible to improve upon.
Code: 50943Price: 2750.00 GBP
1W.O.R. - Canadian Expeditionary Force - Ross Bayonet, c.19142019 New Year Special
Shortly after the outbreak of WW1, the Canadian government assembled a military force at Camp Valcartier in Quebec, destined for England. This became the original Canadian Expeditionary Force, which by the end of the war numbered 260 battalions. However, these very first troops were the ones that formed the 1st Battalion, of the 1st Brigade, of the 1st Canadian Division - Their unit was named the, 1st Western Ontario Regiment. As such, this Pattern 1911 Ross Bayonet Mk II, can be attributed to being one of their issue blades, clearly marked with the Canadian broad arrow and "1WOR" stamp on the grip. The 1st Western Ontario Regiment went on to fight at Ypres in 1915.
Presented in excellent and untouched condition, this bayonet is fully marked, complete with its original leather scabbard, likewise in excellent order.
Code: 50945Price: 175.00 GBP
Police Pistol By Parker Field & Sons, c.18452019 New Year Special
A rare Constabulary Pattern tunic coat pistol by Parker Field & Sons, c.1845 (See "Police Firearms Officers' Association" website for an identical pistol).
It is documented in the police archives that as late as 1856, the Metropolitan Police purchased pistols of this design with swivelling rammers, at a cost of £2 6 shillings apiece, for issue to their Inspectors.
Serially numbered and with an impressed rack number on the furniture, this is an overall very good example of its type, although it has a working life repair at the front - This has been very well executed in antiquity. Offered with a strong working action, crisp marking, original barrel colours and good bore.
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Code: 50948Price: 750.00 GBP
Rare Cased "Webley & Sons" 120 Bore Revolver, c.18582019 New Year Special
Early Webley signed revolvers are rare simply because most of the arms made in their formative years, were sold to the wider guntrade. Consequently, although they made many pistols, most only bear the name of the retailers. Certainly, when Webley & Sons were established in 1854 they did well, but their significant successes came some years after as a result of their innovation towards breach loading firearms. Thanks to the run of government contracts that followed, the Webley name gained acclaim worldwide as gunmakers of established repute. From then on Webley routinely commenced to marking their arms with their details. This means that to find an early percussion pistol parked as retailed by "Webley & Sons," is something of a rarity.
Presented here is just such a signed "Webley & Sons" wedge frame revolver of around 120 bore, complete with its case and period accoutrements. It is offered in near excellent condition, showing little sign of use and retaining much original finish, good micro bore and chambers. Mechanically the action is fully working, with perfect timing and good lock up.
The period wooden case all appears to be original and in excellent condition, although no gun maker label is present - In fact it looks to have never had a label. The case has its original olive felt lining and the compartment contains accoutrements comprising of; a nipple wrench with pricker, pincer ball mould marked "100," a cap tin, two piece cleaning rod with worm and jag, a powder flask and an oil bottle, the latter of which is probably a quality replacement. A quantity of bullets are also present.
Overall, a good looking outfit for the Webley connoisseur.
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Victorian Special Constable's Police Truncheon, c.18352019 New Year Special
A plain William Parker police truncheon, typical of the less elaborately decorated versions issued to the Special Constabulary, c.1835.
Presented in very good condition, with minor service wear and marks to finish, the body of the truncheon is mainly of a flat black finish, with the "VR" monogram and "Special Constable" rank being depicted in gilt. Good clear stamps to base of ribbed handle.
Code: 50946Price: 90.00 GBP
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