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US Army M1836 Flintlock Pistol By A. WatersRegarded by the military as a fine 54 bore single shot muzzle loader, the Model 1836 was to be the last flintlock to be issued to the US Army. Around 41,000 of these pistols were made by Asa Waters of Millbury Massachusetts, becoming the standard issue pistol during the Mexican War. Most were later converted to percussion ignition, so to find an early example as this one is, in unmodified condition, is a rarity.
Most of the conversions ended up in storage and when the Civil War broke out, many were taken from the southern State arsenals by the Confederacy. It is also suspected that many of the M1836 pistols went on to serve with the navy, used as boarding pistols filled with shot.
This original example offered here is in good condition and bears the early date of "1837" on the lock plate. Some service wear is evident, but the pistol remains in solid condition and working order. The sighted barrel has the vestiges of markings towards the breach, but they are worn, nevertheless these indicate military heritage. A "K" sub inspector's mark is still clearly visible forward of the trigger guard, as is an "H" mark stamped beneath the brass pan.
Generally presented in unmolested condition, this flintlock has good age patina with some minor pitting to the ironwork. Whilst the half stock has an old armoury repair to the butt, it nevertheless is solid and displays very well.
Overall a good robust example in sleepy condition.
Barrel length = 8½ inches
Overall length = 14½ inches
Code: 50708Price: 790.00 GBP
Court or Police Brass & Ash Tipstaff, c.1830An excellent and original 19th Century tipstaff used as a symbol of office by the courts and police. This tipstaff has a brass tubular body, with a heavy crown top mounted onto an ash wood grip.
In tree lore, the ash wood handle may have been chosen as it is said to be a symbol of power, used to ward off evil.
Overall excellent condition, with little or no wear.
Overall length = 11 inches
Code: 50707Price: 250.00 GBP
1885 T Division Metropolitan Police Issue WhistleFollowing their successful trials conducted on Hounslow Heath, Hudsons' police whistles were first supplied to the Metropolitan Police in 1884. As such, this whistle was among the first of the "Police Calls" to have been made and this early "498" issue number is documented to have been delivered to Hammersmith Police Station in 1885, which was then part of T Division, as is Chiswick, Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding areas. Interestingly, this whistle was acquired from a family house in Chiswick.
Very few police whistles have survived in this wonderful condition, especially when you realise that they were first worn overtly, hanging down the front of the constable's tunic, with the whistle tucked behind the belt buckle. As such, they were prone to be easily dented, or even crushed during scuffles.
The rare example on offer here, is made of nickel silver and comes in its original form. Most early MP whistles have had their mouthpieces changed, top rings replaced or their diaphragms repaired, but this one has survived in near perfect condition. It even bears its original, crowned B1 acceptance mark, stamped on the top ring by the examining inspector.
A rare whistle presented in a condition that would be difficult to improve upon.
Code: 50706Price: 290.00 GBP
Victorian Special Constable's Police Truncheon, c.1835A plainer 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: 50705Price: 120.00 GBP
Victorian Police Constable's Truncheon, c.1835Made and signed by William Parker, this early New Police truncheon is in very good and original condition. It shows general service wear and some scrapes to the painted surface, but the colours are nevertheless bright and vivid, depicting the Queen's Crown over VR, and the rank of "Constable." All maker's stamps are clear and the stick retains a fragment of the leather strap on the ribbed handle.
1W.O.R. - Canadian Expeditionary Force - Ross Bayonet, c.1914Shortly 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: 50703Price: 250.00 GBP
Lancaster P1855 Bayonet & ScabbardAn excellent example of a Lancaster P1855 bayonet complete with its rare military marked scabbard.
Overall this bayonet is free of damage or other abuse, retaining its original factory polish, as well as having good crisp and clear marking comprising of; broad arrow, "X" bend test mark and other numerous inspection stamps.
This Lancaster bayonet comes with its military marked leather scabbard, which is likewise in excellent condition with good and firm brass mounts, showing no shrinkage or cracks, but some of the stitching is undone.
Code: 50700Price: 325.00 GBP
Metropolitan Police - Thames River Police Sword P1868A rare P1868 Thames River Police issue sword, with brass grips and knucklebow, marked to the ricasso with the maker's name, "Field." "MP" property mark, broad arrow, "X" bend test mark and several inspectors' stamps present. All markings are sharp and clear.
Overall this sword is in excellent condition, with no evident damage to the blade, which retains its factory polish and now, a light surface patina. No scabbard.
Code: 50701Price: 320.00 GBP
Remington .31 New Model Pocket Percussion Revolver, c.1865An excellent Remington New Model Pocket Revolver, which as the name suggests, was designed for unobtrusive pocket carry. However, the slightly longer barrelled revolvers were sometimes worn in a holster concealed in the waistband at the small of the back. They were distinctive, robust 5 shot revolvers with sheathed triggers and a slim profile, making them ideal for self protection, or for use as a back-up.
The first New Model Pockets appeared in 1865 and used percussion ignition. Soon after though, Remington began to offer the same revolvers but with a modified breech loading cylinder, chambered for the .32 Rimfire cartridge. Remington continued to manufacture the converted revolvers until 1873, making a total of of around 25,000.
Today, finding a Remington percussion Pocket revolver that has not been converted is scarce, and finding one in such excellent condition is rare indeed. Cosmetically, this example retains much original finish to the barrel, with dulled blue to the cylinder and fading colouring/patina around the frame; whilst mechanically the action works crisply and has solid timing with lock-up. Only the grip plate to the right shows sign of repair, which is common on this model due to the slim nature of the grip, but this has been executed well (as shown). Bore, chambers and all nipples are in good order and the profiles and engravings are all sharp - Difficult to improve upon.
An excellent example of a classic muzzle loader.
Barrel length = 3.5 inches
Overall length = 8 inches
Code: 50699Price: 1190.00 GBP
Light Dragoon Flintlock by Durs Egg, c.1800A regulation pattern Light Dragoon flintlock made by Durs Egg, most probably for a volunteer regiment in, c.1800. The pistol has the earlier desirable radiused lock plate and swan neck cock, which is in working order with strong springs and all signed by Egg. The tapering barrel is also signed, together with "London," as well as bearing Tower private proofs.
Cosmetically, it can be seen that this flintlock has seen extended service, which has left the iron work uniformly covered in light surface pitting and woodwork covered with surface bruises, leaving an uneven and mottled appearance. The iron parts are untouched however, the woodwork shows signs of old repairs and some previous light scrubbing to the brass butt cap - This can be improved.
An interesting and early Light dragoon flintlock by a top end maker, at an attractive price.
Barrel length = 9 inches
Overall length = 15.5 inches
Code: 50698Price: 695.00 GBP
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