1 of 300 Rare Sharps 1870 Trial Rifle
This is an extraordinary rifle!
In 1870 the US Ordnance Department purchased 300 of what would become known as the M1874 breechblock from Sharps. Springfield Armory used these new M1874 pattern blocks, newly modified levers, and parts of their own manufacture (or modification) to assemble 300 trial rifles. Like the guns that had been altered by Springfield, these new Type II rifles were ... read more
Exquisite flintlock turn off pocket pistol by Brasher
This exquisite little turnoff pocked pistol was manufactured circa 1790 by John Brasher (1758-1836).
John Brasher was a quality gunmaker who had shops in Birmingham and London and was renowned for his large bore pistols in contrast to this piece.
Clearly commissioned for a person of substance the pistol’s walnut butt is decorated with silver filigree inlay and features a silver (v... read more
Scarce Civil War Bacon 2nd Model Revolver
The Bacon Arms Company was established by Thomas K Baker (1813-1873) in 1859. Baker was a machinist. Bacon manufactured parts at first for another well-known gun maker, Ethan Allen, before establishing his first company between 1847 and 1850. The production was small and total employees never exceeded about fifteen, and it failed around 1856. In 1859 the second company was born, Bacon Manufact... read more
Magnificent Officers Presentation Pistols by T Mortimer Edinburgh
I don’t think I have used the accolade magnificent before in describing guns but quite simply, this presentation pair of belt pistols are magnificent.
This is a superlative cased set of 16 bore belt pistols with extraordinary provenance manufactured by the famous gunsmith Thomas Mortimer with a precise manufacturing date of 1849.
Thomas Elsworth Mortimer was born on 9 September 18... read more
Interesting Triplett & Scott Civil War Civil War Carbine.
This Triplett & Scott repeating carbine is a .50 caliber rimfire shoulder arm made by the Meriden Manufacturing Company of Meriden, CT circa 1864 to 1865. The rife was a direct competitor to the Spencer Carbine and is yet another interesting early metallic cartridge firing military long arm. One of only an estimated quantity 5,000 such carbines produced under contract for the State of Kentucky ... read more
Good Antique Marlin Model 1893 Underlever Rifle.
This is a decent looking Marlin model 1893 chambered in obsolete 32/40 calibre manufactured pre-1900. This carbine has a 26” round barrel and a walnut stock. There is evidence of original finish as can be seen and the rifle is mechanically sound with the original sights extant. There is a small crack on the wrist that is not going anywhere but I will mention it. The Marlin model 1893's were ren... read more
Winchester Model 1897 16 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun
This is a decent Winchester Model 1897 in 16 gauge full choke.
Designed by the famous American firearms inventor John Moses Browning and introduced in November 1897 it has been used by hunters, police and the military since its introduction. In World War One it was used with a shortened barrel as a trench gun and has the distinction that the German government made diplomatic overtures to... read more
Outstanding Henry Deringer "Peanut" Pistol.
Henry Deringer perfected his famous pocket pistol designs before the US Civil War and manufactured them until his death in 1868. Based on his agents and known inscribed examples, it appears they were especially popular with politicians, bankers, and shopkeepers as well as gamblers and miners in the South and California. This scarce example is virtually identical to the infamous "Peanut" Deringe... read more
Superb Nock Howdah/Travelling Double Barrel Pistol
Excellent H Nock Double Barrelled Travelling Pistol
This is a mahogany cased double barrelled travelling pistol by Henry Nock which started life as a flintlock pistol but was expertly and expensively converted to percussion firing by Witton and Daw and is presented in its Witton and Daw case with original trade label and complimented by its accessories. The quality of this piece is excel... read more
Model 1860 Colt Army Presentation Case 44 Cal
This Model 1860 Colt Army is typical of the thousands used in the US Civil War and the "Wild West" as late as the 1870's. It rotates, cocks and locks as it should and has been placed in a display case with a good reproduction mould and flask and some contemporary John Dixon items - an engraved cap tin and oil bottle.
This revolver has the rebate for a shoulder stock in the butt and the i... read more