Antique and Obsolete Calibre
The antique guns, pistols and rifles offered in the Antiques section are covered by Section 58 (2) of the Firearms Act and may be owned without a Firearms Licence or Shotgun Certificate as long as there is no attempt or intention to use them. If they are to be used, even occasionally, they must be held on the appropriate licence.
The deactivated firearms may be purchased and held without a licence.
Torador Matchlock Musket
A Matchlock Torador Musket. These were common across the Indian sub continent for hundreds of years. Introduced to the area by Portuguese in the late 15th Century, they were quickly copied by local craftsmen, and due to their simplicity they stayed popular until the end of the 19th Century. This example is from the first half of the 19th Century. Approx 32 bore, 47" sighted barrel has a flared muzzle with decoration. The barrel is retained by 4 bands and the original iron loading rod is present. The teak stock is of the tiller style and is in sound condition. The "gate" trigger operated correctly. In much better shape than most and complete with the match holder and sling loops.
12 Bore Percussion Sporting Gun
A 12 bore single barrel percussion gun. The 31" barrel has a tidy bore and a very attractive browned damascus twist. The breech end of the barrel has a flattened top and sides and the top leads to an engraved sunburst some 6" from the breech. The barrel has Birmingham proof marks. The lock has foliate engraving but no makers name. The stock is in good condition and has clean deep chequering and is free from splits or losses. There is a horn fore end tip and the original loading rod, complete with its brass threaded removable tip and covered worm.
Miquelet Percussion Sporting 14 Bore
Ybarzabal is one of the famous names from Eibar in the Basque region of Spain. Eibar is the local equivalent of Birmingham, being the centre of gun making. Ybarzabal was the family name of high quality guns from the 1700s through to the 1890. This classic Spanish Miquelet lock ( defined by having the mainspring pushing up on the hammer heel - rather than a downward push from an Italian Miquelet lock) is a persussion system. It would have been made as such with the miquelet locks being popular in Spain until the 1860s. The 14 bore octagonal to round single barrel is 38" long and in decent shape. The locks works properly with a close half cock shielding the nipple and holding properly
Manton and Co. .500" 3 1/4" Black Powder Express Double Hammer Rifle
A classic double hammer rifle from the days of empire and exploration. The .500" Black Powder Express round was a highly regarded round and one used for a grate variety of quarry. Greener, in hid "The Gun and it's Development" wrote of the .500 Express that is was considered the most effective all round weapon for hunting in India with great smashing power, good penetration and not too cumbrous to cover moving game. The typical bullet would be 340 grains and this would be propelled by 130 grains of black powder. Greener adds the rifle has an effective range of 300 yards and a point blank range of 130 yards. Rifles of this calibre were used on soft skinned dangerous game and also on all manner of deer species. This example is by Manto and Co; famous as suppliers of firearms and equipment to the officers and servants of the crown across the empire. The bores are very presentable and the outside of the 27" barrels generally presentable but with some light pitting on the underside. The locks are rebounding. There is some pitting on the surfaces of the lock plates and the action - this is of the type often associated with being stored wrapped in a cloth which has become damp. The foliate engraving and the name "Manton and Co." are still clearly visible. The action shuts up tightly with it's Jones rotary grip. Brass cases for this calibre are available and their impressive size makes an impressive display.