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1803 Light Infantry Sword

For the most part the British Infantry used a blade known as a Spadroon. The first of these to be an established pattern was introduced in 1788 and its design was further refined to the pattern 1796 Line Officer Sword. These were not government issue, but an approved pattern of sword by the Army used by the Infantry and Foot Artillery and were purchased from well established blade smiths in England by the officers themselves. The pattern remained in service until 1821. However, during the Napoleonic wars Officers of the Flank Companies of British Line Regiments often purchased their own unapproved curved sabers for use in battle. As a result the Government approved the pattern 1803 saber for Grenadier and Light Infantry within the line regiments. The blade shape can vary in curvature, length, grip and refined details, but for the most part were based on the standard model offered here with a shorter blade than the Cavalry version.

This example has its original leather scabbard with brass gilt fittings, two strap rings and leather scabbard stud. The gilt has worn off the fittings and the frog stud is intact, the leather is in good shape retaining its black finish, but some stitching has come loose along the seam. The leather remains supple, the internal wood sleeve still functional.

The blade has a subtle curve to it and has no etching, bluing or gilt finish. It is a plain steel fighting blade. The brass hilt has lost most of its gilding and the leather grip is in good condition with its wire wrap. A classic sword of the period that would have been carried by British regular Flank Officers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Code: 50317

2500.00 CAD


1856 Pioneer Sword

Offered here is an original British Army 1856 Pioneer Sword worn by Infantry Pioneers. This was a weapon and tool in one. It is not a bayonet, but a sword hanger worn by other ranks with the role of pioneer in an Infantry Battalion. The saw back was considered a proper tool for cutting, but such a tool could cause horrific injury to an enemy. In World War one the German soldiers had saw back bayonets and anyone found with one were given a good work over if taken prisoner. No one could survive a thrust with such a weapon.

This particular example is in great condition with its proper black leather scabbard and brass fittings. The blade is in good condition well marked and undamaged. The blade is etched Firmin & Sons, London. The brass hilt is in good condition and firm. A great example of a specialist weapon/tool, used by Canadian Militia as well.

Code: 50300

600.00 CAD


Flintlock Brass Barrel Coach Blunderbuss c.1800

A fine example of a British late 18th, early 19th century flintlock brass barrel blunderbuss. Original wood stock with some minor dings and chips, but with a nice overall original finish. There is a fine crack in the fore stock that does not seem to carry through, and the tip of the wood ram rod is chipped off. There is a small chunk missing above the rear of the lock and minor bruising of the wood on the left side by the lock screw. Brass barrel has British proof marks and the lock and all furniture fits tight and is original. The lock mechanism works to cock and half cock, but a little loose in the action. The pan cover swivels into place nicely. This fine example has not been converted back from percussion. There is no apparent maker name or mark, other than the barrel proofs. The brass barrel has a nice fine patina and there is some minor pitting and corrosion around the pan.

A solid example of a popular flintlock amongst collectors. These firearms were used by coachmen to protect their carriages from highwaymen, intruders and on ships to fend off pirates. The original shot gun.

Code: 50055

2300.00 CAD


British 1840s Pepper Shaker Percussion Pistol - 6 barrels, double action

With the advent of the percussion system firearm a trend began amongst manufacturers to figure a way to fire more than one shot at a time. Most firearms of the age were single shot systems well into the 1850s that required skill and time to reload for every shot taken. Much experimentation went into the idea of a multi barrel system. The "Pepper Shaker" pistol is one such invention that actually became marketable and saw distribution in Europe and North America. It is believed that this example is made in England.

This system would be modified many times until the cumbersome design was converted into the more practical and efficient cylinder system that survived to this day. For all intense and purposes this model was a stepping stone to the final design.

Offered here is a standard version of the Pepper Shaker hand gun with its all steel construction and rotating barrel cylinder. The cylinder would rotate on the pull of the trigger making it double action. There is a nice aged patina to the finish and some very limited filigree on the body. The hardwood grip is checkered, dark in tone and tight to the frame in good condition. The large trigger guard is somewhat large and clumsy looking, but would be useful with gloves. The trigger and double action is tight and functional. The barrel rotates properly and the hammer strikes each nipple without deviation. A nice antique hand gun for display purposes showing one of the significant changes in hand gun design.

Code: 50295

800.00 CAD


William & Powell Percussion Pocket Pistol .60+ Cal c.1840s

This is a unique pistol in that it incorporates a dagger. The steel body has a brindle pattern of patina found on the barrel, with engraved filigree on the trigger guard and side panels, with clear maker marks. The hardwood checkered grip suffers a scratch on the left side and repairs above the trigger guard. There is a compartment in the butt of the grip accessed through a metal flip trap door to store spare ammo. The action works and is very tight making it hard to cock, resulting in some damage to the lock striker plate. The lock is broken on the top making it hard to draw the lock back. The trigger is hard to pull, but works. There is a catch on the top rear of the barrel to help retain and secure the blade when not in use. The catch is to be pulled to allow the blade to flip forward on a hinge located at the fore end of the barrel with a catch to lock it in place. The dagger was at one time spring loaded and now broken. The catch works and allows the blade to release to fold away again. An interesting antique pistol from the early 19th century, typical of what a gentleman of the era would carry for self defense. It suffers some damage, but it is an interesting antique of the period and priced accordingly.

Code: 50294

SOLD


John B... .69 Caliber Percussion Belt Pistol c. 1840s

This is a very interesting percussion pistol with a massive rifled bore of at least .70 Caliber. It has a very tight working mechanism with two integral safety devises. It half cocks and on the full cock the trigger drops down from the frame. There is a slide safety on the top rear of the hammer that also engages as a safety when the hammer is fully cocked. The makers name is obscured, but he is based in London High Park. Some beautiful filigree on the sides, a hard checkered wood grip in excellent condition. There is a nice patina to the all steel body and it is equipped with a belt clip on the left side. A fascinating antique hand gun from the days when the streets of London were dangerous, especially after hours. I am not sure if this hand cannon would take an assailants head off or the users hand, maybe both.

This is an antique hand gun and does not require a PAL.

Code: 50293

1000.00 CAD


R. Burnand 1840s double barrel percussion belt pistol

A very interesting antique percussion hand gun made by R. Burnand from New Castle on Tine, and marked as such along the top of the barrel. Equipped with two stacked barrels with a swivel plunger below. All steel construction with some filigree etching on and around the locks. Double trigger forward and rear within an elongated oval trigger guard. The grip is a hardwood checkered pattern with a medallion. The action works well, the rear trigger fires the left hammer. There is an integral belt clip on the left side. A clever and unique design, interesting example of hand gun engineering for that period.

This is an antique hand gun and does not require a PAL.

Code: 50292

SOLD


French Civilian Flint Lock Coach Pistol c. 1800-1830

This is a unique antique flint lock pistol or should we call it a mini blunderbuss. An Attractive pistol, it has no markings of any kind, yet it has some nice filigree on the brass fittings and the barrel tang. It has its original ram rod with bone tip and the wood body is in great condition. The barrel is a large caliber and flares at the muzzle end like a scatter gun or blunderbuss, but instead of mouth being round, it is oval in shape. An attractive, well preserved unique period hand gun.

This is an antique hand gun and does not require a PAL.

Code: 50290

2500.00 CAD


1851 Colt Navy London 2nd Model .36 Cal (37489)

Offered here is an original 1851 Colt Navy 2nd Model Navy with British proof marks. Rated a 2 on the Antique quality scale it has a steel strap with good original wood grips. It is .36 Cal with a large trigger guard, with an overall consistent patina, having lost most of it original finish. It has a functional mechanism and reasonable good barrel. Matching serial numbers and readable London address on the 7.5" barrel, with the cylinder image still visible. A nice solid representative antique London produced Navy Colt pistol. This example is not martially marked with a WD broad arrow, however, British Officer were known to purchase these reliable hand guns for use in the Crimea and Opium wars.

This is an antique hand gun and does not require a PAL.

Code: 50287

2650.00 CAD


Gentleman's Dueling Flintlock Pistol C.1800 - 1807

A lovely gentleman's dueling flintlock from a large local antique arms collection made by T. Archer of Birmingham. A large caliber finely detailed pistol with an etched 9.5" octagon barrel with rear and front blade sight. The steel trigger guard is engraved with filigree and suffers some minor signs of corrosion in the form of grey blotching. The Ram rod is wood with a brass tip. The lock mechanism is tight and functional with a flint provided. A safety latch included on the lock plate, Clearly marked Archer under the pan and London on the Barrel with proof marks. The wood has a nice original finish with little damage and an upgrade checkered grip. There is a pleasant grey patina to the barrel. A fine specimen.

Thomas Archer Gunmaker, Birmingham, 1776-1807. Marked guns London.

Code: 50276

SOLD