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In our opinion the collecting of antique and vintage arms brings history and the past closer to us, the people and events, their strengths and weaknesses, their skills and inventiveness; far more than any other collecting field. In fact it has been described as shaking hands with history. The items of our interest should not be just viewed as objects but pieces of history with stories to tell. They are about people and events and might have played their part in turning the tide of history, affecting events, Like Spencer’s at Gettysburg or the P51 Minnie in the Crimea. I have a view that as collector’s we should aim to know as much about our interest as possible, we should be collectors of knowledge and not just objects. For with knowledge our collections can take on a far greater significance and give far greater pleasure. It is with this in mind that we have decided from time to time to include on this site an article written by us that we hope will be of both interest anduse to you.
Americana & Civil War Pistols……………………….……. 2-27 Americana& Civil War Longarms………………..……..27- 47 Pistols……………………………….…………………………47-65 Military Longarms………………………………….………. 65-75 Cased Sets…………………….………………….…....…… 75-81 Sporting Arms……………………………………..………..82-86 De-Acts &Clearance.………………………………………86-92 Article………………………………………….……..………93-115
AMERICANA & CIVIL WAR PISTOLS
A .54” U.S. Model 1826 Navy Flintlock Pistol Converted To Percussion. 8 ½” barrel, feint Ordnance proofs at breech, swivel rammer, iron mounted full walnut stock. Flat bevelled lock, dated 1827 on tail. Made by Simeon North 1826-29 total contact 3000. Most were converted to percussion and due to limited production are quite rare. In vg cond. good stock, lock and barrel to steel grey patina. £695
A .54” US Model 1842 Percussion Pistol By H. Aston, 8 ½” round barrel, US proofs to breech, swivel rammer hinged at muzzle. Walnut half-stocked and fitted with brass mounts, flat bevelled lock engraved US over H. Aston. Middtn. Conn 1847. Aston made and supplied the US Ordnance with 24,000 of these pistols 1846/50. In vg cond. with nice stock, sharp cartouches, barrel to blue grey patina. A rare collectors gun here in UK for those with an interest in American military and history. £850
A .31” Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver, Circa 1866, 4” octagonal barrel stamped in one line “Address Col. Saml Colt New-York U.S. America” five shot cylinder etched with stage coach scene, one piece walnut grips, brass back-strap and trigger guard.The gun is numbered in the 289,000 serial range dating 1866. The Colt pocket was Colts most popular percussion revolver, widely carried by many from all walks of life, with the shorter barrel suitable as a concealed weapon for normal civilians. Or as a back up gun for lawmen and gunfighters, many were also carried by soldiers as a personal protection arm. Due to mass production in the 1850’s many went south and carried by confederates as well as union men during the Civil War. They are also widely known to have been used to deadly affect in the Goldfields of California. More Colt M49 Pocket revolvers were produced than any other percussion revolver, supporting the fact they were popular, practical and “used”, consequently important collectors’ items. Produced for 23 years many variations can be encountered, it is estimated that a complete collection would require 200 specimens. In a good sharp condition, nice grips, metalwork to a blue/grey patina, good action and bore. £850
Grips all silver to back-strap and trigger-guard. 4” octagonal barrel. case colours to frame and rammer.A Fine . It has been professionally refinished to the highest standards. with exc. The pistol is numbered in the 121.7xx serial range dating to 1856 a good early pre Civil War revolver. A fine looking with tight action and mint bore. £895 4 . Five shot cylinder. struck with two line Colt New York address to top flat.31” Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver. If the finish was original it would be a gun substantially more. is a sharp gun and like new.
36” Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Circa 1857 Pre-Civil War. Fine early specimens such as this are very hard to find now an excellent collectors gun and better than most that you will see at arms fairs and certainly cheaper. crisp cylinder scene. with sharp profiles. Cond. an early and pre-civil war Navy. Six shot cylinder with good naval engagement scene.500 serial range dating the pistol to late 1857.Fitted at muzzle with a white metal rocky mountain front sight. tight action and good bore.A Fine& Early . top flat stamped “Address Saml. much original fading blue to metalwork. 7 ½” octagonal barrel. This revolver is numbered in the 65. trigger guard and back-strap with 75% silver. £1895 5 . A fine piece in exc. Colt New-York City”. one piece slim Jim walnut grips. good grips.
metalwork to blue grey patina. £1495. In vg cond.36” Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Circa 1857.6 shot cylinder with traces of scene.A Rare US Martial Issue .200 serial range dating it to 1857and has cartouches to both sides of grips. maybe this was one. 7 ½” octagonal barrel.With good grips. top flat stamped “Address Saml. 6 . the gun is numbered in the 57. Colt New-York City. gun is fairly sharp o/a. Between Mid-1855 and Mid 1858 7700 Colt Navy revolvers were issued to regulars in the west. Good action and bore.
and becoming hard to find. when sold off as surplus many went west with farmers. The Colt M60 was the major revolver in use by northern forces during the C. most cylinder scene. 6 shot rebated cylinder. This was actually the invention of Elisa K.000. The pistol is numbered in the 154. settlers. Due to long hard usage good examples are hard to find. metalwork with mush original finish in protected areas balance to blue/brown patina.44” Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Civil War Revolver Circa 1862. and one in this condition considerably more. this is an above average specimen. Colts chief engineer in 1850. good grips. They also saw service in the West in the Indian campaigns. good action and bore. clear barrel address. prospectors and cowboys.. W. serial range dating 1865 making it an Indian Wars Colt. £1895 7 . A Fine . creep style rammer. Colt Army’s have been increasing in value. 8” round barrel.. Root . the government purchased almost the entire production. top stamped with the Colt New York address. at the arms fairs you will not find many under £2000.
Cond. 6 shot rebated cylinder. Typical Colt Army with 8” round barrel. a credit to any collection. the walnut grips with feint inspecting officers cartouches. The gun is numbered in the 88. Quite sharp overall. Root.44” Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver of the Civil War. a tidy collectors gun. 44” Colt Army Model 1860 Percussion Revolver Of Civil Wars Period Made Circa 1862. £1695 A. 6 shot rebated cylinder with good clear scene.000 serial range dating it to 1863. A fine sharp specimen with good markings and scene. creep style rammer as invented by Elisa K. £1395 8 . One piece walnut grips.xxx serial range dating 1862. a nice and early Army that must have seen service during the Civil War. top stamped with the Colt New York Address. good action. a weapon that was issued during the civil war and might well have seen further use during the Indian Wars. brass back-strap and trigger guard.A Good . The gun is numbered in the 63. In vg. 8” barrel struck with deep and clear Colt New York address.
considered by many to be the finest and best looking of all the Colt percussion revolvers. Ordnance preferred the 44” Colt Army and at the time they were Colts biggest customer. one piece walnut grips. Basically a streamlined version of the 51 Navy.843.S.36” Calibre. in vg+condand crisp o/a. A surplus of ex-military handguns flooding the market after Appomattox in 1865 and the introduction of metallic cartridge revolvers. with sharp profiles. The gun is numbered in the 23. A superb collectors items. Saml Colt New-York U. the 51 Navy was a popular design and preferred by many.S.36” Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver Circa 1864 Late Civil War Period. much original finish in protected areas. nice grips. Manufactured 1861 through to 1873 with a relatively limited production of only 38. balance to blue/grey patina. the first being the U.500 serial range dating 1864. America”. secondly. Grips clear cylinder scene. A very rare collectors Colt especially when in fine cond. Fading blue patina. 7 ½” round streamlined barrel stamped on top “Address Col. Creeping style loading lever fitted to the underside.A Rare . there were a number of reasons for the small production. exc. It being one of the best we have seen. a popular and practical . Then the disastrous fire that destroyed much of Colts handgun facility in 1864. It is especially admired for its sleek design. six shot cylinder. excellent balance. £1895 9 .
000 M62 Colt Police revolvers were made and numbered in the same serial range as the Pocket Navy. £1500 10 . making the original percussion models quite scarce. Only 28. 6 ½” round streamlined barrel the top struck with Colt single line address.000 serial range dating 1867 first year of production. plain frame stamped “Colts Patent”. Believed by some to be the most attractive of all Colt percussion revolvers. Quantrill carried a similar Colt 62 Police revolver.A Scarce & Good . 5 shot fluted cylinder. one piece walnut grips.36” Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver. If it is of interest to you the infamous Confederated guerrilla leader William C.In fine cond.A very sharp and crisp example with much fading finish. The revolver is numbered in the 35. Brass back-strap and trigger-guard traces of plating remaining. Many of the late production were converted to cartridge.
reputedly started by Southern sympathizers. 4 ½” round streamlined barrel the top struck with Colt single line address. Grips. good action and bore. In fine o/a cond. Brass back-strap and trigger-guard. A fine gun and better than most a credit to any collection.500 serial range dating 1864 the year of the fire at the Colt factory. one piece walnut grips. 5 shot fluted cylinder.36” Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver Made Circa 1864 Late Civil War. plain frame stamped “Colts Patent”. The revolver is numbered in the 17. With exc.A Scarce & Good . £1195 11 . sharp profiles and fading finish to blue/grey patina.
Is in vg+ cond. with 50% + nickel and ivory grips. 6 shot cylinder etched with the a good clear scene. £2250 12 . The gun is numbered in the 700 serial range with a No 1 stamped underneath the main number. ejector housing secured to rightside of barrel. 4 ½” barrel struck with the Colt New York address to top.A Rare .A very rare and terrific looking piece. the gun bears the Richards Mason conversion No 1972. frame stamped “Colts Patent”. a feature found on some of the early conversions.38” Rimfire Model 1861 Colt Richards Mason Navy Metallic Cartridge Revolver.
13 . The 6 shot cylinder is also stamped with an anchor over U. Naval Issue . Whitney/New Haven”. It is numbered in the 24.S. two piece walnut grips. in vg cond. A Rare collectors revolver. S. and with an anchor over U. With sharp profiles.A Rare U.000 produced. good action and bore.100 serial range dating 1863.36” Whitney Second Model Percussion Revolver. These Whitney revolvers were made from the late 1850’s to the mid 1860’s approx. 7 ½” Octagonal barrel top flat stamped “E.S. metalwork to a blue/grey patina. The Whitney was one for the first American solid frame revolvers and an early competitor to Colt following the expiration of his patents in 1857. 33. good grips. The gun was quite popular during the Civil War with more than half of production purchased by the Army and Navy. £1495.
36” Whitney Navy Second Model Percussion Revolver. metalwork with fading finish in protected areas and blue/grey patina to balance. In vg. 7 ½” octagonal barrel top flat stamped “E Whitney/New Haven”.A . £1295 14 . 6 shot cylinder and two piece walnut grips. good action and bore. Good grips. It is numbered in the 9500 serial range dating 1862 and as most of these were either purchased by the Government or individual States for issue their forces it undoubtedly saw Civil War Service. Cond. It is said that the Whitney was a combination of the Colt and Remington Beals revolvers. A good collectors piece.
Colorado.36” Manhattan Navy Series IV Percussion Revolver. exc. with sharp profiles. fast and easy to use. Newark N. He later returned to Missouri and bought a herd of high quality cattle to stock his ranch at South Park. 15 .A . The Manhattan was a successful gun and carried by many including Samuel Hartzell who travelled across the plains to the Rockies in 1860. a very good example £895. A Manhattan similar to this at his side. 6 ½” Octagonal barrel top flat stamped “Manhattan Fire Arms Co. The Manhattan is obviously modelled on the Colt having the calibre and power of the Colt Navy. metalwork with fading blue finish. / Patented March 8 1864”. good bore. This example in vg cond. with the lightness of the Pocket making it a light to carry. grips. 5 shot cylinder engraved with military and naval panel scenes.J.
Those who used them found them a very serviceable and reliable weapon. In vg+ cond. tight action.44” Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver Late Civil War Or Indian Wars Period. 8” octagonal barrel top flat stamped with Remington legend. having sharp profiles. The gun is numbered in the 87. good grips and fading blue patina. The Remington lacked the pre-war reputation of the Colts and were never as popular in the minds of Civil War soldiers.A . We have a small quantity in this condition £1495 16 .xxx serial range and dates 1864/65. 6 shot cylinder and two piece walnut grips. A nice collectors piece.
000 D/A Starr army revolvers were made at the Starr factories in Binghampton and Yonkers. Good grips and action. 6 shot cylinder. The revoler is in exc.A Good . In vg cond. Cond.xxx serial range dating 1863.” 6 shot cylinder. two piece walnut grips.44” U. metalwork to a grey/brown patina. 1856. Approx 23. 8” octagonal barrel top flat stamped with the Remington legend. In fact it takes a little getting used too. £1300 17 .44” Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver Of The Civil War & Indian Wars.S. 80% blue. £1895 A . 6” barrel. stamped on frame “Starr Arms Co. We have a few in this condition. A fine piece. between the 1859 and 1863. fine bore and action. It is an interesting and strong design. We have a quantity. one piece walnut grips. New York. although termed a double action. With approx. New York and Starr Patent Jan 15. Civil War Model 1858 Starr Percussion Double Action Revolver. it is more of a self cocking revolver as the gun cannot be used by pulling back on the hammer alone. the gun is numbered in the 51. fine grips with 6 notches.
A good piece for collector or shooter £1195 18 . action and bore. The Starr single action was designed as an improved and less costly successor to the Starr double action Model of 1858. The original design was that of Ebenezer Starr who sold the rights of manufacture to the Starr Arms Co. well thought out designed and made. 8” round barrel with under mounted lever.A Good . with fading blue finish. S. two piece frame.000 of the earlier model 1858 double action. Civil War Model 1863 Starr Percussion Single Action Revolver.S. they set up factories for its manufacture and sought government contracts. They were extensively issued to many cavalry regiments and captured ones also used by the Confederates. one piece walnut grips. 32. government during the Civil War. In vg cond. Good grips. It is an interesting action. Next to Colts and Remington’s the Starr was the next major revolver bought by the U.44” U.000 of this model were purchased and 20. Between 1863 & 65 approx. the single action was the preferred model they were highly regarded by those that carried them. plain 6 shot cylinder.
000 to the USA government for guns that at this late date had very little military value.44” Rogers & Spencer U. The pistols remained in store at New York arsenal until 1870 when offered for public sale by seal bid. They persevered. but the order reduced from 5000 to 2000. Deliveries were swift from January to September 1865 the 5000 revolvers at $12 totaling $60. At the time a 19 . The end result being the Rogers & Spencer. 7 ½” octagonal barrel . loading lever and sight. an order for 5000 at $12 each was placed by General Dyer in November 1864 who might have felt a little guilty about reducing the original order for Pettengill revolvers. which after considerable problems and cancellations was accepted by the US ordnance. obtained the rights to Freeman revolver. two piece walnut grips. originally the firm was set up to produce the Pettengill double action revolver. Barry stopped his labours with Starr or Remington and placed his cartouche of acceptance on the grips.Y”. Plain 6 shot cylinder. solid frame. P. Issue Percussion Single Action Revolver. and modified the design using the Pettengill barrel. It is interesting that although thousands of other revolvers were pouring into Ordnance store Senior Inspector Captain R. The story of the Rogers & Spencer is quite an interesting one.S.A Rare& Fine . this must have caused the firm considerable financial difficulty. possibly to use up parts in store and save altering their tooling. top strap stamped “Rogers & Spencer / Utica N. The army did not consider the Pettengill suitable for its purpose and had no interest in further supplies.
exc. This specimen numbered in the 1300 serial range in vg cond. Ironically the shipment costing $60. They remained in store until March 1904 when they were sold to Bannerman at a government scrap sale of old arms. £1895 20 . probably worth $30.000 in 1865. that they were held in reserve…. But the Rogers & Spencer’s were not sold.85 each”.000 Starr revolver were sold to Austin Baldwin & Co for $8 each. With much deep blue remaining. In exc. The Rogers & Spencer is said to be the finest of all Civil War revolvers. reserving enough for our customers (100 offered) who are collecting rare weapons at $2. Bannerman bought them for the scrap value said to be 25cents a gun. which were considered so good. A superb collector’s items. Bannerman’s advertising stated “We had the entire lot of 5000. Cond. Such is the way Governments waste our money. But maybe General Dyer felt so attached to them he refused to sell for a low bid and the guns remained in store another 30 or so years . fine for.000 in 1870.Revolvers never out of their original cases…We have sold off all the surplus.lot of 20. Grips.
May 3rd Nov. 15th.A rare gun and a credit to any collection./Pat. 5000 of these Rolling Block pistols were acquired by the U.B. April 17th. 1870.S. The rightside of the frame bears the naval inspectors stamp of “P/FCW” and on the barrel the “I / E. U.S. The same action possibly surplus parts were used to produce a cadet rifle. frame stamped “Remington’s Ilion N. This specimen in excellent condition.Fine stock. 1866”. 1864.50” C/F Model 1867 Remington Rolling Block Navy Pistol. 7” round barrel./ (Anchor).A.A Fine & Rare . which was originally made in 50” R/F with an 8 ½” barrel.Y. £1595 21 . These rare Naval Remington Rolling Block pistols are believed to be modifications of the Model 1865. Navy in approx. Two piece walnut stock. with most mottled grey action. fading blue to barrel and excellent bore.
A Good & Rare .50” C/F Model 1871 Remington Rolling Block Army Pistol, 8” round barrel, frame stamped “Remingtons Ilion N.Y. U.S.A. / Pat. May 3rd Nov. 15th, 1864 April 17th, 1866 P S”. Walnut grips and forend, grips stamped with the inspecting officers cartouche “C.R.S” Curtis R Sticknet. The distinctive profile of the M71 evolved from improving the 1867 naval model, most noticeable is the hump at the rear of the frame, to improve the grip. This rare pistol is in excellent condition having exc. grips, faded colour to action and 80% blue to barrel, good bore and action. A fine collector’s item, and difficult to better. We had three of these rare Rolling Block pistols with the previous list; this is now the last one. £1795
Surprisingly The M71 Rolling Block pistol was the first choice of the St. Ordinance Board set up to examine “experimental cartridge handguns”. It examined and tested five different Remington revolvers, one of which was a conversion carried out at Springfield, two rolling block pistols, two .44” Whitney revolvers, a National Arms Co front loading revolver and the 22
latest Smith & Wesson design. The government ordered 5000 to troop trials. Instead of paying cash for this arm the Ordnance Dept. sent 5000 unused Remington New Model .44” to the factory at Ilion and got 5000 single shot pistols in return. By March 1872 the first issue was to F company the 4th cavalry, but no ammunition was supplied. The situation was soon remedied and further issues made to the First, Second, Fifth and Sixth cavalry Regts. At least 1500 of these big pistols were issued to regiments in the west, the troopers of course preferred revolvers and by this time Colt conversions were being issued as well as the 44” Smith & Wesson both of which were preferred to the Remington. It seems most were withdrawn by late 1875, eventually sold off as surplus to the Civilian market. Some are known to have been sold by the Montana Armoury Bozeman in the 1880’s
A Rare .38” R/F Whitney Navy Cartridge Conversion Revolver, 7 ½” Octagonal barrel, 6 shot cylinder, solid frame, two piece walnut grips. Originally made as a percussion revolver and converted in the early 1870’s. The conversion was carried out by turning down the percussion cylinder and adding an extension piece, cutting the frame to accept a backing plate and machining a loading channel through the right hand recoil shield. The conversion method is almost identical to that carried out on the Remington New Model Army revolvers. The gun bears the conversion No 100. Whitney cartridge conversions are exceptionally rare this is the first one we have seen. In vg cond. good grips, sharp profiles, fading nickel finish. A rare collector’s item. £1100
A Rare .32” R/F Remington New Model Pocket Conversion Revolver,3 ½” octagonal barrel, top flat stamped with the Remington legend, solid frame, spur trigger, plain 5 shot cylinder and two piece walnut grips. Remington started production of this model in percussion in 1863, total production of the percussion model and the metallic cartridge variation was 25,000. In the early 1870’s this cartridge model was brought out. It is interesting in that it features a two piece cylinder which has to be removed for loading and unloading. In VG+ cond. Exc. Grips, sharp profiles overall, metalwork to a blue/grey patina. £595
A 32” R/F Smith & Wesson Model 1 ½ 2nd Issue Revolver, 3 ½” barrel stamped with company name and patent date, 5 shot fluted cylinder, spur trigger, two piece rosewood grips. A very popular gun made circa 1868-75 and over 100,000 made. In vg cond. Good grips. £550
9. two piece ivory grips. N.44” Smith & Wesson Old Model Russian Single Action Revolver. 6 shot fluted cylinder. It is in the 30. top stamped with the Smith & Wesson legend. good bore and action.A . With nice attractive grips. metalwork to blue/grey patina. These figures give us a total of 76. spur trigger guard. 7” barrel. good grips with a little wear.” two piece hard rubber grips.000 are believed to have been supplied to Russia.Y. 41” R/F Remington O/U Derringer. Ilion.In vg. to blue/grey patina. This model revolver was produced circa 1873-78 total production 85. £1495 A.Cond. 1000 to Turkey and 5000 to Japan who apparently objected to the marking of Russian Model and had it removed.000 contract arms leaving approx. A rare and sought after gun. £550 25 .200 produced for the commercial market making this quite a rare gun. 3” round barrels to flat stamped “Remington Arms Co.xxx serial range dating 1875. a rare collectors gun. A classic collectors derringer in vg cond.200 of which 70.
all original nickel finish. Newbury Port. two piece walnut grips. A fine example.A . Mass. walnut grips. In vg cond. Made C 1869/73 approx. top flat struck “Southerner. o/a cond.With most nickel finish. £295 26 . Co. Cond.32” R/F True Blue Pocket Revolver. Exc. 3” round barrel.41” R/F Southerner Derringer. 2 ½” round barrel. 10.” Brass frame. 5 shot fluted cylinder. £350 A . barrel. In exc. with sharp profiles. 2 ½” Oct. Brown Mfg. exc. two piece Rosewood grips.000 of this model made. £495 A 32” R/F Smiths Patent Pocket Revoler.
cond. Grips. 5 shot fluted cylinder. With most nickel finish. issued to a New Jersey Regt during the Civil War £1495 27 . plain 5 shot cylinder. Exc. Marked To New Jersey. metalwork to a grey patina. and the pattern based on the P53 Enfield. 1 ½” Octagonal barrel. crisp US Ordnance proofs at breech and also stamped there “N. 2 piece rosewood grips. Incidentally it was this firm who took over the Robbins and Lawrence plant in Windsor.G. AMERICANA LONGARMS A Fine . with fine stock. the firm of L. battle leaf sights. A . Very Rare to find in this condition and State marked as well.bore. Eagle cypher and L. iron mounted walnut stock. Grips and good action. Lock stamped with the U. In vg+ cond.58” U.Y supplied 50.000 to the US Ordnance. G.38” R/F Forehand & Wadsworth Centre Hammer Single Action Pistol. Dated 1862 The source of design of this Civil War rifle is attributed to Colt. 2 ½” round barrel.38” R/F Forehand & Wadsworth Saturday Night Special Revolver. Windsor Vt. Colt was the main supplier of this model produced 1861-65. In vg cond. Goodnow& Yale 1862. exc. Made in the 1870’s estimated quantity made is a few thousand.S. £395. 40” barrel rifled with 3 grooves. spur trigger and two piece rosewood grips. & Y. Civil War Special Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket By Lamson.S. £375. A Civil War rifle of mid C/W period in exc. barrel and lock to arsenal bright finish and mint. J”.A .
In vg+ cond. With exc. lock stamped with the U. Stock. A fine piece.S. Made to the Springfield pattern with40” barrel. and in the center “Whitneyville”. with fine stock. in 1861 it had a contract for 40.000 of these. £1295 28 . Iron mounted full walnut stock. eagle cypher and Bridesburg dated 1862 Alfred Jenks & Son produced M61 rifles for the Government 1861-65 totalling 98. barrel to arsenal bright finish and exc.58” U. leaf battle sights. £1395 A .A Good .S.S. 3 spring retained barrel bands. iron mounted full walnut stock. Lock stamped with the Eagle over U.58” U. metalwork with sharp profiles and blued finish. The Whitney company supplied 15. Bore. 40” barrel rifled with 3 grooves.464 weapons making them one the largest contactors. Civil War Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket By Alfred Jenks & Son. The rifle is in vg+ cond. This is an early Civil War rifle and must surely have seen service and action during that great conflict.000 which it voided and concentrated on state contracts and the Plymouth rifle contracts. Civil War Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket By Whitney. leaf battle sights. Bridesburg.S.
The breech block was opened and tilted up. Lowering the the operating lever which also served as a trigger guard. Ignition was by means of the standard percussion cap exploded by and external hammer. In vg. from 1861 on the government purchased and issued over 50. 21” round barrel with leaf sights. The Burnside was the third most widely used carbine used by Union cavalry.54” 5th Model Burnside U. metalwork to blue/grey patina.I”. Breech end of barrel marked “Cast Steel” and on top of frame “Burnsides Patent / March 25th 1856” on breech block “Model of 1864”. The breech loading mechanism is simple and effective. Civil War Patent Capping Breech Loading Carbine. with the bullet facing up. back action lock stamped “Burnside Rifle Co / Providence=R. good stock.Cond.000. a small hole in the base of the cartridge case allowed the fire to pass through. £1295 29 . On closing the chamber rotated forward fitting the bullet into a chamber in the barrel. iron mounted two piece walnut stock. S.A . this block contained a cone shaped cavity into which a metallic cartridge of the same shape was dropped.
8. 11. having invested heavily in plant and machinery. to try to easy his situation he offered the government his patents. 5. 7. He did not receive a cent for his invention. 1 MI. machinery and a large quantity of arms either finished or in various stages of manufacture.000 were supplied most from 1863 onwards by then the company had organised and become very professional in its production. 16. Although the board considered the Burnside capable of giving good service. issues were made to the Ist Regt of Cavalry. in 1857 he had over stretched himself financially. for $120. On confederate side :.2 NC. 7 OH: &.000 in 1865. 20 PA.000. Senator and President of the National Rifle Assoc. After the war he became Governor of Rhode Island. 15. 9. 1. 1. 8 TX. Burnside an army officer and later to become a famous Civil War General. 1. who reorganised the company as the Burnside Rifle Co and set about marketing the system commercially and pursue a government contact. 2. This lead in 1858 to a further purchase of 709 carbines. It is said that he developed the idea of this breech loading system while carrying despatches during the war with Mexico.The inventor was Ambrose E. 2. Joe Hooker made famous 30 . He resigned his commission in 1853 to devote his time to its development. 14. 11 KY. 15. 12 VA & 35 Bn VA. the following year after trials the Burnside was rated the best carbine of those tested. 14. 3 WV. Over 50. 6. captured Burnsides were widely used by the Confederates. 12. they thought it inferior to the Smiths and Maynard’s for military service. Two Union troopers with Burnside carbines the one on the left also has a Colt Navy in his belt General Ambrose Burnside. 7. 1 NY Vet: 2. closed up shop. 6. In April 1856 the government purchased 200 carbines. NY. 13. 25. but the 5th model in a range of its own and produced in the greatest quantity and had the widest issue. Models No 1 to 4 seem to be in a continual serial range. 12. With the success of the Spencer the company stopped production of the Burnside and produced Spencer carbines under contract to the government supplying over 30. 5. to act as a guide. IL. On refusal he had to turn everything over to his creditors. NJ.2. 3. 4 WI. apparently he was famous for his sideburns. 3 IN: 3 IA. 11. Federal Units issued with them were:. 3. legend has it that the term sideburn came from him because of this. A further trial board was conducted in 1860 to test the various breech loading systems being offered. 12. Like so many gunmakers who relied on the Government for contracts. 6 MO. 6. 3. 1 ME. 14. 21. from the Burnside Co. By this time Burnside had no connection with the firm. NJ. 6. It difference over the 4th model and was known to collectors as the standard model is just a screw fitted in the action body. in 1855 he set up the Bristol Firearms Co to manufacture and market arms to his design. He returned to the army becoming a Major General and to lead the Army of the Potomac during the campaigns of 1862 & 63. The Burnside saw extensive use in both theatres of the war. the end of the war meant the end of them and the Burnside Co. 4. Guess what Gen. Over the years the Burnside design was modified and improved there were 5 models although there is some confusion on if there are 4 or 5 as it is only recently the 5th model has been acknowledged.
000 were New Model 63’s. They were designated and marked “New Model 63”. a desirable collectors piece. Large quantities were sold off as surplus. In July 1863 it was decided that further Sharps carbines supplied would be without patch-box. The gun is numbered in the 74. elevating sight. settlers. revealed that out of 422 officers 215 considered it the best arm in service. good bore. a diamond shaped piece of bone or ivory has been inlaid in the left butt. £1995 31 .000 serial range dating 1863. S. Many were converted to metallic cartridge to extend their working life. iron mounted two piece walnut stock.A Good U. Civil War 52” Sharps New Model 1863 Capping Breech Loading Carbine. many went west with farmers. It was a highly thought of arm. This specimen must have seen service during the Civil War. forces were issued in 1854. In v. 80.g. and the lock plate with the Sharps and Lawrence patent legend relating to the lock and pellet primer system. and slightly cheaper. 3 as fair and 5 poor. The first Sharps used by U. Barrel with fading blue finish. 199 as good. bearing feint cartouches. 22” barrel. Between 1861 & 65 the North purchased approx.000 carbines of these over 40. Sharpes legend to top and also marked “New Model 63”. S. cowboys etc. After the Civil War together with the Spencer it became the standard arm of the cavalry and seen extensive use in the Indian Wars of the late 1860’s. with fine stock. Breech frame stamped with the Sharps patent legend. they were cheap guns sold at a fraction of their cost price. The fire-power was shown at the Gettysburg when General Burfords cavalry was able to delay the Confederates until the Union Infantry was able to relieve them. From that time until the end of the Civil War it proved its value in every major cavalry action A total of 80 cavalry regts were armed with them. an officers survey of 1863/64. condition. Sharps carbines were well known as a rugged and reliable arm for nearly a whole decade prior to the Civil War.
Did you ever wonder why a cowboy was called a cowboy? Well this is why. A real cowboy with a Sharps carbine 32 .
000 were acquired by the army seeing extensive service. 21 ½” octagonal to round barrel. USA/ Smiths Patent /June 23 1857”. the brass lifter in front of the trigger is pressed upwards. 1st Connecticut. He received 3 patents covering his design the first of which was granted in 1855. and 8 worthless.Cond. Their major complaint was that the spring on top of the barrel broke. breech stamped “Address Poultney & Trimble/Baltimore. good action and bore. In spite of this they remained in service into the 1870’s with the volunteers. 17 a good weapon.A . 46 considered it the best. New York. 4 poor. Manufacture was under contract to American Arms Co. 33 . who were part of General Buford’s cavalry. This carbine was the invention of Gilbert Smith a physician of Buttermilk Falls. survey revealed of 86 officers. To operate.50” Smiths U. Followed in 1870 by a further quantity of Burnsides. & the 3rd W. elevating sight. Two piece iron mounted walnut stock. barrel to blue/grey patina. helped check the Confederate advance. Civil War Patent Capping Breech Loading Carbine. and withdrawing the fired case could be difficult. Good stock. £1295 The Smith patent system worked well and 30. The commission agents for the Smith carbine were the firm of Poultney & Trimble who at the time were the largest importers of arms into the USA. During the battle of Gettysburg. 7th& 17th Pennsylvania. the 17th Penn. This exposes the chamber for inserting the special Smiths patent rubber cartridge. an Ordnance record of 1869 mentions the issue of 1000 Smith carbines in Dakota. Virginia who were armed with the Smith. although another cartridge of foil and paper was also used. 6th& 9th Ohio.11 fair. sight slider missing. rising the long spring locking catch and allowing the carbine to break open in a folding motion. with issues to 1st Massachusetts. 7th& 11th Illinois: and the 3rd West Virginia cavalry regts. The Ordnance Dept. In vg. S.
/Pat.945 carbines were supplied to the North and 800+ rifles. Eagle cypher and J. 14. walnut half stocked with brass mounts and one brass barrel band. exc. A cartridge was then placed in the open breech.54” U. leaf battle sights. dated 1863 on tail. In VG cond. July 1858 / Apl. To load the trooper lifted a lever set into the top of the carbine breech. with 22” barrel fitted with the standard U. Flat bevelled lockplate stamped with the U.S. metalwork to grey/brown patina.S. A rare piece here in UK. bore. Now only one left£1495.A . A standard percussion cap was placed on the nipple to discharge the piece. closing the lever activated the plunger pushing the cartridge into the chamber. with fine stock. drawing back a plunger to which it was linked.. Civil War 2nd Model Merrill Capping Breech Loading Carbine. The breech-loading system is based on that of the Jenks but modified to use a combustible cartridge rather than loose powder and ball. 9 May 21-28-61”.S.H. Merrill Balto. 34 .
11 PA. 1 NY. 7 IN. 5 NY. In spite of the large numbers acquired the Merrill was never popular in service and by 1863 its issue was largely concentrated in the Western theatre of the war.50” U.1 VA. 1 WI. By / Richards &Overman / Philada. 12 VA. Raising the lever closes 35 . Issued with the Merril were:. A brass case containing the powder and bullet could be inserted directly into the breech end of the barrel. A . 2 TN. A Confederate soldier holding his Maynard carbine. A confederate trooper with eyeCatching trousers and a Merrill Carbine. 18 PA. 35 Bn. 7 VA. VA. 5 KS. 14 VA. The Confederates who carried them:. 11 VA.” The Gallagher employed a breech action which consisted of a lever/trigger guard combination. Early issues of Merrill carbines resulted in many being captured by the Confederates and their use by southern horsemen was common.000 carbines. 14 KS. 5 TN. 3WI. 2 KS. no forend fitted. that when pushed down allowed the barrel to slide forward and tip down for loading. 17 PA. the last delivery of 1200 being in July 1864.S. The Federal Regts. very few remained in use by the Army of the Potomac cavalrymen. 15.The Government contracted for the supply of approx. iron mounted walnut buttstock with patchbox. 5 PA.1 DE. Back action lock stamped “Manufactd. 18 NY. 11 MO. 22” barrel with leaf sights. Civil War Gallagher Capping Breech Loading Carbine. with issues starting in 1861.
the weapon and seats the base of the cartridge into the breech; ignition is by the standard cap being struck by the hammer. In vg+ cond. good stock, sharp with nice age patina, barrel and action to blue brown patina, good bore. Now only one left. £1495
The Gallagher carbine was the invention of a Southerner Mahlon J. Gallagher of Savannah Georgia, and patented by him in July 1860 just in time for the Civil War. He claimed in his patent design would cause the easy removal of the Cartridge by having the breech slide forward and drop down exposing the breech with plenty of space to grip the cartridge. This was the major defect of the Gallagher a lack of extractor. The firm of Richardson &Overman obtained the rights of manufacture and proceeded to convince the Government to purchase from them. Initially 200 were acquired in August 1861. A sample was sent by the makers to the Asst. Sec. of War Thomas A Scott and was highly impressed with it, he then ordered General Ripley to place an order for 5000 which was done on 17th Sept. 1861 all were delivered by Sept. 1862 further contracts followed and 17,728 were supplied. They were issued to the following federal units:- 2 AR; 13 IL; 3 IN; 9 IN; 4 IA; 7 IA 9 KS; 8 KY; 5 KY; 4 MO: 1 NY; 9 OH: 10 OH; 20 PA: 21 PA; 1 TN; 2 TN; 8 TN; 9 TN. On the Confederate side at least the 11 VA cavalry had them. A .54” U.S. Civil War Starr Capping Breech Loading Carbine 21” barrel, stamped “Starr Arms Co/Yonkers, N.Y.” With leaf battle sights, and on breech two piece brass mounted walnut stock. Breech marked “Starr’s Patent/Sept.14th 1858”. Back-action lock also struck “Starr Arms Co”. Designed by Ebenezer T. Starr descended from a family of long established and respected gunmakers, he was also responsible for the Starr revolvers. The Starr had a fixed barrel and a hinged two piece breech, the breech block hinged under the breech end of the barrel and was backed by a vertically sliding wedge controlled by the trigger guard / operating lever. Pushing down on the lever withdrew the wedge and allowed the breech block to pivot back and down, exposing the chamber for loading. The Starr used a linen combustible cartridge similar to the Sharps which had no gas sealing ability. An annular groove in the breech block and a tight mechanical fit hopefully sealed the breech. In early tests, some officers considered the Starr to be superior to the Sharps which it resembles. In vg.cond. With nice stock, barrel with fading blue finish, exc. bore. A good 36
piece with an interesting Civil War history. We had five of these carbines now only one left in stock. £1595
While he was developing his revolver, Starr patented in 1858 his breech loading carbine design, it was tested by the Ordnance even before the patent was granted. It performed well with Both the Army and Navy testing officers liking it, one even considering it superior to the Sharps. Ebenezer Starr assigned the patent rights of both his revolver designs and his carbine to a group of business men. They formed the Starr Arms Co with offices at 267 Broadway, New York. A factory employing 225 was at Binghamton and in full production making revolvers for the Government. The company built a new factory in Yonkers to produce the carbines a contact for 20,000 had been granted to them. Deliveries did not start until July 1863 with the final delivery in August 1864 20,602 had been supplied. They were quickly and widely issued to the following Federal Regts:- 1 AR; 13 IL; 9 IA; 5 KS; 3MI; 11 MO; 12 MO; 1 NY Vet; 12 NY; 24 NY; 19 PA; Merrill’s Horse. The only Regt. Who it is known marked their carbine were the 1st AR. . While tests in 1858 considered the Starr superior to the Sharps, this was not the opinion of the 78 officers responding to the Ordnance survey. Only 17 considered it fair to good, while 61 considered it poor to worthless. One officer wrote “Starr’s carbine is an evasion of Sharps patent with none of it virtues. The action is too light and complicated, works well enough when new, but the least dirt and fouling deranges it. It requires both hands to close the lever, the cartridge is not readily placed straight in the barrel, and the gas check is imperfect. After some use the salt petre corrodes the barrel where it enters the gas check, rendering the lever doubly hard to open. As the part becomes more corroded the gas escape increases and the discharge impaired. When this occurs it can only be mended by a new barrel and gas check, otherwise a new carbine. Never the less, they were extensively issued and used seeing much active service on Civil War battlefields. Quantities were sent to garrisons in the west and issued to the various 37
state volunteer units, and were most probably better than most of the arms in such stations, which were obsolete and old muzzle loaders that no one else wanted. Though having said that there is the story of a detachment of Colorado Cavalry hard on the trail of an Arapaho raiding party, finally catching up with their quarry , then finding that only 2 out of 12 of their Starr carbines would fire. It is quite possible of course the carbines were badly maintained or the ammunition was faulty. It did not stop a member of the outfit to record The Starr carbine is capable of throwing a ball with great force and accuracy when properly adjusted, but of uncertain fire. A very important defect when a brave man’s life depends on it”. In spite of this shortly later it did not stop Colonel John M Chivington requesting an issue of Starr carbines to his command of Colorado volunteers, by November 1864 this had been carried out. Erratic in use as some described them it was Starr and Sharpe’s carbines that accompanied the Colorado volunteers to Sand Creek in late November 1864. Here they found camp of Chief Black Kettle, made up of Cheyenne and Arapaho lodges; the camp was supposedly under the protection of Fort Lyon. Its protection first being granted by Major Wynkoop who also gave them an America Flag to fly for protection. The protection was extended by Major Anthony who took over command on 5th November 1864. Although it seems Major Anthony who had served with Col. Chivington was in league with him in keeping the Indians at Sand Creek so as they could be attacked. On 29th November Col. Chivington and approx. 700 men approached the camp, on sight of them Black Kettle had many of his tribe gather under the flag which was flying over his lodge, he also raised a white flag. One Indian White Antelope ran to the troopers shouting “Stop stop”, to no effect he was shot down. Chivington then ordered his men to open fire on the gathered Indians, mostly women and children as the braves were out hunting. He wanted a victory and not prisoners. Those left scattered in panic, Then the crazed soldiers charged and killed anything that moved, a few of the warriors fought back allowing some of the tribe to escape, including Black Kettle. An interpreter present testified at the late inquiry. “ The Col. was heartless…The people of the village were
slaughtered, they were scalped, their brains knocked out, the men using knives ripped open women, clubbed little children knocked them in the head with their carbine butts, beating their brains out, mutilated them in every sense of the word”.
At the end of the day over 200 Indians lay dead mostly women, children and old men. While the massacre outraged easterners, it seemed too pleased many residents of Colorado. Col. Chivington appeared at a Denver theatre where he gave an account of the “Battle” and displayed 100 scalps as well as pubic scalps of women. Apparently some men even made Tabaco pouches from women’s breasts. There was a congressional enquiry and Chivington was forced to resign, when he was asked why so many children had been killed he replied “Nits make lice”. The fact that Chivington was reprimanded and forced to resign made little impact amongst the Indians. When word of the massacre spread it stiffened the resolve of the Indians to resist white encroachment. An avenging wildfire spread the land and it would be another 25 years before peace would return. With the success of the Spencer the Starr Arms Co could see the Ordnance Dept. moving towards Rimfirearms, consequently they developed the Starr Rimfire carbine chambering the Spencer cartridge. In tests this arm performed exceptionally well, 5000 were contracted 38
inventor of the tape priming system found in other U. A Good . 20” round to octagonal barrel. 1859” Sling ring on leftside of frame. in fact it was one of the very few systems to survive and do well in the commercial market.S. ignition is with the standard percussion cap and nipple. Duncan Kerr a scout and participant in the Massacre at Sand Creek with his Starr carbine and Indian scalps. A reloadable brass cartridge with a wide head is inserted. Two troopers of the Colorado Volunteers with Starr carbines. We had 4 Maynard carbines now just one left in stock. frame stamped on right side “Manufactured by / Mass. Arms Co / Chicopee Falls” and on the leftside “Edward Maynard / Patented / May 27. Iron mounted walnut butt stock. Some are also recorded as being in store at the Tower. S. it features a barrel that tips down by lowering the lever extension of the trigger guard and pushing it forward. arms. fitted with leaf sights. 6. 1851 / Dec. issues were mainly in Canada after the Civil War when and American invasion was feared. most blue to barrel and fading case colours to action. the wide head on the case allowed a good grip and the case was easily withdrawn by hand. good bore. Designed by Dr. Edward Maynard a dentist. The system was efficient and worked well. The action is actually a very simple design and that maybe is why it works so well. The carbine is in vg+ condition with fine stock. £1495 39 .for. There was no mechanical extractor. The trooper on the left also carries a Colt Army and the on the Right a Starr single action revolver.50” U. It is a little known fact that this arm was also purchased by Britain. Civil War 2nd Model Maynard Carbine.
A contract for 5000 Triplett & Scott carbine was made in January 1865 with the state of Kentucky to arm 5000 Home Guard troops mustered to protect the supply lines of the Union Army under Gen. 30” barrel. Manufacture of the Maynard was by the Massachusetts Arms Co. Sherman. Although not supplying Maynard carbines to the North until 1864. depressing a latch in frame behind hammer. deliveries were a year late and the first 1000 carbines not received until June 1864 and the final shipment in May 1865.6. Two models were supplied one with a 30” barrel of which 3000 were made and another with a 22” of which 2000 were supplied. Although in my experience the rifle model is far rarer than the carbine. At least 2500 went to the States of Georgia. The rifle is chambered for the Spencer cartridge. Co. a great addition to any collection. A cover swivels and a cartridge is chambered. barrel and action with much original blue.” and on receiver “Meriden Man’fg. Florida and Mississippi. W. A Rare ./Meriden. 2nd FL. two piece walnut stock fitted with iron furniture. Conn” and “Kentucky”. they did supply some of the Northern states. 40 .Originally patented in 1851 the design was needlessly complicated with more thought and two more patents taken out in 1857 and 59 the dentist refined the design to become the simple and sturdy breech loader we have before us now. elevating sight. Also in the run up to the Civil War they supplied some of the Southern states. In June 1863 General Ripley signed a contract with the Mass Arms Co for the supply of 20. An unusual loading action. With good stock. a well-managed and financed company with good marketing skills.000 Maynard’s. They were not extensively used due to their late deliveries they were however issued to the 6th 9th & 11th Indiana cavalry and to the10th & 11th Tennessee.T. In near excellent cond. 1864. 1MS. In the south they were carried by Cobb’s Legion GA. Action tang stamped “Triplett & Scott/Patent Dec. then engaged in the Atlanta campaign. unlocks the barrel allowing it to twist in a circular motion coming in line with the magazine tube protruding through the front of the stock. with a 7 shot tubular magazine in butt.50” Rimfire Triplett & Scott Repeating Rifle.£1495.
soldier proof and it worked. Spencer legend stamped on breech. back action lock. Civil War . butt containing tubular magazine for 7 rounds.000 serial range dating 1863 being one of early issues and must have seen action. Officers of both North and South agreed that the Spencer’s fire power was one of the major factors in the defeat of the South.52/56 Spencer Model 1860 Carbine. simple. The Spencer was not issued in quantity until October 1863 in spite of this it proved itself the most efficient of all Civil War carbines. became the most widely issued and the most popular of all. iron mounted two piece walnut stock. After the war together with the Sharps it was the major arm of the cavalry in the west. 22” barrel rifled with 6 grooves. barrel to blue/grey patina. A good example of a Civil War Spencer. good bore and tight action nice stock. In vg cond. nice sharp stock. This gun numbered in the 14. Its effect on the battlefield was devastating and without doubt helped turn the tide of the war. Over 95. rugged. its design for the period pure genius. ladder rear sight.A U. nicknamed by the Confederates as the widow maker and the horizontal shot tower. In my mind the Spencer is one of the most important of all collectors’ items for the military specialist. the first efficient and effective military repeater. S.000 were acquired by the North. £1895 41 .
The Model 1865 is known as the Indian Wars model becoming the standard arm of cavalry at that time and used by Custer’s 7th Cavalry 1866-73. Spencer M65 rifles were issued to Canadian Militia regts who fought the Fenians when they invaded Canada from USA in 1866. In vg+ cond. ladder sight. good bore. 20” barrel. £1895 42 . It is a little known fact that Britain purchased quantities of Spencer Model 1865 carbines and rifles.A 50” Rimfire Spencer Model 1865 Indian Wars Carbine. The M65’s were delivered between April and October 1865 too late for issue during the Civil War. In 1873 it was replaced by the Springfield Trapdoor carbine. Nice stock fading blue to barrel. Many Spencer’s were also purchased by France and used during the Franco Prussian War. issues were made to troops stationed in Canada. rifled with 3 grooves. Better than most. In the 1865/66 carbine trials it was rated the best arm of its kind. The Colonel of the 13th Hussar reported they were far superior to any British arms issued. breech stamped with the usual Spencer legend and Model 1865. Two piece walnut stock with 7 round tubular magazine in butt.
Would abandon the use of repeaters and return to a single shot arms. Even with these favourable tests and strong recommendations Gen. It is in exc. Captain Dahlgren was suitably impressed to sanction the order of 700. The turning point came not just as the limited use of the Spencer started to prove itself on the battlefield. This is one of approx. Two piece walnut stock. being also suitably impressed they strongly recommended its adoption for the mounted service. Ripley was told to order and issue Spencer’s. a superb and desirable collector’s item. 22” barrel rifled with 3 grooves. Even at this early age he was confident and professional enough to get financial backing to arrange production and sought to interest the military in his system. With fine stock and much original blue. A weapon that when used in the later Indian proved not just a battle winner but a saver of soldiers’ lives. Cond. butt with clear “ESA” cartouche. £1950 The Spencer is one of the most interesting and colourful weapons of the Civil War. 3 groove rifling was used in place of the 6 groove of the original.000 serial range dating 1864 and must have seen Civil War service before being refurbished at Springfield.000 Spencer carbines refurbished at Springfield Armoury.A Rare 50/60 Model 1860 Springfield Altered Spencer Civil War Carbine. Spencer did not give up he marketed his system to the individual states and private sales. ladder sight. It is interesting that the Ordnance Department showed such reluctance to adopt the weapon that would do so much to win the war. breech stamped with usual Spencer legend. A stabler cut-off was also fitted. was not impressed. this refurbishment included the sleeving of the barrel reducing the calibre from 56/52 to 56/50. he objected to its weight and the need for special ammunition. The carbine is numbered in the 38. Spencer was only 19 when he patented his design in 1860. The navy were the first to try the Spencer. a rifle. 43 . Ripley of the Ordnance Dept. Ripley was stubborn in his objections and would not consider an order. In November 1861 an army board tested both a rifle and carbine. 7 round tubular magazine in butt. 11. this device enabled the weapon to be used as a single shot with the magazine being held in reserve. but when the Spencer gained the personal endorsement of the President Abraham Lincoln after a test firing in the White House grounds.
In vg. He might have been a good Indian but he certainly was not a lucky one. 22” barrel. 65. Originally a New Model 63 converted by the Sharps Co to use the metallic cartridge in 1867. and cowboys. 22” barrel. iron mounted two piece walnut stock. Sharps legend stamped to top. a piece of Civil War and western history. The Sharps Rifle Co carried out the conversions and also refurbished the arms. Many went west during the Indian Wars but were not liked by troops. the 67 featured some differences over the 68. In the 1870’s most were sold off as surplus and bought by farmers. this is one of the early conversion which used the original barrel. ladder sight.cond. Incidentally they were also issued to Indians in US service.There are many stories that could be told of the Spencer’s use during the Civil War and the later Indian war where it was for a time the main arm of the cavalry.000 Sharps New Model 63 carbines were supplied by Sharps to the North. It is intended to shortly write and attach a detailed article on the Spencer to this website. barrel and action to blue grey patina. they considered them old weapons. this was the same Black Kettle whose tribe had been massacred by Chivington in 1864. so I will keep these stories until then. more about that in the future. with 3 groove rifling. £1995 A 50/70 Sharps Model 1868 Metallic Cartridge Conversion Carbine. A nice piece and excellent addition to any collection. with fine stock.50” and having three grove rifling. 25. Also Custer’s attack on Black Kettles camp on the Washita in 1868. £1850 44 . on this occasion he and his family were all killed. barrel and action with fading blue. it retained its original barrel rifled with 6 grooves and was actually 52/70 and not particularly accurate with the 50/70 cartridge.000 were converted to metallic cartridge and designated Model 1867 or Model 1868. and a much more accurate weapon. A Fine 50/70 Sharps Model 1867 Metallic Cartridge Conversion Carbine. with nice stock. bore. ladder sight. near mint bore. with 6 groove rifling. This specimen in vg+ cond. exc. The model 68 had a liner fitted into the barrel with 3 groove rifling and was a true 50/70 cal. A good and sought after collectors gun. Sharps legend to top. later conversion Model of 1868 had the barrel lined reducing the calibre to . settlers. after it must be said the Ordnance had been pressed by men in the field for its issue. Consequently used in many an engagement with the western Indians such as the famous stand at Beechers Island. iron mounted two piece walnut stock. This was originally a New Model 1863 and issued during the Civil War.
Scout for Custer and 7th Cavalry with Sharps 50/70.Army Officers in the west with 50/70 Sharps carbines Charles Reynolds (Lonesome Charley) Civilian Circa 1873. 45 .
Mechanics Falls. Switzerland. a round was dropped in and the lever operated which moved the cartridge on ready for the next. An important collector’s piece . Cond and seen little use. The Peabody features a pivoting block action operated by an under-lever. elevating rearsight. in fact Von Martini admitted that his design was taken from it.44” Evans 28 Shot Lever Action Repeating Rifle. barrel and action with fading blue. most like this the New Model 28 shot. 26” barrel. it worked on the principle of an Archimedes screw. R.” Back-action lock. It is considered the forerunner of the Martini. The Old Model made circa 1874/76 was a 34 shot. Prov. Action body stamped “Peabody’s Patent July 22. Maine. good action and bore. quantities were purchased for issue to the forces of Canada. two piece iron mounted walnut stock. difference in capacity being mainly down to the length of the early cartridge. in various calibres.20” barrel. Approx. Most major countries tested it with favourable results. made by the Evans Repeating Rifle Co.A 50” Rimfire Peabody Carbine Made By Providence Tool Co. three piece walnut stock with iron mounts. as well as some American States for militia issue. 112. the gun is fired by a back action lock with side hammer. most blue. In vg+ cond.000 being made. A rare collectors gun. 1862/Manf’d by Providence Tool Co. The gun is in exc.000 Peabody rifles and carbines were made. £1495 46 . The magazine was of a revolving type loaded through the butt. ladder rearsight. Fine stock. Brazil. The Evans is one of the 19th centuries more novel repeating rifle. Peabody rifles were purchased by Switzerland and it was exposure to these that allowed Martini to develop his variation with integral firing mechanism. We have a quantity. exc. Stock.I. one barrel band. 12. Between 1873 and 1879 approx. Spain. £695 A Rare & Interesting . good bore. Romania and France. Mexico.
7” turnoff 3 stage cannon shaped barrel numbered 1 at the breech. Slab sided walnut butt elaboritley inlaid with silver wire.PISTOLS A Good 25 Bore Brass Barrelled &Actioned Flintlock Gentleman’s Traveling Pistol By Hadley of London Circa 1750. £1250 47 .This is a very attractive gun and in fine condition a worthy addition to any collection. Sliding trigger guard safety catch. makers name “Hadley” in banner on leftside and “London” in banner on right. Boxlock action beautifully engraved with rococo scrolls and flowers overall.
In vg+ above average cond. A sought after collector’s piece and investment for the future. and dated Ordnance storekeepers stamp.A Fine . 12” brl. kings proof struck at breech. Belt hook fitted to counter lock side. £2500 48 .A fine piece and at a very fair price. with nice sharp stock to rich red walnut colour. flat style lock bearing the Crown Tower GR cypher. heavy skull crusher buttcap. A classic British issue Sea Service f/l pistol a design that changed little in 75 years.56” Long Sea Service F/L Pistol Of The Napoleonic Wars. Stock with numerous inspector stamps. full walnut stock with regulation bras mounts. these pistols always seem to increase in value.
with some foliate decoration. fixed breech being highly engraved. decorated wrist esctcheon. condition with fine stock. two rammer pipes.A Good 22 Bore Officers Flintlock Pistol By Nicholson Circa 1780-90. hook breech. Semi waterproof lock. with slab sided grip. barrel wel rebrowned a terrific piece. brass mounts include triggerguard with acorn finial and bow engraved with foliate and Union flag. £1295 49 . roller to frizzen spring and swan neck cock. makers name Nicholson to centre. Made by William Nicholson established in London Circa 1779 to 1794 when he died. 8 ¼” octagonal barrel stamped with London Gunmakers proofs at breech. His main address was 45 Cornhill London although he previously had premises at 17 Houndsditch. In near exc. He was a contactor to the East India Company and a noted producer of good quality officers pistols. Full figured walnut stock. pieced and very decorative side-plate.
8” round barrel. quite sharp with clear markings. Consequently the AN IX pistol is the pattern of 1800. nice patinated barrel . A historic and good collector’s pistol for those with an interest in this period. Imp”. In 1793 the French adopted what was known as the Republican calendar.In vg. produced for issue to French cavalry.A Rare French Napoleonic 14 Bore ANIX Flintlock Military Pistol. £895 50 .vg stock.cond. carried by them on all major campaigns from then on. now quite hard to find. replacing the Gregorian calendar it was made retroactive to the date of the proclamation of the republic 22/9/1792. brass mounted walnut half-stocked. Russia. A good piece and better than most encountered. Peninsular and at Waterloo. counter lock side stamped with roundel dated 1813 flat bevelled lock inscribed “Mauberg/Maunf. dated 1813.
semi waterproof pan. good action. The pistol is in vg+ cond. hook breech with engraved tang and incorporating a vee rear sight. roller to frizzen spring. Untouched stock. engraved Ryan & Watson to centre.A 16 Bore Officers Flintlock Pistol By Ryan & Watson Circa 1800. Birmingham. A good collectors piece and at a good price. 9” octagonal barrel. metalwork to grey/brown patina. Flat style lock with stepped tail. With exc. 51 . Tower private proofs to breech. iron mounted figured walnut stock. £895. Ryan & Watson were established in the 1777 to 1810 period at 27 Whittall St.
Nice stock. stamped with B. swivel rammer hinged to muzzle. This pattern of pistol was introduced around 1809 as an improvement over the Light Dragoon pistol. Trigger guard engraved with rack No 58 and right lobe of buttcap with the troop letter “A” the leftside of the lobe has feint regimental I. Flat style semi waterproof lock bearing the crown G. Tower cypher. brass mounted full walnut stock. its one weakness was the forend where the rammer entered the channel. 9” barrel Kings proofs struck at breech. It was the pistol of light cavalry in the later stages of the Napoleonic Wars.A Nice . remaining in service until the end of the flintlock era.D. It was a good practical weapon.O and storekeepers stamp to butt.R. for issue to light cavalry. It was a companion pistol to the Paget carbine and was sometimes referred to as the Paget pistol.65” British Service Issue New Land Flintlock Pistol. The angle and leverage of the rod frequently caused damage or fracture at this point and most will be found with a brass repair or strengthener as this one has. barrel to steel grey patina. £1300 52 . Peninsular and Waterloo. In vg cond.
barrel to blue/grey patina a good and historic piece. Bar action perc.A Good . lock with bun nut retained hammer.cond and better than most. In vg.65” East India Company Pattern 1843 Perc. This big solider proof and practical pistol was made for issue to EIC cavalry in the 1840. heavy flat buttcap with lanyard ring. good stock quite sharp. swivel rammer hinged at muzzle. lockplate engraved with the rampant Lion cypher of the EIC. full brass mounted walnut stock. £850 53 .s seeing action and use in all major campaigns into the 1860’s. Some were also issued to Imperial regiments that served in India. Troopers Pistol. 9” barrel.
it passed to the next eligible male heir. Queen Victoria was granddaughter of George III she was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover her son Edward VII belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg. Under Salic law she could not inherit the GermanKingdom. George I became king of G. her uncle the 5th Son of George III. This rare pistol carbine came from Schloss Marienburg the Royal Palace of The House and Kings of Hanover. Britain in 1714 he remained king of Hanover and each British monarch after him was also king of Hanover. 12” sighted barrel rifled with 8 grooves.G. military style lock with safety bolt.cond. George the 4th was brought up there. Pistol Carbine With Royal Provenance Circa 1840/50. who became Augustus I of Hanover. the stock is made with a cheek rest and has a side bar and rings. The pistol is complete with its detachable shoulder stock both of which are numbered “No 436”.A Very Rare & Interesting Kings German Legion Perc. Marienburg was their palace in Hanover. In exc. sideplate stamped “K. a superb piece and with history. fine stock. full walnut stock with brass mounts. the Duke of Cumberland. 3”. the KGL were the army of Hanover that was closely associated with the British army and distinguished itself during the Napoleonic wars. In 2005 Sotheby’s held a sale of many of the contents of the palace part of which was a big arms collection this pistol came from that source. £2250 54 .
brass mounted full walnut stock. swivel rammer hinged at muzzle and a belt hook fitted to counter lock side. This pattern was adopted when the flintlock materials had been exhausted. 25 Bore Lovell’s Pattern 1842 Percussion Sea Service Pistol. lanyard ring fitted to butt cap. Pistols of this type were issued to the Navy.A. We have a quantity. Lovell’s side action lock. £695 55 . The Navy were first to adopt the percussion system and the first pistols of a similar pattern supplied to them in 1832. 6” barrel Ordnance proofs to breech. Customs and Coastguard. All the early Sea Service pistols were made from converted flintlock materials and a number of variations can be encountered. It is curious that the Navy should adopt such a small pistol when in past and for many years its pistols had been bigger than those issued to land forces. In vg+ with fine stock. It seems this pattern has its origins with the small flintlock pistol issued to the Coastguard in the 1820’s. barrel to fading blue patina. engraved with the usual Tower crown VR cypher dated 1855.
with good stock. This is an exceptionally good specimen better than most. It is believed they were withdrawn from military service in 1884 and subsequently issued to civil forces. there was much raiding of armouries and police stations. and weapons of this type taken. the authorities could see no real advantage in its adoption. the butt cap tang is stamped “R2/B/3”. Richards 8000 Infantry rifles. barrel with fading blue. 9 ½” barrel stamed wit acknowledgement to Whitworth Patent. Birmingham proofs etc. releasing them to collectors of the world. In 1915 Portugal was racked with civil unrest. lanyard rings to buttcap and another secured by the lock screw. Incidentally the Monkey Tail pistol was tried by the British Ordnance in 1864. 2000 carbine and 1000 of these Monkey Tail pistols. good bore a really fine piece.451” Westley Richards Monkey Tail Capping Breech Loading Pistol. This one is marked as being issued to the 2nd Regt. Of Lancers who were based in Lisbon. In 1867 the Portuguese government contracted to purchase from W. Brass mounted full walnut stock. although it proved superior to the P58 rifled pistol. Lock stamped “Westley Richards & Co” to front and a triangle dated 1867 on tail. It appear two models of this pistol were supplied onel like this with a cleaning rod and one without. The only ones made in quantity were for Portugal. £2500 56 .An Exceptionally Rare Portuguese Issue. Rumour has it that there are still 150 of these rare pistols still in Portuguese military stores.
A good and interestingcollector’s item. metalwork to a grey/blue patina.A Rare & Interesting 38 Bore Adams Model 1851 Dragoon Victoria Police Issue Percussion Revolver. With sharp profiles. Melbourne. 30 King William St. good action and grips. 8” octagonal barrel top engraved “Deane Adams & Deane. bush rangers and cattle duffers. Foliate engraved and border lined frame marked “Adams Patent No 49xxR. . London Bridge” and on the side flats “Walsh Dunn & Co. £1695 57 . with many an encounter and even pitched battle being fought in the back blocks. / Agents for the Province of Victoria”. At the time this revolver was on issue Victoria was noted for its Gold Diggings. In vg cond. If it could talk I am sure it would provide us with many an interesting tale of its existence and past owners long gone and forgotten now.
6” octagonal barrel top flat engraved “Deane & Son 30 King William St. London” foliate engraved frame. A much more practical method. making it a fairly early 2nd Model. 5 shot cylinder with rope band decoration to front. £1495 58 .A 54 Bore 2nd Model Tranter Percussion Double Trigger Revolver. The gun is numbered in the 2100T serial range. Left side of gun fitted with Tranters patent detachable rammer. This specimen in vg cond. good grips. action and bore. but could be removed if required. with sharp profiles. The gun is also interesting because the retailers name being Deane & Son and not Deane Adams & Deane indicates it was made after the breakup of the Adams & Deane partnership in August 1856. The rammer attachment was modified during its working life and is now permanently attached to the gun with a screw rather than the peg. One piece chequered walnut grips. On the first model the rammer was carried separate and in the 3rd& 4th models the rammer was permanently attached. The second model Tranter differs from the first in having a detachable rammer (Tranters Patent) attached to the gun.
5 shot cylinder with rope band decoration to front. Pall Mall. a 54 bore with 3 groove rifling. fitted with hook safety and “S” spring cylinder pin lock. Very few of these revolvers appear to have been made as the company appear to have moved into the production of cartridge arms. £1295 59 . top flat inscribed. One piece chequered walnut grip with engraved oval base cap. London. borderline engraved frame also marked “London Patent No 58. It was a definite improvement and was a pistol of perfect rigidity. In exc. a 60 bore with 5 groove and a 80 bore with 14 grooves. Border lined and foliate engraved frame. In vg+ cond. Their rarity and the fact they were one of the early products of the Webley Company ensures their desirability to the collectors. 5 shot cylinder. barrel with loading lever fitted to leftside. with sharp profiles.A Rare 54 Bore Webley Solid Frame Percussion Double Action Revolver. Cond. One piece chequered walnut grips.494”. Professionally reblued and looking good. 6” oct. the Webley solid frame revolver was developed and introduced to the market in 1859. Following the short life of the Webley Wedge frame revolver. Three models were marketed. £995 A Good 80 Bore Tranter 4th Model Percussion Revolver Retailed By The Famous Wilkinson& Son. 4 ½” octagonal barrel. much original blue and good grips. “Wilkinson & Son Pall Mall London”. featuring a solid frame with screw in barrel.
border lined frame engraved with the “Adams Patent No” in the 37. Fought in the Maori Wars and commanded a company of the 65th in the Taranaki campaign 1860/61 (mentioned in despatches) engaged in the war around Auckland 1863. Talbot”. 1859. Talbot of the 65Th Regt. Talbot of 65Th Regt. a rare opportunity to own a gun with provenance to a brave owner £1595. Commanded a storming party and wounded three times at the capture of Rangiriri. Some loss of sharpness due to use. 5 ½” octagonal barrel top flat inscribed with retailers name. 5 shot cylinder. Chequered walnut butt.An Interesting & Historic 54 Bore Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver Marked To Lt. Lt. John S. oval steel buttcap inscribed with the name “Lt. Commanded two companies which repulsed a Maori attack on the Razor Back stockade. Dating the gun to approx.000 R range. Not a bad gun and with a terrific history worthy of further research. for which he was mentioned in despatches. The Maori Wars is a very interesting subject and sadly one that is little known here in the UKThe pistol is in vg cond. John S. 60 . good grips and action.
two piece chequered walnut grips. They are chambered for the French 11mm revolver cartridge. 6 shot plain cylinder. We have a small quantity. 6” round barrel. Francottie of Liege was given an order on 25th April for 4000 and the following year another 2000. it is based on the design of the Francottie Model 1863 pinfire revolver which had previously been issued. screwed into a solid frame. This pattern of revolver was designed for issue to the Swedish cavalry and approved in April 1871. £895 61 .A Rare 11mm Model 1871 Swedish Single Action Service Revolver. many of which were converted to centrefire. The designer of this revolver was August Hagstrom. In exc. A. Cond.
The gun is in exc. with all finish. a credit to any collection. plain 6 shot cylinder. Bor/ Delft”. frame stamped “J.E. almost as new unused cond. two piece walnut grips stamped with Dutch ordnance mark.F. £895 62 .A 9.4 Dutch Model 1873 Ordnance Revolver.
A sought after collectors gun. top strap engraved “P.I. swivelling Adams patent ejector rod. £1595 63 . Webley & Son.442” being of later production most produced were in 450” In vg+ cond. good action and bore. No 1 New Model Revolver. 4 ½” ovate barrel.A Good . We have a small quantity. featuring the fluted cylinder are quite rare in .C. London & Birmingham”. With exc. Grips fading plum/blue finish. 6 shot fluted cylinder. streamline shaped frame bearing the Webley winged bullet trademark. These RIC New Model revolvers.442” Webley R. One piece chequered walnut grips.
Good grips. two piece chequered walnut grips. Webley & Son” and on the frame top “The Pug”. good action and bore. fading blue to metalwork. swivelling ejector rod.320” Continental Bulldog Type Pocket Revolver. £1295 64 . In vg+ cond. with most blue. 2” round barrel. 2” ovate barrel top flat marked “P. Side of frame stamped with the winged bullet Webley trademark.A . 5 shot fluted cylinder. two piece chequered walnut grips.442” Webley Pug Revolver. £395 A . In vg cond. Plain 5 shot cylinder. folding trigger.
many of which were used against the Texans and would have been at the Alamo. issued not just to British and Colonial forces but to many Allies in the fight against Napoleon. swan neck cock.600 arms. In vg + cond. The India Pattern Brown Bess is one of the most important of all British Military Arms. It saw action in every battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Disastrous and largely forgotten South American campaign. The Pasha of Egypt had some thousands. the War of 1812. In the 1820’s approx.An above average specimen. South Africa and India.MILITARY LONGARM A . This is a typical Ordnance Bess that was sold out of service reproofed by trade for commercial sale as so many were. 89. a credit to its designers and makers. The end of the War saw British forces reduced to its peacetime strength and large quantities of arms placed in store and sold off. £1495. reliable. and good looking weapon.000 were sold to France.75” India Pattern Model 1793 British Brown Bess Flintlock Musket. with exc. Spain believe it or not purchased 341. a strong. Rounded lock stamped with the Crown Tower VR cypher. soldier proof. It was the standard British Infantry weapon from 1793 until the end of the flintlock era. stock barrel to very pleasing patina. Other buyers were Mexico who also acquired surplus Paget carbines and Baker rifles. 65 . 39” barrel. regulation brass mounted walnut stock.
with 20” twist barrel. The India Pattern Bess became the most numerous British Military muzzle loading weapon ever produced with approx. very few were made.C. The system was not a success and not as practical as the simple copper cap. Richards at the time. Richards in 1841 patent no 9177. It bears the name India pattern as it was the musket of the East India Company adopted by them in 1771. swivel rammer hinged at muzzle. were used to its production and tooled up for it. The carbine is in excellent cond. wedge shaped primer which was pushed sideways over the touch hole where it was gripped by two curved shoulder of metal.800. was cheaper and quicker to manufacture than the Land Patterns. of which there were variations. Col Edward Windus.000 being made. brass mounted full walnut stock. Furthermore the Ordnance contractors who also supplied the E. It was an adequate arm that performed well. replacements were kept in holes bore in the butt-trap. was that of a striking plug made hollow and with a hole in the side for the purpose letting out smoke and gas after detonation of the charge. lock engraved with makers name “Westley Richards”. £1950 66 . 2. It was one of a number patented by W. This striking plug or cone looks like a nipple screwed into the nose of the hammer except for the little hole in its side.The India Pattern was adopted by the Ordnance in 1795 as an emergency measurethen in 1797 became standard. For the serious and knowledgeable collector. With fine stock. barrel with browned finish. The man credited with its design was the East India Co. A second feature and both features were unique.I.’s first salaried Inspector of Small Arms Lt. This very rare system was patented by W. Although in fact was just an improvement of previous models. The advantage claimed over the copper cap which was then in general use was that the flat primer was firmly anchored whereas the cap was not. A basic item for the British military collector A Very Rare & Interesting Westley Richards Experimental Papier-Mache Primer Carbine. Trap to butt. The fulminate was contained in a flat.
Lovell’s side-action lock struck with the usual Crown VR Tower cypher dated 1847. Similar to the above carbine but adapted to standard percussion caps.P. with sharp 67 .A . With exc. Untouched stock. 20” barrel. full walnut stock with brass mounts. it had a mechanism that placed a cap on the nipple when the hammer was cocked. On this specimen the mechanism has long since been removed. regulations brass mounted walnut stock. barrel to grey brown patina.65” Lovell’s Pattern 1842 Constabulary Perc. 26” Ordnance proofed barrel. Butt cap tang stamped “30/R.In vg cond. £995 A Good . originally. butt stamped with the B. In vg cond.65” Rare & Interesting Westley Richards Experimental Self Capping Percussion Carbine. Carbine. markings and a 1st Class reserve stamp./255” Rutland Police? This is one of the Lovell P42 series of arms. a long magazine holding percussion caps was fitted on the barrel just forward of the lock.O. hammer screw missing and of course the capping mechanism. A very rare gun of which few were made and surviving examples almost unknown. swivel rammer hinged at muzzle. designed By George Lovell for issue to police.
leaf sights and standard Brunswick sword bar at muzzle. This was during the period when Victoria was at the height of a gold rush and arms were urgently needed to equip the expanding police force who had to deal with the lawlessness. London proofs at breech. A very rare rifle in vg cond. Stock. £750 A Rare .With exc.Barrel with fading blue finish. buttcap tang engraved “N/23/788/V.profiles. of the Australian State of Victoria for issue to its police force in the early 1850’s. At this time Wilkinson supplied quantities of arms of different patterns to the State of Victoria. successors to Henry Nock subsequently to become Wilkinson Sword. £1895 68 . Brass mounted full walnut stock.C” This rare rifle was part of a private purchase by the Colonial Govt. The supplier the famed London Company of Henry Wilkinson.577” Australian Colonial Police Issue Brunswick Type Rifle By Wilkinson Of London. some bruising to stock commensurate with use. barrel with fading blue patina. large brass patchbox in butt. a good piece and better than most. 30” barrel rifled with 3 grooves (Enfield pattern).
They are believed by todays muzzle loaders to be the best for competition shooting. A fine piece for collector or shooter. Lock stamped with the usual Crown V. exc. £995. Brass mounted full walnut stock. bayonet lug at muzzle. lock engraved with makers name “J. Iron mounted full walnut stock. barrel to plum blue/brown finish. Bore. they are also eagerly sought by collectors. Blanche With Segmental Rifling. but bearing the roundel of the London Armoury Co. with fine stock. breech struck with London proofs and the LAC stamp. A fine piece for collector or shooter. made to the regulation pattern with 39” barrel rifled with 3 grooves. The rifle is in vg+ cond. The London Armoury Co was set up by Robert Adams in 1856 to make arms by machinery. With fine sharp stock. LAC cypher dated 1860. to be fully interchangeable and to the highest standards of the day. ladder sight.A . This example in vg+ cond. barrel to blue/grey patina and exc.R. bore. ladder rear-sight. Blanche & Son”. 69 .577” Pattern 1860 Two Band Volunteer Rifle By J. 33” barrel rifled with 5 groove segmental rifling. £1295 A Good .577” Pattern 1853 3 Band Volunteer Rifle By London Armoury Co.
barrel to grey/blue patina. Full walnut stock with regulation brass mounts. A basic item for the British military collector or those with an interest in breech loading systems. In vg cond. The manufacting side of LAC was taken over and became the London Small Arms Co. Its baptism of fire occurred in 1869 with the British force commanded by General Napier against the forces of the mad Emperor Theodore of Abyssinia. good bore.The lock plain and unmarked. London proofs at breech. 36 ½” barrel rifled with 3 groves.A. In vg cond.577” Snider/Enfield Mk11 3 Band British Issue Service Rifle. made to the regulation pattern with 36 ½” barrel rifled with 3 grooves. £795 70 . The hinged breech also stamped “London Armoury”. ordnance proofs at breech. ladder sight. nice stock with Enfield roundel. James Kerr who was superintendant of the original London Armoury Co took over the retail business when it closed in 1865/66. This piece was undoubtedly retailed by James Kerr and most probably made by the L.577” Snider/Enfield Mk III Volunteer Rifle. good bore and action. £850 A .A . The Snider was the first metallic cartridge breech loading rifle made for general adoption to the British Army. good stock. barrel and action to grey/brown patina. with the stamp of the London Armoury Co. brass mounted full walnut stock. chequered wrist and forend. Originally made as a P53 muzzle loading Enfield rifle and converted to Snider breech loader by London Small Arms Co. lock engraved with the Enfield crown VR cypher dated 1862. tight action.S.
In exc.7 X 51R developed as a joint venture between Remington and the Danish Government. 32 ½” barrel. This specimen has that feature and was one of those made under licence in the Copenhagen Arsenal and fully Danish Ordnance marked. the butt is stamped with the Swiss cross and “M”.000 Peabody rifles of which this is one from the Providence Tool Co. The cartridge the 11. fading case colours to lock and action. £895 A Rare . As a result of a year long series of trials by a Swiss Commission on breech loading rifles in 1867 the Swiss War Dept ordered 15. Denmark was the first country to place a large scale order with Remington for the Rolling Block rifle 42. exc. ladder sight.untouched stock sharp and crisp.A . The company was well tooled up and the rifles were rapidly delivered. £750 A 11mm Danish Model 1867 Remington Rolling Block Service Rifle. It was Denmark’s large order with Remington that inspired both Sweden and Norway to also adopt this rifle. an ingenious modification was made to the breechblocks allowing the guns to use either ammunitions.41” R/F Swiss Issue Peabody Rifle. barrel to plum brown patina. bayonet lug at muzzle.577” Snider/Enfield Mk III 3 Band Volunteer Rifle. a fine piece. Two piece walnut stock. 3 spring retained barrel bands. 2 piece iron mounted walnut stock. first designed as a Rimfire round.A fine piece. They were highly thought of and well used by the Swiss. with exc. stock. a fine shooting grade Snider. iron mounts include 2 barrel bands.000 in total. In 1872 Denmark changed the ignition system from Rimfire to centrefire. fitted with Swiss style quadrant sight. cond. Exc. Denmark in 1870 obtained licensing rights from Remington and produced Rolling Block rifles in the national armoury. In vg+ cond. 33” barrel.made to the regulation pattern and dated 1880 on the lock. barrel with fading blue finish. By Providence Tool Co. but later produced in centrefire. £850 71 . This specimen in vg+ cond. Bore.
£595 A .A Good 11mm Mauser Model 1871/84 Bolt Action Service Rifle. In vg cond.C. most were not issued due to the introduction of the 1888 commission rifle. Butt stamped “A.Francotti detachable action stamped on rightside “Commonwealth of Australia” and on the left with makers name.nice stock. a tidy piece. ladder sights. This one made at Spandau in 1888 and fully Ordnance marked. 25” barrel. good action and bore. with fine stock. A decent piece and a fair price. the first Mauser and German issue repeating rifle. In vg cond. fading blue to barrel. good bore. made to the regulation pattern and identical in all respects. Greener. barrel and action to a blue/grey patina good bore.C. £895 A Good Martini Henry Mk III Volunteer Rifle. barrel with fading blue.310” Martini 1stPattern Australian Cadet Rifle By W.” Australian Commonwealth Cadet Corps”. with good stock. In exc. Stamped with a Kangroo on the Knoxform.C. £595 72 . cond.
During the 2nd World War many were issued to the Volnuteer Defence Force. We have a quantity. Before the bill came into force Lord Kitchener visited Australia at request of the Australian Government to make recommendations. good action good bore. good stock fading blue finish. Francotti detachable action. Many thousands of there cadet rifle were ordered and started arriving in the country by 1908. £595 73 . In early 20th century Australia moves were made towards the military training of men and boys in a similar fashion to Switzerland. 25” barrel with micro adjustable rearsight. rightside stamped “Commonwealth of Australia” and makers name BSA with piled arms trademark on left. A defence bill was introduced which was to make training compulsory for youths of 12 to 14 junior cadets 14 to 18 senior cadets and young adults 18 to 20.A 310” Martini 2nd Pattern Australian Cadet Rifle By BSA. In vg cond.
A fine example with exc. Can also be supplied de-activated for collectors. various dates of manufacture. Not so many left now. Can also be supplied de-activated for collectors. we have a large selection. We have the largest stock in the country of these now hard to find rifles. £595 A 7. we have a large selection. by BSA and Enfield.303” Long Lee Enfield Service Rifles. £595 303” Charger Loading Lee Enfield Rifles.5 Swiss Model 1889 Schmitt Rubin Straight Pull Military Rifle. bore and complete with sling and muzzle cover. All in vg cond. by BSA and Enfield. all matching numbers including magazine. £550 74 .5mm X 53. All in vg cond. various dates of manufacture.
£3500 75 . top flat engraved with retailers name “Blakemore & Son” engraved with a band of foliage at muzzle. Border engraved 5 shot cylinder with chambers numbered 1 to 5. two piecechequered walnut grips. signed “Webley’s Patent” on the removable action inspection plate. £350 CASED SETS A Rare & Very Collectable Cased 48 Bore Webley Third Model Longspur Percussion Revolver. 7” octagonal barrel. A fine and rare set. accessories include. Border and scroll engraved frame. with small chequered tip. flask and nipple key. rifled with 3 grooves. mould.303” SMLE & No 4 Rifles. Contained in it blue baize lined and partitioned case. that can be supplied live and proofed for shooting on FAC or as de-acts for collectors and re-enactors. we have a selection in vg cond. All in VG + cond. the revolver has seen little use being sharp and crisp o/a with much fading finish. Phone for details. Grip-strap engraved “By Her Majesty’s Letters Patent” scroll engraved hammer.
being the first successful design patented and produced by arguably Britain’s most successful revolver maker. 76 . 60 Bore belt and 120 Bore pocket. produced in three calibres 48 Bore Holster. during which time some had seen military service in India and the Crimea. 5 years. Manufacture started in 1853 and ran for approx. Patents protecting its design were obtained by James Webley in 1853.The Webley Longspur is an important collectors revolver.
In the passage of time improvement and modifications were made. Production of the 3rd model ran 1857 to 59 serial range runs between 985 and 1602. 2nd and 3rd models. In general revolvers of this type are known as either Model 1853 Webley’s or the “Longspur”. a redesigned distinctive frame. and the method of attaching the barrel to the frame. FURTHER MORE ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES 77 . and of course the mechanism. the barrel was screwed onto the cylinder arbour pin. it was designed to be used with either a 442” R/F cylinder and metallic cartridges but has the ability to revert to powder and ball should cartridges not be available. From that period on the Webley star was in assent. An Exceptionally Rare Cased 54 Bore Tranters Patent Combination Revolver. quick and easy to cock and fire. the Webley Wedge Frame revolver and the Webley Solid frame. all known specimens are numbered in a 3000 serial range. the business was sound. The revolver features some differences over the earlier percussion revolvers. they were made for a very short period of time. the companies range of revolvers made circa 1865 to 1900 were the finest produced anywhere. an inspection cover to give access to the mechanism. He was to take advantage of this more than any other British revolver maker. Total production of all is estimated at 1500 although serial numbers in excess of this can be encountered. The 3rd model differs from the previous models by the fitting of a Kerr type rammer. points and handles well. simple in construction with little to go wrong. Instead of being hinged. Two piecechequered walnut grips. the design and quality of his revolvers good. Although associated with the Webley revolver. consequently 3 separate variations can be encountered known as 1st. 502 New Oxford St. Although James had not manufactured revolvers on a large scale. 1856 also saw the closing of the Colt London factory bringing with it a change in market conditions. and then secured by a butterfly bolt going through the barrel lug and into the frame. London” Solid frame with screw in barrel. 6” barrel. Reilly. Phillip Webley was also quick to understand that the age of percussion was coming to an end and the age of metallic cartridge dawning. The Longspur is a very practical are. It all started with this the Webley Longspur. Philip Webley was quick to take advantage of it especially in the field of mass-production by the factory system with interchangeable parts. M. a further range of percussion revolvers were designed and marketed. This opened the field for British manufacturers. This is an exceptionally rare gun. his business was then absorbed into that of his brother Phillip Webley. Kerr’s patent rammer fitted to leftside of gun. two piece walnut grips. since they have a single action mechanism capable of being cocked very easily by means of the longspur on the hammer. To allow this it has a combination percussion/Rimfire hammer. James Webley died suddenly in 1856. top flat engraved with retailers name “E. the long cocking spur was actually devised by the London gunmaker Thomas Baker in 1852. 5 shot cylinder with roped band decoration to front and engraved “Tranters Patent Combination Revolver”. Little is known about these interesting revolvers.
Grips. accessories include. The gun is in vg+ cond. mould. With fading blue finish. unfortunately the Rimfire cylinder is not present. A rare opportunity for the serious collector and the only one I have ever seen. Good case some fading to lining.£3250 78 . good action and exc. Reilly trade label in lid.ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. Contained in its purple lined and partitioned oak case. even the Doug Nie collection did not have one of these. cleaning rod. nipple key. flask.
The revolver in vg+ cond. 5 shot cylinder. London”. exc. flask cleaning rod. With sharp profiles. and bore. fading finish. A nice piece and a sought after collectors gun £2950 79 . The 38 bore Adams was certainly a man stopped and favoured by military men. Many were purchased by men on the way to the Crimea. with oval stepped buttcap. grips.William Tranter Holding One of His Second Model Revolvers. this one most probable the private purchase of an officer. oil bottle and nipple wrench. accessories include 38 bore mould. good action.500”) Model 1851 Adams Self Cocking Dragoon Percussion Revolver. Contained in its original green baize lined oak case. with 7 ½” octagonal barrel top flat engraved. A Cased 38 Bore (. dating the pistol to 1853. “ Deane Adams & Deane. 36 King William St. foliate engraved frame with Adams Patent marking in the 78XX serial range. One piece chequered walnut grips.
5 shot cylinder with rope band decoration to front. Contained in its green baize lined and partitioned oak case . 6” octagonal barrel. grips fading finish. with sharp profiles. Tranter bullet tin etc. good action and bore.A Cased 54 Bore Tranter 3rd Model Double Trigger Percussion Revolver. Tranters patent rammer attached to leftside of gun. £2500 81 . exc. oil bottle. cleaning rod. foliate engraved frame marked “Tranters Patent No 70XXT. nipple key. The revolver in vg+ cond. accessories include Tranter mould.
(ladder missing). horn nosecap. barrel to grey patina and MINT bore.451” Lancaster Oval Bore Patent Long Range Target Match Rifle. leaf rear sights to 150 yds. “Charles Lancaster. £1200. £3250 82 . In exc. chequered full pistol grip and forend. 36”heavyround barrel with Lancaster oval bore rifling. With fine stock. Fine untouched stock. top flat stamped with makers name and address. tunnel front sight. The rifle has a false muzzle or bullet starter. barrel to plum blue/brown finish good shooting grade bore. The gun has a left hand lock and is a fine example of these rare (in UK) and exceptionally accurate guns./ 151 New Bond St./ London”. Hook breech with integral base for long range tang sight. Heavy 36” octagonal barrel. a feature rarely found these days. Walnut half stocked and fitted with German silver mounts. A Fine . o/a cond.F.SPORTING ARMS A . Nason.38” American Percussion Target Rifle By G. Figured walnut stock. engraved at breech “Lancaster Patent”. Detented foliate engraved lock bearing makers name and address to centre. Lancaster match rifle are exceptionally rare. engraved iron mounts including patch-box engraved with a Lion. Lewiston ME Circa 1860’s. including crescent buttplate and scroll trigger guard. fitted with a ladder sight base.
nice stock. Cond. walnut buttstock with crescent buttplate. £550 83 . Professionally refinished and looking superb. bolt safety. barrel to blue grey patina. The rifle is in exc. Elegant bar action sporting style lock. £795 A . Made by the Stevens Arms Co from the 1870’s until discontinued C1895. ladder sights.577” Snider Mk II Sporting Rifle By James Kerr. with 26” heavy octagonal barrel. Many variations and calibres produced. good bore. A bargain. Kerr” to centre. iron buttcap and scroll trigger-guard.A Good Looking . horn nose-cap. foliate engraving and retailers name “Jas. 26” Damascus barrel. beautifully figured walnut stock.32” R/F Stevens Tip Up Single Shot Rifle. In vg cond.
engraved along the top “Imported By DresseLaloux& Co. chequered wrist. London. iron buttcap. £595.With fine stock and most blue.£995 84 . Production was mostly military rifles these small frame sporters are exceptionally rare today. good bore and action. becoming what some authorities considered the best falling block action. EC”. Two piecechequered walnut stock. 32 Hamsell St. 28” round barrel stamped at breech “Westley Richards Special Quality” and fitted with African express sights having 5 leafs to 500 yards and a ladder to a 1000. butt with pistol grip. Many were imported into the UK and sold by many noted British makers under their trade name. Some wear commensurate with use to stock. Two piece walnut half stock. A rare item. Comblain who patented it in 1869. in exc. even the renowned Holland & Holland had them among their stock. barrel and action to blue/brown patina. Thomas Horsley of York marketed them as the Eclipse rifle. In its day a high quality and expensive gun. This falling block action was the invention of Hubert J. In vg cond.A Rare . 26 ½” ovate barrel with machine cut top rib. Cond. A Good . the action lever is curved to fit into a cut-out in the pistol grip. Over the years it was improved and further patents obtained. Foliate engraved action of sporting style with top lever safety.442” Small Frame Falling Block Comblain Sporting Rifle.577/45 High Quality Martini Henry Sporting Rifle By Westley Richards. Thomas Bland as the Simplex rifle.
plain action centre hammer. shotgun butt. Lyman peepsight fitted to tang. Tight action a good and quite rare gun. barrel and action to plum brown patina. Stock well refinished. Two piece walnut stock. In vg cond. £1895 85 . This gun numbered in the 11xxx serial range dating 1887.A 45/75 Winchester Model 1885 Hi Wall Sporting Rifle. The Model 1885 Hi Wall was Winchesters first single shot rifle. 30” medium weight barrel stamped with Winchester 2 line address. With exc. ladder rearsight. it was a John M Browning design. The company’s purchase of the manufacturing rights from the Browning brothers in 1883 launched the historic and lengthy association of Browning and Winchester.
is basically quite sharp and to a grey patina. 4” octagonal barrel with two line Colt address. especially bearing in mind that replacement parts are available. numbered in the 141.A 297/230 Sidelever Rook Rifle. Cond. Fine bore. 24” two stage octagonal to round barrel. £450 86 . top of rammer damaged as is top of trigger guard where it extend to the joint with the barrel. chequered wrist and forend. Beautiful full figured walnut stock. It has vg.000 serial range circa 1858 except cylinder in 96. The gun is in basically good cond. £850 ITEMS TO CLEAR& DE-ACTS A .000 serial range. In exc. leaf sights to 200 yds.31” Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver. And for someone with experience is nit a difficult restoration project. the action fails to rotate. 5 shot cylinder with traces of scene. Grips. centre hammer boxlock action.
the gun is numbered in the 2000 serial range. It has potential. to easily improve. £420 87 . much cylinder scene.A Rare & Early . In good cond. Fairly sharp. fairly good grips two chips to right side. not a bad piece and not a difficult project for someone who knows what they are doing. 4”octagonal barrel stamped with the Manhattan address. Action at fault.36” Manhattan Series I Navy Percussion Revolver. 5 shot cylinder with 12 locking slots.
foliate engraved breeches decorated with white metal lines. barrels of 11 bore and 35 bore (.65” New Land Percussion Pistol By Lacy & Co. each decorated with foliage and a pheasant in flight and signed “Manton”. however there is some damage to the heel of the but. barrel to blue/grey patina. difficult to know if it was converted from flintlock. barrel with much original blue. £450 A Rare .A . forend has been slightly modified to accept a bottom barrel band with a sling swivel to allow the gun to be slung over the back of it owner. engraved “London” on rib behind sprung sight. swivel rammer hinged to muzzle. For the money not bad. Stock fairly good. London proofed 9” barrel. I would suspect the second option. made up from flintlock parts or new made. it is believed that the period when the Lacy & Co title was used on guns was 1815 to 1840 but no one can say for sure. The firm of Lacy & Co were in existence 1815 to 1852 at various addresses and with various partners. £550. King Williams Town was in Eastern Cape a Frontier area where the 9th Kaffir or 9th Frontier war was fought in 1878. 20” barrel Enfield ordnance proofs at breech as well as cancelled King Williams town arsenal markings. Action stamped with the Enfield crown V. full walnut stock fitted with regulation brass mounts. As usual with these New Land pistols there is a repair to the forend where the rammer enters the stock. not worn. Long foliate engraved tang.R. Bennet& Lacy in the beginning. which is a weak spot and typical of these. Figured walnut half-stock with chequered wrist. white-metal mounts engraved to match the locks. possibly made for a Yeomanry unit. The carbine is in good cond.577/45 Martini Henry Cavalry Carbine. border engraved back-action locks. good bore. The pistol is in vg cond with nice sharp woodwork. cypher dated 1879.500”) respectively. Lock of flintlock form engraved to center “Lacy & Co” An interesting pistol by one of London’s noted Ordnance contractors. enjoying a large market in N. Other examples are known to exist. this firm was probably the best known shotgun manufacturer in the world at the time. finally Lacy & Reynolds. then Lacy and Witton. 88 . The gun was made by William & Charles Scott of Birmingham. A Double Barrel Sporting Gun In The American Taste For Shot & Ball.
backaction engraved “M.America and the colonies. 34” barrel rifled with 4 variable depth grooves. cylinder and barrel to a pleasing plum patina. Webley. barrels to grey/brown patina. The firm later amalgamated with P. In vg cond. exc. with 7 ½” octagonal barrel. A good and very collectable Gun. £795 A Good . A copy of the 1st Model Colt Navy. This example in vg+ cond. with two bands. stock. French Ordnance proofs at breech. With sharp profiles. made as a smoothbore. Bayonet bar at muzzle. far cheaper than a British P51 or Brunswick £595 89 . St Etienne”. £695 A Rare . This piece in vg+ cond exc. the piller removed. one piece walnut grips. With nice stock metal to steel grey patina. and this one might have been there. It was rifles such as this that were issued to the elite Chasseur Regts of the French army and used by them in the Crimea. ladder sight to 900 Mtrs. becoming Webley & Scott. Brass trigger-guard and back-strap. The rifle was originally made as a Carabine a Tige with pillar breech to expand the bullet. Iron mounted full walnut stock. Their export guns were of far higher quality than usual for the market. French arms of the period were finished arsenal bright and not blued.700” French Model 1842/53 Percussion 2 Band Minnie Rifle CarabineATige. only the first 4200 were made with the square-back trigger-guard. Good action and bore. later modified to accept the Minnie bullet. 6 shot cylinder.36” Colt Brevette Model 1851 Navy Square Back Percussion Revolver. Grips frame. and improved long range sights fitted similar to those found on the British P51 Minie rifle.
fading blue. But only. schutzen butt plate. £150 90 . top lever safety and set trigger.4mm C/F Martini Target Rifle By Rochatte of Paris. With most blue to barrel and action. windage adjustable quadrant rearsight. Good grips.A Good 10. bearing makers name. 320” Belgian Bulldog Revolver. good stock and bore A fine piece. A fine quality and rare item. action at fault. £795 A. in vg cond. border engraved detachable action. chequered wrist and forend. Two piece walnut stock. in vg + cond. 31” round barrel with machine cut top rib.
in exc. Cond. De-Activated . £495 A De-activated .455” Webley Mk VI Service Revolver Dated 1918. A fine piece and collectors item. Cond.32” Colt Police Positive. in exc. With most deep blue. £425 91 . Fine grips most blue and holster. Cond. £695 An Old Spec. in exc.A De-Activated 9mm Luger By DWM dated 1915. With fine grips and most blue.
In vg.in vg cond. £150 92 . And only £195 A De-Activated .22” Sharps Four Barrel Derringer.A De-Activated .Cond and attractive price.450” British Bulldog Revolver.
All items are sold as collectors’ items and antiques only. Seeing action with this famous unit in numerous actions and skirmishes on the frontier lands of the Eastern Cape. apparently it was the arm of famed Confederate cavalry leader general J. If a customer is dissatisfied with his purchase for any reason a refund will be made subject to the items safe. New South Wales. A company with its manufacturing base right in the heart of the Birmingham gun trade. Of British produced capping breech loaders the Calisher & Terry stands out as being one of the most successful and widely used. undamaged and unaltered return to us within 7 days of purchase. sporting rifles in various calibers even in double barrel configuration and surprisingly a pistol version is known to exist. A whole range of styles were produced including a military pattern carbine. In the United States some certainly saw action during the Civil War. The Russians adopted a variation as did the German state of Saxony. Its record in combat is an enviable one.E. adventurers. volunteers. the Calisher & Terry is one of those enigmas of British firearms development.J. The New Zealand Use of the Calisher & Terry By Brian C Knapp As I have written in a previous article. it is a weapon that most collectors know of. Payment to be made with order. It is our commitment that our customers receive full satisfaction with their dealings with us. A company that was diverse in its production as can be seen from the range of products listed in its advertisements. This is a great pity for during its zenith it was at the forefront of firearms design the very peak of the then modern technology. but equally know little about.B. it was the weapon of the famed Cape Mounted Rifles who carried them from 1862 until 1869. The vast majority of Calisher and Terry arms were however purchased privately by settlers. Its users included the British Government. the Colonial Governments of Victoria. efficient and easy to use design or its quality of manufacture but also and maybe more importantly to the fact that it was produced and marketed by a company that was well financed. the most numerous and popular of its production. also having the advantage of a London sales office and address. a military style rifle. Its success can be attributed not just to its practical. sportsmen. 93 . shipping charged at cost. until fully paid for. Queensland and New Zealand. All items remain the property of M. Even as late as the Zulu war 1879 it was still in official service and saw arguably its last action at Isandlewana. our high standards will allow nothing less. Second in numbers produced only to the Westley Richards monkey tail. The President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davies had one a sporting rifle when captured. where it was used by some troops of the Natal Native Horse. South Australia. naval and military men as implements of survival.Noble Ltd. purchasers assume all liabilities contingent to use of such arms purchased from us. Stuart. organized and professionally managed. hunters.
leading to the First Taranaki War 1860 – 61. competition for possession of the limited areas of easily cultivable land in the North Island. 94 . The settlers and New Zealand authorities required more land wishing to acquire it from the Maoris by fair means. Led by two brothers Frank and Alexander Jardine just 20 and 22 the expedition of four Europeans and four aborigines trekked the 1200 miles through unexplored bush.Carried by Australian police units in their battles with the bush ranging gangs that ravaged some areas. to establish a settlement at the request of the Queensland Government. where most of the Europeans. Without which they would surely have been annilated. Resentment hardened in the native population and fighting broke out.or not so fair.Also issued to official expeditions of exploration into the inhospitable Australian hinterland. 42 horses from Rockhampton to Cape York. survival depending on their death dealing Calisher & Terry carbines and Tranter revolvers. Disputes with the Maoris first erupted into conflict in the 1840’s with what is known as the First Maori War 1844-47. The reasons for conflict were fairly straightforward. There followed an un-easy peace with the situation deteriorating rapidly in the late 1850’s. more correctly known over recent years as the New Zealand Wars. effectiveness and military worth. Yet it was to be in New Zealand that the Calisher and Terry were to really prove its efficiency. Conflict was to continue until 1872 and the defeat of TeKooti the last Maori rebel who led a guerrilla campaign. Readers of this work might be surprised to discover that the largest single purchaser of Calisher & Terry carbines for military purposes was the Colonial Government of New Zealand. The reason being the Maori Wars 1860 to 1872. . settlers and Maoris lived. It was the chosen arm of the Jardine expedition that in 1864 drove 250 cattle. They were constantly harassed by the Aboriginal tribes with whom they fought endless running battles.
There were two main reasons for this policy one being the British Government expected the New Regulars Storming a Pa Zealand authorities to contribute to the cost of maintaining British troops in the field. Mr. and the order placed with that company. they would follow the path of selfreliance and be free to make their own rules. It is difficult to estimate when the New Zealand authorities first acquired Calisher & Terry arms for issue to its forces. similar in every respect to the arms hitherto supplied by ourselves for the New Zealand Government. Evidence is available in the form of surviving specimens with serial numbers dating them to 1861 and accounts from some units in the field. and thereafter 300 of each succeeding month until fulfilment of contract. who were certainly carrying them in the summer of 1863. The first reference to Calisher & Terry carbines in the New Zealand national archives occurs in August 1863 when the New Zealand Agent General in London. Further undertaking to deliver 200 carbines and 200 revolvers per month until December. Also rather than tolerate British dictation of native policy. At this time the colony was on the verge of bankruptcy a direct consequence of the war. who in turn replied on November 6th 1863 with them accepting the order and agreeing to ‘undertake to deliver free on board ship in the Port of London 1000 Terry’s best patent breech loading carbines. 250.Also agreeing to supply 500.000 95 . The order was for Calisher & Terry carbines and Beaumont Adams revolvers. It is an interesting fact the many of the British Regulars had some sympathy for the Maori and certainly great respect for them as opponents. As the conflict continued by 1864 the New Zealand authorities were adopting a self-reliant policy. Morrison was ordered to procure 1000 breech loading carbines and 500 Adams revolvers with accoutrements and ammunition. This meant raising more of its own forces to take on the fighting whilst the Imperial Regiments were gradually withdrawn. No documents prior to 1863 have been found detailing any acquisition. which was somewhat more protective of the native population and its land rights.000 rounds of Terry’s best patent ball and cartridge for carbine.The early campaigns were fought by British regulars supported by Colonial Militia and Volunteers. J.
extra nipples. implements for making cartridges at the same prices charged by us to Her Majesty’s Government.per 1000 N.J.cartridges for revolvers. No 2 Accoutrements for pistols A Holster A pouch lined with tin to hold 50 cartridges A pouch for percussion caps A leather belt mounted complete for each pistol Extras for Pistols 10 nipples for each pistol 50 turnscrews 50 steel nipple keys 50 rammers for cleaning 1000 bullet moulds No 3 Terry’s Patent carbines W. 96 . Cartridges Percussion caps Adams Patent revolvers 54 gauge Hays best skin ball cartridge Percussion caps £5-5-0 each £3-10 per 1000 6/5 per 1000 £3-1-6 each £2-2-0 per 1000 3/.’ Calisher & Terry were licensed by the patentees to manufacture Beaumont Adams revolvers and assigned their own serial number range. Calisher & Terry Accoutrements.O. In the archives the following list from Calisher & Terry is attached to the order: No 1 Brown leather accoutrements of best quality for each carbine A pouch lined with tin to hold 50 ball cartridges A pouch for percussion caps A leather waist belt mounted complete Extras for carbine 3 nipples to each carbine 1 set of implements for making Terry’s cartridges 1 breech wrench for every ten carbines 2 turn screws for every ten carbines 1 scratch brush 1 steel T. springs. nipple key with pricker 100 main springs for locks best finished steel 100 lever sear springs 50 bullet moulds 1 ream Government paper for cartridges.
i. ”N. 97 . These arms were undoubtedly part of the colonies first order for Terry carbines. Indications are that the final delivery was not complete until sometime in 1865. ladder sight to 900 yds.Z. Examination of surviving specimens has turned up a few with relatively low serial numbers that also bear distinctive N. there is a possibility that an order was placed in 1860/61 for a limited quantity of arms. they could well have been part of a small order. All major parts bear the makers serial number. Volunteers and Cavalry Corps Volunteers. An incomplete N. 73’.e. and also ensure a comparatively free and exciting life for themselves by joining the Corps of Forest Volunteers now being enrolled in this province to act as the Taranaki Volunteers. The Birmingham and Midland Hardware Trade Directory mentions that both the Calisher & Terry and Westley Richards Monkey Tail carbines were supplied to New Zealand at this time for issue to Mounted Police.Z / 815”. whereas in 1863 before deliveries from the main order had started to arrive. have acted in striking terror into the marauding natives by operations not in the power of ordinary troops.Z. may now confer a benefit upon the Colony. The 1000 carbines and 500 Beaumont Adams revolvers were required for issue to the colony’s regular forces which were 1863-66. The Calisher & Terry carbine issued in New Zealand was the standard commercial military carbine of 30 bore. New Zealand issue markings are stamped into the butt cap tang and clearing / cleaning rod head. A footnote to the returns makes it clear the totals are not complete.Z issue markings. One with the manufacturers No 1939 has the issue marking ‘N.Further reference is made to Calisher & Terry regarding delays in completing the contract. By joining the Corps the routine of Militia life may be got rid of and a body of active and pleasant comrades ensured. Supporting them in the North Island were the Militia. strangely no further details about these delays are recorded. One newly formed unit to be issued with both Terry and Beaumont Adams were the New Zealand Forest Rangers. rifled with 5 grooves. The Colonial Defence Force. 21” barrel. 286 are listed.M. It is interesting to note the reference to a previous order for Terry carbines. On 1st August the following invitation to arms appeared in the Southern Cross newspaper Auckland:- To Militiamen and Others Active young men having some experience of New Zealand Forests. The serial numbers would place their manufacture to early 1861.Full walnut stock with iron mounts. War Department’ and on the breech ‘Terry’s Patent 30 Bore’. and after 1867 The Armed Constabulary.Z. Usual markings on barrel ‘Calisher & Terry maker to H. The lock plate is engraved ‘Calisher & Terry London’ which can be noted in one line or two. The butt plate was fitted with a small trap in which were kept a cleaning brush and the short extension piece of the cleaning rod. 30’ and another No 1988 is ‘N. arguably the most famous unit to see action during the Maori Wars. one top barrel band. small arms return actually lists 2 Calisher & Terry carbines in 1861.
laid along the inner arm. 60 strong under command of Lieutenant William Jackson. The Rangers specialized in deep patrolling and scouting in the Maori held forests. The knife being so heavy could also be thrown with deadly effect. for it was nearly as long as a bayonet. 21st July 1863. For further information apply to the offices of Daily Southern Cross. a cultivation ground bordered with low fern. Our position was on the east side of the Pa. We were taught to hold the knife with the blade pointing inwards and upwards. Ensign John Roberts. When we were in camp at Paterangi in 1864 my fellow subalternWestrupp and I frequently went out in the Manuka together and practiced the fighting drill. a blow could be warded off. They were what their title suggested. a place exposed to the Maori fire. At Orakau we found the knife very useful not for fighting but digging in. This was issued on the advice of Von Tempsky and it was said at his expense. one had been a prize fighter. essentially a force to range the bush fastness and seek out the enemy in what he regarded as his special 98 . each man digging a shallow shelter for himself and throwing the earth up in front. This was another arm not sanctioned by regulations. The men who made up the Rangers were bush hardened settlers and adventurers of many nationalities who due to their background and training were quite at home in the bush and able to engage the Maori on equal terms. Von Tempsky’s second in command of No 2 Company Forest Rangers. There was a drill for it. With the arm held out thus knife-defended. O’Connell Street. but it was certainly very handy for cutting tracks. who was a master of the weapon. and then out would flash the blade in a stab. a Beaumont Adams revolver and a large Bowie Knife with a 10” / 12” blade. Von Tempsky wrote of the men under his command ‘Like Jackson. Another unorthodox weapon carried by the Rangers was the iron bladed Maori War hatchet or tomahawk. a perfect method of guard and attack in hand-to-hand combat. I had two black men. a settler of the Papakura district. Officially the rangers were armed with the Calisher & Terry. former men-o-war men. the bullets were coming over thick that day’. an ex-officer of the Prussian Army and adventurer who had come first to Australia then New Zealand during the gold rush.Only men of good character wanted. This appeal led to the forming of a company of Forest Rangers. Later that year a second company was formed under Captain Gustavas Von Tempsky. Auckland. wrote of the Bowie Knife. He had learnt its use in Mexico in guerrilla warfare and he took great interest in teaching the use of it to the men in his company. I had men of splendid education and men as ignorant as the soil on which they trod’. We lay down on the edge of this cultivation and went to work as hard as we could with our long knives. ‘It was rather awkward in the bush sometimes. able to attack without warning and then melt away.
and unfair. evidently puzzled by the darkness. Resistance crystallized in one of these houses. (These were reply from the double-barreled guns of the defenders. rush it. the floor of which was about a foot below ground level. The account was written by Von Tempsky on the attack of the Maori settlement at Rangiaouhia in the Waikato: ‘By now it was broad daylight. so that the Maoris. I said “we will rush the whare boys”. and had poked his head into the low doorway. A soldier of the 65th Regt attempting the same move was also killed. A double barrel thunders’. The door was now completely choked with two bodies. Sir”. My men dragged Alexander away. being a carbine it was short and therefore easily and quickly handled in the bush conditions. and so Carron might have been mistaken. and the Cavalry took the lead at a gallop’. commenced to arrange his Terry carbine for taking aim. The village consisted of raupowhares built among peach trees along a ridge running from North to South with the enemy shooting from the cover of their homes. When operating with the British regular forces they acted as scouts and skirmishers. The Cavalry had no alternative but to dismount and fight on foot. discharging from the interior of the house. a bullet knocks through Alexander’s brain. The only real fault was that in the sodden conditions sometimes encountered in bush fighting the paper wrapped cartridges were often rendered useless. At this moment Corpl. some neighbouringwhares had been set on fire with the view to communicate the fire to the all dreaded one. and squatting down in the low doorway. though I could see it was pitch dark inside. ran forward and stooped down in the low doorway seeking the foe. the situation was unfavorable for the use of Cavalry. 99 the N. where a volley could rapidly be poured into a patrol from nearby undergrowth. drawing a . So looking round to my nearest men. I could not quite understand this. “Aye. by lying full length and firing through holes at the base of the reed thatched walls had excellent cover. Being breech loading it gave not only rapidity of fire. dragged the 65th man out of the door myself. Defence Force Cavalry.territory and sanctuary in time of trouble. rush it” was echoed and with one “Forward” about a dozen of us were round the door in an instant. presenting no target at which to fire at. Carron then drew back his head and said to me “There is only one dead man inside. and after firing 5 shots of my Adams quickly into the corner from where I had heard the report. Sergeant McHale tired of having no chance of an effecting reply to the enemy. I urge him either to make room for us or jump in. just on one side of the door thinking that we ought to take the body of the 65th man out of the way first. ‘They opened fire with their carbines and revolvers. When we arrived. Carron had got ahead of me.Z. He was shot dead and dragged inside. The following is an abridged account of an action fought by the Forest Rangers where both the Calisher & Terry and Beaumont Adams were used to good effect. also armed like the Rangers with Calisher & Terry and Beaumont Adams). he drops backwards. Sgt. For such a force the Calisher & Terry was an ideal weapon. his revolver and carbine being added to the defenders weapons. but ease of loading when in a concealed position or lying down. John Ballinder. Alexander of the Defence Corp Cavalry had pushed his way between myself and Carron. He staggered forward never more to rise. At that moment also one of my men got shot in the hip – a fine young man. But somehow this seemed to me an uncertain process. I stood patiently behind him.
As he fell the timbers of the roof bent inward and with a crash crumpled to pieces on the well fought ground. he wrapped his blanket over his face and receiving his death bullets without a groan dropped quietly to the ground. In spite of the frequent Gustavus Von Tempsky wearing the uniform of the Armed Constabulary taken in 1868 shortly before his death 100 . then bowing his head. his attitude on receiving the first bullet. Could human nature hold out any longer in resistance? No. and again in Wanganui during the Hau-Hau Rebellion 1864-66. spare him” is shouted by all the officers and most of my men. “Spare him. The flames now caught the roof. it was fought with Calisher & Terry carbines and Beaumont Adams revolvers. Such a man! Like an apparition he suddenly stands in front of the door – stands bolt upright and fires his last two shots at us. gun in hand. he is an old-looking man.I now debated with myself whether the rush might not be renewed as the door was clear. but some ruffians – and some men blinded by rage at the loss of comrades perhaps. This is just one incident during a much larger engagement. What the feeling of the inmates of that doomed fortress must have been passes almost the power of imagination. behold! There is. but I saw my men had had enough of it and were pointing to the flames that now commenced to lap over from the nearest burning whares to the fatal and now fated house. When the first shots struck him he smiled a sort of sad and disappointed smile. Von Tempsky is in the foreground directing the fire of his men. The house is a mass of flames – it is near falling – when another Maori bursts from it. behold. The Forest Rangers served with distinction in the Waikato and Taranaki campaigns 1863 and 1864. Defiance flashes from his eyes even as he sinks under a shower of bullets. 21st 1864. he makes a gesture of surrender. He holds his arms to show himself unarmed. It serves to show the toughness and bravery of both sides and the cruelty of war. The expression on that Maoris face. one man in a white blanket quickly stamps from the door and approaches the fatal circle at some distance from us. could there be another yet in the house. is now as vivid before my mind’s eye as when my head first sickened over that sight. and staggering already. Seven charred bodies of Maoris were found amongst the blackened ruins’ The fight at Rangiaohia Feb. and drops pierced by bullets. fired at the Maori.
Defence Force Cavalry and as more became available. As it was mentioned earlier the return from which these figures were taken is not complete. 101 . It should be remembered that they earned a high rate of pay. Strangely only 16 Westley Richards Monkey Tail carbines are listed and for the year 1869. 68 in 1861. They served in the Taranaki and New Plymouth areas. The Calisher & Terry was the main carbine used in New Zealand. It has to be remembered this war with the Maoris had cost the colony dear. Taranaki Mounted Volunteers and the Poverty Bay Cavalry. the Taranaki Bush Rangers. • Pattern 1844 Yeomanry carbines. This was partly due to a dispute in their conditions of service and partly an economy measure. Wellington Rangers. it was virtually bankrupt and economies had to be made. to name but a few.commendations they had won since 1863. and gained a formidable reputation. Certainly we know they were carried by the Forest Rangers. Wanganui Rangers. the Wanganui Yeomanry Cavalry 1865. 65 in 1863 and 28 in 1869. the Opotiki Rangers. In comparison British Soldiers fighting alongside them in New Zealand earned 13 pence a day with deductions. Calisher & Terry carbines were widely issued to many units in the New Zealand Colonial Defence Force. 120 in 1861 & 1863 and 98 in 1869. other carbines listed in use are: • Pattern 1840 Constabulary carbine. 88 in 1861. • Enfield Artillery carbines. Obviously only a small quantity must have been acquired that escaped attention in the previous returns. An anomaly also occurs with the Enfield Artillery carbines as the 1881 return lists 925 of these on issue or in store. In fact the Taranaki Bush Rangers pre-dated them and provided the impetus for the formation of the Forest Rangers. The Forest Rangers although the most famous and colourful unit of the New Zealand Defence Force was not the only bush ranging unit. they were disbanded in February 1866. 4 shillings and 6 pence per day and rations plus a double rum ration on account of the rough character of their work. Patea Rangers. 137 in 1863 and 356 in 1869.
these being native units fighting with the Defence Force. There are documents in the archives that record some of these missing Calisher & Terry’s. double barrel shotguns and the traditional Maori weapons. (Maori name for a white man)Men now forgotten. His work proved of the greatest value to the little garrisons spread along the rough coastline. A tall striking figure with a regimental cap perched jauntily on one side of his head. TamatiMcClutchie. On occasion problems were encountered in disarming the native contingents after campaign and arms went missing. He met his death at the hands of a HauHau ambush while heading a scouting party in the Urewera. guns numbered NZ 1255 kept by Chief HuniaKake. Apparently Hemi was a man to be reckoned with. whose last resting place is in a mound at the northern end of the Tongaporutu Bridge. and armed with a Terry carbine and tomahawk. was another fine scout who ranged along the north Taranaki frontier from Pukearuke to Mokau. In November 1866 alone. Such units as the Kupapas and Arawas. and No NZ 1425 by Chief Hapurona. 3 were not returned by the Kupapas. Ngatiapa Tribe. They would have been issued to such notable native scouts who had stood with the Pakea. 102 . gun No NZ 305 was presented to Chief AperahamaTipai by the governor Sir G. The rank and file of the Kupapaswere armed with what were termed in official records as medium pattern 1853 Enfield rifles while the Arawas used an assortment of arms which included P53 Enfield rifles.Small numbers of Terry carbines were issued in 1865 to Maori Chiefs or scouts loyal to Colonial forces. One of these was Hemi TeWaka or Big Jim as he was known to his comrades of the frontier posts and bush trails. However. muskets. but in their day characters and stalwart fighters. Grey. A Group of Maori Auxiliaries with Calisher & Terry carbines A return of arms supplied to ‘friendly natives’ shows that 147 Calisher & Terry’s were issued between 1865 and 68.
Numbers of Terry carbines were on occasion captured by the Maoris and highly prized by them. and as has been mentioned previously. It was to become the official fighting force of the colony and the first semblance of a New Zealand regular army. carved into the butts. 103 . The forming of this body brought about the gradual phasing out of the Militia as active fighting units. It was not until 1870 that Sniders began arriving in New Zealand for issue to the Armed Constabulary. their standard arm being a Calisher & Terry carbine. Carbines did not arrive until 1871/72. which would not only be ruinous to the impoverished country. The force was made up of seven divisions of 80 men. Gun No NZ 110 is such a specimen. Others bear Maori names. It also had a cavalry arm and an artillery section with 6 and 12 pounder Armstrong field guns and Coehorn Mortars. Some are known to exist covered in carving beautifully executed in the Maori style. each a further two divisions numbers 8 & 9 being native contingents. In October 1867 it created a new force. Instead it decided to treat the necessary remedial action as a police operation. but might well create further resistance. The uniform and weapons of the new force were similar to those of the rangers. who naturally resented the continual encroachment of the white settlers upon their lands. The Armed Constabulary. had become a serious problem. many will be found with Maori names and unit markings carved on them. Photographic evidence shows them to be two band short rifles. The Armed Constabulary relied to a great extent on the experience gained by the Forest Rangers. Another photo of the same group Further unrest among the Maori. as is No NZ 1315. The government was not inclined to repeat the 1863 precedent of starting a full scale war. As the rebels with whom they had to deal depended on their strongholds in the bush to keep Maori nationalism alive. As Sniders were issued so the Calisher &Terry’s were withdrawn from the fighting units and re-issued to the native contingents.
subject to Titokowaru’s approval. His last mortal remains were treated with honour and respect being consigned to a funeral pyre with the bodies of his comrades who had died with him and not been eaten. The remainders were forced to retreat leaving the bodies of their comrades behind including that of their Commanding Officer Von Tempsky. Chiefs Titokowaru and TeKooti. There followed a long and excited ‘Korero’ to decide the fate of the dead. Many orators urged the HauHaus to feast upon them. and now you sleep forever’. you sought your death at my hands. “This one for Taranaki! Take it away!” “This one for Ngarauru. It was generally thought among the Maoris that TeRangi-hima-Kau fired the shot that killed Von Tempsky. and you boasted that you would always emerge safely from your battles to a bright world of life. In fact only one tribe. ably supported by the local militias. walked along the row pointing to the corpses one by one:- been symbolically consigned to their recipients. A chief. stick in hand. Sadly he was killed when his force were ambushed at TeNgutu-o-te Manu. It could not be helped. So he continued. Four of his men tried to retrieve his body. being shot whilst going to the assistance of one of his men who had been hit. so that they might acquire his Mana and renowned fighting qualities. until all had The HauHau leader Chief Titokowaru ensured that Von Tempsky’s body was to be spared this final indignity.Between 1867 and 1872 the Armed Constabulary fought in the campaign against the rebel Hau-Hau. Later to enjoy their ghoulish feast. the Ngarauru took their prize. Taranaki in September 1868. was the cause of much celebration amongst the Maori. The bodies of the soldiers were next assigned to the various assembled tribes. Volunteers and a large native contingent. three were shot and killed. Titokowaru spoke the following words over the flames that consumed his body: The Death Of Von Tempsky ‘In the days of the past you fought here and you fought there. 104 . But when you encountered me your eyes were closed in their last sleep. particularly Von Tempsky. As he has figured largely in this work it might be of interest to know that Von Tempsky commanded No 5 Company with the rank of inspector. This victory and the killing of Von Tempsky known as Manu-Rau (many birds) to the Maori because of the rapidity with which he could move from place to place with his force. take it away”. Two of them grasped the dead man by the ankles to drag him off to the cooking ovens.
Here after their use seems to have been confined to Cadet Volunteers 105 . With the final defeat of TeKooti in 1872. that he makes particular comment on the poor state of the carbines on issue. although their Terry carbines were described as being ‘for the greater part unserviceable and worn out’ and the cause of universal complaint from the men. the Armed Constabulary became the target to transform them into a rural police force.97 Wanganui Patea Taranaki Dunedin Native Auxiliaries . when inspecting the Militia and Volunteers in the Taranaki and Wangunui districts in 1870.38 . So it is no surprise to find in a report by Col.20 Mata . Harrington..96 .259 . reported that ‘the Terry breech loading carbines in the hands of only 874 being on issue and 36 in store in 1878 with 100.50 Turanganui Field Force Mata Napier Wairarapa Wellington = 1306 = 430 = 1736 In 1871 the annual report on the Armed Constabulary Force noted that: . when another inspecting officer.95 TOTAL ON ISSUE TOTAL IN STORE TOTAL IN COLONY ‘Within the last year the old breech-loading carbines. This was accompanied by the disbandment of these divisions of bush soldiers. and the end of hostilities.108 . Major Gordon.43 . A small arms return for August 1869 lists the following Terry carbines at the various garrisons:Auckland Waikato Tauranga Opotika Wairoa . The carbines continued to be used by the Volunteer Corps until at least 1874.98 .2 . including the native contingent. but are too long and too heavy for bush warfare and I get to suggest the purchase of seven hundred (700) Snider carbines. 1200 Cavalry and other Volunteers were not reequipped. which were limited in range. wanting in precision and subject to foul and get out of order..’ At the same time. certain Cavalry and Cadet Corps are in a worse condition (than the Enfield rifles) and are positively dangerous’. have been replaced by Snider (long and medium) rifles – which are admirable. By 1870 the Terry carbines had been on issue for between 5 and 8 years.224 .46 .191 . many of them had seen active service in a tough environment. P.33 .000 if ammunition expected from England.
However. I have no doubt also that any available arms with dealers or importers in the Colony or even Australia would have been obtained. 106 . Fortunately many. it is impossible to say for certain if they came over at the time of conflict or imported by collectors at a later date. No 1939 NZ30 & No 1988 NZ 73.S. Dunedin North District School Cadets 119. but an 1862 dated presentation rifle No 4871 is known. undoubtedly some were destroyed and the remaining 245 followed soon after. What is revealed is the following carbines.W. and N.S. issue markings proving that a few at least were shipped from Australia. which might have even been acquired locally. It can be supposed that the balance had been sold off as surplus in the Colony. are part of an early purchase Circa 1860/61. It is also known that on the outbreak of war the New Zealand authorities finding itself desperately short of arms made an appeal to other Colonies for arms and assistance. By this time they were designated Cadet arms. Canterbury Naval Brigade 60. Patea Cadets 50. The 1881 report of the Volunteers lists 769 carbines on issue and 156 in store. From this it is possible to calculate a date of manufacture. most museums even small town Museums seem to have at least one and there are many scattered around the country in private collections.592 rounds of ammunition in store. two New South Wales Terry carbines have been recorded with both N. as gun No 8827 is actually dated on the lock 1865. Carbine No 5667 NZ 605 is also N. I am sure 6334 dates to 1863. There are known in New Zealand a number of New South Wales Police issue Terry carbines. but with difficulty. Picton Cadets 23. Dunedin Middle District School Cadets 42. Also recorded at this late date are 10. Those issued being used by the Wanganui Cadets 58.322 on issue with 204. giving us a total of 962. to which some responded.W.In New Zealand today the Terry is not an uncommon gun.Z. Dunedin Normal School Cadets 85.The 1880 report on the Volunteer Force of New Zealand lists 941 Terry carbines still on issue and a further 21 in store. which is difficult to date exactly. but not all. marked and obviously shipped as aid from that Colony. without documentary evidence it is difficult to quantify. How many did the Colony acquire. Of course. This means that another order for a substantial quantity was made with the manufacturer either shortly before the order of 1863 or that order was increased. so by this time they have certainly been relegated to drill purpose only. The highest so far noted New Zealand issue carbine is 8702 which is certainly 1865. the 1869 returns list 1736 carbines in the colony – if accurate. A further small number were shipped from New South Wales and obtained by private purchase. No ammunition for them is recorded as being in store. By 1885 only 245 remained on issue to the Cadets. Thames Naval Cadets 42. were stamped with a New Zealand identification number. These in the main would be Enfield Artillery carbines. Dunedin High School Cadets 49. Dunedin Warkouaiti Cadets 40. There must be others. Dunedin South District School Cadets 44. On summing up. However.326 Pattern 1853 rifles in store and 1. Examination of the serial numbers of known New Zealand issue specimens does not give much away as the sample batch is small. The same returns also list 744 muzzle loading carbines on issue to Cadets and a further 67 in store. Invercargill Artillery Cadets 60. The bulk of New Zealand marked arms start about 6334. Dunedin City Guards Cadets 47. A large order of 1000 placed with the manufacturers in August 1863. Wairoa Light Horse Cavalry Volunteers 2. it would appear that a small number of Terry carbines were acquired in late 1860 early 1861.
the India Pattern Brown Bess. 107 . Taranaki Museum. To me certain arms are synonymous with various campaigns. It is hoped this work will act as a base for others to build on and increase our knowledge. one has been noted in a New Zealand dealer’s catalogue of March 1979. Len King. It is the New Zealand gun. No serial number is given except the fact that it is stamped with a two digit N. The Crimean War has to be the P51 Minnie Rifle. Wanganui Museum. Dave McCann. Alexander Turnbull Library. The butt is set with a silver plaque engraved ‘Prize Rifle / Presented To / Thomas Tunnicliffe / By / The Provincial Government of Nelson. the Napoleonic Wars. the Calisher & Terry. rack number.It appears New Zealand did not purchase any Terry Infantry rifles in quantity. The only other Terry rifles are presentation arms privately purchased. Wanganui. Wellington. Zulu War. New Plymouth. Probably an early gun obtained in the emergency when war broke out from a local dealer rather than from an order with the makers. the Martini Henry. Acknowledgements This article would not have been possible by reasons of distance if it had not been for the kind assistance of the following :The National Museum of New Zealand. Of course. whatever. Wellington. Maori War. New Zealand 1862’. there is still much to be learnt of the Calisher & Terry and its issue in the New Zealand land wars. although after the TV series Sharp it could be the Baker Rifle. So there we have it the story of the Calisher & Terry in New Zealand. Such as arm No 4871 is a typical Terry Infantry rifle with the refinements of chequered wrist and forend. Terry Shattock. Indian Mutiny the P53 Enfield.Z.
Carkeek was awarded the New Zealand Cross in 1870. Arthur Carkeek of TheArmed Constabulary with Calisher & Terry Carbine Sgt. the was the N. Equivalent of the Victoria Cross. 109 .Sgt. His Bowie knife and Beaumont Adams can also Be seen.Z.
Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech. York Museum collection “ “ 497 538 599 602 629 718 742 Service Arms Private collection S. G. & TYPE OF ARM 30 Bore trials carbine 30 Bore trials carbine 30 Bore trials carbine 30 Bore trials Carbine 30 Bore trials Carbine 30 Bore carbine 5grv rifling 66 14 bore Shotgun 30 Bore Carbine 30 Bore Std. Made for G. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. Calisher & Terry. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. First recorded rifle to Standard production military pattern G. NSW on trigger guard. Blissett Liverpool on barrel. G^S on butt.R 1857 on lock Terry’s Patent on breech Ordnance 2 bd trials carbine with 21” barrel Crown Tower V. on breech Plain barrel Plain lock. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. War Dept. Plain barrel Plain lock. On breech.W. Unusual stock form no bands full forend held to barrel by two bolts passing through escutcheons. First known issue military carbine in commercial range Plain lock. 2 bands leaf sights Possible trials carbine Plain lock.William Terry. Plain barrel. On barrel. Terry’s Patent 30 bore on breech Thos. Slender stock one barrel band. On breech. First recorded specimen to have lock markings that became standard. on barrel. On breech. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. On breech. Steep sided ladder rear sight.R 1857 on lock Terry’s Patent on breech Ordnance trials 2 bd carbine with 21” barrel Plain lock.A List Of All Known Calisher & Terry Arms SERIAL NO ISSUE NO CAL. Calisher & Terry London. small ladder sight. First recorded rifle to standard production military pattern. Calisher & Terry London. On lock. military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine C3 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std Military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std Military rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine MARKINGS AND DETAILS Crown Tower V.M. Zealand Australian Dealer Service Arms Service Arms Queensland Historical Society Gunbroker USA 110 . on Breech Non standard beech lever. Thomas Blisset Liverpool on barrel Plain lock. Early type steep sided ladder sight LOCATION Royal Armouries Leeds “ “ School of Infantry Warminster “ “ Birmingham Museum of Science & Ind. Calisher & Terry Makers To H. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. On lock. On lock Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. On breech. on breech 116 Gt Charles St.R Tower on lock. Gibbs Bristol on barrel. Birmingham on barrel. Terry’s patent 30 Bore. K. 2 bds. On lock. This is the first recorded carbine to the standard production military pattern. This is the first recorded specimen with all these markings that thereafter became standard All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings Possible Queensland issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings Service Arms Service Arms Private collection N.Bales Ipswich. plain 24” barrel. Gibbs on lock. on breech Plain barrel. Gibbs Bristol on barrel. Mike Noble 389 Private collection U. military carbine 30 Bore Std. Naval trials Crown V. ladder sight etc Plain lock. Gibbs. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech. Calisher & Terry on Lock. Possible trials carbine Lock:. Terry’s Patent. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. on breech.Zealand Museum 763 804 904 1129 1137 1139 1286 1325 G. Loading port not fully covered Plain lock. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech. Made for G. Chequered wrist and forend Charles Ingram Glasgow on lock. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech. Australia Service Arms N.
appears to be sporterized military carbine All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings lock no 5746 A4 to butt. Chequered stock All standard Calisher & Terry markings 26 stamped to butt and 8 scratched All standard Calisher & Terry markings Fitted with side rib & ring. Zealand “ “ Royal Armouries Leeds Private Collection Australia Private collection N. W. All standard Calisher & Terry markings 93/939 on butt. foliate engraving to lock and action All standard Calisher & Terry markings Possible early N. Sporter? 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Sporter 30Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Spt.V 106 stamped to butt. Private Collection N. rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 40 Bore Sporting rifle 30Bore Std military carbine Wallis & Wallis catalogue All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings The carbine is silver plated All standard Calisher & Terry markings No bayonet lug All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard All standard Calisher & Terry Markings Possible Queensland issue Marked W. M. Zealand issue Calisher & Terry London on lock. York Museum Private collection Australia Private collection N.1368 1395 1505 1532 1536 1560 1570 1622 1625? 178o 1900 1939 1988 1922 2035 2126 2157 2169 2186 2220 3636 3648 3876 3943 3949 4047 4284 4510 N. Zealand Wanganui Museum N. High quality civilian carbine chequered wrist & forend Lock with Crown to centre all other markings as standard All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Extra quality engraved lock and action.Z 73 P/A 31 30 Bore Sporting Rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std Military rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 bore. Possible Queensland issue Lock with Crown to centre all other markings as standard All standard Calisher & Terry markings 82 stamped in butt.Z 30 N. Possibly Queensland issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings 3/43 on butt. Zealand Private collection Australia. barrel with usual markings. Oct. possible colonial issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Zealand Private collection Australia Service Arms Private Collection Australia “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Service Arms Tower Heritage Ltd S. Zealand Tower Heritage Birmingham museum of Science & Ind. African Museum Service Arms 111 .C. Bought in Australia All standard Calisher & Terry markings. & Co on lock Terry’s Patent 30 Bore on breech Chequered wrist and forend All standard Calisher & Terry markings Chequered stock. Zealand Canterbury museum N. Brass furniture very unusual. plaque missing All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Possible Queensland issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings 6/4 on butt. Holts Auction Private collection N. Possible Queensland issue Lock with Crown to centre all other markings as standard All standard Calisher & Terry markings Quality presentation grade rifle chequered stock etc. High quality engraved gun. Wanganui Cavalry Volunteers All standard Calisher & Terry markings.
NSW on trigger guard. butt stamped G.A.Z in 1862 All standard Calisher & Terry markings 33” oct barrel T. Z Private collection A. Possibly NSW Gaols service issue. Blisset on lock all other markings standard Originally owned by Jeb. Zealand “ “ Private collection N.Z Private collection Australia Service Arms purchase in A. Beattie. Has lock off carbine 6180 which in all probability was a NSW issue carbine. Zealand Service Arms Private collection Australia Service Arms Waiouru Army Museum N. NSW 93 on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings Bad condition All standard Calisher & Terry makings. Also has saddle bar & ring.4542 4543 4634 4652 4748 4798 R. Confederate General All standard Calisher & Terry markings. All other markings as standard Lock missing all other markings as standard Chequered wrist and forend 7 groove rifling All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings Saddle bar R. On lock. NSW 65 & M216 on butt Ebral Shrewsbury. Beattie 205 Regent St.S. On lock.Z 186 A/P 585 A/P 383 LP L97 N. On barrel All standard Calisher & Terry markings. NSW of trigger guard. NSW on trigger guard. NSW issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings. On breech. Superior quality chequered stock extra engraving.Z 605 NSW 69 A/P 194 P/A 319 Museum of Confederacy Service Arms Service Arms Victoria Museum Melbourne Private collection Australia Service Arms Private collection N.A. NSW on trigger guards All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings N.A 10 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Spt rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30Bore Std military carbine 80 Bore Sporting rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Poss Cut down rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 52 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std.A collection Private collection Australia Private collection Australia Service Arms Private collection Australia Private collection N. J. Police issue J.B & Co in stock. Lock with crown to centre. Silver plaque inscribed Prize Rifle Presented to Thomas Tunnicliffe by the Provincial Government of Nelson N.A 112 . London. Stuart. military carbine All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Zealand All standard Calisher & Terry Markings All standard Calisher & Terry marking Chequered wrist and forend Barrel only standard markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Other markings as standard All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard. Terry’s Patent 80 Bore on breech.A.A Waiouru Army Museum N. Terry’s Patent 30 Bore.S All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings Private collection Australia U. Z issue All standard Calisher & Terry Markings 4871 4899 4928 5143 5150 5177 5220 5513 5556 5592 5667 5740 5746 5755 5777 5785 5797 5798 5811 5937 5957 6024 A/P 567 A/P 602 N.
Packard As Above. issue Private collection Australia Private collection Brisbane Tower Heritage Private collection Australia Details found in Australian archives “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Wallis & Wallis A. K Aust. Zealand Private collection U. Z 681 NSW P NSW N. Z 110 N. Maori carved and with TeKooti provenance All standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. issue. Zealand Wanganui Museum N. Z. issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. Z Christies Auction Australia Wanganui Museum N. issue. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings Owned by Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy All standard Calisher & Terry Markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. rebuilt from parts All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. issued Maori carved All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. As Above. Z.6057 6180 6222 6234 6242 6256 6289 6263 6298 6302 6306 6309 6312 6343 6345 6334 6424 6524 6551 6565 6575 6738 6757 6780 6802 6822 6824 6936 6864 6991 N. Z 329 N. 378 A/P 519 A/P 513 A/P 867 A/P 497 A/P 509 NSWP 30 N. J.W. Benham All standard Calisher & Terry markings Stock carved with Maori designs. Z. Antique Auctions Waiouru Army Museum N. Zealand Private collection N. Issued to J.V. N. 439 N. Issued to Dr Milner As Above. Barrel and lock no 5841. Bennett As Above. Possible N. D. Z 561? NSWP 80 N. Issued to H. NSW on T/G and P519 butt cap tang All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW stamp on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. Zealand 113 . Issued to J. Z. Z. Watson As Above. B & co in stock by T/G All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW 240 on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard and NSW 257 on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard and NSW 257 on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on trigger guard and NSW 322 on butt All standard Calisher & Terry markings De lux model extra engraved chequered stock from USA All Standard Calisher & Terry Markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings All standard Calisher & Terry markings. issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW Police issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Lustkyik Auction Private collection N. Z issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings. Z 532 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std Military carbie 30 Bore Std military carbine All standard Calisher & Terry markings Dated 1865 on the lock????? All standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW on T/G and R. Issued to NSW northern territories expedition 1866 to R. Z.
Barrel only dug up at fort site at mouth of Brisbane river All Standard Calisher & Terry markings Poss. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. and NSW249 . Zealand Hawkes Bay Museum N. Z. Z. issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings N.A. Zealand “ “ “ “ Museum of N. Z. Z 1300 N. Z. Z 1315 N. Z 914 N. 8 Pall Mall. Z. Z 1155 NSWP 187 N. issue Private collection N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings NSW issue. Z C57Q ? N. Z 839 N. Z. Z 1315 N. Z. Zealand Private collection N. Zealand “ “ “ “ “ “ Private collection N. Z 884 N. N.A. Z “ “ “ “ Private collection Queensland A. Z ? N. Z 1494 N. T/G –NSWP All Standard Calisher & Terry markings & on Butt “Made for Herbert & Co. Z. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. issue. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z 889 N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z Private collection N. Z 1584 NSWP 187 N. Z 1303 N.7001 7003 7044 7124 7157 7220 7244 7255 7319 7460 7457 7482 7519 7554 7563 7611 7651 7718 7725 7730 Parts 7761 7775 7791 7905 7912 7927 7951 7956 8012 8078 N. Z 719? N. Zealand 114 . Z 1389 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std. Z 990 N. Butt with part finished Maori carving All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Butt With C & T roundel. Maori carved All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. Australia Private collection N. Z. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Salvaged from 3 guns All Standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Bolt No 5530. Z. All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. Z 914 N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings Mixed parts with No 7730 All standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z 1201 NSW 195 NSW 92 N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Zealand Private collection Australia Private collection N. NSW issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. East London By C & T. Z. Z. issue. Z. Z 789 N. Z issue with some Maori marking All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. Breech No 7599. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. Z. On butt “made for Roberts & Co Pall Mall” All Standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N.A TeAwamutu Museum N. Z 1258 N. Z issue All standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. Zealand “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Private Collection Queensland “ “ “ “ Private Collection N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. issue. N.
Z 1648 N. issue.317 ? 14. H. issue. London on barrel. K. Zealand Wanganui museum N. Witamapio on butt All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Zealand “ “ N. Z issue. 115 . Z. N. Zealand “ “ Museum of New Zealand Private collection N. Z. Z. Zealand Private collection Queensland Private collection Queensland York Castle Museum Albany museum S. Breech Loading Armoury Co Ltd. Z issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. S. Christies auction Australia Tower Heritage N. 1578 N.Z Dealers catalogue Private collection U.J. Z 1569 N. Z 1001 N.996 13009 13.T. Breech Loading Armoury Co 1865 On lock Terry’s Patent 40 Bore. Breech Loading Armoury Co Ltd London on brl.8081 8102 8118 8148 8213 8218 8234 8242 8263 8610 8638 8641 8676 8827 9057 10. Z.M Arms U. Z issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N.512 N. Z 145 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Sporting rifle 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore Std military carbine 30 Bore std military carbine 40 Bore std military carbine 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std Military rifle 30 Bore Std military rifle 30 Bore Std Military rifle 30 Bore std Military rifle All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N.C All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N.045 10. Breech Loading Armoury Co 1866 to lock Breech engraved Terry’s. K Service Arms Tower Heritage Private collection U. issue. C & T roundel on butt Waiouru Army museum N. Zealand Private collection N. Z. barrel Terry’s Patent 30 Bore C & T roundel on butt with Whitall St. Z 1494 N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Breech Terry’s Patent 30 bore All parts with assembly no 27. Z 1414 N. Birmingham Lock Calisher & Terry 1868. Tisdall 47 Whittal St. Maori marked Henarepoihipi on Butt All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z Private collection N. address Lock Calisher & Terry 1869 and on barrel Calisher & Terry Makers Whittal St. Z 1637 N. issue All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z.510 14. and barrel W. issue Butt carved Kupapa Barrel only found on a farm in Queensland All Standard Calisher & Terry markings Higher quality extra engraved and twist barrel All Standard Calisher & Terry markings lock also dated 1865 All Standard Calisher & Terry markings lock also dated 1865 Terry’s Patent 30 Bore. Patent. Birmingham Lock Calisher & Terry 1869 Lock Calisher & Terry 1869. Z.J 18 on trigger guard All Standard Calisher & Terry markings N. Z 1656 N. Butt stamped A. Z. K I would be interested in hearing from anyone who can add to this list. Zealand Police museum Wanganui museum N. Africa M.