Swords for Sale UK British Military Cutlass - Flintlock Pistols Pair
This month we have:
- Double Flintlock Single Trigger Turn Off Pistols (pair) Barbar
- Georgian Officers Small Sword
- Sporting Flintlock Wildfowling Gun By Staudenmayer
- 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
- 32 Bore Irish Percussion Box Lock Turn Over Pistol by W & J Rigby
- American Plains Percussion Long Rifle
- 1827 Naval Royal Dockyard Battalion Sword
BRITISH MILITARY MUSKETS & RIFLES, FLINTLOCK PISTOLS - ANTIQUE ARMS DEALER UK NEW STOCK JUNE 2023
An Extremely Rare Pair of Double Flintlock Single Trigger Turn Off Pistols For Certainty Of Fire By Barbar, 13 ¾” overall, 6 ½” turn-off cannon barrels, border engraved breeches each signed ‘Barbar London’ London proof marks & Lewis Barbar's barrelsmith's mark beneath, decorated with foliage at the rear with three graduated spheres along the top, border engraved tangs decorated with foliage each with retaining screw behind the trefoil extending over the breech, border engraved action, cocks, steel mainspring & trigger operating both cocks simultaneously & firing the same charge, chiselled steel springs, moulded figured rounded butts carved with a shell behind the barrel tang, trigger guards each engraved with a decorative oval on the bow. Cast and chased silver mounts comprising foliate escutcheons each engraved with owner's monogram, border engraved spurred pommels with grotesque mask butt cap within a border of scrolls & shells.
Very rare in English gun making, one other pair also by Barbar known. In good condition with minor repairs, one cock replaced, two top jaws & two steels refaced.
These pistols were each in prestigious collections before being reunited:
Pistol A: Joe Kindig Jr. Collection
Clay P. Bedford Collection, 1229
Exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1971, cat. no. 60
Lewis Winant, Firearms Curiosa,[A] 1956, pp. 226 and 229, pl. 256
Clay P. Bedford and Stephen V. Granscay, [B] Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland from the Collection of Clay P. Bedford, exhibition catalogue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1971, pp. 67-69, no. 60 (illustrated).
Stock number 9059
Fine Georgian Officers Small Sword
A Very Fine Georgian Officers Small Sword. 39 ½" overall, 33" colichemarde blade with etched panels and engraved ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’. Double shell guard with gadrooned edge, quillon bloc en suite, gadrooned knucklebow with indistinct London Hall Mark and a clear IR and pellet between, maker’s mark for John Radborn. Gadrooned round pommel and quillon terminal. Grip of double twisted silver wire and silver ribbons. Circa 1765-75
A very pretty sword in good condition. Lacks scabbard.
Honi soit qui mal y pense "Shame be to him who thinks ill of it" The motto of the Order of the Garter and used by Horse Guards, The Life Guards, Grenadier Guards and Coldstream Guards.
John Radborn indentured to the cutler Nathaniel Young in 1737, and John Smith from 1742 until Free in 1745, worked in New Street from 1737 till his death in 1780 .One London’s finest sword cutlers. Examples of his work in the Royal Armouries and the Metropolitan in New York.
Stock number 9054
British Sporting Flintlock Gun - Flintlock Wildfowling Gun By Staudenmayer, London
A Rare & Fine Flintlock Wildfowling Gun By Staudenmayer, London. 54” overall, 38” twist two stage barrel with silver fore-sight & turned girdle, octagonal breech becoming polygonal signed ‘Staudenmayer London’ along the top flat, London proof marks. William Fullerd's barrelsmith's mark and numbered 1732 on underside. Breech engraved 'PATENT' between platinum lines, recessed on one side with raised platinum lined touch hole, foliate scroll engraved tang signed ‘Staudenmayer London’ border engraved serial numbered flat lock decorated with foliate scrolls inhabited by a serpent on the tail, finely formed rainproof pan, & border engraved steel with roller acting on a ramp on the steel-spring, the steel engraved 'Staudenmayer Patent' and with pierced recess fitting over the lip of the pan. Figured half stock with dark horn fore end cap, chequered grip, border engraved steel mounts comprising butt plate decorated en suite with the lock on the heel tang, serial numbered trigger guard with scrolled foliage on the border engraved bow, trigger plate with pineapple finial, vacant silver escutcheon & barrel bolt escutcheons, later horn tipped ramrod. No. 1732 Circa 1820. A very high quality sporting gun by one of the very best gunmakers in very good condition, barrel with old rebrowning and refaced steel.
Provenance The Dr. T. Shaun Brown Collection. See Shaun Brown, 'Samuel Staudenmayer Gun Maker Cockspur Street, London', Arms Collecting, Vol. 40, No. 3 (August 2002), pp. 90-93.
Samuel Henry STAUDENMYER Former apprentice of John Manton. Gunmaker 35 Jermyn Street; 1799; 35 Cockspur Street 1802-1814; 32 Cockspur Street 1814-1825 Business continued up to 1834. Gunmaker to Prince of Wales & Duke of York. Noted maker of rifles and repeating airguns.
Stock number 9058
1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
A Very Fine 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword. 38” overall, 33” curved single edged blade, deep broad fullers, ¾ of the blade blued & gilt, one side with Rose bouquet, Post 1801 GR cypher, mounted Hussar and elaborate trophy of arms at the forte, the other side with elaborate urn, Crown over GR, trophy of arms with lances and a floral swag at the forte. Hilt with stirrup guard & langets, wire bound fish skin grip with twisted steel wire, in its steel scabbard with two suspension rings.
Sword in very good condition, blue and gilt very good, light rubbing on one fuller edge, scabbard with some old rust stains, could be improved with a polish.
Stock number X3002 £sold
32 Bore Irish Percussion Box Lock Turn Over Pistol by W & J Rigby
An Unusual 32 Bore Irish Percussion Box Lock Turn Over Pistol by W & J Rigby. 7 ½” overall, 3 ¼” over & under turn over octagonal sighted barrels each engraved at the breech with scrollwork, scroll engraved nipples, box lock action with typical Rigby Celtic engraving signed ‘W & J Rigby’ on L/H and ‘Dublin’ on R/H. Offset hammer with three bents, offset folding trigger, flattened chequered figured walnut butt with engraved hinged cover retaining cavities for balls & caps, vacant silver escutcheon, stirrup ramrod to side of barrels. No. 9719 for 1847.
In good condition with browned barrels and very fine engraving.
A very unusual pistol with rare features, I have never seen one quite like it. Off centre hammer to aid sighting and three hammer bents to allow safe carrying when loaded are quite uncommon.
See D.H.L. Back ‘Messrs Rigby 1760-1869’, p.113.
Originally supplied to Hon C. Clements. ‘Pair of swivel rod over and under pistols with magazine handles, Cased’
Charles Skeffington Clements (1807 – 29 September 1877) was an Irish Whig politician. Clements was the third son of Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim —one of the first two MPs to sit for Leitrim after the Acts of the Union 1801 —and Mary Bermingham, daughter of William Bermingham and Mary née Ruttledge. A captain in the army, he died unmarried in 1877. Clements was elected Whig MP for Leitrim at the 1847 General Election and held the seat until 1852 when he was unseated, finishing third and bottom in the poll. He was brother of William Sydney Clements, 3rd Earl of Leitrim (15 October 1806 – 2 April 1878),who was an Anglo-Irish nobleman and landlord notorious in Irish history for his mistreatment of his tenants . He was assassinated in the north of County Donegal in Ireland in April 1878.
Stock number 9056 £2,495
Antique American Plains Percussion Long Rifle
An American Plains Percussion Long Rifle. 49” overall, 33” heavy octagonal .376 calibre barrel, stamped ‘I. Sheets OHIO’ on the top flat, windage adjustable fore sight, standing rear sight. Back action lock stamped ‘I. SHEETS OHIO’, dolphin hammer. Walnut half stock with brass scroll trigger guard, fancy patch box and curved butt plate, German Silver fore end, barrel retained by laced raw hide band, later ramrod.
In quite good condition for a possibly Indian owned gun.
Sheets/Sheetz family of gunsmiths from West Virginia and then Englewood Ohio.
Stock number X2079 £sold
1827 Naval Royal Dockyard Battalion Sword
A Rare 1827 Naval Royal Dockyard Battalion Sword. 37” overall, 30 ½” slightly curved fullered blade of Wilkinson’s new pattern, engraved with crowned fouled anchor, foliage and acorns, and ‘Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London’ to one side, the other with foliage and royal coat of arms and proof mark to forte. Solid gilt half basket hilt with crowned fouled anchor, folding side guard lions head pommel, the backstrap with full length lion’s mane. Black fish skin grip with twisted gilt wire. In its original gilt brass and black leather scabbard, top mount with rings for vertical suspension. ‘Wilkinson Gun & Sword Maker Pall Mall London’ in a shield on the locket.
A rare sword, an early example of Wilkinson’s pattern blade, blade darkly patinated, scabbard with old taped repair.
This style of blade introduced in 1846 and then in 1847 the vertical scabbard rings were introduced. Royal Dockyard Battalion’s formed in 1847 from Dockyard staff and disbanded in about 1857.
Stock number X2070
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