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Whilst this antique butt reservoir rifle has no markings or makers name on it we are pretty sure it is of Austrian manufacture, there is no decoration and it is very plain in the military style. The hammer mechanism is unusual with moving striking piece which strikes a just off centre located hammer. The butt reservoir itself  appears to have been recovered in leather some time after its manufacture, a really nice job has been done and it looks in good condition. The metalwork is in brown smooth condition apart from the brass coloured brass! The lock plate itself is devoid of any engraving or decoration, it is extremely plain and functional. Fitted with a ramrod which may well be later, probably not original and nice tiger stripe effect to the wood which has probably been refinished. Plain trigger guard fitted underneath with quite a thin trigger. An interesting antique item. We have seen repeating versions of this made by Girandoni but this one is a single shot and not made by Girandoni (sometimes referred to as Girardoni). This rifle is stored in our shop but is not on open display.


Calibre 8mm ( 0.32” rifled)


Made c1800-1820


Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)


Overall length 1170mm (46”)




BELLOWS GUN - circa 1770 to 1790, continental-probably German. No makers name. Double set hair trigger which works with a little coaxing. Little peep sight fitted to tang of stock. Lots of shaped brass inlaid plates to butt and side of mechanism. Nice carved scroll work to stock. Barrel opens at the breech by pushing a little lever in front of the brass trigger guard. No bellows mechanism inside the stock the ramrod is missing. At some time in the past the stock has been broken and repaired and possibly a new piece of wood inset. The woodwork goes right to the muzzle of the large diameter octagonal barrel. 44” overall length, 30” barrel. A really nice decorative piece .25 cal (6.35mm) £995




Calibre: .25

Stock No: C/S

Price: £995



Bellows gun


Price: £3800.00

Year: c1860s or 80s


Butt Reservoir

This really nice interesting antique is in good condition in a nicely fitted baize lined oak brass bound case with various accessories as shown below which include bullet mould, oil bottle, pump. It has two barrels one of which is a smoothbore and one of which is rifled with a c13mm bore. We believe the rifled barrel may be a later replacement. The manufacturer’s name is on the smooth bore barrel and that reads “E. London Gun And Rifle Maker, 1 London Wall, London”. The butt removes from the action and the action itself has what we believe to be a air bypass for de cocking the gun. This is also a very neat tap loader for loading of balls. Leather covered butt of some age. This is a very nice collectable item.

E London


Due to the value of this item we are unable to post it to you.

Stock No: 3561

Price: £455.00

Year: c1870

Calibre: 9mm



This Victorian air cane nor been refinished or restored. It has some of its original finish on which you can see would have been a nice burnished brown sort of colour. However what is left is worn, scraped and particularly worn around the trigger buckle. The lock work is good, the cylinder does not hold air, the ferule at the end is a newly made replacement there is a serial number on the band at the muzzle but no maker’s name can be seen on the item. Complete with an old pump and a newly made key. The calibre we believe to be around about 9 mm with poly groove writing. Nice being its a tap loader as most of these are muzzle loading. NOTE: THIS IS SOLD AS A COLLECTOR’S ITEM ONLY, NOT FOR USE.

Stock No: A98

Price: £1420.00

Year: c1890s

Calibre:  6mm


This really nice quality air rifle is in very good condition the action retains nearly all its original finish with lovely engraving all over. The cylinder has lost a little finish but the cylinder is not specific to the gun as these were supplied on an exchange basis. Very slight patination or light pitting to the barrel which can be seen only in very good light. Original open sights are fitted, very nice adjustable rear sight, case hardened trigger and a superb balloon pattern butt plate which is the original. The stock is excellent with nice crisp checkering, some surface marks and one scratch down one side which is a shame. A lovely thing to own, this in the 6mm version, all components seem to be original having had very little use. “St Etienne” is engraved in gold on top of the barrel and then “Darmeset cycles De Saint-Etienne”

Stock No: 3526

Price: £255.00

Year:  1920s or 30s

Calibre: 5.4mm




This interesting design of pump up rifle is in quite good cosmetic condition retaining most of its original bluing an also all the original nickel plating to the valve and trigger block mechanism. Pumps ok takes a bit of energy to get it to work, stock is in good condition with minor surface wear and marks and scratches. Original open sights are fitted, nice clear markings to the top. It is in the slightly unusual 5.4mm calibre with rifling only at the end of the barrel. Known at the time as the paradox and now adopted as something marvellous by a modern gun maker. Most things in fire arms have been tried before to some extent. Sweden’s answer to the Crosman of the prewar years.

Stock No: 3507

Price: £548.00

Year: c1906

Calibre: .177



This classic and sought after British made air rifle is in reasonable condition, the metal work is brown and a bit grainy, some areas are smooth some rough, rest of the rifle is complete apart from the front sight which is a replacement part and the rear sight elevation screw which is an obvious replacement but does function. The breach lock up is quite tight, the stock unfortunately  has a chunk missing out of the back measuring about an inch by half inch. Also has a retailer’s name stamped in to the stock for a company in Belfast and a previous owner’s name which is also an Irish name. A middle quality and condition item with quite clear stampings on the top “Coxes patent C.G. Bonehill manufacturer” and a Britannia trade mark registered trade mark “The Britannia and other registration numbers which are all quite clear. Most of the crews seem to be original difficult to tell really. Overall a fair example seen better seen worse.

Stock No: 3564

Price: £58.00

Year: 1934

Calibre: .22



This 83 year old gun has seen better days. The metal brown and pitted, the barrel l,lock does not really do its job any more a good tap of the barrel and it will open. The barrel itself has a definite inclination upwards which should give it longer range(!!!). A new breech seal has been fitted and the spring is quite good. The front stock screws are definitely not originals and the stock itself seems to have had a repair undernneath and is generally scratched and a bit worn. The rear sight is not the original it is a Relum one a very useful Relum rearsight which fits many guns of this type. The front sight is original and the gun is a very average example of its typo but considering its age is not too bad really.


Stock No: 3608

Price: £94.00

Year: c1900

Calibre: .177



This GEM air rifle is in fair condition the metal work having gone mostly brown, the lettering and stampings on the barrel are quite clear reading “GEM” “MANUFACTURED IN GERMANY” and the cross rifle marks of Langanan of Zenamellis. Quite tight at the breach, no looseness on the stock. The chamber would have originally been nickel plated, probably the original flat section spring fitted. A fair to middling example of this decorative antique air gun.



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Stock No: 3567

Price: £110.00

Year: c1905

Calibre: .25 or .26 ish



This heavy GEM is a bit wobbly on the barrel but the joint seems reasonably air tight. The metal work is brown and grainy, the top of the barrel is marked “PATENT” with “GEM” further along. The stock is a little loose on its fixing plate and also has a former owner’s initials and a date scratched in to the stock. The spring is possibly the original it’s a flat section one that has definitely seen better days but admirably still does what it is supposed to do. A bit of a worn out example but an example it truly is! Although we have called it a .25 cal most .25 pellets actually drop right down in to the breech so it may actually be a .26 (6.5mm). At this time of GEM production all sorts of calibres were available and it may be that this was primarily designed for shooting slightly metric sized darts or cup slugs.



Price: £1495

Year: c1880-1900

Calibre: 6mm



This lovely antique air rifle is in truly superb condition retaining virtually all the original dark black blue finish to the barrel and frame and parts. The stock is in very good condition with lovely sharp chequering with just a few surface scratches and marks. The cylinder is good, unfortunately there are some deep vice marks on part of it. These were supplied to the rifle on an exchange basis, you sent your empty one off and they return to you a full cylinder. Imagine the disappointment of an owner who had looked after his rifle very well received back a cylinder that had been not kept as well. A truly lovely antique with lots of engraving which is all nice and crisp, nice horn ribbed butt plate and this model is fitted with sling swivels to the barrel and stock. An excellent collector’s item in lovely condition.

Stock No: A97

Price: £270.00

Year: c1910

Calibre:  .177

IMPROVED MODEL D (Light Model) 38” long

This early under lever rifle is in fairly good condition the metalwork is brown and grainy the legend on the cylinder is visible, the front sight has lost its bead, its been filed off there is no rear sight the rear sight has a blanking plate put very neatly in it, in favour of a flip up rear sight. We believe this rear sight to be a home made replica of the original very nicely made. The stock would have originally been fitted for one of these sights. The stock is in original condition not been rubbed down the trade is visible but there is a pattina of age and numerous marks to the stock but the pistol grip is not cracked. Most of the screws seem to be original but there is one extra hole put in the trigger guard for what purpose we are not sure. Possibly the fitting of a sling swivel as we have seen these fitted in this position on trigger guards before but there is not one on this. This is the example with metal butt plate and its the light or ladies model which is 39” long. The spring and tap seem to b e very good. This has the 13 and three quarter inch stock marked as such..



Stock No: 3607

Price: £187.00

Year: c1924

Calibre: .177



This quite scarce variant of the BSA under lever is in fairly good condition with all its original open sights screws and fittings etc. Some original deep black finish is present in hidden areas under the cocking link and barrel. The rest of exposed areas is a bit brown and grainy. No photo etching is visible but we are confident the rifle has not been refinished. The spring and piston seal are adequate we did not feel it was worth replacing them but a future purchaser may wish to pursue this. Unfortunately the stock has been subject to a modification in the form of an inletted piece of wood in the left hand side of the butt for some reason we are not sure why it was done, maybe to remove a previous owners name. The stock is tight on the gun and the trigger mechanism is quite good. This is the full 45” length version of the under lever in .177 made for club shooting. The serial number prefix (letter C) is a bit light but it is there we believe the trigger blocks were made and stamped with the normal S for the .22 under lever but as this was in the first year of manufacture of this version the letter C has simply been added before it noting that it was a club version of what would have been the normal .22 S version.