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Stock No: 3882
This nice old antique rifle is in what we would call original condition retaining some original finish being nickel plate to the cylinder but very well worn where it has been held and used. The rifle has received much use. The stock is good with no major cracks just numurous...numouros...numuourous...lots of surface marks and some initials of a former owner branded in to the stock. The spring is a little bit weak we are not sure about the calibre as .25 pellets seam a bit tight but we are supplying some pellets which we have sized and do fit the barrel fine. The bore is lovely clean and smooth original open sights are fitted and original being the theme that is the marking on top of the flat. ORIGINAL being the mark for original the Venus vafenverk we believe. A nice interesting old antique.
Stock No: 3912
Calibre: c12.5mm (half inch)
MAKE: PROBABLY GERMAN
MODEL: OUTSIDE LOCK
This fascinating item is the oldest air gun we have ever offered for sale. It is an outside lock air gun with all the mechanism visible and using a large leaf spring. This is an unusual one in that the trigger is folding and also the striker has a bypass whereby you can release the hammer without shooting air. The barrel has almost certainly been re browned at some stage whereas the action is in its original slightly pitted finish. The butt flask has been later covered in leather very nicely, sold brass butt plate, very long barrel which would have been designed to make full use of the air discharge. The barrel unscrews for loading the gun. An interesting early air gun, which clearly shows the mechanics of the pre charged air gun.
PUMP FOR AN ANTIQUE AIRGUN
We think this pump was made 1960s or 70s to enable an antique airgun to be filled. Browned metal with knurling. Front thread size is around 17mm (5/8”) and fits the Townsend made aircane we have in stock so would seem to be a relatively standard size.
PUMP FOR ANTIQUE AIRGUN with fitting suitable for ball reservoir air rifles. Thread measures 21mm outside diameter 19mm inside diameter
1” tube. Not antique, not tested, but very well made. Closed length is 17” (432mm) long. Plain metal hond pump head as per most antique types £140.00
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)
Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)
Overall length 1170mm (46”)
£2650.00 PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF OWNER TO £2150.00
Year: c1860s or 80s
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.
Due to the value of this item we are unable to post it to you.
PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF SELLER TO £3200.00
Stock No 4239
This early American rifle possibly dates from before the 1st world war or just after. It is a dinkey little rifle with a front rod that pulls out for pumping, takes several strokes to build up enough compression to shoot out a muzzle loaded bb. This example has a very nice patina to the bore finish it may have been blacked originally having worn off or removed over the years. The end cap has the markings in this case a selection of patent numbers surrounded by words "Benjamin Air Rifle" and "MFG Co St Lewis MO (Missouri) pat pending" at the bottom and "model E" at the top. Stock is in fairly good condition probably had a coat or two of varnish over the years. The valving seems ok. Quite crude in comparison with what came later but not often seen this side of the pond.
Calibre: .22 rifled
MIDLAND GUN Co.
This example of the not too often seen Demon rifle is in fairly good original condition. The metal work is brown and smooth for the most part and screw heads would seem to be original and in good order. The sights may not be original but do look period, the stock unfortuneately has a crack through the pistol grip a may even have been in 2 parts at 1 stage. This has been repaired and it looks like a good strong repair but not cosmetically perfect. There is an unusual pressed in emblem on the side of the stock which looks a bit like the BSA piled arms mark but only appears to have 2 rifles in the stack instead of 3. Quite a crisp tight action just a shame about the crack in the pistol grip otherwise a very nice item.
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Stock No 4333
This early English made air rifle is in basically sound condition, the rear sight is not the original but is a very nice folding leaf rear sight that was put on some time ago. The markings on the barrel block are not clear having been rubbed down and rubbed over, some are just about visible. Serial number is nice and clear on all parts, stock is original and fitted well, nice tight barrel lock up,most of the screws would appear to be correct. Also has the two power setting positions which allow power to be chosen. An interesting aspect of this is an unusual cut out in the cocking link which initially we could not work out what is was for but once in the fully cocked position this cut out allows the trigger sear to be adjusted so presumably enabling a lighter trigger pull. We do not recall seeing this feature on another version of this so maybe an owner modification or something that Cox, the manufacturer, tried out. Good straight rifled barrel. Mainspring feels quite strong. The metalwork is grey, lightly pitted overall and generally worn. A reasonable example that is basically is complete and original apart from the aforementioned rear sight.
Stock No 4432
This interesting early MGR rifle, made before they became known as Diana, is in fair condition the metalwork having no finish on it at all and probably been polished off. The barrel latch mechanism works fine. This has some form of safety catch at the back which we think is to set the trigger after it has been cocked. It does not function as no matter what you do it will fire but with a heavy trigger pull anyway. The rest of the mechanism seems ok. Nice neat little flip up rearsight and probably the original front sight fitted on the fully octagonal barrel. The markings are “Manufactured In Germany” and “NGR” with a circle on the barrel breach and a serial number on the breach face. Nice stock with chequering, original varnish a solidly made rifle of which we have not had many of over the years.
Stock No 4451
Calibre: .177 (smoothbore)
This nice old antique airgun has seemingly had little use but has been stored badly. The mechanism is nice and tight, the barrel lock up is superb. However, the metal is pitted and pock marked overall. There would have been nickel plating on the cylinder and cocking link but this is now virtually all gone. The stock is nice and tight, the spring is probably the original as it is visibly worn out, but the breech mechanism and piston seal are obviously still good. Overall a nice tight solid example that has aged a bit, however the markings on the bottom of the barrel “Manufactured In Germany” are fully visible on the bottom as well as the serial number on the barrel face and breech face.
Stock No CSBD
IMPROVED MODEL BRITANNIA
This rare interesting and desirable rifle of very unusual desig in good honest condition. The metalwork is mostly brown but with no deep pitting, some score and tool marks here and there. The lettering on top of the cylinder is nice and clear and is fully legible, open sight is complete and fitted however the rear sight is not complete. There should be a piece of metal which slides down on an inclined plane to provide elevation adjustment however it is missing and a neatly made rear sight piece has been inserted in to the dove tail which does give windage adjustment but no elevation adjustment. Good tight action, stock is nice and tight on the gun, stock itself has some surface marks and scratches but no cracks or major defects. It is original, the gun has not been refinished. One screw on the cocking mechanism axis bolt the nut is wrong the rest seem to be original parts. Also supplied with a neat little spanner which fits the aforementioned nut and also acts as a pellet pusher for which the pellet is inserted through the unique as far as we are aware type of loading tap. Good markings on the side of the gun as well. Overall a really interesting designed as a competitor to the Lincoln Jeffries and BSA rifles but in actual fact failed on that count as these are a lot rarer and obviously never sold as well. And how this was improved over the previous Britannia we are not quite sure but that what is was called. There is some evidence of brazing around the end of the cylinder near the pellet loading port. We are not sure if this was how they were originally made or this was done subsequently for some reason but the gun is complete and the tap mechanism and everything functions fine.
Stock No 4466
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This antique is in fair original condition the metalwork having lost its nickel plating to the cylinder and the barrel being a nice even brown colour. Marked “gem” and with the crossed rifles mark of Eisenwerke Gaggenau on the top barrel flat as the words “manufactured in Germany”. Dolls head type barrel latch, a tiny bit of movement of the barrel and also the stock has some play in it. Nicely fitted butt plate which is inlet in to the wood, original open sights fitted, a reasonable mid quality gem really.
Stock No 4392
MODEL 2 DRP
This is a very solid and well made break barrel air rifle with a barrel lock mechanism to the side of the breech block. This example is in reasonable condition the metalwork generally brown and grainy, the front sight is not the corrrect item however the rearsight appears to br the right part. Screws are generally good maybe old replacements as the finish on them is a bit different to that on the metalwork. But they look OK. Stock is generally worn rubbbed down and used but is original and uncracked, nice cast trigggger guard, reasonably strong spring, a good tight barrrrrrel lock up. All the markings are fully readable these being “Haenel mod II DRP” on top of the cylinder and “cal 4.5mm (.177)” with a star to show it is rifled atop the barrrrrrrrrrrel. No serial number that we can find.
Stock No 4497
Calibre: .177 rifled
MODEL NUMBER 1
This nice little German made rifle is in fairly good condition retaining some original finish although it may have been subject to some level of refinishing in the past. The action is quite nice tight and crisp, the markings are good and clear. The stock is fairly good with just some light wear, most of the screws would seem to be original perhaps the front end screws are replacements. Original open sights fitted and the spring feels nice and tight.
Stock No 4509
CLUB SPECIAL (CS)
This rifle is in fairly good original condition, it has recently been serviced with a new mainspring and a cleaned and rejuvenated good condition piston head. The tap mechanism is also very good. Metal work is a brown slightly grainy finish no photo etching is visible. Original open sights although the finish on the elevation wheel and sight blade may indicate that they are later or more recent replacements. Stock is in quite good condition possibly having been lightly refinished. Faintest of hairline cracks on one side of the pistol grip but the stock is nice and tight on the action. Good clear serial number. And a very nice trigger mechanism. Overall a good mechanically sound item. There is a slight piece of wood or some marks or nocks on the overhang of the pistol grip. Otherwise it is all ok.
Stock No 4512
This full length underlever is one of the first 50 .22 s models made just after the first world war. This example is in fairly good condition the metalwork being a nice brown slightly grainy finish, original open sights fitted, no photo etching visible. Stock has been subject to a large repair, the cheek piece seems to have been replaced with another piece of wood for some reason perhaps this was originally carved out for a dipped cheek piece or a raised cheek piece or someone who ghas smoothed it off or something. Also has a curious locking screw on top of the cylinder which stops the trigger block from turning probly not factory modification but who knows at that time as bsa were experimenting with thse 2 hole trigger blocks this was very early on in production. Fitted with a very good piston seal, new mainspring which has all been cleaned and polished and greased properly. Good air tight tap, sadly there are some marks nocks on the tap loading mechanism someone seems to have used some tool to load pellets and left little dimples. Not too bad example, it has been around a long time and probably served someone well.
COMMISSION SALE BD
Calibre: .35” bore
CROOKED AIR CANE (AND LATER PUMP) (LATER CASE)
This is a nice assemblage being a Townsend crooked air cane, breech loading with a tap you put a ball in, comp[lete with a pump, key 1873 brass oil bottle and a copy of Reily’s treatise on air guns and air weapons fitted in to a modern case to keep together. .35 inch bore, the finish would appear to be re enameld or japanned in recent times. And also the ferule on the end appears to be new but very nicely made. Deep rifling is visible once the barrel is removed. The pump is not antique but does go with the air cane.
COX’S PATENT BONEHILL BRITTANIA
This is a nice honest original condition gun. Metal work is an even grey/brown patina overall, markings are nice and clear,”C.G. Bonehill Sole Manufacturer, Cox’s Patent” on top and other markings and numbers round the side. Fitted with the original little seesaw type rear sight which is really nice. Good breech mechanism,. Stock is ok with some surface marks, scratches and scuffs of age but no cracks or metal missing, mechanically seems fine, probably the original mainspring. A nice genuine item not mint, used but not abused.
Stock No 4524
Calibre: 14 bore
ANTIQUE PERCUSSION SHOTGUN
This nice old percussion shotgun is in quite nice condition, the lock plate has a nice blued finish with some nice quality engraving on it, there are Birmingham proof marks on the underside of the barrel, would have been a nice brown barrel but this has worn off to give a grey finish. Original ram rod, checkered stock, some nice engraving on the trigger guard etc, a pretty item for display.
Stock No 4534
Year: 1937 (October)
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This wee little airgun has suffered a bit of neglect to its metalwork as the metalwork is rusty overall and a bit grainy, however it is complete with all original screws, original sights and the stock is actually quite nice. Its obviously had a fair bit of use and been left in the wet once or twice. It has not been abused just neglected. Would benefit from a refinish to the metalwork. All the markings can be seen on top of the cylinder and the rear sight for example is complete and functional.
Stock No 4507
Calibre: .177 RIFLED
MODEL 2 DRP
This is a nice solidly made air rifle. Of heavy duty construction. This example is in good condition the metalwork being even brown slightly pattinated finish overall. The markings are nice and clear Haenel mod 2 DRP nice and crisp on top of the cylinder and Cal 4.5 (.177) and made in Germany on the barrel. The stock is good original not been refinished, a few surface marks and scratches, good tight barrel lock up, and a spring which seems to have had a recent application of grease. All screw heads are good, one locking screw on the barrel axis is an obvious replacement part all the rest seem original. As are the open sights. A nice honest rifle overall.
Stock No 4543
Calibre: .177 rifled
This nice quality little break barrel is in remarkable condition for a gun of its type. It retains lots of its original bluing and nice clear markings on the cylinder being the Diana mark with the huntress throwing away her bow and holding aloft an air rifle. No serial number on it at all but it is clearly marked “Made In Germany” on the underside of the barrel. Original open sights are fitted, mechanically perfect, all screw heads good and mechanically correct, there is what appears to be a slight break in the stock on the underside and also what might be a scratch or the beginnings of a crack in the same place. On examination we think it is a crack as it is down the grain of the wood, its hard to tell definitively. A nice clean good condition air rifle which one would not really think is 90 years old.
Stock No 4549
SERVICE mark 2
A very good nice original condition rifle, all complete with very clear markings and crisp stampings. All components complete and correct and believed original. May have had a light refinish at some stage but as it is the metal work looks nice with a sort of black to grey smooth finish. Good tight sight mechanism and things. Stock is original, some surface marks and scratches a bit dull probably could do with a bit of a polish up, number on the barrel matches the number on the action. Safety sear works, all pins and screws look to be good and not mucked about with in any way. A nice clean honest original example.
Stock No 4601
Year: in 1938 TELL cataloge
Calibre: .177 rifled
This interesting prewar air rifle is in fair condition complete apart from the trigger guard which is a replacement made from a Relum one. This item has been seen in a 1938 Tell catalogue. It must be rare as it seems to have been a new product then and then events overtook and they were not imported in to this country or probably not produced in Germany for long either. Whilst this is a straightforward break barrel there are a couple of engineering features not seen on other rifles it has a solid barrel but going in to a folded sheet steel breech block also the barrel detent catch is reminiscent of the Diana 15/16 but subtly different being a large latch in the cocking link. Quite a short air rifle of interesting design.
Stock No 4603
Calibre: .177 rifled
LATER CALLED THE MODEL 27
This rifle is in fair condition having had some work done to it, the stock in particular has been refinished and a crack on the underside filled and repaired but it looks to be a very good strong repair quite neatly done. Probably had some level of rebluing or recolouring this is the early example with the half octagon barrel marked “ Diana Luftgewehr” on the top barrel flat. Interestingly it has a small serial number 5 figures, on the bottom of the breech block. Possibly the original open sights are fitted they look right on there, no markings visible on top of the cylinder. Quite a deep blued .177 rifled barrel. The link and barrel axis screws are non original replacement parts but look ok. Also a new breach seal has been fitted.
Stock No 4450
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This early Diana 27 is in fair condition the metal work being brown to black with a slightly speckled grainy overall finish. The rearsight is a replacement being windage adjustable only but judging by the finish looks to have been on there a long time. The stock is quite nice with just a few surface marks. The huntress trade mark is just about visible on top of the cylinder with the word DIANA, as well as “Diana Luftgewehr” on top of the barrel and “Made In Germany” just visible on the underside of the barrel. Screw heads are good, this is a smooth bore version we seem to see more rifled barrel ones in this country (England).