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COMMISSION SALE

Price: £1495

Year: c1880-1900

Calibre: 6mm

GIFFARD

CO2 RIFLE

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.

COMMISSION SALE

Price: £1350.00

Year: c1880

Calibre: 8mm

GIFFARD

8mm SHOT GUN

This truly superb gun is in excellent condition retaining virtually all its original bluing the engraving on the breech block is nice and sharp and really looks nice, the cylinder, thankfully, is also in very good condition. These were supplied on a return basis and are often in not as good condition as the item they are fitted to however in this case the cylinder is almost as good as the rest  of the gun. The trigger guard again has engraving o the long tang, the stock is in good condition with some minor surface scratches and marks of time but with nice checkering. Original horn butt plate and fitted with sling swivels. The sights are what would have originally been fitted ie minimilistic type in a small dovetail adjustable rear sight and a tiny little bead at the front. A truly nice collector’s item.

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”)

 

£2650.00 PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF OWNER TO £2150.00

COMMISSION SALE

Stock No: 3882

Price: £355.00

Year: c1920s

Calibre: .25

ORIGINAL

BUGGELSPANNER

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

Price: £1650.00

Year: c1780

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.

£130.00

PUMP TO FIT AIRCANES

Not antique but appears to be some years old. Nicely made, blue/black type steel finish, c16 inches (41 CM) overall length, not tested but principles involved are pretty basic.

£140.00

Stock No: 4067

Price: £1195.00

Year: c1885

Calibre: 8mm

GIFFARD

CO2 RIFLE

This fine quality CO2 rifle is in good condition retaining lots of its original finish just slightly going thin on the cylinder where it is held. Lots of nice quality engraving on the action block. The the word “St. Etienne” are inlaid in gold on top of the barrel. Original adjustable open sights fitted, tap loading for 8mm ball with the power adjustment wheel in place. Stock is good with some reasonably sharp checkering . There has been a chip missing at the toe of the stock, this has been carefully replaced. The wood and the butt plate have been repaired. Quite well. Lovely ballooned butt plate with engraved screws which are nice. Overall a good honest example in the more desirable 8mm rifled barrel version. A lovely collector’s item.

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

Stock No: 4068

Price: £170.00

Year:  1928

Calibre: ..177 smooth bore

DIANA

MODEL 35

This nice old antique rifle was made by Diana in 1928 and must have looked extremely modern then compared with BSA’s underlever and Webley’s Service mark 2 offerings of the same era. This is a really well made solid rifle. This example is in fair condition, the metalwork having gone a brown and a bit grainy. The Diana stamping on the end of the cylinder is a bit light and only just visible. The rear sight leaf blade is a replacement part but does fit well and works fine. DIANA LUFT-GEWEHR stamped on to the top of the barrel and MADE IN GERMANY just about visible on the under side. Stock is a nice piece of walnut in fair condition but unfortunately the underside of the stock is cracked where the under lever cocking slot ends. At some point the link has bent and hit the wood resulting in the wood breaking. There is only a small piece of wood missing, this could be filled and the rest of it glued. The wood does not seem like it is going to come off easily and the link now no longer hits that piece of wood.  Good mainspring, nice tight action, good trigger mechanism. We believe this went on to become the Diana model 35 which was a very long lasting model in Diana’s line up. This was probably the biggest break barrel rifle they had it measures about 43” in length with a 18.5” smooth bore 177 barrel. (metric conversions for the modern peoples available on that there modern interweb contraption somewhere). A well made rifle. A new barrel sealing breech washer has been fitted and forms an o ring which works perfect.

50 years of air gun evolution, lots of models in between.

Stock No CSBD

Price: £295.00

Year:  c1907/08

Calibre: .177

BSA

AIR RIFLE

This nice early BSA air rifle is very well presented it has been re finished at some stage in the past so the metal work is a nice deep black colour. The stampings on top of the cylinder are a bit light have been slightly polished away but they are actually all there and legible. Stock is particularly nice with a clear BSA trade mark and good crisp checkering. Some light handling marks overall, screw heads are good and the mechanism is tight and sound. Believe open sights fitted are original. Overall a nice looking rifle with the straight hand stock.

COMMISSION SALE

Price: £255.00

Year:  c1926

Calibre: .177

BSA

CS (CLUB SPECIAL)

this clasic old air rifle is in honest sort a condition the metal work is an even brown grainy finish it is complete and all the screw heads look good although one screw may be incorrect. sights are original and working fine, stock is nice and tightly on the gun, a few surface marks and scratches. the top of the pistol grip appears to have been very carefully repaired with a new piece of wood having been let in at the top but then finished superbly such that it appears that the wood should be there anyway. there may have been a peep sight fitted here originally but this has now been removed. when the gun was presented to us with the idea of us selling it  we were reluctant to take it in as we already had two in stock. we have now sold one of them. this one we did have to work on as it was a bit "lively" as presented but a bit of proper lubrication/modification means it now shoots nice and safely and smoothly. an honest and original example just with the work done on the pistol grip. this is the 45" long Club shooting version of the BSA Standard.

COMMISSION SALE

Price: £3800.00

Year: c1860s or 80s

Calibre:  

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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

Price: £285.00

Year:  c1910-20

Calibre: .175bb

BENJAMIN

MODEL E

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.

Stock No 4251

Price: £228.00

Year:  c1925

Calibre: .22

BSA

STANDARD 'S' MODEL

This big air rifle is in generally good original condition. The photo etching can just be made out and is readable in a reasonable light. The metalwork has started to turn slightly grainy but is a dark black colour overall. All components seem to be correct, all screw heads are good, stock has numerous surface marks/scratches of age. Overall the rifle is just beginning to show a light bloom of age as might be expected from a 94 year old gun. Spring is good, good close fitting tap, no chunks or bits missing from the wood. Overall a good honest example.

Stock No 4252

Price: £190.00

Year:  c1921

Calibre: .22

BSA

S STANDARD MODEL

This is a mostly honest and decent condition rifle. Metalwork is brown and grainy. All original components apart from the rear sight blade which is a homemade replacement but does do the job and is capable of elevation adjustment. Good tight tap mechanism, nice strong spring, stock is in good order with no cracks or pieces missing, nice bit of walnut with some surface scratches and marks, photo etching not visible, screw heads good, front sight complete, overall average condition example considering its almost 90 years old.

Commission sale

Price: £180.00

Year:  c1920s/30s

Calibre: .22 rifled

MIDLAND GUN Co.

DEMON

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.

REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF SELLER

TO £170.00

Stock No 4269

Price: £140.00

Year:  c1928

Calibre: .177

HAENEL

MODEL 2 (II)

This nice quality antique air rifle is in good condition retaining some original finish but some areas of wear and thinning. Nice tight breech block, original open sights fitted, good clear markings on top of the cylinder reading "HAENEL MOD II" stock isa in ok condition with nummoroouse surface marks and scratches . There is a screw on the underside of the butt presumably where a sling swivel was placed at some stage. Non original trigger adjusting screw and also the trigger guard might not be the original as it not seem to fit that well. But looks correct period, nice cast iron piece. Lovely clean straight rifled bore. And good strong main spring.

Stock No 4268

Price: £120.00

Year:  1930s

Calibre: .177

HAENEL

MODEL II D.R.P.

This very solidly made rifle is in good condition but we are not sure of the authenticity of the barrel lock as it is different to others we have seen but it does look old and it does look like it should be there and it does function very well. It is just the shape of it that is unusual. The rear sight blade and screw are working replacements not original replacements. The metal work is mostly smooth but a bit grey and worn, nice clear markings on the top being "Haenel mod II D.R.P. " And the Haenel arrow trade mark on top of the trigger block. Stock is good with just minor surface marks no major cracks. Trigger adjust screw is almost certainly not the original one, well, not the original one it is a replacement. Good spring and piston seal and breech seal. A very sold action.

Stock No 4279

Price: £480.00

Year:  c1934

Calibre: .22

WEBLEY

MARK 2 (II)

This is a totally honest and original gun. All components exactly as they should be. There is small amounts of original finish in hiden areas but the rest has gone a bit brown grainy and with very light wear. Very nice stock, possibly been refinished it looks superb. Sights fitted and working as they should do, matching serial numbers, good screw heads and pin heads, not mucked about with,

Stock No 4280

Price: £550.00

Year:  1935

Calibre: .22

WEBLEY

SERVICE MARK 2 (II)

As the Webley Service above only slightly better overall.

Stock No 4275

Price: £260.00

Year: c1907/08

Calibre: .177

BSA

IMPROVED MODEL D

This classic old air rifle is in good very original condition. The bead has been lost or removed from the front sight and the rest of the rifle is original and complete. Screw heads are ok, metal work is brown and a bit grainy but all markings are nice and clear including Lincoln Jeffries Patent on the under lever and nice clear manufacturers markings on the cylinder. Stock is good with  no major cracks or losses just general surface wear. Nice clear trade mark of the BSA pile arms logo and crisp checkering. Overall a very good honest and original rifle. Probably with its original flat section spring fitted.

COMMISSION SALE

Price: £390.00

Year:  1938-39

Calibre: .22

CROSMAN

MODEL 102 period 2

We have not had too many of these through our hands at all at all. This is a Crosman dating from before the war its a 102 model with built in magazine system which is loaded by a bolt mechanism and tubular magazine on side of the gun. Then cock the gun then pump it up to the desired power level. Cocks and shoots fine. Good condition we suspect the metal work may have been repainted, its been done quite neatly. This is the version with the rubber fore end which was not made for long and was advertised by Crosman as the "silent" rifle or "clickless" model its not silent when you pump it up but we were not responsible for the advertising!

Stock No 4274

Price: £440.00

Year:  c1870s

Calibre: c12.5mm

AIRCANE

This nice antique air gun is in the form of an air cane which would have been popular in Victorian times. Nice believed original horn handle, complete with a later key and a Damascus finished pump. No maker's name. Muzzle loading but there is no ram rod with this, we  believe the ferrule on the end to be a later component. Lock work complete. An interesting antique item.

SOLD
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Stock No 4266

Price: £145.00

Year:  c1930s

Calibre: .177

HAENEL

V JUNIOR

An interesting underlever air rifle of prewar origins much smaller than anything BSA made its actually rather neat. Unusual construction underlever which is pressed sheet metal but nevertheless still quite solid on cocking. This example is in  fair condition with speckled rust and wear over the cylinder but reasonable level of finish on the barrel and wear and slight pitting on the under lever. Open sights fitted with would appear to be original, nice tight working tap mechanism, screw heads a little bit chewed and knarled and a bit abused, stock sort of ok numerous surface marks and scratches and an unfortunate crack running don fro the cocking slot to the trigger guard. We have not had too many of these little underlever rifles we think its quite a nice little design.

SOLD
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Stock No: 4113

Price: £394.00

Year:  c1904

Calibre: .177

BRITTANIA

 

This early English made air rifle which is always popular as a collector’s item is in not that great condition. In fact there is little to commend it! Other than the price we are asking! Whilst complete it is not all original. The metal work is brown and grainy. The open sights are not the correct ones appear to have been fitted a long time ago as the patina matches exactly the rest of the metal. The markings on top of the breach are just about readable being Anglo Shureshot mark 1 and then Made for R Ramsbottom Manchester coxes patent. Serial number on the barrel matches that on the frame. The stock is a replacement carefully made but not great quality possibly pine or something similar. The cocking link has been welded at the end quite some time ago. There is a mysterious hole running through the cylinder possibly for a pin to hold the end cap in place. The bayonet fitting does that just as well. Breach is reasonable it does lock up quite tight although there is a little play there. Spring seams ok trigger mechanism works well, some of the screws and bolts are completely wrong. Something that a little time and work would improve this and a staining of the stock would not go a miss.

SOLD
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Stock No 4278

Price: £122.00

Year:  c1905

Calibre: .177

EISENWERKE GAGGENAU

GEM

This is a very nice original condition example retaining some of the original nickel plating on the cylinder. The metalwork is smooth but a bit brown. All the markings on top of the barrel are clear, those being the word patent and then the the crossed pistols trade mark of Eisenwerke Gaggenau and then Gem number 5099. The barrel lock up is very good, the barrel bore is nice and smooth the stock is nice and tight on the action. Nice cast crescent butt plate fitted, probably the original main spring which is a little bit tired however we can supply a new main spring for just £5 is desired although because of the originality of this gun we decided to leave the original main spring in there. A decent example usually they are a bit battered and worn.

SOLD
0519