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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.


Price: £1350.00

Year: c1880

Calibre: 8mm



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”)




Stock No: 3882

Price: £355.00

Year: c1920s

Calibre: .25



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)



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.

Stock No: 3921

Price: £94.00

Year: c1900

Calibre: .177



This old GEM has at some point had some quite deep pitting and has been lightly polished off giving now a quite nice pleasing aged look. The stock is nice and tight on the action, and it has a nicely fitted crescent shaped butt plate. A new breech seal has been fitted and the barrel lock up is ok not perfect but none of these aver are. There are no markings on the barrel or anywhere else other than a serial number on the breech face and the front of the cylinder. Quite a crisp trigger action and probably original spring as its a  flat section type which has a bit of left left in it.


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.



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.


Stock No: 4067

Price: £1195.00

Year: c1885

Calibre: 8mm



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



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: 4083

Price: £118.00

Year:  c1905

Calibre: .177 smoothbore



This antique airgun is in fairly good order with a very tight and airtight breech. The metalwork is grey to brown with some bare metal showing through but the markings are quite clear and visible on the top barrel flat being the words “patent” and “GEM” and some sort of trade mark marking. Very plain piece of wood but which is tight on the action, nice cast steel fitted butt plate, fairly good mainspring fitted which is a round section one. Quite a nice solid old item.

Stock No: 4113

Price: £394.00

Year:  c1904

Calibre: .177



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.

Commission sale

Price: £180.00

Year:  c1920s/30s

Calibre: .22 rifled



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.

Stock No CSBD

Price: £295.00

Year:  c1907/08

Calibre: .177



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.

Stock No 4178

Price: £294.00

Year:  c1930

Calibre: .177



This is a superb item, it has obviously been refinished in the recent past, the metalwork looks glossy, smooth, black and even. No photo etching is visible on top of the cylinder however the lettering on the trigger block and wording on the trigger block are clean and crisp. All screw heads are very good, original open sights are fitted which work perfectly, a new main spring has been fitted and the tap mechanism is very good. Stock is also very good with just a few very minor surface dings as opposed to scratches. One unfortunate very small chip at the heel of the butt about 6mm by 5mm. Rifle has had very little use but has been polished and refinished anyway. A lovely example that will grace any collection. This is the 45 inch long .177 version of the full size sporting rifle. Very nice.


Price: £255.00

Year:  c1926

Calibre: .177



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.

Stock No: 3886

Price: £165.00

Year: c1925

Calibre: .177


L model

This is a basically good honest gun, all fittings and screws being original  the front sight has had a slight break on the bead or some one has modified it but everything else seems ok. The metal work itself is a mixture of brown to grey to blue varying from original quite dark black in hidden areas to worn and grey in areas where its been held. The stock is ok possibly been rubbed down at some point but with some surface marks and scratches of age. Some general nocks and marks to the metal work and one of the trigger guard screws is a replacement. Original spring fitted presumably as its a flat section rectangle one, tap ,trigger and cocking mechanism are all good. Overall a decent reasonable fair condition gun that gas seen some use.



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: 4123

Price: £490.00

Year:  c1860-70

Calibre: .40



This antique has almost certainly been refinished recently as the black enamel type finish is very smooth and nice. This is a muzzle loading variant with a screw off brass ferrule tipped ram rod. With an original old pump which fits this cane and a turn key and a 2 ball mould which is modern. A nice assembly with what appears to be an ebony knob at the top and original open sights fitted. The lock work is good. There is no makers name on the face plate of the cylinder but inside there are the initials of JT on the lock work.



Price: £188.00

Year:  c1957

Calibre: .22



This rifle is in fair condition, it is complete and working. The metal work has gone a bit brown but the photo etching on top of the cylinder is just about visible. Rear sight is fitted and is fine, front sight is complete and with a foresight hood which probably is not an original BSA one but it fits and does the job perfectly. Stock is nice with a few light surface scratches and marks, no cracks. The rifle shoots at about 11.3 foot pounds using  BSA Elite pellets. Fitted with a new main spring

Stock No 4194

Price: £535.00

Year:  c1938

Calibre: .177



This is actually a very nice example. The bluing is a bit thin, patchy and worn but the metalwork is completely smooth with no rust or pitting whatsoever. All pins, screw heads, sights are very very good never having been messed about with. The stock is also very nice with good crisp checkering and just a few light surface marks. All components are complete and as they should be, good mainspring fitted, good breech seal, safety sear works superbly. The rifle has been used but carefully and wiped over before it has been put away. The number on the barrel does not match in fact the number on the barrel does not seem to make much sense at all. This is a late pre war rifle with "Made In England" stamped on the under side of the wrist of the stock although this has not been stamped very crisply. Good original butt plate with a few surface marks where it has stood. Overall a nice honest hexample that has not been mucked about with and has every indication of never having been taken apart. A candidate for metalwork refinishing if that is your bag.


Stock No 4136

Price: £145.00

Year:  pre war

Calibre: .5.4mm


CII (C2)

This interesting Swedish rifle is in good condition retaining some original finish to the barrel and to the stock and nickel plating to the breech loading area. This example will pump just about but in all honesty the pump cup washer has probably seen better days. An awful lot of pumping only builds up a little pressure. (story of my life...) the rear sight is not original it has been cunningly crafted from a Relum one but it does the job. 5.4mm these were designed for small calibre balls (again..) or a special Swedish made pellet but will shoot suitably sized .22 pellets.


Stock No: 4010

Price: £480.00

Year: c1904

Calibre: .177



This is an original condition item, all complete apart from the front and rear sight which are obvious replacements. Although seemingly fitted some time ago. The markings are clear and readable, the breech mechanism works perfectly as does the trigger mechanism and this gives the two cocking positions from different powers. Original stock is fitted unfortunately there is one notch of wood missing from it at the back (see photo). Metalwork is a grainy grey to brown finish, screw heads are good, spring is also very good so is the mainspring. Overall a reasonable example just a shame the sights are not right.