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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.

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

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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: 3886

Price: £165.00

Year: c1925

Calibre: .177

BSA

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.

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.

Stock No: 3921

Price: £94.00

Year: c1900

Calibre: .177

GEM

AIRGUN

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.

Stock No: 3944

Price: £545.00

Year: c1936

Calibre: .22

WEBLEY

SERVICE mark 2

This classic air rifle is in good order, all components appearing to be original and the rifle is complete. The serial number on the action matches the one on the barrel. All markings are nice and clear, sights are complete, the metalwork itself has some original black finish but with light wear here and there. Some slight areas of pitting or slight damage on the barrel carriage piece near the rear sight. Possible that someone has hit it or maybe it just was not cast that well. Some small knocks to the front end of the cylinder. It is a good honest gun. There is a small hairline split on the bottom of the pistol grip where it meets the action and the butt plate has split and has been subject to a repair. The repair has been very well executed. A nice original complete honest gun the sear etc works fine, a much better example than many we have seen.

Stock No: 4010

Price: £480.00

Year: c1904

Calibre: .177

BRITANNIA

 

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.

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: 3936

Price: £655.00

Year: c1936

Calibre: .22

WEBLEY

SERVICE MARK 2

This is a very nicely presented outfit. The rifle is a 3rd series mark 2 which has been very nicely refinished overall, all the components seem to be complkete and original including all the sight mechanisms. A good crisp trigger and sear mechanism as well. Obviously the serial numbers of gun and action match each other. In a modern leatherette old English vinyl(!) Case which has been adapted to fit the Webley Service rifle. Complete with a pre war Webley pellet tin with contents of unknown age and an oil bottle which is of a style produced by Webley but with a different label. A copy of Webley trade label stuck to the inside of the lid. Overall a nice outfit. The markings on the rifle are all crisp and clear and the stock is a nice piece of walnut with original horn butt plate fitted and no major cracks or marks.

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: 4083

Price: £118.00

Year:  c1905

Calibre: .177 smoothbore

GEM

AIRGUN

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: 4100

Price: £98.00

Year:  c1920s/30s

Calibre: .177 smoothbore

MILLITA

 

This is quite an unusual antique rifle, one we have not encountered before. It is in fair condition the metalwork being grainy brown and grey the stock having numerous surface marks and a breakage underneath where the cocking link meets the inlet for the stock. The rifle is marked Millitta Patent clearly on top of the barrel yet there is no barrel catch or button/latch of any sort. It is a standard break barrel but with the difference of having the captive ball on the cylinder side mating with a hemispherical hollow below the breach opening. Also has interesting cranked cocking link which slightly follows the contours of the fore end. The end of the cylinder also has an extra metal plug which means it mates with the stock quite nicely. The rifle is solidly made and complete with what is probably its original open sights fitted and a steel butt plate. Obviously a follow on design to the normal Militas with barrel catches of various designs. A neat little rifle really with a ribbed blued solid trigger and a nicely cast guard etc. The underside of the breach block is a serial number and the FLZ in circle trade mark for Friedrich Langenhan of  Zella Mehlis.

Stock No: 4120

Price: £68.00

Year:  1931

Calibre: ..177 smoothbore

DIANA

MODEL 1

This charming little airgun is in very good condition for its type and age. The barrel and cylinder retain a lot of the original nickel plating there is some wear at the wrist where it has been held. The airgun is complete with its removable inner barrel and the stock is quite tight on to the frame. Made in Germany is stamped underneath wiuth the figures 6.31 on the stock noting the month and year of manufacture. Diana huntress trademark on top of the cylinder and Diana on the side of the pistol grip frame. Most of these were blued nickel ones are less often seen. A very nice little airgun.

Stock No: 4123

Price: £490.00

Year:  c1860-70

Calibre: .40

ANTIQUE AIRCANE

 

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.

Stock No: 4101

Price: £120.00

Year:  1930s

Calibre: .22

HAENEL

MODEL 2

This is a nice good solid honest gun. Condition is quite good retaining some original finish but with light speckling overall and areas where the metal work is slightly turning brown. Nice clear markings on the top of the cylinder and on top of the barrel and “Made In Germany” underneath the barrel. The barrel lock works very well to lock up the barrel nice and solidly. Good original open sights. Seems that all the screws are the correct ones and they are all quite good. The stock has no wood missing or cracks just the odd surface mark and scuff of age. Checkering is quite crisp. Overall a good clean honest example.

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.

Stock No: 4122

Price: £196.00

Year:  c1908

Calibre: ..177

BSA

IMPROVED MODEL D

This rifle had a lot of time spent on it. When it arrived with us it was a wreck. Paint covered, tatty looking and awful. After a good deal of hard work it now looks very presentable. It just needed cleaning and oiling as basically it has been left in a horrible state for years. The stock has come up nicely with the trade mark visible and the checkering now crisp and clean. The metalwork itself is a brown grainy finish which was quite nice to see underneath the black paint. This example has not got a rear sight as that has been blanked off in favour of the factory fitted number 12 peep sight which has been applied to the top of the trigger block. The front sight itself is probably the original which has been modified very neatly with the addition of some brighter coloured material giving a lighter coloured bead. Some screws are original but at least two, a locking screw for the under lever axis and one of the trigger guard screws are not original but seam to have been there for quite some time. All the rest of the components are correct including probably the main spring which in all honesty has seen better days. We have not stripped the rifle down for the piston seal and spring as the rifle gives every indication of not having been stripped down fully for many years. We were glad to see how it came up as just a lot of cleaning and labour transformed the rifle in to something reasonably presentable.

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