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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.


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


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Price: £595.00

Year: c1939

Calibre: .22


T model

This is a superb collectors item. The metal work has been totally and very carefully and superbly well refinished so it is a superb deep blue black colour, all screw heads are perfect certain internals have also been changed including the piston and head mainspring and sear. The stock has what we believe to be the original finish and there are a few surface scratches one  very visible on the left hand side see photo, the wood itself;f is a lovely piece of walnut with vertical graining all down it. This is a really nice appearing rifle which would grace any collection. Obviously original open sights are fitted and complete.

Also accompanying the rifle is a letter showing that this gun was sold by John Knibbs  around 20 years ago and giving the owner the details of date of manufacture.

We must emphasis again that this is a top quality refinished job which is a professional one not an amateur re blue.  The refinishing job was done sometime before 1998.

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.

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.

Stock No: 3939

Price: £585.00

Year: c1870s/90s

Calibre: 100 bore (c9mm .38”)



This nice old air cane is in good condition having recently been re japanned or black lacquered. This example is breach loading with a sliding rotary tap. Brass muzzle cap, the horn handle looks to have been repaired with a brass insert very carefully put in to the horn knob. It looks nice (see photo above). Supplied complete with an original old damasks twist type and correct bullet mould and turn key. These were a popular Victorian novelty when walking sticks were popular although these probably did not fool people they were a technical possibility and sold on their novelty value to the wealthy.


Price: £595.00

Year: c1904-1906

Calibre: .177



This nice solid well constructed rifle is in fairly good condition, the metalwork is brown and grainy however the markings are all mostly still visible and clear being the registered trade mark with Britannia on one side of the breech block “ made only for R Ramsbottom of Manchester” and “Anglo sureshot mark 1” on two of the top barrel flats. The Anglo sureshot mark 1 marking  being not quite so legible. Nice and tight at the breech the rear sight is a later replacement, the cylinder end cap and block are also a modern made replacement part which perform their function. The the stock is nice and tight on the cylinder and underneath the years of accumulated patina is actually quite a nice bit of walnut but there are some marks and scuffs and knocks of age to it. We believe the spring guide inside is also a newly made part. Also possibly the sear but it works perfectly. A nice collectable item. Sort of a deluxe GEM but Britannia collectors do not like them being referred to in that manner. There are a couple of small vice marks about 1 square inch each side just visible.

Stock No: 3955

Price: £90.00

Year: 1925

Calibre: .177


Model  27 (?)

This rifle is the epitome of a prewar break barrel air rifle. There are no markings on it, almost certainly made by Diana. The metal work has been “refinished” in a black paint which has scratched off here and there but it does feel relatively smooth. Fitted with open sights but the rearsight elevation wheel is not the right one. Also the barrel axis bolt has the wrong nut on it. The spring is quite good and the baRREL SEAL AND LOCK UP ARE FINE. The stock is very nice mostly smooth with some nice figuring but with one small slither of wood missing where it meets the trigger block. A good average collector’s item.

Stock No: 3944

Price: £545.00

Year: c1936

Calibre: .22


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: 3955

Price: £260.00

Year: c1913

Calibre: .177


IMPROVED MODEL D (light model)

Old air rifle is in very nice condition very well presented perfectly clean and with all components correct. The stock has been refinished but superbly so the checkering is still sharp the woodwork is smooth with no visible scratches or marks. The metalwork is slightly brown but mostly smooth and slightly worn on the cylinder but all the markings are still visible. As we said the screw heads are excellent, the original open sights are fitted and possibly the original spring which seams to be a flat section one. A really nice looking 105 year old rifle.



Stock No: 3964

Price: £180.00

Year: c1914

Calibre: .177



Cosmetically this rifle is in fair condition. The metalwork is brown with pitting on top of the cylinder. There is no lettering present on the cylinder for the simple fact that there never would have been any. This would have been an example with photo etching which was introduced just before the 1st world war. The sights are complete although the elevating wheel is a new replacement part. Some original screws some non original screws and one, the cocking lever axis bolt completely mullered on one side but does its job. The stock is very nice with no major scratches or defects, good sharp checkering, nice original finish and a very nice applied gun maker’s badge being that of Roberts Gunmakers, Steel house lane Birmingham. Steel house lane of course being the road in which Lincoln Jeffries shop was situated at the heart of the Birmingham gun maker’s quarter. The rifle has been fitted with the new piston head and mainspring very recently. The tap is nice and air tight, the front sight remarkably is complete with its original post bead. There is one screw missing being the cocking link axis screw lock screw although the screw that is the cocking link screw is almost definitely the wrong item but seems to do its job. Overall a bit of a mixed bag. Its clearly had lots of use but the stock is actually very nice and lasted better than the metal work.