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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

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.

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: 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 4253

Price: £265.00

Year:  c1911

Calibre: .22

BSA

IMPROVED MODEL D

This is the full length 45 inch sporting version of the pre war BSA improved model D. This example is in fair condition the metalwork being mostly grey to brown mottled and slightly grainy finish. The front sight has had the bead broken off, the rear sight is original and working. Most of the screws would seem to be original but not perfect. Nice pistol grip stock fitted with piled arms trade mark just about visible, some chipping marking and knocking to the the toe and heel of the stock but the stock itself is not cracked. A new main spring and piston head have been fitted and the tap is a good tight airtight fitting. This is a transitional model made with the first type of side lever under catch when they were still made under Lincoln Jeffries patent so the lever says Lincoln Jeffries patent on the underside but with the BSA patent number for the side button release stamped underneath the actual button catch. They were not made like this for that long as soon after BSA purchased all of Lincoln Jeffries patents. This is a sound and complete example apart from one locking screw missing on the cocking lever axis pivot bolt.

Stock No 4333

Price: £420.00

Year:  c1905

Calibre: .177

BRITANNIA


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

Price: £

Year: c1938

Calibre: .

WEBLEY

MARK 2 SERVICE (3rd series)

This can only be described as a very honest used example. All components are absolutely correct and present, screw heads, pin heads, lettering are all very very good, the metalwork just has light thinning of the bluing going brown in places and as original in hidden areas. Stock is also very good with just a few surface marks and scratches no cracks. Sights present and correct, this has been fitted with some interesting home made scope mounts. These have been very carefully crafted to fit the slightly tapering barrel and will take an early BSA type scope, someone took a long time making these and then once he fitted the scope discovered he could not open the bolt handle as you have to take the scope off each time. So we have removed the scope but left the mounts on. If you don't want the mounts with the rifle we can deduct a tenna but they could probably be modified to fit a more modern type of scope mount. We bought this locally from the son of the person who may have been the original owner or bought soon after it was made. This has never been in collecting circles its a thoroughly honest decent example. Never messed about with just used occasionally.

Stock No 4392

Price: £172.00

Year:  c1930s

Calibre:

HAENEL

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 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.

Stock No 4398

Price: £180.00

Year:  c1935

Calibre: .177

BSA

CLUB SPECIAL

This is the 43” version of the Club Special. This is a very late Club Special it is fitted with a one hole trigger block with the trigger adjustment reverting to a screw through the trigger guard introduced just before the C model came in and the beginning of 1936. Open sights fitted which we believe are original and functional. Stock has had a repair at the toe, a piece of wood neatly inlet in to the bottom about 1 inch by 1 inch also there is some modification to  the top of the pistol grip possibly a sight of some sort was fitted there at some stage in the past. Spring is maybe original it is the flat section one and has seen better days. Tap holds air nicely, screw heads are ok, one of them may not be original but looks alright. Overall a pretty average example of what is normally a 45” long gun but this is 43”.

COMMISSION SALE

Price: £580.00

Year:  c1935

Calibre: .177

WEBLEY

SERVICE MARK 2 SERIES 2

This is basically sound and complete Webley mark 2 second series however the barrel number does not match that of the action. It looks to have been in the gun for quite some time and slides in and out nicely. The metal finish overall is very good, we believe all original finish, all marking are nice and crisp and clear. The only problem is the axis bolt seems to have had a slotted nut put on to it at some stage in the past. Action is good and crisp, a new breech seal has been put in, interceptor sear works fine, sights complete and working. Butt stop is very good with no major marks or defects, no cracks. Also comes with a nicely made add on fore end which takes off rifle and leaves no visible sign it was ever there, so its an optional extra which is included and makes the gun a bit more comfy to shoot. In the less often seen .177 calibre the barrel is an original Webley one not a replacement modern one or nuffin. Overall a very nice example of a less often seen series 2 version.

COMMISSION SALE (MB)

Price: £190.00

Year:  c1910

Calibre: .177

MILLITA

MILITARY STYLE

Nice interesting air rifle with features that put it apart from the ordinary. Basically this is a Langenhan Millita marked Millita patent on top of the barrel but given a military makeover. It is fitted with a Paker Hale front sight shroud, a tangent leaf rear sight which is complete and working, military sling and swivels with Parker Hale fittings. It has a rifled barrel, nice chequered stock which is original condition, some marks and surface scuffs of use and age but basically all complete and in good order. Barrel a tad loose at the breech but we understand its quite an accurate rifle. A nice little collector’s item this.

Stock No 4400

Price: £125.00

Year:  c1930s

Calibre: .177

MIDLAND GUN Co

DEMON

This basic design of air gun is in fair condition the metal work being mostly grey and worn with a few smal patches of origial finish but mostly gone. The letering on top of the cylinder can be read which says “Midland Gun Company Birmingham Made In England” the rearsight blade is a replacement part held in by friction there is no elevation wheel but gives a good sight image with the original front sight. Some of the screws do not look tooo goood. They have been “got at” a litle bit. And certainly one of the rear trigger guard screws is wrong if not both of them. Litle bit of looseness at the stock where it meets the triger block, the stock itself has been rubed down the chequering is present if a little smooth, original metal butt plate fitted, trigger mechanism is in good order, the spring is a bit twangy when its cocked posibly slightly toooo wide spring has been fitted we put some greeees on the mainspring but it has not stopped it ocuring. Other than that this is erm a not too often seen British made version of the famous Diana 27. We suspect some parts were actualy made abroad though and it was finished here in our opinion. No proof one way or the other.

Stock No 4401

Price: £148.00

Year:  c1927

Calibre: .177

BSA

L MODEL (LIGHT MODEL)

This rifle is in fair condition, the rear sight blade and wheel are replacement units that we fitted, they fit and work perfectly. Some of the screw heads are not the right ones but look ok, stock has been rubbed down some time in the past and the heel of the stock has been rubed down presumably when it was broken. Also the stock hole cover plate is not an original. Spring however is good and strong, tap is reasonable wel fiting. Overal a pretty average example, the metal work is brown, black, grey, motled, lightly patinated and pited, no photo etching visible. Is what is is realy.

Stock No 4384

Price: £58.00

Year:  1930

Calibre: .177 rifled

PRE WAR AIR RIFLE


This air rifle has no markings on it whatsoever that we can find other than a date stamp under the breech block. However it is almost certainly a product of Diana and supplied to some company which did not want a brand mark on it. Complete with its original open sights, metalwork a bit brown worn and grainy, stock is probably its original finish with surface marks and scratches. At the time of its production in 1930 it would have looked a modern item being one of the 1st air rifles with a half stock as opposed to the then standard quarter stock air rifles. Good clean 177 rifled bore which is nice and straight.