Antique & Vintage air rifles (pre 1939)
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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.
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)
Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)
Overall length 1170mm (46”)
£2650.00 PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF OWNER TO £2150.00
Stock No: 3882
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
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.
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.
Stock No: 4067
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
Year: c1860s or 80s
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.
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
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
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
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.
Calibre: .22 rifled
MIDLAND GUN Co.
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.
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Stock No 4274
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.
Stock No: 4113
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 4278
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 4253
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 4276
IMPROVED MODEL D
This is a rifle with issues. It is old and it has been well used. The metalwork is brown and grainy but the markings are clear reading BSA Air rifle improved model D on top of the cylinder and load and the pile arms mark on top of the breach block. The front sight has lost its bead, the rear sight is not the original but is one of a similar style to the original and fits and works properly. The tap mechanism is quite tight to operate, the cocking lever is the original. Some screws would appear to be replacements but look to fit ok . Spring and piston are past their best by some margin. Stock which is a straight hand stock has a crack down one side which has been filled in, the other side is fine and the checkering is good. Nice brass BSA badge applied to the stock, the unusual thing about this rifle is that amongst the pattination and light pitting on the side of the barrel is stamped .22 calibre. We do not know why this should be marked so as we have taken the tap out and carefully inspected the bore pushing a pellet all the way along and it is .177 rifled all the way through. What the marking is doing on it we do not know and could only guess. It appears to have been applied some time ago. Overall an interesting item that has seen better days and could do with a service really.
Stock No 4333
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.
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.
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 4277
This interesting smallish underlever rifle is obviously similar in design to the BSA underlevers etc but somewhat smaller in size. Interesting construction, the cocking lever is made of sheet steel stampings but the rest of the rifle is quite solidly made. This example is in fair condition with what appears to be its original open sights and all the fittings correct. Wear generally to the metalwork, the cylinder is a bit grey and thin however the markings on top of the cylinder are very clear. The stock is ok probably been rubbed down but there is a major repair to the underside where the cocking slot has been repaired and filled in with some sort of material (not wood). Mechanism is quite strong with a good tap mechanism and nice crisp trigger sear. An interesting little underlever rifle from those pre war days.
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Stock No 4359
This really interesting and rare old air rifle, we have only ever had one of these for sale before and that was many years ago. This particular item has been well used and the metal finish is a bit worn but it is completely honest and original with all parts present and functioning as they should be. All the markings are very clear and fully legible, the stock is good with no cracks, nice checkering, a few very light hammer to the top of the cylinder but s well away from the markings. A few marks and knocks from use over many years. Some might think this is an ideal candidate for refinishing but in our opinion that would be a shame as the light pattina and very light pitting browning of the finish just shows that it is 110 years old. .25 calibre tight spring and good tight lock up mechanism. A nice collector’s item.