A nice example of a fully matched numbered .44 calibre Colt army percussion revolving pistol. Good clear address to the upper barrel. Faint traces of the etching to the cylinder. Action fully functional. All of the percussion nipples undamaged. Fully match numbered ‘79630’ to the barrel, the frame, the trigger guard and the butt stock. Generally good wood grips with one small chip to the right hand side of the grip. Faint traces of an inspectors mark to the base of the left hand side of the wood grip. Reloading system working perfectly. No replacement parts. Matching colour overall. The number of the pistol coincides with the year of manufacture, 1862.
A superb condition Martini Henry rifle, the classic rifle used by the British Army at Rorke’s Drift and other actions of the late 1800’s. Most of the examples available today are in poor condition and restored, they have either been in Nepalese arsenals or other ordnance locations over many years, this appears to be very close to being a museum example. The wood excellent overall with some evidence of bruising, brass disc to the butt, ordnance circular stamp also in the same area. Two markings, which would appear to be Victoria Government markings indicating this has at some time been in Australia, numbered to the butt stock ‘10321’. The weapon is with both of its three sling swivels, one at the end of the butt, one under trigger and one to the end of the forestock, its original rammer, bayonet lug. The metallic parts being the frame and the barrel in superb condition with all original browning intact. Double ‘Out of Service WD’ stamps to the frame, the main markings being crown over ‘VR Enfield 1878’ one year before Rorke’s Drift. Ladder sight excellent. The barrel has profuse Victorian proof markings. The bore is good. A magnificent example.
A magnificent condition pattern 1856 Whitworth bayonet with its long single fullered Yatagan blade in absolutely superb condition. Various proof markings, crown to the upper part of the blade. All of the steel finish to the cross guard, muzzle ring and upper pommel mint bright. Marked ‘E’ crown over ‘41’ to the upper pommel. The rifle retaining system working correct. Fitted into its correct leather scabbard with both steel mounts. Some cleaned corrosion to the lower mount and its original frog, which has been blackened. Faint traces of makers markings and a date to the frog, but unable to read.
A magnificent quality Georgian naval officers sword with curved blade measuring 71cm in length. Excellent blue and gilt to both sides of the blade, one side showing the Royal Coat of Arms with various floriated patterns, to the opposite side again the Georgian crown, the intertwined ‘GR’ floriated patterns, the Coat of Arms being from 1801 to 1816. Standard D shaped hilt with raised foliate patterns. Lion’s head back strap with finely cut lion’s mane. Ivory grip with two cracks to the ivory underneath the lion’s head. Good gilt remaining to the hilt, below the hilt acanthus leaves and foliate langets. The leather to the scabbard is absolutely superb, good gilding to the scabbard fittings remaining. The hanging rings for the carrying straps are cast coiled serpents. The scabbard mounts all finely engraved in foliate with foliate devices and floral motifs. The maker’s name ‘READ, SWORD CUTLER, PORTSMOUTH’ surmounted by the Georgian crown to the rear of the upper scabbard mount. A high quality sword, possibly for a senior naval officer of the Georgian period.
A very nice condition 17th century officers private purchase plug bayonet, tapered double edged blade 15cm in length, struck with the mark of the ‘London Cutlers Company’ and a hammer mark of ‘Henry Willoughby’ and engraved ‘1*A 1690’ with simple foliage of gilt ground to the upper section of the blade within a tablet form. The brass mounted hilt with typical helmet head finials to the quillons and matching finial to the pommel. Polished dark wood grip, in its brass mounted leather covered scabbard, which is split at the side, with the leather being tooled decorated. Superb condition bearing in mind its age. Small chip to the ball section on the lower part of the grip. Some scuffing to the leather decoration on the scabbard. Illustrated in the well known work The Plug Bayonet by Evans, figure 26.
A fabulous condition 41cm straight bladed dirk with central fuller, one fighting edge with the back edge being half the fighting edge, both sides with half of the blade with blue and gilt decoration, one side absolutely fantastic with all gilt remaining to the central blued panel of stands of arms and floriated work, the opposite side slightly faint but still good and clear, good deep gilt to the floriated work with the Georgian crown and the intertwined ‘GVR’ indicating King George. The classic Georgian 5 ball returning hilt with the reed style ivory grip, which is undamaged, slightly discoloured. The upper pommel cap in rectangular form with rounded edges. The blade is still with its original leather in the area between the upper blade and the cross guard. Original full length straight scabbard, leather is good, slight abrasions and crazing with all three original gilded mounts, the lower mount is lacking its securing rivet.
A very nice condition naval dirk of the 1879 pattern, 44cm blade by J.R.Gaunt & Sons, Late Edward Thurkle, 33 Conduit Street, London’ etched with crown, crowned fouled anchor and Chief Captain’s Prize, awarded to ‘Mr.C.R.Peploe HMS Britannia, December 1905’ within blued and gilt scrolled panels of which the blue is much evidence especially on the dedication side. Minor imperfections to the upper edge of the blade. Gilt brass S shaped hilt with acorn finials and crowned fouled anchor in wreath to the centre of the cross guard. Sharkskin grip undamaged with all the original grip wire. Lion’s head upper pommel with good gilt remaining. Original blue and gold short pattern portapee knot. The dirk is fitted into its totally undamaged scabbard, the leather excellent, stitching strong with its twin gilded mounts and its original locking catch to the hilt. Charles Reed Peploe, Midshipman 1906, Lieutenant 1911, Lieutenant Commander 1919, Commander 1925, Captain 1932, died 1933 was serving as 1st Lieutenant on HMS Laurel in the action with a German squadron off Heligoland on the 28th August 1914 and took command the vessel when Commander Rose was killed, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on the 21st October 1914.
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