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I cover this area from mid-18th century to late-19th century, from flintlock to early cartridge guns. For me this is where hobby and profession meet, as I'm a black powder enthusiast (ex-fencer)! My particular interest is in American and British revolvers of the percussion era and, to a more general extent, in British and European service handguns from the 19th century. Good reference books include: English pistols and revolvers by J N George; Howard Blackmore's book on English service firearms of the 18th & 19th century. Museums with important collections include: the Royal Armouries, Leeds; the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1; Musee de l'Armee, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna; and various other museums in European capitals.

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militaria item Salter balance for Lewis gun trigger/magazine tension
- British
This is a multi-purpose tool (overall length just under 5"): screwdriver, magazine awl and trigger/magazine tension adjustor, which would have accompanied every Lewis gun on issue to the troops. Salter was a spring-balance maker of 19th-century origins, and today make superb electronic scales.
£30.00
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militaria item Tinder lighter by Simmons
- British
A small quantity of tow or wood shavings would have been placed in the pan, from which to light a candle. This Georgian example is marked 'Simmons' on the lock plate, which could refer to a Birmingham or London maker. 'G S' is lightly stamped in a dog-tooth-bordered rectangle on the left side of the stock, which could refer to the maker or owner.
£1000.00
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militaria item .32 Whitneyville five-shot revolver, single action rim fire
- American
This was made at the Whitneyville Armory, Connecticut, USA, and is marked accordingly on the top barrel flat. It has a 3.25" barrel, stub trigger and lacquered rosewood grips. It fired a rim fire cartridge with a soft lead slug and a black powder load. Some 30,000 were made in various barrel lengths and other calibres, notably .22 and .38.
£700.00
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militaria item Model cannon, possible Creusot manufacture
- French
This fine model of a French or German field gun dates from the WW1 era. It comes complete with a small black powder cartridge with a recess for a primer in its base to enable it to be used as a signalling gun or a rather posh toy.
£500.00
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militaria item Royal Navy gunner's powder flask
- British
This is a nice example, albeit without the Board of Ordnance mark, of a Napoleonic Royal Navy priming flask. These were used to prime the gun locks on the cannons, a little powder being necessary in the priming pan to ignite the goose quill filled with gun powder which led to the main charge in the breech.
£400.00
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testimonials

Many thanks, the bayonet arrived safely, I am very pleased, thanks

T A, UK, 16.05.2015

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011

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