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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 Greene's carbine lock with Maynard primer, .54 calibre
- American
This was made for the British Ordnance contract 1855-57 by Massachusetts Arms Co of Chicopee Falls, Mass, a total of 2,000 carbines being delivered. They were ordered for expected use in the Crimean War, but in fact saw little service. The barrel was shorter than the US version, only some 18" long as against 22" for the US issue.
£200.00
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militaria item Tower side lock for sea service pistol
- British
This is marked 'Lacy & Co' and dated 1849. This firm would have made up these locks for the sea service pistol, the whole piece being assembled at the Tower. The pistol was the penultimate muzzle loader of the Victorian era, for sea service at any rate, only partially superseded by the Colt navy revolver in 1854.
£150.00
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militaria item Flintlock side lock for pistol by Thomas Hawley
- English
This lock, just over 12cm long, is a typical example from the era of King Charles II. Thomas Hawley set up shop in London in 1681, producing his proof piece for the Gunmakers' Co then. He was elected Assistant in 1697 and Master of the Gunmakers' Co in 1701. He was Gunmaker to Ordnance, 1682-1707, and died 1719.
£200.00
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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 Miquelet musket lock
- Tunisian
This 18.5cm-long gun lock is a classic North African number. All external working parts are covered in brass sheet: plain for the lock plate, with all other elements lightly chiselled, except for the frizzen, which is extensively chiselled and engraved iron.
£200.00
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Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010

Hallo Chris, its coming [it came] today, it's very good, thank you.

P P, Sweden, 16.08.2006

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