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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 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.
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militaria item KNIL service revolver, model 1891
- Dutch
This is a nice example of a Schmidt-Galand 9.4 mm centre-fire double-action revolver. It was unique to the Dutch colonial army (KNIL = Royal Netherlands East Indies Army) and was carried by officers and police personnel. This was made by Vickers under a Dutch ordnance contract for about 5,000 guns in the early 1920s.
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militaria item Sergeant's service revolver, model 1873
- French
This Chamelot-Delvigne system six-shot revolver is an 11 mm centre fire (obsolete cartridge). The sergeant's version had a plain cylinder, differentiating it from the officer's fluted one. These weapons would have been carried throughout the old French Empire, viz Indo-China and Africa, and were brought back into service in 1915.
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militaria item .41 centrefire Colt New Line pocket pistol
- American
This weapon came off Firearms Certificate (FAC) requirement in 2014. Only a limited number of these were made, as Colt gave up making them due to the serious competition from much cheaper look-alikes. It has London proof marks on the chamber, indicating that it was sold through Colt's London agency at Pall Mall.
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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.
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Thank you. I have received the bayonet. It is indeed in excellent condition and miracle! It fits my antique P53 perfectly.

A F, Belgium, 29.08.2005

The bayonet arrived safe and sound this morning. It is absolutely magnificent. I am thrilled to bits with it. Thanks for all the interest you have shown.

My very best wishes, and thank you, very sincerely, once again.

L L, UK, 08.06.2005