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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 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 The pistol was the penultimate muzzle loader of the Victorian era, for sea service at any rate, only partially superseded by the Colt navy revolver in 1854.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 Cartridge back action lock, Starr carbine
- American
This is the lock for the comparatively rare cartridge carbine of 1865. Only 5,000 of these were bought by the US Government in 1865. It took a .52 rim fire cartridge and had a 21"-round barrel with a walnut stock. Starr went out of business in 1867.
£200.00
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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 in 1719.
£200.00
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militaria item 'Roman' miquelet lock for long gun
- Spanish or Neapolitan
This would have been fitted to a fowling piece, carbine or blunderbuss of the first quarter of the 18th century. It measures 14.5cm long and is profusely engraved throughout. Diana, the goddess of the hunt, appears on the tail of the lock with a miniature portrait of a man on the base of the cock housing.
£400.00
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testimonials

Just to let you know, the knot has arrived and is an awesome piece. It will make a great addition to the collection.

S V, USA, 05.08.2014

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005

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