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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 Silver-mounted horn powder flask
- British
This buffalo horn flask would have held approximately 2 pounds of gun powder. The pineapple motifs on the bottom mount could suggest an American (or West Indian?) connection, certainly an Atlantic one. Occasionally, these large flasks can be seen in portraits of English gentry in the middle and latter years of the 18th century.
£600.00
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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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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 by Marklin
- German
This fine model of a German field gun 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 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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Chris, the PAB has arrived, a totally genuine wartime piece and I'm very pleased...

G S, UK, 05.07.2012

Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011

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