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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 '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 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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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 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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Buckle arrived this morning. Better than expected. Many thanks.

M H, UK, 11.12.2007

?20 postage is fine, can't wait for the sword to arrive. The last sword I purchased from you was in really nice condition.

S W, UK, 04.07.2005

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