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A Good Boxlock Flintlock Derringer Pistol Circa 1800
With walnut grips and all steel frame and barrel. A sound and highly effective personal protection pistol that was highly popular during the late Georgian era. London, like many cities around the world at that time, could be a most treacherous place at night, and every gentleman, or indeed lady, would carry a pocket pistol for close quarter personal protection or deterrence. The early London Police force recruits 'Bobbies' or 'Peelers' [name after Sir Robert Peel their founder] were initially poorly selected. Of the first 2,800 new policemen, only 600 kept their jobs, and the first policeman, given the number 1, was sacked after only four hours service! Eventually, however, the impact upon crime, particularly organised crime led to an acceptance, and approval, of the Bobbies. Meanwhile, as they were so initially unpopular, and as the public of London had little or no confidence in them, armed personal protection was considered essential. However, as a sobering thought, in the regards to the justification of being permitted to carry arms for protection, in 1810 the total number of recorded murders throughout the entire UK, and at that time it included all Ireland, was 15 people, for the entire year!. Although the population was much much smaller then, it is still barely a figure of 2% of today's currrent rate of around 650 murders per year [excluding Ireland].

Code: 18116Price: 645.00 GBP


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A Singularly Beautiful 1500's Koto Katana With A Stunning Elaborate Hamon
The beautiful Edo fushi kashira are copper ground overlaid with pure gold, decorated with flowers and structures. And dragon menuki. It also has a very nice Koto sukashi iron tsuba. Stone ground black lacquer saya. This sword has been returned to it's former glory, and what a transformation. The hamon is fabulous and richly complex and utterly beautiful. Made around 1500 this five hundred year old sword is elegant, finely balanced and would compliment any fine collection of antique samurai artifacts. It would also grace any fine home blending with any form of décor from Asian antique to modern contemporary. 24.75 inch blade tsuba to tip

Code: 18115Price: 4450.00 GBP


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An Super 1790 EIC India Pattern 'Brown Bess' Musket
Manufactured around 1790, used at the time when Wellington commanded armies of the EIC against Tipu Sultan, before his days against Napoleon. Barrell tang marked register and the lock marked EIC with number. The East India Co. was an English and latterly a British company with an Army that was led by British officer's with a mixture of British and Indian other ranks, all equiped with British styled weaponry and the third pattern Brown Bess musket, also known as the India Pattern Musket. This musket so so well designed it was adopted for use by the regular British Army for the use by all infantry. It had a most effective and powerful Navy and it's Army rivalled that of any in the world. It had many famous historical figures amongst it's members including, General Robert Clive [Of India] Lord Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington, and a past Governor was Elihu Yale who was a British merchant and philanthropist, Governor of the East India Company settlement in Bengal, at Calcutta and Chennai and a benefactor of the Collegiate School of Connecticut, which in 1718 was renamed Yale College [of Connecticut USA] in his honour. The East India Company was, an anomaly without a parallel in the history of the world. It originated from sub-scriptions, trifling in amount, of a few private individuals. It gradually became a commercial body with gigantic resources, and by the force of unforeseen circumstances assumed the form of a sovereign power.

The company's encounters with foreign competitors eventually required it to assemble its own military and administrative departments, thereby becoming an imperial power in its own right, though the British government began to reign it in by the late eighteenth century. Before Parliament created a government-controlled policy-making body with the Regulating Act of 1773 and the India Act eleven years later, shareholders' meetings made decisions about Britain's de facto colonies in the East. The Company continued to experience resistance from local rulers during its expansion. The great Robert Clive led company forces against Siraj Ud Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, Bihar, and Midnapore district in Odisha to victory at the Battle of Plassey in 1757, resulting in the conquest of Bengal. This victory estranged the British and the Mughals, since Siraj Ud Daulah was a Mughal feudatory ally.

With the gradual weakening of the Marathas in the aftermath of the three Anglo-Maratha wars, the British also secured the Ganges-Jumna Doab, the Delhi-Agra region, parts of Bundelkhand, Broach, some districts of Gujarat, the fort of Ahmmadnagar, province of Cuttack (which included Mughalbandi/the coastal part of Odisha, Garjat/the princely states of Odisha, Balasore Port, parts of Midnapore district of West Bengal), Bombay (Mumbai) and the surrounding areas, leading to a formal end of the Maratha empire and firm establishment of the British East India Company in India.

Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore, offered much resistance to the British forces. Having sided with the French during the Revolutionary war, the rulers of Mysore continued their struggle against the Company with the four Anglo-Mysore Wars. Mysore finally fell to the Company forces in 1799, with the death of Tipu Sultan.
The British government took away the Company's monopoly in 1813, and after 1834 it worked as the government's agency until the 1857 India Mutiny when the Colonial Office took full control. The East India Company went out of existence in 1873.

During its heyday, the East India Company not only established trade through Asia and the Middle East but also effectively became of the ruler of territories vastly larger than the United Kingdom itself. In addition, it also created, rather than conquered, colonies. Singapore, for example, was an island with very few Malay inhabitants in 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles purchased it for the Company from their ruler, the Sultan of Johor, and created what eventually became one of the world's greatest trans-shipment ports. The gun is in good operational order and condition, the furniture is a mixture of brass and steel..

Code: 18112Price: 2250.00 GBP


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A Berber Warrior's Arm Dagger 19th Century.
Part of a small collection of fine antique North African antique daggers. A most interesting Tuareg small arm or sleeve dagger. Traditionally worn on the left forearm with the hilt pointing down the arm, extremely effective blade, leather scabbard, skull-crusher steel pommel. The Tuareg, a nomadic people predominantly of Berber origin. The Tuareg long dominated the central and west-central areas of the Sahara desert, including portions of what is now Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Morocco, and had a reputation as effective warriors and as highwaymen. A late 19th century dagger 21 inches long 14 inch blade. Completely in untouched, long stored condition, with light red rust to blade, and should respond beautifully to gentle polishing

Code: 18111Price: 160.00 GBP


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A Very Good American WW1 Winchester Sword Bayonet With Army Grenade Mark
Dated pattern 1917. An absolute beauty! Big Winchester W trade mark and date, plus US Army flaming grenade. Jewell made scabbard with leather frog mount combined with the double hooks. With twin cuts in the wood grip added to differentiate for British forces that it was the American bayonet and not a British Wilkinson. The M1917 bayonet was designed to be used with the US M1917 Enfield .30 calibre rifle, as well as with the seven different U.S. trench shotguns. The blade was 16 inches (40.6 cm) long. The M1917 bayonet was used first during World War I by American soldiers on the Western Front. A sword bayonet design, the M1917 bayonet design was based on the British P1907 bayonet, which incorporated a long 17-inch blade. While designed primarily for the M1917 rifle the bayonet was fitted for use on all the "trench" shotguns at the time.

Code: 18110Price: 195.00 GBP


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A Good Czech Model Mauser VZ24 Rifle Sword Bayonet.
With Czech State stamp and maker coded scabbard tgf. A very good condition Czech VS 24, early pattern bayonet with full muzzle ring, scabbard. Fully blued pommel and crossguard with perfect wooden grips with original screws. 11.75" upturned blade in original dulled blueing. In its original steel & blued scabbard The vz. 24 rifle is a bolt-action carbine designed and produced in Czechoslovakia from 1924 to 1942. It was developed from the famous Mauser Gewehr 98 line, and features a very similar bolt design. The rifle was designed in Czechoslovakia shortly after World War I, featuring a 600 mm (23.6") barrel which was shorter and considered more handy than the 150 mm (5.9") -longer Gewehr 98. The carbine followed a similar trend in weapon design at the time, that a short rifle gave away little in ballistic efficiency at combat ranges, but was easier to handle on account of its shorter length.

During World War II, the vz. 24 was produced for the German armed forces during its occupation. The rifle was also produced in nearby Slovakia, a German ally and puppet state during the war.

After the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, the Germans took existing stocks of the vz.24 into service and continued production. The vz. 24 was easily incorporated into the German forces due to its similarity to the Kar 98k enabling the same training and maintenance procedures and use of the same 7.92×57mm Mauser ammunition. By the start of the war the Wehrmacht had equipped 11 divisions with the rifle. The Germans designated it Gewehr 24(t) ('t' being the national origin designator tschechoslowakisch, the German word for "Czechoslovak"; such national origin designators were German practice for all foreign weapons taken into service).

Code: 18109Price: 95.00 GBP


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A Very Good FN Model 1949 SLR Rifle Bayonet
In excellent condition. A contract was ordered by the Belgian government starting with thirty test rifles on May 12, 1949, received on August 31, 1949, and made a second larger order for 100 test rifles delivered by December 12, 1949. The Belgians would make a contract for production of the SAFN 1949 rifle on August 24, 1950 for 6000 rifles in caliber .30-06 Springfield. The Belgians designated the rifle as the ABL SAFN-49, ABL is an acronym for the Belgian Army in both French and Flemish; "AB" for the French "Armée Belge" and "BL" for the Flemish "Belgisch Leger". SAFN stands for Semi-Automatique, Fabrique Nationale. The contracts for the SAFN 1949 rifle made by FN for Belgium totaled 87,777 rifles total, composing almost half of all SAFN 1949 rifles ever produced.

This is an excellent original, FN-49 short bayonet & scabbard. It has a 9" double edged blade with phosphate finish, steel crossguard and pommel The bayonet has walnut slab grips with correct rivets. It is complete with original black painted steel scabbard with locket. The rifle worked well in the Korean War in the hands of Belgian troops. Many military reports list the FN-49 rifle as both more reliable and more accurate than the US made M1 Garand rifle. A majority of the SAFN 1949 rifles were manufactured in 7.62×63mm caliber for the armies of Belgium, the Belgian Congo, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Colombia, and Brazil (rifles were ordered by Brazilian Navy, in 1954, and are marked "1954 - Marinha do Brasil").

Code: 18108Price: 155.00 GBP


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Our Shop Is Closed During The Coming Easter Bank Holiday.
We are open on Saturday, but closed on Sunday [as usual] and Monday. Of course the webstore operates as usual 24-7. We are always available by phone though on 07721 010085 [+44 7721 010085]

Code: 18107Price: On Request


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A Ross Rifle Bayonet Of WW1 Used In The Canadian Army
With Canadian ordnance stamps. The Ross rifle was a straight-pull bolt action .303 inch-calibre rifle produced in Canada from 1903 until 1918.
The Ross Mk.II (or "model 1905") rifle was highly successful in target shooting before WWI, but the close chamber tolerances, lack of primary extraction and overall length made the Mk.III (or "1910") Ross rifle unsuitable for the conditions of trench warfare and the often poor quality ammunition issued.

The Ross was used by many snipers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force until the end of the war due to its exceptional accuracy.

The Ross Rifle Co. made sporting rifles from early in its production, most notably chambered in .280 Ross, introduced in 1907. This cartridge is recorded as the first to achieve over 3000 feet per second velocity, and the cartridge acquired a very considerable international reputation among target shooters and hunters

Code: 18106Price: 165.00 GBP


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An Original Desk Paperknife Made From Duralumin Of Airship USS Akron
Made from Duralumin taken from the construction of the airship. USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a helium-filled rigid airship of the U.S. Navy that was destroyed in a thunderstorm off the coast of New Jersey on the morning of 4 April 1933, killing 73 of her 76 crewmen and passengers. This accident was the largest loss of life for any known airship crash. During her accident-prone 18-month term of service, the Akron also served as a flying aircraft carrier for launching and recovering F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes.

With lengths of 785 ft (239 m), 20 ft (6.1 m) shorter than the German commercial airship Hindenburg, Akron and her sister airship the Macon were among the largest flying objects in the world. Although the Hindenburg was longer, she was filled with hydrogen, so the two U.S. airships still hold the world record for helium-filled airships.

Code: 18105Price: 145.00 GBP

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