An English Double Barrel Percussion Sporting Gun With Damascus BarrelCirca 1840. Fine walnut stock and nicely engraved lock and steel mounts. The true English Damascus barrel is prepared from three rods, twisted as described and put together as shown in the twisted riband, and is known technicallyas three-iron Damascus ; the silver-steel Damascus is similarly made, but of different metal piled in a different order.The rods having been twisted, and the required number welded together, they are sent to the iron-mill and rolled at a red heat into ribands, which have both edges bevelled the same way. There are usually two ribands required for each barrel, one riband or strip to form the breech-end, and another, slightly thinner, to form the fore, or muzzle, part of the barrel. Silver-steel Damascus Barrel. Upon receiving the ribands of twisted iron, the welder first proceeds to twist them into a spiral form. This is done upon a machine of simple construction, consisting simply of two iron bars, one fixed and the other loose ; in the latter there is a notch or slot to receive one end of the riband. When inserted, the bar is turned round by a winch-handle. The fixed bar prevents the riband from going round, so that it is bent and twisted over the movable rod like the pieces of leather round a whip-stock. The loose bar is removed, the spiral taken fromit, and the same process repeated with another riband. The ribands are usually twisted cold, but the breech-ends, if heavy, have to be brought to a red heat before it is possible to twist them, no cogs being used.When very heavy barrels are required, three ribands are used;one for the breech-end, one for the centre, and one for the muzzle-piece. The ends of the ribands, after being twisted into spirals, are drawn out taper and coiled round with the spiral until the extremity is lost, as shown in the representation of a coiled breech-piece of Damascus iron. The coiled riband is next heated, a steel mandrel inserted in the muzzle end, and the coil is welded by hammering. Three men are required one to hold and turn the coil upon the grooved anvil, and two to strike. The foreman, or the one who holds the coil, has also a small hammer with which he strikes the coil, to show the others in which place to strike. When taken from the fire the coil is first beaten upon an iron plate fixed in the floor, and the end opened upon a swage, or the pene of the anvil, to admit of the mandrel being inserted. When the muzzle or fore-coil has been heated, jumped up, and hammered until thoroughly welded, the breech-end or coil, usually about six inches long, is joined to it. The breech-coil is first welded in the same manner, and a piece is cut out of each coil; the two ribands are welded together and the two coils are joined into one, and form a barrel. The two coils being joined, and all the welds made perfect, the barrels are heated, and the surplus metal removed with a float; the barrels are then hammered until they are black or nearly cold, which finishes the process. This hammering greatly increases the density and tenacity of the metal, and the wear of the barrel depends in a great measure upon its being properly performed. When the barrels are for breech-loaders, the flats are formed on the undersides of the breech-ends. If an octagon barrel is required, it is forged in this form upon Portion of Gun-barrel Coil. A properly shaped anvil; in rifles the barrels are welded from thicker ribands and welded upon smaller mandrels. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 17995Price: 645.00 GBP
An 1835 English Back Action Civilian Percussion CarbineWalnut stock, all steel mounts chequered grip, two stage barrel. Hook breech. A most charming made gun from the late Georgian early Victorian period. Designed to be carried in a holster bucket on horseback. 21inch barrel As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 17994Price: 495.00 GBP
A Most Beautiful Koto Battle Sword With Gold and Iron MountsAround 500 years old, formally mounted as a tachi or even nodachi. Showing beautiful polish the mounts wrap and saya have not been touched since it's last samurai owner carried it some 150 years ago. All the mounts and fittings are original Edo, decorated with a seaspray and prunus design. The o-sukashi tsuba is also pieced with a prunus pattern. Used from before the era of the greatest and most significant battle in Japanese history, the Battle of Sekigahara, which transformed Japan for the next 280 years. On October 21, 1600 [or October 15 depending on which calendar one uses] 75,000 soldiers in Ieyasu's eastern army and 79,000 soldiers in Mitsunari's western army clashed at Sekigahara. Though the battle was the biggest and most decisive in feudal Japanese history, it lasted only six hours. The western forces initially had the advantage, but under a plot Ieyasu hatched before the battle, Kobayakawa Hideaki, a powerful western Japanese daimyo, defected to the eastern army and tipped the scales in favor of its victory. Ieyasu subsequently consolidated his position as the ruler of Japan and became shogun in 1603. He set up his government in Edo, now Tokyo, and inaugurated the Edo period, an era dominated by the Tokugawa line of shoguns lasting two and a half centuries. Long 28.5 inch blade [from tsuba to tip]
Code: 17991Price: 4850.00 GBP
A Most Scarce WW2 German Army Flak Award by W Hobacher of WienAuthorised on the 18th July 1941, the Flak Badge was awarded to army flak gunners for shooting down 5 enemy aircraft. As most flak units were under control of the Luftwaffe, this award was quite rare. This is a good example, manufactured from zinc with the maker's mark WH Wien under the hinge on the reverse.
Code: 17990Price: 495.00 GBP
A Good Iron Cross First Class WW2 By Willhelm DeumerA fine cross indeed, retaining about 97% of its black finish, and only modest tarnishing. On the reverse, the coke bottle pin is standard for this maker, and the clasp is strong and firm, with the Wilhelm Deumer L/11 mark stamped clearly beneath it. The Iron Cross comes in two grades, Second Class and First Class. This example the Iron Cross First Class could only be awarded for an act of outstanding bravery and also to one who had previously received the Iron Cross Second Class. Hence, the First Class was more restricted and more highly prized. When the Iron Cross First Class was awarded, the Iron Cross Second Class was signified with a small ribbon attached to a button. Adolf Hitler was awarded the same type 1st Class Iron Cross in WW1, and always wore it throughout WW2 with pride. Next to the Victoria Cross, it is the most famous medal in the world. The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery in battle as well as other conspicuos military contributions in a battlefield environment. The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods: When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar. For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second hole in the tunic button.
The Iron Cross is a black four-pointed cross with white trim, with the arms widening toward the ends, similar to a cross pattée. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century.
Initially the Iron Cross was worn with the blank side out. This did not change until 1838 when the sprig facing could be presented.
Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The final version shows a swastika.
It was also possible for a holder of the 1914 Iron Cross to be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. In such cases, a "1939 Clasp" (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. (A similar award was made in 1914 but was quite rare, since there were few in service who held the 1870 Iron Cross.) For the First Class award the Spange appears as an eagle with the date "1939" that was pinned above the Cross. Although two separate awards, in some cases the holders soldered them together.
A cross was the symbol of the Teutonic Knights (a heraldic cross pattée), and the cross design (but not the specific decoration) has been the symbol of Germany's armed forces (now the Bundeswehr) since 1871. As with all our items, each one comes with our unique, lifetime guarantee, certificate of authenticity
Code: 17989Price: 395.00 GBP
WW1 British-Candian Anti Prussian Propaganda MedalDated 1914, but made later in the war.
The medal features on one side a naked figure of death on a horse, riding over crops, and the words "NACH PARIS" and the date "1914"
In a border around the perimeter on the obverse, a quote by Goethe; "THE PRUSSIAN IS CRUEL BY BIRTH. CIVILIZATION WILL MAKE HIM FEROCIOUS". In the centre the words "LOUVAIN, THE LUSITANIA, EDITH CAVELL, CAPT. FRYATT, THE ZEPPELIN VICTIMS".
LOUVAIN (the city burned by Germany)
THE LUSITANIA (British passenger ship that sailed from the US and was sunk by German U-Boats
EDITH CAVELL [A British nurse that was executed by a firing squad of the German military CAPT. FRYATT [Executed by a German military court for so called 'piracy', alledgedly committed by defending his unarmed merchant passenger ship, during an attempted sinking by a U Boat, by ramming the attacking U.Boat.]
THE ZEPPELIN VICTIMS (referring to the civilians killed by the Zeppelin bombing raids]. Apparently the medals were made in England and Canada.
Code: 17987Price: 85.00 GBP
A Very Good German 1916 Grenade-Mortar.Deployed with German infantry companies, the “Granatenwerfer 16” was a trench weapon which could throw a grenade up a distance of 460 metres. It was portable, weighing slightly more than 38 kilos, and extremely effective against trench positions, sentry posts, machine guns and other infantry targets.
The grenade-thrower was first employed by Austro-Hungarian troops and was called the “Priesterwefer,” as it was designed by a Hungarian priest named Vecer. Seeking new weapons effective for trench warfare, the Germans began producing the grenade-thrower near the end of 1915 under license at Stock & Co in Berlin-Marienfelde.
The German grenade-thrower was officially designated “Granatenwerfer 16.” It was also used by the German flyers as a convenient form of hand dropped bomb. Safe, deactivated and inert. Not suitable for Export.
Code: 17986Price: 170.00 GBP
A Good West Midlands Police Constable's Custodial HelmetWith good sound skull, fine brightwork and original strap. In good order overall. Very nice condition, ER II issue. The custodian helmet is the traditional headgear of the "bobby on the beat", worn by male constables and sergeants on foot patrol in England and Wales (a peaked cap is worn by officers on mobile patrol in cars). The custodian helmet is also worn by the British Transport Police and Ministry of Defence Police (in England and Wales only), the States of Jersey Police, the States of Guernsey Police Service, the Isle of Man Constabulary, the Royal Gibraltar Police, and the Bermuda Police. Special Constables formerly did not wear helmets, but most forces in England and Wales now issue them to male specials. The custodian helmet was adopted by the Metropolitan Police in 1863 to replace the top hat formerly worn, and other forces soon followed suit. Small denting to bright metal top.
Code: 17985Price: 155.00 GBP
A Delightful Brass Cannon Barrel Blunderbuss Pistol, Silver Inlay StockFrom the turn of the 18th century, a most attractive pocket blunderbuss boxlock flintlock pistol with a very nice bell mouth cannon formed barrel. The carved walnut stock is half chequered and inlaid with a silver starburst on either side. Good tight action. A typical pistol well desired by ship's captains, for use as a close quarter weapon, for wide spread dispersed shot when loaded with buck shot instead of single ball. Ideal as an anti mutiny weapon or boarding pistol alongside a cutlass.
Code: 17984Price: 1195.00 GBP
A Fine "Tower of London" Front Rank 'Brown Bess' Crown GR MusketThe form of superior British Infantry musket used only by front line regiments in the British army throughout the entire Napoleonic Wars, Peninsular War, the American War of 1812 and The Battle of Waterloo era. An 1800's 'Tower of London' Brown Bess Musket, Front Line regt Issue, fine walnut stock with superb patina, traditional brass furniture, 39 inch barrel with ordnance view and proof of 1790, crown ordnance stamp to barrel tang. The mainstay of British Infantry, used in the famous British 'Squares' at Waterloo and all the famous battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Good overall condition, and a fine and highly collectable piece. The nickname 'Brown Bess' started in the 1740's. Early uses of the term include the newspaper, the Connecticut Courant in April 1771, which said "…but if you are afraid of the sea, take Brown Bess on your shoulder and march." This familiar use must indicate widespread use of the term by that time. The 1785 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, a contemporary work which defined vernacular and slang terms, contained this entry: "Brown Bess: A soldier's firelock. To hug Brown Bess; to carry a fire-lock, or serve as a private soldier.". Rudyard Kipling, wrote in 1911 "In the days of lace-ruffles, perukes, and brocade Brown Bess was a partner whom none could despise - An out-spoken, flinty-lipped, brazen-faced jade,
With a habit of looking men straight in the eyes -
At Blenheim and Ramillies, fops would confess
They were pierced to the heart by the charms of Brown Bess. ” As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables. This gun is being polished in the workshop and will not be available for delivery till after the 15th.
Code: 17983Price: 3450.00 GBP
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