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A Beautiful Nickel Plated US Civil War Colt Army 44. Cal Revolver
We never fail to be thrilled every time we acquire one of these iconic guns of 19th century America. There is something about them that stirs the very soul of the dormant little boy that lives in all of us old collectors [albeit of a certain age]. A nice, early, large Colt revolver, made in the Civil War. Alongside the Colt Dragoon the largest calibre revolver Colt made in the Civil War. Good steel with plating overall.
The Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was a percussion fired six shooter, .44 caliber, manufactured by Colt Firearms, Hartford Connecticut. Standard design employed round barrel, creeping style loading lever, barrel and cylinder held in place and easily removed for loading by releasing removable wedge, four screws, rounded cylinder with notches, brass trigger guard, iron back strap with notch for engaging shoulder stock, walnut grips. Top of barrel was marked " - ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW - YORK U. S. AMERICA -" but much is now quite feint to see. Additional Civil War Inspector marks, on the trigger guard, and on the cylinder. 6 Matching serial numbers, underneath on both sections of frame, trigger guard, backstrap. Round barrel length 8in.
The Colt Army, alongside the Colt Navy, are iconic guns of 19th century America, two guns that straddle the history of the Civil War and the early Wild West era. The Colt Army was the larger and more powerful of the two. So many of the infamous outlaws used them, that to make a list would seem an endless task, however, likely the most famous desperado was Jesse James, who often carried three Colt Armys. He used them first, fighting for Quantrill and his Confederate Guerrilla Raiders during the Civil War, but in later years as a famous bank robber with his brother Frank. Samuel Colt (July 19, 1814 – January 10, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist. He was the founder of Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now known as Colt's Manufacturing Company), and is widely credited with popularizing the revolver. Colt's innovative contributions to the weapons industry have been described by arms historian James E. Serven as "events which shaped the destiny of American Firearms." In 2006, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The American Civil War was a boon to firearms manufacturers such as Colt's and the company thrived during the conflict. Sam Colt had carefully developed contacts within the ordnance department signing the very first government contract for 25,000 rifles. Colt's Factory was described as "an industrial palace topped by a blue dome" and powered by a 250-horsepower steam engine. During the American Civil War Colt had 1,500 employees who produced 150,000 muskets and pistols a year. In 1861 and 1863 the company sold 107,000 of the Colt Army Model 1860, alone, with production reaching 200,500 by the end of the war in 1865. In 1855 an employee of Colt's, Rollin White, came up with the idea of having the revolver cylinder bored through to accept metallic cartridges. He took this idea to Colt who flatly rejected it and ended up firing White within a few years. Colt historian RL Wilson has described this as the major blunder of Sam Colt's professional life.

The Civil War made a huge fortune for the company, becoming America's first manufacturing tycoon, but Sam Colt did not live to see the end of it. He died of rheumatic fever on January 10, 1862 As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables

Code: 18599Price: 2950.00 GBP

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A Scarce US Civil War, Savage North, Navy .36cal Revolver
Produced in the 1860's. Standard three line address and patent markings on top of the frame above the cylinder. Henry North patent action, with a ring trigger for revolving the cylinder and cocking the hammer, a conventional trigger for firing, and a shared heart-shaped trigger guard. Two-piece cylinder, with the front section unfluted and the rear section fitted to the frame with cutouts along the sides. Smooth grips with a distinctive backstrap profile. One of the very scarce revolvers of the US Civil War. With good clear maker and patent markings. A very collectable pistol that were made in far fewer numbers than their sister guns, the Colt and the Remington. A very expensive gun in it's day, it had a complex twin trigger mechanism, and a revolving cylinder with a spring operated gas seal. One of our very favourite guns of the 19th century, that epitomises the extraordinary and revolutionary designs and forms of arms that were being invented at that time, and for it's sheer extravagence of complexity, combined with it's unique and highly distinctive profile.The Savage Navy Model, a six shot .36 caliber revolver, was made only from 1861 until 1862 with a total production of only 20,000 guns. This unique military revolver was one of the few handguns that was produced only for Civil War use. Its design was based on the antebellum Savage-North "figure eight" revolver, the Savage Navy had a unique way of cocking the hammer. The shooter used his middle finger to draw back the "figure 8" lever and then pushed it forward to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder. The Union purchased just under 12,000 of these initially at $19.00 apiece for use by its cavalry units. Savage Navy revolvers were issued to the 1st and 2nd Wisconsin U.S. Volunteer Cavalry regiments, and 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry while the State of Missouri issued 292 Savage revolvers to its Missouri Enrolled Militia units. The remaining revolvers were purchased by private means and shipped to the Confederacy for use with the 34th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Nighthawks), the 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (White's Rebels), 11th Texas Cavalry, 7th Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's Cavalry), and 7th Missouri Cavalry. The United States Navy also made a small purchase of 800 Savages during 1861 for use on its ships. One of our very favourite guns of the 19th century, that epitomises the extraordinary and revolutionary Heath Robinsonseque designs and forms of arms, that were being invented at that time, and for it's sheer extravagence of complexity, combined with it's unique and highly distinctive profile. The action requires a little attention that the gunsmith is dealing with.The gun will be available for delivery as soon as it is actionable.

Code: 18598Price: 2850.00 GBP

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A Very Attractive Napoleonic Prussian Infantry Pattern Sword
With good leather with it's brass frog mounted scabbard and it's integral brass chape with ball terminal. Blade etched with King Frederick's cypher. Brass hilt with infantry regimental markings. Bright polished blade with remnant's of old surface pitting. Leather quite sound with small areas of stiching apart. Line infantry composed the basis of land armies. During the Napoleonic Wars it used four types of formations in its battles: the line, the square, the skirmish chain and the column. In 1806 Prussia had 60 regiments of line infantry, each of 2 musketier battalions and 2 grenadier companies. In the same time there were only 24 fusilier battalions (light infantry).

Code: 18597Price: 765.00 GBP

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A Fabulous George IIIrd, Presentation Quality Sword Belt
Complete with mint condition, mecurial gilt lion mask adornment plaques, and it's serpent link lion's mask buckle, all in the similar pattern to the belts supplied with the fabulous Lloyd's Patriotic Fund swords. With it's gold wire bullion belt, edged with black velvet over leather. With original sword hanging straps and sprung clip hooks. This is ideal for the owner of a very fine highest presentation quality, Napoleonic Wars officer's sword, both army or naval [both French or British] a most rarely seen gem, and a piece that can easily elevate any fine, mecurial gilt mounted Georgian sword, to the next highest level. Naturally this belt would compliment any fine mecurial gilt sword not just of Lloyds Patriotic Fund quality. Lloyd's Patriotic Fund was founded on 28 July 1803 at Lloyd's Coffee House, and continues to the present day. Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund now works closely with armed forces charities to identify the individuals and their families who are in urgent need of support.

The contributors created the fund to give grants to those wounded in service to the Crown and to set up annuities to the dependents of those killed in action. The Fund also awarded prizes to those British combatants who went beyond the call of duty. The rewards could be a sum of money, a sword or a piece of plate. The awards were highly publicized to help raise morale during wartime. In 1807 the fund also donated £61,000 to the Royal Naval Asylum, giving Lloyd's Patriotic Fund the enduring right to nominate children to the school. The Fund issued 15 swords worth 30 pounds each, to midshipmen, masters' mates and Royal Marine lieutenants. Also, 91 swords worth 50 pounds each went to naval lieutenants and Royal Marine captains. It issued 35 swords worth 100 pounds each to commanders and naval captains. In addition, it issued 23 swords worth 100 pounds each to 23 naval captains who fought at Trafalgar. In addition, some 60 officers requested a piece of plate of equal value instead of a sword. Lastly, a number of officers opted for cash instead, either for themselves or to distribute to their crew.

On 24 August 1809 the Fund held a general meeting of its subscribers. The subscribers decided at that time to discontinue awards for merit. The Peninsular War was putting such demands on the Fund that it was felt that priority would have to go to support for the wounded and the dependents of those killed. Still, when the Fund awarded officers money for wounds received, some officers asked that the Fund give them an inscribed sword instead. We show in the gallery a portrait of Admiral Lord De Suamarez wearing his identical belt. Also, a Lloyds Patriotic Fund sword belt in the British, National Maritime Museum Collection. Patriotic fund swords can now fetch up to $130,000.

Code: 18596Price: 1945.00 GBP

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A Superb Medieval 12th to13th Century 'Crusades' Iron 'Flanged' Battle Mace
A rare example of mace, and it is known that not many of remaining examples of it's type are in existence. An offensive Battle Mace that would be an amazingly effective piece against Armour or shield. In almost spherical form with multi layered protruding flanges in hollow-cast iron that could be mounted on a haft or chain and flail. They were also carried as a symbol of power and rank, as it is so now, the Parliamentary Mace and the Queen's great Mace of State being just two examples. In the Crusades era this was, on occasion, also an ecclesiastic symbol [used by Bishops or even Popes], but more usually by Knights in noble combat. The last photo in the gallery is from a 13th century Manuscript that shows Kinghts in combat and one at the rear is using a stylised mace. The mace head is approximately the size of a flatened tennis ball.

Code: 18595Price: 845.00 GBP

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That Special Gift For Christmas Is Just A Click Away
Why not get Santa to bring an antique sword for your Christmas loved one, or you! Every year we try our utmost to supply all our customers with that something special and unique, and this year we believe have some amazing offerings, from all over the world, from ancient to vintage, and every one a little part of history. Deliveries in the UK will be up to Christmas Eve. All items supplied with our unique lifetime guarantee of authenticity detailing its full history as known.

Code: 18594Price: On Request

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Edward VIIth 16th Lancers Tchapka Plate With Battle Honours
In very good condition, with the battle honours up to Relief of Kimberly. The 16th Lancer's is one of the great and most decorated cavalry regiments of the British Army.
And of all the Battle Honours the regiment earned in it's distingushed history. The Sikh War's Charge at Aliwal of 1846 is the regiment's dearest. The 16th Lancers was part of a British force fighting the Sikhs of the Punjab in 1846 when the armies met at Aliwal on 28th January. Major Rowland Smyth, commanding the 16th, was ordered to take the Sikh artillery, and led a headlong charge against guns that kept up a continuous fire. Behind the guns stood squares of Sikh infantry. He spurred his horse and led the 16th through them. Sergeant Gould wrote: ' At them we went, bullets flying like a hailstorm. Despite a bayonet wound, Smyth reformed his men and charged back, and the enemy withdrew.

40,000 Sikh infantry massed against Major General Harry Smith's 10,000 men at Aliwal covering a frontage of about two miles connecting the villages of Aliwal and Bundri. They were supported by 37 pieces of artillery and flanked by cavalry. In the initial stages of the battle Smith's forces advanced and took Aliwal. The capture of Aliwal meant the loss of the Sikhs' best ford across the Sutlej, they therefore had to recapture it and attempted to do so with a body of 1000 cavalry. Smith saw this threat and immediately dispatched a squadron of 16th Lancers and a squadron of the 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry.

The 3rd failed to charge while the squadron of the 16th under Captain Bere did so, and routed 1000 Sikh cavalry (over ten times their number). Aliwal was not lost but the cost to the 16th was the loss of 42 of the 100 who charged. Smith's main body continued to be harried by the Sikh guns; he therefore ordered the main body of the 16th under their Commanding Officer, Major Rowland Smyth, to take the guns. Smyth led his two squadrons in a headlong charge against the guns that continued to fire until the moment they were overrun. The momentum of the Regiment was so great that they charged past the guns and were faced by the massed squares of the Sikh infantry. Smyth realised that to pull up and retire would enable the Sikh infantry to lay a withering fire in his rear, he therefore spurred his horse, jumping into the centre of the first square and charging on through. Naturally the 16th followed their Commanding Officer and charged head on into the square. "We had to charge a square of infantry - at them we went, the bullets flying round like a hailstorm." (Sergeant Gould).

Many were injured including Smyth who received a bayonet wound to his abdomen. However he still managed to reform his Regiment and charge back through the broken Sikh squares. This proved to be the decisive action with the Sikhs breaking contact and attempting to withdraw back across the Sutlej under heavy British artillery fire; they left 3,000 dead and all their guns on the British side of the river.

Of all the Battle Honours gained by the 16th Lancers it was the battle of Aliwal that they chose to commemorate each year. A regimental tradition deriving from this is that lance pennons are starched and crimped 16 times; this commemorates the fact that after the battle they were so encrusted in blood that they stood upright and stiff. Today Aliwal is still celebrated by A Squadron and The Queen's Royal Lancers still crimp their lance pennons. Like most cavalry regiments, the 16th Lancers deployed to the Boer War serving there from 1900 until their eventual return to England in 1904. During the campaign they took part in the Battles of Paardeberg and Diamond Hill, as well as playing a leading role in the Relief of Kimberley. One of the most satisfactory cavalry actions occurred at Klipt Drift on 15th February 1900, when two squadrons of the 16th and one of the 9th Lancers charged to clear the 'knek' between two hills, which were occupied by the Boers. The enemy attempted to mount as the Lancers approached, but were swept away and fled in all directions. The Boers left some twenty dead; the Lancers continued their advance for some five miles on towards Kimberley.

By 1909 the 16th had amassed no less than eighteen battle honours, more than any other cavalry regiment in the Army.a painting in the gallery shows the 16th charging at Aliwal

Code: 18593Price: 245.00 GBP

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A Very Good 1916 WW1 German Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet By Schilling Suhl
With original sawback intact. Excellent condition example, and would clean and polish upm very well indeed. The Mauser Gew98 Sawback 'Butcher' bayonet was issued in WW1 but was soon altered by the German soldiers, by way of the removal of the sawback edge. It was commonly alleged that a German soldier captured alive with his 'Sawback' intact would be immediately killed by his allied captors, as the gruesomeness of the bayonet was much resented by the allied soldiers. This bayonet however is completely unaltered and it's sawback is perfectly intact. Good condition, with scabbard. Fully German ordnance marked. A super, piece in nice order overall. 14.5 inch blade

Code: 18592Price: 325.00 GBP

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A Very Good Great War Souvenir Mills Bomb Dated 1916
Recovered from the Somme. A super example of these interesting collectables. William Mills—a hand grenade designer from Sunderland—patented, developed and manufactured the "Mills bomb" at the Mills Munition Factory in Birmingham, England, in 1915. The Mills bomb was adopted by the British Army as its standard hand grenade in 1915, and designated as the No. 5. It was also used by the Irish Republican Army.

The Mills bomb underwent numerous modifications. The No. 23 was a variant of the No. 5 with a rodded base plug which allowed it to be fired from a rifle. This concept evolved further with the No. 36, a variant with a detachable base plate to allow use with a rifle discharger cup. The final variation of the Mills bomb was the No. 36M, which was specially designed and waterproofed with shellac for use initially in the hot climate of Mesopotamia in 1917, but remained in production for many years. By 1918 the No. 5 and No. 23 were declared obsolete and the No. 36 (but not the 36M) followed in 1932.

The Mills was a classic design; a grooved cast iron "pineapple" with a central striker held by a close hand lever and secured with a pin. Although the segmented body helps to create fragments when the grenade explodes, according to Mills' notes the casing was grooved to make it easier to grip and not as an aid to fragmentation. The Mills was a defensive grenade: after throwing the user had to take cover immediately. A competent thrower could manage 30 metres (98 feet) with reasonable accuracy, but the grenade could throw lethal fragments further than this. It could be fitted with a flat base and fired with a blank cartridge from a rifle with a "cup" attachment, giving it a range of around 150 m.

At first the grenade was fitted with a seven-second fuse to accommodate both hand and rifle launch, but during combat in the Battle of France in 1940 this delay proved too long—giving defenders time to escape the explosion, or even to throw the grenade back—and was reduced to four seconds.

The heavy, segmented bodies of "pineapple" type grenades result in an unpredictable pattern of fragmentation. After the Second World War Britain and the US adopted grenades that contained segmented coiled wire in smooth metal casings. The No. 36M Mk.I remained the standard grenade of the British Armed Forces and was manufactured in the UK until 1972, when it was completely replaced by the L2 series. Deactivated inert and safe. Not for sale to under 18's and not suitable for export.

Code: 18591Price: 195.00 GBP

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An Original 1800's Peninsular War British Infantryman's Shako Helmet Plate
Made 1800 to 1813. It superb condition for age. Universal pattern with the King's cypher in the middle of the garter and the crowned lion beneath. The "stovepipe" shako was a tall, cylindrical type with a brass badge attached to the front. The stovepipe was used by the infantry of the British Army from around 1799, and its use was continued until the end of the Peninsular War, from then on it was only used by the light infantry at Waterloo etc. In 1808, after Bonaparte overthrew the monarchs of Spain and Portugal, an expedition under Sir Arthur Wellesley which was originally intended to attack the Spanish possessions in Central America was diverted to Portugal. Wellesley won the Battle of Vimeiro while reinforcements landed at nearby Maceira Bay. Wellesley was superseded in turn by two superiors, Sir Harry Burrard and Sir Hew Dalrymple, who delayed further attacks. Instead, they signed the Convention of Sintra, by which the French evacuated Portugal (with all their loot) in British ships. Although this secured the British hold on Lisbon, it resulted in the three generals' recall to England, and command of the British troops devolved on Sir John Moore.

In October, Moore led the army into Spain, reaching as far as Salamanca. In December, they were reinforced by 10,000 troops from England under Sir David Baird. Moore's army now totalled 25,000, but his advance was cut short by the news that Napoleon had defeated the Spanish and captured Madrid, and was approaching with an army of 200,000. Moore retreated to Corunna over mountain roads and through bitter winter weather. French cavalry pursued the British Army the length of the journey, and a Reserve Division was set to provide rearguard protection for the British troops, which were engaged in much fighting. About 4,000 troops separated from the main force and marched to Vigo. The French caught up with the main army at Corunna, and in the ensuing Battle of Corunna in January 1809, Moore was killed; the remnant of the army was evacuated to England.

In 1809, Wellesley returned to Portugal with fresh forces, and defeated the French at the Second Battle of Porto, driving them from the country. He again advanced into Spain and fought the Battle of Talavera and the Battle of the Côa. He and the Spanish commanders were unable to cooperate, and he retreated into Portugal, where he constructed the defensive Lines of Torres Vedras which protected Lisbon, while he reorganised his Anglo-Portuguese Army into divisions, most of which had two British and one Portuguese brigades.

The next year, when a large French army under Marshal André Masséna invaded Portugal, Wellesley fought a delaying action at the Battle of Bussaco, before withdrawing behind the impregnable Lines, leaving Massena's army to starve in front of them. After Massena withdrew, there was fighting for most of 1811 on the frontiers of Portugal, as Wellesley attempted to recover vital fortified towns. A British and Spanish force under Beresford fought the very bloody Battle of Albuera, while Wellesley himself won the Battle of Sabugal in April, and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro in May.
In January 1812, Wellesley captured Ciudad Rodrigo after a surprise move. On 6 April, he then stormed Badajoz, another strong fortress, which the British had failed to carry on an earlier occasion. There was heavy fighting with very high casualties and Wellesley ordered a withdrawal, but a diversionary attack had gained a foothold by escalade and the main attack through the breaches was renewed. The fortress was taken, at great cost (over 5000 British casualties), and for three days the army sacked and pillaged the town in undisciplined revenge.

Soon after the assault on Badajoz, Wellesley (now raised to the peerage as Marquess Wellington) marched into northern Spain. For a month the British and French armies marched and counter-marched against each other around Salamanca. On 22 July, Wellington took advantage of a momentary French dispersion and gained a complete victory at the Battle of Salamanca. After occupying Madrid, Wellington unsuccessfully besieged Burgos. In October, the army to retreated Portugal. This "Winter Retreat" bore similarities to the earlier retreat to Corunna, as it suffered from poor supplies, bitter weather and rearguard action.

In spring 1813, Wellington resumed the offensive, leaving Portugal and marching northwards through Spain, dropping the lines of communication to Lisbon and establishing new ones to the Spanish ports on the Bay of Biscay. At the Battle of Vitoria the French armies were routed, disgorging an enormous quantity of loot, which caused the British troops to abandon the pursuit and break ranks to plunder. Wellington's troops subsequently defeated French attempts to relieve their remaining fortresses in Spain. During the autumn and winter, they forced the French defensive lines in the Pyrenees and crossed into France, winning the Battle of Nivelle, the Battle of Nive and the Battle of Orthez in February 1814. In France, the discipline of Wellington's British and Portuguese troops was far superior to that of the Spanish, and even that of the French, thanks to plentiful supplies delivered by sea.

On 31 March 1814, allied armies entered Paris, and Napoleon abdicated on 6 April. The news was slow to reach Wellington, who fought and won the Battle of Toulouse on 10 April

Code: 18590Price: 995.00 GBP

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