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Right side buttstock carries Chassepot rondel dated 1874, left side the Gras modification rondel dated Sept. Along with the much-modified Chassepot bolt, the Chassepot chambers were fitted with an insert to handle the 11 X 59R Gras cartridge. Finding these much-used rifles in such great condition is getting hard these days - and moreover, many were converted to 8mm Lebel. Brass action with hinged lid (rear tip of lid broken off), single large hammer fired by lanyard that passes through hole to underside of stock. Plates illustrate gun manufacturing and tools; military musket components; 5 plates of infantry musket drill; 15 plates of complex infantry formations and evolutions (too many to picture all); Vauban fortification plans and siege methods; canno, mortars, carriages, siege weapons, etc.Condition overall is excellent - retains all fine arsenal conversion blue on barrel and receiver, bolt has light age patina and much dried grease (easily cleaned). Reduced to 0 Note: Gun comes with a fine condition Model 1874 bayonet and scabbard Reduced to 0 980) A Large Greener (or Greener-type) Whaling Gun circa 1860. Solid stock with reinforcing straps on handle/grip; brass plates at swivel bolt hole. No visible markings, barrel has uniform light pitting overall. Marbled covers detached from spine, which has above title in gold letters.Steel scabbard with mostly smooth dark age patina, 3 small dents on reverse near drag. 0 1605) A Fine Pattern 1857 Royal Volunteer Engineer's Sword.32" blade etched with Crown, "VR", cannon, "VOLUNTEER / ENGINEERS" with corps badge, retailer "ALGAR / & WOOD / WARRINGTON".5 1609) Good Indian Suit of Mail and Plate Armour. Metal retains 20% original bright blue, remainder smooth honest service wear with a small areas very light pepper-salt. crisp like new working order; nipples show no wear. checkered grips, engraved steel mounts smooth with no pitting. Original mold, cleaning tools and steel rod threaded to accept wire brush and steel jag. Three fitted brass boxes for wads, caps, and bullets.Composed of alternate rows of solid and riveted links, four large breast plates with lace loops, smaller plates at sides and five rows of overlapping scales on back These scales overlap each other by two-thirds, ensuring that any thrust or cut must penetrate the thickness of two layers. This exact model was derived from the famous RIC revolver, and adopted by the Metropolitan London Police in 1883, as well as by many other police forces throughout the Empire. Buttcaps are spring-loaded to swivel sideways to provide storage for spare caps. Sixteen holes, 11 at front and 5 at back, to hold prepared paper cartouches, providing four reloads for both guns.The following Napoleonic era British swords: 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officers and Troopers swords; 1796 Light Cavalry Officers swords; 1803 Infantry Officers swords; Scottish Officers swords; any officers sword with Regimental device, markings, etc., on hilt or blade. (all the above must be in VG to fine or better condition and with scabbards, no restoration) Good examples of British military firearms pre-1898. 32 1/2" barrel with various arsenal poincons, "1874 S 79" (constructed as needle-fire Chassepot 1874, modified to Gras 1879), bayonet bar # AB 93866 ( matching ramrod, bolt and all bolt parts, barrel near chamber, and stock - an all-matching gun).Receiver marked "MANUFACTURE D'ARMES / CHATELLERAULT" and "Mle 1866-74" (in this case, the "74" means the Model year the Gras was adopted). Stock solid, almost no dings, no cracks or repairs, never touched with deep clear conversion markings. Circa 1760 tome containing the full-size ( 10 X 15 1/2" ) military plates and text of Diderot's Encyclopedia.
Solid stock is relief carved and silver wire inlaid, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron t.g.
Percussion lock appears to be in working order, has a powerful mainspring. Andrew on cross, battle honour Sphinx over "EGYPT". All plates and text pages are in fine condition Reduced to 0 1466) British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with Unusual and Fine Quality Blade.
I have not pulled it back to full cock for fear the original (and very tender) rope lanyard would tear apart rather than operate the sear. Motto "NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT" (both the regimental and Scotland's motto). 35", flat unfullered slightly curved blade with fine quality etching of "Crown over VR" scroll designs and maker/retailer "ANDREWS / 9 / PALL MALL / LONDON" , proof mark on obverse, back marked "PROVED".
Strong steel bowstave 29" wide, overall stock length 39". Solid, heavy silver stock of fine workmamship, extensively decorated by engraving and chisel-work. ,250 1580) A Rare French Officer's Presentation Sword dated 1828.
Stock fitted at front with iron pivot slot for goats-foot type spanning lever; brass fore-end tip houses windage dial adjustable fore sight. Lock appears to be in working order, spring-loaded bowstring release hook snaps up when trigger is pulled. 30" blade etched on back "MANUFre ROYALE DE KLINGENTHAL Str 1828 S.