Outstanding 1st Model 1741 Tower Brown Bess Musket
- Sold by JJT -
Very Rare & Desirable Slotter & Co. Philadelphia, Percussion Half Stock Plains Rifle Manufactured for & Retailed by A. J. Plate, San Francisco, California, Additionally Marked by Gustavus Hodes of Corvallis, Oregon, with Double Set Triggers, .50 Cal, mfg. ca. 1860's. This is a true big bore plains rifle that saw the wild west! Adolphus J. Plate operated a very successful firearms and sporting goods store in San Francisco throughout the mid to late 1800's. One of the firms he used to acquire firearms for retail was Slotter & Co. of Philadelphia who was noted for their fine quality rifles and Philadelphia style derringers. Slotter & Co. only existed for a little over a decade before closing around 1871. It's founder, Frederick Slotterbeck, continued the gun making business in San Francisco until 1884. This gun is an excellent example of one such "bear rifle" manufactured by Slotter and sold in California by A. J. Plate. The story continues however, as this rifle was later re-sold by Gustavus Hodes of Corvallis, Oregon. Hodes immigrated to San Francisco in 1855 and moved to Portland, Oregon, about 1857. Shortly after he again moved to Corvallis where he established a gun store. Hodes retailed arms and was also noted for gunsmithing. The heavy octagon barrel measures 34" long and features a low dovetailed German Silver blade front sight with a fixed buckhorn rear sight. The top flat is stamped "SLOTTER & Co PHILLA / MADE FOR / A. J. PLATE / SAN FRANCISCO". Forward of the address the flat is additionally stamped "G. HODES". The left side of the breech is marked "GAIN TWIST / WARt / 996". Although it is not marked as such the barrel was likely made by Remington for Slotter & Co. as suggested by an 1867 Slotter advertisement which stated "The barrels we use are of Remington make, all the other materials are made in our factory." The lock is stamped "SLOTTER / & Co PHILLA". Overall the metal has a very rich plum patina. The stock features a subtle cheekpiece and is in the typical pattern of Slotter/San Francisco rifles. It has been lightly sanded and subsequently refinished at some point yet still retains a pleasing color with darkened patina within protected areas. The wood is smooth throughout and there are no chips, cracks, or repairs whatsoever. Original brass buttplate, toeplate, triggerguard, lock screw escutcheon, and forend cap have a dulled color. Original German Silver wedge escutcheons with iron ramrod pipes. The brass banded wood ramrod appears to be a very old well made replacement. The action is strong and functions perfectly. The double set triggers also function properly and are quite sensitive. The nipple is a clean vintage replacement. Decent bore showing moderately worn yet fully visible rifling front to back. A proper scrubbing will likely improve it much as it does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. Rifle weighs a hefty 11 lbs 12 oz. If you're looking for a big bore plains rifle that without a doubt was used in the wild west this is it! San Francisco marked rifles are highly sought after and generally command prices well into the $3500-6500+ range. Rare & Wonderful M1853 Sharps "John Brown" aka "Beecher's Bible" Slanting Breech US Cavalry Carbine, .52 Cal, mfg. 1854-1857. This is a totally untouched and original example of the Sharps carbine made famous by John Brown and his raid on Harper's Ferry. During the mid 1850's approximately 900 of these carbines were purchased by abolitionist groups in the North and were sent to Kansas where they were to be used by anti slavery fighters on the frontier, better known as "Bleeding Kansas". Most notably the shipments from abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher were disguised in crates labelled "books" or "bibles". Thus the name "Beecher's Bibles" is often applied to these guns. The guns sent to fight in Kansas generally fall within the 10XXX and 12-18XXX serial range. This particular carbine, serial number 10108, does fall within the earliest range of guns purchased for Kansas. Approximately 200 of these carbines fell into the hands of John Brown, who's followers carried them during the infamous 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Over half of the guns taken by Brown were discovered hidden on a local farm after the raid. While records remain which identify some of the guns used by Brown the majority have not been identified. This example shows all the honest wear of a gun that spent it's life on the frontier and which most likely saw additional use during the Civil War. The metal has a dark plum patina throughout with traces of case color turned silver on both sides of the frame. There is some old worn surface pitting around the muzzle, front of the lever, and lower tang from years of exposure and handling. The stock retains a beautifully untouched dark patina showing years of honest frontier wear. Note where the saddle ring has worn into the wood at the rear of the frame. There are a couple very old and sturdily repaired cracks under the forearm with a thin 1 1/4" repaired chip behind the forearm screw. Otherwise the wood is sound with no further damage or repairs. The natural wear and character of this gun is fantastic, just how you want to find one! Brass buttplate, patchbox, and barrel band all show a perfectly untouched, dark patina. Original hammer, lever, lever locking nut, saddle ring and bar. Crisp and clear markings throughout including serial number, 1848 tang patent, 1852 lock patent, and Hartford barrel address. Original brass blade front sight with flip-up ladder rear. There is no adjustment present on the sight which seems to be consistent with practically every slant breech carbine encountered today. The action is strong and crisp and functions flawlessly. The nipple is a clean original. The bore shows very strong, sharp rifling front to back with heavily scattered blackpowder frosting and shallow pits within the grooves. A proper cleaning may improve it. This is an excellent example of an untouched original 1853 Sharps carbine that without a doubt saw use on the frontier and during the Civil War. It isn't a closet queen that sat in an arsenal somewhere and missed out on history. This gun was in the field making history! Rare Regimentally Marked Thomson War of 1812/Napoleonic Wars Era English Flintlock Officer's Fusil, .62 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1790. Constructed much like a scaled down Brown Bess infantry musket, this "fusil" would have been custom made for an English officer to carry in the field. Officers preferred these smaller muskets of "carbine bore" since they were easier to wield and fired the same caliber ball as their pistols, eliminating the need to carry two different sized cartridges. The lock of this example is inscribed "THOMSON", who I believe to be N. Thomson, an Englishman who made guns in Rotterdam, Netherlands during the last few decades of the 1700's. The English proofed barrel measures 36 5/8" long and features a bayonet lug which doubles as a front sight. The breech is engraved with regimental identification markings which appear to read "7 N.Too". Overall the metal has a totally untouched dark plum patina. The lock remains in it's original flintlock form. The stock shows a pleasingly worn original finish throughout with the Roman Numerals "VIII" period carved into the wood forward of the triggerguard. There is some very old minor loss behind the lock and around some of the barrel pins along the forestock which are accompanied by a few tight checks. Additionally there is a nicely repaired old crack forward of the sideplate and a fine 2 1/2" crack below the edge of the forestock on the left side about mid way. Overall the wood is very nice and sound for a fullstock musket of this age. Original brass buttplate, triggerguard, sideplate, ramrod pipes, and nosecap have turned a pleasing mellow patina. There are some vintage museum/collection numbers painted on the triggerguard with two rack numbers period stamped into the bow. The sling swivels appear to be relatively contemporary replacements. The forged iron ramrod matches the gun well and displays nicely however is too short to function.The action is strong and crisp and functions perfectly. The frizzen snaps shut and springs forward securely. Overall this is a very nice and untouched example of a scarce War of 1812 era officer's fusil. Massive American Made 8 Gauge Percussion Double Barrel Market Hunter's Shotgun, 8 Ga, mfg. ca. 1860. This massive "no frills" shotgun was made purely for commercial duck hunting. Market hunters needed to bring in as much waterfowl as possible on a daily basis so these big bore shotguns were the preferred weapon of choice. The gun is totally unmarked except for incomplete English proofs under the barrels. This combined with the style of the gun would suggest it is American made utilizing imported English barrels which was common practice among nearly all early American shotgun makers. The heavy Damascus barrels measure nearly 36 1/2" long and feature a brass bead front sight. The inside diameter of the muzzles are approximately .865". Overall the metal has an even dark gray patina drifting to plum along the barrels. The stock features a robust wrist and butt. I'm not exactly sure what type of wood it is but it has the straightest and most pronounced grain I have ever seen. This gun was built to be strong! The wood has an attractively worn and untouched finish. There is some natural checking forward of the buttplate with a small 3/8" crack behind the barrel tang and minor loss around the left lock. Lastly there is a tight old 1/2" crack forward of the right wedge escutcheon. Otherwise the wood is very sound with no further damage or repairs. Massive iron buttplate and triggerguard (there is a subtle ding in the triggerguard bow). Nickel Silver nipple compartment, wrist escutcheon, wedge escutcheons, and forend tip. Original ramrod pipes. The brass tipped wood ramrod is original to the period however is too short to function with this gun. It is perfect for display though. Both hammers are matching originals. Both actions are crisp and function perfectly (the right hammer indexes further back than the left). Both nipples are clean older replacements. Thick, heavy barrels with no dings. The first 8" or so of the upper rib has just begun to lift slightly. The gun weighs exactly 13 lbs. A rare and impressive old shotgun from the glory days of commercial duck hunting! Rare & Wonderful Sanford P. Pool, Hudsonville, Kentucky, Fullstock Percussion Kentucky Frontier Long Rifle with Inscribed Barrel, J. N. Scott Lock, & Double Set Triggers, .45 Cal, mfg. ca. 1850's. This impressive rifle is a fine example of a true "Kentucky Rifle" from Kentucky! Sanford P. Pool, along with his son Stephen, made guns prior to the Civil War in Hudsonville (present day Hudson), Breckinridge County, Kentucky. This example features a remarkably long 45 1/8" octagon barrel with a dovetailed iron front sight (blade missing) and forged 4 1/8" full buckhorn rear sight. The top flat is signed "S. P. Pool" and further inscribed "L.G.L.". I do not know the historical significance of the latter initials although it is done in Pool's hand. The lightly engraved lock is a trade piece by English maker J. N. Scott and is so marked. Overall the metal has a silvery/gray patina with scattered spots of pitting along the barrel, some of which are relatively deep. The stock features a nicely chamfered forestock and despite being lightly cleaned still retains a wonderfully blackened patina. There is an old repaired 1 1/2" crack behind the lock with four pins added during the period forward of the lock which seem to be stabilizing an old check at that location. There is also a nicely secured 2 1/2" crack behind the muzzle on the right side. Otherwise there are no further cracks, chips, or repairs, and the wood is quite sound throughout. There is an old museum/insurance code written in black on the left side of the buttstock. Iron triggerguard with brass buttplate and copper ramrod pipes which have been cleaned bright. Large Pewter forend cap. The lock screw escutcheon is a rather interesting piece made from a E. M. Boynton Saw & File Co., New York, trade token. The wood ramrod appears to be original from the period of use. The action and double set triggers are crisp and function very well (here is no half cock position, which was likely made that way, and the triggers could use a little oil). Very nice bore with sharp, deep rifling front to back. A quick cleaning will only improve it. For as massive as this gun is in person it is relatively light for it's size and surprisingly well balanced. A unique and very attractive long rifle from a highly sought after Southern maker! Rare & Intriguing Native American Indian Used M1863 Springfield Type I Civil War Musket, Nickel Plated & Decorated, .58 Cal, mfg. 1863. This gun started life as a standard Civil War issue M1863 Springfield Type I musket which was subsequently altered to the shorter "Artillery" style configuration and Nickel plated. Unlike most shortened muskets of the day which were crudely cut down, this example was was professionally done with no visible signs of being altered. The musket was probably shortened and plated by an east coast gunsmith or agent who shipped it west for use on the plains. Nickel plated military arms of the wild west era are commonly associated with US Army Indian scouts for two predominant reasons, first to differentiate the scout's guns from those issued to the regular soldiers, and secondly because the Nickel finish held up better to the general lack of maintenance which the scouts were known for. This gun was likely used by either a US Army Indian scout or possibly by a wild west show performer. The barrel measures 30" long and is fitted with the original musket front sight. The rear sight has been removed. Clear lock and barrel markings including "1863" dates and "VP/Eagle" proof. Overall the gun retains approximately 15-20% Nickel finish scattered throughout with the balance of the gun having turned plum. The stock really tells the story of the gun and retains a heavily worn frontier appearance. There is a large nail pattern on both sides of the buttstock which appears to have held a decorative panel of some kind which is now missing. Just ahead of this design there is a painted gold flower motif. The wrist has been broken and shows signs of being wrapped with leather originally with later glue & filler repairs. Additionally there are several fine age cracks on the left side of the stock with a square piece of wood refitted between the lock screws and a fine 1 1/2" age check behind the forend tip on the right side. Otherwise the wood is stable throughout and shows a very old thin coat of varnish applied. Clear original inspector's cartouches visible. Original "US" marked buttplate, triggerguard, barrel bands, forend tip, and ramrod. The sling swivels have been removed. The action is crisp and functions perfectly. The nipple is a clean vintage replacement. Very good bore with clean, sharp rifling front to back and only light scattered blackpowder frosting. This is a very interesting gun that really needs to be held and examined in person to appreciate. A fine example of an untouched Native American used musket. Rare Massive Edwin Phillips, New York, Percussion Frontier "Meat" Rifle with Double Set Triggers & Target Sights, .45 Cal, mfg. 1847-1851. This is a stunning and very unusual rifle made by quality gun maker Edwin Phillips of New York City. It is built much like a target rifle, which it very well may have been used for, however it's rather short barrel would suggest it was also intended to be used in the brush for large game. The heavy octagon barrel measures 26 1/2" long and over 1 1/4" wide. It is the original length and has not been altered. The top flat is stamped "E. PHILLIPS / NEW YORK / CAST STEEL". The front sight is a massive dovetailed globe while the equally large rear sight features a windage indicator with a later replaced wooden leaf. The tang is fitted with an adjustable lollipop style peep sight. The metal has a very pleasing rich plum patina throughout with sharp edges and smooth surfaces. The robust stock is nicely figured and features a large cheekpiece with a finely checkered wrist. The wood retains a beautifully untouched original finish and is in excellent condition. Aside from a very tight 1 1/2" check forward of the lock screw there are no cracks, chips, or repairs. Massive Nickel Silver buttplate, triggerguard, lock screw escutcheon, wedge escutcheons, ramrod entry pipe, and forend cap. There is a threaded hole forward of the triggeruard bow which was likely intended for an optional palm rest. Original ramrod pipes with a correct contemporary Nickel Silver tipped wood ramrod. The action is crisp and functions perfectly. Likewise the double set triggers function flawlessly and are very sensitive. There is a very slight 1/8" crack forming under the curve of the hammer just behind the bolster. It looks old and stable and wouldn't concern me personally but should be noted. The nipple is a clean older replacement. Very good bore with clean, sharp rifling front to back and moderately scattered blackpowder frosting within the grooves. At just under 14 lbs this is a very heavy yet surprisingly well balanced big bore rifle that would have been a formidable and prized possession in it's day. An impressive piece of American history! Rare & Wonderful "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Inspired Massachusetts Flintlock New England Militia Musket with R. Ashmore Lock, Bayonet, & Powder Horn, .75 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1820. These "Massachusetts" or "New England" militia muskets generally follow a consistent pattern and were manufactured under private or state contract. They were intended to be dual purpose arms that a minuteman could use at home for general hunting purposes and in battle as an effective military musket when called to duty. Subsequently the guns show characteristics of both a civilian fowler and a military musket. Most importantly the muskets were designed to accept a bayonet, a feature that civilian guns definitively don't have. This example remains in it's original flintlock form and is particularly interesting and somewhat unique as it is constructed around a much earlier first model, or "Long Land Pattern", Brown Bess barrel. Subsequently the gun is much larger and longer than the typical militia musket of it's day. The barrel measures 45 7/8" long and features a bayonet lug which doubles as a front sight. There are no visible markings on the breech that I can see. The lock is nicely engraved and marked "R. ASHMORE / WARRANTED". Ashmore was an English lock maker who sold his locks abroad to various gun makers throughout the eastern US. The lock retains a untouched plum/gray patina with faintly mottled traces of case color visible while the barrel shows a very old and thin reapplied brown finish. The stock is nicely figured and shows a beautifully worn and untouched finish. It features a Brown Bess style "swell" near the ramrod entry pipe and is in miraculously fine condition for it's age. Aside form a fine 1 1/2" crack on the left side of the forearm behind the nosecap and very thin sliver missing opposite on the right edge there are no additional cracks, chips, or repairs. Brass buttplate, triggerguard, sideplate, ramrod pipes, and nosecap show a pleasing dark patina. Most of the furniture is made in the style of a Brown Bess but simplified in the typical American way of the era. The ramrod appears to be from a later Civil War era musket and is subsequently too short to function however it does display nicely. The action is crisp and functions flawlessly. The frizzen is a nicely fitted replacement which snaps shut and springs forward securely. Accompanying the gun is a late Brown Bess pattern bayonet which measures about 20" long overall and is marked at the base. The bayonet has been cleaned bright but is in otherwise very good condition and fits the gun well. Additionally an original period powder horn is included which measures 8 1/2" long and remains in fair condition (there is one tiny hole and some very old red paint dripped on one side). This is just a fantastic gun in person and a truly impressive example of a large New England militia musket. Rare Massive Henry T. Cooper, New York, 8 Gauge Percussion Market Hunter's Double Barrel Shotgun, 8 Ga, mfg. 1844-1851. This is a great example of a rare American made big bore double. Henry Cooper worked at 178 Broadway in New York City and produced a variety of high quality arms. Typical of nearly every "American" shotgun of the period this gun utilizes imported English barrels. Guns of this size were intended primarily for market hunters who made a living harvesting as much waterfowl as they could daily and supplying it to local markets, restaurants, and hotels. The heavy English proofed Damascus barrels measure 37 1/2" long and feature a brass bead front sight. The 5/8" wide upper rib is unmarked and the breech is double Platinum banded. Inside diameter of the bores are approximately .84". Both locks are nicely engraved the inscribed in old English "H. T. Cooper New York". The barrels retain a very pleasing dark plum patina while the locks and barrel tang have been cleaned. The stock may have been lightly cleaned at some point long ago yet overall retains an attractive, honestly worn appearance. Aside from some very minor chipping along the edges of the forearm and a tight old 1" crack under the left lock the wood is sound throughout with no further damage or repairs. Large engraved Nickel Silver buttplate, triggerguard, wedge escutcheons, forend cap, and breech inlays. One of the buttplate screws has been relocated, and two screws (with an attempted third hole) have been added to the triggerguard. Original ramrod pipes and brass tipped wood ramrod. Both actions function properly and both nipples are clean originals. The hammers are quite loose and the left hammer appears to be a period replacement. The barrels appear sound with no dents. The first 4" or so of the upper rib has been re-soldered, and upon removing the barrels I discovered that the forward wedge lug has come unattached. Gun weighs exactly 12 lbs. American made big bore shotguns are very highly sought after. This is a rare and impressive conversation piece!
Labadie & Jacquelin
a la Nouvelle Orleans
Extremely Rare Labadie & Jacquelin, New Orleans, Louisiana Retailed Percussion Double Barrel Shotgun with Alligator Carved Stock, 16 Ga, mfg. ca. 1840's. Southern marked shotguns are not only rare but are also considered to be secondary Confederate weapons as they were quite popular among soldiers who had to arm themselves with their own guns from home. This shotgun was retailed by Labadie & Jacquelin which was a hardware store established at 59 Old Levee St. in New Orleans during the 1830's. By 1845 or so they had moved to 339 Bourbon St. and were likely out of business before the Civil War began. The gun is Belgium made and would have been specifically ordered (likely unfinished to some degree) by Labadie & Jacquelin for final finishing and re-sale through their shop. I have only ever seen one other shotgun marked by them and although it followed the same pattern as this gun is was of a more generic configuration being a 12 Gauge with 30" barrels. This gun sports unusually long 37" barrels and is a less common 16 Gauge. The barrels show incomplete Belgium proofs which would support the theory that they were shipped unfinished when new. They retain approximately 65% original Damascus pattern turned plum while the remainder of the gun shows an even plum/gray patina. The right lock is inscribed "Labadie & Jacquelin" while the left is marked "a la Nouvelle Orleans". The right lock shows heavy wear from a right handed shooter and subsequently the marking is very faint but legible enough to identify. The stock is very nicely figured and features a cheekpiece with a carved flower motif. More impressive though is an Alligator's head which is carved into the pistol grip. Alligators are of course quite common throughout Louisiana so it is particularly nice to see this on a New Orleans marked gun. The wood has a beautifully untouched patina throughout and shows heavy yet pleasing wear. Aside from an old 1/2" crack under the left lock and a few little edge nicks here and there the wood is excellent with no additional cracks, chips, or repairs. There appears to have been a nameplate escutcheon behind the barrel tang which is missing. Engraved brass buttplate, triggerguard, wedge escutcheons, and forend tip all show an attractive mellowed color. Original iron ramrod pipes, brass tipped wood ramrod, and brass bead front sight. Both actions are crisp and function perfectly. Both hammers are matching originals. The left nipple is slightly damaged while the right is intact. This is a stunning totally original example of an exceedingly rare New Orleans marked shotgun suitable for the most advanced antique arms or Civil War collection. Very Rare & Fine John Manton & Son Double Barrel Shotgun with J. A. Scotcher Conversion & Jones Underlever, 14 Ga. Pinfire, mfg. 1820/1821. This beautiful shotgun comes from the collection of noted outdoors author Bob Simpson. It began life as a 14 Gauge percussion muzzleloader built by master gun maker John Manton in either 1820 or 1821. This would have been right about the time Manton began taking orders for percussion ignitions, although he built flintlocks for several years after as well. Sometime probably during the 1840's the gun was rebuilt and converted to a breechloader by J. A. Scotcher. After the introduction of paper cartridges many high end makers offered their services to convert muzzleloaders to breechloaders and for a brief period of time it became quite popular among those who could afford it. The Damascus barrels measure 30 9/16" long and are serial numbered to the gun. They feature a brass bead front sight and are properly proofed as 15 bore, or 14 Gauge by American standard. The upper rib is engraved "CONVERTED BY J. A. SCOTCHER. BURY St EDMUND'S". The locks are inscribed "John Manton & Son / PATENT". The gun is beautifully engraved throughout featuring numerous "stand of arms" motifs. The frame, locks, hammer, and barrel tang are "in the white" showing slight toning with age while the barrels retain 90%+ vivid Damascus pattern (much more vivid than the photos show). The remaining furniture has turned a pleasing dark plum/blue patina. The stock is nicely figured and features a checkered wrist and forearm. The wood retains a wonderfully untouched original finish throughout. There are two old sliver chips missing along the right edge of the forestock with some very thin loss along the left side. Otherwise the wood is very nice with no additional cracks, chips, or repairs. Engraved iron buttplate with solid Silver wrist escutcheon. LOP measures approximately 13 1/2" to left trigger and 14 3/8" to right trigger. Weight is 7 lbs 12 oz. Both actions are crisp and function flawlessly. The barrels lock up tight against the frame with no play whatsoever. Very good bores with typical light blackpowder frosting but no scrapes or pits. The barrels are sound with no dents and excellent ribs. This is a very high quality arm with fantastic history that remains in a wonderfully preserved, original state of condition.
.500 BLACK POWDER
Exceptionally Rare George Smith, London, Engraved .500 Black Powder Express Pinfire Dangerous Game Double Rifle with Jones Underlever, .500 BPE Pinfire 2 1/4", mfg. ca. 1860's. This fine double rifle comes from the collection of noted outdoors author Bob Simpson. George Smith began working for James Purdey in 1852 before opening his own shop in 1859. The low serial number of this gun, 102, would place it's production sometime during the early 1860's. Smith was regarded as a maker of very fine rifles and shotguns and this rifle is no exception. It is particularly rare due to the fact that it is chambered for the early pinfire version of the .500 Black Powder Express, rather than the more common centerfire cartridge. The Damascus barrels measure 30 7/8" long and feature a low blade front sight with a six-leaf Express rear sight. The middle leaf is fixed with one flip-up leaf at the rear and four in front. The upper rib is inscribed "GEORGE SMITH 40 DAVIES STREET BERKELEY SQre LONDON". The locks are additionally marked "GEORGE SMITH". The gun features profuse English scroll engraving throughout. The engraving is masterfully executed and very crisp. The barrels shows approximately 30% original Damascus pattern drifting to a silvery plum color while the frame, locks, hammers, barrel tang, and underlever retain 60% mottled case color. Vivid traces of bluing remain on the triggerguard and buttplate tang. The stock is nicely figured and features a cheekpiece with checkered wrist and forearm. The checkering is crisp and the wood retains a very pleasing untouched original patina. There is a fine very old hairline crack through the wrist which seems to be relatively stable. There doesn't appear to haven been any previous attempts made to fix it and I think a good wood worker should be able to properly repair it without much trouble. Otherwise the wood is very nice with no further damage or repairs whatsoever. Solid Silver nameplate with horn forend tip and engraved wedge escutcheons. Checkered and engraved steel buttplate with barrel mounted sling eye. There is no provision for a rear swivel. Matching serial numbers on the lower tang, barrels, forend, and water table. Both actions are crisp and functions flawlessly. They feature both internal and external safeties. Excellent bores with bright and shiny rifling front to back. The barrels lock up tight against the frame with no play whatsoever. This is a fantastic example of a very early, high quality double rifle that has survived in totally original and untouched condition.
Rare & Exceptional Engraved John Calvert, Leeds, Yorkshire, 14 Bore Double Barrel Dangerous Game Rifle with Jones Underlever, 14 Bore 2 5/8" Blackpowder Express (.693 Cal), mfg. ca. 1860's. This stunning and exceedingly rare big bore double rifle comes from the collection of noted outdoors author Bob Simpson and remains in absolutely 100% original and untouched condition. John Calvert closed his shop around 1865, making this gun one of the earliest examples of a centerfire rifle
manufactured in the region. The 14 bore was the preferred rifle of choice for safari hunters in Africa and India. It packed enough power to take down most dangerous game encountered without having the extreme weight and recoil of the massive 10, 8, and 4 bores which were considered by most to be "overkill". The fully rifled 28" Damascus barrels feature a matted rib with a blade front sight and five-leaf Express rear (one large standing with four folding leafs graduating to 500 yards). The upper rib is inscribed " CALVERT COMMERCIAL St LEEDS". Both locks are additionally marked "CALVERT". The rifle is profusely engraved throughout in fine, tight English scroll. The barrels retain approximately 80% original browned Damascus pattern while the locks, frame, and furniture show traces of case color faded to a silver/gray patina. The stock is nicely figured and features a checkered pistolgrip and forearm with a carved clamshell grip cap ad engraved iron patchbox depicting the image of a Water Buffalo. The wood retains a beautifully untouched original finish throughout. Aside from a tight old 2" crack near the tip of the forearm on the left side the wood is excellent with no additional cracks, chips, or repairs. LOP measures approximately 13 5/8" to left trigger, 14 11/16" to right trigger. Engraved steel buttplate, triggerguard, Jones underlever, wedge escutcheons, and horn forend tip. There is an old import code "L1965" stamped on the buttplate and under the barrels. Original sling eyes. Both actions are crisp and functions flawlessly. They feature both internal and external safeties with rebounding firing pins. The barrels lock up tight against the frame like a bank vault with no play whatsoever. Excellent bores with bright and shiny rifling front to back. The barrels are sound with no dents and perfect ribs. Weight of the rifle is 9 lbs 6 oz. I have to say this is one of the most well balanced and best handling rifles I've shouldered. It just has a wonderful feel to it. This is an outstanding example of a true Victorian dangerous game rifle that excels in both quality and fine original condition. A rifle that would be hard to improve upon and will certainly be a highlight among even the most advanced collections.
Scarce Percussion Double Barrel Combination Gun, .45 Cal x 12 Ga, mfg. ca. 1860's. Combination rifle/shotguns such as this were much desired on the frontier as they provided firepower for any type of game encountered. They were more costly to manufacture than a typical long arm of the day and subsequently more coveted. This example features heavy Belgian proofed 33 1/2" Damascus barrels with the left tube being a smoothbore 12 Gauge and the right a .45 caliber rifle. It is fitted with a brass blade front sight and fixed single leaf rear. The locks and furniture are lightly engraved throughout. There are no additional markings on the gun. The barrels show a rich dark plum patina with traces of Damascus pattern visible while the locks and furniture have turned a dark plum/gray color. The stock features a checkered wrist and retains a pleasingly worn and untouched original finish. There is a small old chip under both locks with a tight old 1" crack above the triggerguard bow on the left side. Additionally there is moderate chipping along the edge of the forestock on both sides. Otherwise the wood is quite sound overall for it's age. Iron buttplate, triggerguard, forend tip, and ramrod pipes, with brass wedge escutcheons. The ramrod is an attractive older replacement. Both actions are crisp and function securely however the right hammer seems to only index to the half cock position. Both hammers are matching originals and both nipples are clean older replacements. The right barrel shows very worn rifling which may improve with proper cleaning. The barrels are sound with no dents and solid original ribs. A great looking example of a combination gun that surely saw use on the frontier.