Somewhere around 1905, Franklin Hiram Walker, son of Hiram Walker, founder of Walkertown and Walker distilleries, contracted Holland and Holland to build him a double rifle for an upcoming Chamois hunt in Italy. The rifle pictured was the result, the story goes that Mr. Walker went to Italy shot his Chamois and put the rifle away, never to be used again. Apparently, 6 shots were fired. The rifle was bequeathed to Mr. Walker's house manager, which then passed it along to his son, from whom the rifle was purchased. The provenance is solid, the condition is impeccable, the rarity of caliber is undeniable 295/300 rook, the grade is of the highest quality, for the double rifle collector this is the holy grail. Please call for more information.
Limited Edition of 1,500 produced in 1977 to mark the sale of 5 million Model 94 rifles. Satin gold finished action has triple relief etched ornamentation featuring mountain lion & deer on right side with hounds and a grizzly bear on the left. Barrel magazine tube, screws and fitttings have highly polished blue finish. "Limited Edition By Winchester" in gold filled marking on right side of barrel. Walnut display case with red velour fitted interior with leather banner marked "WINCHESTER" inside lid, Limited Edition booklet titles "History of Winchester Model 94", congratulations letter & name plate order form, original box with leather textured sleeve, original shipping carton, original magazine where the original buyer read the advertisementThis rifle has never been cycled, it has never been put in the walnut presentation case except for this picture. This rifle and case were ordered 45 years ago and put away until this recent transfer, it does not get any more original and mint than this. No description is necessary, this package is 45 years old and new in the box.
This is a very good condition late 1700's flintlock pocket/muff/boot pistol. These pistols were made by just about every gunsmith in the United Kingdom in the 1700's, used mostly for protection at short distance encounters. This one is marked London on one side with designs on the opposite side, no makers mark indicated. It functions as it should with a very strong main spring. It is in very good condition and should make a nice addition to any collection.
Original, dating to the later Victorian era and up to World War I, in the late Victorian era the Countries of Europe controlled great swathes of land, known as Colonies, throughout Africa and the far East. These native populations needed weapons for hunting game or to prevent attack. These trade muskets were prevalent in the slave trade.
This is a good example of a Liège produced musket out of Belgium for use in the vast Belgian Congo in central Africa. The lock was manufactured and provided by L. Wurzinger. It appears that the barrel bands, trigger guard and butt plate are from an iron-mounted Austrian Musket, and the butt plate still carries Austrian Regimental Markings.
The Wood stock and Barrel however were purposely manufactured as Trade Gun components. The Barrel is round and measures 37 inches long, with the musket measuring 53 inches in overall length. The barrel is stamped MADE IN BELGIUM on the top, and and bears the "Tower of Liège" and E / L G / * in an oval proof marks of the Belgian gun trade. The wood stock is on the simplest kind of a nondescript wood but has a pleasant grain pattern and is in two parts separating at the first barrel band.
Clearly from its excellent condition this example never made it to it's Congo destination.
Australian 1907 Pattern Bayonet with 'SLAZ' Marked Grips.An Australian 1907 Pattern, bayonet with 'SLAZ' marked grips. About 1927, bayonet production ceased and was re commenced late in 1940. Ricasso markings from 1940 are different, including the inspector's marks. The bayonet shop was transferred from Lithgow to Orange in July 1942. The wood room, which made up rifle furniture as well as bayonet grips, was removed from Lithgow to the Slazenger Sports Goods factory in Sydney in 1941, and the mark "Slaz" on the grips indicates manufacture there. After Japans entry into the war in the Pacific, Australian bayonet development moved rapidly into newer, shorter and specialised patterns. The blade is in excellent condition. The pommel has the push button release, which operates smoothly. Comes with Mangrovite scabbard.
A Colony and Dominion of Britain until Confederation in 1867, the security of Canada was in the hands of the British Government.
As such, British forces were stationed in Canada to varying degrees, depending on need and perceived external threats. Those forces were armed and provided for at the discretion and expense of the British Government.
The need for an improved defence organization was an important contributing factor leading to negotiations for Confederation. Following Confederation, Sir George Etienne Cartier's first Militia Act for the Dominion of Canada created the Department of Militia and Defence in 1868. It drew heavily upon Canada's system of universal obligation for military service and volunteer units, which visibly embodied the militia.
The new Canadian armed forces continued to rely on Britain for the supply of arms, not always with success. Weapons from American suppliers crept into the chain to fill shortages. As ammunition development progressed, and following the introduction of Magazine Lee-Metford and Enfield rifles, many Martini arms on hand through the latter part of the 19th century were converted to .303” calibre. Thus Canadians were armed with a hodge-podge, depending on service and immediate need.
One exception was unique to Canada. Following approval by the Department of Militia and Defence, the .303” caliber Martini-Metford MkII rifle was ordered from Britain, along with the P1893 sword bayonet. The bayonets were contracted to Wilkinson of London, and a production run of 1,000 completed by 1894.
The hilt design of the bayonet was influenced by the British Martini Henry P1887 MkIII, and strongly followed the overall appearance of the British 1888 Trials bayonet.
All British markings on P1893 bayonets to date are marked as follows, the left ricasso bears a large Victorian crown over V.R, the issue date of 2 ’94, and maker's name WILKINSON, LONDON.
The right ricasso is stamped with the British ownership mark : WD over an arrow, the lone (Wilkinson) inspector's stamp on steel : a crown over 35 over W, and the ‘X’ bend test mark.
Both grips of each bayonet are also marked with a Wilkinson inspector's stamp : crown over 49 over W.
Of the 1,000 Martini Metford rifles and bayonets purchased from Britain, the majority were issued to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Infantry. The RRCI were formed on 23rd May 1893, and redesignated the Royal Canadian Regiment in November 1901.
Unique to Canada, these are scarce bayonets and are highly prized by collectors.
Antique percussion two blade knife pistol by James Rodgers, Sheffield, England, with what appears to be an octagonal, German silver barrel, approximately 30 caliber, 3 1/2" and is missing a front sight. The barrel has two proof marks over the horn handle, the drop down trigger between the two blades having the makers mark at the ricassos, the horn grips are slotted to hold nipple tweezers and a bullet mold.
Maker of this fine pistol is Edward Bond of London, England who worked 1746-1790, is also listed as a viewer to the Hudson Bay Company 1771-1789. Wood has the usual dings and scraps from hundreds of years of use but is still overall solid. The metal has turned different shades of patina with the lock plate, trigger guard and hammer being the darkest. This pistol functions as it should and would likely shoot just fine (although not recommended). Ram rod is period correct.
The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry sword, along with its heavy cavalry counterpart, was only the second standardized sword of the British cavalry. Prior to 1788, regiment colonels were permitted to purchase whatever swords they saw fit for their troops, paid for from a bulk allowance they drew from the War Office. This meant that for most of the 18th century the British cavalry were furnished with swords of varying quality and suitability.
The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry sword is a weapon designed primarily for cutting, as shown by the form of the blade. These swords curve as much as 2.25 in from the straight line, giving them a level of curve closer to the cutting swords of Indian talwar or the Hungarian hussar sabre, rather than the almost straight blades that were to be classified as the cut-and-thrust types of later European cavalry. A sufficiently curved blade can produce a slicing effect, rather than the hacking or chopping effect of a straight sword, making cuts more powerful with a similar weight of sword, and amount of effort delivered.
There are many accounts of the deadly effects of this blade and a little research will bring up many gruesome stories. Samuel Dawes of Birmingham was a sword maker from around 1775-1830 and sold large numbers of both light and heavy models straight to the Board of Ordnance. A good example of a British 1796 pattern light cavalry troopers sabre, arguably the most famous sword of the Napoleonic Wars. With an 80cm, single fullered, curved steel blade ending in a hatchet point. With a steel stirrup hilt and a leather covered grip. In its original steel scabbard with two suspension rings. No doubt this blade saw battle in the Napoleonic Wars.
This is a very nice example of a deluxe Winchester Model 71 in 348 caliber. These are highly prized hunting rifles for larger species as the 348 packs a significant punch. From brown bear to moose this is a sought after hunting rifle. This rifle is in excellent condition, blueing is a solid overall 85% with wear in the expected carry areas, the wood is solid with no cracks, chips or splits. The bore is as expected in mint bright shiney condition. Deluxe rifles came standard with pistol grips, checkering and sling swivels. This rifle has been fitted with a side mounted Redfield peep sight, not original to the rifle. Although many of the later rifles were factory drilled and tapped for side-mount peep sights
I believe this is an aftermarket installation. Overall this is a fine collectable hunting rifle.