Date of manufacture is 1892, This rifle is in amazing original condition. The mechanics function as they should and it sports a minty bore, bright and sharp. Metal finish on the barrel is original and 85% plus, with the mag tube going more plum colour. The receiver has lost all of its colour case but is in the typical shiny silver that remains when the thin case colours disappear. The wood is wonderful, with no chips or cracks, lots of bumps and bruises as obviously this rifle was used for intended purposes. This is a very clean collector grade rifle in a rarer caliber.
Cased second model Colt Root revolver .28 caliber manufactured in 1856. Revolver has 80 percent finish with burled walnut grips. It is in an original case with original accessories, including an extremely fine powder flask and a very nice .28 caliber bullet mold. The correct minty tin cap box is also included. Mechanics on this firearm work perfectly, timing and lock-up is spot on. This is an overall brilliant piece and would make a great addition to any experienced collection. Definitely for the seasoned collector. This is an antique in Canada, no license required, buyer must be 18 years of age.
This is a nice old Stevens take down, in a very desirable caliber. Nice blue on the half round half octagon barrel still remains, the wood is solid and in decent condition with no cracks or chips. Mechanically it functions as it should, however it has a lazy lever spring and the bore condition is not very good (lots of wear and roughness) it should still shoot as intended.
1950 date of manufacture. This is the best savage 99c I have ever seen, it retains all of the original case colours on the lever. The blue on the barrel is near perfect as well as on the receiver. It has an excellent bore, it is reported that this rifle has cycled less than a box of shells since it was new. However, it has been in the bush and there are minor marks on the wood and finish. It has the detachable magazine that fits in the bottom, a very useful feature for the hunter. The receiver is factory drilled and tapped for scope mounts.
This is a prototype rifle… only an estimated 50 were produced (maybe) Special features are the one-piece stock and black rubber Hawkins buttplate, Bore has strong rifling, but dark. Very rare and highly collectable rifle in original configuration. Check out the last one that sold at auction at James Julia's - lot 1659, April 2017, ($25,300 U.S. - $31,800 can.), this rifle is arguably in better overall condition with the correct Hawkens butt pad.
This is a very early lifter hammer gun made by Parker Bros. As with all these hammer guns it is afflicted with the same looseness on face. The bores are suffering from black powder pitting, it is concentrated near the chambers but extends towards the muzzles. The Damascus barrels appear to be in decent condition without any major defects. The wood is excellent on this gun, many that I have seen are in mostly sport poor condition butt and fore stocks. Butt stock has the skeleton butt plate, the engraving is beautiful and deserving of this grade of gun. Overall a very nice representative piece of Parker history.
Most of these guns did not survive and those that have are in very poor condition or have been severely modified, it's rare that the wood on these guns has remained in original configuration and that it has remained as a flintlock and did not get converted to percussion . This rifle dates to around 1775, it functions as it should and would probably shoot as intended, although I do not recommend it. A great piece of Canadian history, I hope it stays in Canada. Wood is cracked and repaired, metal has turned a grey brown colour, mechanically it functions as it should, ram rod is likely a replacement. I date this gun somewhere around 1790-1820. Made in England as for trade with native Canadians for fur. From its beginning in 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company traded guns to the Indians on a large scale. By 1742, beaver pelts were valued at: one pelt for one pound of shot or three flints; four pelts for one pound of power; ten pelts for a pistol; twenty pelts for a trade gun. The primary source of the Indian trade gun was factories in Birmingham and London, England. The gun makers in London charged that Birmingham turned out park-paling muskets for the American trade. The Birmingham manufacturers were often referred to as blood merchants and their factories blood houses by the London group. There are numerous accounts in journals of gun barrels blowing up when these trade guns were fired (Northwest Journal). There is no way to determine how many Indians and trader lost all or parts of their hands from these guns. Still, problems with the Indian trade gun were probably no higher than other Colonial guns of the period. The full-stocked, smooth bore trade guns varied little in shape and style, but underwent changes in barrel lengths. By the late 1820's, the 30 inch barrel had become popular. A distinctive feature of these guns was the dragon or serpent shaped side plate. Most Indians would not trade for a gun that did not have the serpent plate.
Approximately 40 Caliber percussion revolver. This was a presentation piece from Alexander Workman Jr., the Mayor of Ottawa, in 1868, to Dr. Edward Van Cortlandt a well known Surgeon and business man in Bytown at that time. Limited research indicates, Van Cortlandt owned a stone a stone quarry west of Ottawa and supplied the government as well as the City of Ottawa, the brown sandstone used in some of the buildings downtown as well as the Parliament Buildings. The pistol is in a period correct box made for the Tractor with all the correct loading equipment. Truly a piece for the more seasoned collector, and a wonderful piece of Canadian history. Antique status.
$6295 Can. pistol alone $3495 Can.
This is a very early rifle, serial number brings it in at 1888, third year of production. The bore on this rifle is in near mint condition, bright and shiny with nice sharp rifling, showing only very mild blackpowder freckling in the grooves. I shot a deer with this rifle and trust me when I tell you it is extremely accurate and effective. There is no case colour left on the receiver and only spotty colour on the barrel and mag (what's there is probably the remains of an old blue job). The wood is well preserved, again the finish is likely an old revarnish.
Originally manufactured in 56 rimfire, approximately 25,000 were made for use in the U.S. Civil War. The lockplate is marked “Gallager’s Patent July 17, 1860, manufactured by Richardson & Overman, Philla”, (Philadelphia). It is not clear on where the conversions were done but the barrels were Belgian made. Bannermans, which would be the 1800's equivalent of our army surplus stores, bought a large amount of these rifles around 1877, then converted them to shotguns. 12ga x 2 ¾, Barrel is 31 ½ inches. No ejector or extractor were fitted. Mechanically it functions as it should, it has a decent bore, and good strong wood, although the wood finish is not great as seen in the pictures.