Category: firearms

British Webley Mark III revolver with original…

British Webley Mark III revolver with original box, dated 1934. Barrel is engraved, 

“Specially Made for Burma Arms & Ammunition Stores. Rangoon.”

from Hermann Historica

Documented US Army contract New Haven Arms Hen…

Documented US Army contract New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle from the American Civil War,

from Rock Island Auctions

Henry Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. as part of the Ordnance Department order for 500 Henry rifles on April 7, 1865. The serial number of this rifle is listed in the serial numbers of Henry rifles reported by Companies B, C, I, H, and K of the 3rd Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry (VVI) in 1865 (“The Historic Henry Rifle” by Wiley Sword, page 75). In April and May 1865, the Ordnance Department purchased 627 Henry rifles to arm the 3rd VVI. The 3rd VVI was one of four infantry regiments recruited from discharged veterans in 1864-65 to serve as an elite infantry corps under Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. These regiments were armed with Henry, Spencer and Sharps rifles. In addition to a substantial enlistment bonus, volunteers for the VVI regiments were allowed to retain their issue rifles when mustered out of service. The Civil War ended before the VVI regiments saw any significant action. The 627 Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April-May 1865 and the 1100 Henry rifles procured to arm the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Regiment (1st DC Cavalry) in 1863 and 1864 were the only Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department during the Civil War. Only the 800 rifles ordered for the 1st D.C. Cavalry on December 30, 1863, were marked with Ordnance final inspection marks. This rifle has the distinctive brass receiver and octagon barrel with integral 15-shot magazine which identify Henry rifles. The rifle has the late production features which include: (1) nickel-silver, square back front sight blade, (2) folding leaf rear sight with elevation bar stop screw and “900” mark below the center notch, (3) large diameter brass magazine follower, (4) beveled magazine follower slot, (5) sling swivel on the left side of the stock and screw-fastened loop for sling hook on the left side of the barrel, (6) brass buttplate with sharp pointed heel and (7) large, second style, New Haven Arms Co., legend that uses all serif letters. In addition to the distinctive brass receiver and buttplate, this rifle originally had a blued barrel/magazine with casehardened, hammer, trigger and lever. The stock is straight grain American walnut with a varnish finish. The hammer has coarse, border-less knurling. The buttplate has a hinged trapdoor. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: “HENRY’S PATENT OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT’D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS CO. NEWHAVEN. CT” in two lines with serif letters ahead of the rear sight. The serial number is located: (1) on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, (2)  on the left side of the lower receiver tang beneath the stock, (3) in the upper tang inlet of the stock and (4) on the inside of the buttplate. All of the visible serial numbers match. The late style cap screws on the buttplate and tang are, correctly, not marked with the rifle serial number. The “H” inspection mark of B. Tyler Henry is stamped on the lower tang between the lever latch and rear tang screw. A tiny “J.T.” Ordnance sub-inspection mark is stamped on the left side of the stock wrist. This mark is the only Ordnance inspection mark found on the Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in 1865

Albanian miquelet musket, 19th century.

Albanian miquelet musket, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

English Webley .577 solid frame double action …

English Webley .577 solid frame double action revolver, circa 1866-1870.

from Hermann Historica

Exceptional Japanese matchlock teppo dated 186…

Exceptional Japanese matchlock teppo dated 1866.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Engraved and gilded Webley Royal Irish Constab…

Engraved and gilded Webley Royal Irish Constabulary No.1 revolver with ivory grips, retailed by Manton & Co. in Calcutta, India, circa 1880.

from Hermann Historica

Turkish miquelet musket decorated with red cor…

Turkish miquelet musket decorated with red coral, silver, and copper. Late 18th or early 19th century.

from The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Afghan matchlock musket, early 19th century.

Afghan matchlock musket, early 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Gold damascened English Adams percussion doubl…

Gold damascened English Adams percussion double action revolver, mid 19th century.

from Ralados Antiques

British Savage contract  Lewis light machine g…

British Savage contract  Lewis light machine gun, World War I.

from Rock Island Auctions