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Stock No: 3912

Price: £1650.00

Year: c1780

Calibre: c12.5mm (half inch)



This fascinating item is the oldest air gun we have ever offered for sale. It is an outside lock air gun with all the mechanism visible and using a large leaf spring. This is an unusual one in that the trigger is folding and also the striker has a bypass whereby you can release the hammer without shooting air. The barrel has almost certainly been re browned at some stage whereas the action is in its original slightly pitted finish. The butt flask has been later covered in leather very nicely, sold brass butt plate, very long barrel which would have been designed to make full use of the air discharge. The barrel unscrews for loading the gun. An interesting early air gun, which clearly shows the mechanics of the pre charged air gun.

PUMP FOR ANTIQUE AIRGUN with fitting suitable for ball reservoir air rifles. Thread measures 21mm outside diameter 19mm inside diameter

1” tube. Not antique, not tested, but very well made.  Closed length is 17” (432mm) long. Plain metal hond pump head as per most antique types £140.00

Whilst this antique butt reservoir rifle has no markings or makers name on it we are pretty sure it is of Austrian manufacture, there is no decoration and it is very plain in the military style. The hammer mechanism is unusual with moving striking piece which strikes a just off centre located hammer. The butt reservoir itself  appears to have been recovered in leather some time after its manufacture, a really nice job has been done and it looks in good condition. The metalwork is in brown smooth condition apart from the brass coloured brass! The lock plate itself is devoid of any engraving or decoration, it is extremely plain and functional. Fitted with a ramrod which may well be later, probably not original and nice tiger stripe effect to the wood which has probably been refinished. Plain trigger guard fitted underneath with quite a thin trigger. An interesting antique item. We have seen repeating versions of this made by Girandoni but this one is a single shot and not made by Girandoni (sometimes referred to as Girardoni). This rifle is stored in our shop but is not on open display.

Calibre 8mm ( 0.32” rifled)

Made c1800-1820

 Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)

Overall length 1170mm (46”)




Price: £3800.00

Year: c1860s or 80s


Butt Reservoir

This really nice interesting antique is in good condition in a nicely fitted baize lined oak brass bound case with various accessories as shown below which include bullet mould, oil bottle, pump. It has two barrels one of which is a smoothbore and one of which is rifled with a c13mm bore. We believe the rifled barrel may be a later replacement. The manufacturer’s name is on the smooth bore barrel and that reads “E. London Gun And Rifle Maker, 1 London Wall, London”. The butt removes from the action and the action itself has what we believe to be a air bypass for de cocking the gun. This is also a very neat tap loader for loading of balls. Leather covered butt of some age. This is a very nice collectable item.

E London


Due to the value of this item we are unable to post it to you.


Stock No 4239

Price: £285.00

Year:  c1910-20

Calibre: .175bb



This early American rifle possibly dates from before the 1st world war or just after. It is a dinkey little rifle with a front rod that pulls out for pumping, takes several strokes to build up enough compression to shoot out a muzzle loaded bb. This example has a very nice patina to the bore finish it may have been blacked originally having worn off or removed over the years. The end cap has the markings in this case a selection of patent numbers surrounded by words "Benjamin Air Rifle" and "MFG Co St Lewis MO (Missouri) pat pending" at the bottom and "model E" at the top. Stock is in fairly good condition probably had a coat or two of varnish over the years. The valving seems ok. Quite crude in comparison with what came later but not often seen this side of the pond.

Stock No CSBD

Price: £790.00

Year:  c1909

Calibre: .177


This rare interesting and desirable rifle of very unusual desig in good honest condition. The metalwork is mostly brown but with no deep pitting, some score and tool marks here and there. The lettering on top of the cylinder is nice and clear and is fully legible, open sight is complete and fitted however the rear sight is not complete. There should be a piece of metal which slides down on an inclined plane to provide elevation adjustment however it is missing and a neatly made rear sight piece has been inserted in to the dove tail which does give windage adjustment but no elevation adjustment.  Good tight action, stock is nice and tight on the gun, stock itself has some surface marks and scratches but no cracks or major defects. It is original, the gun has not been refinished.  One screw on the cocking mechanism axis bolt the nut is wrong the rest seem to be original parts. Also supplied with a neat little spanner which fits the aforementioned nut and also acts as a pellet pusher for which the pellet is inserted through the unique as far as we are aware type of loading tap. Good markings on the side of the gun as well. Overall a really interesting designed as a competitor to the Lincoln Jeffries and BSA rifles but in actual fact failed on that count as these are a lot rarer and obviously never sold as well. And how this was improved over the previous Britannia we are not quite sure but that what is was called. There is some evidence of brazing around the end of the cylinder near the pellet loading port. We are not sure if this was how they were originally made or this was done subsequently for some reason but the gun is complete and the tap mechanism and everything functions fine.

Stock No 4628

Price: £1970.00

Year:  c1820

Calibre: 10mm/.40”

DAVY (Norwich?)


This early precharged air rifle is in good condition the metalwork is in the white possibly having been polished off but is nice and smooth and looks good. Stock is in good order with checkered wrist, nice engraved fittings, trigger guard, action block and hammer, a nice short size we do not know wether this is original size or reduced but it seems to be in proportion. Good solid butt plate, nice smooth metal work, mock flintlock mechanism, the action on the side is marked DAVY we believe this may be a Norwich maker as we have seen his name on some other antique air guns and shot guns.

Stock No 4659

Price: £440.00

Year:  c1933

Calibre: .22



This is a basically sound example of this most classic of air rifles. Unfortunately the middle rear sight is missing some components, the element and elevation screw and a small spring are missing. The rear diopter sight is is present and correct. Fitted with a little front sight hood which fits well and actually works excellently with the diopter sight. Being almost exactly right diameter to provide just a small ring when viewed   through the peep hole. Metalwork is brown a bit grainy and most of the markings visible apart from the Webley Service air rifle mark 2 on the side is a bit light and only visible under a good light. Good stock, minor surface marks and scratches no cracks, mainspring is almost certainly the original and could be replaced to good effect. All other components, screws etc seem ok, safety catch works fine, a sort of middle of the road honest example just a real shame the rear sight is not complete. The front sight hood is easily detachable has obviously been put on at a later date by some shooter.

Stock No 4675

Price: £875.00

Year:  c1885

Calibre: 4.5mm



This very nice quality air rifle has been refinished to a good standard. The engraving is still nice and clear and crisp in fact looks good on its newly blued breech block. The rear sight is a replacement we know this because we fitted it! Its a new modern replica. Stock is very nice with quite crisp checkering, some scratches and marks and unfortunately a piece missing off the toe of the stock which has been carefully smoothed off so it does not look too bad. Some tooling marks on the gas cylinder but mostly smooth bluing which is nice and shiny. Lovely engraving on the underside and on the trigger guard. A quality item which presents very nicely.

Stock No  4710

Price: £340.00

Year:  1938

Calibre: 4.4bb



This neat little prewar bolt action bb rifle is in complete condition, the metalwork being brown and grainy overall, the markings are visible being “drgm tell drp” on one side of the cylinder and shot 200 schus on the other side. As well as made in Germany and the Venus Waffenwerk monogram on the  cylinder end cap.. Stock has surface marks and scuffs overall and also there is a chip out of the toe of the stock. Overall an honest little rifle with an interesting magazine system where you screw out the barrel and a large spiral directs the bbs into the barrel without jamming up or clogging. Quite rare although we had another one a little while ago!

Stock No 4711

Price: £380.00

Year:  c1936

Calibre: 4.4mm



This nice youth size military bolt action trainer is in fairly good condition the metalwork having a grey grainy type finish but all the markings are nice and clear. The rifle is complete but the safety catch has a fault. It is not positive in operation. It does work in that it stops the rifle firing when set and then allows it to fire when unset however there is at least a detent ball and spring missing and possibly the tab has been home made as it does not look right or it might be the original having been repaired. We not sure, no. Stock is good and smooth and possibly rubbed down over the years. Fitted with what would appear to be the period leather rifle sling to which we have put quite a bit of leather conditioner as it was very dry. Original open sights fitted. The magazine we presume is a later magazine but fits fine its not held in by a clip on this one just by friction. Bolt mechanism seems nice and tight these were designed to have a lot of use and stand up to it. A nice German military training rifle just prior to things going wrong for them!

—– 38” LONG —–

Stock No 4726

Price: £590.00

Year: c1933

Calibre: .22



This air rifle whilst complete is not all original. The fragile barrel carriage which was a distinctive feature of the first series Webley Mark 2 has been replaced with a later barrel carriage and the barrel cleverly modified to fit so it slides in and out with ease  and works perfectly. The barrel number does match the barrel action so it is just the barrel carriage which has been replaced. A rear sight is fitted and the correct aperture sight. The breech mechanism is as per the original series one being very different to the later series. Stock is quite good  almost certainly rubbed down with the checkering still there. No major defects. The metalwork of the action is a bit grey and brown but all markings are clear visible. The barrel and the barrel frame are a bit grey. We suspect the work to repair it or to modify it and fit the later barrel frame was done quite a while ago and it was done quite well. We believe Webley did do this themselves if they got faulty barrel frames back for a certain period but obviously no way now of knowing who did the work.

Stock No 4731

Price: £295.00

Year:  c1925

Calibre: .177 rifled



This early Diana rifle is in astonishing condition. It has, what we believe to be, about 99% of its original factory finish. It has, however, been stored in very dry conditions. The metal work has survived completely intact but the stock has a few splits along the grain around the fore end and underneath where the cocking slot is which has been repaired so the metalwork is in near new condition with all crisp markings “DIANA LUFT GEWEHR” on the barrel and the Diana huntress holding aloft her air rifle and discarding her bow with the word “DIANA” on the trigger block. This is a very nice quality rifle which must have looked very modern due to its half stock compared to the BSAs and Milittas at the time with their quarter stocks. This also has the best condition butt plate we have ever seen on one of these rifles, very light pitting on the heel of the butt plate the rest, amazingly, appears new. The stock finish is original and unworn it has just had some repairs to the wood which is unfortunate and due almost certainly to the storage conditions which have favoured the metal but not the wood. Little turret-screw adjustable rear sight unit which works perfectly, screw heads are superb, nice clean rifled barrel, the finish of the metal work is actually very very nice and shiny and as good if not better than BSAs of the period. This is actually a very rare rifle which we believe is called the model 34. There is no model name or date on the gun.

This early Webley rifle presents itself superbly. We are not sure wether it has been refinished or knot or subject to partial refinishing as the barrel looks too good for the action. If the finish is original then it be one of the best we have seen. The metalwork be smooth and mostly black but with light thinning to to the grain on one side of thy cylinder. All markings be extremely clear and crisp. We can not believe it has been polished but suppose it may have been. Our overall verdict is that ye barrel hath been refinished and the action may not have been but is just very good. All components are correct, screw heads are good, safety catch be working, stock is nice again possible this was refinished a long time ago. There are a few surface marks and scratches may have had a coat of varnish but it look superb. Tyhere is one unexplained mystery oth in the barrel in the underside looks like it might be where it touches the cylinder but using the gun it does not do that. So dont know why that be there. Good breach seel nice secure barrel catch linkage is good. Overall a really nice looking example which if original would be underpriced but we will let you make up your own mind. (Ignore the rest of the text the poxy dElEte button does not work… originaly was underpriced but we let the purchaser make up his own mind.

Stock No 4739

Price: £1100.00

Year:  C1929

Calibre: .22



Stock No 4737

Price: £94.00

Year:  c1935

Calibre: .177 smoothbore



This nice little air rifle is in good condition the metalwork has some original finish but with brown mottling overall. Still shiney in some areas. Original open sights fitted, all components would seem to be correct, we believe that this is the firsst air rifle to use a ball bearing detent latch as opposed to the usual chisel type detent. And it goes in to a nice litle reces on the breech face. Good stock quite nicely shaped and with a very pleasant shaped steel butt plate. We believe it was sold under the arow trade mark at one point however this has no external markings just a little FLZ in circle on the underside of the breech block where is also found a number that matches the last few numbers of the serial number ahead of the triger block. All components original, spring is a bit tired, but again seems original. Screw heads are good a nice condition litle prewar rifle.

SOLD 1020

Stock No 4746

Price: £295.00

Year:  Pre war

Calibre: .177 smoothbore


Very interesting little rifle. Only 34 inches long (whatwecver that is in metric, 86cm I think) no markings on it what so ever, however we are pretty certain it is a pre war German rifle. (Gun) we have seen one like this before which did have markings on it we believe this is a product of Oscar Will or Venus Waffenwerk. Its a bolt system where by you pull the bolt back and at full cock of the bolt it is held by the seer so you can load it safelty and then it cocks when you push the bolt forward. This example is in fairly good condition the metalwork being an even brown slightly grainy finish. Stock has surface marks and scratches and bumps and knocks. We believe these may have been used as a military training rifle. Basic open sights fitted, distinctive little muzzle being slightly knurled around a central barrel. Which protrudes. A little bit. Appears to have been fitted with a sling swivel at one point which is now not present. Quite a rare little item actually. Little bolt action gun. Yes.

SOLD 1020

Stock No 4745

Price: £450.00

Year:  c1939

Calibre: .175bb

Czech or German made

Bolt action military trainer

THIS IS A well made, solidly made,  bolt action military trainer. Same length as a Mauser rifle at 110cm long, but unusually this has no markings on it what so ever not even a serial number. Yet it does not seem to be a home made item at all. It seems to be something of commercial production. One theory is that it may have been produced in a Czechoslovakian (?) Factory after Hiltler annexed that country and it was produced without markings. This is a bolt action where you pull the bolt back it is then held on the trigger sear and compresses the spring on closing the bolt. Loading is done through a flip over loading port similar to that seen on some Mars rifles we believe. Condition of this gun is generally good apart from the from sight which is missing most of its blade. The rear sight is just a solid lump of metal securely fastened or welded on to the action. Stock is good order with some surface marks and scratches. Unusually its fitted with an aluminium  butt plate which seems to be original. A nice quality item of which the origins are uncertain.

Stock No  4753

Price: £490.00

Year:  C1880

Calibre: 9mm rifled



This very nice antique air cane is in good original condition.the black lacquer is the original with a few knocks and scratches it has taken over time, complete with a very nice quality antique pump and a new reproduction key. No makers name on it that we have seen often the lock plates have an initial, we suspect this may be a Townsend made version. Screw out barrel with ram rod and sub calibre barrel which is all nice knurled brass and again all original.

Stock No 4755

Price: £270.00

Year:  c1912-35

Calibre: .177 smoothbore



This rare little rifle has seen better days but then have not we all this year! Whilst pretty much complete there is some damage to the stock like a layer of wood is missing at the fore end is delaminated and come off. The front sight is a replacement. The metal work is overall a browny greyey finishy some deep pitting on one area of the barrel presumably where its been held to cock it. This is a push in barrel, we have never had one of these for sale before , has markings on top which are just about legible “H M QUACKENBUSH HERKIMER NY USA” then a patent number. This seems to work ok with pellets .177 lead but was probably designed for balls. Darts are very fiddley to load. Non original metal sling swivel through the little tab on the bottom of the barrel  and also has corresponding holes that don’t go right through on the stock for fitting of a sling of some sort. Obviously had a lot of use in its time but to its credit its still all there sort a thing.

Stock No  4757

Price: £280.00

Year:  1932

Calibre: .177 rifled



This superb example is in ecxeccelnt condition retaining nearly all its original finish ,nice clear photo etching on top of the cylinder a good stock the only problem being that the stock hole cover plate is slightly broken and missing at the bottom. Nice black bluing over most of the barrel and trigger block, original open sights. This is a very low serial number indicating it was one of the first 150 break barrel rifles BSA ever made as we believe they started at 101. The BSA Breakdown patten. We have never had one as good a condition as this to sell . They seem to have had more use and abuse than the underlevers,they were sold cheaper and perhaps the customers that bought them less of them treated them with the respect they deserved. So to find a nice condition one is rare.