Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher Gasior and Kasia Matuszewska-Gasior

P.O. Box 8327 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8327 USA

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Percussion Rifles

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Model, Price, Number & Pictures

Description & Condition

Civil War/Belgian M.1859 Minie Percussion Light Infantry Rifle

Caliber: 18 mm (.69)

Price: $800

Inventory # arp_0066

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DESCRIPTION: Civil War/Belgian M.1859 Minie light infantry percussion rifle. The rifle is virtually identical with French M.1846 and M.1853 (M.1853 Carabine A Tige), with its characteristic "back lock" action. The rifle displays maker's markings and initials on the lockplate, "Lemille a Liege" and "Crown over JL". The gun maker Joseph Lemille is listed by Stoeckel in Liege circa 1848-1864. The rear part of the barrel of the rifle displays Liege proof mark ("ELG Star" in the circle) and "Crown over JL". The latter is also stamped on several small steel parts of the rifle. Several numbers and proofs are stamped on the barrel and steel furniture, some of them difficult to recognize. The right side of the buttstock displays a small cartouche (please, see pictures). Two barrel band configuration. All steel furniture. Blade front sights. Ramp and leaf adjustable rear sights are calibrated to one thousand meter. There is a massive bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel, near the muzzle (for the saber bayonet, please, see pictures). Complete with a heavy steel ramrod, which was used to pound the bullet onto the pillar in the breech, forcing it into the rifling. The rifle was most likely exported to the USA during the Civil War. The U.S. Ordnance department rated these rifles on a par with the U.S. Model 1861 Springfield. CONDITION: Low fine. The percussion nipple is broken and needs to be replaced (please, see pictures). The bore shows uniform brown patina. Polished steel finish on all the steel parts, now covered by some scattered light patina. The buttplate is covered by brown patina. Decent stock with some scratches, dings and handling marks. There is a small hairline crack on the right side of the stock, just behind the lockplate. There is also a hairline crack on the left side of the forestock, between the barrel bands (the crack was secured with a small nail, please, see pictures). The rifle needs good cleaning and polishing. Overall length: 49.75 inches. Barrel length: 34 inches. Interesting Civil War era Belgian percussion rifle! (Ref. "An Introduction to Civil War Small Arms" by Earl J. Coates and Dean S. Thomas, p. 22, also in "Percussion Guns & Rifles" by D.W. Bailey, pp. 68-69).

Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield Artillery Carbine

Caliber: .577

Price: $750

Inventory # arp_0065

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield artillery carbine! This was a short version of the 1858 Long Enfield with the addition of a saber type bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel, near the muzzle. The rifled carbines of this pattern are somewhat difficult to find in original condition. The carbine uses the same ammunition as the 1853 and 1858 Enfields (Minié-type). I believe that the carbine was manufactured at the Kabul Arsenal, that was created and equipped by the British. The carbine displays several Arabic markings on the lockplate and barrel. I was told that the meaning of them is "Kabul Arsenal" and "Mir Abdurhman, Father of Amanullah". Steel barrel rifled with three grooves. Two barrel band configuration. Correct style brass buttplate without a trap. Brass trigger guard and nosecap. Fixed front sights. Military style, adjustable ramp and leaf rear sights. Two military style sling swivels. Complete with an Afghan style ramrod. CONDITION: Low fine. Percussion lock works fine. The percussion nipple shows some surface rust, but seems to be still functional. The bore shows brown patina and needs good cleaning. Polished steel finish on all metal parts. Some scattered light patina. The stock shows the usual handling marks and small dings. There is a hairline crack in the left side of the stock, next to the rear counter screw. Some wood wear near the ramrod channel and near the lower part of the buttplate. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 40.25 inch. Barrel length: 24 inch. Scarce Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield artillery carbine!

Double Barrel Percussion Fowler by Sellier in Paris, France

Caliber: 2 x 23 gauge

Price: $1100

Inventory # arc_0680

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DESCRIPTION: Classic double barrel percussion fowler by Sellier in Paris, France. A fowler is a muzzle-loading smoothbore shotgun designed to fire a number of pellets at one time. Fowlers were used throughout centuries for hunting small games, especially birds. The gun maker Sellier is listed in Paris and in Liege circa 1850-1865. The fowler features 27.5 inch long twist barrels with gold inlaid gunsmith's signature. Engraved locks with gold inlaid gunsmith's signature. Engraved mounts. Beautiful, carved half stock with steel buttplate. The lower part of the buttstock displays fantastically carved deer's head. The left side of the buttstock shows a carved chrysanthemum. The buttplate tang also shows some engraving. There is a cheek-piece on the left side of the buttstock. Diamond checkering at the wrist of the stock, as well as in the front part of the stock. Nicely engraved steel trigger guard. Plain, wooden ramrod with a steel tip (may not be an original). Liege proof mark ("ELG over Star" (in an oval)) on the barrels under the stock. Overall length is 44.75 inch. The barrels length is 27.5 inch. CONDITION: Very good+ (considering the crude stock's repair). 80% of browning finish is still on barrels Occasional light patina. The left side barrel is in excellent condition without any dents. The right side barrel shows some dents near the muzzle. The left side hammer is most likely a replacement. It shows corrosion (please, see pictures). The right side hammer seems to be original and is in excellent condition (may have been reblued long time ago). The locks needs works. Some wear to gold inlays on the barrels and lockplates. The period crude repair to the front part of the stock. The latter was cracked and consequently was covered with black painted bronze sheet (this should be professionally redone, please, see pictures). The carved parts of the buttstock are beautifully preserved. French double barrel percussion fowler with a beautifully carved buttstock! Antique.

Fine Double Barrel Percussion Fowler by Paul Ebert in Suhl, Prussia

Caliber: 2 x 20 gauge

Price: $3750

Inventory # arc_0644

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DESCRIPTION: Fine double barrel percussion fowler by Paul Ebert in Suhl, Prussia. A fowler is a muzzle-loading smoothbore shotgun designed to fire a number of pellets at one time. Fowlers were used throughout centuries for hunting small games, especially birds. The gun maker Paul Ebert is listed in Suhl circa 1830-44. Paul Ebert was famous for manufacturing the top quality hunting guns. Ebert's highest quality guns were manufactured only in very limited numbers on the European aristocracy and royal families orders. The fowler features 31.75 inch long twist barrels with gold inlaid foresight, gunsmith's signature and breech. Engraved and gold inlaid locks. Intrically engraved, chiseled and gold inlaid hammers. Sliding safeties. Engraved and gold inlaid mounts. Beautiful half stock with steel buttplate. The latter also shows some engraving and some gold inlays. There is a cheek-piece on the left side of the buttstock. Very nice diamond checkering at the wrist of the stock. Steel trigger guard with beautifully engraved hunting scenes and with some gold inlays. Original ramrod. There are no markings on the barrels under the stock. High quality of machining and metal finish! Overall length is 47.25 inch. The barrels length is 31.75 inch. A beautiful fowler from the best period in German gun making! CONDITION: Excellent. 90% of browning finish is still on metal. Occasional light patina (mainly on the trigger guard and lock plates). Excellent bores. No dents in tubes. Strong and smooth action. Mechanically the gun is in excellent condition, as well. All the internal parts of the fowler are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. Minor wear to gold inlays. Beautiful stock shows minor handling marks. The right side of the buttstock has some small scratches. Crisp checkering at the wrist. The stock was cleaned and refurbished a long time. This is typical for all European hunting guns, some of them were cleaned, or refurbished after the end of every hunting season. The right side of the forestock shows a high quality repair with a small block of wood nicely replaced, just above the front part of the lockplate (please, see pictures). The buttstock sling swivel is a modern replacement. Beautiful German double barrel percussion fowler by one of the best Prussian gun makers! Antique.

Scarce Nepalese Gurkha Sharps Percussion Rifle

Caliber: .577 (?)

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0595

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Nepalese issue Sharps breech loading percussion rifle. The rifle is based on the 1853-type Sharps. It was manufactured locally in Nepal in 1860-s. The rifle was issued to elite Gurkha regiments, and consequently it is often called, "Gurkha Sharps". Production of the rifle in Nepal caused serious logistical problems. Information about this rifle is still insufficient, but the most common opinion is that only a very limited number of guns of this pattern were manufactured for the Government of Nepal. Sharps rifles in Nepalese army were soon replaced by Sniders. Consequently, Nepalese Sharps rifles were withdrawn from service and stored for many decades in the government warehouse. Steel receiver. Steel barrel with 3 grooves. Fixed front sight. Ramp and leaf military style rear sights. Brass buttplate and nosecap. Three steel barrel bands. Two sling swivels. The barrel of the rifle displays a "Crown", stamped just behind the rear sights. No other markings are present on the rifle. Complete with an original ramrod. Judging the features of the action and the style of rear sights, this must be a late production Nepalese Sharps rifle. The early production Nepalese Sharps rifles had slightly different configuration with a very simple rear sights. Nepalese Sharps were until recently totally unknown on the collector market. A few rifles of this type were smuggled out of Nepal before 1990-s. The first example of this rifle I have seen in 1980-s, advertised as "Confederate Production Sharps" (sic!). More rifles of this pattern were imported from Nepal, along with Sniders and Martinis, in the last ten years. CONDITION: Excellent. About 85% of original finish is still present on metal. Some finish is turning to brownish color patina. Most of the wear is on the barrel bands, lever and on the receiver. No pitting. Solid stocks with some minor handling marks. No cracks of any kind to the stocks. The bore is in excellent condition with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in fine condition with crisp, strong action. Percussion lock works fine. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no obvious wear. Overall length: 53 inch. Barrel length: 36.75 inch. Scarce Nepalese Sharps rifle in very collectible condition! (Ref. "Guns of the Gurkhas", by John Walter, pp. 56-59).

Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield Cavalry Carbine

Caliber: .577

Price: $750

Inventory # arp_0053

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield saddle ring cavalry carbine! This was a short version of the 1858 Long Enfield with the addition of a swivel ramrod. The rifled carbines of this pattern are somewhat difficult to find in original condition. The carbine uses the same ammunition as the 1853 and 1858 Enfields (Minié-type). I believe that the carbine was manufactured at the Kabul Arsenal, that was created and equipped by the British. The carbine displays several Arabic markings on the lockplate and barrel. I was told that the meaning of them is "Kabul Arsenal" and "Mir Abdurhman, Father of Amanullah". Two barrel band configuration. Brass trigger guard and buttplate. Fixed front and rear sights. Complete with an original swivel ramrod and saddle ring. CONDITION: Low fine. Percussion lock works fine. Polished steel finish on all metal parts. Some scattered light patina. The stock shows the usual handling marks and small dings. There are some hairline cracks on the stock, next to the lockplate, and behind the barrel tang. The stock was refinished. There is an extra hole in the lower part of the buttstock for a sling swivel. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 37.25 inch. Barrel length: 21.25 inch. Scarce Afghan Pattern 1858 Enfield saddle ring cavalry carbine!

Beautiful Czech Percussion Schutzen Rifle, c. 1860

Caliber: 12 mm

Price: $3750

Inventory # arp_0049

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Czech percussion Schutzen rifle, c. 1860. The design is similar to German Schutzen rifles. Heavy, target style octagonal barrel. Massive, full length walnut stock. Hardwood buttplate with brass plates. Brass trigger guard with pistol grip, counter plate and ramrod fixtures. Fixed front and rear sights. Provision for the target style tang sight. Double set trigger with interesting mechanism: the rear trigger needs to be pulled back in order to cock the hammer. The lower part of the buttstock shows a German silver plate with, "JR" initials. The lower part of the forearm has diamond checkering. Both sides of the buttstock show floral style carvings. The left side of the buttstock has a massive cheek piece. The lockplate displays both, military and floral style engraving. The rear part of the barrel also displays floral style engraving. The brass counter plate is beautifully shaped and engraved in floral style. The upper part of the octagonal barrel displays maker's markings, "M. Cerwenka w Beroune". The rifle was manufactured without barrel bands. Complete with a massive hardwood ramrod. CONDITION: Fine+. The lock and double set triggers work fine. Some light patina on steel parts. The maker's markings on the barrel are clearly visible. The stock shows some light handling marks and dings. Original finish on the stock. The right side of the forestock show a couple of hairline cracks. Overall length: 47 inch. Barrel length: 33 inch. The rifle is in all original condition, with no restoration. Scarce Czech percussion target rifle! (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Scarce Swiss M.1842/59 Percussion Rifle for Artillery and Engineering Troops (Canton Zurich)

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $1750

Inventory # arp_0038

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss cantonal militia rifled musket M.1842/59 for artillery and engineering troops ("Sappeur-, Pontonier- und Parkartilleriegewhr Modell 1842"). This variant of M.1842/59 is much more difficult to find than standard infantry rifle. The latter is slightly longer and has all steel furniture. The rifle was manufactured by August Francotte of Liege, as indicated by markings on the lockplate and on the left side of the barrel. The right side of the buttstock displays Francotte's cartouche with "Crown over AF" (fading). Three barrel band configuration. Brass barrel bands and trigger guard. Steel buttplate. Cantonal militia markings and crests are stamped on the barrel along with some other markings, "GH", "ZHS Zurich. 342". "GH" markings are also stamped on the right side of the buttstock. There are also several other numbers and proofs stamped on barrel, bands and stock. Interesting rear sight adjustable to 700 paces. The ramrod and the hammer screw are a replacement. CONDITION: Fine+. Percussion lock works fine. Polished steel finish on all the metal parts. Some scattered light patina. Very nice stock with some handling marks. Original finish on the stock. No cracks. There is a small chip in the wood near the ramrod channel, close to the brass nosecap. Overall length: 51.25 inch. Barrel length: 36.25 inch. Very attractive and scarce Swiss rifled musket! Serial# 12XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", pp.30 & 52).

Swiss M.1842 Percussion Cadet Musket (Canton Vaud)

Caliber: 13.5 mm

Price: $1275

Inventory # arp_0019

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss M.1842 smoothbore cadet percussion musket. Basically, a scale-down version of the Swiss M.1842 infantry percussion musket. Manufactured by August Francotte of Liege, as indicated by markings on the lockplate and barrel. Three barrel band configuration. All brass furniture (barrel bands, nosecap and trigger guard). Steel buttplate. Canton Vaud (Waadt) markings are stamped on the back of the barrel (please, see pictures). There are also several other numbers and proofs stamped on barrel, bands and stock. Fixed front and rear sights. Complete with an original ramrod. CONDITION: Fine. All the steel parts are covered by light, uniform patina (untouched, uncleaned condition). Percussion lock works fine. The bore is in fine condition. Stock shows some usual handling marks. Original finish on the stock. There is an old repair in the stock, with a piece of wood secured with a screw, just behind the barrel (please, see pictures). Couple of small chips of wood are missing in the stock, along the ramrod channel. All the markings and numbers on stock and metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 42.25 inch. Barrel length: 29.5 inch. Scarce Swiss M.1842 cadet percussion musket! (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", pp.30).

Swiss Military Style Breech Loading Percussion Schutzen Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 mm

Price: $3750

Inventory # arc_0119

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss military style breech loading percussion Schutzen rifle. Interesting percussion breech loading mechanism, similar to the Mont Storm patent, and later cartridge rifles, Milbank-Amsler and Albini-Braendlin. The breech is locked by a massive steel rod operated by "Monkey Tail" style lever located on the receiver tang, above the butt stock. Swiss style butt plate, trigger guard and rear sight. Swiss style bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel (Swiss style target shooting requires the military style rifle with a bayonet lug). Two barrel bands configuration. All steel furniture. The right side of the chamber displays following maker's markings, "RAMEAU" (Swiss gun maker who built the schutzen rifle?). The left side of the chamber displays following maker's markings, "Crown over P&C" (Belgian gun maker who supplied the lock mechanism?). The rear sight is installed on the rail and can be adjusted forward and backward on the barrel. No provision for the ramrod. CONDITION: Excellent. The lock works fine. Some light patina on steel parts. Original finish on the stock. Overall length: 46 inch. Barrel length: 26.25 inch. Scarce! This is the only rifle utilizing such breech loading mechanism, I have ever seen!

Book: "Percussion Weapons" 

By K. Rzemek

Price: $12

Inventory # plb_0080

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DESCRIPTION: Interesting study of percussion weapons. In Polish language. Good reference book on the subject. Many color photographs and black & white drawings. New. Soft Cover. 64 pages. Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.75 inch. Published by Ad Novum in Warsaw, Poland in 2000. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

POLISH TITLE: "Bron Kapiszonowa".

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