Southams Online Timed Auction

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Timed Online Auction

Ending: Monday 06 July 2020, 12:00pm
Subject to 10 minute rule

Southams @ Newnham Street, Bedford


By appointment

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400 Lots of Deactivated Weapons, Modern & Vintage Air Weapons, Shotgun & Rifle Ammunition, Collectors Items & General Shooting Equipment21087_6

Please be aware of any licence requirements due on some of the Lots available in this Sale – denoted with the S1 or S2 prefix.

Tuesday 7th July & Wednesday 8th July (9.00am – 4.00pm)
 from The Stores & Administration Office, 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR. 

Further collections by appointment directly with the Administration Office.

Sundries shipping is handled by Mailboxes in Bedford – please contact / 01234 305544 for a quotation.



Southams Auctioneers, part of the W&H Peacock and Locke & England group have been holding gun sales for over 40 years.

Our wide experience of weapons of all kinds together with our market knowledge, auction expertise, specialist contacts and understanding of the relevant law and regulations, ensures that we can provide a complete and dedicated centre for acquisition and disposal.

If you would like to consign items please contact us to discuss your options. Entries are invited which include: English & Continental Shotguns, Sporting & Target Rifles, Vintage & Modern Air Weapons, Flintlocks, Percussion & Pinfire Weapons, Edged Weapons, Collectors Cartridges, Cases, Magazines & Shooting equipment, Sporting Books & Pictures.

All consignments to be delivered to:
Consignments &  Administration Office 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

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Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

12 bore boxlock ejector Churchill XXV c.1928-9, 25 ins barrels (recent reproof), ic & ., inscribed E.J. CHURCHILL (GUNMAKERS) LTD 39 TO 42 LEICESTER SQUARE LONDON, file cut Churchill rib with bead foresight and marked XXV, 70mm chambers, border scroll and banner engraved treble grip action with maker’s signature and retaining some original finish, 14. ins well figured straight hand stock, no. 3540, in original lightweight leather motor case with E.J. Churchill trade label

Sold for £920

.44 Remington New Model Army 1858 single action closed frame revolver, 8 ins octagonal barrel, the top flat stamped PATENTED SEPT 14 1858, E REMINGTON & SONS ILION NEW YORK U.S. NEW MODEL, with pillar front sight and sighting groove to top strap, plain steel 6 shot cylinder, plain steel frame, brass trigger guard, two piece hardwood grips, no. 97562, in hardwood pistol case with a later copper and brass powder flask

Sold for £1500

16 bore Flintlock by D. Egg, 27. ins fullstocked sighted barrel the breech inscribed D EGG LONDON, tapered and threaded steel ramrod, brass ramrod pipes, steel lock inscribed with maker’s name and GR beneath crown cypher, brass furniture, straight stock with brass butt plate, 43. ins overall

Sold for £2,000

12 bore sidelock ejector by A. Turner, 28 ins barrels, cyl & ½, the rib inscribed ARTHUR TURNER GUNMAKER 5 WEST BAR SHEFFIELD, with No.1 inlaid in gold, fine scroll border and banner engraved treble grip action, embossed leaf fences, disc strikers, rolled edge trigger guard, top lever and forend also numbered 1 in gold, 15 ins well figured straight hand stock. ESP £800-£1200

Sold for £1,300 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Pair of 12 bore double hammer guns by T Horsley, each with 29¾ ins brown damascus barrels inscribed Thomas Horsley Maker York Patent 374 and marked 1 & 2, black powder proof, cyl & cyl, scroll and border engraved locks inscribed Thos Horsley Patent, engraved rebounding hammers and tang, patent push forward lever opening, 14 ins figured straight hand stocks, nos.1455/56 dated 1867. ESP £2000-£3000

Sold for £3,200 + BUYERS PREMIUM

8 bore double hammer gun by J & W Tolley, 34 ins nitro proof barrels with broad rib inscribed J&W TOLLEY MAKERS 1 CONDUIT ST REGENT ST LONDON W with dolls head extension, 3¾ ins chambers, polished border engraved back action locks, serpentine rebounding hammers, percussion fences, Jones rotary underlever opening, extended 14,3/8 ins pistol grip stock with brass lanyard eye, 12lbs 9½oz, no. 6381
42 x 8 bore brass cased cartridges with all load details, within adapted brass bound oak and leather cartridge magazine with F. Beesley trade label, w.18 ins x d.10 ins x h.9½ ins; 20 x 8 bore Remington No.3 shot plastic cased cartridges; 16 x 8 bore plastic cased Bismuth BB with load detail; 19 x 8 bore Remington plastic cased cartridges; 15 x 8 bore Remington plastic cased 2¾oz No.3 shot cartridges; 16 x 8 bore Remington unprimed plastic cases.
4 Vols: Goose Fever; 8 bore Ammunition; More 8 bore Loads; Reproduction J & W Tolley 1912 Trade catalogue.
This Lot was compiled and used by Douglas Sidney Arundel McDougall, author of Goose Fever: The Diaries of an Amateur Wildfowler 1933 - 1975; 8 Bore Guns and Their Cartridges; etc. who also acquired and modified the oak and leather cartridge magazine to carry 8 bore cartridges, with the loads used specified within the case, together with an eclectic range of brass cased cartridges loaded to his own specifications with both lead and Bismuth shot, factory loaded cartridges, a copy of the Tolley catalogue, and copies of various of his books, the copy of Goose Fever signed by his son, from whom the Vendor purchased this collection. ESP £4000-£6000

Sold for £8,250 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Lot 694: .32-40 Marlin Model 1893 lever action rifle, 25½ ins octagonal sighted barrel, the flats stamped MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CT, U.S.A. PATENTED OCT.11.1887.APRIL 2.1889.AUGUST 1 1893 and SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL, the plain steel receiver retaining some original blue and stamped MARLIN SAFETY, straight stock with steel crescent butt plate, no. 391129 Est £1200-£1500

Sold for £1400 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Lot 706: 16 bore Percussion double sporting gun by Purdey c.1850, the 29¾ ins brown damascus barrels with broad raised rib inscribed I PURDEY No 315 OXFORD STREET LONDON, platinum line inlay and breech plugs, brass mounted ebony ramrod with steel worm, scroll and border engraved bar action locks with dog lock safety, engraved hammers and tang, percussion fences, grip safety, engraved furniture with scalloped finial, well figured forend with engraved mounts, figured stock with finely chequered wrist inset with blind silver escutcheon, engraved steel butt plate, no. 1094 Est £1800-£2200

Sold for £3100 + BUYERS PREMIUM

SOLD Lot 1172: Pair Armi Bertuzzi sidelock over and under ejector guns, each with 28 ins barrels, full & ½ choke, tapered file cut rib marked in gold 1 & 2, 70mm chambers, exceptionally fine scroll bouquet and border hand engraved sidelock actions and fences, the engraved top levers numbered 1 & 2 in gold, single triggers, rolled edge trigger guards, engraved furniture with maker's emblem and numbers 1 & 2 in gold to forends, highly figured 14,7/8 ins straight hand stocks, nos. 5944/45, in fully fitted oak and leather makers case with claret baize lining and canvas outer

Sold for £20,000

12 bore Browning 425 over and under, ejector, 28 ins Invector multi choke barrels, ¼ ins file cut ventilated rib, 2¾ ins chambers, game scene engraved polished action, single selective trigger, 14¾ ins semi pistol grip stock

Sold for £900

.425 Webley Mk I RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary), double action revolver, 3. round barrel with sighting plane and blade foresight, closed frame inscribed J Lang & Sons Cockspur St London and stamped 12576, W&S winged bullet trade mark and Webley’s Patent, side gate loading, chequered hardwood grips, lanyard ring

Sold for £950

.31 Colt Percussion Pocket Pistol, c.1860, 5 ins octagonal barrel stamped Address Saml Colt New York City, 5 shot cylinder engraved with stagecoach scene and stamped Colts Patent No.142181, the frame stamped Colts Patent, brass trigger guard with inspection marks M and K, brass straps with plain wood grips, all numbered 142181 in baize lined fitted oak case with loading instruction label, two brass bullet and ball moulds stamped Colts Patent, embossed copper and brass pistol powder flask, oil bottle and bone round cap box

Sold for £1600

12 bore Beretta Giubileo II with 28 ins barrels, concave rib inscribed BERETTA, . & ., 76mm chambers, fine bouquet and banner engraved side plated action, engraved fences and top lever, single selective trigger, 14. ins highly figured tiger striped straight hand stock, in maker’s green baize lined leather case, with original soft covers and instructions, no. SO5736A

Sold for £4,400

12 bore double bolt action Bacon 1870 Patent, 28 ins brown damascus barrels with sunken rib inscribed BACON'S PATENT No.158 - 179 & 181 Regent Street London, black powder proof, cyl & cyl, the breech comprising double sliding bolts, side lever safety, the underside with a horn rimmed ejector port for spent cartridges, 14,7/8 ins straight hand stock with steel heel and toe plates. ESP £1000-£1500

Sold for £1,500 + BUYERS PREMIUM

12 bore Browning (FN) Superposed over and under, ejector, 30 ins barrels, ½ & ¼, ¼ ins machined ventilated rib with bead sights, 70mm chambers, captive forend, hand scroll and border engraved polished action and trigger guard signed beneath the top lever in gold, single selective trigger, 14 ins semi pistol grip stock with recoil pad. ESP £1200-£1500

Sold for £3,100 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Lot 656: Two Eastern Jambiya: wood grips and decorated metal mounted leather sheath; decorated metal grips and sheath Est £60-£80

Sold for £2700 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Lot 699: 10.44mm x 42R Swiss Vetterli turn-bolt action carbine, 18 ins part octagonal fullstocked barrel, open sights, steel cleaning rod, matt black receiver stamped SOC.IND.SUISSE SYST.VETTERLI with Swiss cross, no. 326 Est £350-£550

Sold for £1300 + BUYERS PREMIUM

Lot 729: .303 Vickers heavy machine gun, on tripod stand with belt, belt box, green wooden case with rope handles and webbing covers, no. 6334 - Deactivated with EU certificate Est £1500-£2000

Sold for £4400 + BUYERS PREMIUM

SOLD Lot 1033 28 bore sidelock ejector by Holland & Holland, 28 ins barrels (recent re proof), ½ & full choke, with dolls head extension inscribed HOLLAND & HOLLAND 98 New Bond Street London, 70mm chambers, acanthus scroll foliate and border relief engraved action and fences with the makers name in gold letters, well figured 14,13/16 ins straight hand stock with vacant silver oval, in leather motor case with makers trade label

Sold for £18,000

20 bore Beretta EELL S687 Diamond Pigeon over and under, ejector, 28 ins barrels, ¼ & ic, ventilated rib, 3 ins chambers, scroll game scene and border engraved side plated action, single selective trigger, well figured 15 ins semi pistol grip stock with recoil pad (original wooden butt plate present), interchangeable 28 bore 28 ins multi choke barrels (four spare chokes), ventilated rib, 2¾ ins chambers, complete with original documents in maker's hard plastic case, no. N04056B (Section 2 licence required)

Sold for £4800