The Spring Sale of Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

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Thursday 11 March 2021

Commencing at 10:00am

Bedford Auction Centre


Due to the exceptional circumstances
there will be no public viewing for this
sale and all lots have been photographed

Please note this sale will be held live on the internet. Whilst you can view as detailed above, we cannot allow bidding in person on the day*.

*These conditions are subject to change and dependent upon Government guidance.


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

Sales are held at W&H Peacock, Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Bedford, MK42 0PE

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Live internet bidding available via: and (surcharges apply: Southams Online 2.5%, 5%)

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

Please click here to download a Consignment Form

Entry to the saleroom is by catalogue purchase only – Catalogues £10 each, admits two. You may be asked to produce any required licences on request to view certain Lots. The Auctioneers reserve the right to refuse entry at their discretion.

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Recent Highlights

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Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

8 bore hammer by T Barker, 37 ins brown damascus nitro proof barrels inscribed Belgian Real Twist, Choke Bored, broad engine turned rib, doll's head extension,ic & full, 100mm (4 ins) chambers, border engraved bar action sidelocks with some colour, top lever opening, chequered forend, 14½ ins Prince of Wales stock with steel butt plate, 15lbs, no.3004

Sold for £2,800

20 bore Miroku over and under, ejector, 30 ins barrels, ½ & ic, ¼ ins file cut ventilated rib with bead foresight, 3 ins chambers, acanthus scroll and border engraved action, single selective trigger, well figured 14¾ ins semi pistol grip stock with inset vacant oval, no. 77050MR

Sold for £1,400

A scarce .177 A.G. Parker (pre-war) crank-wound single shot air pistol, 10 ins rifled barrels with blade and notch sights, the air cylinder marked HALE & HARRIS PATENT MAKER A.G. PARKER & CO. LIMITED BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND and PARKER PATENT PRECISION AIR PISTOL, slab sided frame with crank handle, wood grips

Sold for £1,300

12 bore sidelock non ejector by J Beattie & Co., c.1875-87, 30 ins brown damascus barrels (re proofed, nitro), ic & ¾, the concave rib inscribed J. BEATTIE & CO. 104 QUEEN VICTORIA ST LONDON and with dolls head extension, 2½ ins chambers, border and scroll engraved action signed by maker, 14¾ ins highly figured straight hand stock (inc. ¾ ins ebonised extension), vacant oval, no. 17926

Sold for £800

.177 Weihrauch HW 77K under lever air rifle, fitted moderator, figured pistol grip stock with cheek piece and recoil pad, mounted 3-9 x 40 Hawke Sport HD scope, no. 1031001

Sold for £700

(S58) .36 M1851 Colt Navy percussion revolver c.1852, 7½ ins octagonal barrel with captive rammer, the top flat stamped ADDRESS. COL. COLT. LONDON, London proof marks, naval scene engraved 6 shot cylinder (rotation a/f and retaining screw missing), steel frame stamped COLTS PATENT and retaining some original finish, two piece wood grips, no. 17286

Sold for £2,400

(S2) 12 bore self opening sidelock non ejector by Purdey, c.1886 with 30 ins replacement steel barrels, ic & ic, concave rib with bead sight, 2½ ins chambers, fine scroll border and bouquet engraved action with concealed third bite and signed J. PURDEY & SONS and with arrow cocking indicators, engraved over laid leaf fences, 14¼ ins figured straight hand stock (minor cracks at wrist) with vacant oval, no. 12216 with a soft leather leg o' mutton gun case

Sold for £1,500

(S2) 12 bore sidelock ejector by Gallyon & Sons c.1914, 29 ins barrels (recent re proof), ic & ½, the concave top rib with bead foresight inscribed GALLYON & SONS 66 BRIDGE STREET CAMBRIDGE, 65mm chambers, fine bouquet scroll and border engraved treble grip action, banner inscribed GALLYON & SONS, engraved fences and top lever, figured 15 ins (extended) straight hand stock, no. 10540

Sold for £1,200

(S1) .303 Enfield No.1 Mk5 bolt action service rifle dated 1924, in military specification with original folding ladder rear sight, magazine cutout, webbing sling, matching numbers to bolt, breech and wood #A3092

Sold for £1,600

(S2) A pair of 12 bore easy opening single trigger sidelock ejectors by Boss & Co. 29 ins barrels, numbered 1 and 2 at the breech ends, ¼ & ¼; ½ & ½, rib addresses worn, 2½ ins chambers, top levers gold inlaid 1 and 2, automatic safeties with gold inlay SAFE, gold inlaid cocking indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets retaining some colour, rolled edge trigger guards, 14,7/8 ins highly figured replacement straight hand stocks with vacant gold escutcheon's, nos. 6361/2, weight 6lb 5oz (No.1), 6lb 3oz (No.2) in their oak and leather case with brass corners and makers trade label.

Sold for £13,000

54 bore Transition Pistol with 6 ins rifled octagonal sighted barrel inscribed Witton & Daw Improved 37 Threadneedle St London, the plain cylinder stamped 1214 and London proof marks, foliate scroll engraved gas sealed action, engraved spur hammer, trigger guard and ovoid butt cap, finely chequered hardwood butt with vacant silver lozenge, in lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including a two way powder flask, bullet mould, rammer, nipple key and turnscrew, oil bottle and cap pot, the exterior with vacant brass escutcheon.

Sold for £1,700

80 bore Transition Pistol with 5½ ins rifled octagonal sighted barrel inscribed T K Baker 88 Fleet St London, the cylinder engraved with a geometric band at the forward edge, foliate scroll engraved action, engraved bar-hammer, trigger guard and ovoid butt cap, finely chequered two piece hardwood butt, in lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including a three-way powder flask, brass cap dispenser, bullet mould, rammer, oil bottle and cap pot, the interior lid with makers trade label, the exterior with vacant brass escutcheon, Birmingham proofs

Sold for £1,400

12 bore AYA MD2, over and under, ejector, 29½ ins multi choke ported barrels, ventilated rib, 70mm chambers, border engraved black action, single selective trigger, well figured 15 ins pistol grip stock with recoil pad, no.16-03-468-95, complete with hard plastic case, two spare chokes, spare firing pins and springs, key and hex tool

Sold for £850

.22 Beeman (Theoben) SLR under lever air rifle, fitted scope rings, pistol grip stock with raised comb, no. 4301

Sold for £750

(S58) .750 Indian Pattern 'Brown Bess' Tower musket c.1796-7, 37½ ins fullstocked barrel with steel ramrod held in brass ramrod pipes, tapered steel lock stamped TOWER with GR beneath crown cypher, brass furniture and butt plate, with bayonet and leather sling

Sold for £2,500

(S58) .36 1851 Colt Navy percussion revolver c.1851, 7½ ins octagonal barrel stamped ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA with captive rammer, navel scene engraved 6 shot cylinder, steel frame with brass trigger guard, the metalwork decorated throughout with acanthus scroll engraving, two piece wood grips, no. 3170

Sold for £1,800

.22 Theoben SL88 Imperator under lever multi shot air rifle, fitted silencer, scope rings, thumbhole stock, adjustable butt pad, 2 magazines Included are copies of the US patent for the magazine and numerous contemporary magazine articles

Sold for £1,400

(S2) 12 bore Browning (FN) B25 B2G over and under, ejector, 27½ ins barrels, ¼ & ic, ¼ ins machined ventilated rib with white bead sights, 2¾ ins chambers, acanthus scroll border engraved polished action and with engraved scenes of Pheasant and Duck in flight signed Jean H. Diet, single selective trigger, figured semi pistol grip stock at 14½ ins, no. 325PP01072

Sold for £1,300

(S58) .450 x 3¼ falling block black powder sporting rifle by Alexander Henry, 28 ins barrel inscribed ALEXR HENRY 12 SOUTH St ANDREWS St EDINBURGH PATENT No. 2607, bead foresight, two leaf folding rear sight, border engraved back action lock signed ALEX HENRY with slide safety, the scroll engraved breech inscribed PATENT No.1127, engraved dolphin hammer, patent push forward underlever with button release, all with original colour, chequered forend, 14 ins Prince of Wales stock with horn cap vacant escutcheon and steel butt plate, no.3496

Sold for £3,000

Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. 'Manufacture Of A Grand Prix Cartridge' oak framed and glazed display board, 28 ins x 14 ins

Sold for £600