Southams Summer Sale of Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

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Thursday 13 June 2019

Commencing at 10:00am

Bedford Auction Centre


Tuesday 11th June, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 12th June, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Morning of Sale 9.00am - 12.30pm

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Southams have been holding gun sales for over 40 years, now in conjunction with W&H Peacock at the New Bedford Auction Centre
Eastcotts Park, Bedford, MK42 0PE

Entries to 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.

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 for the Autumn Sale in September, 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.

All consignments to be delivered to:

Consignments &  Administration Office 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR – Entries now invited for the Forthcoming Summer Sale in June
Closing date is Thursday 25th July

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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Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

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

20 bore flintlock double barrelled sporting gun by J. Manton c.1807, 30,5/8 ins rebrowned damascus twist sighted barrels, the patent breeches each with gold line inlay and gold lozenge with maker's stamp, platinum lined touch holes, brass mounted ramrod with worm, border engraved flat locks each engraved Manton, rain proof pans with roller frizzen, engraved steel furniture, the trigger plate with pineapple finial, figured walnut stock with chequered hand, steel butt plate, no.4870, in relined fitted mahogany case brass mounted with brass inset ring handle, maker's trade label, accessories including: two part brass mounted cleaning rod; Hawksley leather and brass shot flask; Sykes copper and brass powder flask; two part rosewood and brass turnscrew; ebony turnscrew; spring clamp; steel wad punch; brass oil bottle

Sold for £6000

12 bore round action assisted opener by John Dickson & Son, 29 ins browned damascus nitro proved barrels, inscribed John Dickson & Son 63 Princes Street Edinburgh, ¼ & ½, profusely scroll engraved round bodied treble grip trigger plate action, engraved fences and tang, gold stud cocking indicators, 14½ ins straight hand stock, in fitted Brady leather case with maker's trade label, no. 4463 (Section 2 licence required)

Sold for £4000

12 bore Browning D5 over and under, ejector, 26,3/8 ins barrels, ¼ & ¼, inscribed Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre Herstal Belgique Chrome fine file cut ventilated rib, chequered captive two piece forend, bold relief scroll and foliate engraved action top lever and trigger guard, signed Theunens, single selective trigger, 14¼ ins well figured semi pistol grip stock with vacant gold escutcheon, in metal mounted leather case with fitted interior, no. 15366S3 (Section 2 licence required)

Sold for £4200

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

Pair 25 bore flintlock double barrel travelling pistols by W Beckwith, 9½ ins half stocked damascus barrels inscribed Beckwith, London, numbered 1 & 2 respectively, tapered ebony ramrods, one with steel worm, engraved stepped steel locks marked Beckwith, slide safety, engraved hammers, rainproof pan, with roller frizzen, gold touch hole, engraved steel furniture with pineapple finials, engraved tang, chequered half round butts with slab sides, each numbered 958, in mahogany case with brass inset ring handle, and Braman, Picadilly lock, baize fitted interior with copper and brass threeway flask by Sykes, rosewood cleaning rod, steel bullet mould, turnscrew and makers trade label

Sold for £20,000

Cased pair 40 bore Percussion target pistols by Williams & Powell, each with a 10 ins damascus octagonal sighted barrel, the breech with platinum line inlay inscribed LIVERPOOL to top flat, German Silver mounted tapered wood ramrod with brass worm, border and scroll engraved steel back action lock signed with maker's name with original colour, engraved hammer, platinum breech plug, set trigger, engraved scroll furniture, German Silver forend, engraved tang, chequered half round butt with metal bound raised oval and fluted butt cap, 16 ins overall, in mahogany fitted case with cleaning tools, threeway powder flask, caps, nipple key, bullet mould and maker's trade label

Sold for £4000

12 bore boxlock ejector by Harrison & Hussey

Sold for £2000