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Knight in shining armour

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Celebrating 45 Years <1971-2016>


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HG-1. FRENCH FLINTLOCK PISTOL: 11 MM with micro-groove rifling with an excellent bore. Maker “LA CROIX” (PIERRE)). Circa 1783, St. Etienne. Excellent walnut stock with brass mounts and chequered grip. Beautiful Damascus Pattern on the 5 inch browned barrel with flared muzzle. Tight crisp lock with roller on the frizzen spring. “La Croix” engraved on the barrel. This is an excellent example of a French Flintlock Pistol with micro-groove rifling. $1895.00
 
 

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HG-2. BRITISH FLINTLOCK PISTOL: .62 Cal. Maker: “WILLIAM HENSHAW” 1762-1805. Worked at 181 Strand Street, London. This piece was made circa 1770. Excellent walnut stock with brass mounts. Owner’s initials on the wrist escutcheon which look like “H.N.C.” The cock is a contemporary replacement and has been there most of its working life. “LONDON” engraved on the top of the 8 inch barrel, which has a lovely grey-brown patina. The bore is very nice with only some patches of very light pitting. $1800.00
 
 

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SOLDHG-3. GERMAN FLINTLOCK PISTOL CONVERTED TO PERCUSSION: 14 MM Bore. Maker: “FROMERY “ (Peter) BERLIN 1701-1782. The 9 inch barrel, however, is quite interesting in that it was made by “LAZARO LAZARINO”, who is listed in “”Heer Der Neue Stockel” in Braga Portugal and is related to the famed “COMINAZZO” family of Italy. Very Nice walnut stock with brass mounts. The trigger guard has had a small piece broken off the tail and a repair to the forward tang, which does not detract from the overall appearance. The barrel is exceptionally fine with a multi-faced breech and engraved “LAZARO LAZARINO”. Tight crisp action. $800.00SOLD
 
   
   
     
     
     
     
 
 

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HG-4. BRITISH NEW LAND FLINTLOCK PISTOL: .65 Cal. These began to be produced circa 1802-1803 and are the quintessential flintlock cavalry pistol of the Napoleonic War. Lovely walnut stock. Very tight crisp lock. Some light pitting on the barrel. $1750.00 
 
   
     
     
     
     
 
 

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SOLDHG-5. ALBANIAN MIQUELET PISTOL: .60 Cal. Circa 1800. French made 13 inch barrel with what appears to be a horse in a square cartouche surrounded by Fleur de Lys. Solid pure silver covered stock, beautifully tooled. The striker plate is missing from the frizzen. The lock functions very well. $1500.00SOLD
 
 

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HG-6. E. LEFAUCHEAU-BREVETE PIN-FIRE REVOLVER: 12 mm. Liege Proofs. Blued with Silver inlays, ebony grips, tight crisp action. 6 ⅛ inch barrel. Excellent bore. This is a magnificent pistol in exceptional condition. $1850.00
 
 

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SOLDHG-7. FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL: .44 Cal. Maker: SHARPE. Circa 1800-1840. Turn-off barrel, sliding frizzen safety. Tight crisp action. $650.00SOLD
 
 

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HG-8. CASED ENGLISH RIM FIRE REVOLVER: .32 R.F. 7 shot. Maker: LANE LEAMINGTON OF WARWICKSHIRE. Circa 1850-1870. Stamped “W. TRANTER’s PATENT 3472”. Beautifully engraved in floral scroll design. Top of the barrel engraved “LANE LEAMINGTON PATENT”, on the left side of the barrel is engraved “BREECH” and on the right side is “LOADING”. 80% bright blue overall, cylinder retains traces of case colour. The case is excellent. With original key. $2800.00
 
 

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HG-9. CASED SMITH & WESSON NO.2 OLD MODEL REVOLVER: (aka Model No.2 Army). .32 RF, 75% original bright blue. Mirror bright bore, tight barrel hinge and action. Case bears the impression on the lid of “M.W. ROBINSON, New York”. Robinson was the largest distributor of S & W in America. The serial number 35405 dates 1865. 6 inch barrel. The grips retain 98% original varnish. There are several very tiny marks on the side plate of the frame; however, they do not detract form the overall very fine appearance. Complete with original cleaning rod and key for the case. A small sliver of the veneer has flaked off the right side of the case. $3100.00
 
 

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HG-10. CASED ENGLISH WEBLEY-BENTLEY  PERCUSSION REVOLVER: .38 Cal. No name on the revolver. The label on the lid states “Collins, Gun & Pistol Repository”. The label may or may not be original, although it certainly looks old. The pistol retains 75% original bright blue. The action is tight and crisp. The bore has light pitting throughout. The case containing all its original accessories, flask, cap tin, screwdriver, mould, cleaning rod. Nipple tin and 7 original balls. Also the original key for the case. The escutcheon on the lid bears the owner’s initials “RMC”. $3500.00
 
 

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HG-11. CASED SET OF FLINTLOCK PISTOLS BELONGING TO CAPT. W. HALLEN OF THE 95TH RIFLE BRIGADE: Maker Simmons – Birmingham. There are two SIMMONS: John 1807-1810 at 57 Weaman St.; and Joseph 1807-1831 at High Street. The pistols are in NEAR MINT condition, albeit both cocks have been repaired very neatly. The barrels are excellent. The bores are excellent with beautiful Damascus Pattern. The bright blue on the trigger guard, butt caps and ram rod thimbles is 90%. All parts are beautifully engraved. The locks are exceptional with sliding bolt safeties. Platinum touch holes. The walnut stocks are exceptional with beautifully chequered grips. The case outside shows use as it is purported by Lt. Col. Hallen, his nephew, to have been carried by him throughout the Peninsular Campaign. The case contains all its original accessories. Mould, flask, cleaning rod, bore scraper, jag, worm and what must have been a brush. As well there is a homemade chamois leather bag, which appears to have been made from a glove, which holds 5 flints. A mallet and wad cutter, with 16 cardboard wads, as well as 25 lead balls; and a piece of leather that holds flints, also a piece of chamois leather. The lid for the ball compartment is missing.

NOTES ON HALLEN:
Served in Peninsula with 1/95 AUG. 1808 to Jan.1809; again with 3/95 July 1812 to April 1814; commanded 3/95 in Louisiana 1814; severely wounded outside New Orleans Dec. 1814. Retired 1824. He was in action 18 times and was 4 times seriously wounded. In 1807, he was charged with murder with 2 fellow Officers for a killing in a duel with a fellow Officer. It is unknown if he was the principle or a second. They were all acquitted. He was awarded the Peninsular Medal with 5 Bars, Corruna, Vittoria Pyrenees, Toulouse, Orthez. His battle at New Orleans is considered as one of the greatest actions of the 95th as they were greatly outnumbered but were victorious; only to be ordered to surrender after the Battle of New Orleans, as the War was over, the Peace Treaty having been signed in Ghent prior to the battle. 
The pistols were given to Capt. Tom Drinkwater on the 5th of April 1899 by Hallen’s nephew, Lt. Col. J.H.B. Hallen (William Hallen’s children, a boy and a girl died without issue).  
Included is a cop of the Canadian Police Registration form dated 1958 including the description of the pistols and date of registration to Capt. Tom Drinkwater’s son, John Sumner Drinkwater.
Capt. William Hallen of the 95th Rifles had 5 brothers:
Cornelius
Samuel
John
George
Herbert - Veterinary Surgeon 6th Inniskilling Dragoons.

Brother George
Emigrated to Canada and settled in Penetanguishene Upper Canada.
George's Daughter, Sarah, married John Humphries Sumner Drinkwater. Their son, Thomas Hallen Drinkwater served in the Northwest Rebellion as a Lieutenant with the York and Simcoe Rangers. Promoted to Captain 22 April 1886. He died in 1913. He was the one who received the pistols from Lt. Col. Hallen. Capt. Drinkwater never married. He lived with this brother Richard John Sumner Drinkwater. His son, John Sumner Drinkwater, is the one who registered the pistols with the Ontario Provincial Police in 1958.

Brother Herbert's son, Lt. Col. James Herbert Brockencote Hallen, C.I.E. (Companion of the Indian Empire) also became a Verterinary Surgeon like his father. It was he who presented the pistols to Captain Thomas Hallen Drinkwater in 1899.
The pistols were acquired from John Sumner Drinkwater's Grandson.                  $12,000
 
 
 
     
 
 

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HG-12  W.W. GREENER HUMANE CATTLE KILLER: “.310 cattle killer” cartridge which is extremely rare and have not been made for decades. The head is stamped “GREENER’S GUNMAKER BIRMINGHAM PATENT NO 7040 GREENER’S HUMANE CATTLE KILLER. MADE IN ENGLAND”. These were made from the mid 1850 through the turn of the century. $425.00

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HG-13. ENGLISH FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL: Approximately .62 Cal. Circa 1770. The 9 inch barrel is engraved “N… SON LONDON”. It seems quite crudely done, however, it does have clear British Proof marks with the initials “_ W”. The lock has quite a unique waterproof pan. Again, the cartouche on the lock, which would have had the maker’s name, is not visible. The brass furniture is very nice and quite unique in its style. The walnut stock is also unique in that it was never made to carry a ramrod. It is quite likely it was made for the Eastern market. The stock has a very nicely chequered panel on the back of the grip. This is a very unique and unusual flintlock. $1200.00 
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SOLDHG-14  (T.E.) MORTIMER, LONDON: .57 Cal. Circa 1850. Double barrel percussion. Some light pitting on the right side of the barrels. Lovely dark grey patina overall with very nice foliate engraving. The left hammer spring is a little weak. Small chip off right side of rear sight. Very nice walnut grip with a Silver escutcheon and cap box in the butt. $1200.00 SOLD
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HG-15. UN-NAMED ENGLISH PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOL: .47 Cal. circa 1850. Nice walnut grip. Metal has a pleasing patina overall. The turn-off barrel is 2 inches. Tight crisp action. V.G. $425.00
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SOLDHG-16. (JOSEPH) EGG PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOL: .41 Cal. circa 1840. Joseph was the nephew of DURS EGG. Joseph was a claimant of having invented the copper percussion cap. Lovely walnut grip with silver escutcheon. The 2 ⅜ inch turn-off barrel is a lovely dark patina. The frame with a pop-out trigger is nicely engraved “EGG” on the left side and “LONDON” on the right. Tight crisp action. VG+ $750.00 SOLD
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HG-17. (JOHN) BRASHER FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL: .49 Cal. Circa 1807-1831. With pop-out trigger and turn-off 1 3/4 inch barrel. The left side of the frame is engraved “BRASHER”. It is very faint and hard to read; the right side “LONDON”. Very nice walnut grip with silver escutcheon and Sterling Silver Hallmarked butt-cap. Sliding frizzen safety; missing locking pin. Tight crisp action. VG $750.00 
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