Thursday 16 September 2021
Commencing at 10:00amBedford Auction Centre
Tuesday 14th September, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 15th September, 10.00am - 8.00pm
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
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
Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE
Live online via Southams Online
Live online via the-saleroom.com
Written commission bidding
Telephone bidding (subject to availability)
Tuesday prior to sale 10.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday prior to sale 10.00am – 8.00pm
Access to the saleroom is by catalogue only, priced at £10.00 (admits two).
Identification may be required, and the auctioneers reserve the right to refuse access at their discretion.
Lot specific information
Lots prefixed (S1): Purchasers will require the appropriate Firearms (S1) or RFD Certificate.
Lots prefixed (S2): Purchasers will require the appropriate Shotgun (S2) or RFD Certificate.
Lots prefixed (S5): Purchasers will require Section 5 Authority or Section 1 or 2 certificate with the appropriate condition.
Lots prefixed (S58): Antique or Obsolete Calibre weapons that do not require a licence to hold provided the purchaser fully complies with the Terms of Sale (see Section 16).
We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale.
A buyers’ premium at 17.5% plus VAT, will be added to the bid price of each lot.
Lots purchased online will also attract a 2.5% plus VAT surcharge through Southams Online or 5% plus VAT through the- saleroom.com
Collection of lots purchased are at the designated times and locations as follows :
Collections can be made the following Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 3pm from the Southams administration office : 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.
Any collection times other than the above are by appointment only directly with the auctioneers.
Transport & Mailing
Full details of our Shipping Procedure are as found on our website here.
Attention is drawn to the Auctioneers Conditions of Sale in this catalogue and posted on the premises.
In particular, it is emphasised that all accounts must be settled on the day of sale. Sale currency is GBP.
The following payment methods are accepted:
• Debit card (in person)
• Direct bank transfer
We do not accept payments by credit card or any card payments over the telephone.
Bank transfer details are as follows :
Bank Name : Metro Bank Plc
Account Name : Southams
Sort code : 23-05-80
Account # : 29033862
Please quote both the auction number and your invoice number as reference. Failure to do so may delay goods being released.
BIC : MYMBGB2L
IBAN : GB44 MYMB 2305 8029 0338 62
Please be aware that clients making international transfers will be liable for any bank imposed charges.
In completing the online bidder registration and providing your payment card details you :
(i) confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to the auctioneer and have sufficient funds available to complete the transaction.
(ii) agree to abide by the auctioneer’s conditions of sale and special terms and conditions as stated in these particulars and on the online bidding platform.
(iii) agree to make payment via the methods and timescales stated above at the completion of the auction and authorise the auctioneer that on failing to do so the credit/debit card given may be charged in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased.
Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.
Sporting Guns & Antique Arms
.303 Lewis/BSA Light Machine Gun with magazine and bipod, no. A88 - Deactivated with EU certificate
Sold for £5,000
WWI: A scarce .303 Lewis/BSA Aerial Machine Gun (rear gunner) with correct large capacity magazine, no. 1411 - Deactivated with EU certificate
Sold for £4,500
(S1) An over and under ejector gun with two sets of barrels in .30-06 & 12 bore by Merkel Bros., the 25½ ins rifled barrels with raised blade and V-notch sights on an engine turned ramps, inset with quick release scope mounts (the bases now converted for use with Picatinny rail, two supplied: 1 x 8 ins, 1 x 3¾ ins), the 26 ins 12 bore barrels choked at full & ¾, with engine turned solid rib with bead foresight, both sets of barrels with typical captive forend tops and sharing a common forend base, the crescent backed action relief engraved with scenes of Deer and Wild Boar, with brass stud cocking indicators and cross bolt locking, adjustable forward trigger, highly figured 14½ ins Prince of Wales stock with cheek piece and padded leather sling, no. 104964, in a fitted gun case [Section 1 licence required]
Sold for £3,500
.303 Hotchkiss M1908 Portative Mk1 Light Machine Gun, no. 17295 - Deactivated with EU certificate
Sold for £2,900
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) A fine pair of 12 bore bespoke English boxlock ejector shotguns by John K. Wilson & Son, each with 28 ins barrels and choked at ic & ¼, a concave rib with bead foresight inscribed John. K. Wilson & Son. England, and numbered 1 & 2 in gold, 2¾ ins chambers, the acanthus scroll engraved scallop backed actions with maker's name and depicting Pheasants in flight, the fences and top levers similarly relief engraved and numbered 1 & 2, rolled edged trigger guards with contrasting blued finish and serial numbers in gold, well figured forends also numbered 1 & 2, 15 ins straight hand stocks, no's. 231/2, weight 6lbs each. Presented in a green baize lined fitted leather case by Swaine Adeney & Brigg, with maker's trade label, two-piece brass mounted cleaning rod, brushes, lubricating oil, and two pairs of snap caps. John. K Wilson designed and built a limited number of side by side and walking stick shotguns, whilst also undertaking commissioned work for noted London gunmakers such as Holland & Holland and J. Purdey & Sons. This pair of shotguns were commissioned by the Vendor directly in 1987, and appear to have been used sparingly in that time
Sold for £4,600
WWI: An 8mm Schwarzlose MG Medium Machine Gun (Austro-Hungarian Army), complete with tripod, no. 155 - Deactivated with EU certificate. It is believed that very few of these guns are in the UK
Sold for £3,500
.303 Vickers Light machine Gun c.1918 with tripod, no. C1216 - Deactivated with EU certificate
Sold for £3,200
(S2) A pair of 20 bore Battista Rizzini S792 EMEL over and under ejector shotguns engraved by Bottega Giovanelli and retailed by New England Arms Co., each with 29 ins multi choke barrels (both fitted with approx. ic & ¼ chokes), cross-cut ventilated ribs with a bead foresight, numbered at the breech 1 & 2 in gold, fine scroll and border engraved side plated actions depicting Woodcock and Partridge in flight, contrasting engraved top levers signed B.R. and also numbered 1 & 2 in gold, single triggers with barrel selector, well figured 13½ ins semi pistol grip stocks, no's. 26287/8
Sold for £2,600
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