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

(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

7.62 AK 47 (Yugoslavia), automatic rifle, with folding steel stock, three magazines, no.TA1558 and complete with fitted violin carrying case

Sold for £580

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

(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

.177 Daystate Huntsman Regal pre charged air rifle, with accessories and hard plastic case

Sold for £550

9mm Glock semi automatic pistol, with hard plastic case, accessories and instructions, no. VXA749 - Deactivated with EU certificate

Sold for £480

.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