Thursday 10 June 2021
Commencing at 10:00amBedford Auction Centre
Tuesday 8th June, 12.00pm - 8.00pm
Wednesday 9th June, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Morning of Sale 9.00am - 12.45pm
*subject to change and dependent upon Government guidance.
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
Please note that this sale will be held live online and attendance in person will not be allowed.
Live online via Southams Online
Live online via the-saleroom.com
Written commission bidding
Telephone bidding (subject to availability)
Tuesday prior to sale12.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday prior to sale10.00am – 8.00pm
Morning of sale from 9.00am – 12.45pm
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 3% 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 of lots on sale day from 1pm – 6pm and on the day following the sale 9am – 3pm can be made from the sale location : The Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE.
Later collections can be made the following Tuesday & Wednesday 9am – 4pm 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
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