This is a wonderful true antique 19th century miniature percussion muff pistol.
1 15/16" long overall with a 13/16" barrel with a square bore. These not only will shoot, but were commonly
used as pocket watch keys. Nickel plated finish, modestly engraved, with great bone grips. Has both
half cock and full cock on the hammer. Presentation cased in a nice dark brown gutta percha case which may
be a reproduction. The interior bottom of a dark blue velvet, the interior lid of burgundy velvet. The
trigger has a loop where it could be attached to a watch chain. Excellent condition. The bottom tang with a bit
of corrosion, otherwise excellent condition.
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This is a matched pair of the smallest antique
miniature screw barrel drop trigger muff pistols that I have ever seen. Measuring only a diminutive 1.45" long
overall, the barrels measure .411" long and have a bore diameter of only .063 caliber. These have
the square bore at the muzzle so they can be unscrewed with a proper square wrench and also so they can be used to wind the
old antique key wind pocket watches. Both are gold plated, un-engraved, and have one piece bone grips. Both
have a hanging ring on the rear tang behind the hammer. Both have fluted barrels. Both are mechanically perfect,
and I would rate the pair at 95% original condition, both showing only minor wear to the gold plating at the sharp edges.
Includes a period walnut casing with sterling silver eagle flask. The case with silver hinges and clasp. I have
seen one other of these that might have been this small, and he wanted what I want for the pair for his single. Maybe
a once in a lifetime opportunity to get such a small pair in such pristine condition!
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This is in my opinion a period miniature wheellock
pistol from the late 1500's to early 1600's. I showed it to noted firearms expert Michael Zomber at the Tulsa Gun Show
this past November. His comment was "It has the look of great age and could be period". No maker markings
visible. 4" long overall with a 2 3/8" barrel of .152 caliber. The barrel is bored through to the touch
hole. Steel lock assembly, barrel, triggerguard, trigger, and screws, with copper furniture. Very unusual
burl walnut one piece stock. I have never seen another wood stocked miniature wheellock pistol. All the ones I
have ever seen were either metal or ivory stocked. The hammer is nicely engraved. The hammer spring with some
nice filework. Ebony ramrod with copper tip. As is normal for many true antique miniatures that were meant to
shoot, the trigger on this miniature extends through the triggerguard so it would be easy to shoot. There is a loop
on the left side for a necklace attachment. Miniature wheellock pistol were often worn by high ranking women or men
as jewelry. The square shaft where you would use a key to wind the mechanism is somewhat rounded off. The
key is included and fits both the winder shaft and the top jaw of the hammer. The steel parts are a smooth gray/brown
patina with very little if any visible pitting. The stock is dark, and shows some very minor repairs, especially around
the forward barrel pin. I have removed the lock, and the lock spring cover, and they look very old if not period to
me. Period miniature wheellocks are the ultimate in rarity, desirability, and collectability!
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I believe this is an antique miniature water pistol. Cast zinc one piece construction that has the look
of great age. The grip area has a provision for what looks like a squeeze bulb with two annular rings with a groove
in the middle. It is of course hollow, with two very small holes in the muzzle. Another of those items that
I have never seen before and that deserves some further research.
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This is an antique 1/4 scale
miniature British 1856 Enfield miner's and sapper's carbine by an unknown maker. 6 1/4" long overall with a 3 1/2"
barrel. Blued finish steel parts. These were used by the South during the War of Northern Aggression. Brass
butt toe and heal plates and brass triggerguard. Oil finished walnut stock. Captured swivel ramrod. Fully functional
with half and full cock. Probably made in England, and possibly antique. Cased in a nice non-original oak hinged
top casing with olive velour lining, French fit. There is a recess for a powder flask, but sadly it has been misplaced somewhere
over the years. This exact piece pictured on mage 275 of the book "The Art of Miniature Firearms, Centuries of
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This is an antique 2mm rimfire double action six
shot revolver, probably made in Germany or Belgium in the 1870's. This is a fully functional and shooting miniature revolver
and shoots the antique thin rim 2mm rimfire cartridges. 2 1/16" long overall with a 27/32" barrel. Nicely engraved,
gold plated finish. Nice condition with about 95% original gold plated finish finish. Two piece mother of pearl grips. Complete
with the original lanyard ring. Works perfectly in both single and double action with a really crisp and strong action.
This miniature has a much bigger, wider, and stronger frame, along with much bigger grips than most, and may be
the first I've ever seen like this.
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This is an antique miniature percussion single
shot pistol, probably made in Belgium in the 1850's to 1870's. Typical screw off barrel and hidden folding trigger.
1.665" long overall with a .452" barrel. The bore diameter is about .088 caliber. Nicely aged bone
grips are a little fatter than usual and show a beautiful aged patina. The frame, trigger, and the top tang are nicely
scroll engraved. The barrel is fluted Superb condition with the metal showing about 85% original
fire blue finish. I've never seen another blue one anywhere close to this nice
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A true antique percussion muff pistol
from the 1850's or 1860's. Probably made in Belguim. 1 23/32" long overall with a 21/32" non-fluted
barrel. Dissappearing folding trigger that automatically drops down when the hammer is cocked. Screw off barrel, bone
grip, nice original engraving. Nice condition with smooth metal showing a silver/gray patina. The hanging ring
is missing and would have been where the hole is on the upper rear tang. The barrel is stuck & I can not get it
to unscrew, and I'm not going to risk damaging it. The grips have a tiny chip missing on the left side where it goes
into the frame and age cracks by the upper and lower tangs. The grips are scrimshawed on each side. The right
side marked XV Juil +, the left side marked with what looks like a combined HP 1 where the loop of the P is on the upper right
leg of the H. The action works very well with a strong hammer spring.
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|This is an antique 1/4
scale British Tower flintlock pistol by an unknown maker. 3 3/4" long overall with a 2 1/8" smoothbore barrel
of .19 caliber. The lock is finished in the white and is marked with a crown over GR just ahead of the hammer.
The barrel is browned. Brass furniture. Ebony tipped walnut ramrod. Walnut stock. Fully functional,
the barrel is bored through to the touch hole and the lock has both half and full cock. Extremely well made with
good scale and proportions. Cased in a simulated tortoise shell rounded top cardboard jeweler's casing with hinged
top and push button latch. The interior bottom French fit and lined in a medium brown suede. The interior lid
lined in an ivory colored silk, and marked "Weingarten's Ltd, 157, Bishopsgate, London, E.C.2." The case measures
5 11/16" X 1 7/8" X 7/8" The pistol is in great condition, I'd call it 95%, with just age, and very minor handling
marks. The case does show some wear to the top, sharp edges, and especially to the bottom corners, but is structurally
in good shape and still looks good, just looks old!
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is a pair of antique screw off barrel, folding trigger, percussion muff pistols, probably made in Belgium in the 1850's.
Each pistol measures 1 11/16" long overall with a .558" long barrel. This is the first and only set I have
ever seen with wood grips. Most of these have either ivory or gold metal engraved grips. The grips are flat sided,
not rounded as is usually seen. The backstraps of both are marked R NART N, which I'm guessing is the maker. The
barrels have a round bore with four grooves cut into the muzzle 90 degrees apart so at to engage the barrel key
on the supplied combination bullet mold/tool. The outside of the barrels are plain. The frames are engraved and
look to be silver plated. The tool is a bullet mold, barrel wrench, and nipple wrench, and looks to be silver plated.
The powder flask looks to be cast silver. It measures 3/4" in diameter and 1/4" thick, and has a cast silver
top attached by a very fine chain. The case has a hinged top and is lined in a dark brown velvet. The hinges and
clasp are very finely made and look to be silver. This exact cased set was pictured on the cover of the Fall 1975 Abercrombie
& Fitch catalog, and offered for sale on the inside front cover for $2,750.00. The catalog cover photo shows there
to be a small screwdriver in the set which has since, unfortunately, has been lost. One of the pistols seems to have
a broken mainspring, the other functions perfectly.
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This is a nice 1/2 scale percussion
single shot pistol cased set by John Maycock of England. Unusual in that it is cased with an extra longer barrel.
not a true miniature, but is rather a small full sized antique pocket or muff pistol made by reknown miniature maker John
Maycock of England. Scroll engraved brass frame. Engraved brass grip showing flags, shields, and drums.
Center hammer percussion action with fixed (as in non-folding) trigger. Fire blued fluted screw off barrel measures
15/16" long and is about .22 caliber. Overall length is 3 3/8". Engraved charcoal blue hammer with scales
and eyes looks like a fish. Nicely cased in a walnut casing with an engraved push button latch and olive felt lining.
Accessories include a ivory cap box, an ebony and brass powder flask, and an ivory handled steel bullet mold with sprue
cutter. Additional photos available upon request.