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Solid, uncleaned, massive stock with brass mounts, no cracks or repairs. A." and in large letters in the obverse fuller "DONNE PAR LE ROI" (Given by the King).A good Flemish, German or Swiss crossbow for hunting or target. Blade retains much original polish, all etching sharp and clear as new.30" strongly curved blade with 10" back edge, is identical in form to British Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896.Stamped with maker's mark "JOHN ROUND & SON / LIMITED / SHEFFIELD" , this mark partly overstruck with date '8 '15 (possibly '13) and inspector's stamp.
Shows fine workmanship and great age, though metal is generally smooth overall.Right side buttstock carries Chassepot rondel dated 1874, left side the Gras modification rondel dated Sept. Along with the much-modified Chassepot bolt, the Chassepot chambers were fitted with an insert to handle the 11 X 59R Gras cartridge. Finding these much-used rifles in such great condition is getting hard these days - and moreover, many were converted to 8mm Lebel. Brass action with hinged lid (rear tip of lid broken off), single large hammer fired by lanyard that passes through hole to underside of stock. Plates illustrate gun manufacturing and tools; military musket components; 5 plates of infantry musket drill; 15 plates of complex infantry formations and evolutions (too many to picture all); Vauban fortification plans and siege methods; canno, mortars, carriages, siege weapons, etc.Condition overall is excellent - retains all fine arsenal conversion blue on barrel and receiver, bolt has light age patina and much dried grease (easily cleaned). Reduced to 0 Note: Gun comes with a fine condition Model 1874 bayonet and scabbard Reduced to 0 980) A Large Greener (or Greener-type) Whaling Gun circa 1860. Solid stock with reinforcing straps on handle/grip; brass plates at swivel bolt hole. No visible markings, barrel has uniform light pitting overall. Marbled covers detached from spine, which has above title in gold letters.Percussion lock appears to be in working order, has a powerful mainspring. Andrew on cross, battle honour Sphinx over "EGYPT". All plates and text pages are in fine condition Reduced to 0 1466) British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with Unusual and Fine Quality Blade.I have not pulled it back to full cock for fear the original (and very tender) rope lanyard would tear apart rather than operate the sear. Motto "NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT" (both the regimental and Scotland's motto). 35", flat unfullered slightly curved blade with fine quality etching of "Crown over VR" scroll designs and maker/retailer "ANDREWS / 9 / PALL MALL / LONDON" , proof mark on obverse, back marked "PROVED".