by Bill Curtisra
Yesterday, 00:12
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Mystery Royal Navy Trunk.. Help Needed..
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Mystery Royal Navy Trunk.. Help Needed..

See if you can see (by Google Books perhaps), the book - Life of Admiral Sir William Robert Mends, G.C.B. etc.,etc., Late Director of Transports. by his son Bowen Stilon Mends (Late Surgeon R.N.)  LONDON - John Murray 1899. Illustrated. He was born 1812, died 1897. Commodore is the rank between a Ca...
by Bill Curtisra
18 Nov 2017, 23:50
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Captain McInnis's Rifle
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Re: Captain McInnis's Rifle

This may be your chap. This is the entry against him for the CWRS list of Officers who served in the Eastern Theatre using the Crimean War. The 44th were The East Essex Regt. of Foot. He was a Lieutenant (9/2/1855). His Captain with the Volunteer Force. "McInnis, Peter, Ens, after Lt, 44 th Foot. N/...
by Bill Curtisra
18 Nov 2017, 00:11
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Union Flag, Probably from Commissioned Warship
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Union Flag, Probably from Commissioned Warship

Just remember to show it the right way up, as updown is a symbol of distress. Correct is the edge next to the mast showing the wider strips of white with the diagonal red cross to showing the wider parts upper. Few foreigners realise this (and so sadly far too many Brits, rather usually the young). ...
by Bill Curtisra
16 Nov 2017, 23:53
Forum: Swords, Bayonets, and Edged Weapons
Topic: French?? Bayonet
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: French?? Bayonet

The socket carries the details of the Volunteer Rifle Surrey 9th Company over the rack number.  .
9th Company was formed at Richmond on 2nd September 1859, Captains Morgan Yeatman and Octavius Ommaney.
by Bill Curtisra
16 Nov 2017, 10:05
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: P1845 Extra Service Musket
Replies: 20
Views: 1.1K

Re: P1845 Extra Service Musket

The "ENFIELD" stamped under the nipple lump does not show the musket was made nor assembled at Enfield. It shows that the original Flint tube has been sent to Enfield to be percussioned.  At this time the barrel had not yet met the lock nor the stock. That took place later when the lock and barrel h...
by Bill Curtisra
14 Nov 2017, 12:52
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Mystery Royal Navy Trunk.. Help Needed..
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Mystery Royal Navy Trunk.. Help Needed..

May be of the family of Admiral Mends who organised the Invasion of the Crimea in 1854. He produced the plans and arrangements for the combined fleets of the French and the British which from Varna to Kalamata Bay just south of Eupatoria where entire troops were landed on open beaches.  I believe th...
by Bill Curtisra
14 Nov 2017, 12:01
Forum: Swords, Bayonets, and Edged Weapons
Topic: French?? Bayonet
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: French?? Bayonet

It looks like a British P'53 Enfield Bayonet to me but lost its locking ring.
by Bill Curtisra
14 Nov 2017, 11:54
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: B. Sturman Percussion Howdah(?) Pistol
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: B. Sturman Percussion Howdah(?) Pistol

Benjamin Sturman, Gunmaker 17 Union Street 1832-34; 42 Kingsland Road 1835-54; 45 Kingsland Road  1855-66; 72 Kingsland Road 1867 [Blackmore's Dictionary of London Gunmakers 1986]
by Bill Curtisra
14 Nov 2017, 01:11
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Who made my barrel? (Coach Harness repro)
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: Who made my barrel? (Coach Harness repro)

Yes, agree it was MacNab, I said my memory is fading. The barrels were full size 10 bore and made in UK. At that time the Italian or Jap stuff seemed to have then to be made with 12 bore tubes and just did not feel right.
by Bill Curtisra
14 Nov 2017, 01:04
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Enfield Pattern 1861 Stampings Help
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Enfield Pattern 1861 Stampings Help

This was originally an Ordnance WD rifle but it has been let go into the Trade and to met the Proof Law of 1856 it has been through the Proof House and proofed as a 25 bore (.577). The mark is the Provisional Proof of the Birmingham House. The company that assembled the rifle was Benjamin Woodward &...
by Bill Curtisra
13 Nov 2017, 18:34
Forum: Single Shot Pistols
Topic: Help please on Shropshire gunmaker.
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Help please on Shropshire gunmaker.

Nigel Brown (Vol 2) lists William Horton, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Salop. 1827 to 1842.  
Salop is the short form of the County of Shropshire.
by Bill Curtisra
05 Nov 2017, 15:55
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Swiss Percussion Sharpshooter's Rifle, Flintlock Conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Swiss Percussion Sharpshooter's Rifle, Flintlock Conversion

The same name was a gunmaker in the same place a century earlier so it was a firmly established local family.
by Bill Curtisra
04 Nov 2017, 22:20
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 38
Views: 973

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

I have at last got around to looking inside the two Enfield factory locks both dated 1864. One is a Type 4 but converted into a Snider MarkII* and the other a Sepoy Musket Pattern 1859 .656 smoothbore. I had not looked inside them for a good many years and the screws were very stiff to move. However...
by Bill Curtisra
04 Nov 2017, 21:56
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: 3 Tulas
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: 3 Tulas

 The first two locks are for Tula. The reading is MOȜ which sounds Moshj and was used for Tula after about 1850 as it was not very far from Moscow. The last one is ИЖЪ is Izyetsk which is one of Russia’s major arms production centres, east to Moscow near the Urals. It still remains such to these day...
by Bill Curtisra
04 Nov 2017, 21:26
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Swiss Percussion Sharpshooter's Rifle, Flintlock Conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Swiss Percussion Sharpshooter's Rifle, Flintlock Conversion

I followed this in a pre-auction listing and ended up being the only bidder in yesterday's live auction. Doing some research, it has the same lines as the first standardized Swiss Canton Sharpshooter's rifle in 1826, but this one was originally in flint. It's also in a large caliber, .65, so not al...
by Bill Curtisra
03 Nov 2017, 00:43
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 38
Views: 973

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

These stock butts look to me to have been straight cut and without any sign of the hand fitting which left the wood slightly convex to shape the inside of the cast brass plate. This makes them 4th Model which came in around 1863.
by Bill Curtisra
03 Nov 2017, 00:37
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Whitworth rifle identification
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Whitworth rifle identification

This rifle was added to the Whitworth Register in 1996 when it went through Holts. It is a true "BEST" Rifle although the Wrist Long Range sight is a modern addition. It is one of the Heavy Barrel models and with Breech diameter at 1.096 and muzzle diameter at 0.842.
by Bill Curtisra
02 Nov 2017, 01:02
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 38
Views: 973

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

If you can find one of the butt plates free you can find if its a late Type 4 if the inside carries supports allowing the wood to have been cut off flat instead of having to been hand finished to fit to the inside of the butt plate. This modification cuts off another hand operation therefore saving ...
by Bill Curtisra
31 Oct 2017, 12:48
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Evolution of the p53
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Evolution of the p53

The shooter of the Baker with the whiskers was De Witt Bailey.
by Bill Curtisra
31 Oct 2017, 12:41
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Help identify double Barrel Flintlock
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Help identify double Barrel Flintlock

Probably made in one of the larger Trade factories in Birmingham prior the Gun Barrel Proof Law of 1811.  Pistols of this type were very rarely made by the gun shops whose names appear on them. The Proof may have been by a company such as Ketland. The 'P' and 'V' are Proof and View and show that it ...