by Bill Curtisra
17 Jan 2018, 11:23
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles

Good Luck !  De Witt Bailey and I have been the in the same sort of thing for the products of James Whitworth and his companies for more than 40 years. We are still finding new ones all over the world. His Companies produced in total some around 5,500 to which can be added the 8110 produced by the E...
by Bill Curtisra
12 Jan 2018, 19:48
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Unmarked Snyder
Replies: 19
Views: 495

Re: Unmarked Snyder

Looks like as a commercial version of an Artillery Carbine. The barrel should 24 inches from muzzle to the rear end of the Breech Action.  If 33 inches it a Naval Short Rifle.
by Bill Curtisra
28 Dec 2017, 11:14
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Ordnance Pattern 1858 Naval Rifle?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: Ordnance Pattern 1858 Naval Rifle?

Butt stock swivel is in the right place but whether it is the original swivel will need detailed photos.
by Bill Curtisra
24 Dec 2017, 14:27
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Help please on marks.
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Help please on marks.

That style of Birmingham proof was used from 1813 to 1856. It was not until 1856 that the use of the bore gauge number was legally compulsory. That was because some rogue barrel makers were having tubes proofed and then boring them larger and then not putting them for new proof. Roguery goes back ce...
by Bill Curtisra
15 Dec 2017, 00:19
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Snider accuracy.
Replies: 266
Views: 65.3K

Re: Snider accuracy.

Tapatak also refuses to accept that I exist.

It is a stupid system and is heading to me dropping the whole thing and saying goodbye. It will be a shame as I have made many friends and Militaria is the only sensible British military firearms source that exists.
by Bill Curtisra
13 Dec 2017, 20:43
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Rifled or Unrifled arms for India
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Rifled or Unrifled arms for India

A lot of obsolete Service muzzle loading firearms were refurbished in UK and at Enfield in the early 1880s and sent out India for Native  troops. These were bang up to date for the 1860s. They usually have the 1880s stamped on the wood of the butts. Some of the large important Princely States were a...
by Bill Curtisra
13 Dec 2017, 20:26
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Ordnance Pattern 1858 Naval Rifle?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: Ordnance Pattern 1858 Naval Rifle?

The proofs are Birmingham commercial which may have been done after it was sold out of service. I would need to see all its marks in detail.
The exterior follows Naval Rifle pattern if it is has five groove 1/48 rifling.
by Bill Curtisra
09 Dec 2017, 00:13
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Charleville style musket - but what exactly is it?
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: Charleville style musket - but what exactly is it?

It sounds that it is a commercial production and not associated with the French government Arsenal at St.Etienne.
by Bill Curtisra
29 Nov 2017, 22:53
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Brown Bess & cavalry Carbine, need Help identifying the pattern please?
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Brown Bess & cavalry Carbine, need Help identifying the pattern please?

The Board of Ordnance gun barrel proof facilities at the Tower also carried out proofing for commercial for the Trade. I think that this Barnes may well have been John Barnes listed by Howard Blackmore as a Committee member of Merchants Trading to Africa, supplied the Company with guns and small arm...
by Bill Curtisra
25 Nov 2017, 21:47
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Captain McInnis's Rifle
Replies: 21
Views: 592

Re: Captain McInnis's Rifle

Dix Noon Webb are well know auctioneers off Piccadilly near the Marble Arch. Medals and Awards are their specialist sales. When they sold that medal Peter had been dead near on a century. The question is, where is the Queen's Crimean? Large numbers of British medals were melted down in the period wh...
by Bill Curtisra
25 Nov 2017, 00:30
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Captain McInnis's Rifle
Replies: 21
Views: 592

Re: Captain McInnis's Rifle

McInnis, Peter, Ens, after Lt, 44th Foot. N/l    Don't know N/l myself either    Sgt Maj, 44th Foot, f/c, Ens, Aug 10. 1854             field commission April 1, 1855, l/abs, med, Engl & later jnd the depot there   Presumably: Leave of Absence, (for a) Medical (reason)  Correct Cr Med (S), TCM. TCM...
by Bill Curtisra
24 Nov 2017, 12:01
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Captain McInnis's Rifle
Replies: 21
Views: 592

Re: Captain McInnis's Rifle

List the abbreviations that bother you and I will try to explain them.
by Bill Curtisra
23 Nov 2017, 14:41
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crimean War - British Firearms
Replies: 29
Views: 29.9K

Re: Crimean War - British Firearms

'Kongsbergs' (20 Feb 2017) "He [Smithurst] appears to argue that the 93rd Highlanders used the P53 at Balaclava against the Russian cavalry, and that this is seen in the famous painting of the Thin Red Line, although this was painted well after the battle." The famous painting Smithurst uses and whi...
by Bill Curtisra
19 Nov 2017, 00:12
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Mystery Royal Navy Trunk.. Help Needed..
Replies: 3
Views: 280

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: 21
Views: 592

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: 583

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: 249

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: 280

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: 249

Re: French?? Bayonet

It looks like a British P'53 Enfield Bayonet to me but lost its locking ring.