Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc.                                                                    No 57 November 2011

Monday Themes for 2011/2012

The following are the dates and themes for the Monday night meetings in 2011 and 2012.

Nov. 28 - Combined Vintagers/Guild Night Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles – Not in Retirement (supper provided). This is not a Major Noel Hall Trophy night.


Jan. 30 - James Rosier and other Melbourne dealer marked arms. This is not a Major Noel Hall Trophy night. There will also be a talk given by Committee member Dr Ben Thomas on James Rosier. (Please note that because of technical difficulties we were forced to cancel the Rosier night we scheduled for October 2011 and we have rescheduled it for January 2012).

Feb. 27Weapons of the Empire, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

March 26Flint and percussion arms, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

April 30Edged weapons, swords and daggers etc. this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

May 28Ancient weapons and pre 1800 arms and armour, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

June 25Artillery and big bore arms, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

July 30Annual General Meeting. This will include the presentation to the winner of the Major Noel Hall Award and a supper will be provided.

Aug. 27Buy and sell night, books, parts, odds and sods, anything except registered firearms. (This is not a Major Noel Hall Award night).

Sept 24Colonial Australia, convicts, bushrangers, gold rush etc., this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

Oct 29 – A talk – the subject to be announced.

Nov26Combined Guild/Vintagers night. Theme to be announced and a supper will be served. (This is not a Major Noel Hall Award night)
Please note that even though we have set themes for certain nights we encourage members who have something of interest which may not be related to the particular theme to bring it or them along. Likewise, we also encourage members to bring along items for sale as this adds variety (ammunition and registerable firearms can only be offered for sale by a suitably licensed dealer).

Display Conditions and Permits

We encourage those members who are individually named in the Guild’s Current Display Permit (24th July 2009 to 17th July 2014) (or who hold their own applicable display permit) to take the opportunity to make use of it. It covers all the firearms held on the Collectors Licence(s) of the member listed. We set out the Guild’s Display Permit conditions below.

Members who have items registered to an Antique Handgun Collectors Licence do not need a permit to display these, so to increase the variety at our Monday nights why not bring some of them along.

Collectors Display Permits do not apply to items held under A & B licences. However, such items must not be possessed, carried or used other than in accordance with any licence conditions and the Firearms Act.

Display Permits are not required for displays of Exempt Firearms, such as pre 1900 manufactured single barrelled muzzle-loading pistols, or pre 1900 manufactured longarms (which are either muzzle-loading or take ammunition which is no longer commercially available).

Of course, Guild Displays are not limited to firearms. There is always a lot of interest in displays of militaria, edged weapons, items relating to wars or battles involving Australians and other historical matters of interest to members.

Licence Renewals and Permits to Acquire

Just a reminder that all you need to do to have the Guild sign them as the Act requires, is send them with the information required by Registry to the Guild at PO Box 2976, Cheltenham, 3192. Enclose a stamped addressed envelope to Registry and we will sign it and send it on for you. Remember that your PTA needs to include the following – details of the firearm being purchased, the licence number on which it is being purchased and your collecting theme.

Wanted to buy

British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre and scabbard in good condition. Regimental provenance desired. Would consider a sword absent a scabbard if it has provenance. The sword would fit a niche in a collection and so would pay a premium for the right item. Please contact Adrian Roads on adrian@stonehenge.com.au or 0417 772 535 or (H) 03 9397 1002

Forthcoming Show

Northern Victoria Arms Collectors Guild – Militaria, Collectables, Hunting & Fishing Expo
Saturday 3rd March 2012 9am - 5pm, Sunday 4th March 2012 9am - 3.30pm
East Bank Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton.
Enquiries: Geoff Wilson Phone/Fax (03) 5821 9015, Ricky Seiter 0412 407 764.



For Sale


MATCHLOCK “Tanagashema” Musket, Japanese, full rosewood stock, brass lockplate & inlay, 40” oct. barrel, 57 cal. wood ramrod,  c 1800, v/g cond.                       $2200.00

MATCHLOCK,”Torador” Musket, Indian, full rosewood stock ,iron mounts & ramrod,
46” damascus barrel heavily swamped , 55 cal., late 18th Cent ,v/g cond.         $1900.00

MIQUELET, “Caucasion” Carbine, full stock inlaid with silver wire decoration, 25” oct.
rifled barrel inlaid with silver & barrel bands, 70 cal. brass butplate engraved with crown crest,  c.1800, v/g cond.                                                                                                        $2500.00 ono

BATTLEAXE “Mogul” 12” crescent shape head inlaid with brass figures & chiselled decoration, axe topped with miniature shape pagodas, spear point to end of 21” haft inlaid with brass, 18th Cent. v/g cond.                                                                                          $1500.00

STONEBOW/PRODBOW, ”Italian”  17th_ 18th Cent., straight rosewood stock with turned knob end, steel 20” bow with original gut bowstring and spacers, folding foresight,  rear folding peepsight, built in cocking lever, v/g cond.                                 $2200.00

CUP HILT RAPIER,  “European” steel cup guard, wire bound grip, long 41” d/e blade,
no scabbard, circa 17-18th cent. g/cond                                                                   $2550.00 ono

TRANSITIONAL LIGHT RAPIER, “European”,  blackened chiselled steel hilt,
pierced double guard, wire bound grip, d/e blade, double down swept quillions in shape of knights head, no scabbard,17th cent, v/g cond                                                  $2300.00 ono

SILVER HILTED SMALLSWORD. “British”, hallmarked  c 1780, spiral decorated pommel & guard, colichmarde blade etched, wire bound grip,  no scb, .            $2000.00

SWEPT HILT RAPIER, “European” steel guard of sweeping bars, long 42” d/e blade, spiral wire bound grip,  no scabbard,  early 17th cent. v/g cond                      $2950.00 ono

LIGHT RAPIER, “European” steel hilt with side ring  & double down swept quillions, woven brass & copper wire grip, d/e blade,  17th cent. g/cond                          $2200.00

JAPANESE SHIN-GUNTO “GENERAL OFFICERS” KATANA, rare “Marines” issue, brown same covered scabbard, signed blade in superb polish, sword knot , all in near mint condition ,contained in wood box with  correct sword cover etc. .$3900.00

PERCUSSION MUFF S/S PISTOL, Belgian made, .40 cal. Screw off  4cm barrel, folding trigger, ivory grip with butt cap trap, exc. cond, circa 1840. a gem.   $ 990.00

For further details contact Lee on (08)8552 8179 or email at regiment111@gmail.com











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