Terms of sale


Items on this website will only be sold to persons aged 18 or over. To enable your order to be processed you must have read and ticked your acceptance of our terms and conditions on the order form and by so doing confirmed that you are aged 18 or over. All items are sold as collectors items and are not intended for use. Firearms are sold only as antiques / collectors items and are not fit for use. THESE ANTIQUE GUNS MUST NOT BE FIRED. You agree to this by placing your order. Firstly it is against the law of the United Kingdom to fire any antique firearm without the appropriate licence, and secondly metal fatigue in any antique weapons could result in serious injury or death. You may not place an order on this website if you are a person who is prohibited by law from owning an antique firearm. 

Reservation of Title

All goods remain the property of Andrew Bottomley Ltd, until payment has been received in full, the title to the goods shall remain vested in the seller and title shall not pass to the buyer until the purchase price for the goods has been paid in full and received by the Seller.

Packaging and Postage

All items are sent securely packed and protected. We normally use Royal Mail Special delivery or Parcel Force within the UK, internationally we usually use air freight. 
We would like to remind all our customers that whilst we make every effort to pack suitably, we can in no way take responsibility for the safe arrival of goods and take no liability for damage in transit.  Orders are dispatched as soon as possible once payment has been received. Free U. K. delivery for all items. The current freight charges from the UK into Europe and the rest of the world have increased enormously recently. Freight charges into Europe are £200 minimum. The USA freight charge is £250 minimum. Rest of the world is £250 minimum. The freight costs to your country will appear automatically when you check out and pay for your purchases online.
 If you are buying from overseas our website will add on the correct amount for shipping charges when you go to the checkout page. If you wish to purchase 4 or more items at the same time we will send them freight-free worldwide. 
This does not include insurance as most carriers will not insure antique items. If you require insurance it is your responsibility to ensure that the item is insured. Please be aware that we are restricted when sending antique edged weapons by postal courier to a UK residential address (Offensive Weapons Act 2019). To stay within the law we must ensure that the parcel recipient is someone who is over the age of 18. A driving licence or similar photo ID is useful for when your parcel arrives.  

Overseas Deliveries

You will have paid us for purchase of the goods and the international freight fees only. We declare all international shipments at the exact cost that you have paid for the goods purchased. We always ensure that any paperwork sent with the goods is correct. Please do not ask for a discount either on the goods or on the shipping invoice. We are not responsible for the payment of any Customs duties, brokerage or clearance fees, import taxes or airline storage fees that are  payable in the country of delivery. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to arrange to clear all goods through your own customs in the country of delivery and to comply with any import restrictions in the country of delivery. It is simply not possible for us to be knowledgeable regarding the import restrictions relating to antique weapons for every country in the world. Please therefore check your own country's laws on antique weapons before placing your order as we cannot be held responsible if your parcel should be delayed by the postal, police or customs authorities in your country. Clients outside the UK, please note that you will not be able to export or import from the United Kingdom, any items that are made of ivory or contain ivory parts without first obtaining a cites licence for that item. 

Please note that if you require your parcel to be insured you must arrange your own insurance as we do not. Goods are usually dispatched by us using the Royal Mail Special Delivery service or Parcel Force "tracking" system. Edged weapons and antique pistols over 100 years old going to the USA will be sent by carrier using a tracked service.

Payment online by credit & debit card.

Credit or Debit Cards - We are pleased to accept Master-card, American Express, JCB, and Visa cards by using the World-Pay online fraud prevention website. Your online purchases can be sent only to the address where your card is registered. Should you need it sending to another address please pay by another method than by credit card, ie, by direct bank transfer. We do not have any access to your credit card information or record or store any of your payment information when you click to pay by card online and you will be automatically taken to the world-pay secure payment site where you will be asked for your card and address details before the sale can proceed. We make no charge for using this latest secure online service.

if you do request your purchases to be mailed to an address other than your card billing address, this is entirely at your own risk.

Our website updates automatically, once an item has been purchased online it will then immediately show as being out of stock. This is so that only one person can buy that item. If you click and buy an item on this website it is a contract of sale between you and us.
We will clear all funds before dispatch. Please note that any payment by bank transfer must be received by us within 3 working days of the sale. We do not accept payment by Pay-Pal.


We offer a money back guarantee on all goods sold, if that item is not substantially as described  provided that you contact us immediately and return the item in the same condition it was dispatched, within 14 days of receipt of the goods. Return postage costs are not refundable. If you do not accept our Website Terms of sale, please do not purchase from this Website. By purchasing goods from our website you have agreed to the terms of sale. 

This money back guarantee does not apply to any goods that may have been altered by the purchaser, cleaned, renovated, damaged, disassembled or otherwise tampered with by the purchaser without our knowledge. A refund is also not offered in the case where you are unable to complete the importation of your purchase into your own country.

Our Guarantee

All items advertised on this web site are authentic antique items and are guaranteed to be of the original stated period unless indicated otherwise. We take great care to ensure the accuracy of the description of items offered with regard to age, origin and condition, however please remember that all statements are our opinion.

Descriptions and condition of goods

We try to be as accurate as possible when describing items offered for sale however please remember that the majority of these items are well over 100 years old, many are over  200 years old and some may have minor wear, blemishes, imperfections, restoration including re-engraved or replaced parts, signs of use etc, which are not always noted in our description.
Allowance must therefore be made for normal everyday use and repairs over time. These items are all  antiques and you should expect some ageing to show.  
Antique weapon mounts and parts can be, and were often, constructed of various materials for decorative purposes, and where precious metals were used in the construction, such as gold and silver, these were not always hallmarked in previous centuries.


All details of Business Terms, Prices & Descriptions of items offered for sale by Andrew Bottomley Ltd are current, but are subject to change without notice.
If you should see a sold item that you would be have been interested in buying, please send us an email as we may have a similar item in stock that may not yet have been put onto the website.

Electronic Disclaimer

Due to the complexities of a website, we reserve the right to refuse or cancel any sale if there has been a failure in the description, pricing or availability of any item.


All photographs/content on the website are the property of Andrew Bottomley Ltd and must not to be reproduced without prior permission.

Shipping disclaimer:

Overseas buyers must be fully aware of their own country’s import restrictions regarding antique weapons prior to purchase. You are required to ensure that the purchased item can be legally delivered to you internationally. No compensation will be given to buyers who fail to check on the importation rules, prohibitions, restrictions or import regulations of their own country.