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by Barry Gregory 440
Sat Jul 30, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Trying to find information about a gunmaker
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Trying to find information about a gunmaker

I have recently been offered a very old, 12-bore, back action, hammer gun with Damascus barrels proofed for black powder with non-rebounding hammers and with its original steel buttplate. The Birmingham proof marks date it from around 1875. On the side of both locks it is engraved ‘LANKESTER’. After...
by Barry Gregory 440
Sun Jun 19, 2022 10:20 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun

Just for information- the set of London Proof Marks that relate to 1883 are as shown on the well published chart as annotated on the screenshot attached below.
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by Barry Gregory 440
Sat Jun 18, 2022 4:01 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun

John, Thanks for your reply to my post about the C & H .410 Hammer Gun. Since neither the carpet or the photograph are mine, I’ll pass or your cleaning suggestions to my clay shooting friend (or his wife). I think the carpet is probably on his garage floor where he cleans his guns. Thanks also f...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jun 16, 2022 11:07 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun
Replies: 3
Views: 543

London proof marks on a .410 Hammergun

Very recently a clay shooting friend of mine has bought a single barrel, .410 Hammergun by Cogswell & Harrison. From its serial number, it dates from 1883 and is in good working order. It’s hammer is not rebounding and consequently it has a half-cock and full-cock positions. At that date it woul...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 27, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 4347

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Mark, Interesting quick response from Holts. It feels like they’ve been as helpful as they can be. It does presently leave it as a mysterious rook rifle though now probably continental rather than English. As their notes suggest, Holts do specialise in English gunmakers for rifles and shotguns. Not ...
by Barry Gregory 440
Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:24 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 4347

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Mark, Thanks for the update. Having checked my geography, yes, I guess that the 4,500 miles between Vancouver Island, Canada and the U.K. is probably a bit far for a day trip to the NEC Birmingham! Probably going to go myself with some clay shooting friends from our local club. If you’ve no objectio...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 4347

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Mark, Thanks for the update and progress report. Interesting comment from Rigby’s. Regarding Holts Auctioneers you might find the 2 email addresses below useful in contacting them. I have bid and acquired several items from them over the last 2 years and have always found them very helpful. Certainl...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:48 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Serial Number information for Rossons of Derby
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Re: Serial Number information for Rossons of Derby

John39, Thanks for your posted reply. Frustrated as ever that there are no serial number records available for Rosson of Derby. With regard to your comment about Rosson’s patent, I’m assuming you mean Patent 15,313 of 1889. I’ve looked it up in Vol 2 of Crudgington & Baker, Page 210. For boxlock...
by Barry Gregory 440
Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Serial Number information for Rossons of Derby
Replies: 2
Views: 910

Serial Number information for Rossons of Derby

I have recently searched the historical database for 2 gunmakers based in Derby called Dobson & Rosson and Rosson of Derby. The search shows up quite a lot of information about Dobson & Rosson at 4 Market Head, Derby and the text suggests that the Internet Gun Club has some unpublished infor...
by Barry Gregory 440
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 4347

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Thanks for your most recent post confirming the details about this mysterious ‘English’ rook and rabbit rifle. For me, the word ‘mysterious’ about sums it up. Despite many searches on the internet for both English and Belgium rifles, I have found nothing quite like it. Frustrating because, with so m...