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by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 27, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 1787

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 411

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: 411

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of information about Dobson & Rosson at 4 Market Head, Derby and the text suggests that the Internet Gun Club has some unpublished infor...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: 1787

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...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:44 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Possible barrel makers mark on a Rook & Rabbit rifle
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Possible barrel makers mark on a Rook & Rabbit rifle

I have question about another feint stamped symbol on the underside of the barrel on the same ex-rook and rabbit rifle which is now a .410 shotgun. I think it might be related to it's conversion to a shotgun - it might be the logo of the gunsmith who did the work. It’s taken me some time to process ...
by Barry Gregory 440
Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 1787

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Some thoughts and observations after looking at the new photographs that have been added recently - very interesting and informative. Especially the photograph with the barrel and ejector removed as well as the photograph of the left hand side of the action with the rifle open. They do show a very n...
by Barry Gregory 440
Thu Jan 06, 2022 4:20 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 1787

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Some further thoughts about the scrolled ‘R’. Looking at the photographs attached to the original post, it appears to be stamped twice but in different places. I don’t think it’s a reproof mark for the reason given in my previous post. In addition, any reproofing would almost certainly be associated...
by Barry Gregory 440
Sun Jan 02, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 1787

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

Somewhat puzzled by the scrolled ‘R’ which certainly could suggest that there was a reproof at some date unknown. However, both the London and Birmingham reproof marks are the letter ‘R’ under a crown. I have a couple of old side-by-side shotguns with that mark and can’t see why the reproof mark for...