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by John 39
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns

I have found some notes on initials and trade marks which might be useful to members: A & T Adams & Tait H W Harry Wheeler (London barrel filer 1930-1940) J A (on action) Joseph Asbury or John Aston (1818-1822) G L George Lane (1930-1940) C A (on barrels) Charles Allport Wheatsheaf logo Joseph Whitw...
by John 39
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns

Having had a sleepless night trying to remember what, where and when - I remembered! Then I had to find it! Which I eventually did! I will email to you "An Index of British Gun Lock Makers". Somewhere else I have a list of makers whose initials have been found over time inside gun locks. I hope to f...
by John 39
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: Letter prefixes before serial numbers on trade guns

Holloway & Sons and G & S Holloway used an H prefix on guns they made for others but not on guns they made and sold themselves. But not all H prefix guns were made by the Holloway firms, Charles Osborne used an H prefix but the reason is not known, his guns were definitely not Holloway guns. William...
by John 39
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Gustavus Masu
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Gustavus Masu

Hi John and Steve, it is a good thing not all of us are named John! I see that Stockel records a Masu as a gun maker in Liege from 1849 to 1853, no mention of 1845 so knowledge of that is a bonus. Masu Freres is recorded 1853 to 1876 in Liege and in London at 10 Wigmore Street 1864-1865 and 1882-189...
by John 39
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Gustavus Masu
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Gustavus Masu

Hi John, I replied to this post a couple of days ago but something went wrong and it didn't go up. We had not done a census check on Gustavus so we did one and also found we had a photo of an early case label which is now in the database. Jean Francois Gustav Masu was born in Belgium (most likely in...
by John 39
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: C B Vaughan & E Whistler Second Hand Guns
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: C B Vaughan & E Whistler Second Hand Guns

There has never been any report of existing records and as both firms only ever bought and sold second-hand guns there would be no ledgers in the usual sense. Interesting that both firms may have been bought by Moss Bros, never heard that before but it is not unlikely!
by John 39
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Grahams of Iverness
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Grahams of Iverness

Although it is thought that Graham established his business in 1857 the fact that he was not recorded in the directories until 1883 suggests that it was a very small business no doubt also involved in fishing equipment. He never filed any patents. By the 1880s very few so-called gun makers actually ...
by John 39
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Cogswell & Harrison
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Cogswell & Harrison

I have a copy of the Cooley & Newton book and have just had another look at it.I can't remember ever having read it before - but I'm not going to talk about that or how old I'll be on my next birthday! It's a good book which will answer most of your questions but two errors worth pointing out are: 1...
by John 39
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Justice, Politics, Religion & anything else you want to talk about
Topic: Case
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Case

Remarkable, didn't think you had much chance!
by John 39
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: how to copy and print case labels?
Replies: 11
Views: 184

Re: how to copy and print case labels?

You managed it, probably got some smart kid to show you! I've sent you the labels.