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by John 39
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Webley/Holland & Holland
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Webley/Holland & Holland

This could well be a Webley 700 the serial number dating it to about 1970 although I would have thought Holland & Holland of all people would have gone for a 701 or 702 as there was not much difference in the price. In 1958 a 700 cost about £125, a 701 was £130 and a 702 £140. I guess a 1970 700 cos...
by John 39
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: James Smyth
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: James Smyth

Looking at this gun again, the crossed sceptres with BPC mark was, when accompanied by the crossed sceptres V mark, definitive Birmingham proof for the period up to 1904. I am sure the gun was made by William Ansell following an order prompted by C A Ansell in South Africa. 67 is the serial number, ...
by John 39
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: William Ford
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: William Ford

Hi David,

That would be a gun started in 1903 but perhaps not finished until 1896.
by John 39
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: R B Rodda & Co Calcutta & Birmingham .404 Jeffery
Replies: 6
Views: 1879

Re: R B Rodda & Co Calcutta & Birmingham .404 Jeffery

Wonderful to find this rifle has found a good home and has been restored to working condition. My grandfather, who "made" it, would be very pleased. R B Rodda & Co always used better than average wood, which is probably why they became the largest gun makers in India, but the quality of this replace...
by John 39
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: WW greener 12 bore double OU
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: WW greener 12 bore double OU

Never seen anything quite like it, and would hesitate to try to date it, so I'm pleased it's already been dated to 1886. However, calling it an "Express" is ridiculous. There is nothing "high velocity" or "low trajectory" about a 24 inch barrelled 12 bore! A pity there is no information about bullet...
by John 39
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Need help with proof date
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Need help with proof date

Hi Rick,

This is the usual and pretty useless set of marks for 1904 to 1925. You seem to have a serial number - who is the maker and what exactly is the number?

John
by John 39
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

I did get your email and applied my not inconsiderable intelligence to it ! One thing is not clear, was he at 26 or 36 Hampton Road. The census certainly said 36 but he may have moved or maybe he lived at 36 and the shop was at 26? I have to pretend to be clever because nobody else thinks so.
by John 39
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

Hi Rick, So many men named Alfred Davis ! This was not Alfred Edward Davis ! We have re-investigated and re-written the history as follows: Alfred Davis was born on 16 March 1871 in South Hornsey, north east London. His father was Henry Davis who was reasonably well-off and lived "on his own means"....
by John 39
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A Coleye Patent gun, looking for information
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: A Coleye Patent gun, looking for information

You know more than we do !

Stockel lists H J (1845-1858) and M N Colleye (1850-1865 also spelt Coley also seems to have traded as Colleye Fils) are listed as having a patent and being located in Liege, Coleye is not listed. J E Colleye is listed in St Etienne 1781-1814.
by John 39
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

Well ! That's a surprise ! Why would he open two shops at the same time - and doubling his overheads?