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by John 39
Tue Feb 13, 2024 12:01 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards, T3621
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Westley Richards, T3621

The Crown over R is the reproof mark. That the gun was ordered by an agent in Bulawayo seems entirely reasonable, but it gun must have come back to England for repair to the barrels, hence the need reproof. We wonder how this fits with Norway!
by John 39
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:17 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 3202

Re: Anson and Deeley

Hi Vernon, Your A & D gun has two crown over V proof marks which I cannot explain. These marks are Birmingham Proof House Marks but they should appear only once. A View Mark means the gun was presented for proof when not completely finished so that if it failed the maker would not waste money on...
by John 39
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:16 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards, T3621
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Westley Richards, T3621

Hi Anders,

This is acheap gun and although marked Westley Richards, it may not have been made by them but by a trade supplier in Birmingham. We would need to see a photo of the proof marks to offer any advice on them

John
by John 39
Thu Feb 08, 2024 3:17 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 3202

Re: Anson and Deeley

Hi Vernon, It is likely that this gun was bought by a Scotsman, perhaps living in Glasgow, possibly an engineer of some kind. It is not a quality gun, just a workhorse made in the early 1890s before nitro powders were introduced. It was cheap because it it was black powder only and non-ejector. When...
by John 39
Tue Feb 06, 2024 6:02 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 3202

Re: Anson and Deeley

Hi Vernon, Sorry to be so long in replying. As regards the Anson & Deeley gun, the Crown over V proof mark is the "View Mark" showing the gun was handed over to the Proof House (probably Birmingham) by the manufacturer when incomplete, so as to avoid further work if the gun blew up! Al...
by John 39
Fri Jan 26, 2024 3:09 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CHARLES LANCASTER
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Re: CHARLES LANCASTER

Hi Russell, Can you give us more info about this gun e.g. bore, barrel length, chamber length, choke and perhaps a photo of proof marks. The serial number does not make any sense.
by John 39
Tue Dec 19, 2023 12:04 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 3202

Re: Anson and Deeley

I think he is the Glasgow Lawson. Nice engraving! Look forward to getting more details.
by John 39
Mon Dec 18, 2023 5:07 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 3202

Re: Anson and Deeley

Hi Vernon, I think this is the serial number, it is a very early number, probably the actual manufacturers number rather than Lawson's number. Is there any address on the gun - is he the Glasgow Lawson or the Birmingham Lawson? What I find interesting are the ejector lugs, it seems the maker had a c...
by John 39
Mon Dec 11, 2023 5:18 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Infos on C.S. Rosson Boxlock
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Infos on C.S. Rosson Boxlock

Hi Fokko, I would be very pleased to own your gun, I think it would definintely be classed as a best boxlock. I'm not sure if Rosson or someone else made the barrels, probably Rosson, but the rest was certainly made by Rosson, the action is not Joseph Asbury. The engraving is definitely best quality...
by John 39
Sat Dec 02, 2023 9:53 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Midland date
Replies: 2
Views: 608

Re: Midland date

Hi Sam,

Most of the Midland records are derived from the proof marks so almost all of them are dated 1904 to 1925, which is pretty useless, but you are lucky. We can date this gun to 1896