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by John 39
Wed May 05, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: C. Hunt & Co - help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: C. Hunt & Co - help needed

Yup, can't remember writing that but it is 100% accurate (and very useful - not a lot of people know it)! 1 1/4 is the maximum shot load which is interesting, most guns were proved for 1 1/8oz so yours is a quite heavy load - maybe for live pigeon or even duck and goose shooting! As mentioned, live ...
by John 39
Mon May 03, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: C. Hunt & Co - help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: C. Hunt & Co - help needed

Hi Kim, It is likely that Hunt was employed by one of the big trade makers such as Webley, W & C Scott or others, and when he retired he started his own business. I very much doubt if he actually had a branch in London, he probably just thought having a reference to London would be good for business...
by John 39
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Cogswell & Harrison Certus
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Cogswell & Harrison Certus

Hi James, I have searched the censuses but found nothing definite. There was a Peter Orr recorded in the USA so maybe after India and Burma he retired there. Telescopic sights were mounted on a fore-end bracket because they couldn't be mounted over the barrel. If I ever get back to the British Libra...
by John 39
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Cogswell & Harrison Certus
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Cogswell & Harrison Certus

Very interesting James. The Cogswell & Harrison book (Cooley & Newton) doesn't tell us very much and doesn't mention the new model. May I ask how many cartridges does the magazine hold? Presumably this rifle never had a telescopic sight fitted to it? Is it sighted up to 400 yards? We have no certain...
by John 39
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun

Hi Nancy, The initials on the escutcheon seem to be M J A M which does not ring a bell for me. They definitely are not those of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. On the Duke’s gun I would expect a gold escutcheon. The other thing is that nowhere on the gun can I see the logo for the Prince of Wales (three ...
by John 39
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun

UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT PUT UP NANCY'S EMAILED PICTURES, BUT THEY WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT WE NEEDED TO SEE Nancy, If you take the barrels off the and look underneath the barrel flats will show the proof marks, any chance of a photo of those? I can’t read the initials in the silver disc, any cha...
by John 39
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: J V Needham
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: J V Needham

Hi Daniel, Your gun dates to between 1887 and 1900. It might have been taken out by an Englishman who sold it to your Great Grandfather, or may be your Great Grandfather shot him and stole it (just joking! My wife is South African and I lived in Durban for 11 years). It is possible that it was expor...
by John 39
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: J V Needham
Replies: 1
Views: 199

J V Needham

Good day. I am hoping you might be able to provide me with some information about a double barrel shotgun I inherited from my great grandfather Mr Jooste. He was a farmer in South Africa and used the shotgun regularly for pest control. On the barrel of the gun is engraved JV Needham Damascus Works, ...
by John 39
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: James & Roberts
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: James & Roberts

We know this firm traded in Birmingham in about 1935 but they didn't trade for more than about 1 year and we have no more information. Be assured that around 1935 was said by many to be the high point in English gun making and that Birmingham guns were the equal of London guns indeed, many so-called...
by John 39
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: James & Roberts
Replies: 1
Views: 178

James & Roberts

Dear Sir,
I have a very old double barrel side lock British shot gun manufactured by ''James and Roberts Birmingham'' there is no record of this gun maker on internet. please let me know the history of this gun maker.