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by John 39
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CW Andrews hammerless SBS
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: CW Andrews hammerless SBS

Hi Sam, We've done another census search and this time have come up with more info as follows: Charles William Andrews was born in 1847 in Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon. He was the son of Thomas Andrews and Elizabeth and brother of Thomas Henry (b.1845). Charles was recorded in the 1851 census liv...
by John 39
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CW Andrews hammerless SBS
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: CW Andrews hammerless SBS

Possibly !
by John 39
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Information about Joseph Asbury
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: Information about Joseph Asbury

Hi Barry,

Sorry it has taken a whole month to reply to you, we've done more research but it has not been easy! We've re-written the Asbury history with the new information and hopefully there will be a bit more when the 1921 census is released.
by John 39
Wed May 05, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: C. Hunt & Co - help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 319

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: 319

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: 742

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: 742

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: 750

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: 750

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: 368

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...