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by John 39
Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Midland Gun Company, 32 inch barrels, SBS 12 bore
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Midland Gun Company, 32 inch barrels, SBS 12 bore

Hi Vernon, I can't help very much as regards date but I will email you the info we have on serial numbers. The long barrels seem to indicate that this was made as a duck and goose gun. It would be interesting to know if it was tightly choke bored. In 1926 Henry England retired and the firm was sold ...
by John 39
Thu Oct 27, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: F.T Baker 12 Bore
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: F.T Baker 12 Bore

You are right, exceptional engraving. Why two sets of barrels both with choke and same chambering I don't know! May be 1st set were damaged and then repaired very well !
by John 39
Thu Oct 20, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Help with W.R Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Help with W.R Pape

The gun dates to 1913. You can try to get hold of the guy in Royston but I doubt if he will be able to give you much more information. I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm but I don't think the gun is of any particular interest. Undoubtedly it will be of good quality and incorporating all Pape's u...
by John 39
Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Help with W.R Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Help with W.R Pape

Hi Pete,

what is the serial number and address?
by John 39
Sun Sep 25, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: F.T Baker 12 Bore
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: F.T Baker 12 Bore

Hi Vernon, T K Baker undoubtedly produced a line of quality guns so no surprise that he got a Royal Appointment, but I have not seen any evidence that his son F T Baker produced high quality guns. The presence of another serial number on this gun is not good news as it suggests that the gun was boug...
by John 39
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:20 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street

Looks like your gun is one of those two ! W P Jones was an inventive and very skilled gunmaker, I have a personal connection in that in 1919 my grandfather (of R B Rodda & Co) made and patented the Rotax bullet for smoothbore shotguns subseqently manufactured by Kynoch and sold by Rodda in India...
by John 39
Thu Sep 08, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street

Hi David, I wrote this about 15 years ago, it is now 9.45 am and I can't remember what I had for breakfast! I do know that it was from a reliable source, and that I had no independent confirmation. Strangely, reflecting on it now, I did not put this in the W P Jones history - I guess this was becaus...
by John 39
Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Trying to find information about a gunmaker
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Re: Trying to find information about a gunmaker

I haven't come across the name before but it appears to be very common in Suffolk and quite common in the south of England. Henry Blomfield (or Bloomfield) Lankester was born the son of William Lankester on 27 March 1773 possibly in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket. He was apprenticed on 27 March 1798 to ...
by John 39
Mon Aug 22, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Richard Bolter - Tooting
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Richard Bolter - Tooting

Thanks to Stephen Grist we have the following: The Wilkes brothers always referred to Dickie (Richard J) Bolter as "Woodward's stocker". He was born into a military family in 1870 and was recorded as a gunmaker's woodworker in the 1901 census. The Wilkes had many stories about him as he wa...
by John 39
Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:34 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Date of Manufacture
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Date of Manufacture

Your gun is the Popular Ejector model probably made about 1926-1930 by C G Bonehill and just retailed by Arthur Allan. To find the history you have to register and pay for membership then click on Historical Database and enter Arthur Allen in the search boxes, don't enter anything else.