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by John 39
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun
Replies: 3
Views: 114

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: 114

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: 38

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: 38

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: 11

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: 11

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.
by John 39
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun

Hi Nancy, Your gun dates to about 1875, If you could send us some close-up pictures of it and the medallion and the proof marks under the barrel flats, maybe we could tell you more (Send to gunclub@btconnect.com). The full history of the firm is in our Historical Database - but you have to pay a mem...
by John 39
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: William Ford Hammer gun
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: William Ford Hammer gun

Ah Ha! A 28 bore, haven't we discussed this gun before? According to Nigel Brown the earliest serial number known was 347. He dated it to 1875 to 1887, probably from the "Not For Ball" mark which was used between those dates. So now yours is the earliest known William Ford shotgun ... ... in the wor...
by John 39
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Fredrick Clarke Rifle Specialist
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Re: Fredrick Clarke Rifle Specialist

Frederick not Fredrick. No more info, sorry, too late for any census info. He traded after the 2nd World War, maybe specialised in converting army rifles into hunting rifles. He didn't stay in business for very long.
by John 39
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CW Andrews hammerless SBS
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: CW Andrews hammerless SBS

Hi Sam, That is quite valuable information, and I have incorporated in the history. I have done a census and other searches but haven't found out any more. In time, the Webley patents expired and although they were one of the main sources of "ready made" guns from about 1880 there were many small gu...