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by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Best gun, mid grade or low grade
Replies: 3
Views: 1097

Re: Best gun, mid grade or low grade

I’ve not heard of duckbill in connection with dipped locks, similar to those used often at that time by Lancaster and Rigby as well as Holland and Holland on their Dominion models. As to grade, this gun appears to be a Rogers action. It also has the barrel lump visible through the underside of the a...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: E. Anson boxlock ser #37647
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: E. Anson boxlock ser #37647

With a serial number that large I’d guess the gun to be a trade gun sold by the fellow Anson.

Chances are it would be one of the large Birmingham firms that made it.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: London/Belgium?/Birmingham proof marks?
Replies: 5
Views: 1602

Re: London/Belgium?/Birmingham proof marks?

Mmmmm. Don't like the look of that at all!

That appears to have been badly scribed in after the event. Why? Who knows, but it looks wrong to me.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Barrel Marks
Replies: 5
Views: 1524

Re: Barrel Marks

To me that looks like the barrel makers mark.

Most Birmingham barrel makers did not bother to mark their barrels, or tubes. Some did. I do not know who this might be though, sorry.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: I Hollis & Sons
Replies: 1
Views: 839

Re: I Hollis & Sons

Paul, It would be helpful to know the serial number, from which we may be able to give an approximate date of manufacture. Of course, another give away is in the name on your rifle. 'I Hollis & Sons' being a part of the large Hollis, Bentley & Playfair gunmaking Loveday Street, Birmingham based cong...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Suppliers to Lincoln Jeffries
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: Suppliers to Lincoln Jeffries

Hi Rick, Afraid this is likely to be an impossible question to answer, in the absence of any relevant paperwork, which is highly unlikely. Since the firm were smack in the middle of the Birmingham Gun Quarter, mostly Whittall Street and Steelhouse Lane, they would have used the army of outworkers sc...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Border engraving ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: Border engraving ideas?

Hi Rick, It will, I fear, be almost an impossibility to pin this down to a particular engraver or gunmaker. The gun would appear to be a typical between the wars Birmingham boxlock with minimal bead engraving. This style was popular in the late 1920s when the economic situation was not good and show...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Front barrel lump cocking system
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Re: Front barrel lump cocking system

Do you have a photo you can post, Rick?

Sounds intriguing. I've always had an interest in self or assisted opening boxlocks, for which there are very few patents. Gough Thomas had an interesting one but sadly very few examples were made, all I believe by Westley Richards.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holt's Abandon London
Replies: 0
Views: 546

Holt's Abandon London

No more auctions or viewing in London for Holt's. Henceforth all Holt's auctions will take place at their Norfolk premises on the Sandringham estate. Diggory has written a good piece on it here: https://www.vintageguns.co.uk/magazine/holt-s-abandon-london On a personal level I view this as a shame. ...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Jokes, one-liners and cryptic comments
Topic: Big Dog, Little Car
Replies: 0
Views: 755

Big Dog, Little Car

I spotted this in Dover Street, London recently. What would John Robertson have made of it?

Tim

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