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by trw999
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards made or made on Westley Richards patents
Replies: 4
Views: 2922

Re: Westley Richards made or made on Westley Richards patents

Hi Rick, Sorry it has taken a while to reply, I have been laid up with a bad foot and intermittently able to concentrate on the computer! I can find no reference to either of these two numbers as actual patents, so must assume they are patent use numbers, in other words, serial numbers based on how ...
by trw999
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards made or made on Westley Richards patents
Replies: 4
Views: 2922

Re: Westley Richards made or made on Westley Richards patents

Rick, it certainly looks like a WR toplever.

It seems there may be a patent number on the action flats. What is the number?

Tim
by trw999
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Researching the serial no of a C G Bonehill Boxlock
Replies: 4
Views: 4615

Re: Researching the serial no of a C G Bonehill Boxlock

Barry, all the Bonehill ledgers were destroyed at the demise of the firm in 1962. The only way you may get some idea of the age of the gun is by researching the gun auction sites for past auction catalogues, whence by recording serial numbers and other clues, such as patent nos and proof marks, you ...
by trw999
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Total UK Lead Shot Ban by 2025
Replies: 0
Views: 1358

Total UK Lead Shot Ban by 2025

It's happened. The green and cuddly lobby have forced the hand of the main UK shooting bodies to cave in under pressure and declare that lead shot for game shooting is to be banned from 2025. Here in full is the statement jointly issued by BASC, the Countryside Alliance, British Game Alliance, Count...
by trw999
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history
Replies: 23
Views: 13413

Re: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history

The seniority number indicates the rank of the viewer at the proof house, where No 1 is your top man, then onwards down the ranks.

No 4 would have been 'one of the workers'!

Tim
by trw999
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history
Replies: 23
Views: 13413

Re: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history

Dave, it certainly is a 1937-38 S date mark; the seniority number looks like 4.

I agree, I very much doubt they were best London gun barrels!

Hope you enjoy the gun once you have restored it.

Tim
by trw999
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history
Replies: 23
Views: 13413

Re: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history

Right; nothing that I could find under LH. There are a lot of gun trade surnames beginning with H, yet very few christian names beginning with L! I then tried HL and finally TH, which produced one remote possibility: Henry James Taylor, barrel maker, Deans Bldgs., Weaman St, 1890-1901 & then And...
by trw999
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history
Replies: 23
Views: 13413

Re: Can anyone help me with a piece of local history

I read that as LH. It will be the initials of the barrel maker. It will not point you in any other direction than letting you know who struck up the barrels, but it's a nice bit of additional provenance to add to the gun. I've now got to spend 30 mins looking for likely barrel makers from that era i...
by trw999
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Production Date of a Watson Bros 12 bore
Replies: 3
Views: 2630

Re: Production Date of a Watson Bros 12 bore

Garrett, your gun, an early Watson Bros gun, was produced in 1897

Without reference to the records, held by the current firm, it is impossible to say what grade the gun is. Try contacting them for more detailed information.

Tim
by trw999
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: E Anson & Co serial no.
Replies: 3
Views: 4044

Re: E Anson & Co serial no.

It is likely that the serial number is a trade number, rather than an Anson number. Several good London name guns have often 5 or 6 digit serial numbers, rather than their own sequential serial number. It indicates that the gun was bought in from the trade, pretty much ready to sell. The London gunm...