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by Stephen Nash 218
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Hunting, Wildlife and Conservation
Topic: Autumn in Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 1056

Autumn in Canada

Yesterday was a good day and Sir Thales Pease's 1864 Charles Lancaster breech-loader finally had a successful outing on the property, taking a Ruffed grouse.

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by Stephen Nash 218
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.
Replies: 21
Views: 4446

Re: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.

John, you are too kind! The development of the pin fire in Britain is my obsession, one that I have maintained for some 25 years. Your site is a wonderfully accessible resource and a gold mine of hard-to-find information.
by Stephen Nash 218
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.
Replies: 21
Views: 4446

Re: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.

Thank you for the overview. The development of the breech loading game gun, and the development of the pin fire cartridge are two very interesting and linked steps in gun history. Like most inventions, these did not happen overnight, but over decades of thought and experimentation! Also, thank you f...
by Stephen Nash 218
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.
Replies: 21
Views: 4446

A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.

I have a William Moore & Co. pinfire, a 16-bore double-barreled lever-over-guard gun with an early Lang-type single-bite action and the assisted-opening stud on the action flats. The back-action locks are marked “W. M. & Co.”, and the top rib is indistinctly marked the same. I cannot make out if the...
by Stephen Nash 218
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Henry Adkin
Replies: 5
Views: 1493

Re: Henry Adkin

The Henry Adkin pinfire is simply marked “Hy Adkin Bedford” on the top rib. It has London proof marks, a double-bite Jones-type underlever, and it lacks a radius at the action face. I'm guessing a date of 1863-66 from its various features.
by Stephen Nash 218
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Henry Adkin
Replies: 5
Views: 1493

Re: Henry Adkin

For interest, I have a Henry Adkin 12-bore pinfire, but it does not have a serial number. It would have been made after 1862, from the unmarked Jones-type underlever.
by Stephen Nash 218
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: John Wilkes Shotgun
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Re: John Wilkes Shotgun

Hi Jason,

That address is the correct one for John Wilkes around that time.
by Stephen Nash 218
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: John Wilkes Shotgun
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Re: John Wilkes Shotgun

Hi I have recently purchased a John Wilkes sxs 12g serial number 406 is there anything left to say roughly when it was built please? Such a low serial number might suggest a date close to when John Wilkes started producing guns under his own name in 1895, so perhaps around 1900. Can you provide any...
by Stephen Nash 218
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Crofts Patent action, early top-lever
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Crofts Patent action, early top-lever

John 39 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:28 am
We have done a bit more research on the Hamblings. Reuben was in Manchester for a short time but moved around the country a lot. Have a look at the updated history.
Wonderful, thank you for the additional information.
Stephen Nash
by Stephen Nash 218
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Crofts Patent action, early top-lever
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Crofts Patent action, early top-lever

Does anyone have any information on existing Crofts Patent actions? Here is a 12-bore bar-in-wood pinfire gun by Reuben? Hambling of Salford, Manchester. The top rib is marked “27 New Bailey St. Salford Manchester”, and the locks are marked “Hambling”. While the Hambling gunmakers are known from Bla...