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by John 39
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A Coleye Patent gun, looking for information
Replies: 2
Views: 1113

Re: A Coleye Patent gun, looking for information

You know more than we do !

Stockel lists H J (1845-1858) and M N Colleye (1850-1865 also spelt Coley also seems to have traded as Colleye Fils) are listed as having a patent and being located in Liege, Coleye is not listed. J E Colleye is listed in St Etienne 1781-1814.
by John 39
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 2928

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

Well ! That's a surprise ! Why would he open two shops at the same time - and doubling his overheads?
by John 39
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 2928

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

Hi Rick, No, they were different people, maybe both of Welsh ancestry - I suppose that means related but probably non incestuously! Wales is larger than most people think! He seems to have had a happy marriage - 9 children, but the business does not seem to have been a success. By 1939 he was a labo...
by John 39
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)
Replies: 10
Views: 2928

Re: Alfred Davis (J. Blanch)

Hi Rick, He would have bought from the Birmingham trade mainly, perhaps his best guns came from independent London makers. Blanch would have made guns only for themselves to retail. Unfortunately, censuses after 1911 are not yet available to the public but through other sources I think I've found hi...
by John 39
Mon May 27, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: A William Moore & Co. pinfire - seeking information on WM&Co.
Replies: 21
Views: 7088

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

Stephen, you may be interested in a gun coming up at Holts next sale, apparently it is in fine condition. The gist of the story is as follows: The gun and cartridge patented by Jean Samuel Pauly in 1812 is well known but Jean-Antoine Robert knew Pauly and to some extent copied his patent. Jean-Antoi...
by John 39
Thu May 23, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: .470 Double Rifle Lawn & Alder
Replies: 1
Views: 972

Re: .470 Double Rifle Lawn & Alder

Hi Paul,

We've done a census search and found nothing on either, never seen a catalogue. Sorry.
by John 39
Thu May 23, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast

Barrelled actions or complete guns definitely. Guns stating Belfast and London have been seen but no London address has ever been found although they might have had an agent in London coordinating their export business. Your source material is good but details of the firm's history seem to be based ...
by John 39
Sat May 18, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast

I very much doubt if Braddells ever made any guns themselves and bet you any amount the gun has Birmingham proof marks although that proves nothing - because Ireland never had a proof house and all the guns made there (Rigby, Kavanagh but probably no others!) had to be proved in Birmingham.
by John 39
Fri May 17, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: any in depth look at Braddells out of Belfast

Hi Rick, They were a retailer buying from all sorts but mainly the Birmingham trade. Years ago, maybe 10, I spoke on the phone to someone there (owner or partner) but can't remember the conversation except that it involved the firm's history. Why no give them a ring? or if that's inconvenient ask me...
by John 39
Wed May 01, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Wm. Cashmore BLE
Replies: 3
Views: 1216

Re: Wm. Cashmore BLE

I have sent you a copy