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by Tim Wilkes 43
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts September Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 8776

Holts September Auction

There is an interesting Beesley up for auction at Holts on 21st September. http://auctions.holtsauctioneers.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=A0917+++1412+&refno=++117747&saletype= From my records and knowledge of Frederick Beesley, I can say that it was bought on 21 September 1897 by Lord Wimborne ...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: R B Rodda & Co Calcutta & Birmingham .404 Jeffery
Replies: 6
Views: 7097

Re: R B Rodda & Co Calcutta & Birmingham .404 Jeffery

Allen, I was interested in your observation about hexagonal bolts and it set me off! Allen keys were being patented under various names as far back as 1860 in the US however manufacturing of the patented wrenches never took place because of the associated expense with manufacturing at that time. The...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Help dating a Manton
Replies: 8
Views: 10673

Re: Help dating a Manton

John, forgive me, but I make out those proof marks as being the 1896-1904 set.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts Auction
Replies: 3
Views: 4366

Re: Holts Auction

So I particularly liked this plainly engraved HJ Hussey: http://www.jpgbox.com/jpg/51779_600x400.jpg And this not so plainly engraved Harrison & Hussey: http://www.jpgbox.com/jpg/51780_600x400.jpg Not forgetting a top quality F Beesley: http://www.jpgbox.com/jpg/51781_600x400.jpg Anyone else go? Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts Auction
Replies: 3
Views: 4366

Re: Holts Auction

Here is the link to the Williams & Powell, Liverpool duelling pistols: http://auctions.holtsauctioneers.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=A0617++++560+&refno=++113065&saletype= Interesting fact about the firm, from IGC database: From 1820 to 1830 Ann Patrick, Edwards daughter, ran the business, she ...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts Auction
Replies: 3
Views: 4366

Holts Auction

Spent a couple of hours at Holts today. In my jacket. It was hot. 32 degrees C. By the time I'd finished viewing one gun I had to go outside to cool down. Then back in again! Lovely pair of saw-handled duellingpistols, which Nick kindly got out of the viewing case for me. Felt just so right in the h...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: A Rare & Unusual F Beesley O/U Double Rifle
Replies: 0
Views: 2256

A Rare & Unusual F Beesley O/U Double Rifle

A .350 double O/U backlock ejector rifle by F Beesley. Bought in by him in 1911 as he was developing his own ideas for O/U shotguns. In fact this is one of two such rifles he bought in at the same time. They have a Germanic look about them, but I know little about German O/Us of that period. I under...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Hunting, Wildlife and Conservation
Topic: never Quits
Replies: 2
Views: 3216

Re: never Quits

Good girl!

What was it? Did you nab it? Did she retrieve it?

I think we should be told!

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Interesting Lang & Hussey Detonating
Replies: 0
Views: 2232

Interesting Lang & Hussey Detonating

I viewed this Lang & Hussey at a recent Holts auction. Apart from the attractive plain border engraving, this gun has the fern leaf carving on the detonating more usually practised on Frederick Beesley's best guns. Makes me wonder if they had an agreement? Or maybe this was just Henry J Hussey tryin...