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by John 39
Thu Apr 11, 2024 12:22 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Salter & Varge
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Salter & Varge

Hi Sam, 13/1 is the old method of stating the bore i.e a little tighter than standard 12 bore. The proof master seems to have wanted to use just about all the stamps in his armoury! I think the gun was proved twice although it does not have any re-proved mark. The original proof was just before 1904...
by John 39
Thu Apr 04, 2024 2:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Joseph Harkom & Son
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Joseph Harkom & Son

Hi Jeff,

1904 !
by John 39
Wed Mar 27, 2024 3:28 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Tho's Parker help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Tho's Parker help needed

It may be that the gun was re-proved at some stage, but if this happened it would normally have a re-proof mark.
by John 39
Wed Mar 27, 2024 3:04 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: William Ford Underlever Hammer Gun
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: William Ford Underlever Hammer Gun

Hi , Undoubtedly, this is a William Ford gun but it has been rebarreled in the USA. The gun seems to have early hare's ear style hammers and an early side-clip action. It was was probably made in about 1870. The number 350 on the trigger guard is genuine serial number. The Nitro proof marks have bee...
by John 39
Wed Mar 27, 2024 12:44 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Thomas Wild Shotgun
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Thomas Wild Shotgun

Hi Christian, We have all the records of Thomas Wild but they are difficult to read and we have not been able to understand the codes. Your gun is listed as an Anson and Deeley ejector actioned by Harper. The barrel maker is not mentioned, the record only says "S t h" of which we don't kno...
by John 39
Wed Mar 27, 2024 12:10 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: W. Tanton SxS Underlever Hammer Gun
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: W. Tanton SxS Underlever Hammer Gun

Hi Peter,

I think you are right about the date of your gun - about 1875. There is no way that William made 8300 guns, this is gun was made by a trade maker in Birmingham and was numbered by him before being engraved with William's name. Nothing wrong with that, happened all the time.
by John 39
Tue Mar 26, 2024 5:51 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Tho's Parker help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Tho's Parker help needed

Hi Garrett, This is a difficult one! A Thomas Parker, the only one, was recorded in the trade directories as a gun barrel maker in 1832 and only in that year. He may well have gone out of business in that year but continued working for one of the other trade manufacturers and made the gun in his spa...
by John 39
Sun Mar 24, 2024 5:43 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: W. Tanton SxS Underlever Hammer Gun
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: W. Tanton SxS Underlever Hammer Gun

My wife and I had many dicussions with Esme Leeson (now deceased), wife of Reginald Leeson, about the Leeson firm and R B Rodda & Co for whom Reginald was an employee and manager. Reginald married Edith Prike, daughter of Frederick William Prike, my great grandfather, who owned R B Rodda & C...
by John 39
Mon Mar 18, 2024 10:47 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Salter & Varge
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Salter & Varge

Hi Sam,

Thank you very much for this information, no doubt Salter & Varge exported the gun to other countries. I have updated our history of the firm.
by John 39
Fri Mar 15, 2024 5:37 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Midland date
Replies: 4
Views: 1305

Re: Midland date

Lovely damascus !