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by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:24 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Hi Kai'miloa, Most of the basic info in any gunmaker history comes from the various trade directoriesfrom. There is no doubt that Robert Chaplain traded from 1857 to 1875 as a gun, rifle and pistol maker. From 1875 he was at 25 Steelhouse Lane. I've amended his closing date to 1886 because that is w...
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:06 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Hi John, Your input is once again hugely valuable, John. I knew about the changing of spelled names, but did not know it continued so long.Now I need to take a photo of the trade label and get it to you. The "smudging" on it looks rather suspicious to me, but there is no sign of some forme...
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:05 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Hi Kai'miloa, My mistake ! Spelling (generally) in England only became "standardised" in about 1820-1830, and spelling of names kept changing until about 1870. Robert may well have changed the spelling of his name soon after he started in business at 30 Steelhouse Lane which was a prestigi...
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:03 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Thanks, John. I signed up for a year's membership just an hour ago or so. I particularly want to support the IGC, after all your work for so many years. The first thing I did was to search for Robert Chaplain, noting that you had searched for Robert Chaplin. Immediately I got the information -- more...
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:01 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Hi Kai'miloa,

I have searched for Robert Chaplin but can't find him anywhere, and this includes Stockel.
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 4:56 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Robert Chaplain of Birmingham

Hi John, I don't need your historic data as often as I used to, but a chance to research barrelmaker and apparently gunmaker Robert Chaplain of Birmingham is the current query. I very recently acquired a nice muzzle loader with two double barrels by him, 16 bore shotgun barrels and .577 rifled barre...
by John 39
Mon Feb 26, 2024 5:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Thomas Wild Hammergun
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Thomas Wild Hammergun

Hi Joe, This gun was recorded in the books on 18 August 1925 as being sold to a Miss F Avens on 20 August 1925 at a price of £25 which is not expensive. The gun is too big (muzzle heavy) for a girl / woman so I think it was bought by her for her father or boyfriend / fiancee. They may have lived in ...
by John 39
Tue Feb 13, 2024 12:01 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards, T3621
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Westley Richards, T3621

The Crown over R is the reproof mark. That the gun was ordered by an agent in Bulawayo seems entirely reasonable, but it gun must have come back to England for repair to the barrels, hence the need reproof. We wonder how this fits with Norway!
by John 39
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:17 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Anson and Deeley
Replies: 12
Views: 5421

Re: Anson and Deeley

Hi Vernon, Your A & D gun has two crown over V proof marks which I cannot explain. These marks are Birmingham Proof House Marks but they should appear only once. A View Mark means the gun was presented for proof when not completely finished so that if it failed the maker would not waste money on...
by John 39
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:16 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westley Richards, T3621
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Westley Richards, T3621

Hi Anders,

This is acheap gun and although marked Westley Richards, it may not have been made by them but by a trade supplier in Birmingham. We would need to see a photo of the proof marks to offer any advice on them

John