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by John 39
Thu Jan 06, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: John Patstone - email from James Warren posted by moderator
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: John Patstone - email from James Warren posted by moderator

Hi James, This gun was proved in London but that doesn’t mean it was made there but it may have been. Many wealthy individuals going to India and Africa bought guns at the last minute – in case they had to defend themselves against lions, tigers and elephants. Patstone had a good reputation although...
by John 39
Thu Jan 06, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: John Patstone - email from James Warren posted by moderator
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

John Patstone - email from James Warren posted by moderator

Serial number enquiry:

Do you have information for a John Patstone, Southampton
.577 Express Double Rifle serial #1935

Should be on or after 1878?

Thanks so much and best regards,
by John 39
Fri Dec 31, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Mysterious English Rook Rifle
Replies: 16
Views: 4345

Re: Mysterious English Rook Rifle

We can't access the photos but the scrolled "R" might indicate reproof which may have happened in London, possibly after the muzzle was changed. The London proof is interesting if it is the original proof (which is likely) because almost all rook and rabbit rifles were made and proved in B...
by John 39
Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Possible barrel makers mark on a Rook & Rabbit rifle
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Possible barrel makers mark on a Rook & Rabbit rifle

Extract from our historical database: Trade: Barrel makers & riflers Dates: 1862-1920 Notes: Arthur Adams and Joseph Tait established their business in 1862 at 46 Price Street. The firm moved in 1864 to 1 Price Street, and in 1865 to 1 New Buildings, Price Street. Up to 1871 they rifled barrels ...
by John 39
Wed Dec 22, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Rifle
Topic: Rook & Rabbit rifle by Charles Rosson
Replies: 1
Views: 847

Re: Rook & Rabbit rifle by Charles Rosson

As far as we know, no records of the Derby business survived and info on early Rosson numbers (below 4000) in non-existent. The rifle would have been made in Birmingham, possibly by Rosson's father but more likely by another Birmingham maker. Can't help with the calibre either!

John
by John 39
Wed Dec 22, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Collath: posted by moderator
Replies: 2
Views: 1039

Re: Collath: posted by moderator

Hi Robert,

We don't record him but we've found him in a German reference book:

W Collath, Frankfurt an der Order, Preussen/D, ca 1880.

We don't speak German! No more info, probably worked for a larger firm then set up in his own possibly in retirement.
by John 39
Wed Dec 22, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Collath: posted by moderator
Replies: 2
Views: 1039

Collath: posted by moderator

I would like to get some info on a Collath shotgun that belonged to my wife's grandfather
by John 39
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Mis described
Replies: 1
Views: 1536

Re: Mis described

Mis described? Miss is spelt with two ss! I expect some young chick described it! I wish I had your luck, it does seem to be a heavy load, get someone else to test fire it!
by John 39
Fri Nov 19, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Re: Inherited JD Dougall shotgun

Hi Kirk,

What you say above is a very worth-while addition to the info on Dougall Lockfast guns. Thank you very much from me and other readers of this post.
by John 39
Sun Oct 31, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Watson and Wild
Replies: 1
Views: 960

Re: Watson and Wild

From 1 June 1939 to 28 October 1941 The ministry of Supply (MOS) bought about 70 Winchester bolt action Model 67 and 69 shotguns and a small number of 22g (presumably .22) Cooey rifles. This is a very small number but of course there were other suppliers. What surprised me is that from August to Dec...