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by John 39
Wed Jan 11, 2023 2:30 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Manton 12G
Replies: 5
Views: 1306

Re: Manton 12G

I sorry if this reply is disappointing. I am not at all sure about this gun. Is it a Joseph Manton or John Manton? I suspect it is a John Manton, in their later years most of ths frim's guns were Birmingham made. I am certain Joseph would have never have used Rose barrels. Is there any address?? You...
by John 39
Fri Dec 23, 2022 11:07 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: WESTLEY RICHARDS guns.
Replies: 2
Views: 921

Re: WESTLEY RICHARDS guns.

Westley Richards did make guns for the trade but most were sold under their own name. Most of their guns were high quality and they claimed, rightfully, that they (and Birmingham makers in general) could make guns of equal quality to Purdey. A trip down south would be worthwhile. Look at the engravi...
by John 39
Fri Dec 23, 2022 11:03 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CG Edwards SXS
Replies: 4
Views: 3862

Re: CG Edwards SXS

Hi Jason, We don't have any other info, sorry. John
by John 39
Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: CW Andrews hammerless SBS
Replies: 14
Views: 7554

Re: CW Andrews hammerless SBS

During the First World War there was a shortage of shotgun barrels. B S A were one of the only firms to have some, and they sold them to a number of gun makers. I had in my collection a R B Rodda & Co 12 bore the barrels of which were dated to 1920 and stamped with the B S A trade mark. It was h...
by John 39
Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Midland Gun Company, 32 inch barrels, SBS 12 bore
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Midland Gun Company, 32 inch barrels, SBS 12 bore

Hi Vernon, I can't help very much as regards date but I will email you the info we have on serial numbers. The long barrels seem to indicate that this was made as a duck and goose gun. It would be interesting to know if it was tightly choke bored. In 1926 Henry England retired and the firm was sold ...
by John 39
Thu Oct 27, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: F.T Baker 12 Bore
Replies: 9
Views: 1872

Re: F.T Baker 12 Bore

You are right, exceptional engraving. Why two sets of barrels both with choke and same chambering I don't know! May be 1st set were damaged and then repaired very well !
by John 39
Thu Oct 20, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Help with W.R Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 704

Re: Help with W.R Pape

The gun dates to 1913. You can try to get hold of the guy in Royston but I doubt if he will be able to give you much more information. I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm but I don't think the gun is of any particular interest. Undoubtedly it will be of good quality and incorporating all Pape's u...
by John 39
Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Help with W.R Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 704

Re: Help with W.R Pape

Hi Pete,

what is the serial number and address?
by John 39
Sun Sep 25, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: F.T Baker 12 Bore
Replies: 9
Views: 1872

Re: F.T Baker 12 Bore

Hi Vernon, T K Baker undoubtedly produced a line of quality guns so no surprise that he got a Royal Appointment, but I have not seen any evidence that his son F T Baker produced high quality guns. The presence of another serial number on this gun is not good news as it suggests that the gun was boug...
by John 39
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:20 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Database sources - W Baker 10 1/2 Smith Street

Looks like your gun is one of those two ! W P Jones was an inventive and very skilled gunmaker, I have a personal connection in that in 1919 my grandfather (of R B Rodda & Co) made and patented the Rotax bullet for smoothbore shotguns subseqently manufactured by Kynoch and sold by Rodda in India...