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by Tim Wilkes 43
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: James Fairman
Replies: 5
Views: 3982

Re: James Fairman

John, it's near Blackheath, another old TA drill hall but in what was once a large and imposing house.
Appropriately it is just off the A2 Shooters Hill Road!

Blackheath overland is the closest station.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts Auctions
Replies: 5
Views: 4508

Holts Auctions

I have just had it confirmed to me that from March next year Holts will be holding their auctions in Blackheath. Holly Hedge House is not far from Shooters Hill Rd. How very appropriate! I was last there in 2008 when it was the final stop off after the inaugural Big Battlefield Bike Ride in aid of H...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers
Replies: 41
Views: 19520

Re: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers

Ken, it is most likely that the gun was proofed in 1904 but not sold until 1906. Often the Gunmakers would start making a gun but not finish it off until they had a buyer who had been measured for their gun. Even in the largest firms it took several months at least to make a bespoke gun, so it was n...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers
Replies: 41
Views: 19520

Re: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers

Thanks John.

The other gun Hussey are well known for is the Times, often completed, rather attractively I feel, without engraving.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers
Replies: 41
Views: 19520

Re: HJ Hussey Ltd Serial Numbers

HJ Hussey was a maker of extremely fine guns. He is one of those makers that is somewhat under the radar for most people, yet his guns are the equal of the best London names. Hussey is a maker I research, along with Beesley, Wilkes, Clarke and Harper. Your gun, from my records, would have been compl...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts September Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 9581

Re: Holts September Auction

I managed to pop in for a quick hour yesterday. Interesting news about a move away from London. I'm surprised they are considering a move to the south and west of town, since they are coming from Norfolk, I thought they might come closer to my way, John! Bisley will be a rather tedious journey for m...
by Tim Wilkes 43
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts September Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 9581

Re: Holts September Auction

Due to work I am not going to make it on the Wednesday now. Looks like I shall be able to squeeze a visit in on Thursday instead.

Sorry John.

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Hello to the New Forum
Replies: 7
Views: 5739

Re: Hello to the New Forum

Thank you Maurice, both for joining us and keeping such a wonderful collection of important patents.

My US based co-author has made a study of the many F Beesley patents and even has some of the man's own copies with pencil annotations. They reveal a fantastic engineering genius!

Tim
by Tim Wilkes 43
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: 1st september 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 2821

Re: 1st september 2017

Sounds wonderful, well done. Still over a month until my first day.
by Tim Wilkes 43
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Holts September Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 9581

Re: Holts September Auction

I won't be able to get there much before 1230 hrs. Perhaps we could meet up at the Costa/Starbucks just a little way down the street back towards Hammersmith? Or just for a chinwag at Holts? John, nope, this is not a try gun. It is Beesley's best grade (Standard as he called it) SLE whereas the two ...