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by John 39
Wed Mar 27, 2024 12:44 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Thomas Wild Shotgun
Replies: 2
Views: 78

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: 122

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: 97

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: 122

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: 150

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: 873

Re: Midland date

Lovely damascus !
by John 39
Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:24 pm
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Robert Chaplain of Birmingham
Replies: 5
Views: 161

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: 161

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: 161

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: 161

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...