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by John 39
Sun Nov 12, 2023 2:34 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: WW Greener
Replies: 3
Views: 1333

Re: WW Greener

Hi Rob, The serial number indicates with certainty that the gun was made in 1907. Its specification says it was a TWF / FP / FE. this means is was made with a Triple Wedge Fast action, the action is a Facile Princeps and it has a Fore End Ejector. The sling indicates that it was not made as an Engli...
by John 39
Sat Nov 11, 2023 11:27 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: WW Greener
Replies: 3
Views: 1333

Re: WW Greener

What is the serial number and what address is shown?
by John 39
Tue Sep 12, 2023 11:48 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Thomas Stensby records
Replies: 1
Views: 953

Re: Thomas Stensby records

Hi David, We were told 20 years ago some of the records survive and can be had by writing to Stensby at 1 Shudehill, Manchester MS 2AF, Tel/Fax 0618346589. This may not still be true. No records of guns prior to 1890 exist, and from 1890 all serial numbers had a prefix such as B, C, H, K, M, N and O...
by John 39
Wed Aug 16, 2023 10:17 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: W R Leeson
Replies: 2
Views: 1022

Re: W R Leeson

We cannot be 100% sure but think this dates to 1908.
by John 39
Thu Jul 20, 2023 3:52 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westly Richards
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Re: Westley Richards

Hi Karl, The first thing is that the name of the manufacturer of your gun is Westley Richards not Westly Richards. The second thing is that the name of the company who sold the gun was Vavasseur Levetus Export Limited not Levetus Limited. The wrong name is the first reason why you have not been able...
by John 39
Thu Jul 20, 2023 3:49 pm
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westly Richards
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Re: Westley Richards

Hi John, This is an email I received from Steve at Westley Richards. Dear Karl, Thank you, I have had a look & the only thing I can find is their dissolution in 1975: APPOINTMENT OF LIQUIDATORS Name of Company: VAVASSEUR LEVETUS EXPORT LIMITED. Nature of Business: IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS AND GEN...
by John 39
Tue Jul 18, 2023 11:43 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westly Richards
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Re: Westley Richards

Hi Karl, I am mystified by CO Westley Richards (whatever that means) comments about October 1923 and Levetus Ltd. The T prefix was used from 1902 to 1961 and generally referred to less than best quality guns, which may mean yours is not best quality. The numbers T 8400 to T 8500 were used on guns ma...
by John 39
Tue Jul 18, 2023 11:43 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Westly Richards
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Westly Richards

I have a Westley Richards DBBL gun which has serial no T8452, I am interested in enquiring to whom was this DBBL gun sold to and when. The CO Westley Richards states it was manufactured in October 1923 for Levetus Ltd London. My Dad purchased it in September 1961 from a Parsi gentleman Mr Phirozsah ...
by John 39
Tue Jul 04, 2023 10:27 am
Forum: Black Powder
Topic: Flintlock gunmaker in London
Replies: 1
Views: 1452

Re: Flintlock gunmaker in London

He is listed in "Der Neue Stockel" as Stephen Sandwellof London 1766-1781. This book is in German, which I don't speak. It goes on to say Wird 1766 Meister. 1771-81 in adressbuchern der Stadt aufgefuhrt. 1775-1778, BM der Hudsdon's Bay Company. Q1;Q206;Q254. I think this means he became a ...
by John 39
Tue Jul 04, 2023 10:16 am
Forum: Shotgun
Topic: Geo Bate gunmaker Stafford UK
Replies: 1
Views: 2513

Re: Geo Bate gunmaker Stafford UK

Your gun was made in 1953. I don't know if you have read the history of the firm but all records were stored in the bank for the duration of the war. The bank was destroyd, the works were untouched.