Grahams of Iverness

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Rick Riddell 230
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Grahams of Iverness

Post by Rick Riddell 230 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:54 pm

Was curious if Grahams was an actual maker or were guns brought in from B'ham and marketed as Grahams? Also if Grahams was in production do you think they could have supplied provincial makers in Scotland with actions?
Thanks for any speculation in an otherwise spiderweb of confusion of the British gun trade!

John 39
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Re: Grahams of Iverness

Post by John 39 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:27 pm

Although it is thought that Graham established his business in 1857 the fact that he was not recorded in the directories until 1883 suggests that it was a very small business no doubt also involved in fishing equipment. He never filed any patents. By the 1880s very few so-called gun makers actually made their own guns, most bought completed guns from Birmingham makers. I doubt if Graham ever made any guns himself and also doubt if he even bought parts from Birmingham and assembled them - as some provincial makers did. Some Scottish makers designed guns and ordered Scottish engraving but had the guns made for them in Birmingham. As far as supplying actions the answer is no, definitely not. Rough forgings of actions were widely sold by the Birmingham trade but finishing them entailed making barrels and fore-ends to match hence the selling of barrelled actions.

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Re: Grahams of Iverness

Post by Rick Riddell 230 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:58 pm

Thanks John, it gets confusing when they are labeled as a gun maker!

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