Heritage Guns Update 11th November, 2021

This is just a quick update to let you all know that the export of all my remaining, completed stock guns has taken place. It was not without its challenges, especially an automated tracking system giving the shipment’s location as Memphis rather than its final Washington destination, but once we could talk to a real human being, all became clear and collection could proceed! This delayed the pickup by a week but in the grand scheme of things, it was a minor glitch.

I am delighted to say that three of my offerings have been snapped up before they even touched the ground but that still leaves some notable beauties for you lovers of fine, antique, sporting weaponry!

Boss & Co 12n RUL Hammergun no 3253 in its leather case.  SOLD

A 12b Stephen Grant backaction hammergun from 1875, also damascus barrelled and cased in leather and brass.

Stephen Grant 12b Hammergun no 3908 SOLD


Also a 12b hammergun by Charles Boswell. This gun has many of the features of a Live Pigeon gun but there are no records to confirm or deny so we are left to guess at what its intended function was!

Charles Boswell 12b Hammergun no 11301 SOLD


Yet to find new custodians are:

1897 James Purdey & Sons 12b Self-opening SLE no 15960

With lots of original colour, a classic Beesley patent gun, TIG sleeved 30” x 2 ¾” with 4 x interchangeable Teague thin-wall chokes and 14 ¾” highly figured stock. Oak & Leather case with many accessories.

1897 Purdey no. 15960 in its Oak & Leather case.


1891 Holland & Holland 12b Royal SLE no 12860

Lots of original colour, chopperlump Whitworth steel barrels and a very smart ‘Rifle Green’ relined case. Nitro reproof 30” x 2 ½” x Cyl/IC and a 15 3/8” replacement highly figured stock.

1891 H&H no. 12860 in its Leather and Brass case.


1896 E M Reilly & Co 12b Baraction hammergun no 34585

Renewed colour hardening, replacement 30” x 2 ¾” x IC/M steel barrels and replacement, highly figured 14 3/16” stock. Maker’s trunk-style leather case.

1896 E M Reilly & Co 12b Baraction hammergun no 34585 in its leather trunk case


And last but not least,

pre-1881 Baraction 20b Hammergun by Frank Hipgrave of Huntingdonshire.

Nitro reproofed Damascus 28” x 2 ½” x IC/Cyl barrels and 14 ½” well figured stock. Leather bound, canvas Brady case.

pre-1881 20b Hammergun by Frank Hipgrave in its Brady canvas & leather case




Meanwhile, Bob Nay of Macnab Fine Firearms already had several items of mine in Virginia, USA:

Here is another sidelever hammergun by Stephen Grant. It has 30” TIG sleeved barrels and a vintage replacement stock with fabulous figure.

1877 Stephen Grant 12b Sidelever Hammergun no 4247.


1877 Stephen Grant 12b Sidelever Hammergun no 4247 in its Oak-lined case.



Next is a very pretty J Blanch & Son 12b backaction SLE with its original 2 ½” x 28” damascus barrels and boldly figured stock.

Pre-1896 J Blanch & Son 1896 Backaction SLE no 5601

Pre-1896 J Blanch & Son 1896 Backaction SLE no 5601 in its leather case


Then we have another Blanch 12b, this time a BLE from around 1900, complete with interceptor sears and replacement steel barrels by the Maker.

1900 J Blanch & Son 12b BLE no 6135


Recently returned to the USA after a little TLC in our workshops is this extraordinary, unique Powell SLE with non-functioning hammers, specified by the customer as a new gun back in 1893!

Unique 1893 William Powell & Son 12b SLE with non-functioning hammers no 9622


An extremely rare, un-messed-with pair of 1897 James Woodward & Sons 12b SLE’s complete with original barrels and stocks and many accessories.

True pair of 1897 James Woodward & Sons 12b SLE’s no’s 5166/67

In the workshop, I have another steel barrelled 1st Type H&H Royal 12b, another 12b Damascus barrelled Grant hammergun and a 16b back action, lightweight hammergun by Thomas Turner.

At proof there is a very pretty 20b boxlock by Dougall, a scallop-back 12b BLE by Blanch and a lovely Alex Henry 12b SLE with the most extraordinary vine engraved action.

Well, that is about it for now.

Keep safe and enjoy the autumn!

Very best regards,

Toby Barclay

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