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!
A 12b Stephen Grant backaction hammergun from 1875, also damascus barrelled and cased in leather and brass.
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!
Yet to find new custodians are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next is a very pretty J Blanch & Son 12b backaction SLE with its original 2 ½” x 28” damascus barrels and boldly figured stock.
Then we have another Blanch 12b, this time a BLE from around 1900, complete with interceptor sears and replacement steel barrels by the Maker.
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!
An extremely rare, un-messed-with pair of 1897 James Woodward & Sons 12b SLE’s complete with original barrels and stocks and many accessories.
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,