Heritage Guns Update 8th September 2020
Having been working full time to get all my current stock guns ready for export to the USA, I thought I would take this opportunity to list the new additions to my stock list. The date of shipping is still a little uncertain but I hope to have everything with Bob Nay of MacNab Fine Firearms by the latter half of October.
The first is a sweet 16b Holland & Holland 1st Type Royal complete with the most spectacular original wood and 2 ¾” x 29 1/2” nitro damascus barrels. This gun’s stock had been heavily shortened so we have had a 3” extension fitted in amazingly well matched walnut: it’s not invisible but it is jolly good!
H&H 16b Royal SLE no 12035 in its Oak & Leather case
Another 16b is a boxlock by that great Scottish gunmaker Alexander Henry. This also has its original 2 ½” x 30” nitro damascus barrels and lovely wood. This gun’s restoration has been most challenging as it had parted company with its forend: iron, wood and all! After much searching I found a very similar Anson latch forend that could be re-worked to fit and bring this lovely little 16 back to life. My favourite restoration engraver has done a wonderful job of matching the gun’s original engraving and it’s a real peach!
In 12b, I have both hammer and hammerless.
Firstly a sidelever hammergun by Stephen Grant. This has 30” TIG sleeved barrels and a vintage replacement stock with fabulous figure. This gun has attracted much interest and I don’t expect it to be on my lists for long.
Next is a very pretty J Blanch & Son 12b BA SLE with its original 2 ½” x 28” damascus barrels and well figured stock.
you missed my Update back in June, there is also a rather unusual Purdey
hammergun, built in 1869 as one of a pair for Lord A St.Maur,
it was originally fitted with 31 1/16" (!) barrels and features a
bolstered action and 'island' back action locks.There
is also the grip safety commonly found on hammerguns on this time.
Now don't get the idea that this is a light game gun! On the contrary, it is a serious target or high bird gun and suitable for 'standard' steel: TIG sleeved 2 3/4" nitro, chokes 1/4 & 1/2 (IC/Mod), MWT's in low 40's, weight 7lb 8oz, balance point 1 1/2" in front of hinge. Delicious, original French walnut stock and forend, LOP 14 7/8" including a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad.
James Purdey 12b hammergun no 7953 in its Oak & Leather case.
Other guns ready to ship include the following:
James Woodward & Sons 12b SLE no 5242 and in its case below.
As always Bob Nay of MacNab Fine Firearms holds some of my antique stock for immediate delivery (pre-1899 so no need for an FFL – they can be shipped direct to your home).
An extremely rare, un-messed-with pair of 1897 James Woodward & Sons 12b SLE’s complete with original barrels and stocks and many accessories.
A very nice baraction hammergun by WR Pape with 30” damascus barrels.
12g 1887 hammergun by William Rochester Pape;
Well, that is about it for now.
I wish you all the very best of health during the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead and would implore you to consider the risks to yourself and others when considering plans to travel away from your home base.
Very best regards,