Robert Jones 16 Bore side lever Hammer Gun
A super 16 bore Hammer Gun by Robert Jones of Liverpool. The gun has the makers name and address of 60 Dale Street, Liverpool on the rib. Jones having used various other addresses in Liverpool from 1826 through to the closure of the business in 1917. The serial number of the gun shows a date of manufacture of 1889. The back action locks are finely engraved and are free from any pits of marks. The elaborate fences are very attractive and make this a very pretty gun indeed. The well finished stock as good figure and 14 1/2 reach and is in good condition with clean chequering. The 28" barrels have been sleeved to the high standard and are nitro proofed. It weighs just over 6lb 3oz, and is an exceptionally pretty lightweight gun. The stock has a vacant heart shaped escutcheon - was the gun once a gift from or to a wife or lover? If so one wonders why it is bank......
T Wild Birmingham 12 bore Hammer Gun
A classic 12 bore rebounding hammer Gun. This is a very straight and tidy gun. It has 30" nitro proofed barrels which have good, but not immaculate bores. There is light pitting in both barrels which is only apparent after close inspection. The barrels are choked at Improved and 3/4. The external finish is a deep uniform blue. The action is of the back action type, and the lock plates are in fine shape - border engraved with partial rosette covering, and free from pits and blemishes. The stock has a 14 1/4" reach and has a bakelite butt plate. The fore end has a horn tip. The gun is very tidy crisp. Thomas Wild traded with his relatives in the Watson family and the two family names share much of their history. The firm was a subscriber to the establishment of the Birmingham Proof House. The guns were sold as either Rowland Watson or T Wild, and no guns were sold bearing both names. This example would appear to have enjoyed an easy life, or at least caring owners. It was made in 1925
J & W Tolley 10 bore nitro double Hammer Gun
A large and heavy wild fowling gun by the most famous name in bog bores - Tolley. The 32" barrels have been re proofed for 3 1/2" nitro cartridges and are in lovely condition. Both barrels measure at proof and are recessed choked to 1/2 choke. The barresl have good wall thickness - the thinnest being 36 thou ' in the right barrel and 38 thou' in the left. Internally they both have a little light pitting. They have been re browned and look splendid. The reach is just over 14 1/4" including a silvers type red pad. the chequering is sharp and in good order. The rebounding hammer back action cocks and operates smoothly. The locks have border engraving, as expected on a wildfowling gun, and the engraving is still clear and well defined. The locks are also engraved with "J & W Tolley". The top rib is engraved with "J & W Tolley Makers 1 Conduit St Regent St London W". Originally from Birmingham J & W Tolley traded from 1 Conduit St in London from 1883 to 1884 before moving to New Bond Street. This dates the gun nicely.
Richard Ellis and Sons 12 bore Rebounding Hammer Gun
A damascus barrelled back action hammer gun with rebounding hammers. The black powder proofed barrels are of an attractive rose pattern damascus steel and are well browned. The bores are good, but not perfect, but the bores are bright and shinny and the slight pitting is shallow, and predominantly in the left barrel. The 30" barrels are choked at 1/4 and 3/4 and have 2 1/2" chambers. The stock has a 14 1/2" reach. The chequering is still present and relatively clean, if not sharp. There are small losses around the left and lock plate. Richard Ellis and Sons were taken over by W & C Scott in 1897 - just before that name merged with P Webley and Son to form Webley and Scott. Richard Ellis set up in Birmingham in 1879 and the address on the rib of 11 Leadenhall Street in London is not one I can find referred to.
Cox and Son, Southampton.
A 12 bore back action double hammer gun by Cox and Son of Southampton. The locks have rebounding hammers and the 29" damascus barrels have 2 1/2" chambers and are nitro proofed. The damascus is attractively browned stub twist. The stock has a reach of 14". Horn tipped fore end, and a Jones rotary lever action. the rib is engraved with Cox and Son and becomes faint as it proceeds with 7 Barnard Street Southampton. the wood to metal fit is good and the pin heads are in good order. The chequering is tidy and clean. A very useable and handsome hammer gun.
John Manton & Son 16 Bore Hammer Gun
An interesting and high quality double 16 bore shotgun. The browned damascus barrels have a wide top rib and are engraved "John Manton & Son Dover Street London". The non rebounding locks are engraved with scroll work and a hunting spaniel with the words " John Manton Son & Coe". The history of the Manton brothers ( John and Joseph) provides the bed rock on which the british gun making reputation has been built, but is a complicated one. John Manton made finest quality guns and was the elder of the two brothers. He was joined by his son George Henry Manton in 1814. There was then a partnership with a William Hudson and John Manton's nephew Gildon Manton who joined the business in 1834. Mrs Manton inherited the business in 1858 and made the works foreman Charles Coe a partner. In 1867 Coe succeeded to the business and guns were then marked John Manton Son and Coe. All this is relevant as the barrels appear to be much earlier than the locks. The use of Manton & Coe on the locks would date them from 1867 to 1878, but the name on the barrel rib, and the width of the rib suggest they date from the earlier percussion era and the gun was converted to breech loading at a later stage. Either way, the gun has a stunning stock with a 14" reach and a metal butt plate (in the style of a muzzle loader), and sharp chequering. Jones rotary grip and a vacant escutcheon. The 29" barrels have black powder proof marks from London. The right barrel has some pitting. A delight to shoot and full of history.
Midland Gun Co. Top Lever Hammer 12 bore Gun
A side by side Hammer shotgun from the Midland Gun Company. The Midland Gun Company existed from 1897 through until 1952 when the business was taken over by Parker Hale. This gun has certainly seen plenty of life, but is still a perfectly useable hammer gun. It has rebounding hammers. There is a an old repair at the toe of the butt. The barrels have light pitting. It has 2 1/2" chambers and 30" barrels, choked at improved cylinder and full and is nitro proofed. The reach is 13 1/4". It would make a an ideal foul weather gun or just gives the chance to own a serviceable English Hammer gun at a reasonable price.
Friedrich Bauerfeind Anglo German 16 bore Pinfire Conversion
An interesting gun; made in England but retailed by Friedrich Bauernfeind of 34 Ingrim Strasse, Heidelberg. Bauernfiend is an old german surname which translates as "peasant enemy" or "peasant hater". Made as a 14 bore pinfire hammergun ( proofed at 15 bore ) it has been reproofed at 16 bore with 2 1/2" chambers and is proofed for nitro loads and 1oz shot. The gun has profuse high quality engraving which is in good shape and a well figured stock. The barrels are 30" long and are choked at approximately 1/4 and 3/4. The right hand bore has some pitting, and the left hand slight pitting. The damascus barrels have been recently re-browned and are well finished. The top rib is engraved with the makers name and address. The locks are non re-bounding and the marks on the chamber tops where the conversion from pinfire was made are decorative. The reach is 15" and the butt has a plain steel plate. The horn tipped fore end has an old repair to one side and one escutcheon for the fore end wedge has been replaced. The replacement is not engraved. An attractive gun with a lot of interesting features which was obviously made for the top end of the market.
.577 SNIDER DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE WITH EXTRA SET OF 12 BORE BARRELS BY T MURCOTT
A splendid cased double hammer rifle in .577 Snider with a set of 12 bore barrels. The top lever action has non rebounding hammers and the side plates are in good condition - free of pitting and with sharp clear foliate engraving. They are also engraved with "T Murcott". The richly coloured stock is in similarly good condition with sharp, crisp chequering. The stock has a 14 3/4" reach. The 26 3/4" rifle barrels are stunning. They are very attractively patterned damascus steel. The bores are in good condition with 5 band rifling, free from pits and with just some discolouration and frosting forward of the chambers. The broad flat rib is marked with the makers name and his London address. There is a fixed 100 yard rear right and four folding leaf sights at 100 yard intervals. The 500 yard one being for the most optimistic of hunters! The rifle barrels are marked for Black Powder and have the London Proof House mark. The .577 Snider barrels are heavy - when fitted the rifle weighs 10lb 3 oz. When the 12 bore barrels are fitted the gun weighs 7lb 8oz. The shotgun barrels are 30" and have 2 1/2" chambers. They are proofed for Black Powder by the London Proof House. The barrels are both 1/2 choke, and the bores have some light pitting. The damascus pattern on the shotgun barrels is not as bold as that on the rifle barrels but they are well browned. The outfit is cased in a period oak case, relined in blue baize and with a reproduction trade label for Theophilus Murcott of the correct Haymarket, London address. The case has a .577 bullet mold, two powder measures - both adjustable and a Theophilus Murcott sight adjuster. The case has a key. The last photo shows the massive .577" Snider round against a .243" round. Please note the .577 Snider barrels may be purchased as a antique, but the 12 bore barrels require a shotgun certificate.