GW Webb Hammer Gun. 12 bore . Nitro proofed
An early breech loading double hammer gun. The locks are engraved with "G.W. Webb". Records show a George Walter Webb trading in Oxford from 1862 through until 1890. The damascus barrels are of a fine twist and are attractively browned. The top rib has some lettering but the engraving is rubbed and no longer legible. The barrels are 30" long and have been re proofed for nitro cartridges and for 2 3/4" cartridges. Both barrels are choked at 3/4 choke. The bores are good. The non rebounding locks have noseless hammers and a top lever action. Top lever hammer guns with the earlier type of non rebounding locks are unusual. The stock has a 14 1/4" reach, including a silvers type pad. The chequering is sharp and clean. The fore end is retained by a early style wedge. There is a small repair at the right horn of the stock, which appears to have been undertaken a considerable time ago. The stock is solid and sound.
Heinrich Leue, Berlin. 12 Bore Nitro Hammer Gun
A German hammer gun with the quality you may expect. Heinrich Leue set up on his own in 1876 and in 1880 became a partner with W.W. Greener and they used, on occasion the title "Greener and Leue". This 12 bore hammer gun has rebounding locks and very attractive damascus barrels. The chambers are 2/12" and the bores are tidy, but short of perfect. The top rib is engraved with the makers name. The barrels are 25 3/4" long and are choked at cylinder and cylinder. The stock has a german style raised cheek piece and measures a 14 1/2" reach. The locks are extensively engraved and the engraving is in good condition.
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.
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.