"The Field" Damascus Barreled 12 bore Hammer Gun
A Bar Action Hammer Gun with rebounding hammers. Produced in the Birmingham heart of the English gun manufacturing industry and retailed by the Field Gun and Rifle Company. This business used styles in presenting it's name, and traded from the late 19th century to 1920. This gun was originally black powder proofed but has had a recent reproof for nitro cartridges with 2 1/2" chambers. The 30" barrels have lasted the whims of fashion and are currently a fashionable length again. They have been re browned recently and look very smart. The bores are in good condition and are choked at improved and 1/4. The hand engraving is clear and free from pitting. The stock has some figure, and would look even better with a re finish, and the chequering is still clean. The reach is 14 1/4".
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.
German 16 bore Hammer Gun
A 16 bore hammer gun of German manufacture. The gun has MG Stahl on the chambers, but this is a marketing term. It means "Machine Gun Steel" and is a non descriptive term to encourage the buyer of the quality of the arm. That said, the gun is of the usual high quality one finds in German guns. The rebounding locks are smooth in operation and it all locks up tightly. The lock plates are quite plain with a simple border line engraving. The steel butt plate is stamped with the "GECO" label. GECO is a trademark of Gustav Genschow of Hamburg, but he was more of a retailer than a maker. Many guns by famous names like Sauer were sold under the GECO name, but I can find no clues as to who made this one. It appears it is not just the English gunmakers and retailer who played this game of name engineering! The reach is 14 1/4". The 16 bore barrels are 29 1/2" long and are of chopper lump construction - another sign of high quality. The right hand barrel has light pitting marks. The proof marks show the age of the gun to be from 1912 to 1939, and confirm nitro proofing. A well made and well balanced hammer gun ready for use in a useful but for some reason unfashionable. calibre.
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.
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.
S veal of Bristol 12 bore hammer Gun
A Birmingham proofed back action hammer gun from S Veal and Son of Bristol. This company is recorded as trading from 3 Tower Hill in Bristol in 1866. Rebounding hammers and a top lever action. Barrels are 30" and are nitro proofed with 2 1/2" chambers. Both barrels have light pitting, but have plenty of wall thickness and are well in proof. They are choked at 1/4 and 3/4. There is a vacant escutcheon. The reach is 14 1/2". A tidy and sound hammer gun in a very useable 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.
Husqvarna Rolling Block 16 bore
An interesting and quirky shotgun. Based on the mechanism from the Model 1867 Remington Rolling block rifle, this Husqvarna made gun is a purpose built shotgun, not a converted rifle. It has a later style "safety" on the hammer which stops the hammer being cocked unless pressure is directly applied to the hammer itself. It is intended to prevent any movement of the hammer through jarring or being dropped. The stock has a raised cheek piece and is in good condition with clear chequering. The lock is free from pitting with just a little surface discolouration and strong traces of the original colour hardening. The 39 1/2" barrel is an octagonal to round construction, and has an excellent bore. The bluing is in a good condition. There are a couple of marks on the barrel exterior, but no dents. The barrel is also sighted with a fixed rear "V" and a fixed blade fore sight. A very different shotgun, but one of proven quality and function.
Charles James Smith Damascus Hammer Gun 12 bore
An early hammer gun with gorgeous browned damascus barrels. The non rebounding hammers operate smoothly and hold properly at half and full cock. The barrels are 30" long ( now a fashionable length again). The barrels were originally black powder proofed, but have been reproofed with Nitro and have 2 3/4" chambers. The bores are very good. There is no choking in either barrel, being cylinder and cylinder. The stock has a 14 1/4" reach and has a well figured grain. The engraving is sharp and without pitting. The chequering is still present, but is worn. The fore end has a horn tip and is retained by a wedge and escutcheon - typical for this early period. The use of the Jones underlever grip which was not in use until 1859, and the earlier address suggest the gun may be a conversion from a muzzle loader.