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Would you mind posting some pics of the forestock, nose cap and butt plate? I am getting materials together to build a half stock fowler similar to yours. Details of an original would help. TIA
 

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Would you mind posting some pics of the forestock, nose cap and butt plate? I am getting materials together to build a half stock fowler similar to yours. Details of an original would help. TIA
Absolutely I would be happy to. I've been busy and and not replying to the good folks on this thread in a timely manner. I'll catch up this weekend Thanks OR
 

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The historical context of the makers alone is justification for the price. Well done! If it has a good bore, you might want to try it in the field, just to know what a really fine shotgun feels like in action.
Treestalker I agree completely. The price was steep but to me justified for the piece. My time spent researching an old firearm or antique tool is as enjoyable as taking it to the range or workbench. After giving it some thought I am definitely going to break a few clay birds with this one. It may be a year or so out due to needing a bit of mechanical style repairs to my shooting shoulder but it's going to happen. Thanks OR
 

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I can tell you what it feels like - it feels like a magic wand that you wave through the target and hey presto! it disappears. Nothing at all feels in the least like an old English fowling piece. I picked up a friend's $15000 Perazzi rightways afterwards and shot a straight 25 holes in the air. It felt like swinging a chainsaw.

BTW, here is a movie about making a twist barrel in Belgium almost a hundred years ago. This style of barrel is often called a Damascus twist from the beautiful pattern made by the intertwining strips of metal and their resemblance to old-style Damascus steel blades - the more twists it is made of, the more it costs.

I am convinced, it will make a trip to the trap range.

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Henry Nock died in 1805 that proof cant be earlier than 1814 the other mark I think is Bournes or some private maker not Nock. I have a 12 bore rifle very much the same style & Nocks as flint but breached for percussion by Squires . The Brum proof is established 1813 but whether they where ready for operations that date I am unsure hence reckon on 1814. Either way its not against it .. His dieing if a bit of a nuisance for him doesn't mean the firm ceased in that style .Twigg , Manton, or Egg undoubtedly set the' house style' but didn't & couldn't work on every gun bearing their names .But would maintain the firms standards . The lower mark is Brum its the' View' mark i e' inspection before & after proof
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Rudyard Thank you for that information and the common sense assessment that a business doesn't close the boors when the current owner passes. That should have been clear to me.
The " Brum " confused me for a bit until it dawned on me that it was a local name for Birmingham.

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Last year I busted a heap of clays with a mates 16 bore Joseph Egg, there is absolutely not doubt that an old English high grade fowler handles a treat. I am no shotgunner in reality but I kept up with a bunch of experienced shooters using modern over and under, they were much surprised, so was I .
I have no doubt. The fit, feel and balance of this one is excellent. I'll let you know in time
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Ref. the additional 'tombstone' mark along with the proof marks, see the following free PDF download on my web site for more information: Why The Tombstone?

There's also a couple of other articles on English Provincial Gun Barrel Markings.

David
David, Great reference information. I'm following your site.
Thank you for sharing it. OR
 

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These are private birmingham proof marks last used 1812 or early 1813 and are the immediate predecessors of the proof mark on your gun. My gun is also signed by Westley Richards who stated in 1812.
Interesting I to have a British 12 ga Double that is marked W Richards 51 Old Hall Street Liverpool on the top rib. It has all very clear Birmingham proof marks on the underside of the barrels. Thanks OR
 

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Would you mind posting some pics of the forestock, nose cap and butt plate? I am getting materials together to build a half stock fowler similar to yours. Details of an original would help. TIA
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Interesting I to have a British 12 ga Double that is marked W Richards 51 Old Hall Street Liverpool on the top rib. It has all very clear Birmingham proof marks on the underside of the barrels. Thanks OR
Liverpool is a lot nearer Birmingham than it is to London, so getting a gun proofed there is/was a no-brainer.
 

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So every firearm to be used and or sold for use in England had to go through one of the 2 government proof houses. London & Birmingham ? Thanks
No, every firearm to be used or sold in the UNITED KINGDOM has to be subjected to proof on importations from ANY country that is not a member of the CIP organisation. The USA is NOT a member - it has neither official standards of gun proof, nor Federal proof houses in any state to apply the tests.

There are currently fourteen members of the CIP, including UK.

If you build a gun here in UK for your own use, you are not compelled to have it proofed, but it's a good idea. However, if you offer it for sale, it MUST be proofed at your expense before you can sell it or even give it away. This is not advisory - it is a legal requirement. Membership of the CIP is written into the law of the land in the nations who are members.
 

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No, every firearm to be used or sold in the UNITED KINGDOM has to be subjected to proof on importations from ANY country that is not a member of the CIP organisation. The USA is NOT a member - it has neither official standards of gun proof, nor Federal proof houses in any state to apply the tests.

There are currently fourteen members of the CIP, including UK.

If you build a gun here in UK for your own use, you are not compelled to have it proofed, but it's a good idea. However, if you offer it for sale, it MUST be proofed at your expense before you can sell it or even give it away. This is not advisory - it is a legal requirement. Membership of the CIP is written into the law of the land in the nations who are members.
That is interesting Thank you
 

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Just to belabour the point I'm making, England is just one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Proof Acts are in place from an Act of Parliament, and are binding of all four parts of the UK. Ignoring them WILL cost you dear, in both pocket and person - ALL of the offences against the Proof Acts are treated as criminality, and attract prison terms.

The habit of some gun-owners in the USA of removing, or 'de-farbing' what are felt to be offending proof marks is seen with horror here, and will get you free board and lodging, as well as a reduction in your life-style, for a not inconsiderable period of time.
 

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