Westley Richards (fl.1840-1872)
Percussion sporting gun, c1840, by Westley Richards, Birmingham (active 1840-1872) .
Percussion sporting gun, c1840, by Westley Richards, Birmingham (active 1840-1872) . Iron barrel formed in three stage, octagonal to 16 sided to round at the muzzle, and of Damascus twist construction, with an under-rib and 2 ramrod pipes. The breech with inset platinum lines and a safety vent; the top flat with the makers signature, “Westley Richards”. Bead foresight. Engraved barrel tang with sighting groove. Retained to the stock by 1 barrel slide. Wooden ramrod with brass tip and worm. Barrel length 81.3cm. Calibre 18mm. Walnut half-stock with chequered wrist, and having engraved steel furniture comprising, buttplate, trigger guard with pinapple finial and fore-end pipe. The trigger guard tang fitted with curious wooden knob (to act as a finger support?). White metal fore-end cap and barrel slide escutcheons. Percussion lock, engraved and signed in Gothic script, “Westley Richards”. Secured to the stock by 1 side-nail. Overall length: 122cm
Formerly on loan but purchased on 26th September 2008 from Mrs Mary Henry on behalf of the Clive Family.
Marks and inscriptions
Barrel top: Westley Richards Lockplate: Westley Richards
Makers and roles
Westley Richards (fl.1840-1872) , gunsmith
Bailey & Nye, 1978: DeWitt Bailey & Douglas Nye, English Gunmakers: Birmingham & Provincial Gun Trade