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[ William Tranter, gunmaker. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Tranter') to attorney Richard Harington (the future 11th Baronet), providing a report on 1560 guns, in a dispute between 'Mr. Goldsmidth' [ for 'Goldschmidt'? ] and 'Mr. Meadows'.

Author: 
William Tranter (1816-1890), Birmingham gunmaker, inventor of the Tranter Revolver [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
'Birmingham May 4th. 1871'.
£750.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with slight chipping at foot. Addressed 'To Richard Harrington [sic] Esqr | 2 Hare Court | Temple | London'. He has 'seen the guns sent by Mr. Meadows to Mr. Goldsmidth' and furnishes Harington 'with the particulars respecting them'. Of 1600 guns, 40 have been returned to Meadows 'untouched', and Tranter proceeds to give a breakdown of the whereabouts of the other 1560, beginning with '580 guns now at Mr. Goldsmidth's in the cases as they were delivered to him not opened and consequently untouched'. Other guns are at different finishers ('Messrs.

[William Ford, Birmingham gun maker.] Manuscript letter from the firm to F. Gardner, giving the cost of improving the shooting of his 'little .410'. On letterhead with much text as advertisement.

Author: 
William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham
Publication details: 
Letterhead of William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham. 21 February 1907.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. Addressed to 'F. Gardner Esq | Little Coggeshall | Essex'. The letter is signed 'Wm Ford | Per Pro' and reads: 'Dear Sir | In reply to your kind enquiry the cost to improve the shooting of your little .410 would be about 10/- if a double gun as near as I can tell without seeing it. | Trusting to be favoured with your kind command'. The letterhead contains a mass of text at the head and filling the left-hand margin.

Invoice and receipt signed in the hand of Thomas Jackson, eminent gunmaker of London, made out to H[enry] Byrne, soldier serving in India..

Author: 
Thomas Jackson [ Gunmaker ]
Publication details: 
No place [ London ] 10 Feb. 1838 (both items)
£65.00

The invoice, one page, 4to, good condition, lists 16 items, total amount £14.2.0, from "a second hand single gun" for £10 to powder flask (5s 6d), powder, crest on stock etc. The receipt acknowledges payment and is in the hand of Jackson and signed by him.

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