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Has any one any info about gunmaker e g higham of Liverpool thanks any would be appreciated

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Has any one any info about gunmaker e g higham of Liverpool thanks any would be appreciated

If you find out any info on the gunmaker other than their address and that they were highly respected but little known please pass it on.

I have a nice single barrel 8 bore with rebounding hammer and jones rotary underlever that is an absolute joy to shoot, so what you got or are considering?.

Mike...

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If you find out any info on the gunmaker other than their address and that they were highly respected but little known please pass it on.

I have a nice single barrel 8 bore with rebounding hammer and jones rotary underlever that is an absolute joy to shoot, so what you got or are considering?.

Mike...

ive got a double 8b higham its mint, and very nice to shoot at just under 13lbs, from what i found he didnt make many guns but the ones he did was of good quality.

He moved from liverpool around the midlands area several times.

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E G Higham of Liverpool and Warrington, two brothers, sons of George Higham of Oswestry Shropshire. Basically they completed or refinished Birmingham made guns to a very high standard. George Higham was tragically killed in a motor car accident and it appears all relatives ( sons & daughters ) emigrated to Sydney Australia where they continued as gunsmiths and the daughters appear to have gone to Cape Town SA.

I have a 28gauge EG Higham that was reputed to have been made and used by Annie Oakley when she shot as a guest regularly on the Hardwick Estate Shrewsbury. Lovely pretty gun.

Higham appeared to specialise in very nice sidelock 12 gauge guns.

I would love to hear more about the brothers if any of you live near Liverpool or Warrington Libraries they may have records?

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I have a Higham 12 bore side by side with spare fully choked barrels.. I’ve owned the gun for over 30 years.. the story I have is Purdy made the barrels and Holland and Holland made the action, which were sold under the table, the gun was then put together by Higham. I’ve owed a Purdy and know H&H guns well so I believe this is highly likely.. can anyone shed any light? 

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On 29/09/2019 at 18:51, Corrett said:

I have a Higham 12 bore side by side with spare fully choked barrels.. I’ve owned the gun for over 30 years.. the story I have is Purdy made the barrels and Holland and Holland made the action, which were sold under the table, the gun was then put together by Higham. I’ve owed a Purdy and know H&H guns well so I believe this is highly likely.. can anyone shed any light? 

Like many stories about the gun trade I would doubt its authenticity .Purdey and Holland made very different guns and it would not be possible to fit Purdey barrels to a Holland action .Both companies would have undertaken to rebarrel guns by the other but this would almost certainly have been put out to trade workers .

It is possible but highly unlikely that a Holland action was "lost" .It is also possible that trade out workers who did work for either firm had made he barrels that were fitted to a Holland style action made in both the London and Birmingham trades.  Again I would take this with a large pinch of salt .Is the second barrel set original to the gun ?

London firms such as Robertsons [Boss ]  and EC Green  as did Holloway in Birmingham  made barreled actions and complete guns for the trade , I have seen a Linlsley of Leeds that was made by Robertson that was to all intent a Boss ,  but I have never heard this of Hollands and certainly not of Purdey . 

What proof marks does it have London or Birmingham ?

Edited by Gunman

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