We have just started work on a nice Riley 12 gauge percussion converted from a pin fire, which is a lovely best quality gentleman's game gun from the 1850's. Unfortunately the beautiful Damascus barrels have suffered over time, so we're bringing them back to their former glory with the traditional rust brown process the way they would have been done when they were made.
It takes a while and involves plenty of elbow grease and time rubbing down, with periods of sitting around and waiting for the formation of ferric iron within the Damascus.
There may well be another article showing it finished in about three to four weeks. Keep looking.
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05/01/2019 Something for the man or lady cave.
Looking for something unusual? How about some quality hand made lock work from an English side by side from the 1870's. Makes a good talking point as well.
J Burrow of 116 Fishergate preston, Gunmaker. Here is a fine example of his work from around 1863.
Restored to it's original glory and looking exquisite. It's a superb handling and well balanced usable Preston built gun. Time and effort has been put into getting the right finish and level of conservation into this gun, giving it a clean and original appearance without over doing it.
Lightly re-chequered, the woodwork cleaned and re oiled, a traditional rust brown finish put back on the barrels to bring out the Damascus pattern that Mr Burrow went to so much effort to produce, and also a full service and lock clean.