The first quarter of the year is proving busy. We have sold six pairs of guns since the year turned and there have beens some nice single hammer guns coming in and out very quickly. The latest exciting arrival is a very crisp and original double 8-bore by Thomas Johnson. The guns is stocked for shooting from the shoulder, rather than the punt and with 34″ damascus barrels and nickel plated action, it was built very much as a specialist tool. It is, however very fine quality and would serve wonderfully if pressed into goose hunting on the foreshore once again. We collected a few guns for clients at Holt’s and now turn our attention to sales in April at Christies and Gavin Gardiner’s.
We are busy preparing for our move to Caynham Court. The new premises is an ancient manor house just 2 1/2 miles from our current base, in Ludlow. Caynham court will provide a lot more space and flexibility for the gun shop, hosting shooting parties and other related activities. We hope to be in place mid-May. We will retain an office and gun room in Ludlow, at the current location, 28 Corve Street.
As I said, ales have been brisk in 2017, with pairs selling particularly well. Single guns of quality are also moving and we have the ever-popular projects that clients enjoy so much. Meanwhile, repairs continue apace – but now is the ideal time to get your guns in for a close season service. We hate to get them in September with a plea for it to be ready ‘for Saturday’. Do it now!
Office guard dog ‘Ratty’ chased a pheasant on Sunday during a post-breakfast walk over Whitcliffe. It is very wooded and steep. She must have tumbled a fair way, coming to rest on a cliff ledge. She just sat silently while we scrambled around calling and looking for her. Finally, after 2 hours, Claire found her sitting there and we had a good old time hauling her back up to safety. We spent the rest of the day picking out the thorns.
We have a shipment of guns going to the USA this month. There may be space for a few more if necessary but time is closing fast.. On another note, we have commissioned a strictly limited edition of fully leather bound books – all the three of the ‘Vintage Guns’ set: ‘Vintage Guns for the Modern Shot’, ‘The British Boxlock Gun & Rifle‘ and ‘Hammer Guns in Theory & Practice’. We are releasing them in five production runs – each of five sets. There will be a strict maximum release of 25 sets. They are beautifully hand-bound in Ludlow by Ludlow Book Binders, to the very highest standards, using traditional skills. Pages will be gold washed. Sets will be available in May or June and will be signed and numbered by me (Diggory Hadoke). The cost will be £750 per set.