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Harrington Richardson high grade SxS 1880's Worcester MA
Unread 06-29-2019, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Harrington Richardson high grade SxS 1880's Worcester MA

I'm trying to get information on a nice A Grade H&R SxS that I inherited from my Great Grandfather. From what I can determine all factory records are gone or least no one seems to know where I can find them. I showed the gun to Steve Cobb and Steve Barnett at the Southern. They both were unable to provide any information except that it's a nice English shotgun. I was hoping maybe someone on the forum might know something that would help me in my research. SN 1941 Anson and Deeley lock -- barrels probably imported from Westly Richards
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Unread 06-29-2019, 09:27 AM   #2
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what a great gun

they were made by H&R under license from Westley Richards

search for the two names together and you will find several references to the collaboration

"Also, Westley Richards licensed Harrington and Richardson in the U.S. as sole maker of the Anson and Deeley patent in the U.S. I have one of each grade of these guns and, quality wise, one cannot tell them from English produced guns. : from http://www.hunting-heritage.com/blog...chards-or-not/

on this board
http://parkerguns.org/forums/showthr...ght=harrington


other quick finds

http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/...rue#Post382425

and a reference to a Double Gun Journal article here http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/...rue#Post111486
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I seem to remember Brad Bachelder wrote an excellent story about H&R doubles in the DGJ a few years back.
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Mr. Scott:
Your gun appears to be an A Grade H&R, or the finest they offered (similar pic attached from collection of H&R past president). Your's is in exceptional condition and is one of the VERY few guns of this grade ever made. It is RARE!

These guns were made on the 2nd Floor of H&R's plant by workmen who were either brought over from the UK and/or trained by UK craftsmen. The guns were produced under the personal guidance of William and Edwin Anson.

The basic bits for early guns may well have been shipped over from Birmingham. Especially the frames. H&R was the SOLE licensee of the A&D action in the US. And their license prevented Parker from gaining a similar license... so Parker made it's own unique hammerless double.

The full story of these guns, including photos of guns like yours (plus Bachelder's), will appear in my upcoming book, Birth of The Boxlock. The Untold Story of Anson & Deeley. Out soon from Mowbray Publishers.
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What a magnificent and gorgeous gun. You are VERY fortunate to own it.
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That is a fantastic gun!
Looks like you had the gun at the NE. It would have been nice to meet you and see the gun.

I think that the H&Rs were also graded as dollar grades too. The $300 would be the highest I believe.
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Ron, that is a wonderful gun and must surely be a pride to have it passed down to you.

I am curious if it is marked anywhere as a Harrington Richardson?
I have no doubt of its authenticity - just wondering how they were marked.

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Ron, that is a wonderful gun and must surely be a pride to have it passed down to you.

I am curious if it is marked anywhere as a Harrington Richardson?
I have no doubt of its authenticity - just wondering how they were marked.

Regards, Dean.
Yes there is an inscription on the barrel rib
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the close up almost looks fake so here's the original
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Mr. Scott:
Your gun appears to be an A Grade H&R, or the finest they offered (similar pic attached from collection of H&R past president).
Are you referring to Ted Roe?
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