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Harrowing Howdah Hunting Adventures!
      #164007 - 14/07/10 03:21 AM

Harrowing Howdah Hunting, Howdahs, Howdah Guns and Pistols, pinched from elsewhere on the forums and the net. Enjoy!



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      #164008 - 14/07/10 03:26 AM

Greener side lever howdah pistol,
1870-1890?
chambered for the .577 service cartridge?














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      #164009 - 14/07/10 03:28 AM



Wilkinson howdah pistol with a side lever






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      #164010 - 14/07/10 03:33 AM

Magnificant pair of double barrel 14-bore howdah pistols by Mortimer.


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A fine pair of full sidelock .68 caliber (14 bore) double-barrel pistols made by Thomas Alfred Clark (T.A.C.) Mortimer in 1862. Cased in their original case with Trade Label and joined with all their accessaries, these fine condition officer's/howdah pistols have all their original parts, function flawlessly, and maintain 85% of their original finish. The locks are marked "Mortimer & Son" and the pistols are fitted with their original belt slides. The pistols are numbered #6293 and #6294 consecutively and appear in the surviving Mortimer and Son ledger book as being made approximately 1860-1862 for Robert Kirkwood. Sgt.-Major Kirkwood was a member of the 3rd Waikato Militia and also of the Cambridge, New Zealand, Volunteer Cavalry. He was an early settler of New Zealand and fought in the bloody Land Wars of 1860-1866 against the fierce Maori Tribesmen. His complete biography (with photos) is in the Cambridge Museum and a street in downtown Cambridge still has his name. For auction here is a finely crafted big-bore set of double-barrel pistols by one of London's top makers. Pistols that were used by one of England's bravest Cavalry Officers to tame a wild tribe of cannibals and open New Zealand for British settlement. A great set of pistols with an identified violent and colorful history. The owner, here, wishes to express his gratitude to H. Lee Munson, author of "The Mortimer Gunmakers", without whose help this historical connection would not have been made. His book is awesome and the man so much more !



















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      #164012 - 14/07/10 03:43 AM

A. Hollis & Son 12-bore Howdah ejector rifle



This 12-bore has 2 3/4 inch chambers proved for cordite and 750 gr bullet. Invisible rifled 23 inch barrels. Ejectors, rib extensionwith a blind Breener cross-bolt. One quarter rib with four folding leaves and night sight to 300 yards. Fitted for original claw mounts. 7 ibs 6 oz unscoped.




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      #164013 - 14/07/10 03:59 AM

12-bore Howdah Rifle



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The howdah rifle presented here bears the inscription "W & J Kavanagh" on the lock-plates, having been built by the very talented Irish gun-making family by that name. The top rib carries the firm's address: "12 Dame Street, Dublin". We know that William Kavanagh originally set up shop at Lower Ormand Quay around 1817, and moved up to the Dame Street foundry in 1821 where the company continued to trade for over 100 years! Like the rib and locks of this gun, trade labels from the second half of the 19th Century read "W & J Kavanagh", however the Dublin City Directory of 1850 listed only William Kavanagh as a gun-maker and no-one by the name of J. Kavanagh was listed in the trade. We can surmise that he joined the firm some time after 1850, a younger brother perhaps? Later guns made around the turn of the century were marked "Wm Kavanagh & Son", implicating the next generation of this famous gun-making dynasty.




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The Kavanagh firm hung its shingle alongside other well-known Dublin gun-makers, the most notable being William & John Rigby of Suffolk Street, and William Trulock of several addresses in the Dublin gun-making quarter including Dame Street. The well-respected London maker, Stephen Grant, apprenticed to William Kavanagh in his youth.



















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Like the better-known howdah pistols, however, this stumpy 12-bore 3-dram rifle would have possessed all the short-range power required to dislodge an angry tiger from the elephant's head, at distances measured in feet and sometimes barely inches! Sadly, the attempts of modern man to distance himself from the soil have relegated many marvellous artefacts like this howdah rifle to insipid curiosity, and as a result the majority are now lost. For the avid hunter/collector, however, merely shouldering this surviving example conjures up the sights, smells, and excitement of shikar in that distant land so long ago!






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      #164014 - 14/07/10 04:04 AM

And from Marrakai's article, a time when the Howdah rifle would have come in handy!



But maybe one of these ...



... for this ...







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      #164093 - 14/07/10 05:30 PM





Pair of Rodda .577's on auction currently. Go for it guys!









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      #164098 - 14/07/10 05:37 PM

Jos. Lang Howdah in .577




From Atkin Grant & Lang Website


Joseph Lang

Until 1812 Joseph Lang worked for Alexander Wilson of 1 Vigo Lane, who subsequently moved to 14 Titchbourne St, Piccadilly. In 1821 he set up on his own and in 1825 was recorded as Joseph Lang Gun and Pistol Repository (from Wilson's Warehouse, Vigo La.) at 7 Haymarket and was to stay there for more than a quarter of a century. In 1826 he had something of a commercial coup, as he was able to advertise in the Morning Chronicle of 8 June the entire stock of guns of the bankrupt Joseph Manton after he had to leave his Oxford St premises. He opened a 21 yard shooting gallery adjoining the premises in early January 1827, one of the earliest recorded shooting schools.

In 1830-34 Joseph took delivery of 84 guns, rifles and pistols from James Purdey on sale or return, all of which were quickly sold. Joseph obviously got on well with Purdey; indeed he got on even better with one of his four daughters, whom he subsequently married, making the younger James Purdey his brother-in-law. Just before leaving his Haymarket premises he exhibited at the Great Exhibition and was very impressed with a French Lefaucheaux gun, so much so that in 1856 he introduced his own version using the Houillier pin-fire cartridge system. His marketing of this design and subsequent improvements to it have resulted in Lang's name being forever linked to the introduction of breech loading sporting firearms into Great Britain.

In 1853 he moved to 22 Cockspur St, Charing Cross, the last premises he personally was to occupy. I his life he not only brought us the breech loader, but he became a driving force in popularising lemon and white pointers and also the idea of field trials for dogs. After his death, his son, also Joseph, ran the business, although it appears that the name was not changed to Joseph Lang & Son until 1875. Young Joseph, perhaps as a result of the kinship through marriage, had been apprenticed to the younger James Purdey in 1845 and such expert training helped to ensure the continuing success of the firm.

After the move to 10 Pall Mall in 1890, Lang brought out the Vena Contracta gun, the brainchild of H Phillips (shooting editor of The Field magazine), which fired a 12 bore cartridge in a barrel which was contracted to a 20 bore gauge during the first third of its length. However it was not a great success, as the weight advantage gained was offset by increased recoil and indifferent performance and many of these guns were subsequently re-barrelled. Eight years later, the business of James Lang & Co. was to be taken over. This was the result of young Joseph's brother, having set up on his own in 1887 and that business now being returned to the fold. The business was briefly renamed Joseph Lang & Co Ltd and it moved to 102 New Bond St, which had been James Lang & Co.'s premises. With that move came the change of name on 28 June 1898 to Lang & Hussey Ltd which was retrained until 27 June 1901 when it reverted to Joseph Lang & Son Ltd.

On 14 January 1902 one the directors, a Capt. Bartle Grant, wrote from Malta to resign. He was in financial difficulties and the company had considerable problems recovering an outstanding account for a gun which he had pawned.

In February 1904 the company applied for a provisional patent for an armour piercing projectile in the joint names of Mr LM Ames and Joseph Lang & Son Ltd. In 1904 it sent 12 guns to the St Louis Exhibition in the USA. It also did work for the Automatic Rifle Syndicate Ltd, trying to improve the product without success and had difficulty in recovering the money since the syndicate was in financial trouble. In 1906, as a result of the need for more production space, it took over the three-storey building immediately behind the Bond St. shop. On 29 October 1913, Dryden & white's patent rights in their o/u gun were assigned to the company and formed the basis of the Lang 'Under and Over' gun. In February 1914, the company set up a five-year agreement with Abercrombie & Fitch of New York for it to be sole USA agent and this was hoped to improve Lang's indifferent trading performance. Interestingly, the rent of 102 New Bond St at that stage was renewed for a further six years, three years at 475 per annum and the following three at 500 per annum payable quarterly! The company remained under the name Joseph Lang & son Ltd at the Bond St address until 1925 amalgamation with the business of Stephen Grant & Sons. This formed the basis of the major London gunmaking combine of Stephen Grant & Joseph Lang Ltd at 7 Bury St, St James's under the guidance of succeeding generations of the Robson family. Surviving records show that in 1933 their joint customer list contained eight dukes, 254 lords, 206 ladies, 73 service personnel, 6,322 members of the British public and 151 overseas customers!

The history of Henry Atkin, Stephen Grant and Joseph Lang is shown by kind permission of Nigel Brown, taken from his book 'London Gunmakers'.

A word from the present owner, Ken Duglan

I served my apprenticeship with Atkin Grant & Lang over thirty years ago. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined that one day I would be fortunate enough not only to be part of, but to run such an exceptional company. We make guns today the way they have always been made, by using fine craftsmen. I like to think that Henry, Stephen and Joseph would be content in the knowledge that their names still embellish very fine guns.



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      #164103 - 14/07/10 06:14 PM

Howdah Tiger attack - when the Howdah pistol comes in handy


Tiger Howdah Attack!

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      #164150 - 15/07/10 12:12 AM


The Howdah Discussion Thread - click here

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      #164159 - 15/07/10 01:46 AM

.577 Snider Howdah Pistol



Cal Pappas with his Howdah pistol.




.577 Snyder



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      #164326 - 16/07/10 10:07 PM



Howzat!

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      #164334 - 16/07/10 11:01 PM

Holland & Holland Howdah in .577









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      #164654 - 21/07/10 02:56 AM

Howdah 66 cal by D.Egg - sidelock









Howdah 20-bore by Hollis - boxlock




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