Posted - 03/29/2009 : 6:52:36 PM
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This subject tends to come up about once a year or so. Two things you can do to help us figure out what you might have is to provide us with quality photographs of the overalls, details and all the proof marks that can be found on the underside of the forearm, water table and bottom of the breech.
Without this, there is very little to be done except for a general history:
Bonehill, C. G. Also known as Belmont Firearms Works in Birmingham, England, c.1851.
Christopher G. Bonehill was born in 1831 in Birmingham.
In 1851 he founded the firm C.G. Bonehill for the manufacturer of Firearms, including military and miniature rifles, Sporting guns and Air rifles.
He was based at:
Belmont Firearms Works
He pioneered the use of machinery for the manufacturer of Shotguns, and the interchangability of components.
Many of his guns were marked "Interchangable"
Bonehill made the "Belmont" range of Anson & Deeley actioned shotguns along with a range of Sidelocks, with optional removable sidelocks and single triggers.
C.G. Bonehill was Guardian of the Birmingham Proof house for 28 years.
The firm continued until 1965.
From Captain Kirk:
According to my data base....,C.G. Bonehill, Birmingham, England circa 1880 maker of Shotgun, Double Barrel, Over-Under, also Double Rifle in .450 Nitro Express 3 1'4", Under-Lever, Recoil Pad, Safari Sights, Fancy Wood, all were Engraved and Enlaid..$2000.00 and up for Guns in Good condition.....
and believe it or not...I did'nt know that over-under Breech Loading Shotguns and Rifles were around in the 1880's...
Captain Kirk, Tech Staff