The Westley Richards Bishop Bag has been a very popular item ever since we first introduced this model using our own workshops from our organic veg tanned Swedish leather and also in our guncase canvas. We do not take credit for the design, it is in fact a very old shooting and fishing classic, I believe originally from Brady, a design which has been run over time by many different makers.
Some new canvas’s by the English Mill, British Millerain & Co. and the Scottish Mill, Halley Stevensons, both whom we have used now for many years, have created the opportunity to offer these popular bags in a range of colours all of which I think are well suited for the world of the shooting man and woman.
We continue to offer the full leather versions of the bag in Tan and Havana Brown and these new canvas versions will be online next week.
Bishop Bag in Olive Vintage Wax.
Bishop Bag in Swiss Army Salt & Pepper.
Bishop Bag in Burned Orange Vintage Wax.
Bishop Bag in Green Vintage Wax with Tan leather trim.
I have always had a penchant for the old English engraved game scenes executed on guns specifically for the Indian market. Perhaps this was gained from many visits to the subcontinent to retrieve this type of gun and rifle. Obviously when you came across a nicely engraved gun amongst the plainer more common gun or rifle, you felt like you had hit pay dirt!
There is a distinct charm to this type of engraving and I think much of this is down to the lack of photographs being used for reference by the engraver, something I have never advocated. Engravers of the time would have no doubt used drawings for reference and perhaps never even seen for themselves, either in a photograph or Zoo, a true likeness of some of these animals they were depicting.
Drawings remain, in my opinion, the best reference for engraving work, if an engraver is able to draw at a high level like say Rashid and Paul Lantuch can, I believe it is a huge advantage in creating a truly original work on a modern gun, much like I imagine this work done in about 1910 was at that time.
Jason came up to my apartment this evening and presented me with the completed 4 pairs of 4bore locks, what a magnificent job he has done on them. The photograph does not for one second do his work justice, but when time allows and the rest of the gun is ready I am sure we will be able to do just that.
The most important thing in this whole endeavour was Jason’s search for perfection. Many people would have accepted the size of spot started with and completed the job. Jason made three attempts and polished the work off each time on his own accord until he had it perfect, once that was achieved he continued with the rest of the locks. A grand total of 17 days!
And that ladies and gentlemen is one of the little reasons why these guns take so much time to make!