Whilst I was down in Devon last week, the gentleman loading for me told me he had a nice collection of Westley Richards shot cartridges and asked if I would be interested to see them. He then kindly brought them to the shoot and I was able to take a few photographs.
Westley Richards had a very active role in making cartridges both for shotguns and rifles and a good variety were always offered in our our old catalogues. I even remember as a child the shot shell loading machines in one of the sheds at the Grange Road factory churning out cartridges. My Father stopped making them as people were driving into the carpark, asking the cartridge loader to throw 1000 in the trunk of their car and then never being invoiced as the sale was not getting passed through to the showroom. Also cartridges used to be sold solely from the gun dealers and when they became available through ironmongers and farm shops, this drove the prices down and they remain a ‘loss leader’ to this day and small scale loading is just not viable.
This is certainly a very comprehensive collection of our earlier rolled crimp cartridges and includes some of the Faunetta which are very scarce indeed. My thanks for being given the opportunity to see them.