Spring has brought with it a facelift in our shop with the addition of some great new brands which we both like very much and believe deliver great products which work well in our sport. The recently revived Filson range is delivering some super garments, especially Jackets and a diverse range of bags for every purpose, all of which come with a lifetime guarantee. The Real McCoy makes beautifully detailed clothing using the very best fabrics from which we have selected a very nice range of garments we think are perfect for Safari. Other new products will be arriving throughout the year so please keep checking our online shop if you are not able to visit in person.
For those of you searching for a particular calibre of Westley Richards double rifle, this list may come as a surprise. I cannot vouch for it being 100% accurate as turning page after page of journal entries and compiling the list was quite a long task. Also, the writing in many instances is not exactly clear so there are no doubt some minor mistakes. This list does however show how few rifles there are in the market in certain calibre’s and why some are seemingly impossible to find!
If this makes you give up the search you can always ask us to make one, we would of course be happy to do so!
New to Westley Richards are the new range of traditional ‘Dealer’ boots from Sowerby of England. The Sowerby family has been crafting boots since 1927 when brothers Arthur and William opened their first shoe and repair shops in the Midlands.
Still a family run business, the third generation of Sowerbys are committed to supplying Dealer boots that combine quality, reliability and style that remain original to the founders manufacturing traditions.
Whether in the country or the town the quintessential Dealer boot should be a staple in every mans boot room.
Schöffel have delivered best selling shooting outerwear for some years now, their outerwear is widely used and respected in the shooting field here in UK. The Ptarmigin has been modified over the years with different fabrics being used but the cut remaining the same. Schöffel’s latest innovation for this shooting coat features a GORE-TEX® Two layer laminate. The Ptarmigan Extreme provides extreme weather protection for the ultimate shooting performance. The coat has a great cut for shooting which allows plenty of room for the swing which many shooting coats fail to do. This combined with its ability to keep out the elements, be lightweight and warm makes for a winning design once again.
The cover of the bicentennial book was left by its designer, Colin Townsend as the last detail, considered after all the contents had been assembled and laid out. The original idea for the cover was done as a felt marker layout, or SCAMP, Colin’s only means of layout as he is a pre-computer designer! It called for a background of ‘gunmaking materials’ either colour hardening or barrel black we even discussed engraved steel and wood.
We chose a case colour hardening background as this is a very significant feature, found in our best guns since 1812. To produce the background we cut and polished the largest book format plate that would fit in the furnace at Ray St Ledger’s hardening shop, the plate was given to Richard St Ledger with a request to harden for vivid colours which he provided.
For the calligraphy we approached the renowned lettering artist Peter Horridge who was responsible amongst many things for After Eight and Agent Provocateur branding and asked him to take Colin’s idea and create a piece of artwork which we could take to print.
The combination of all the elements resulted in a very unique dust cover and I think demonstrates well the company’s attention to every little detail.
There are only 22 copies of the 1st edition of the book remaining for sale, so for those of you who have yet to get one please hurry as it is not in our plans to reprint and certainly if we ever do, it would have a different dust cover! The book can be purchased here.