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#199311 - 08/13/10 03:57 PM F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included)
stevenjames Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 4
Hello there all, just wondering if anyone would have a ballpark estimate of the value of this shotgun. Supposedly my dad told me it is an 8 gauge. I have a pic of an ithica 10 gauge next to the barrel of the double. thanks for the replies










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#199325 - 08/13/10 05:28 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: stevenjames]
CBL1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/09
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Loc: UK
Steven - it comes down to many variables I am afraid , and although I am by no means an expert (plenty are on here though), I have spent some time around some big bores this side of the pond.

More information would be needed on the maker (English?), on the condition, proofing and measurements of the barrels especially, and although the muzzles do not appear in bad shape, it may not be so throughout the remainder of the gun. From the other photos, the wood seems a little worn, but sound and the metal/action fit not bad (although one of the screws seems to bear evidence of some hard work/pressure on it). If you could put up more pictures, you may get some more expert views than mine.

As regards value, it really is a massively wide range; see this

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=184013936

which is a recent example which appears in some worse condition than yours. A well conditioned double 8 with provenance and a strong wildfowling history/maker can often go for >$7-$8k+ or more.


Edited by CBL1 (08/13/10 05:29 PM)

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#199327 - 08/13/10 05:39 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: CBL1]
stevenjames Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 4
Yea i could definately get some more pictures up. Would you happen to know of any appraisers this side of the atlantic(maryland area)? I guess i should probably put another post up about that. I was thinking about going onto the antiques roadshow(i'd have to buy a ticket).


Edited by stevenjames (08/13/10 05:39 PM)

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#199329 - 08/13/10 05:42 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: stevenjames]
Genelang Offline
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Registered: 01/19/10
Posts: 585
Loc: Watkinsville, GA
Looks 8 ga. to me.

The maker is English, as I found out from Google. Here's a 10 ga. one in about the same condition offered for $700.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/F-WILLIAMS-10-BORE-SXS-HAMMER-SPORTING-GUN.cfm?gun_id=100037977

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#199332 - 08/13/10 05:55 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: stevenjames]
HomelessjOe Offline
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Originally Posted By: stevenjames




http://www.gunsinternational.com/F-WILLIAMS-10-BORE-SXS-HAMMER-SPORTING-GUN.cfm?gun_id=100037977
That 10's been sitting there for sale for several years.

8 ga.'s bring a premium over a 10 ga...price depends on condition. To me pitted bores hurt condition the worst. The photo above shows an ill fitting dolls head....either the gun has been 'shot loose' or it was originally a low quality gun. I suspect both.

Hope I didn't offend anyone frown

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#199334 - 08/13/10 06:00 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: HomelessjOe]
stevenjames Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 4
nono don't worry about it, i just want to know what i could about it, i didn't know if i had something special or not

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#199336 - 08/13/10 06:21 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: stevenjames]
Stallones Offline
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Loc: Republic of Texas
Fredrick Williams was a good maker in Birmingham. I have one very similar in 12 ga. I think 400-500 on yours in a good guess.

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#199341 - 08/13/10 07:12 PM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: Stallones]
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Registered: 07/02/10
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Loc: UK
Yep, Birmingham. There (confusingly) were two separate F Williams I believe...although I might be wrong.

To be honest all of the Fred Williams I've seen have not been of a hight build standard and the engraving to me always looked second rate. Still, it looks interesting!

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#199365 - 08/14/10 01:25 AM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: Ballistix999]
stevenjames Offline
Boxlock

Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 4
well i do really appreciate the replies from all you fellas, it seems as if the gun isnt worth quite as much as i thought so. I was about to drop $200 or so on a ticket to the roadshow but i might just forget about it now. thank you though for the replies

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#199366 - 08/14/10 04:58 AM Re: F. Williams shotgun value?? (pics included) [Re: stevenjames]
Oldfarmer Offline
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Registered: 01/04/10
Posts: 226
Hi
I also have a Fred Williams which was my Fathers gun - a 12 bore - address London and Birmingham. Not too sure if it is the same Fred.
Anyone tell me how to add photos and I will post a couple - I have to say it is not the best made gun I have ever handled!!

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