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Do they exist? I have a nice little 25" ble Clarke I shoot for grouse and I just picked up a nitro prooved damascus SLE. The SLE is very nicely made, though in need of either some serious stock repair or possibly a new stick of wood. I would love to know when it was built. Thanks,
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Any further info SKB? I can find no less than 22 Clarkes listed. Doubt if any records but details of proof marks, full name and address on rib; if any, and I may be able to narrow it down with a little more information for you. Lagopus…..

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Henry Clarke & Sons, Midland gunwerks Leicester, originally proofed in the BP area and then submitted for nitro proof at a later date, extremely fine damscus pattern and very nicely made.


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An advert for a Perkes back actioned gun No 10105 dated it as 1875-87 .Apparently the business was run by the family until closure in 1963.Hth.

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By whom were the barrels proofed?

London or Birmingham ?

http://www.shotguns.se/html/uk.html

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Birmingham proofed, twice, a later re-proof to nitro.


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So no crossed sword date code, so before 1921

Maybe the provisional imprint may help date.

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Steve,

You may find this thread interesting Clarke.

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Thanks Ken. I'm Hoping Tim chimes in, I read on IGC(I'm not a member but should be) that the Clarke's are one of his interest and he has been very helpful in the past when reasearching British makers.


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