Thanks Dr. Drew. I will watch each episode over the next couple of months.
I should have qualified the above...."By 1890's UK Damascus barrel blanks most likely came from Liege."
And I've posted before on a different line about the use of Whitworth "compressed fluid steel" barrels by a certain gunmaker on which I've done some research, one of which may predate Purdey by 4 years.
But I previously posted a snippet from an 1894 book "Incidents of Foreign Sport and Travel," 1894, by Colonel Pollok whereby he went to Liege to have second barrels made for his gun. (And please forgive me for the reference to the excellence of Reilly bored muzzle loader barrels...sorry...it has nothing to do with this line).
The Colonel sure didn't mind dealing with the suppliers of the "slop shops".