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#501802 - 01/16/18 06:07 AM Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles
Richard B Offline
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As we approach the 200th anniversary of Alexander Henry’s birth (4th of June 2018), as his great great grandson, I’d like to create an “inventory” of his rifles and shotguns, so that we can have an idea of how many are still in existence. I realise this can never be “complete”, and will be “out of date” as soon as it is created!

Donald Dallas’ book “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker” lists all serial numbers from no. 120 (starting when he took over Samuel Gourlay’s business in 1852) to no. 8545.

If you own one – and you’d like to help … please let me know
• the serial number
• some idea of where you live (country or city or post/ZIP code)
• anything especially interesting about the gun or its history

Please reply by Direct Message (DM) or to
Alex henry rifles (one word) at gmail dot com

You don’t need to give me your name, or your address – no need for it, really. I will store your forum moniker, and which forum.

I will not share personal information with anyone – this is purely for my interest and research.

I will be putting this message up on other forums. I will also trawl through auction sites to see what they have sold in the past.

In time, I’ll map the data on a world map (anonymity still totally preserved) using something like BatchGeo.

If you know other Alexander Henry owners, who probably don’t access this forum, please let them know too!

If you know of museums with Alexander Henrys, let me know!

I hope this will be very successful – it will be very interesting!

Thanks, in anticipation!

Richard Brown
Alexander Henry’s great great grandson
Collaborator on “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker” by Donald Dallas



Edited by Richard B (01/16/18 06:08 AM)
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#503285 - 01/28/18 10:17 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
Richard B Offline
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I've got details on 75 so far ... that's great ... but a long way to go ! I'm sure there must be a couple of thousand out there ...

Thanks for replies so far.
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#510109 - 03/31/18 09:16 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
Richard B Offline
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I'm up to over 100 so far .. thanks to all for the replies I have received ..
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#510110 - 03/31/18 09:23 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
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I got see about 20 on Thursday night in Tennessee. Amazing.
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#513565 - 05/11/18 11:07 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
Richard B Offline
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Alexander Henry's 200th birthday is 4th June - 3 and a bit weeks away ...

I'm still getting info on existing rifles and shotguns made in Edinburgh, but it's slowed a bit now.

Any more welcome though !
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#524442 - 09/30/18 10:11 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
Richard B Offline
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Just got notice from someone whose family has had two Henry rifles since new.

That's the inventory up to 150 rifles etc now.

Any more ?
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#524445 - 09/30/18 10:41 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
rocky mtn bill Offline
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Richard, Though I don't own them now, I had an articl in DGJ, Spring 2003 about two unusual Henrys. The serial numbers are mentioned.
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#524446 - 09/30/18 10:50 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: rocky mtn bill]
Richard B Offline
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Aaargh - I don't have access to that … could you send me a photocopy (or even just the serial numbers ..) ?
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#527348 - 10/31/18 06:42 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: rocky mtn bill]
Richard B Offline
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Originally Posted By: rocky mtn bill
Richard, Though I don't own them now, I had an articl in DGJ, Spring 2003 about two unusual Henrys. The serial numbers are mentioned.

Any luck ?
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#527349 - 10/31/18 06:58 AM Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles [Re: Richard B]
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I'll ask for it to be mentioned in the local vintagers newsletter if you like. There's a few kicking around that I know of. Big Game Rifle Club is one you ought to get in touch with as well; there'd undoubtedly be a few held by members.

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