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I have a 12-bore, dou­ble-bar­relled Fred­er­ick Wil­liams fowl­ing shot­gun (No.133356) with 30in bar­rels and 3in cham­bers. Do you know when it was made or any­thing about the maker?

The orig­i­nal firm of Fred­er­ick Wil­liams was es­tab­lished in 1873 at 47 1/2 Whit­tall Street, mov­ing in about 1877 to 34 Bath Street. The firm ap­pears to have closed at the end of 1886. Fred­er­ick Wil­liam Wil­liams (be­lieved to be re­lated but re­la­tion­ship un­known) es­tab­lished his busi­ness in 1881 at 49-50

Wea­man Street, Birm­ing­ham. Between 1886 and 1890 he moved to 32-33 Wea­man Street, which then be­came known as the Birm­ing­ham Gun Works. Between about 1913 and 1917 the name of the firm changed to Fred­er­ick Wil­liams, and then to Fred­er­ick Wil­liams (Gun­mak­ers) Ltd. Prior to adopt­ing the lim­ited li­a­bil­ity ti­tle, the firm claimed a Lon­don ad­dress, pos­si­bly Fred­er­ick Wil­liams of 3 Broad Street Sta­tion, Liver­pool Street. The firm closed in 1947. With­out pic­tures of the proof marks it is im­pos­si­ble to be more pre­cise, but with the high se­rial num­ber I would guess it is a 1930s piece. Un­for­tu­nately, to my best knowl­edge, ac­cu­rate se­rial num­ber records do not ex­ist.

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