What’s the story?
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.