Proof Date Codes

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Dating silver hallmarks British silver after this stamp. If there is used. Each assay office. Buyers of birmingham, the uk, shared by. The date letters to be a hallmark.

For corroboration, cross-reference with the proof house controllers’ mark. Birmingham, England: date code letter placement: – Letter at top of.

Proof Date Codes Amongst proof marks are codes enabling one to determine the date of manufacture of many guns. Birmingham, England : date code letter placement: – Letter at top of intersection of crossed swords. Number of dots beneath to indicate inspector. B at right. Inspector’s number underneath. B at upper right. Inspector’s number at bottom. C at right.


Markings on gun barrels and other gun components that indicate the level of pressure, calibre and standards that a weapon is fit for in service. The drawings vary in style due to differences in the original information. Most are black silhouettes, but some of those that have been produced from photographs have a quasi 3 dimensional appearance that requires the onlooker to imagine that the light source is in the top left hand corner of the screen.

It measures just over 42″ long and has the “L & T” mark in a cartouche on the plate. What we do find are Birmingham proof marks and P&R was based in Birmingham. This gun is in The last year in the date on both spurs is obstucted.

Amongst proof marks are codes enabling one to determine the date of manufacture of many guns. Sample photos of their layouts are at the bottom of the page. Liege, Belgium: A single letter, either Roman or Greek, upper or lower case, underlined or not. For corroboration, cross-reference with the proof house controllers’ mark. Number of dots beneath to indicate inspector.

B at right. Inspector’s number underneath. B at upper right. Inspector’s number at bottom. C at right. D at right. Chart: Syntax of Birmingham proof date codes. Chart: Syntax of British proofmarks over time.

Gun Barrel Proof Marks

The birmingham gun barrel proof marks are the barrel marking that a. Examples of regulation and other markings are. Sans-Serif roman numerals until, both london and home loader. The birmingham proof houses in the first time dating from what i thought but with all appropriate birmingham proof marks, body,

A synopsis of Enfield production markings to help answer some common questions, marked on the lock with the usual Crown VR and date but no place name. the commercial marks of the London or Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof Houses.

The building was designed by John Horton and consists of a centre bay, emphasised by a segmental parapet, which contains trophies by William Hollins. A Jacobean-style gateway was added in The Proof House was established in by an act of Parliament at the request—and expense—of the then prosperous Birmingham Gun Trade. Its remit was to provide a testing and certification service for firearms in order to prove their quality of construction, particularly in terms of the resistance of barrels to explosion under firing conditions.

Such testing prior to sale or transfer of firearms is made mandatory by the Gun Barrel Proof Act of , which made it an offence to sell, offer for sale, transfer, export or pawn an unproofed firearm, with certain exceptions for military organisations. The Proof process is that of testing a firearm for integrity using a severely overcharged cartridge , or Proof load which is fired through the gun in an armoured testing chamber.

This exposes it to pressures far beyond what it would experience in normal service. It is awarded a stamped Proof Mark if it survives without either being destroyed or suffering damage from the proof load.

Purpose & Brief History

An 11 bore proof means 10 Gauge. An 8 Gauge would be marked 9, 12 Gauge marked 13 and so on This has been an interesting read, thank you.

Because many rifles may have been imported or, prior to sale on the civilian market, have only had military proof marks, then dating from the Birmingham or.

It is intended that this synopsis of Enfield production markings will help answer some common questions, with regards to identifying British government arms. Enfield Pattern rifles made under contract or made by the British government can be classified as follows:. All must carry the small acceptance mark towards the front of the lock plate which is a crown descending into a broad arrow. In addition to these, those rifles sent for refurbishment to the depot at Pimlico in South London will carry further marks of a crown over P and a number.

Unserviceable arms sold out of the service ‘should’ have a large S obliterating the barrel proof mark and opposed broad arrows i. None of these remarks apply to commercial Enfields made for export or for the Volunteers or target shooters. However, some commercial Enfields can be found with the examiners’ marks on some of the component parts. This does not make government models. The factories where the parts were made had resident government appointed examiners who marked all the parts even though it was quite possible that a proportion of these parts would never wind up in a government contract complete weapon.

However these can sometimes be found IN ADDITION to the defaced original government proofs showing that the rifle has been correctly and as required by law submitted for proof prior to civilian sale. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This assists by offsetting web site running costs.

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Key: Admin , Global Mod , Mod. There are several online sources for listing proof mark dates out of Birmingham. I noticed they stop at and start up at Where were guns proofed during ?

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Unfortunately the records we do have access to do not show us the complete dates when the Perrins family were working at each address, but it does give us a guide. Proof marks can also help date a gun and we are indebted to Diggory Hadoke. Who has allowed us to reproduce a table of proof marks from his fascinating book ‘Vintage guns for the modern shot’. I have only reproduced the Birmingham Proof House marks as it is likely that Perrins would have used this facility rather than the London House.

Re-proofing, where the gun is re submitted for proof, can cause confusion as a second or even third set of proof marks will be stamped on the gun and may make the original marks difficult or impossible to read. We can tell from the type of gun approximately which period they belong to. Percussion cap muzzle loaders obviously come from an earlier period and started making an appearance by the early s. Breach loading guns introduced from France at the Great Exhibition of used a pin fire cartridge where a pin protrudes from the collar of the cartridge, through a notch at the rear of the barrel.

As breech loading guns evolved rim fire and needle fire cartridges were manufactured as the industrial revolution took hold.

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