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All those lovely pin fire hammers reminded me to post here that there are 200 20 gauge pin fire shell available on the web. If they were 12 or 16 their demand would be greater. But still perhaps someone could use them.

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Very nice, Joe.
Will add some hammers to keep it going. Next, we should sing the praise of remarkable fences.
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Dougall with London address.

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Joe, your post and the posts attracted to it are really interesting. The variety of shapes and decoration are fascinating.

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Very, very nice examples, JB and Daryl. The variety is almost infinite. Interesting that almost all hammers submitted came from the 1870’s and earlier. Of course that was the golden era for hammer breechloaders—and very short lived at that.

Daryl, you always manage to pull out some of the darndest odd variants. Never cease to amaze me!


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This is personal opinion only, but the hammers with a "flat", as opposed to those that are of a half round shape, are the most beautiful. The Williams & Powell posted by Joe, the Reilly in last pic on the bottom right posted by Gene, and the Pape posted by bsteele exhibit the style hammers that are by far the most exquisite and most pleasing to the eye, IMHO. The flat surface allows the engraver to change the engraving from one style to another. While the half round hammers can exhibit superfine engraving, it's almost gets boring in a sense, to me. Kinda, too much of a good thing. I dunno, hard to explain. Again, just a personal preference.

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From my Reilly database here are a few 1880's Reilly hammers...less ornate..and the very functional "crouching tiger" (low profile) seems to predominate.

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1. 24365 - 1882
2. 24534 - 1882 (Cyril Adams)
3. 20808 - 1877
4. 21839 - 1879
5. 25354 - 1882 (Cyril Adams)
6. 25771 - 1883 - Maharajah's will be maharajahs

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I particularly like #5. Is that what you mean by "crouching tiger"?


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Daryl, your Tonks looks very similar to a WC 'Scott Victoria grade that I have.

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Here area few. The first 2 are George H. Daw shotguns, the first from one of the earliest cartridge guns made in 1867; next an underlever Daw; Then a Webley and lastly a Colt 1878...

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