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Hi all is there anybody out there who knows how i can find out the history of my latest purchase. It's a 8 bore rotary underlever hammer GE Lewis& Sons 32&33 Lower Loveday
street Birmingham. Thanks in advance.

Reg Andy Nicholls


Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:51 pm
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George Edward Lewis was born in Birmingham in 1829. He was apprenticed in the gun trade and established his firm in 1850 possibly at 32-33 Loveday Street, alternatively, at an unknown address.
In 1859 the firm built a new factory at 32-33 Lower Loveday Street, Birmingham.
In 1863 Lewis together with Henry Walker and Joseph Blout Wayne patented a drop-down breech loader action (No. 2100), this was Lewis's only patent.
The firm was typical of the major Birmingham manufacturers, they exported guns to the Confederate army in the US Civil War (1861-1865) in return for cotton, and had export markets in the USA, India and Australia after the war. They built military rifles for the French during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871).
Their better quality guns were expertly engraved, Lewis himself being an accomplished engraver (he studied art while completing his apprenticeship). Lewis introduced a type of recess choke boring, and magnum small bores (12 and 20 bores with 2 3/4 inch chambers).
The firm's sporting guns found a market all over the world and they exhibited at the Paris Exhibition in 1878, where they introduced their "Gun of the Period", a registered trade name.
The firm also exhibited at Sydney in 1879 and 1880, at Melbourne in 1880 and 1881, and at Calcutta in 1883 and 1884.
A son, also G E Lewis, was born in 1905 when his father was 76 years old, and another, E C Lewis, was born in 1907.
G E Lewis, the father, died in 1917 and the sons inherited the firm; who managed it until the sons took over is not known.
G E Lewis, the son, probably took part in the day to day management of the firm from about 1930 and it is understood that E C Lewis was involved in production from about the same date.
E C Lewis was an excellent shot and assisted with the regulation the firm's rifles, he won the Birmingham Rifle Club Championship six times and the Gunmakers Association Challenge Cup five years running.
In the late 1930s two of E C Lewis's sons joined the firm, G E Lewis (the third) who in 1951 became a guardian of the Birmingham Proof House, and E V Lewis.
At some time the firm started to trade as G E Lewis & Sons.
When G E Lewis (the third) died in 1988 the business was sold to John Harris who holds the records of the firm and may be contacted at Unit SF2, 63 Price Street, Birmingham. John Harris stocked guns for the firm.
G E Lewis had offices in London at Duke Street, Manchester Square, Paddington, St Marylebone and 172 Strand from about 1873 until about 1940.
The name, goodwill and records of G E Lewis are for sale, they are to be auctioned by Holt & Co in London in December 2003.

G.M.

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Thanks for the info i dont know where you find it all Graham. Thanks again .
Rtg ANDY N


Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:51 pm
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Andrew, our Graham is a "Super Highway Man".PW


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Graham

I'm impressed ......

Deker


Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:19 pm
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Now if I could just find some info’ on bloody air rifles, and how far they shoot.
G.M.

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