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Unread 06-04-2023, 11:38 AM   #11
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I have a William Read & Sons 16ga, that was built for them in Belgium per the PM. Very nice gun with Krupp barrels. I shoot only 2 12" shells in it, as the chambers are short a bit.
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My question was referring to the catalog picture.
Thanks for the reply. I could not tell much from the catalog picture though.

I did not get the shotgun. I was "sniped" at the end of the auction.
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Just as an aside William Reed was related to my Mother. His grandson was a dentist in Lynn Ma. just north of Boston and was retired when I was a lad but he did a little work from his home office and put braces on me in the early 60s.
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I have a William Read & Sons 16ga, that was built for them in Belgium per the PM. Very nice gun with Krupp barrels. I shoot only 2 12" shells in it, as the chambers are short a bit.
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Just as an aside William Reed was related to my Mother. His grandson was a dentist in Lynn Ma. just north of Boston and was retired when I was a lad but he did a little work from his home office and put braces on me in the early 60s.
Thank you for the reply. There may be others on here that have/will have Read guns that may want to contact you for information on the family. I am sure Mr. Nelson's gun is a fine shotgun. I enjoy the history of old guns.

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And in addition to imported and Wm. Read-marked contract guns, Wm. Read & Sons, according to a PGCA Research Letter on my father's 12-gauge DHE, ordered from Meriden and retailed Parker guns.
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Wm. Read was a major retailer of U.S., English and Continental guns
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Them 45 caliber Sharp's hammerless rifles for $6 sound good to me!!
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I had a Lefever D Grade with two sets of barrels. It was cased in a fine leather case with the William Read label on the lid interior. The case was obviously original and made for the gun.
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Here are two Wm. Reed and Son Gun cabinets that I have been fortunate to have acquired over the years. One came from the Asa Packer Estate and the other from a residence on Lake Placid, NY. The one in NY was on the third floor of a summer residence and I had to round up some heavy duty young fellows to help me lower it down from the bedroom deck in a rope sling, and I wasn't Navy. There was only a spiral stair case going up, so it must have been lifted to get there in the past. I have two different Wm. Reed catalogs from the 1880's and they are pictured and the only difference being the hardware.

Mom, commandeered one for her glassware, the other is mine, I think! Well, this old fart can't rotate the photos, please feel free to do so for me. Thank You!
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