Back in January we posted some pictures of this rifle fresh back from engraving with a promise to show you the finished article. Well perfection takes time and when you see the whole package as presented here you can understand why it has taken so long.
Whilst we are sure the rifle and its embellishment will not be to everyones taste, the level and variety of skills necessary to put a project like this together are the real challenge, particularly in this day and age. It is not every day that you get to see rifles completed like this and whilst we are continuing our legacy for such pieces, they are on the whole rare.
Highly embellished from muzzle to butt, the rifle depicts various hunting scenes from the great continent of Africa along with an assortment of flora and fauna. The execution is breathtaking, exhibiting carving, gold inlay, raised gold work and fine scroll, the actual finishing process after case colour hardening, adding to the character of the work. Strikingly the stock is inlaid with solid silver scenes of White Rhino and a pod of Hippo below a thundering waterfall.
Complete in a black alligator skin case with silver fittings, full complement of ivory handled tools french fitted into blue goatskin, with a pure gold leaf detailed lid interior, it certainly makes a statement. The lid is actually fitted with slide off hinges so that the rifle can be displayed in the lower case section only, should the new owner wish.
Not only are such pieces a credit to the craftsmen in Westley Richards very own workshops, but all those smaller tradesmen who contribute in their own unique way to the finished package that you see before you. The rifle and case embody all that makes British craftsmanship so special,and why patrons from around the world travel to these shores to commission such fantastic pieces. More importantly consider that such quality is still being produced here in the City of Birmingham.
Neil McVeigh on September 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Unbelievable!Hats of to all involved in the production of this gun.I don't think anybody in the U.K. could produce such a stunning piece.Thanks for making it and thanks for sharing it with us.
Trigger on September 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm
Many thanks indeed. It is a real credit to all the craftsmen involved in making it.
Neill on September 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm
This is absolutely amazing Trigger, you have excelled your already very high standards. Personally there is too much much "bling" but then I'm not the Client so actually that is irrelevant. It is supreme craftsmanship, thanks for sharing the pictures. In my view, Westley Richards are the very best gunmakers globally in the bespoke market.
Peter Buckley. on September 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm
Well this is it, this is the "Zenith" of "Westley Richards"masterpieces, (or is it) ? (time will tell).
I have been waiting so long to view the latest master class in gun building, it certainly has been worth the wait, now we can see why so much time has been lavished on this extraordinary rifle!
Everything about this project beggars belief, from the smallest part to the complete package, "Staggering" !!
If I had to choose my favourite parts, and this is difficult, it still would have to be the trigger guard and the grip trap, that 'mask' and the 'bee' stunning, the rifles completeness is just off the planet.
Everyone who has contributed to this outcome must be congratulated most highly, whoever conceived the idea must by now be so elated!
Best regards. Peter.
P.S. What on earth could follow this?
C. Roger Bleile on September 16, 2017 at 3:28 am
...and the engraver is...?
I have a good guess but will keep it to myself.
Ken Hill on September 17, 2017 at 5:25 am
Wow! Thank-you for the weekend treat.
Andre on September 17, 2017 at 8:35 am
Larry on September 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Truly stunning indeed!! There is not a morsel of this rifle that is not truly the epitome of gun making!
Brilliant work by the entire team!!
Do you have any photos of the case you could share?
Byron Christie on September 19, 2017 at 12:15 am
Well Trigger, WR has outdone itself once again. My congratulations to you and the entire WR family and the many passionate men and women involved. Bravo!!
Fame on November 9, 2017 at 8:11 am
Beautiful rifle indeed. I am sure it cost a fortune. The gold there complement everything.