Researching Your Gun

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Researching your Gun

Send us an e-mail with the serial number of your William Evans gun and we will let you know the year of manufacture no charge.

For a fee of £50 we will send you a colour photo-copy of the original entry in our order book and a letter of authentication.This will normally show the date of manufacture, the specifications and the person for whom the gun was orginally made.

Due to time consuming nature of the research required, full gun histories will only be conducted out of season. Quick enquiries such as dates of manufacture etc will be replied to by e-mail or telephone.

Please see below a list of dates.


Gun Build Dates

Serial Number Year   Serial Number  Year   Serial Number  Year   Serial Number  Year
335 earliest rec.no undated  

4,553

1899   15,775 1929   18,397 1961
      4,837 1900   16,190 1930   18,425 1962
1,274 1899   5,013 1901   16,324 1931   18,447 1963
1,353 1898   5,812 1902   16,892 1932   18,478 1964
1,361 1885   6,116/8,078 1903   16,959 1933   18,479 1965
      6,887/8,106 1904   17,101 1934   18,500 1966
1,442/1,482 Gap   7,190/8,148 1905   17,240 1935   18,509 1967
      7,499/8,150 1906   17,320 1936   18,531 1968
1,500 1886   8,158 1907   17,660 1937   18,540 1969
1,685 1904   8,174 1908   17,900 1938   18,545 1970
1,691 1904   9,546 1909   17,935 1939   18,550 1971
1,731 1900   9,700 1910   No serial nos 1940-41   18,556 1972
1,767 1900   10,000 1911   17,964 1942   18,562 1973
1,788 1901   10,458 1912   17,968 1942   18,573 1974
1,805 1900   10,539 1913   No serial nos 1944-45   18,584 1975
1,911 1897   10,852 1914   18,000 1946   18,586 1976
1,361 1885   11,000 1915   18,052 1947   18,588 1977
1,500 1886   11,436 1916   18,056 1948   18,591 1978
1,650 1887   11,600 1917   18,070 1949   18,601 1979
1,800 1888   11,779 1918   18,080 1950   18,602 1980
1,942 1889   12,064 1919   18,090 1951   - 1981
2,126 1890   12,415 1920   18,100 1952   18,603 1982
2,202 1891   12,607 1921   18,104 1953   18,605 1983
2,436 1892   12,750 1922   18,120 1954   18,607 1984
2,586 1893   12,900 1923   18,142 1955   18,610 1985
2,719 1894   13,271 1924   18,152 1956   18,612 1986
3,000 1895   13,665 1925   18,164 1957   18,621 1987
3,288 1896   14,343 1926   18,204 1958   18,626 1988
3,490 1897   14,980 1927   18,320 1959   20,000 1990
3,741 1898   15,445 1928   18,347 1960   New numbers started  


Please note that one such book dealing with serial numbers 10,426-13,222 is missing covering the years 1912-24.
The records of William Evans guns are kept at 67a St James’s St, London.


Gun History

The dating of all the guns listed, working from the ledger books is the earliest number at the beginning of each calendar year which can be clearly identified with a date. For the most part these will come within the first month or so of the year, but on occasions may be later where for some reason the records are unclear.

The system of recording numbers in the ledgers was apparently that the serial numbers would be allocated when guns were ordered, usually in batches. Generally, therefore the dates listed will be the approximate dates of production of the individual weapons, not necessarily the year of sale (which, in some cases, might be an appreciable period of time later). Only in the case of the serial numbers for the missing book will it indicate the year of sale, as the year of production is lost. To be absolutely sure of the details, it is therefore necessary to look up individual weapons. However the listings below should give a fairly accurate broad indication of the date of production, which may of course be additionally verified by other details such as proof marks, etc.

The records prior to 1885 are somewhat confused and the numbers jump around not always in obvious sequence. The earliest recorded number is 335 but it is undated and the subsequent numbers until those of 1885 are put in the sequence in which they appear in the records, although this might appear to be misleading. The serial numbers for the years 1885-88 can be estimated reasonably clearly and from 1889 onwards they form a reasonably logical sequence.
In March 1903 a new number book was started, which for a few years overlapped with the existing numbering system which still appears to have been continued during that period. Two numbers for each year will, therefore, be found whilst that overlap continued, the second being the later numbering system.

There are no serial numbers recorded for the years 1940-1 or 1944-45, the former may have been as the result of the bombing of the premises (possibly also the later) or just the constrictions of available supply and demand during those difficult times.