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33 items of correspondence from the files of the Birmingham gunsmiths Westley Richards & Co. Ltd., mainly addressed to Walter A. Clode and Harry S. Rogers, relating to ten accounts including those of Indian Maharajas and American hunters.

Walter Alexander Clode (b.1929), Managing Director, Westley Richards & Co. Ltd, Birmingham gunsmiths [Eckhard Boden; Bud Helmericks; Robert M. Lee; Chris Pappas; Nawab of Savanur; Maharaja of Jodhpur]

Editorial: From Britain America and India. Between and 1974, 1966
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Westley Richards & Co was established in 1813. In 1957 W. A. Clode bought the firm from Captain E. D. Barclay, and it remains within the hands of the Clode family today. The firm's own history recounts how, after the war, Clode 'made regular visits to India buying for resale classic weapons from the Indian Princes who had been such strong supporters of the firm in earlier days - this was to be the firm's salvation.' The present collection contains 17 items of correspondence relating to ten of the firm's accounts (and a colleague, see Item Eleven), with copies of 14 of the firm's replies, and two other documents, with four photographs (see Item Seven below). It provides an interesting insight into the firm's business methods in the 1960s and 1970s, the requirements of its customers, and the firms nurturing of client relationships. ONE. Eckhard Boden of Istanbul, Turkey: 3 TLsS to Clode, 1970 and 1971, and one original TLS from Clode in reply, on Westley Richards letterhead, 1970. In the first letter (21 March 1970) Boden enquires about the mounting of 'a scope mount similar to the one I saw on that big double .465, that belongs to that American who sent it back to you and whom you never heard from since'. In the course of his reply (2 April 1970) Clode comments: 'I have had a Nickel telescope on order for six months from the London agents and this has never arrived. You might be more successful with Nickel than I am!' In a long letter on 10 October 1971 Boden expresses 'deep disappointment in regard to the mounting of the scope. The picture you sent, thank you for the effort, does not show much of the rifle but one can see the mounting quite clearly and that is about the most ugly mounting on a double that I have seen so far. [.] I am sorry, Mr Clode but that will not do. Any gunsmith could have done that.' TWO. J. P. Chatterjee, Calcutta Agent to the Maharajadhiraja Bahadur of Burdwan, India: TLS to the firm, 1967 ('Enclosed please find copies of Arms and curios kept since a long time from the period of Moghal Emperor's time at the shelakhana of the Maharajadhiraja Bahadur of Burdwan.'), with copies of two 1967 applications for licences from the Maharajadhiraja to the District Magistrate, Burdwan, one giving the number of weapons being disposed of, and the other describing the firearms by name. With copy of TL from Clode to Chatterjee, 1967, in which he complains: 'My Agent called on you at Calcutta last year and I understand there may have been some misunderstanding about this deal'. THREE: Delhi Gun House: TLS to firm, 1970, with reference to 'your verbal order placed with us by Mr. Rogers, during his last visit to Delhi, for the supply of 5 pcs. of M.L. Pistols & Revolvers for a total price of £.225 ex our Show Room.' With specimen order form. FOUR: Bud Helmericks [Harmon R. Helmericks (1917-2010)], Alaska, USA: 8 ALsS (two cut in pieces on opening) to members of the firm, 1970-1973, with copies of five typed replies, 1970-1973. A friendly correspondence, underlining the strength of the firm's customer relations. Helmericks writes to 'Harry' on 8 June 1971: 'I haven't had any luck in finding a job for your son here this season. There just ain't any position available since much of the oil operation has stopped.' Helmericks letter of 27 September 1971 begins: 'The first snow of winter is blowing across our prairie and ice is making up in small ponds. I pulled our sea plane up from the river today and we are getting things in order for the winter days ahead. It has been an unusually lovely summer and fall here with just one beautiful day after another. We have had a good season of hunting and each of our Clients took really beautiful Dall Rams, Caribou and Moose, along with some superb grouse shooting. We are now getting ready for our fall fishing under the ice using gill nets. It is really quite an operation.' On 2 April 1973 Helmericks expresses pleasure at the news that 'Harry is enjoying his retirement and I trust he will. N° de ref. de la librería 13304

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Título: 33 items of correspondence from the files of...

Editorial: From Britain America and India. Between and 1974

Año de publicación: 1966

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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