The Art of Engraving
The embellishment of weapons dates back many centuries. Prior to the introduction of firearms, swords, daggers, shields and armour was often elaborately engraved by skilled artisans to reflect the status of their patrons. Such highly ornate weapons were often gifts for Royalty and Statesmen, taking what was already a superb work of the armourer's craft and turning it into a truly unique piece of functional art.
The skills of the gun engraver take a lifetime to master, each craftsman developing an individual style and set of skills. At Westley Richards we take great pride in developing these skills by commissioning a wide variety of styles of embellishment for our clients. Our work with Alan Brown in the 1980's and with Peter Spode and Rashid Hadi since the mid 1990's and more recently with Vince Crowley and Shaun Banks shows the firms commitment to producing outstanding and unique work for our clients.
In recent decades highly ornate embellishment has been commissioned by many of the world's great gun collectors. Westley Richards works closely with both its clients and engravers to come up with unique designs and concepts to suit every expectation and occasion.
A pair of fine rose and scroll with game scene engraving 20 gauge round action sidelock shotguns.
Relief and flush gold inlays on a pair of 12g hand detachable lock shotguns
A 28g hand detachable lock shotgun with very fine deep cut scrollwork combined with gold accents and game scenes
A presentation multi colour gold inlay 'Hummingbird' 28g & .410 hand detachable lock shotgun
The Westley Richards "Boutet" style 12g sidelock shotgun which combines all the skills of the engraving partnership of the Brown brothers
hand detachable lock double rifle