Based on the design of sturdy steamer trunks used when the British were colonising the world, traditional gun cases take weeks to make. Once a gun has returned from hardening, the finisher will reassemble it and prepare a plywood template for the casemaker. After drawing around the stock, action, barrels and fore-end the template is then cut out of the thin wood using a band saw. The casemaker then uses the template to make the case carcass and lid. The case is then lined with soft woolen baize cloth.
Every element of the case can be customised, from the colour of the felt, stitching, handles, canvas cover and corners to the type of leather with some opting for exotic skins such as ostrich, alligator, or crocodile. Next, the casemaker cuts the interior blocks to fit the template and achieve the bespoke fit. Once the gun arrives at the workshop the blocks are adjusted as necessary. Using traditional animal glue the blocks are then secured in place. The client’s initials or coat of arms are then branded onto the leather using heat and foil using the Victorian method. Finally, the case is carefully placed in a protective canvas cover and is then ready to be delivered to the gunmaker or directly to the client.
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3 Whitehill Rd, Gravesend,
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