Westley Richards has been making guns by hand in the heart of England since the Napoleonic Wars. Founded in 1812 by William Westley Richards, it is now the last-remaining gunmaker in Birmingham’s once-famous gun quarter and one of the oldest surviving gun and rifle manufacturers in Britain.
The brand has established a reputation for making guns of the highest quality and sporting firearms whose technical refinement is matched only by the artistry of their decoration. The company is proud to number among its former clients such well-known, audacious sportsmen as Ernest Hemingway, Stewart Granger, and the Maharaja of Alwar.
Westley Richards has an important place in the history of gunmaking, being responsible for several revolutionary innovations. One such invention was in 1875, the ‘boxlock’ action – a hammerless cocking mechanism – first introduced in the shotgun and later used in double rifles. The method was a worldwide success, quickly becoming the dominant form of double-barrelled shotgun action, one whose influence is still apparent today in modern sporting guns.
The company’s guns are renowned for the intricate, beautiful engraving with which they are decorated, so much so that Westley Richards is now regarded as the home of the ‘Art Gun’. The engravings made on the gun and rifle’s metalwork come in a variety of styles and handcrafted techniques. They range from the time-honoured ‘house scroll’, to the ever more popular ornate designs depicting scenes of game animals with gold inlay, and even settings containing precious stones.
The company is proud to number among its former clients audacious sportsmen such as Ernest Hemingway and the Maharaja of Alwar