I recently bought a 16 bore J. Nowotny self-cocking, self-ejecting hammer shotgun, at Holt's Auctioneers in London. The barrels have 'F.W. Vandrey & Co, Hamburg' inscribed on them.
It is a beautiful gun, and I have had it completely restored, and use it regularly.
I am very keen to find out as much as I can about the manufacturer, and who 'F.W. Vandrey' is. I have found a few traces on the internet that Nowotny was considered the finest Central European gunsmith in the ninetenth century, but little else.
I would be interested to get an idea of the date that it was made and anything else anyone knows about this company.
I can be emailed on email@example.com if anyone has any information for me - I am unlikely to see any posts on this site, however.
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