DUPLICATE RECORD. John Roberts and Sons (Gunmakers) Ltd and John Rigby and Son - Archives

Object Title

DUPLICATE RECORD. John Roberts and Sons (Gunmakers) Ltd and John Rigby and Son - Archives

DUPLICATE RECORD. John Roberts and Sons (Gunmakers) Ltd and John Rigby and Son - Archives

Date

1814 - 1939

Reference

JOHN ROBERTS

Level

Collection

Scope and Content

Records relating to J. Roberts and Sons (Gunmakers) Ltd and John Rigby and Son.

Box one:

Reel 1: Dublin ledger, November 1839 to September 1842,
Reel 2: Dublin ledger, September 1844 to December 1853,
Reel 3: Missing, never received,
Reel 4: Dublin ledger, December 1859 to June 1863,
Reel 5: Dublin ledger, May 1863 to November 1867,
Reel 6: Dublin ledger, June 1867 to January 1868,
Reel 7: Dublin ledger, July 1869 to November 1871,
Reel 8: Dublin ledger, September 1872 to December 1873,
Reel 9 Missing, not received,
Reel 10: Dublin ledger, November 1878 to January 1880.

Box two:

Reel 1: London journal, February 1883 to October 1888,
Reel 2: London journal, October 1888 to January 1895,
Reel 3: London journal, February 1895 to July 1899,
Reel 4: Day book, July 1899 to November 1901,
Reel 5: Journal no. 5, November 1901 to February 1904,
Reel 6: Journal no. 6, March 1904 to July 1906,
Reel 7: Journal no. 7, July 1906 to September 1908,
Reel 8: Journal no. 8, September 1908 to June 1911,
Reel 9: Journal no. 9, June 1911 to August 1913,
Reel 10: Journal no. 10, August 1913 to January 1916.

Box three:

Reel 1: London day book, August 1865 to June 1871,
Reel 2: London journal, July 1871 to July 1876,
Reel 3: London journal, August 1876 to January 1883,
Reel 4: London journal no. 3, February 1895 to July 1899,
Reel 5: Day book, July 1899 to November 1901,
Reel 6: London accounts, 1896 to 1901. Missing, not received.

Box four:

Reel 1: Dublin journal B, 1814-1822; and, Dublin journal C, 1822-1832,
Reel 2: Dublin journal D, 1826-1833; and, Dublin journal E, 1816-1833,
Reel 3: From July 1854 to September 1859,
Reel 4: From September 1859 to July 1876,
Reel 5: Dublin journal, 1883-1884; and, Dublin journal, 1885-1885,
Reel 6: Dublin journal, 1885-1886,
Reel 7: Dublin journal, 1886-1890 (sic),
Reel 8: Dublin journal, 1887-1888,
Reel 9: Dublin journal, 1890-1891,
Reel 10: Dublin journal, 1895-1899.

Box five:

Reel 1: Order book no. 14, May 1932 to July 1934,
Reel 2: Order book no. 15, July 1934 to September 1936,
Reel 3: Order book no. 16, September 1936 to December 1938,
Reel 4: Order book no. 17, December 1938 to September 1944,
Reel 5: Order book no. 18, September 1944 to March 1949,
Reel 6: Dublin ledger, Jly 1854 to September 1859,
Reel 7: Dublin ledger, July 1875 to July 1876.

Box six:

Reel 1: Journal no. 11, January 1916 to February 1920,
Reel 2: Journal no. 12, March 1920 to October 1922,
Reel 3: Journal no. 13, October 1922 to September 1925,
Reel 4: Journal no. 14, September 1925 to September 1928,
Reel 5: Journal no. 15, September 1928 to December 1931.

Box seven:

Reel 1: London accounts, 1871-1879; London accounts, 1875-1889,
Reel 2: London accounts, 1896-1901,
Reel 3: London accounts, 1890-1899,
Reel 4: London accounts book, 1889-1890,
Reel 5: London accounts book, 1910,

Box eight:

Reel 1: London accounts ledger, 1880-1888,
Reel 2: London accounts ledger, 1881-1883,
Reel 3: London accounts ledger, 1886-1887,
Reel 4: London accounts ledger, 1888-1889; Dublin accounts, 1885,
Reel 5: London day book, 1883; London account ledger, 1900-1902,

Extent

9 archive boxes; Microfilm

Access Conditions

Restricted access

Administrative / Biographical History

The company was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1735, and is known to have traded as W. and J. Rigby during the period 1820-1865 during the flintlock and percussion eras. In its early days, Rigby's was particularly well known for producing high-grade duelling pistols. A London shop was eventually opened in 1865, and the Dublin premises finally closed in 1897. Around 1880, John Rigby became superintendent of the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, and was in charge of development of the British service issue .303 British calibre rifle. He was a distinguished rifleman who had competed at international level with the Irish team, and was mainly responsible for bringing Rigby's name to the fore in riflemaking.&&&Rigby landmarks include the 1897 introduction of the .450 calibre Nitro Express Double Rifle; the 1899 production of the Rigby .275 calibre (7x57 Mauser) Mauser system and the Rigby .350 calibre Express Rifle; and the 1900 introduction of the .350 Mauser System. In 1907 the Rigby .470 became Rigby's main big game double rifle, and in 1912 the .416 Rigby calibre magazine rifle was introduced. Between 1900 and 1960, the Rigby Mauser System was predominantly made in calibres .275, .350 and .416 Rigby, with some .303 calibre rifles in the early days. After that period a wider range of calibres were manufactured. Rigby also made boxlock and sidelock shotguns throughout this entire period.

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