The maker, Arthur Howell, was first in business at 28 Weaman Street, Birmingham, in 1909.
The firm became Arthur Howell & Co in 1917.
It seems he stayed at Weaman Street until about1942, when he moved to No 21.
He was still recorded as a member of the Gun Trade Association in 1957.
Howell’s production appears to be small and the numbering system is inconsistent.
I think that number 7,558 dates from 1937.
A 16-bore is fine for shooting woodcock, providing you can shoot straight!
Ammunition can sometimes be a problem as the 16-bore is not popular in this country and this should be reflected in the gun’s price.
Most people who want a smaller gun choose a 20-bore for shooting.