It is not that difficult to make a cased gun. It can be done with simple materials and special materials are offered online. The case itself is often correct of age. It could have been a cutlery case, technical drawing set cases or like this one shown, '7-day straight razor' case.
Sometimes the cases are the
same. I have seen technical drawing cases exactly the same as original cased Sharps 4-barrel pistols. And why not, most probably there were case makers and sometimes the same case would fit multiple needs.
After seeing all kind of dishonest cases
I thought to make one for myself. Good antique cases (Often Box) can be found best in UK, on ebay.co.uk or in the states on ebay.com. Try to find one just larger than the gun, best with a lock&key or else a push lock.
Before buying a case, google around what kind of case
historical would look most right.
Look for "Antique box, mahogany box, cutlery box etc.etc."
I found a case with a domed lid, which I find attractive. In size just perfect. Unfortunately I forgot to make enough pictures or I can't find them
anymore. No pictures of the before condition and the steps.
For the materials I tried to find as authentic as I could:
- Card board. I bought some strong and old fashion looking card board
- Thin wood. Triplex would do but I took thin oak wood strips
- Wood for the cartridges holder; I used some walnut
- Fabric: I bought some velour which is what I think is used
in American cases
- Glue: Should be bone glue (pearl glue/animal glue) but I cheated and used normal glue
Depending on the state of the case and condition of the gun that goes in
determine if you restore the case or leave it as is. I choose for restoring. The panels were loose so I took it all apart and re glued together. Little sanding, new layer of lacquer and ready. To bad someone had his initials engraved.
were the gun lies on first: Cut a piece of cardboard just a little smaller than the inside. Cut a piece of fabric about 20mm larger than the cardboard. Cut the corners. You need to bent the fabric to the other side of the cardboard and glue on the backside.
Same for the piece in the lid. The surrounding you can make of four pieces or two, or one long one. I made one long one covering three sides and one short one. All sides ready: glue in and the basis is ready.
For the section dividers I used an oak wood
strip. Saw on right dimensions, make the corners correct and glue together in sections. Then glue the fabric as nice as you can around the wood like this. Not 100% perfect is no problem, original they were not 100% perfect too. If you would glue in the parts now they would be on loose fabric. That can be strong enough but you could cut
a little out the fabric and carton of the surrounding on the spots of the dividers. Like
this. That way you can glue wood againts wood witch is much stronger.
Accessories: Look them up on ebay. I have found antique screwdrivers both in UK and America. The screwdriver in this case was much longer so I made a new tip,
sanded the wood and polished the brass. Nice touch: the screwdriver is made by Millers Falls Co. located in Massachusetts, a place lot's of guns were made too. I found a gun label on the Internet of a gun store located in Massachusetts too. Together a nice combination. The original size label was to big with to much text so I made a shorter one. Printed on old
fashion paper with the laser printer it looks like a press sprinted label.
Bullets: these are original ones made by Remington, in good condition, probably late production. Just cleaned them. (I am missing two, anyone?) From walnut I made the holder.
Mostly you see darker wood but I am not sure it was that dark when it was new?
The complete package looks quite new. This is how it could look when you bought a cased small revolver in Massachusetts around 1880-1890. Of course you can make the
case look older again.
That's what some do and sell it as original.