There's not a lot of information available and most authors disagree on that. Carey's American Firearms Makers says the company was in Norwich Ct from 1855 to 1894 and made single shot percussion and metallic cartridge rifles. Vorisek's Shotgun Markings lists 4 different names, W.H. Davenport Firearms Company, W.H. Davenport Arms Company, Davenport Arms Company, and W.H. Davenport & Co., and gives dates from 1878 to 1910. The Standard Catalog says they made single barrel shotguns from 1880 to 1915 and single shot rifles from 1891 to 1910. Traister's Antique Guns says they made single shot and double barrel shotguns in Providence, RI. The Official Price Guide to Antique and Modern Firearms says single and double shotguns in Providence, 1880-1883, and Norwich, 1890-1900.
Manufactured by the Davenport Firearms Co between 1890-1909. Value will be below $100.
WH Davenport, initially, which was taken over by Hopkins & Allen in 1901.
Wall hanger to 100 USD
WH Davenport c. 1878-1890, Crescent Firearms c. 1893-1930, J. Stevens Arms c. 1930-1945. They were distributed by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis.
Probably late 1800's
WH Davenport (1891-1910) and Crescent (1893-1932).
50-100 or so
I am seriously looking for one to buy and would also love to see a picture.
W.H Davenport was a minor shotgun manufacturer that produced primarily single shot 10 & 12 gauge shotguns between 1870 and 1910. They built some double barrel guns under the "King Nitro" trade name, which were sold by mail order hardware companies. Acme was another trade name for guns produced by W.H Davenport.
Answer This answer was borrowed from a thread on the GunBroker.com website. The answer was posted by a gentleman who is a collector of old shotguns. I do not claim authorship nor authoritative knowledge. There were two "WH Hamilton" shotguns. From c.1875-1883 or so, the shotguns were imported from Belgium. They were external hammer shotguns of average quality for the time. In the early 1900s, Thomas Leary was an active importer of these guns, now made by Dumoulin with the WH Hamilton tradename. They were similar to the earlier ones, but with some engraving on the locks. The WH Hamilton tradename was finished when Leary closed up in 1904. Dumoulin may have continued until the 1930s. As you read so often in posts regarding these old guns, it is absolutely NOT safe to shoot with any type of modern ammunition.
NEWPORT was a tradename used by the catalog/hardware giant Hibbard, Spencer& Bartlett Co (HS&B) in Chicago up until WW2. The single barrel guns were made by various contract manufacturers such as Iver Johnson and WH Davenport.
Spencer Gun Co was a trade name retailed by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co Hardware of Chicago. Their guns were made by a varitey of manufacturers, but the patent date on yours identifies it as a product of WH Davenport Arms Co.
Either WH Davenport Arms Co or Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works.
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By and large, the Belgian shotguns are lumped together under the term JABC (Just Another Belgian Clunker). They were imported and sold through hardware catalogs. There ARE some examples of fine Belgian gunmakers. You might take your gun into a gunsmith for evaluation, but dont get your hopes up.
From c.1880-1900. Would have to see the frame of the gun to narrow it further. These guns were made by WH Davenport for Shapleigh Hardware. Davenport was taken over by Hopkins & Allen in 1901 and production continued through about 1909. email@example.com
words that end in wh
If there are no words besides Nitro marked on the gun, it was made by either WH Davenport or Crescent Fire Arms.
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The definition of "wh" would be watt-hour.