Lefever Arms Company

How old is a LeFever 16 ga single shotgun with number 11167 on it and it has Lefever Arms Co. Ithaca NY on the side?

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The Ithaca Gun Co manufactured the Lefever single barrel shotguns under the Lefever Arms Co. name after it acquired the company in 1916. This model was made between 1927 and 1942; the serial number indicates yours was made in 1928.

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Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special shotgun with serial numbers between 101600 and 119899 in 1922.

I would say that with the serial number 1321XX,we are looking at your shotgun being made by ithaca(who made the lefever nitro special) in 1924.

In order to determine the age of Lefever shotgun, the serial number must be known. However, Lefever shotguns were only made and distributed between 1885-1916.

Your shotgun was manufactured in 1923, by Ithica Guns which took over the Lefever brand when they acquired the corporation in 1916.

Ithaca Guns manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special after it acquired Lefever Arms in 1916. This model was made between 1921 and 1947; the serial number indicates yours was made in 1924.

The lefever Nitro special was made by Ithaca Arms from 1921-1948.That being said i believe that yours was made in 1927.I do know that you can contact Ithaca arms and they will date your shotgun for you.

In 1916, Lefever Arms Company was sold to Ithaca, who continued to make guns under the Lefever brand. Your serial number would date to around 1935-1937.

Lefever arms company made shotguns from 1885-1916. After that Ithaca acquired the Lefever name. The Ithaca ones are generaly worth less. But I need more info from you. Serial # and other markings???  answerCan you give more info?? Any and all numbers and letters on water table. (flat area on receiver when the breech is open)Does it say "Lefever arms company" , "Lefever, D.M & Son" or "Ithaca" antwhere?yes lefever arms co. sn 47782 barrel no. 65955 patent no. 1872, 78, 80, 85, 86, 87it says lefever arms company serial number 47782 barrel num. 65955

The Lefever Nitro Special was made by Ithaca. Yours was made in 1923.

The Ithaca Gun Company acquired Lefever Arms in 1916, and manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special between 1921 and 1947. The serial number on your gun indicates it is an "A Grade" made in 1937.

The reference material I have on the "Lefever Arms Co." lists the last s/n number issued for the "Lefever Shotgun" to be in the 73000 range. This accured after Lefever Arms Co. was purchased by the Ithaca Gun Co. in 1915. For the most part the Lefever product line died out ending with the 73000 range s/n listed above. Ithaca did continue to make shotguns marked "Lefever" off and on for many years after that, but I can find no info. on the s/n numbers issued, but I doubt very much if they ever reached the 300,000 range. Ithaca did make a low cost box lock gun they refered to as Lefever Nitro Special (which in no way can be considered a real Lefever) from 1922 to 1947 the last s/n being in the 360,000 range. Assuming that your gun is a Nitro Special and that Ithaca made very few doubles during the war years then your gun was probably made in the early 1940's.

The first Double Barrel Nitro Lefever (16 Gauge) was made in 1921, Serial number started with 100,000. The last Nitro Lefever was madee in 1947, Serial Number 361,199. I have a Niotro Lefever Serial Number 339,290 that was manufactured in 1937. Original price was $29, currently worth approximately $500.

Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special after it purchased Lefever Arms Co. in 1916. This model was made between 1921 and 1947; the serial number indicates yours was made in 1929.

Will need to know exactly how the shotgun is marked, sidelock or boxlock, what gauge, etc. Lefever went through several changes, ending up as part of Ithaca. sales@countrygunsmith.net

Ithaca Gun Company manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special under the Lefever Arms Co. brand from 1921 through 1947, except 1943 through 1945. The serial number indicates your gun was made in 1925.

There was no specific date, you could order them either way for many years, damascus was usually the more expensive of the two. I'm quite sure though that any Lefevers made by Ithaca had "steel" barrels (although there probably were some Lefever made guns left over and sold by Ithaca). Ithaca acquired Lefever something around 1916.

I have the exact same gun. I'm not sure exactly how old it is but it was my great grandfathers so it's probably 80+ years. These Guns were made until 1942 and ceased after the war was in full swing. newtest3 I have nearly the same shotgun as well, from all info I have gathered, it is a true Lefever design, which means it is pre-1921 and assembled by Ithica using left over parts from their buyout of Lefever Syracuse, NY. After '21, all info I have found point to Ithica selling a less than wonderful Ithica designed shotgun under the Lefever name. Ithaca bought out Lefever in 1916. In 1927 they intorduced the Lefever Single Barrel Long Range field and Trap model. Serial No. 11697 was mfg. in 1928 and the model was produced until 1942.

Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special after it acquired the Lefever Arms Co. in 1916. This model was manufactured from 1921 until 1947, except during WW 2, from 1943 through 1945. The serial number indicates your gun was made in 1929.

Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured the Lefever Arms Co. brand after it acquired the company in 1916. The Lefever Nitro Special was made between 1921 and 1947, except during the war years of 1943 through 1945. The serial number indicates your gun was manufactured in 1929.

Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special from 1921 until 1947 (except in 1943 through 1945). The serial number indicates your gun was made in 1929.

The Ithaca-Lefever Nitro Specials with serial numbers between 158700 and 185399 were manufactured in 1924. Ithaca acquired the Lefever company in 1916, but manufactured two models of double-barrel guns (the Lefever Nitro Special and the Lefever A Grade) under the original company name between 1921 and 1947. Firearms expert Charles Gage estimated the collector value of another piece from that year to be between $200 and $500, depending on condition whether all parts are original. For more information, see Related Link, below.

the best that I can do is say that the lefever nitro special was made between the years 1921-1948. I contacted Ithaca Arms and they said that My shot gun was made in 1929.

Your LeFever 16 in good shape is worth about $300. In excellent shape about $450. It is hard to grade a shotgun without seeing it. Most of the ones I have were good to poor. Your Lefever Nitro Special was actually mfg'd by Ithaca Arms Co about late 1921 or 1922. Ithaca Arms purchased the assets of Lefever Arms in 1916 and started Mfg Nitro Special in 1921. A friend of mine recently purch'd a 12 GA in fair to good condtion for $150.

AnswerIf it is a Nitro Special, it's worth anywhere from $200 to $950 depending on the condition.AnswerIthaca Gun Co. purchased Lefever in 1916, but temporarily ceased manufacturing during WW2 from 1943 through 1945, so the gun must have been made in a different year. Do you have the serial number?


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