Yes, I believe there was such a firearm.
what year was the nitro hunter singal shot shotgun 12G made.
HAVE IT CHECKED OVER BY A GUNSMITH FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!! It is an old shotgun.
Between 1894 and 1930.
nitro hunter shotgun single barrel with exposed hammer stamped belknap hdwre and mfg serial 5516
Crescent Fire Arms Company was the manufacturer of the Nitro Hunter shotgun. It was as an exclusive in-house brand of Belknap Hardware in Louisville.
Your best bet would be to take it to a gunsmith for a professional appraisal.
Nitro Hunter was a trade name used by Crescent firearms, who closed down decades ago. You may find a used stock with a lot of luck, no set price.
About $65-$75, depending on condition. Thee were low $$$ guns made by Crescent, who used about 100 different names. The Nitro Hunter was made for a chain of hardware stores.
MOST I HAVE FOUND ARE FROM $100-$200---LET ME KNOW IF IT IS FOR SALE
I have a nitro hunter 12 ga serial 555281 $50 for the whole gun
The best that I can do is say that the Lefever Nitro special was made from 1921-1948.
The Lefever was mfg. in 1935.
Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special shotgun with serial numbers between 101600 and 119899 in 1922.
The average cost of a Lefever Nitro Special shotgun at auction is $650. This amount may be higher or lower depending on the condition of the gun.
Nitro Hunter: Trade name manufactured by Crescent Firearms, Norwich, CT, and retailed by Belknap Hardware Company of Louisville, Kentucky. "Nitro" implies that it was intended for smokeless powder. That and the hammerless design indicate it was probably manufactured c. 1907 - 1930's. Not much collector interest in hardware store guns, but if it is checked out by a qualified gunsmith, it may be worth $200+ as a shooter.
You have already identified it as a Shapleigh's King Nitro. Shapleigh Hardware was in St Louis Missouri from the mid 19th century until the middle of the 20th. Their King Nitro guns were manufactured by W.H. Davenport and later by Stevens/Savage.
AnswerNitro Hunter: Trade name manufactured by Crescent Firearms, Norwich, CT, and retailed by Belknap Hardware Company of Louisville, Kentucky. "Nitro" implies that it was intended for smokeless powder. Iit was probably manufactured c. 1907 - 1930's. Not much collector interest in hardware store guns, but if it is checked out by a qualified gunsmith, it may be worth $65-75 as a shooter.
If its a lefever nitro special, on the auction sites they,re bringing from 300.00 to 550.00 depending on condition.
Your shotgun was manufactured in 1923, by Ithica Guns which took over the Lefever brand when they acquired the corporation in 1916.
The LeFever New Nitro 12 gauge shotgun was manufactured from 1936 to 1948. If it is in good condition, it can be worth about $400 to $500.