H&D Folsom was a large sporting goods retailer and distributor in New York City. They didn't manufacture any firearms, but from 1893 to 1930 they owned Crescent Firearms in Norwich, Ct. They also bought guns from other arms makers, especially Belgian manufacturers. Haven't ran across a W Richardson, but many of the Belgian imports were marked W Richards in an attempt to make buyers think they were getting a product of the English gunmaker, Westley Richards. I'm guessing that you have one of these. It probably has damascus or twist barrels and side hammers. A perfectly good utility gun when made, but after 100 years the barrels will have deteriorated and are probably no longer safe to use, and absolutely should NOT be used with modern ammunition. I bought a Folsom Arms import at auction, highly engraved, with "Rowland Watson" as part of the engraving. It was imported from England with English proof marks. I'd appreciate any information or educated guesses as to what I have. * You might look into this a bit closer. Does it have British or Belgian proofmarks? There is an English gunmaker using the W Richards mark. The Belgian knockoffs with this name are usually junk but these are not. The company now trades as W Richards (Liverpool) Ltd at 10a The Pavement, Pocklington, York, Yorkshire, YO42 2AX; Tel: 01759 305088 Fax: 01759 368559. Some records are available.
Worthington Arms Co. is a trade name used by the H&D Folsom Arms Co. on various types of firearms. Folsom was a large distributor of single and double barrel shotguns produced by Crescent Firearms Co., which Folsom owned. Folsom eventually sold out to Savage Arms Co. Worthington Arms Co. guns were made for George Worthington Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. The values can vary widely depending on condition and features. You would be best off having the gun appraised by a reputable gunsmith or advanced collector.
You probably can't as all the manufacturing & importing records for the H & D Folsom Arms Co. and its subsidiary Cresent Arms, who apparently made this firearm, have been either lost or destroyed. The Carolina Arms Co. was the name stamped on firearns by Folsom for the Smith-Wadsworth Hdw. Co. of Charlotte, N.C. The above info. comes from a source that admits that this info. is somewhat foggy.
The New York Arms Co. was a name applied to firearms made by the H & D Folsom/Crescent Arms Co. This organization, Folsom/Cresent Arms, manufactured low cost firearms under a number of different names. You could actually buy the same firearm at a number of different stores with different names on it. H & D Folsom ( of New York, N. Y.) imported low cost firearms and distributed them under various names. Cresent Arms (a manufacture of low cost firearms) of Norwich, Conn. was acquired by the Folsom Co. to be ther manufacturing division. As all the records of this originazation have been long since lost or destroyed it is difficult to tell if the New York Arms trade name was from H & D Folsom (imported) of Cresent Arms ( made in Conn.).
Stanley firearms was a name applied to firearms imported from Belgian by the H & D Folsom Arms Co. of New York, N.Y.. The Folsom Arms Co. imported & or manufactured low cost firearms under a number of different names. You could actually buy the same firearm at a number of different stores with different names on it. Cresent Arms (a manufacture of low cost firearms) of Norwich, Conn. was acquired by the Folsom Arms Co. to be ther manufacturing division. As all the records of this originazation ( Folsom/ Cresent) have been long since lost or destroyed. Your search for more imfo. is going to be a tough one. Good luck!
The name Cherokee Arms Co. was used by C. M. McClung Co. of Knoxville, Tn. H & D Folsom was a supplier to the company and their main source of U. S. shotguns was their own company, Crescent Arms Co. Folsom also supplied imported shotguns ( read Belgium ) for their customers. McClune's was not married to Folsom, they could and probably did order shotguns from other companies- who ever had the best price. The name Cherokee was roll marked on all of them.
Delphian Arms Co shotguns distributed H&D Folsom Sporting Goods were either manufactured by Crescent Arms Co (Norwich, CN, 1892-1931) or imported from Belgium. The same name was also used by Supplee-Biddle Hardware on Fulton Model shotguns manufactured by Hunter Arms Co. (Fulton, NY, 1890-1945).
Secret Service Special was a trade name used on inexpensive revolvers retailed by the Rohde-Spencer Company of Chicago. The Howard Arms Co name was distributed by H&D Folsom, usually on shotguns made by their subsidiary company, Crescent Firearms, or imported from Belgium. If R-S ordered revolvers from Folsom, they would quite possibly have both names.
The Massachusutts Arms Co. was a "house brand" firearm either made by or imported by the H & D Folsom Arms Co./Crescent Arms Co./Crescent-Davis Arms Co. These 3 names all to a large extent represent the same, somewhat confusing, organization. Crescent Arms or Crescent-Davis Arms apparently did any manufacturing involved while H & D Folsom did the importing part of the business.( I think, maybe.) However it was orignized their main product appears to have been "trade" guns on which they would stamp any name you wanted if you bought enough of them. Mass. Arms Co. being just one of many names. These, Mass Arms Co., guns were probably sold to a large hardware distributor located in Kansas. This confusing organization apparently moved to Chicopee Falls in the early 1930's shortly before going out of business. Their assete were purchased by Savage Arms.Most of this info. was gathared from either Bob Hinman's "Golden Age of shotgunning" or the "The Blue Book of Gun Values" by Fjestat. This last publication is available at most large bookstores.
Hartford Arms Company: Trade name used by the H. & D. Folsom Arms on shotguns made for the Simmons Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. It was probably manufactured in Belgium (look for an oval around "ELG*" on the action) sometime between the 1880's and WWI, but could have been made in Norwich, Ct, by Crescent Arms, 1893-1920.
Volunteer and Volunteer Arms Co were trade names held by Belknap Hardware and used on guns made by Crescent Firearms Co, Crescent-Davis Arms Corp, Davis=Warner Arms Corp, Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle, Harrington & Richardson Arms Co, J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co, and possibly other manufacturers.
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