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What is the age and value of a 12 gauge Crescent No 9 side side side shotgun serial 3806 with open hammers marked with ELG in a circle and Belgium laminated steel?
March 25, 2007 5:21AM
This will have to be one of the earliest Crescents. The proof mark indicates the barrels were finished in Belgium but the gun was not or it would have additional proofs. If the oval ELC has a crown above it, the barrels were produced sometime after mid-1893 and if not it was earlier, but not too much earlier because Crescent was founded in 1892. Any Belgian laminated barrels used by Crescent by 1900 or a few years earlier would have been finished in the US and would not have the ELG marks. Despite its age, these guns are plentiful, not in demand as collectables, and not suitable for use. Their primary value depends on how well they look over the fireplace in a yuppie's mountain home, perhaps as much as $250 in top condition.