Excelsior double barrel shotguns were made by various Belgian manufacturers c. 1890 - 1914 and I doubt if you will ever be able to identify the exact maker. The crown over the oval ELG indicates it was proofed for black powder after 1893. Damascus is one form of laminated steel, usually considered the best of this type construction, so if it were truly damascus, it would probably be marked as such. 18.0 would be the gauge, I believe that would be a full-choked 12 ga barrel. I doubt if the word below Excelsior would be "Magnum." I don't think that term would have been used for shotgun loads in that time period. Is it possible that it is the remnant of "Machine Made?" The numbers that look like serial numbers MAY actually be serial numbers, but there are no records available that would allow us assign a date of manufacture from them. More likely they are batch numbers or part numbers which could appear on many different guns. The "*M" appearing on the barrels and action are probably assembly marks to indicate that these were "fitted" (parts were not fully interchangeable in those days) and the "Y" possibly the worker who did the final fitting.
No published history on the company.
Damascus is a city has a history dating back almost 10,000 years. It is now the capital of Syria.
A. Wesley Powell has written: 'The Excelsior-EXED story' -- subject(s): Biography, Education, Educators, Excelsior Education Centre (Kingston, Jamaica), History, Schools
Gary Battershell has written: 'The Wilsons of Excelsior' -- subject(s): History
Damascus is the capital city of Syria. History of Damascus dates back to 965 BC when Ezron the King of Aram-Zobah conquered Damascus. However, carbon dating has place the oldest artifacts in the area to around 6300 BC.
Damascus, history traced back to 9000BC
many things are important in Belgium that the romans invade Belgium
Belgium and France have been briefly unified by Napoleons conquests.
Examples: Mecca, Madina, Jerusalem, Damascus, Baghdad & Cairo.
A dog mentioned in history that slept with the people of the cave. The cave is still in good condition and is in Damascus, Syria.