Much depends on maker and grade of your gun. The rib of your gun should haveing writing to the effect of FINE Extra Fine Diamond ect. Give us the proof marks and symbols found under the barrels and on the action flats. You can find these when you remove the barrels. Small guage will bring exta money no matter the grade. Condition is also very importand,does the action still show any case color,is the stock sound with strong checkering ect. A low grade in 90% shape will bring more than a top grade at 10%.
charles roges shotgun
Your gun was made by the Dumoulin firm in Belgium between 1885 and 1905. Value will be under $250.
Can't be before 1892 or after 1931. If it is hammerless AND has fluid steel barrels, it is after 1903. Open hammers and/or damascus barrelled guns continued to be manufactured after that date also.
Does it say J. Stevens AND Co or J. Stevens ARMS & TOOL Co or J. Stevens ARMS Co? The first would have been made from 1865 to 1886, the second from 1886 to 1915, and the third from 1920 to about 1945 (unlikely if it has damascus barrels). Value is $100 - $300 depending on condition, but only as a mantle decoration. Damascus or twist barrels were fine when they were produced, but were not intended for modern smokeless ammunition. Even if they were proofed for smokeless powder circa 1900, today's smokeless is not the same and after a century the barrels have probably deteriorated.
If you have an American Gun Company, New York then the gun is not stainless steel. It was made by Crescent Firearms Co. of Norwich, Conn and distributed by the H&D Folsom Co. They were produced with damascus barrels as well as fluid steel (solid) barrels of various lengths and chokes, with and without external hammers.
Empire Arms was a trade name sold by Sears Roebuck. If it has the Crescent name on it, it would date from about 1893 to 1930. If it has open hammers and damascus barrels, it is more likely to be an early gun. Hammerless guns and fluid steel barrels were introduced about 1907, but sidehammer guns were not discontinued.
Manufactured about 1902. Value has too many variables to give you a solid number, but is reduced by the Damascus barrels. You will need to visit a gun shop or gun show for a hands-on assessment of value.
Crescent Fire Arms Co.was in business from 1888-1931.If yours has a damascus twist barrel/or barrels then it was made prior to 1903.These were meant for Black powder shotgun shells only.If they are fluid steel,or nickel steel barrels then it was made sometime from 1904-1931.Most early type black powder shotguns will have a exposed hammer/or hammers on them.
yes they did make this gun, I have one of my own Wilmot Gun Co was a trade name sold in the US, but the actual manufacturer was Henri Pieper or Anciens Etablissments Pieper(1877-1957) in Belgium. With damascus barrels and external hammers, the gun was probably made c 1885-1900.
The Standard Catalog of Firearms lists 67 different side by side models made by Stevens. Many of them had exposed hammers, either back-hammer boxlocks or sidelocks, and most were manufactured during the time "A&T" was included in the name (1886-1916). If your gun has twist or damascus barrels, it is basically a wallhanger. If it also has side hammers, then at least it is a wallhanger with some value - generally $125-$150. If it has fluid steel barrels, regardless of the hammers, it could still be a useable gun if approved by a qualified gunsmith. Value as a shooter would be $200-$250.