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%.
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Eclipse Gun Company is a name found on Belgian manufactured double barrels from around 1900-1916. The manufacturer was Henri Pieper. Please note that the Damascus barrels were meant for BLACK POWDER shotshells, and should not be fired with modern day ammo.
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.
Try gun shows, libraries.
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.
Your gun was made by the Dumoulin firm in Belgium between 1885 and 1905. Value will be under $250.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If it is a fully functional (have it checked by an experienced gunsmith) gun with fluid steel barrels, back hammers or hammerless, it should bring $200+ as a shooter. If it has side hammers and twist steel barrels, it's worth $125-$150 as a mantle decoration.
Utica Firearms Company: Trade name used by the Simmons Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri on firearms they retailed c. 1900. Yours is a bit unusual if it has damascus barrels but no exterior hammers. Shooters want fluid steel barrels, decorators want side hammers, and few collectors want hardware-store guns, so I'd say unusual is not a good thing. Even in NRA Excellent condition (98%+ original finish) I doubt if you could get over $200.
If your shotgun has Damascus barrels,then by all means do not fire modern smokeless ammo through your shotgun.I would have your shotgun looked at by a qualified gunsmith before attempting to fire any ammo through a shotgun of this age.
the gun has two hammers and on the barrels is stated laminated steel
send Andrew an iquiry at gunmaker.ca, with some good pictures he should be able to give you an accurate value
If it is marked "J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co" it was made between 1886 and 1916 when "Arms & Tool" were part of the company name. Value will depend on the configuration and condition. Side hammers usually go as mantle decorations, especially if they have damascus barrels ($75 for single shots, $125-$150 for double barrels). Boxlocks (back hammer or hammerless) in good shape can bring $75 (single) to $250 (double) as shooters.
Knowing the gunmaker's name would help. If he's a nobody, it's a decoration worth a couple hundred bucks, but if he's somebody important and known for his craftsmanship, it could be thousands.
94 years old, +/- 20. If twist steel barrels and side hammers, more likely (but not absolutely) prior to WWI. If fluid steel and a boxlock (back hammers or hammerless) ALMOST certainly after c. 1905.
I copied this rom another site- one of tens of thousands of shotguns made by Crescent. Commonly referred to as "hardware store guns". I have an old Essex side by side, manufactured around 1900 (it has steel barrels, not Damascus or twist steel), 28" barrels and exposed hammers. I removed the firing pins, and it makes a beautiful wall hanger. I don't think anybody knows exactly how many trademarks Crescent stamped on their sideplates, but there were a ton of them. Mine's worth 100-125 bucks. Yours should be around 100 bucks as well. Before shooting it, make ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the barrels are steel. Modern day loads in Damascus or twist steel are hand grenades waiting to happen.
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