What is the value of a Central Arms Co St. Louis USA with x on either end of the engraved name double trigger double barrel side by side 20 gauge shotgun?
Central Arms Co. was the name applied to firearms made by the H
& D Folsom/Crescent Arms Co. for the Shapleigh Hdw. Co. of St
Louis. 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.
These Folsom/Crescent made guns have very little collector value
and in the various firearm pricing guides (which you can buy at
most large book stores) they generally lump them all together (if
they mention them at all) with a value of from $50 to $200
depending on condition, with the statement that you should have any
one of them checked by a qualified gunsmith before shooting. That
said I have noticed, though, that the value of some of these low
cost "trade guns" if they are in very good condition, rarely found,
are starting to escalate in value. This is especially true if they
are in one of the smaller guages.