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What is the value of a Janssen shotgun?


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2004-01-06 12:18:18
2004-01-06 12:18:18

Janssen & Fils, Leige, Belgium, c 1890-1915. Several million similar utility shotguns were imported US in this time period, few of any collector interest. It probably has large side hammers that are attractive to decorators and damascus or twist barrels that are probably no longer safe for use. Leaves a value in the neighborhood of $125-$150 as a mantle piece.

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Probably about $125-$150 as a mantle decoration.

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There have been several variations of Janssen shotguns. Large gunmaking family in Belgium. J JANSSEN shotguns are typical hardware-store imports that top out at $250, but JANSSEN FRES (for example) can bring several times that.

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J Janssen was one of the partners of Simonis, Janssen and Dumoulin which was a Belgian gunmaking firm that produced shotguns for the American hardware store trade from the late 1880's through about 1910. Value is for decoration, and rarely exceeds $250.

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I suspect this is a utility shotgun made in Belgium circa 1900 (+/- 15 years). Value will be determined by how nice it looks over a mantle, usually between $100 and $250. Janssen did make some higher grade pieces, so if you have fine engraving, checkering, and/or a silver plate for the owner's name, it could bring more, but not very much more.


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