T. Barker was a brand name used by Sears on inexpensive imported shotguns circa 1900. If it is really mint (unfired, practically untouched since it was manufactured), a T. Barker double barrel shotgun might bring over $200. Some were manufactured by Crescent Arms, Meriden, CT, and some were imported from Belgium. Laminated steel refers to the method of manufacturing the barrels by hammer-welding strips or wires of steel around a mandrel. The Belgian part does not necessarily mean it was manufactured in Belgium, only by the Belgian method. DO NOT SHOOT THIS GUN WITH MODERN AMMUNITION. The laminated barrels would have been proof-tested for black powder, and after 100 years of use and/or abuse, they may no longer be safe even with the originally intended loads. Here's an article about these old guns: http://www.briley.com/grampa.html General value is around $125-$150 as a mantle decoration. depends on which company made it and what condition it in.I saw a T. Barker go for 450.00 dollars last week at a gun show
The way I understand it is the process of folding the steel or pattern welding causes a laminated type steal blade that is more flexible than a solid blade of the same steel. When it is folded it is not molten together but bonded. If it was molten together it would not have the characteristics of a laminated blade but a solid piece as if smelted. Think of a laminated piece of wood against a solid piece and you can understand the difference in flexibility and overall strength. Like that of a laminated bow. The laminated blade would flex more and be less likely to break, strength is typical of the hardness of the steel as well. So in a way it would be stronger because of flexibility but you have to take into consideration the hardness. I would research into differential hardening techniques used by sword craftsman to learn more. Hope this helps. Jerrud
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