What was the Eastern Arms Company?
Eastern Arms Co. was a trade name used by Sears Roebuck. The guns were manufactured by Meriden Firearms, J. Stevens Arms, and others. How do you tell who manufactured the Ranger?
Is there any information on an eastern arms co shotgun the only markings are eastern arms company a small 21 with a circle around it and proof tested 12 gauge?
Where can you find information about an Eastern Arms Company shotgun marked proof tested 16 gauge 1929 model?
I found Eastern Arms Co. as being made by Meriden Arms Co. owned by A. J. Aubrey. Eastern Arms were sold by Sears Roebuck & Co. Ken G - You are right and wrong. Meriden Arms did make guns with the Eastern Arms name, but the company was owned by Sears. A J Aubrey was an executive with another firearms manufacturer (Parker Brothers, I believe) that Sears hired to manage the company. The company only…
There are probably some Ranger and Eastern Arms models that are identical since Sears owned both tradenames, but there was no actual manufacturer named Eastern Arms. If any Ranger firearms were made between 1905 and 1915 they would have been manufactured by Meriden Firearms, but most of the later ones were made by Savage/Stevens.
Answer Eastern Arms was a trade name of Sears Roebuck. From about 1905 - 1915 it would probably have been made by Meriden Firearms, a company owned by Sears. Later guns were probably made by J. Stevens Arms. But since the low bid got the contract, some were made by Crescent, Iver Johnson, and others. Sears sold guns under the Eastern Arms name after WWII as well. Eastern Arms guns made by Stevens were marked…
EASTERN ARMS CO was a tradename most often associated with the Sears, Roebuck& Co company in the very early 1900s. The double barrel shotguns were typically Belgian and sold as the low-price line, and the single-barrel guns were typically made by contractors such as Iver Johnson. Value is going to be under $100.
Here's what little I can find in the Standard Catalog. Incorporated in 1902. Used the names Union Fire Arms, Union Arms Company, Illinois Arms Company and Bee Be Arms Company. In 1917 the company was either bought up or absorbed by Ithaca Gun Company. They manufactured slide action shotguns, hammerless doubles, a few single shot shotguns, and a couple semi-automatic pistols.