want to know where the wedgeway arms company was and what one of their single shot shotguns would be worth
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.
Riverside Arms is a brand name used by the J Stevens Arms Co. on many good quality shotguns. The value depends on model, gauge, and condition. There is little collector interest in single barrel shotguns. Information about J Stevens Arms apply to Riverside Arms Co.
Turn of the century
You can find information about Russell Arms Co. shotguns online at places like Gun Trader or at many local gun stores. You can also find information online at Shotgun World or Arms List.
Ohio Valley Arms shotguns were called trade name shotguns and were made by Crescent Arms. Crescent arms made guns from 1892 to 1931 and would put anyones company name on the gun if they purchased at least 12 of them and paid for the die with their name on it.
try: SAVAGE SHOTGUN.COM
George Worthington was a hardware store in Cleveland, Ohio, from about 1890 to 1935. Single barrel shotguns were marked with his name by Crescent Arms Co and double barrel shotguns by J. Stevens Arms Co.
100 to 150.00 dollars in good condition.
Diamond Arms shotguns were made by several manufacturers, but if the rest of the patent date is '13', this one was by J. Stevens Arms and retailed by Shapleigh Hardware.
Double barrel shotguns manufactured by Crescent Fire Arms and single shots by W.H. Davenport Firearms for Wallace hardware, Morristown, Indiana, c. 1900.
Kessler Arms Corporation
Beebe shotguns were made by one of two two manufacturers. Harrington & Richardson Arms Company made them from 1871 to about 1975. Hopkins & Allen made shotguns from 1868 to 1915.
ESSEX Tradename used by Belknap Hardware Company of Louisville, Kentucky on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company. ESSEX Tradename used by J. Stevens Arms Company on rifles and shotguns.
There's not a lot of information available and most authors disagree on that. Carey's American Firearms Makers says the company was in Norwich Ct from 1855 to 1894 and made single shot percussion and metallic cartridge rifles. Vorisek's Shotgun Markings lists 4 different names, W.H. Davenport Firearms Company, W.H. Davenport Arms Company, Davenport Arms Company, and W.H. Davenport & Co., and gives dates from 1878 to 1910. The Standard Catalog says they made single barrel shotguns from 1880 to 1915 and single shot rifles from 1891 to 1910. Traister's Antique Guns says they made single shot and double barrel shotguns in Providence, RI. The Official Price Guide to Antique and Modern Firearms says single and double shotguns in Providence, 1880-1883, and Norwich, 1890-1900.
Only made shotguns AFAIK. Check out old issues of firearms catlogs at your library.
BRIDGE GUN COMPANY Tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company c. 1893-1930.
I have not been able to find where these shotguns originated, but the reason I am replying is due to the fact that my finch arms 12ga. single barrel is also stamped with 200743
Central Arms Company was a trade name used by the W.H. Davenport Firearms Company on shotguns made for the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis. MO.
springfield arms is a subsidary company of crescent valley arms.had same problem with a double barrel 16ga.,it took 9mths to get little information from a expert on old firearms.best of luck with your search. correction to answer,should be crescent arms,notcresent valley arms.