Diamond Arms Company and Nitro King are both trade name used by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the guns were imported from various Belgian sources, but they were also made by W.H.Davenport Firearms Co (1890's - ), Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works (early 1900's - ), J. Stevens Arms (before 1942), and Savage Arms. If there is an oval with ELG* stamped on the barrel or action, it is from Belgium, but being a 410 makes that unlikely. That also eliminates Davenport as the maker.
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You have already identified it as a Shapleigh's King Nitro. Shapleigh Hardware was in St Louis Missouri from the mid 19th century until the middle of the 20th. Their King Nitro guns were manufactured by W.H. Davenport and later by Stevens/Savage.
I believe that King Nitro was a model name of Shapleigh Arms Co, St. Louis, MO.
Both 'King Nitro' and 'Central Arms Co' are trademarks of the Shapleigh Hardware Co, which was a major catalog retailer from the late 1800's well into the 20th century. The shotguns marketed under that name were made for Shapleigh by different companies, notably Davenport Firearms, Crescent, Hopkins & Allen, and Stevens. We'd have to see the shotgun to determine which manufacturer actually made the shotgun. www.countrygunsmith.net
no answer but i have a king nitro 22. long rifle used in WWI/WWII has no information it took quite a hit in the chamber though it was handed down to me from my great grandfather.
There were many thousands of the Shapleigh King Nitro 16 Gauge with a double barrel. For the most part, they are worth about $50 to $100 depending on mechanical and finish condition.
They were made for the Shapleigh hardware store chain roughly 1920-s-early 1940s.
King Nitro was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louise on guns made by Crescent Firearms and J. Stevens Arms.
KING NITRO Tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company and J. Stevens Arms Company
nitro hunter shotgun single barrel with exposed hammer stamped belknap hdwre and mfg serial 5516
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what year was the nitro hunter singal shot shotgun 12G made.
I HAD AN OLD GUN SIMILAR TO THE ONE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AND IT WAS MANUFACTURED BY A COMPANY CALLED SHAPLEIGH IF MY MEMOERY SERVES ME CORRECT Is it a windmill or possibly the Perone, an oblisk similar to the Washington Monument? That would be a Belgian proofmark. Shapleigh was a hardware wholesale/retail business that had its tradename guns manufactured by several manufacturers. "Nitro" would indicate the gun could safely fire the smokeless or white powder which was developed around 1900.
Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special shotgun with serial numbers between 101600 and 119899 in 1922.
The average cost of a Lefever Nitro Special shotgun at auction is $650. This amount may be higher or lower depending on the condition of the gun.
Yes, I believe there was such a firearm.
King Nitro was a trade name used by the W.H. Davenport Firearms Company, of Norwich, Conn., on shotguns made for the Shapleigh Hardware Store of St. Louis, MO. They were made roughly between 1890 and 1915. It should be a single barrel side hammer gun with 26"-36" barrels and extractors. Barrels were blued, with a case hardened receiver and walnut stock.
If its a lefever nitro special, on the auction sites they,re bringing from 300.00 to 550.00 depending on condition.
Between 1894 and 1930.
The LeFever New Nitro 12 gauge shotgun was manufactured from 1936 to 1948. If it is in good condition, it can be worth about $400 to $500.
From c.1880-1900. Would have to see the frame of the gun to narrow it further. These guns were made by WH Davenport for Shapleigh Hardware. Davenport was taken over by Hopkins & Allen in 1901 and production continued through about 1909. email@example.com
"5000" is the Stevens model number, not a serial number. It was marked with the trade name for Shapleigh Hardware in St Louis around 1930. Value as either a decoration or a shooter would be $150-$250. A little more if like-new and a lot less if a basket-case.