Where can you find information about a Mississippi Valley Arms Co shotgun?
Folsom was a sporting goods wholesale/retail business in New York City. The actual manufacturer would be their subsidiary company, Crescent Firearms, Norwich, CT, or it may have been imported from Belgium. Look carefully at the barrels and receiver for ELG* in an oval. If you find this mark, it is Belgian, if not, then Crescent.
It would have been manufactured c. 1880-1930. If it has outside hammers and/or damascus barrels, probably before 1905. If hammerless with fluid steel barrels, most likely after 1900.
Does anyone know the year the shotgun was made, by looking at the serial number? I have a dbl barrel, exposed hammer, breechloading, 20 ga., serial #415407. Thanks! Don
Don - If your shotgun is from one of the "quality" manufacturers like Parker Brothers, Lefever, or Winchester, there are serial number lists available. For the utility "hardware store" guns like Crescent, Iver Johnson, Stevens, and especially the Belgian imports, no such information exists and often the "serial numbers" are really batch numbers or assembly numbers which may have been duplicated in different years. If the actual manufacturer or retailer can be identified, it is sometimes possible to narrow the date of manufacture down to a few years.
Don - These fall under the category of hardware-store guns for which there does not seem to be any reliable dating method. Knowing the actual manufacturer could narrow the estimated DOM by a few years. If you find the ELG proofmark, figure 1880-1914 (Belgian imports stopped during WWI and never really came back after), and if it is a Crescent, that company was founded in 1893.
Roy--Thanks for helping. The shotgun I was referring to is a Mississippi Valley Arms, with that serial #.
Don -Mississippi Valley Arms Company never existed. That was a trade name owned by the Shapleigh Hardware. I think Shapleigh was still in business into the 1950's.
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SINCE YOUR GUN WAS MADE BY CRESCENT ,IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED FROM 1889 TO 1926 ,1926 IS WHEN SAVAGE TOOK OVER CRESCENT. Mississippi Valley Arms was a trade name distributed by Shapleigh Hardware Co of St LouisThey Were made by W.H. Davenport Arms Co (1891-1910), Crescent Fire Arms (1892-1930), and J. Stevens Arms (1930-1948).
Where can you find information about a shapleigh hardware company of St. Louis missouri regarding 12 ga breakopen shotgun serial no 468953 by mississippi valley arms company?
Your shotgun was actually manufactured by the Crescent Firearms Co. of Conn. They were prolific producers of what are called "Hardware Guns". Crescent produced shotguns for any company or distributor with their name on it, if they paid for the cost of the stamp.They produced under several hundred different names. A Googe search will provide more information.
While there are several gun manufacturer\'s that offer serial numbers on their shotguns, unfortunately the Mississippi Valley Arms Co. does not. The year and gauge of the gun would depend on when it was manufactured. For example, Mississippi Valley had numerous shotguns produced by a subsidiary company called Crescent Firearms, while many were imported from Belgium.
Mississippi Valley Arms Company: Trade name by the H. & D. Folsom Arms Company on firearms made for the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Folsom was a wholesale/retail company and the guns were manufactured by their subsidiary company, Crescent Firearms of Meriden, CT, or by various Belgian makers.
Mississippi Valley Arms Company: Trade name by the H. & D. Folsom Arms Company on firearms made for the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Folsom was a sporting goods wholesale/retail business in New York City. The actual manufacturer of a hammerless double would be their subsidiary company, Crescent Firearms, Norwich, CT, between 1907 and 1930.