Blue Book of Gun Values
Possible places to look include the internet, the library, company website.
UMC refers to Union Metallic Cartridge company. They are owned by Remington and only make ammunition not firearms.
Marlin Firearms: A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them by William S. Brophy
No serial number records exist, but the company was in business from 1908-1915.
National Firearms Company was a trade name used by Hopkins & Allen @ 1900.
Firearms marked Hartford were manufactured by Crescent Firearms for the Simmons Hardware Company of St Louis c. 1890-1930.
Not much information is available on Meriden Firearms, but you might go to the library and locate Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms. Then look through all the books on that shelf. The Meriden company was set up by Sears Roebuck to manufacture firearms for sale through their catalog and retail stores. It lasted from about 1905 to 1915.
Check out gunshop.com,they got Lots of info on dbl barrel shotguns.
There's a whole shelf of books on firearms in your library. Or you may find information on www.savagearms.com
Library, gun shop, gun shows, the internet
There was no company with that name. Crescent, Davenport, Stevens, and Pieper (Belgium) all furnished firearms for Shapleigh Hardware with variations of the Central Arms name.
I can't find a cross-reference for that number, but Eastern Arms was a trade name used by Sears Roebuck. Most of the shotguns were made by Stevens/Savage.
Eastern Arms was a Sears Roebuck brand name in the early 20th century. Possible manufacturers include Andrew Fyrberg, Meriden Firearms, J. Stevens, and Iver Johnson.
Known tradename used by various hardware/catalog stores on guns made for them by Crescent Firearms between 1900-1930.
Eastern Arms was a trade name used by Sears Roebuck in the first half of the 20th century. The guns were made by a variety of manufacturers in the US and Belgium.
In firearms, antiques are LEGALLY defined as made prior to 1899, OR muzzleloading firearms. Newer than 1899, they are old, but not antiques. My best reference is Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms. You may also find a dealer or collector that can share some information with you. Check for gun shows in your area.
No known published data.
Any good sized library will have books on firearms and how they work.
American Boy: Trade name used on firearms retailed by the Townley Metal and Hardware Company of Kansas City, Missouri, c. 1900-1920.
probably made around 1883. Contact Colt Firearms to get a "factory letter",which will tell you exactly when it was made, and what company it was first shipped to.
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.
There are a number of places where one can find information about the company ASDA Opticians. The Manta website, and ASDA Opticians own website both contain information about the company.
There was no Crescent Firearms Co after 1935 when the company was purchased by Savage/Stevens.
On this website, you will find information about Ameriquest Mortgage Company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ameriquest_Mortgage This website contains all the information you'd ever need about Ameriquest Mortgage Company.