More data: gun also has Bridge Gun Company on left breech plate. Would like to find original maker/company to get a replacement butt stock.
i would like to know this myself i hacve one
"Store brand" guns usually don't have much value. Maybe 100 USD.
Known tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware. The guns were made by several different manufacturers, although your double is probably a Crescent. 1900-1930.
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.
"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.
Berkshire shotguns were manufactured by Meriden Firearms Co, Andrew Fyrberg Mfg Co, and Crescent Fire Arms for Shapleigh Hardware Co of St Louis and Sears Roebuck.
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.
Central Arms was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware on guns made by several manufacturers, but the 812 would be a single shot by J Stevens Arms Co, 1920-1948.
".410 or 12MM" and "One Piece Barrel" are marks used by Harrington and Richardson, 1877 to 1985. Diamond Arms was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis. Your gun probably dates to sometime between the two World Wars.
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.
S.H.C. stood for Shapleigh Hardware Company. The shotgun was more than likely made by either a Belgium company or Cresent Fire Arms Com.. It was very common in the late 1800's and early 1900's for arms companies to stamp the hardware stores "logo" on a shotgun or .22 for a fee.
Seldom exceed 125 USD