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 Post subject: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:35 pm 
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My father-in-law just gave me a Diamond Arms Co. 12 Gauge. Can anyone tell how old, value, and where to get parts (ie.new stock). I can not find a serial number, but I do know that it is old!


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:06 pm 
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The gun is what is known as a "Trade Brand Name" shotgun. That is a shotgun made by a major maker for and sold by a wholesaler or retailer who chose the name to go on the gun. I have listings for two guns with the name Diamond. One is just plain Diamond and it was made by the Stevens Arms & Tool Company of Chicopee Falls.MA. The other is Diamond Arms Company and it was also made by the Stevens Arms & Tool Company as well as by Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works of Fitchberg,MA and Harrington & Richarsons Arms Company of Worchester,MA. No matter the name, all were made for and sold by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louiis,MO a large wholesale sporting goods dealer. Value? You did not identify the gun as a single or double barrel or give any indication of its condition. Value of these old guns depend on the condition of the gun, the amount of original finish left on the metal and wood as well as the mechanical condition. Value can range fro about $200 for a double barrel in factory new condition and $175 for a single barrel in the same condition to less than $10 for either in a rusty rotten incomplete state for either. Most sell for between $100 to $75. No matter who made the gun it would have been made sometime between 1915 and 1930.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:53 am 
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Tobin also built doubles for Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Co. of StLouis. I've seen them marked Diamond Arms Co. and marked Blue Diamond with the Norvell-Shapleigh name on the side-plates. They would have the "Pat. MAY 23-93 AND PATENTS PEND'G" rollstamp on the right watertable.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:23 pm 
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Thank you for that information. I have listings for guns with the name Blue Diamond Steel with Forehand Arms Co and Stevens Arns & Tool as makers but no seller listed. I have already listed my information on the Diamond and Diamond Arms Co. May I ask your source of information so I can update my listings?
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:04 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:05 pm 
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The source is guns I examined when writing my articles on Tobin for The Double Gun Journal, The Gun Report and Arms Collecting.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:17 pm 
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Thank you. Now I'll updated my listing of over 600 different names, makers and seller. As you will well know, we'll never get them all. There were just too many names, makers or sellers. I find at least one unknown name a month.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:22 am 
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Update: These Diamond Shotguns have seen a fast boost in value over these past years and especially 2012 year with these increased gun sales. I've sold all those older ones I had!

The Diamond Arms 12 gauge single shotgun sold for $300+ in fair condition. So be sure to not give these away anymore. These 100 plus year old Diamond Trade guns are climbing in value everyday.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:38 pm 
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My goodness. A posting from four years ago. Shotguns with the names just plain DIAMOND or DIAMOND ARMS CO. are "Trade Brand Name" shotguns. A "Trade Brand Name" shotgun is an inexpensive (not necessarily cheap) shotgun made by a major maker (and before 1940) for and was sold by a wholesale sporting goods dealer, a retail chain store or an independent seller (your local hardware store) who chose the name to go on the gun. The fore-mentioned guns were made by either the Stevens Arms Company of Chicopee Falls, Ma (1864 to date), Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works of Fitchburg,MA (1871 to 1993) 0r the Harrington & Richardson Arms Company of Worcester,MA (1871 to 1985) for and were sold at wholesale by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis,MO. I don't understand the sudden interest in gun of these name except perhaps Stevens made doubles but then I quit collection over a year ago. I never would pay over $150 for a single barrel. By the way, my "Trade Brand Name" listing is up to over 950 names now.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Exactly. They are not cheap inexpensive guns.. but durable "built to last" guns for beginner collectors. Some are reaching over 100+ years of age. I've personally seen the retail market increase on these type guns especially in the South. We can't keep our guns in stock due to these new proposed gun laws. We sell them as soon as we get them now.

If you have a Diamond Arms, Trade Shot Gun.. then hang onto it. They are on the rise for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:48 pm 
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I have one in .410 bore which makes it doubly valuable. The guns were inexpensive by our current standards selling for between $10 to $25 when they were new. But remember wages back then were maybe $5.00 to $10.00 a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Can't give them away where I am.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:19 pm 
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That's more like it.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:19 pm 
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If you are giving this old gun away ( or any gun ) in perfect working order.. I'll gladly take it and make serious money with zero investment, lol. Maybe $300 value isn't much to you... but I'll take it all day long.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Arms Co-St. Louis
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:11 pm 
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redfalcon wrote:
If you are giving this old gun away ( or any gun ) in perfect working order.. I'll gladly take it and make serious money with zero investment, lol. Maybe $300 value isn't much to you... but I'll take it all day long.


So would I but what I was saying is as far as reality goes, in the world of double barrels $300.00 is not much of a value. You get below that and you are almost in wall hanger status. And where I am it would not bring $300.00 so that's why I imply that you can't give them away where I am. Okay, I was wrong and should clarify. Someone might take it for free.


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