I recently acquired an Eastern Arms Company, single shot 12 ga. shotgun from my father-in-law (born in 1920) after his death. No one in the family has any knowledge of its history.
The barrel has "Eastern Arms Company 101.1", "12 Gauge", and "2 3/4 Chamber" stamped on it. I cannot find a serial number, and the only other marking I have been able to find is "94A" stamped on the right-hand side of the receiver above the trigger.
I have been able to find out a little about the weapon: Eastern Arms was a distributor for hardware stores, feed stores, etc. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who marketed firearms through local, small town stores, traveling salesmen, and mail order catalogs. The weapon was probably manufactured by Savage or Stevens.
If anyone has any additional information about the model, age, manufacturer, or value of this shotgun, I would appreciate hearing about it. I do not think the weapon was very expensive when it was new, and, unfortunately, it has not been well cared for. There is some rust on the barrel, and the stock is well worn. It would be interesting to hear the stories this gun could tell. Thanks for your help.