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 Post subject: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:29 pm 
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I am looking for some help finding out info on my double hammer 12 ga shotgun made by W moore & co. it has a 30 inch barrel with London Fine Twist engraved on top. under the barrels it has symbols that seem to be a coat of arms on both sides of the number 14. these are on both barrels. there is also what appears to be the letters ose and j.g.b & co.


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 Post subject: Re: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:50 pm 
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AFAIK, "William Moore & Co, of England, was in business from 1854-1872.

The gun company was founded by William Moore in 1833 in London. In 1844 he was joined by William Grey and the company was known as "Moore & W. Grey" until 1853, when it became William Moore & Co.
The company changed names several times, and in 1908 the firm was bought by Cogswell & Harrison. C&H discontinued business in 1915.


A gun marked "W.Moore & Co" might be a Belgian-made gun, made to deceive innocent buyers with stampings that have a close, but not exact, spelling of the gennie's name.

If the barrels are dismounted, look for proofmarks stamped into the metal in areas normally hidden by the stock(s).

"ELG" = Belgium, England will have different marks.
A gun with both Belgian AND English proofs was made in Belgium & imported into England.

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 Post subject: Re: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:18 pm 
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all of these marks, with the exception of w. moore & co are under the front stock section and are totally hidden until piece is removed.


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 Post subject: Re: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Does the symbol look something like this:
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If so, it is of English origin. The 14 means it has bores of 14 gauge. It could have been a 14 gauge gun that has been reamed to 12 gauge or it could indeed be a 12 gauge that has 14 gauge bores. This was often done for choking back in the day to give the gun a better pattern.


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 Post subject: Re: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:24 pm 
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the symbol looks very much like that.... not quite so clear. also, in the forend, there seems to be a small piece of animal horn incorporated . the quality and crastmanship is quite impressive. do you have any idea as to a year of origin?


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 Post subject: Re: w moore & co 12 ga double hammer gun
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:33 am 
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We would really need to see pics of the markings on the underside of the barrels to try and narrow it down. Does it say "not for ball" on the bottom of the barrels? If so it was made before 1887. The piece in the front of the forearm is most likely ebony. That was common.


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