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 Post subject: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:30 am 
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I just inherited an old Spencer Gun Co. 12 ga. double barrel shotgun. Serial number 6557. I would like to find out when & where it was made, if I can fire it, and possible value. It’s a beautiful old gun, and I am keeping it forever regardless of any value. Thanks in advance for your help!




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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:20 am 
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It is probably a "trade branded" gun made by J. Stevens Arms Co. We need to see pictures to know for sure. The J. Stevens records were destroyed in a fire, some suspect to cover up war profiteering.

Some early "trade branded" guns marked Spencer Gun Co. were made by R.T. Torkelson & Co. --

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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:33 am 
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It keeps saying file is too large to post. My email is [email protected] it you email me I can respond with pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:52 am 
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Spencer Gun Co. was a tradename used by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, and found on early Batavia Leaders with Twist barrels, R.T. Torkelson & Co. “The New America Hammerless” (Researcher's above), Hopkins and Allen hammer doubles, and single barrel shotguns by Crescent, and J. Stevens Arms Co. (No. 105) were all marked Spencer Gun Co.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:42 am 
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http://imgur.com/a/9EPMHKl


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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:50 am 
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http://imgur.com/a/9EPMHKl


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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
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http://imgur.com/a/9EPMHKl


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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:18 pm 
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Your gun is a Forehand model mostly lkely mfg'd by Hopkins & Allen but possibly by Forehand Arms Company. Reseacher may be able to give a more defined answer. My guess on time frame is 1900-1908.


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 Post subject: Re: Help with old Spencer double barrel
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:35 pm 
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About all I can add is that the two patent dates are for Martin Bye Patents No. 441,395 (Nov. 25, 1890) and 535,528 (Mar. 12, 1895).




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