A friend of mine has two single shot shotguns. they have "The Bridge Gun Company Black Prince" stamped in the side of the reciever. Can anyone tell me about how old they might be and a rough value? Thanks.
The Bridge gun Co. was a registered trademark of Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis.
Bridge Gun Co. was distributed by the Cresent Fire Arms Company of Norwich, Connecticut. The company was founded in 1893 and bought by H&D Folsom Arms Company of New York, who was an importer and distributor of firearms.
Folsom Company offered a complete range of shotguns, imported English, French, Belgium, and American made Crescents. They produced and sold huge quanities of all of these guns.
Actually, there were other manufacturer's creditted with BGC guns one of which was Harrington and Richardson.
Some Belgian barrels have been noted on Crescent recievers, these are identified by the ELG on the barrel.
Those guns was probably manufactured anywhere from the turn of the century to about the mid-thirties and are worth less than $100 unless pristine.
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