I have an unusual T. Barker SxS; it's 12ga.x38-55 rifle.
ever run across one like it? Not much out there on T. Barker
other than it's older than dirt. It has flintlock type hammers
and says laminated on the shotgun barrel. Any info?
Source, Side by Sides of the World for Y2K: T. Barker was made in Belgium and listed in the 1900 Sears Roebuck catalog for $11.40. This gun is also featured in the 1902 catalog with prices ranging from $12.59 to $13.95. In the 1908 catalog, it is reduced to $12.45. The catalog picture shows the name T. Barker on the left sidelock. The 1907 catalog offers the same gun and mentions it as "the genuine Thomas Barker Liege double barrel" with prices ranging form $9.80 to $10.15. It also featured a "flat bottom pistol grip".
I have not heard of your particular model with the shotgun and rifle barrel. Maybe it was made for the European market and ended up in the US.
They're a little uncommon, but not rare, several Belgian makers produced them for export to the U S.. As in Albany's example, all the Belgian ones I have seen, were of the very cheap variety,, The Germans made the good ones.. They're called Cape Guns..Bushrod
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