TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY PRICE COMPARISONS

1883 E.C. Meacham Arms Co.

The L.C. Smith "Bar Action" Hammer Gun with the "Double Cross-Locking Rotary Bolt" was introduced in 1883; the Quality AA list was $300. The Alexander Brown designed "L.C. Smith" (Syracuse) Hammerless Gun was introduced in 1886. The Quality No. 7 list was $450.

1895-1910 $1 was the equivalent of $23-25 in 2010

http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ 

$1 in 1900 was equivalent to approximately $28 in 2013.

The average yearly wage in 1900 was $432, and the average home sold for $5000.

The average hourly wage for all industrial workers was $.21 in 1900 and $.24 in 1910.

http://books.google.com/books?id=T6spAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA232&lpg

In 1900, 52% of the total workforce earned less than $.16 hourly.

Skilled union workers made $.65 hourly in 1913 and $1.25 in 1920.

http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/cm20030124ar03p1.htm              

c. 1886 John P. Lovell Arms Co., Boston Catalog

L.C. Smith (Prices are the same as the Hunter Arms catalog Net)

Quality No. 2 - $80

Quality No. 3 - $100

Quality No. 4 - $150

Quality No. 5 - $200

Quality No. 6 - $300

Ithaca Hammerless

Quality No. 1 - $50

Quality No. 2 - $60

Quality No. 3 - $80

Quality No. 4 - $100

Quality No. 5 - $150

Quality No. 6 - $200

Parker Catalog List prices c. 1890

PH - $65 (Grade 1)

GH - $80 (Grade 2)

DH - $100 (Grade 3)

CH - $150 (Grade 4)

BH - $200 (Grade 5)

AH - $300 (Grade 6)

                                               

W.W. Greener 1892 Catalogue 

Forester - 16 guineas

Facile Princeps - 16-25 guineas; depending on engraving and barrel material.

1 guinea =  one pound and one shilling = 21 shillings or £1.05

Pounds sterling - dollar exchange rate:

1880 - 4.84

1900 - 4.87

http://measuringworth.com/exchangepound/

THE PANIC OF 1893

The McKinley Tariff of 1890 set the average ad valorem tariff rate for imports into the United States at 48.4%. “Sporting, breech-loading double-barrel shotguns” had a 35% ad valorem PLUS an import duty of $1.50 if priced less than $6; $4 if $6-$12; and $6 if priced greater than $12. The tariff contributed to the “Panic of 1893” with 500 bank closures, the bankruptcy of over 15,000 businesses, and the failures of the Philadelphia and Reading, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroads. An estimated 18% of the workforce was unemployed at the Panic's peak, especially in the west and in farm states as the price of wheat and cotton fell. A series of strikes followed in 1894, the worse being the Bituminous Coal Miners’ and Pullman strikes. The U.S. economy, and U.S. gunmakers, did not begin to recover until 1896.

             

1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogue

http://books.google.com/books?id=zWel51IwQ2AC&pg=PA450&lpg 

Damascus Greener Facile Princeps made especially to our order for

trapshooting - $100

Chas. Daly Hammerless No. 120 - $100

Smith Pigeon Grade without AE - $100  

Greener No. 3 Ejector - $210

Parker DH - $100 list but sold for $72.

In 1895, the highest grade Parker Bros. AAHE “Pigeon Model” was $400 list; the Smith A2 $365 and A3 AE was introduced at $740.

 

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

  http://books.google.com/books?id=CSVIpqnFMTMC&pg=PA527&lpg

Parker______________________Company Catalog List

GH.................$51.20.....................$80

DH.................$64.25.....................$100

CH.................$96.75.....................$150

         (Parker AE were introduced about 1902)

Smith___________________________AE

No. 0..............$31.75

No. 1..............$37.22

No. 1E............$49.75....................$60

No 2...............$49.63

No. 2E............$68.90....................$80

No. 3..............$61.20

No. 3E............$78.90                

Pigeon............$89.75.....................$100

A1E...............$99.50......................$150

(Parker and Smith prices were unchanged 1888-1897. Smith pricing increased 15-20% in 1898.)

Ithaca

No. 1..............$26...........................$30

No. 1 AE........$36

No. 2..............$37

Remington

A....................$33

AE.................$50

Baker

C Model 1898

        Twist…$29

        Dam….$35

B....................$31.75

A....................$36.25

        Paragon..........$57.95

SAC Hollenbeck

        Twist……….$21.25

        Dam………..$29

Forehand Hammerless

        No. 0……….$33

        No. 1……….$37.50

        No. 2……….$48.90

Daly

150AE............$129

250AE............$190

Greener

No. 3AE.............$187.50

Facile Princeps....$93.75

No. 6 Forester....$69.95

1897 Chas. Godfrey, N.Y.   Courtesy of David Noreen

1898 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog No. 107

https://archive.org/stream/consumersguideno00sear#page/352/mode/2up 

1902 The Pacific Hardware & Steel Co., San Francisco, CA

                Parker..................L.C. Smith..............Remington

$70...............VH........................No. 0E ($60)............BO ($75)

$80...............GH........................No. 2........................BEO

$100.............DH.........................No. 3.......................CE ($95)

$150.............CH.........................No. 4........................D

$200.............BH.........................No. 5........................E ($225)

(AE on Smith guns add $15)

1902 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 112

https://archive.org/stream/catalogueno11200sear#page/280/mode/2up 

Two Trigger Extractor Damascus Barrel Doubles 

LC Smith

          No. 2 - $54 (Factory list in 1904 was $80 net)

          Pigeon Gun - $84.37; Pigeon E - $94.50

Remington 1894 B grade - $45

Ithaca No. 2 - $37.50

Baker Gun & Forging Co.

          Batavia Leader - $24

          B grade - $32

          A grade - $37.50 (Factory list was $42.75 net)

          Paragon - $60

Parker GH - $58.20

The 1903 H.H. Kiffe Co., New York catalogue shows the Smith No. 0 Damascus non-ejector at $35.25, with “Discount allowed for Cash with order.” 

1904 Supplee Hdw. Co., Philadelphia

Fox A grade 12g - $50

L.C. Smith 12g & 16g

        F grade hammer gun

                Fluid steel - $25

                Twist - $30

                Damascus - $35

No. 00 - $37, 00E - $50

No. 0 - $47, 0E - $60

No. 1 - $60, 1E - $75

No. 2 - $80, 2E - $95

Stevens 12 & 16g

No. 350 (Special Smokeless Steel) - $25

No. 360 (Twist) - $30

No. 370 (Damascus) - $35

Ithaca 10, 12, 16g

No. 1 Special (Imported Nitro Steel) - $25

No. 1P (Twist) - $30

No. 1 1/2 (Damascus) - $40

Parker 12 & 16g; 10g guns $5 extra  

VH (Vulcan Steel) - $50

PH (Fine English Twist) - $65

1905 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 114

Two Trigger Extractor Doubles 

L.C. Smith

No. 00 (Armor Steel) - $25

No. 0 - $32.90

No. 1 - $42

Remington 1894 A grade - $30

Remington 1900 (Steel) - $21.50

Remington New Model (1889) Hammer Double

No. 1 (Armory Steel) - $17.50

              No. 2 Twist - $21.50

              No. 3 Damascus - $23

1905 Whiton Hdw. Co., Seattle

L.C. Smith

        No. 00 - $37, No. 00E - $50

        No. 0 - $47, No. 0E - $60

        No. 1 - $60, No. 1E - $75

        No. 2 - $80, No. 2E - $95, No. 2E HOT - $120

        No. 3 - $100, No. 3E - $115

        Pigeon - $125, Pigeon E - $140

No. 4  - $150, No. 4E - $165

No. 5 - $200, No. 5E - $215

1906 William Read & Sons Catalogue

“Highest Quality” Westley Richards with single trigger - $595

W.W. Greener “Imperial” - $500

W&C Scott “Premier” - $375

W&C Scott “Imperial Premier” - price on application

Purdey - 89 pounds 5 shillings sterling

Joseph Lang & Son “Highest Quality” sidelock ejector - 65 guineas

Parker Bros. AAHE - net price of $318.75

Lefever Optimus - $280

Remington Special -  $750

1906 Forest & Stream 2nd Hand Gun List

http://books.google.com/books?id=rkgcAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA408&lpg 

 

THE PANIC OF 1907

A credit crisis similar to that of 2008-2009 occurred in 1907. Strains in the financial system started to appear in 1906 when American industry and railroads found it increasingly difficult to obtain credit from Europe,  previously a large source of capital flow into the US. Liquidity became increasingly tight through 1907 and on October 23 panic occurred when New York’s third largest trust, the Knickerbocker Trust Company, collapsed related to an attempt by then president Charles T. Barney and Otto Heinze to corner the copper market. Banks began to fail when depositors at other trusts sought to withdraw their money and other banks in New York were forced to retract loans. Lending ceased and the credit crisis spread world wide. Were it not for the intervention of J.P. Morgan, and President Theodore Roosevelt’s agreement to set aside the Sherman Antitrust Act to enable his plan, the entire US banking system may have imploded.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 48% of its value from January 1906 to November 1907. Industrial production dropped by 11%, imports by 26%, while unemployment rose from less than 3% to 8%. The stock market, and the economy, did not recover until the summer of 1908.

Page 544 of John Houchins’ L.C. Smith “The Legend Lives” shows a price comparison between Smith and Parker guns. Prices for both, and in every grade, fell from 1908 to 1913. The $105 2E in 1898 went for $95 in 1908, and became the $75 AE Specialty grade in 1913.

Supplemental Statement Filed by Joseph Gales of Schoverling, Dale & Gales, New York City; 1908-1909 House Tariff Hearings

 http://books.google.com/books?id=jG4vAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA3-PA4144&dq 

                             

       1908 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 117

LC Smith.......................................1908 Hunter Arms List

     No. 00 Armor Steel - $25.....$38; AE $50

     No. 0 Damascus - $32...........$48; AE $60

     No. 1 Damascus - $42...........$60; AE $80

     No. 2 Damascus - $56...........$80 with Crown steel or Chain Damascus; AE $95

Aubrey/Meriden Fire Arms hammerless

Model 18 Armory Steel - $13.85

20  Liege Twist - $14.85

22  2-blade Damascus - $17.35

34  2-blade - $18.85

52  2-blade - $22.35

55 XX Carbon Steel - $26.75

56 3-blade - $30.75

58 4-blade - $38.50

60 made to order - $50.00 and up

Improved 1908 Model New England Hammerless; likely Fyrberg

          “900-fine double refined gun barrel steel” - $11.95

New England American Hammergun “Made by a new England gun company,

one of the oldest and best makers in America.”; likely Crescent Fire Arms

          “Fine Armory steel” - $8.95

New England Wonder Hammergun

“Finest genuine crystal barrel steel” - $10.95                                                                                                                                                                                         

Remington

          K Grade Armory Steel - $23.50

          KED Damascus - $31.50

Ithaca

          Field Grade Smokeless Steel - $18.00

          No. 1 Twist - $24.00

          No. 1 1/2 Damascus - $29.50

Baker

          Batavia Leader Twist - $22.50

          Model B Twist - $37.35 ( “Flui-Tempered” steel Model S in 1909 - $35)

          Model A Damascus - $45.00 (Krupp steel Model R in 1909 - $48.75)

          Baker Batavia Leader AE Decarbonized Steel - $31.50

T. Barker Hammergun 2-Blade Royal Damascus Finish - $12.45

Winchester 97 Solid Frame - $20.00

No Parker, Greener, or Daly guns are listed.

1908 Von Lengerke & Antoine, Chicago

L.C. Smith - HOT fitted + $25

00 - $25; AE $32.25

0   - $35.25; AE $45

2   - $60; AE $71.25

3   - $75; AE 86.25

Pigeon - $93.75; AE $105

     1909 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

A.J. Aubrey

          Model 30 ALE- Laminated (some examples are Twist) - $16.35

          34 ADE- 2 blade Damascus- $18.85

          50 ASE- Elaborately engraved Laminated- $19.95

          52 DSE- Elaborately engraved 2 blade- $22.35

          56 Very elaborately engraved very fine 4 blade- $29.75

          58 Very finest 4 blade- $39.75

          60 Special 4 blade- $49.75

          62 Made to order finest hand engraved 4 blade- $69.00

L.C. Smith No. 2 Damascus - $56.00

In order to maintain market share in a contracting economy, the US makers started introducing lower priced variants of existing models, and newly designed (as in cheaper to produce) guns.

Comparative Sears Catalog “Net Selling Price” for Hammerless Non-Ejector Doubles 1897-1908

 

……………………1897……….1902……....1905……….1908

Smith

No. 00………………………………………..25………….25

No. 0……………..31.75…………………….32.90............32

No. 1……………..37.22…………………….42………….42

No. 2……………..42……………54……………………...56

No. 3……………..61.20

Pigeon……………89.75………...84.37

Parker

GH……………….51.20……….58.20

DH……………….64.25

CH……………….96.75

Ithaca

Field………………………………………………………..18

No. 1……………..26………………………………………24

No. 2……………..37……………37.50

Remington

1894 A grade…….33…………………………..30

1894 B grade…………………….45

1900 KO………………………………………..21.50…….23.50

Baker

Batavia Leader…………………..24……………………….22.50

B grade…………..31.75………..32………………………..37.50

A grade…………..36.25………..37.50…………………….45

Model S……………………………………………………..35

Model R……………………………………………………..48.75

Paragon…………..57.95………...60

In  1909 there were several variations of the lower priced Baker Batavia line

           Batavia Leader with twist barrels - $25

         Batavia Special with steel barrels - $21.75

         Batavia Damascus - $28

         Batavia Ejector with steel barrels - $35; with Damascus barrels - $37.50.

Remington got out of the double gun business in February 1910 when they sold their entire inventory of breech loading shotguns to Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Co. in St Louis.

In 1910 the Fox Gun Co. introduced “The Sterlingworth Company” boxlock with a Parker type hinge-pin. By 1911 the marking was changed to Sterlingworth and by 1913 the Parker hinge-pin recess was gone. The Sterlingworth was priced at $25 in 1915.

The Parker Gun Co. Trojan was introduced in 1912 at a price of $27.50.

The 1910 H&D Folsom catalog listed the W&C Scott Premier with Whitworth barrels for $385 and Monte Carlo B with Whitworth barrels for $210.

1910 Butler Bros. Co., Chicago

Stevens 335 - $13.50

Ithaca Field - $15.70

L.C. Smith  No. 00 - $21.35

                No. 1 - $41.45

                No. 2 - $54.20 

1912 Schoverling, Daly & Gales Catalogue 

  Courtesy of David Noreen

L.C. Smith No. 00 - $25

Fox Sterlingworth - $25  

DS Grade Lefever - $25  

Field Grade Ithaca - $19  

Baker Batavia Special - $19

Manhattan Arms Co./ Hunter Arms Co. Fulton - $15

(Hunter Arms received a patent for the Fulton boxlock on Feb. 7, 1911 but the Hunter Fulton was not introduced until 1915 at a price of $18, and the Fulton Special in 1916 for $25.)

Stevens No. 335 - $15.85

Folsom/Crescent/American Gun Co. Knickerbocker - $13.50

N.R. Davis B.S. grade - $14

Hopkins & Allen - $15

Schoverling, Daly & Gales 2nd Hand Guns Nov. 30, 1912 Forest & Stream

https://books.google.com/books?id=nUkcAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA704       

The United States Revenue Act of 1913, also known as the Underwood Tariff or Underwood-Simmons Act re-imposed the federal income tax and lowered the basic tariff rates from 40% to 25%, well below that of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act of 1909. The 1913 Act established the lowest rates since the Walker Tariff of 1857. Most schedules were put on an ad valorem basis (a % of the dollar value of the item.) The duty on woolens went from 56% to 18.5%. Steel rails, raw wool, iron ore, and agricultural implements had zero rates.

Since 1894 Sporting, breech-loading double-barrel shotguns had a 35% ad valorem PLUS an import duty of $1.50 if priced less than $6, $4 if $6-$12, and $6 if priced greater than $12. Single-barrel breech-loading shot-guns had the same 35% ad valorem PLUS an import duty of $1. The Tariff Act of 1913 changed the duty to 15% ad valorem.

Suddenly, foreign shotguns began to flood the American market. The US firearms industry, and the international economy, was profoundly altered however in 1914 by the outbreak of World War I. American products, including arms and ammunition, were suddenly in great demand throughout the world, while imports from much of Europe dropped markedly.

1915 Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Catalogue 

          Successors to John. P. Lovell, Boston

http://books.google.com/books?id=uX8XAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA11-PA30&dq  

          Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist

Parker Trojan - $27.50

Fox Sterlingworth - $25.00

Ithaca Field - $19.00

Torkelson B Grade - $25.00

Stevens 335 - $16.50

Fulton - $17.50

Baker Black Beauty - $18.00

Lefever Durston Special  - $25.00

Knox-All Hammerless (American Gun Co./Crescent) - $15.00

Iver Johnson - $18.00

Riverside Arms Co. (J. Stevens) - $15

Used gun retail and sale prices in the Dec. 1915 Forest & Stream

“Every gun has been put in splendid condition”

1917 William Galloway Co., Waterloo, Iowa

L.C. Smith Field - $33.75

Fox Sterlingworth - $33.95

Ithaca Field - $26.25

Stevens - $24.50

Stevens “The Upland” - $17.50

1918 E.C. Simmons, St. Louis

“The recollection of QUALITY remains long after the PRICE is forgotten”

L.C. Smith

        Hammer with Royal Steel - $39.90

        16g Hammer with “Fine Damascus” - $46.20

        Field (Armor Steel) - $57.80, AE - $76.50, AE+HOT - $112.40

        Ideal (London Steel) - $74.90, AE - $95.10, AE+HOT - $131.90

        Trap (Crown Steel or Damascus - 12g & 16g only) - $110.10, AE - $130.10,

AE+HOT - $166.90

Specialty (Nitro Steel or Damascus) - $130.80, AE - $150.70, AE+HOT -

$194.80

Eagle (Nitro Steel or Damascus) - $238.40, AE - $261.50, AE+HOT -

$308.70

Crown (Nitro Steel or Damascus) - $318.20, AE - $341.60, AE+HOT -

$388.80.

Ithaca Gun Co.

Field (Smokeless Powder Steel) - $49.10

No. 1 (Stub Twist) - $53.50

No. 1 1/2 (Damascus) - $62.50

No. 2 (Damascus) - $80.40

No. 3 (Chain Damascus or Krupp) - $107.10

No. 4 (Krupp or American Flag Damascus) - $133.90

Add AE - $18.40        

1918 High Grade MSRP Comparisons

Smith Monogram - $400

Parker AHE - $410

Ithaca No. 6E - $310

(1921 Folsom) Baker Deluxe - $385

Smith Crown - $250

Parker BHE - $300

Ithaca No. 5E - $210

(1921 Folsom) Baker Expert - $215

By 1919 both the Parker Trojan and the Fox Sterlingworth were listed at $55. In 1922 Fox dropped the price of the Sterlingworth to $48, then in 1926 down to $36.50.

The Ithaca Field Grade list price was $45 December 1, 1919. Ithaca purchased Lefever Arms Co. in 1916, introduced the inexpensive Lefever Nitro Special 1921, and the even less expensive Western Arms Long Range in 1929. 

1919 Hunter Arms Co. (Net) Price List

“Add 10% to prices hereon for U.S. Government Excise Tax”

Field (Armor Steel) - $40, AE - $50, AE+HOT - $70

Ideal (London Steel) - $50, AE - $60, AE+HOT - $80

Trap (Crown Steel) - $68.75, AE - $82, AE+HOT - $102.85

Specialty (Nitro Steel) - $82.50, AE - $92, AE+HOT - $122.50

Eagle (Nitro Steel) - $148.50, AE - $160, AE+HOT - $190

Crown (Nitro Steel) - $200, AE - $215, AE+HOT - $240

Monogram AE+HOT - $350

Premier AE+HOT - $600

De Luxe AE+HOT - $1000

Grade F Hammer Gun (Royal Steel) - $31.80

Fulton - $31

Fulton Special - $34

SBT

        Specialty - $125

        Eagle - $175

        Crown - $225

        Monogram - $350

1921 Tariff Information Survey, “Firearms”

https://books.google.com/books?id=IfxIAQAAIAAJ&pg=PP7&lpg                        

  1925 J.L. Galef Catalog

L.C. Smith

          Fulton - $30.25

          Fulton Special - $34.38

          Field - $42.25

Parker

          Trojan - $47.30

          VH - $59.40

Ithaca

          Field - $31.20

          No. 1 - $39.50

          Lefever Nitro Special - $23.25

Davis “Maximin” Wholesale - $20.25; SRP - $27.00

Winchester Model 12 - $43.30

1925 Union Hardware & Metal Co., Los Angeles

L.C. Smith

        Field AE - $57.25

        LRWF Field AE - $68

        Ideal AE - $73

        Ideal AE HOT - $105.50

A.H. Fox

        A Grade AE - $64.50

        Sterlingworth - $36.50; AE - $48.40

Ithaca Gun Co.

Field - $37.50; AE - $55

No. 1 AE - $65

Lefever Nitro Special - $28.25

Stevens 330 - $25        

Crescent Empire No. 60 - $25

Browning A5 No. 1 12g - $61

1926 Canton Hardware Co., Ohio

L.C. Smith (same as Hunter Arms SRP) 

          Field - $46.65; AE - $58.60

          Ideal - $55.70; AE - $68.80

          Fulton - $33.40

Ithaca

          Field - $37.50; AE - $55

          Lefever Nitro Special - $27.40

Stevens 335 - $27.75

Riverside 315 - $23

Springfield 312 - $20

1927 Schoverling, Daly & Gales Trade Price List for Catalogue No. 102

                  

…...........................................Retail................Trade (Net)

Single Barrel Trap Guns

Charles Daly

          165 SBT.......................$250..................$200

          200 SBT.................…..$300..................$250

Parker SC SBT.......................$160..................$130

Smith Specialty SBT..............$133..................$111

Ithaca 4E SBT........................$125..................$104

Fox J SBT..............................$125...................$105

Fox K SBT.............................$163..................$150

Pump Trap Guns

Remington

          11C Trap.......................$84...................$67

          11D...............................$150.................$111

          10T...............................$140..................$112

Winchester 97 Trap.................$95...................$70

Marlin 43T..............................$75....................$60

Hammerless Double Barrel

American Gun Co..........................................................Folsom catalog list

          Peerless 6......................$24....................$19....................$24.50

Empire 60......................$23...................$18....................$23.75

Davis Warner

            Ajax.............................$25....................$17

            Premier........................$30....................$18.50

Riverside 315..........................$24....................$19

Springfield 311.......................$23....................$18

Parker

          Trojan..........................$51.50...............$48

VH...............................$64.50...............$54

VHE.............................$84...................$74.50

DHE.............................$154.................$129

Smith

         Field......................................$40.........$33.....................$50

Field AE................................$58.........$48...…..........$62.60

Field AE & HOT...................$90.........$75

Ideal AE & HOT...................$105........$88

Trap AE & HOT....................$124.......$109.................$118.35

Specialty AE & HOT.............$143.......$120.................$140

Specialty DBT VR&HOT......$200.......$167

(After introduction of the Double Barrel Trap gun in 1920, the 'Trap

Package' included a beavertail Schnabel forend with the reinforced

    barrel lug, AE, HOT, and later a ventilated rib with two ivory

    beads, and recoil pad.)  

 Eagle AE & HOT......................$200......$167

 Monogram DBT VR & HOT....$555...$464

Ithaca

Lefever Nitro Special...............$28.25......$21.75

Field.........................................$37.50.......$30

No. 1........................................$47.50.......$39

No. 1 with AE & OT….............$95..........$74

No. 2…………………………..$57.50

No. 3…………………………..$75.00

No. 4…………………………..$100.00

A.H. Fox

Sterlingworth Ejector...............$48.40........$40

AE............................................$64.50.........$53

CE............................................$107............$90.50

     Add Single Trigger..............$30.............$25.50

Charles Daly

185............................................$275...........$225

275............................................$450...........$350

No. 20 OU................................$500............$450

1929 Stoeger Catalog No. 10

Standard Grade Winchester Model 12 - $49.25

Standard Grade Winchester Model 97 - $43.30

Marlin Model 42A - $42.20

Marlin Model 43A - $49.80

Remington Model 11A Standard Grade - $56.75

Remington Model 29A Standard Grade - $49.30

Two Trigger Extractor Doubles

Field Grade L.C. Smith - $40.00

Field Grade Ithaca NID - $37.50

Fox Sterlingworth - $36.50

Parker Bros. Trojan - $55.00

1929 Shapleigh Hardware Catalog

Field Grade L.C. Smith - $66.50...........AE - $85.50

Fox Sterlingworth - $60........................AE - $79

Parker Trojan - $86

Parker VH - $108..................................AE - $143

1934 John Varick Co. Manchester, N.H.

L.C. Smith Field - $43.20....................AE - $57.20............+HOT - $82.20

Skeet Upland Special - $55.10.............AE - $69.10............+HOT - $94.10

                                            1936 Hunter Arms SRP

Field - $43.20

Skeet - $54.10

Ideal - $60.25; add $14 for AE; $25 for HOT

Fulton - $25

Fulton Special - $31.75

Monogram - $525  (Parker AHE - $495; Ithaca No. 7E - $380)

1938 Vonnegut Hdw. Co., Indianapolis

Winchester 97 - $33.75

Stevens 620 - $33.65

Savage 430 - $39.50

A.H. Fox

        A Grade - $49.00................AE - $59.50

        SP - $49.00

        Sterlingworth - $35.00

Winchester Model 21

        Standard AE - $99.75

        Skeet AE - $111.25

Trap AE - $148.90

L.C. Smith

Field (NE) - $43.20        

Ideal (NE) - $60.25

Hunter Arms Hunter Special - $30.75

Ithaca NID

Field - $43.00

No. 1 - $62.15

1939 Stoeger Catalog  No. 31

Winchester Model 12 Standard Grade - $42.50

Remington Model 31AP - $42.95

Ithaca Model 37 Standard - $42.95

Two Trigger Extractor Doubles

New Ithaca Double Field Grade - $43.00

Lefever Nitro Special - $30.85

Lefever A-Grade - $37.35

Western Arms Long Range Double - $24.95

Iver Johnson Hercules - $35 / $32 in .410-bore

L.C. Smith Field Grade - $43.20 (Same as Hunter Arms SRP)

Hunter Arms Fulton - $25.00

Hunter Arms Hunter Special - $31.75

(Stoeger Catalog price lists courtesy of David Noreen)

U.S. Makers Double Gun Production

 

Dr. Jim Stubbendieck's L.C. Smith Production Records lists 528,980 gun produced by Hunter Arms and Marlin 1890-1950, of which 92,598 were boxlocks and 2,280 SBTs.

 

Lefever Arms Co. – about 64,000, plus D.M. Lefever cross bolt guns SN 1000 –

2250.

 

Baker – about 150,000, including the C grade boxlocks and SBTs.

The Double Gun Journal Vol. 3 No. 3 & 4, 1992;  Vol. 9 No. 2, 1998; and Vol. 14 No. 4, 2003 (with a serial number listing).

https://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/17434920 

 

Parker – about 240,000 (the SNs go to 236530 in 1934)

 

Ithaca – 400,000-410,000 Ithaca Gun Co. doubles; 260,000 Lefever Nitro Specials; and about 50,000 Western Arms Long Range guns.

 

No H.&D. Folsom Arms Co. nor Crescent Fire Arms Co. records survive, but Joe Vorisek estimated the following based on serial numbers:

Triumph Model hammerless double - less than 750 c. 1895

1897-1932 more than 1,200,000 doubles

Sidelock Hammerless (except Empire and Quail Model) - 450,000

Empire, New Empire and Quail Model Hammerless double - 120,000

Hammer Double (except small gauge) - 630,000

Small gauge hammer double - 40,000

Folsom, Crescent, American Gun Co. & Tradename Information

Colt

Model 1878 Hammer double 1878 - 1889: 22,683

Model 1883 Hammerless 1883 - 1895:  SNs 1 - 3,050 and 4,055 - 8,365

 

Remington Arms Co. produced 41,194 Model 1894 and 98,508 Model 1900 hammerless doubles, and 134,200 Model 1889 hammer doubles, for a total of 273,902 prior to February 1910 when Remington sold the entire inventory of breech loading shotguns to Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Co. in St Louis, courtesy of David Noreen.

Less precise numbers for E. Remington & Sons suggest about 23,500 top-lever hammer doubles and possibly as many as 13,300 lifter-action hammer doubles.

Charles Semmer, “Remington Arms Co.”, Double Gun Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 1989 and “Remington Whitmore Model 1875” Vol. 3, 2006.

Fox Gun Co. Baltimore 1894 - 1900: less than 1000

Baltimore Arms Co. 1900 – 1904: possibly 6000

Philadelphia Arms Co. 1902 – 1906: less than 2000

David Noreen The Double Gun Journal, Volume 10, Issues 1 & 3, 1999

“The Fox Gun Company of Baltimore City and Baltimore Arms Company” in The Gun Report, Volume 42, Number 9, February 1997

Ansley H. Fox Gun Co. courtesy of David Noreen.

Based on SNs a total of 204,475 doubles:

Graded guns:

35,285 12g

3,875 16g

3,974 20g

Sterlingworth

111,556 12g

28,481 16g

21,304 20g

Serial numbers have significant gaps however so the numbers are inexact

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=424758 

 

Syracuse Arms Co. courtesy of Tom Archer

Syracuse Arms Company production of hammerless guns started at SN #1 and continued into the low 39,xxx range.

SAC guns were marked as THE HOLLENBECK up to near serial number 5,000; then the name was changed to THE SYRACUSE for the balance of production.

The SYRACUSE box frame hammer gun model was a late production addition; possibly 2500 were made.

Jack Maedel & Tom Archer published an 8 part series in The Double Gun Journal 2005-2007; and Tom Archer “The Syracuse Arms Co. ‘D3’” in Vol. 3, 2012

 

Hollenbeck Gun Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, Three Barrel Gun Co, and Royal Gun Co. 1901-1910:

About 2000 guns, including Drillings and about 300 SBTs courtesy of David

Noreen

 

Joe Vorisek estimated less than 80,000 double shotguns were produced by A.J. Aubrey / Meriden Fire Arms Co. 1905 – 1918 based on SNs.

The Double Gun Journal Vol. 1, Issue 4, 1990 by Charles Carder; Vol. 6, Issue 3, 1995; Vol. 16, Issue 2, 2005 by James Tyson; Vol. 21, Issue 1, 2010 by Pete Mikalajunas

https://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/17474742 

 

Tobin Arms Mfg. Co., Norwich 1904 – 1909: about 11,000

David Noreen, Volume 5, Issue 1, 1994 and Volume 8, Issue 1, 1997 of The Double Gun Journal and Volume 39, Number 12, May 1994 of The Gun Report

https://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22641451 

 

American Shotgun makers 1860-1890 courtesy of Dr Bill McPhail

Wesson Firearms Co. Springfield, Mass. 1869 - 71: 300 - 400

Whitney Arms Co. 1868 - early 1870's:  700

Ethan Allen: 700

Boyd and Tyler: 700

Mortimer & Kirkwood 1874 - 1881: 400 - 1000 but many ML conversions

David Kirkwood 1881 - 97: 400 Early guns mostly boxlocks SN 1000 - 1200,

then higher quality sidelocks with a few Drillings SN 1200 - 1400

Patrick Mullin: several hundred ML and later breechloaders

Wm. Schaefer:  several hundred, but more than Mullin

Charles Sneider before 1873: several hundred at most; SN #1 September 1873.

        1880 – 1889 #400 Hammerless; 150 guns hammerless first Model Coil

        Spring action - up to #550. SN 550 - 720 leaf action hammer guns and

single barrels.

“Early American Shotgun Makers” by Robert Matthews & Dr. Bill McPhail, Double Gun Journal Vol. 4, 2006

American Arms Co., Boston: Model 1878 G.H. Fox side-swing patent and

        other models 3000 - 4000

No production records exist for J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co., Savage/Stevens, or Fox/Stevens double shotguns but were substantial.

 

No production records exist for doubles by:

Harrington & Richardson

Hopkins & Allen

N.R. Davis Arms Co. / N.R. Davis & Sons  / Davis Warner Arms Corp.

Andrew Fyrberg & Sons

Colton Fire Arms / Union Fire Arms Co. / Union Arms Co.

Torkelson Gun Co. / Spencer Gun Co.

Forehand Arms Co. / Utica Fire Arms Co.

Wilkes-Barre Gun Co.

Raymond Mattern & Larry Schuknecht Double Gun Journal Vol. 19,

Issue 4, 2008

Dates of Manufacture

 

L.C. Smith  http://www.lcsmith.org/shotguns/manufacture.html

 

Ithaca  http://www.ithacagun.com/pdfs/serialnumbers.pdf

Winchester

www.armscollectors.com/sn/windates.htm 

High Grade British and American

http://www.connecticutshotgun.com/dates.html 

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