Old shot gun

Discussion in 'Guns - Blackpowder' started by FROG, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. FROG

    FROG New Member

    I have a 12 guage or so I think it is a 12 guage it was made by W.H.DAVENPORT FIRES ARMS CO. It was patened on OCT. 8 1894.model 1895.Can anyone give me some info. on the company or the gun it self. I am trying to find out the value of it any help will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Jesse168

    Jesse168 Member

    Memphis, Tennessee
    There's not a lot of information available and most authors disagree on that. Carey's American Firearms Makers says the company was in Norwich Ct from 1855 to 1894 and made single shot percussion and metallic cartridge rifles. Vorisek's Shotgun Markings lists 4 different names, W.H. Davenport Firearms Company, W.H. Davenport Arms Company, Davenport Arms Company, and W.H. Davenport & Co., and gives dates from 1878 to 1910. The Standard Catalog says they made single barrel shotguns from 1880 to 1915 and single shot rifles from 1891 to 1910. Traister's Antique Guns says they made single shot and double barrel shotguns in Providence, RI. The Official Price Guide to Antique and Modern Firearms says single and double shotguns in Providence, 1880-1883, and Norwich, 1890-1900.

    This is what I found I hope it helps. I just this evening saw your post.