I have a 12 ga double barrel shorgun that belonged to my father. I think a 1920-30 vintage. It is an Eastern Arms Co, marked Pat. April 20, 1915. Inside it has stamped E7058 9 (possibly not a 9, but some other figure). I know it is refered to "Hardware" type gun, meaning it was marketed to stores like Sears. Does anyone have information as to when it was made and it's current value? I would like to pass this on to my grandson along with as much information as I can. Thanks.
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April 3, 2010, 01:07 PM
Eastern Arms Company: Trade name used by the Sears, Roebuck and Company of Chicago on both shotguns and inexpensive revolvers made by the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works. But probably more likely made by Meridan Arms company which Sears owned.
Sears had a falling out with IJ very early in the contract arrangement and moved on.