Help me identify this shotgun


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Township75
December 4, 2003, 06:13 PM
My father, uncle and I were cleaning out the basement, and we found an old shotgun. My dad has never owned a gun, but my uncle has tons of them and when he looked at the gun, he felt it was an old one from the late 1800's.

I had a hard time believing this, but I really didn't have clue.

Here is a description of the gun, and if you think you can date it, please let me know:

12 gauge
It has a wood stock that was hand decorated with small holes, kind of like a bunch of pimples on the stock. My uncle said that was popular in the late 1800's
The side has on it inscribed in the metal:
Victor Plain
American Gun CO New York

on the bottom behind the trigger there is a number:
364272

On the very back of the stock, there is a black material that I thought was plastic. My uncle told me it was Bake-a-light (that may not be the spelling, but that is how he pronounced it).

So, if you have any idea of how old this gun is, our where to start looking, please reply here.

I can take a digital pic if you think you could identify using that.

Thanks in advance

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abaddon
December 4, 2003, 10:09 PM
Is it a single shot, side by side, over under, or pump? Bakelite is a type of plastic, that's just what they called it when it first came out.

Jeff

Jagermeister
December 5, 2003, 05:17 AM
Abaddon
American Gun Co of New York was a tradename used by H&D Folsom, (Crescent Arms Co) on shotguns made for Sears in the mid 1800's to 1900"s and also on Guns they sold.

Crescent Firearms Co made a Victor Dbl about this time, however Folsom bought out Crescent and continued to make the same guns as Crescent, until about 1930.

JM

Township75
December 5, 2003, 03:10 PM
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