Antique percussion shotgun

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  1. Black Knight

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    Over the last weekend I was at my brother's home and we looked through some things our dad had. One thing we found was a double barrel percussion shotgun. The gun is in such bad shape it would not be worth $100 for scrap metal. It appears to be in 20 gauge. I am trying to clean it up so will will be a decent looking wall hanger. The maker which is engraved on the side locks is Norris & Brother. On the barrel rib in a very lightly engraved manner is what I believe to be the words "Warrented Trust". The only thing I can find out is that the company was in operation sometime during the Civil War. I know this may be a long shot but if anyone knows anything about Norris & Brother I would appreciate any information given. I will never try to fire it because of its condition but it would look nice on the wall.
     
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    Contact Dixie gun works and you should be able to get an in depth answer to any questions you have on it's history.
     
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    Sure that is Warranted Trust and not Warranted Twist? As in twist steel for the barrels?
     
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    oneounceload, it could be. The engraving is very fine and my old eyes don't see as well as they used to.
    Uniquedot, I just sent them an email. Hopefully they will have some info on it.
     
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    Thanks for all the information. Uniquedot, I did get a response from DGW and they were able to give me some good info. It seems that Norris & Brother was in operation from 1840 to 1864. Vonderek, the one in your link is 1000% better than mine. The breach area where the nipples are is extremely deteriorated and one of the hammers will not stay on full cock. Right now its only use would be a wall hanger. My dad got it when his employer passed away and it had been stored in a basement that flooded often plus it was on the floor while in that basement. Now if I only knew the entire history of this particular gun, too bad all those who would know are no longer around. Again thanks for all your help.
     
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    I have always had good luck with DGW when I needed info on old guns or related items. Their knowledge and willingness to share is one reason I have been a customer of theirs for the past twenty five years.
     
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    Maybe you could cross-post this to the Blackpowder section...?
     
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