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Any help identifying ~100 yr old shotgun?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by circuitspore, Mar 15, 2009.

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  1. circuitspore

    circuitspore Member

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    The story: I received this gun 15+ years ago, it belonged to my great-grandfather. He and my great grandmother ran an antiques shop, and this was a random item from the shop, not a long-cherished passed-down family relic.

    12 ga, break action. "Nitro Washington" engraved on the side, "Patented August 12, 1913" on the barrel.

    From what I've gathered, this a house brand shotgun, but that's about all I have. Any info on this thing? Any idea on value? (I'm expecting it to be worth next to nothing.)

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    The J. Stevens Arms Company (Nitro Washington) was bought by Savage in 1920. As far as I can tell your shotgun is worth about 200 bucks or so.
     
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    Patent Anyone?

    Here's what's in the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

    Patent # 1070145
     
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    The patent date is not the date of manufacture. It could be up to 24 years newer .
     
  6. Jim K

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    "Nitro" in those days meant the gun could be fired with smokeless powder, and usually meant the barrels were solid rather than Damascus.

    But, given the age of the gun, I would strongly recommend against firing it.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks for the info guys. I'll probably see if anyone else in the family wants it, since I have no use for it, and I'm trying to unload 'unused' things.

    Yeah, wasn't planning on trying. :eek: Last thing I need is a shotgun blowing up in my face.
     
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