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28-7
February 16, 2002, 01:58 PM
I saw an old 20gauge SxS the other day, the fellow tried to sell it to me. I don't know anything about it and don't know anyone who does. It's a Cumberland (Arms) I think,not sure about the arms part. Didn't look at real close but it's a neat little gun. He said it was made in 1911. Can anyone tell me anything about this and does it have any collector value? I can't find it in any of my books. Thanks. 28-7

Steven Mace
February 16, 2002, 07:56 PM
Cumberland Arms Co. was a trade name used by Grey & Dudley Hardware Company of Nashville, TN on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company. Harley knows the history of Crescent.

Steve Mace

Harley Nolden
February 17, 2002, 05:35 AM
Here you are:


CRESCENT ARMS

This Company mfg’d good quality, inexpensive side by side and single Bbl shotguns and was founded in 1883. They were bought by the H&D Folsom Arms Company of New York, importers and distributors of firearms and sporting goods.

After the purchase of Crescent, the Folsom Company was able to offer a complete range of shotguns, imported English French, Belgium and American made Crescents. By the turn of the century Crescent Arms produced huge quantities of “Hardware Guns” it produced guns under direct contract to distributors, mail order housed and hardware distributors with any brand name the customer requested. Crescent also produced guns for its parent company, as Folsom house brands that were sold to customers that did not want their own brand name.

By the lat 1890's Crescent was producing basically five grade of dbl bbl shotguns offering a model for most tastes. The Crescent /Folsom Arms Company continued this type of business until 1930 when it merged with Davis Warner Arms Corp and became the Crescent-Davis Arms Corp. In 1932 it assets and machinery were bought by Stevens Arms Company, a victim of changing tastes and the depression

28-7
February 17, 2002, 09:31 AM
Thank you all. I had a feeling I should have posted this on your forum anyway Harley. You seem to always have some answers. It's probably not worth much then,right? Thanks again, 28-7

Harley Nolden
February 17, 2002, 10:50 AM
2-87:
Values on these guns will run from around $100.00 to $1,000.00 depending upon the condition and engraving if any. Average is around $250.00.

HJN