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deadeyemick
April 14, 2002, 11:38 AM
can anyone help me with info about belmont shotguns

James K
April 14, 2002, 11:21 PM
I have nothing on that brand name, but it could have been one of the many hardware store brands made by Crescent and others.

You might be able to tell if it is American, though. Look on the bottom rear of the barrels and the top of the receiver (called the "water table") where the barrels close. If you see symbols, they probably are foreign proof marks. One might be an oval with the letters ELG and a star, or with what looks like a tower. These are Belgian proof marks. Many thousands of Belgian shotguns, usually of mediocre quality, were sold here around a century ago.

Also check to see if the barrels are Damascus. If they are, I would certainly recommend that you not shoot the gun. If you are not aware of what I mean, take the gun to a gunsmith for a check.

Jim

Harley Nolden
April 15, 2002, 03:47 AM
What Jim is saying is in all probability correct. I don't have anything on this shotgun either, however, here is the story on "Hardware Guns."


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

HJN