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gunpowder
January 19, 2000, 11:11 PM
Ever hear of a dimascas double barrel from Gold Hibbard called "The Interchangable". Value, background, age, would be interesting.

Harley Nolden
January 20, 2000, 08:18 AM
Gunpowder:
I don't have that specific piece, however, I do have the company and a brief history. The value is difficult without a description, but these old shotguns average from $250.00 - $100.00.

Hibbard Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett Chgo Il


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

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gunpowder
January 20, 2000, 11:39 AM
Thanks for the info Harley. It is one of those pass-me-downs that I couldn't find any info on. I was wondering if you might know why they called it "The Interchangable"?

Harley Nolden
January 20, 2000, 11:58 AM
Gunpowder:
Sorry I really don't know, unless, it was interchangable with different Gauges.(Barrels)

HJN

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