View Full Version : Keen Kutter Shotgun ???

Kevin Shull
October 22, 2000, 09:37 PM
I need some help I have recieved a "Keen Kutter" single bbl shotgun. Can anyone help me identify who made it, who sold them ect... thank you in advance.

Dave McC
October 24, 2000, 06:10 AM
Beats me,Kevin, you might do better with this query over on Harley Noldens BB.

Harley Nolden
October 24, 2000, 06:29 AM
Your shotgun is what we call "A Hardware Gun," in that it was made by Crescent Arms Co for the Shapleigh Hardware Co of St. Louis MO.

Here is the Crescent Story:


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

Hope this helps.