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illuminatus99
December 13, 2002, 04:14 AM
I've been trying to find info on this shotgun and can't find anything, the markings don't bring up anything on the web so does anyone have an idea of what it is and what it might be worth if anything?

http://www.illuminated-media.com/dave/shotgun

Mike Irwin
December 13, 2002, 12:35 PM
What are the markings on it?

They're not really readable due to glare.

illuminatus99
December 13, 2002, 06:56 PM
here's the markings, this is the same gun I posted about a while back but this time with pictures, the closest I've seen is a WM Parkhurst it looked very similar but had a more modern style stock like you'd see on a rifle, it also didn't have any engraving or gold inlay.

S.P.I. 14353
207 C D
A wierd symbol with the word "choke" under it.
17.4/18.3
3 *s between the barrels

Mike Irwin
December 13, 2002, 08:07 PM
OK,

It's continental European, as shown by the choke markings in milimeters.

SPI I'm not familiar with, unfortunately.

It's got the general look of a generic Belgian gun.

The strange symbol is probably the proof mark, and would tell you where it was made, and possibly generally when, but I think manufacture date is probably sometime between 1880 and 1900.

Oh! I can make out a proof mark on the underside of the barrels near the locking block. ELG in a circle under a crown is, IIRC, the mark of Liege, the big proof house in Belgium.

I can also make out "Full Choke" on one of the barrels (monitor at home is a LOT better than the one at work), which to me indicates it was made pretty much for the American trade, or else it would be in French.

I think you've got a pretty common "shop gun" of the period. Tons of inexpensive guns made in Belgium around Liege for export.

illuminatus99
December 14, 2002, 01:13 AM
so it's probably not worth anything then?

Mike Irwin
December 14, 2002, 01:55 AM
Hard to say for sure, but I'd bet really no.