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November 22, 1999, 09:25 PM
I have had an, I think older Essex, for a number of years, shoot a few bunnies once in a while and a few clays. Ive been able to find nothing in my Blue Book or any other reference. It is beautifully engraved, screw heads ect. Points very nicely and is a real pleasure to shoot. Who is/was the Essex Firearms Co.?

Harley Nolden
November 23, 1999, 08:05 AM
You shotgun was mfg'd by Crescent House, under the Belknap and Essex Brand. It is considered to be a good utility shotgun.

This is a brief BIO on Crescent House:

Essex Belknap Louisville KY


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 houses 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 grades 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 its assets and machinery were bought by Stevens Arms Company, a victim of changing tastes and the depression


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November 24, 1999, 11:37 AM
Harley, appreciate your info. There was something else I was going to ask. Is it typical to I.D. the choke in Metric. Ill have to break it down tonight and take a look again, as to what the actual size is, but I remember it is in metric. Thanks for the great info.