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John Y Cannuck
December 15, 2000, 12:29 PM
I have a 16 guage caplock shotgun.
The only markings are "Bridgeport"
Any ideas on what the history of this old gun might be?

Harley Nolden
December 15, 2000, 01:49 PM
According to my records, H&D Folsom made a shotgun called the Bridgeport for Belknap Hardware Co of Louisville KY. Here is the story on the Crescent/H&D Folsom Co.


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.


John Y Cannuck
December 23, 2000, 01:21 PM
Many thanks, It's a good shooter, and not Damascus.