View Full Version : Stanley Arms Shotguns?

August 24, 2001, 08:25 PM
A friend of mine has an antique shotgun. IT is a double barrell 12 guage and is manufactured by Stanley Arms. I have tried to look up information on Stanley Arms but have come up with nothing, any information on the company would be greatly appreciated.

August 25, 2001, 08:36 AM
The only information I can find offhand is from Side by Sides of the World by Charles E. Carder
STANLEY ARMS CO. Made by Dumoulin of Belguim and listed in the 1895 Montgomery-Ward & Co catalogue. Sidelock, outside hammers, double triggers, laminated barrels, engraved, checkered wood, pistolgrip, splinter forearm, left side lever opening.

Harley Nolden
August 25, 2001, 10:43 AM
According to a publication of Trade Names there are two listings under the Stanley:

Registered trade name of the Wiebusch and Hilger Co of New York and was used on firearms they retailed.

Name used on shotguns that H&D Folsom Arms Co retailed.

Montgomery Ward, Sears, J.C. Penny also purchased these shotguns.

In any event, the shotgun you have falls into the "Hardware Gun" catagory. these are shotguns made by a major mfg of the 20's and 30's for anyone who wanted their name on it.

Here is the 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