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Old February 16, 2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Need help Id'ing Double barrel front load shotgun

I inherited a shotgun which I'd like to have help identifying and possibly putting a value on.

It is a double barrel muzzle loader that has Damas Anglais etched in gold on the rib between the barrels.

Besides the numbers there is an oval that has

The pictures describe it better than I'm able to.


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Old February 16, 2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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Old February 17, 2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Most likely made for the European hunting trade (sling swivels installed), you have a Belgian-made (ELG) wallhanger - due to the visible rust creeping out from between the damascus/twist barrels at the connecting ribs, and the surface rust pitting.

If it's shot, even with low-powered BP loads, there's an excellent chance of severe physical harm to the shooter, when a hidden weak spot in the damascus fails.

If that much rust is visible, you can rest assured quite a bit more isn't (like interwoven/hidden within the twisted iron of the barrel material).

I respectfully advise that you permanently plug the ignition holes, unseen under the nipples - so that some innocent won't harm themselves or another in your absence.

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Old February 17, 2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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Damas Anglais means "English Damascus" or "English Twist" an effort by the Belgian maker to trade on the high quality of English Damascus barrels. The gun appears to be of good quality, though, and likely dates to about 1845.

I hesitate to try and evaluate it, but it might bring a few hundred from the right buyer.

I second PetahW's excellent advice not to fire it or sell it to anyone who plans to.

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Old February 18, 2013, 06:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help guys.

Sounds like it's just a good gun to look at, as you said.

I appreciate your time and help.

God Bless
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