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empire arms shotgun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by james dent, Feb 23, 2010.

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  1. james dent

    james dent TS Member

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    i was give a empire arms shotgun it is a 12 sxs with damascus barrels and external hammers gun is in ruff shape. would like info. all iknow is what i was told by my grandma she said it was her uncles
     
  2. Fast Oil

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    Empire was made by Crescent Fire Arms Co.

    CRESCENT FIRE ARMS CO. & CRESCENT-DAVIS ARMS CORP.
    Previous manufacturers and trademarks manufactured circa 1888-1931 in Norwich, CT.
    In 1888, George W. Cilley bought out the defunct Bacon Arms Co. of Norwich, CT. He then formed an alliance with Frank Foster, and borrowed enough money to form the Crescent Fire Arms Company. Cilley and Foster each held several firearms patents, and both were highly qualified in firearms design and manufacture. Production began with single shot tip-up shotguns that had an external side hammer. Double barrel shotgun production was started in 1891. In 1893, they began making bicycle chains, and that same year, H&D Folsom took over the company's financial control. Early in the 1890s, Crescent built a rifle that resembled the Remington No. 4. A very rare Crescent was the .410 bore shotgun pistol, which was introduced in the 1920s. In 1929, N.R. Davis Firearms Co., then owned by Warner Arms Corp., merged with Cresent to become Crescent-Davis Arms Corp. Because of financial crisis, business continued to decline, and they were forced to sell out. Savage Arms Co. acquired Cresent-Davis in 1931, assembled guns from the remaining parts, and these guns were sold under the Crescent name only. In 1932, the city of Norwich, CT, took over the Crescent property for non-payment of back taxes. After the Norwich facility was closed, manufacture was moved to Chicopee Falls.
    It is unknown whether or not Crescent did any high grade or custom work. However, a very well engraved SxS, with the Crescent logo, is known to exist in a private collection.
    Crescent Fire Arms Company remains best known as a manufacturer of "house brand" shotguns (i.e., Crescent private labeled guns for retailers, distributors, mail-order houses, etc.). Over 100 different trademarks have been observed to date, manufactured by Crescent. Almost all the remaining specimens today are priced as shooters and have no collector value.
     
  3. locdoc

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    Thanks for the info........... I too have an Empire S x S in the same condition.

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
  4. Drew Hause

    Drew Hause Well-Known Member

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    Later hammerless c. 1931

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  5. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    So Jimmy, is this your new Annie gun? Prolly better than that old beater Browning you have been using.

    How is your spaz dog Buck theses days? (Gus want to know)
     
  6. james dent

    james dent TS Member

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    no my old beater still shoots good has won me some shoots so can't complain
     
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