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A Coast Guard friend of mine has asked to see if I can find some info about an old SJ&D 12ga S/S he recently inherited.


We know they were built late 1800s to early 1900s in Belgium by Simmons Janssen & Dumoulin. Damascus barreled, they were designed for black powder and not safe to shoot with any type of modern smokeless powder.


The pictures aren't that good but do give an idea of its condition.


Any experts out there that can tell us more about these and their value on today's market?


Thanks,


Guy Babin












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Dumoulin Freres & Cie, Liege, was founded in 1849 by Andre-Auguste Dumoulin, run by his widow after his early death and then by his sons. The Dumoulin Brothers, Albert Simonis and Joseph Janssen were all founding members of les Fabricants d'Armes Reunis, 1886 and of Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre in 1889.

http://www.littlegun.be/arme%20belge/artisans%20identifies%20s/a%20simonis%20janssen%20and%20dumoulin%20gb.htm

SJ&D made some nice guns; but that gun was not of high quality when new, has twist barrels and what appears to be a pin in the stock, the top lever is well left of center, and under no circumstances should it be fired with ANY load.

As a family legacy it is of course priceless; it has NO value as a shooter.
 
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