Dating my american gun co shotgun
Since the book ends with the year 1900, however, the same man could have made guns after 1900 or found it more and more advisable to do less in his own shop and sell guns by makers in the gunmaking centers.
When placing his order he could request that his name will be engraved on the gun or even be inlayed in precious metals.
We are building this archive and get new information all the time.
But it is a slow process that will take years and some information will never be found.
We still don’t know for sure who made the gun and whether the second name was possibly that of the engraver, the barrel maker or the lock maker.
This identification must be left to the serious collector or engraver with historic interest.We are lucky in that we have found an engraver in Suhl who is also a collector of information about engravers.So, be patient in trying to find answers to your questions.The following articles with the title “ are well worth reading, Proof Marks are usually found on the underside of the barrels, and if a gun has German proof marks and was made in 1892 or later, you know that the gun was proof tested in Germany.This is no assurance however, that all components of the guns where made in Germany, The gun making center in Liege in Belgium was known for the good quality of their shotgun barrels that were used by gun makers in other countries.