I acquired this old shotgun a couple of years back because I really liked the way it looks.
I have never shot it, nor do I intend to ever do so.
It is a Belgium made gun with all the Liege proof marks that designate a Black Powder firearm.
I assume this gun was made and imported in the early decades of last century somewhere around 1910 - 1920... or, I wonder if its year of manufacture could be earlier - somewhere around 1900?
Now, I know that literally hundreds of thousands of these shotguns were produced in Belgium in this era and that were imported into the US in large numbers.
These guns were sold at most Hardware Stores, General Stores, Feed Supply Stores, "Mom & Pop" stores... really just about anywhere a person would go to buy tools and supplies - at VERY low prices.
The value of these inexpensive (cheap really) guns I know was, nor is great.
These old shotguns can be had as interesting "wall-hangers" - the only purpose most are fit for nowadays usually for well under $100.
Now, as I said I bought this gun because I like how it looks - it is quite different than most I've seen from this period.
To begin with, the barrels are stamped "FINE STEEL
" - I don't think that these are of the more common laminated variety, the wound and hammer-welded. "Twist", "Stubb Twist" and "Damascus" barrels.
Secondly - the engraving on the gun, while not "high quality" is pretty nice and does not appear to be all machine engraving, but some of it executed by hand.
Finally, the work on the stock (checkering and brass studding) is pretty intricate, aesthetically pleasing and makes the firearm "stand out".
The gun is in excellent working order - fine mechanically, action is tight and crisp, barrels lock up properly and firm and as it has mirror bores it seems the gun was not used much or at least very well cared for.
Following are some pictures (quite a few actually).
Any comments as to dating, value (although I am definitely NOT selling this one, as I said, "I like it"), or any other observation, etc. would be most welcomed.