Enders Special Service Shotgun

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  1. CountryGunsmith

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    Could someone give me some information on a 12ga. Enders Special Service shotgun? My serches have given me a little history and not much else. I suspect it was manufactured by Crescent Firearms Company of Norwich Conn. It is in good condition minus the furniture. Value?

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    More specifically, Crescent-Davis, which allows us to date the shotgun c.1930-35 (the time period after Stevens acquisition of Crescent, its subsequent merger with Davis, but before the phasing out of brand-naming).

    These shotguns were a trade-name of the famous EC Simmons hardware chain which was one of the country's largest from 1880-1939, when it was absorbed by Shapleigh's. Simmons is probably most famous for the "Keen-Kutter" brand, as well as other "KK" merchandise.

    These shotguns are currently not widely collected. Only a few of us appreciate the diversity of the brand-naming and the picture of late 19th/early 20th century merchandising it provides. Value of your shotgun without the wood is minimal, strictly as parts, probably no more than $50-$75.


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    And what did E.C. Simmons have for breakfast on April 17th, 1887?

    Doc, you absolutely amaze me!

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    He would have been 48 years old, and at the height of his hardware empire.

    Had I been in his shoes, I would have had a Denver omelette with a strip steak.


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    Welcome sidebyside

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    Thank's, AntiqueDr. I commend your expertise and appreciation of unique firearms.

    Thank you's to Warpig883 for the welcome and Xracer for the good natured banter.
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