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INFORMATION-DIAMOND ARMS CO

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by glen smith, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. glen smith

    glen smith New Member

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    HELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I HAVE A 12 GAUGE SHOOTGUN THAT HAS DIAMOND ARMS CO. ST LOUIS MO ON IT, I COULDN'T FIND ANY DATE ON IT. I WAS WANTING TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GUN. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

    GLEN SMITH
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Hi Glen.......welcome to TFF.

    Possibly made by Crescent FA Co. of Norwich, CT.....largest maker of "Hardware Store Shotguns" from the 1890's to the 1930's.

    "Diamond Arms Co. - (some models) made for Shapleigh Hdw. Co. of St. Louis, MO"

    Check the watertable....if it has proofmarks (look for a Crown over an oval with ELG), that means it was made in Belgium.

    If no proofs, most probably made by Crescent.
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    Google it and you'll get to WIKIanswers and a lot on Daimond Shotguns. Like ...

    What is the value of a Diamond 12gauge shotgun?


    First answer by All Hat No Horse. Last edit by All Hat No Horse. Contributor trust: 878 [recommend contributor]. Question popularity: 37 [recommend question]

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    If you are asking about one of the Diamond series automatics or pumps imported from Turkey in the last 4 or 5 years, I can't help except to say they seem to be moderately priced in new condition. I will assume you are holding a Diamond Arms single or double barrel shotgun c. 1890-1914. These were made for Shapleigh Hardware Co of St Louis by various manufacturers in the US and Belgium. Some will be hammerless, some back-hammer boxlocks, and some open-hammer sidelocks. There will be damascus, twist, and fluid steel barrels. A newer gun with fluid barrel may still be useable, but most should be retired and are valued only as a mantle decoration. Double barrels usually trade for $150-$250 and single shots for $25-$100 depending on condition.
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