What IS It?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by cmphoto, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. cmphoto

    cmphoto New Member

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    Hi, I work with an estate auction company and we are about to sell an old shotgun which has pretty much rust on the top of the barrell and it is hard to make out all the lettering.
    Not being much of a "gun person", I have no idea what to even call it and wondered if some of you fine folks could give me some hints.
    The lettering that I can make out is: *is a letter that I can't make out
    "*EW **AVEN FOR* ? *FIREARMS CO ******** CONN, U.S.A."
    Any hints that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You,
    Cliff
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    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    Hint :D New Haven Firearms
    1866, Oliver Winchester buys control of New Haven Arms Company
    Changed the name to Winchester
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    cmphoto New Member

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    Thank you so much.
    Here is a link to the picture of it on the auction site. If you don't mind, can you look at it and maybe tell me more. If it is indeed that old, do you have any idea of the approximate worth?

    http://www.able-auctions.com/images_2006/simmons/shot.jpg

    Thanks again,
    Cliff
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    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    It's not that old. Winchester bought out New Haven Arms Co and continued mfg under the New Haven name.

    In the 1920's and 30's these were sold for a few $$$ as "Hardware Store" guns.

    Your gun has little collector value and for the appearance of it in the pic probably not worth $100.
  5. cmphoto

    cmphoto New Member

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    Okay, thanks. That was what I was wanting to know. It is not my gun and now I ain't gonna buy it.
    Thanks,
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    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    I might add that O.F. Mossberg also made a "New Haven" line.
    These are were the bottom of the Mossberg line.
    If it is a Mossberg it's still worth <$100
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    southernshooter New Member

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    Welcome cmphoto, $100 dollars sounds about right. You shoulda waited about 50 years passed down your family and then it would be worth a little bit of money

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