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(2/23/02 8:58:30 pm)
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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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(2/24/02 9:23:02 am)
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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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(2/24/02 9:40:05 am)
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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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(2/24/02 3:10:27 pm)
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Welcome sidebyside

I think he had a bottle of Bob's Best and three eggs over easy with a large rare t-bone
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... -- Bill Clinton, US President (USA Today, 11 Mar 1993, page 2a)

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(2/28/02 12:15:58 am)
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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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