Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
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Well, pictures usually help- A LOT. Joseph Golcher was from the Philadelphia area in the 1800s, and was a lockmaker- that is, he made the locks for guns. Many a local smith would get one part from one maker, another from another, add them to the parts he made, and you had a gun. That's why you have his name on the lock- good advertising for him.
I was looking into your 2 weapons yesterday and had to quite to get some other stuff done but I will try and find out more on them if possable.
What I have found so far is that the names on them are the Lock makers name. Joseph Golcher was the lock maker for your rifle and Fred k Simes was the lock maker for your shotgun.
The company that manufactured the shotgun may be an English company that used the words London fine twist to sell their guns. There is some indications that they may of had a small manufacturing company also here in the U.S.
The dates that these shotguns could of been manufactured in were between 1801 to 1900.
Take a real good close look at the barrel and chamber area of the shotgun and see if there is any stamping on or around them, look for 2 numbers one may say 12 and the other may say 13 or 14.
The rifle I would need some more info on maybe a pic or two, also does the stock of the shotgun have anything carved into the wood?
yes certenly pics will help I to am looking for more info on these remarkable firearms. Just came across a excellant one that still has the origanal ram-rod.It also has a door on the right side of the butt-stock for the wadding. Having a reall difficult time pinning down a time frame. Have you removed the foreend and looked for any makers marks. That was a comon place for these firearms.