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blitzen25cat 08-14-2013 01:00 AM

The Bridge Gun Company
 
Hey folks. I was given an old single shot top break shotgun 12ga. ser.no. A7345xx. On the barrel is The Bridge Gun Co. On the receiver it says Black Prince. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance. Regards Dick

c3shooter 08-14-2013 01:09 AM

BRIDGE GUN COMPANY Tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company.

The Crescent Firearms Company was founded in 1888 in Norwich, Ct. in a partnership between George Cilley and Frank Foster. Both partners held several patents for firearms manufacture and design. George Cilley had bought out Bacon Arms, which had gone out of business. The first gun Crescent Firearms Company produced was a side hammered, single shot, breakdown shotgun. They started producing double
barrel shotguns in 1891. In the 1920's, Crescent Produced a rare .410 gauge pistol. In 1929 Crescent Firearms Company merged with the N. R. Davis Firearms Company and was renamed as the Crescent-Davis Arms Corporation. This merger lasted 2 years and, due to financial problems, sold out in 1931 to the Savage Arms Company. Crescent Firearms Company held well over 100 trademarks and was known for selling their products under private labels to many stores, such as Western Auto, Montgomery Ward, Sears and others. Guns manufactured by the Crescent Firearms Company do not hold any value to collectors, though many of them hold a sentimental value from being passed down through generations in families.

http://www.thckk.org/history/shapleigh-history.pdf

blitzen25cat 08-14-2013 02:49 AM

Thanks for the info Shooter. This old topbreak did quite well at turkey shoots back in the 80's and 90'S. It belonged to a friend's uncle who recently passed away. My friend knew that I was into guns so he offered it to me. I insisted that he take something but all he wanted was that it go to a good home. I'll never sell it. Best regards Dick


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