I bought a couple guns at an estate sale last weekend and if you have been following the restors I have been doing in the gunsmithing area you will understand my desire to tackle these two guns and I like to know as much about the guns I restore as possible when I blog about the project but I must confess I dont know much about this gun other than what I have been able to get from the web (and some of that info in contradictory) so I am here to ask for insight from the folks here since you seem very knowledgeable in matters regarding IDing old guns. Im given to understand it to be about 100 years old. I understand it is a very low value gun. I will also assume its chambered for 2 1/2 inch shells. Here are pictures of one of the guns. Im most interested in approx. date of manufacture and model and what the clover next to the 55 means.
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
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You can get an approximate date from the way the company name is marked on the gun.
J. Stevens and Company = 1864 to 1886.
J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co = 1886 to 1916.
J. Stevens Arms Co = 1920 to about 1948.
Stevens (or Savage/Stevens) = about 1948 to 1991 or after 1999.
No Stevens guns were made 1917-1919 or 1992-98.
The Stevens/Savage guns seem to be rather hard to get info on. I've got a Savage Arms 12g that I'm having a hard time finding info on myself. Mine is nowhere near as old as this though. I'm going to make a stop at my city library and see if I can dig anything up on them. If I find anything that might help with this gun I'll pass it along.