How old

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by gocritter, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. gocritter

    gocritter New Member

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    An 80 yr old friend has his mothers old shotgun and would like to know its age.It is a model -94B- 410 ga springfield manufactured by J Stevens arms company in chickapee n.y. As it has no serial number I think he has no chance. What say you?
     
  2. dcp1987

    dcp1987 New Member

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    well the company was in business from 1888 to 1920 when it was bought out by savage arms.
    with the models produced betweeen 1948-1968 theres a letter code stamped behind the hinge pin or ahead of the trigger gaurd.
     

  3. 4jeepers

    4jeepers New Member

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    If I remember right, J Stevens in N.Y. was manufacturing shotguns for Sears and Roebuck since the 1890s or something like that. I would guess the early 1900s? Try to look for smokeless powder proof marks on the piece and that can narrow the time frame! I will check some other sources and get back to you with any information that I can gather! Good Luck! :confused:
     
  4. gocritter

    gocritter New Member

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    more information. The fellows mother got the gun when she was 12 and he is 81. Under the fore end there are stamped the following, a dominant d v,then to the right and slightly higher there is a B in a circle,then to the right and slightly above is an I in a circle, about half way to the fore end clip there is an A. The fellow is somewhat of a history buff so he would love to know about his mothers 410. He thanks you all for the effort. I am only a little younger then him and I have converted him into a full fledged gun nut.
     
  5. WILDCATT

    WILDCATT New Member

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    savage/stevens

    manufactured 1929-*last MSR was $92.discontinued about 1978.no numbers before 1968.safe to shoot if not rusted thru.or loose:rolleyes:
     
  6. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    It was J. Stevens and Co from 1864-1886. It was J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. from 1886-1915. J. Stevens Arms Co. from 1915-1940. Stevens from 1940-1991.