Mystery 12 gauge, marked Utica Arms Co.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rauth5536, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. rauth5536

    rauth5536 New Member

    I bought this at a Gun show, the guy didn't know anything about it and either do i. I'm mostly interested in the manufacture date, but any information would be much appreciated.

  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

    It was made August 16,1922.
    Sorry I was just kidding. I doubt anyone can tell you when it was made. It is just one of thousands of different guns from that general time period about which not much is known.

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Look under the barrels at the breech end and see if there is an oval with the letters E over LG. If there is, it's a Belgium contract made import for the hardware and mail order trade at the turn of the 20th century. If no markings, it was most likely made by Crescent Firearms of Norwich, Ct.

    This is a common smoothbore of the early 1900's manufactured by any number of contracted gunmakers and sold at retail.

    Utica Arms is a trade name used by Simmons Hardware Company on their guns.
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    The USUAL suspect for these type of shotguns is Crescent, but they did not use that name. Hopkins and Allen did make a Utica Arms, but not Utica Gun Company. This was from a time when, if your ordered a dozen guns, they would mark them with ANY name you wanted. Meriden (Sears Roebuck) may also be a suspect.