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    Default Common brand names for shotguns produced or imported by Crescent & Folsom

    With thanks to jjk308 for finding this list and requesting that it be made a sticky.

    The Crescent, Crescent-Davis, and H.&D. Folsum companies manufactured or imported shotguns from appx 1888 to the 1950's and here is a listing of most of the brand names those shotguns were sold under.

    For anyone asking about one of these brands - They are Crescent/Folsoms, a mostly very inexpensive line of shotguns produced from about 1890 to 1930. The most common are Crescents, a sidelock SxS which may be stamped with any of 100 plus "Hardware Store" brand names. Even if serviceable they will at least will require constant attention, being both built to a very low price point and made back when labor was cheap and shooters were expected to have their guns serviced, cleaned and tightened up by a gunsmith every year. Earlier ones are damascus/laminated and the usual precautions apply.

    From bferg, at answers.yahoo.com
    Crescent Firearms Company and H.& D. Folsom guns. From 1888 to 1899, Crescent made shotguns on its own. Sometime around 1900, the company merged with N.R. Davis and H.& D. Folsom, becoming Crescent- Davis. Crescent made shotguns for many, many companies under many names.
    H.& D. Folsom was located at 312-14 Broadway, New York, N.Y., and imported and distributed firearms from about 1890 to 1930. At some point they merged with Crescent-Davis, and were finally sold in 1954 to Universal Tackle and Sporting Goods Co. Far from complete, the following list includes brand and trade names of Crescent-made and Folsom-imported shotguns:. These firearms which are sometime called "Hardware Guns" are considered to be the most prolific of all manufacturers of private label guns. Almost all the remaining specimens today are priced as shooters and have no collector value. Followed is a list of names manufactured by Crescent Firearms:
    American Bar Lock Wonder
    American Boy
    American Gun Co.
    American Nitro
    Armory Gun Co.
    Baker Gun Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Baklmann Hardware Co.
    Barker Gun Co.
    Bartlett & Co.
    Bellmore Gun Co.
    Berkshire No. 3000
    Black Beauty
    Bluefield Clipper
    Bluegrass Arms Co.
    Blue Whistler
    Bridge Black Prince
    Bridge Gun Co.
    Bridge Gun Works
    Bridgeport Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Bright Arms Co.
    C.G. Bonehill
    C.W. Franklin
    Canadian Belle
    Carolina Arms Co.
    Caroline Arms
    Central Arms Co.
    Charles Richter
    Chatham Arms Co.
    Cherokee Arms Co.
    Chesapeake Gun Co.
    Chicago Long Range Wonder
    Colonial
    Columbian New York Arms Co.
    Compeer
    Connecticut Arms Co.
    Cumberland Arms Co.
    Creve Cour (If no proof marks.)
    Cruso
    Daniel Boone Gun Co.
    Delphian Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Delphian Manufacturing Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Diamond Arms Co.
    Dunlap Special
    E.C. Mac
    Elgin Arms Co.
    Elmira Arms Co.
    Empire Arms Co.
    Empire State Arms Co.
    Enders Oakleaf
    Enders Special Service
    Enders Royal Service
    Essex
    Excel
    Farwell Arms Co.
    Faultless
    Faultless Goose Gun
    Folsom Arms Co.
    F.F. Forbes
    Fort Pit Arms Co.
    Fremont Arms Co.
    Gold Medal Wonder
    Greenfield
    H.B.C.
    H.S.B. & Co.
    Hanover Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Harrison Arms Co.
    Hartford Arms.Co.
    Harvard
    Hermitage
    Hip Spe Bar
    Hibbard
    Howard Arms Co.
    Hudson
    Hunter
    Interstate Arms Co.
    Jackson Arms Co.
    J.H. Lau & Co.
    J. Manton & Co.
    John L Smythe & Co.
    Joseph Arms Co.
    K K
    Keen Kutter
    Kingsland Special
    Kingsland 10 Star
    Kirk Gun Co.
    Knickerbocker
    Knockabout
    Knoxall
    Laclede Gun Co.
    Lakeside
    Leader Gun Co.
    Lee's Special
    Lee's Munner Special
    Long Range Marvel
    Long Range Winner
    Long Range Wonder
    Marshwood
    Massachusetts Arms Co.
    Metal & Hardware Co.
    Mears (If no proof marks.)
    Metropolitan
    Minnesota Arms Co.
    Mississippi Arms Co.
    Mississippi Valley Arms Co.
    Mohawk
    Monitor
    M.T. Vernon Arms Co.
    National Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    New Britain Arms Co.
    New Elgin Arms Co.
    New Empire
    New England
    New England Arms Co.
    Newport (model CN)
    Newport (model WN)
    New Rival
    New York Arms Co.
    New York Machine Made
    New York Match Gun
    New York Nitro Hammerless
    Nitro Bird
    Nitro Hunter
    Nitro King
    Norwich
    Not-Noc Manufacturing Co.
    Osprey
    Oxford
    Peerless
    Perfection
    Piedmont
    Piedmont Arms Co.
    Pioneer Arms (If no proof marks.)
    Quail
    Queen City
    R. Murdock National Firearms Co.
    Red Chieftan
    Baklmann Hardware Co.
    Rev-O-Noc
    Rich-Con
    Richmond Hardware Co.
    Rickard Arms Co.
    Rival
    Rocket Special
    Royal Service
    Rummel Arms Co.
    Ruso (If no proof marks.)
    S.H. Harrington (If no proof marks.)
    St. Louis Arms Co.
    Seminole
    Shue's Special
    Sickels Arms Co.
    Smithsonian
    Southern Arms Co.
    Special Service
    Spencer Gun Co.
    Sportsman
    Square Deal
    Stanley
    Star Leader
    State Arms Co.
    Sterling Arms Co.
    Sullivan Arms Co.
    Superior
    Syco
    T. Barker New York (If a sidelock hammerless double without proof marks)
    Ten Star (If no proof marks.)
    Ten Star Heavy Duty (If no proof marks.)
    Tiger (If no proof marks.)
    Townley's Pal
    Townley's American Boy
    Trap's Best Made
    Triumph
    Tryon Special
    U.S. Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    U.S. Field
    Victor & Victor Special
    Virginia Arms Co.
    Volunteer
    Vulcan Arms Co.
    Warren Arms Co. (If no proof marks.)
    Washington Arms Co.
    Wauregan
    Wautauga
    W. Richards
    Wildwood
    Wilkinson Arms Co.
    William Moore & Co.
    Wilmont Arms Co.
    Wilshire Arms Co.
    Winfield Arms Co.
    Winoca Arms Co.
    Witte Hardware Co.
    Wolverine Arms Co.
    Worthington Arms Co.
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    One thing that is changing is the prices of some of the "Crescent" made firearms have/are gone/going up considerably in the past ten years.

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    Looks to be extracted from an article the late (and much lamented) Joe T. Vorisek prepared some years ago.

    Several Most, actually) were guns built and marked for various hardware distributors, and almost certainly also sourced by those companies from other makers of basic shotguns as well as Crescent, Davis or Crescent-Davis.
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