Please provide info on this gun too: 'Enders Royal Service' (pics)
From the standard Catalogue of firearms.
Empire Royal Shotgun: Trade name used by the Crescent Davis firearms Company on shotguns made for the Simmons Hardware Company of St Louis, Missouri.
More from the Crescent section: "Crescent was bought by J. Stevens Arms Co., Division of Savage Arms Corp. about 1930. It was merged with Davis-Warner Arms Corp. successors to N.R. Davis and Sons Co. and became Crescent-Davis Arms Corp.
In 1932 the operation was moved to the Stevens plant at Springfield, Mass. where some sidelock doubles were assembled. Crescent-Davis brand guns remained in Steven's full line catalogue until 1941 but from 1937 to 1941 the doubles sold in the C-D brand were on either Stevens or Davis boxlock frames."
More pics please. I like old double shotguns and rifles.
Thank you for the response and the info. It definitely helps. I think Crescent and Hunter Arms both made them with the "Enders Royal Service" name. Crescent also made one, it looks like, according to some other site with any number of names including:
Empire Arms Co.
Empire State Arms Co.
Enders Special Service
Enders Royal Service
Would your book happen to say approximately when they would have been made and what gauge they might be (and whether they are bp or smokeless), whether they might be safe to shoot
or an approximate cost worth? I'm in the PRNJ and wouldn't be in the free state where that gun is until Sunday, in order for me to take more pics, but I will take more and post them this weekend.
The Enders Royal Service was made for Shapleigh Hardware Co.
Crescent started in 1892 and did make Damascus barrels. If it has Damascus barrels, I'd be leery of shooting it.
If it has regular steel barrels it's probably OK to shoot. Don't take my word for it. Run it past a gunsmith.
That's as much info as I can get from my book, without actually having the gun in my hands.
My unofficial rule of old shotguns is, if it has Damascus barrels, it's a wallhanger.
While the barrel is dark and not very monotone, it doesn't have the usual lines or grains customary in Damascus barrels as appears in wood. That's not to say it's definitely not, but I don't think it is. And here in the People's Republic of New Jersey, there are no gunsmiths anywhere that I know of to look at it but I'll try to look at little more.
Look on the barrel rib or barrel sides for the words "Armory Steel" or "Fluid Steel" usually followed by "Choke Bored".
These are drawn steel or cast steel barrels and usually safe to shoot with smokeless 2 3/4" 1 ounce or 1 1/8 ounce target loads.
Heavy pitting inside or out will reduce the safety levels dramatically.
PS. not to be replying to myself or anything, but that last pic has a very 'light at the end of the tunnel' feel to it...