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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 5561

Question:

I purchased a Bayard Arms Co. double-barrel shotgun 25 years ago. On the barrel you can clearly see all lettering stating Damascus finish, Patent Dec. 20, 1892, Pieper Breech. What I did notice was that the butt plate was made of hard black plastic. Wasthis obviously replaced at one time? How does this affect the value? The wood is nicely engraved though there is one small crack up by the hammers. Thanks in advance for your time, Bill

Answer:

Shotguns marked Bayard Arms Company were made by Anciens Etablissments Pieper 1894 AND LATER! The patent date of 1892 was used well into the 20th century having to do with the date of the patent, not the date of the shotgun.

Submitted By: Bill Huffman On: 1/12/2004 12:59:34 PM

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