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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 7507

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I have a 20 Gauge shotgun marked "Hemenway New Model" on both side plates. The dog ear hammers, side plates, reciever, lug blocks, screws, breech lever, rib, trigger guard, forearm release, and barrels at the breech are engraved. The rib is marked "Prize Quality, Damascus Steel". The forearm has what I believe to be a horn insert at the tip. I am confused by the answers I find in the database referencing Hemenway shotguns. Please advise as to who you believe made the shotgun described above and is it of any significant value. Thank you. Question # 278: Levi J. Hemenway was a gunsmith located in Shrewsbury, Mass. USA circa 1853 to 1892. Question # 1480: Your Hemenway gun was made by Issac Hollis & Sons who were English gun makers in London from 1862 to 1911. Question # 4248: Levi J. Hemenway of Shrewsbury Massachusetts worked 1853-1892. G. Hemenway shotguns were made by J.P. Clabrough & Bros. Question #6745: Shotguns marked G. Hemenway were made by the English gunmaker J.P. Clabrough 1870 to 1893.

Answer:

I am not surprised that you are confused. This is why most sites do not comment on shotguns. Your Prize Quality Steel marking would suggest that the barrels of your shotgun were made by Simonis, Janssen & Dumoulin in Belgium circa 1884-1905. Shotguns marked G. Hemenway were made in England by J.P. Clabrough & Bros., while those marked Hemenway (without the G.) were made by Isaac Hollis & Sons circa 1862-1900. The American gunsmith Levi Hemenway would have marked his guns with his full name. My guess, therefore, is that your gun was made in England circa 1890-1900 by Isaac Hollis & Sons using Belgium barrels. Barrel proofs may solve the problem.

Submitted By: Joe Tozzi On: 2/18/2005 9:23:11 AM

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