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    I have Searched the Google and No luck. Anyone out there know who made a Marshall arms shotgun. I have my great grandfathers and it is a 12 gauge single shot. I think it was purchased out of an order catalog prior to 1958

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    I have seen a couple shotguns with the S.A. Marshall Name on them and at least one marked as John Marshall.

    There was Also a very large hardware store chain owned by a guy named Albert Marshall. He later bought out another chain and it became Marshall-Wells. They sold Cresent, Iver Johnson and other shotguns with their company stamp on them. Some were also marketed as Continental Arms. Their were also a bunch of imported shotguns marked for various hardware stores.

    The Marshall Shotguns I have seen were damascus barreled and in bad shape.

    What type of marks and proof marks do you have on yours?
    Any photos of the gun and close-ups of the action would help.
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    the left side of the action plate is stamped Marshall arms CO. the number is 217842. there are no other stamps on it. The barrel is steel I would almost assume a straight bore? I will post a pic when I can figure how to do that out.

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    Nothing like " Nitro or smokeless Steel" or anything like that?
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    Nope, not another stamp on it. not even on the barrel. it has had me wondering for a long time.

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    I hope these make it. My first time. Perhaps this will help figure out who made this gun and when.
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    Hey Jeff Buck here.
    I'm not positive on this,but I think this is one of those sold under what ever name you wanted if you ordered enough for resale. It may have been continental but not sure.

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    Hey Buck,

    the only person in my family that knows for sure passed away in 1958, he was 70 then. My dad was 12 and it was handed over to him. We are thinking maybe 1920-1930 when it was made? He carried it while working on the Railroad in Washington. I'll bring it to work one day and let you take a look at it. Jeff

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    I looked at a few old catalogs and I think, maybe, could be, either a Crescent Arms or an old J Stevens Arms and Tool Company.

    Crescent Arms was eventually bought out by Savage as was Stevens.
    They made huge amounts of cheap shotguns for various Hardware Stores and mail order catalogs. The unusual receiver on yours looks like the single shot models made by both Crescent and some of the older J Stevens shotguns.

    Here is a page from a 1924 Van Camp hardware catalog. The New Rival Shotgun in the upper left part of the page was actually made by Crescent Arms for Van Camp Hardware.
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    Thank you for your help. Wow, I am 42 and still learning the power of internet. That page is way cool. Imagine the good old days when any free person could buy a firearm through an order catalog along with his clothes. (HA). thanks Float.

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    Default Marshall Arms 45 Cal muzzle loading rifle.

    I have owned it for about 10 years and know nothing else about it. But the name is on the left side of the barrel. It is an octagonal barrel and is rifled. I have never shot it as I do nto know how to load it. It is nicely trimmed in brass, including the butt plate and the side of the stock where the wad storage is.

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    It looks to be on face and steel barrel.Does it show chamber lenght 2 1/2 or 2 3/4?
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    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
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    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.)
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    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.
    Some of Crescent trade names
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