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riverrat43 
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01-13-18 08:21 AM - Post#1663105    


I just acquired a nice old percussion, 12 ga. SXS that is marked Atwell on the rib close to the breech. The seller bought it in an estate sale at Friendship. Supposedly, the owner passed away and his estate was being sold. The story goes that the gun is American made and was hunted with up until the time of the owners health problems. I've done a few Google searches but can't find a reference to Atwell made shotguns. Has anyone run across the name? I'll try and get some pictures up soon. I'd really like to have an idea of the approximate date of manufacture. Its in good shape and was well taken care of. It doesn't rattle, the hammer springs are strong, the hammers stand equally and the triggers are nice. With 32 inch barrels, it might just be a turkey gun!

 
NWTF Longhunter 
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01-13-18 08:43 AM - Post#1663108    

    In response to riverrat43

Got pictures?

 
Rifleman1776 
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01-13-18 09:09 AM - Post#1663113    

    In response to riverrat43

Many European companies made shotguns under whatever label the buyer wanted. Atwell could have been a local merchant in some small town in America. Who knows? What gauge?

 
riverrat43 
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01-13-18 09:29 AM - Post#1663121    

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riverrat43 
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01-13-18 09:33 AM - Post#1663124    

    In response to Rifleman1776

I'd love to post pictures but no joy so far.

 
riverrat43 
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01-13-18 10:18 AM - Post#1663132    

    In response to riverrat43

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/DSCN00351_z...

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/DSCN00301_z...

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/DSCN00291_z...
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/DSCN00331_z...


 
40 Flint 
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01-13-18 07:52 PM - Post#1663216    

    In response to riverrat43

Are there proof and witness marks on the underside of the barrels? Makers marks on inside of the lock plates?

 
riverrat43 
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01-13-18 08:38 PM - Post#1663220    

    In response to 40 Flint

There are some proof marks on the underside of the barrel. Haven't had the locks off.

 
riverrat43 
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01-13-18 09:01 PM - Post#1663224    

    In response to riverrat43

I'll try to post proof marks.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/proof1_zpsn...
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/proof1_zpsn...
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Riverrat43/proof1_zpsn...

That's about the best I can do. The marks are well worn.

Edited by riverrat43 on 01-13-18 09:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Feltwad 
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01-14-18 01:59 AM - Post#1663240    

    In response to riverrat43

  • riverrat43 Said:

The gun is of British manufacture of the late percussion period most likely a export gun , No British makers name Atwell not even in the provincial gun makers .
Feltwad


 
Eric Krewson 
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01-14-18 07:49 AM - Post#1663255    

    In response to Feltwad

I saw a very similar shotgun at the Alabama long rifle show on Friday. The owner didn't have any information about the gun but it was in shootable shape.

 
riverrat43 
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01-14-18 07:51 AM - Post#1663256    

    In response to Feltwad

What time period are we speaking of?

 
riverrat43 
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01-14-18 11:05 AM - Post#1663291    

    In response to Eric Krewson

Eric....yes, This is the one you looked at I believe, I bought it.

 
Feltwad 
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01-14-18 11:22 AM - Post#1663297    

    In response to riverrat43

The British proof marks were used for many decades but I would say the late percussion era 1850 but we were exporting muzzle loading shotgun to the states has late has 1900 If the name Atwell is of a American seller then if he was not a gun maker or smith he may have been a ironmonger.
Feltwad

 
40 Flint 
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01-14-18 01:21 PM - Post#1663328    

    In response to Feltwad

I have a similar 14 ga. No name anywhere. A thought tho, some retailers marked or had merchandise marked with their name even in that time period but on a smaller scale like Sears marked their Ted Williams, Wesrern Auto used Revelation.

 
riverrat43 
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01-14-18 08:03 PM - Post#1663415    

    In response to 40 Flint

I agree 40. Feltwad, are the proof marks British? Dog Gone if I could tell what they were.

 
Feltwad 
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01-15-18 07:36 AM - Post#1663450    

    In response to riverrat43

  • riverrat43 Said:
I agree 40. Feltwad, are the proof marks British? Dog Gone if I could tell what they were.


The proof marks are Birmingham date 1855-1904 number 12 is the bore size
Feltwad

 
Eric Krewson 
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Eric Krewson
01-15-18 08:30 AM - Post#1663458    

    In response to Feltwad

I thought the price for the gun was a steal, I just didn't need it.

 
riverrat43 
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01-15-18 12:59 PM - Post#1663532    

    In response to Eric Krewson

Felt...thank you for all the info. Can’t wait to shoot it. Eric, I thought the price was good too and the seller would not budge a nickel!!! Lol

 
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