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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
   by Dr. Drew Hause


Who made Fulton Arms and Hunter shotguns?

Hundreds of different single and double barrel 'Trade Name' shotguns were produced between 1880 and 1930 by Crescent-Davis, Savage, Stevens, Harrington & Richardson, Iver Johnson, and especially H.& D. Folsom/Crescent/American Gun Co.  These guns were usually ordered by and marked with the name of a regional Hardware or Sporting Goods store for local or national sales, or by a major catalog sales company including Sears, Roebuck & Co.  Hunter was used by Folsom on shotguns made for the Belknap Hardware Co. of Louisville, Kentucky and both the The Hunter and Fulton Arms Company was used by the W.H. Davenport Firearms Co. These guns are in no way related to the Hunter Arms Co., Fulton, New York nor the "L.C. Smith" gun.

For more information, consider posting ultra close up pictures on the Shotgunworld.com Gun ID and Value Forum.

Fulton shotguns made by The Hunter Arms Co., Fulton, NY were also given "Trade Names" including Manhattan Arms Co. for Schoverling, Daly & Gales, Comstock Arms Co. Duluth, Hudson Arms, Royal Arms Co., Montgomery Ward & Co., Marks, Enders Oak Leaf or Enders Royal Service for Shapleigh Hardware Co., Keystone for E.K. Tryon, Hackett Special for Hacketts Hardware in upstate New York, HibSpeBar for Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, New Haven Fire Arms Co. for both Tryon and Great Western Gun Works, Delphia Arms Co. for Supplee Biddle Hardware Co., and Gladiator for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Additional confusion might occur related to guns sold by Dunham-Fulton Gun Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For more information on Fulton Trade Name Guns see the Winter 2009 LCSCA Journal.

L.C. Smith Collectors Association 2015

Updated 05/23/2015