|Title:||Wm Moore & Co. Shotgun|
|Description:||Wm Moore & Co. Shotgun Side-by-side Double trigger Barrel appears to be nickel Markings on top of barrel: Belgium Royal Damascus - Choke Bore. Markings under barrel: 26 TGBG 2395|
|Condition:||Numerous small dings and scratches but no major damage. Not sure if the gun is functional.|
|Origin:||Inherited from my step-father, William McCune.|
|Appraised By:||Tim Alley|
|History Of The Item:||William Moore & Company double barrel shotgun in large gauge 10 or 12ga most likely. The is an exposed hammer model with 32" damascus steel barrels marked Belgium Royal Damascus. The gun has double triggers and extractors most likley also. This is an older gun made sometime in the 1880's most likely based on its configuration. The gun is in what looks like fair to good original condition and if it could talk I belive it could tell some story's. Thanks for sending the requested pictures as this helps me greatly. The gun has Belgium proof marks and appears to be all original. William Larkin Moore shotguns have been around since the mid 1800's. They produced many fine shotguns and are still imported into the U.S. today. The company has changed hands many times but the quality seems to have been kept as these are a great gun. You have an older damascus gun with exposed hammers and damascus barrels which are not as collectable as the later hammerless models with fluid steel barrels.|
|Appraiser Tips:||I would suggest keeping a light coat of oil on all metal and clean and swab out the inside of the barrels and then lightly oil them as well. Being a damascus barreled gun the barrels will most likely have some internal pitting in them due to the corrosive black powder loads which were used in these guns. The gun looks to be in pretty good shape but a little cleaning never hurts.|
|Research Sources:||You can find information on the web as well as in books on the Wm Moore shotguns should you choose to want to research this. There are many websites and even the companies site might have some useful information. You won't find allot of history on these older guns but the pre 1900's guns have allot of information. I like to research these type guns to determine values and use several sources including current auction results, gun sites, and books dealing in English and European firearms.|
|Appraiser Comments:||Based on all the information provided as well as examining the pictures I would say this gun will be in the $ 400.00 - 500.00 range most likely. These are not to be fired unless checked out by a gunsmith first and also the proper black powder shotgun shells used. Modern powder is not meant to be used in these guns as the pressures are much to high and could cause damage to the gun as well as the shooter.|
The expert, Tim Alley, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: The gun appears to be all original from what I can tell. The gauge needs to be determined also as it was not mentioned. Nice old shotgun and thanks for sharing it with me.
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