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#334848 08/17/13 03:04 PM
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I have a 12 gauge with 32" damascus barrels and hammers. The name engraved into the locks appears to be something T. Sterling. Would love to have more information on this gun. Will post pics if I can figure it out.

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Here's the photo.




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and a pic of the proof marks. Thanks in advance for any information!
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It is an 'H.J. Sterling' by an unknown Belgian maker and sold by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago; probably 1898-1910.
Please note is does not carry Smokeless proof, has Twist barrels, was not of high quality when new, and no attempt should be made to shoot the gun.

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Thanks Drew and Skeettx.
It's safely a wall hanger now but I always wondered where it was from. With the info you guys provided and a little more internet sleuthing I was able to find out that it was likely one of the trade names used by Crescent firearms.

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Lance: 'H.J. Sterling' is on the list of H&D Folsom/Crescent tradenames, but the only examples I have seen have been Belgian ie. not made by Crescent. It is possible that Folsom was the importer for H.S.B.
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https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1OxZo5Tkvx2G8eYf747QR9B5RJdN6Siu5JGIhfguSXXQ

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I agree it is very low quality (when new), but at first blush it doesn't look terrible now. By what judgement do you gents determine it to be unsafe to shoot? Bore condition, being within proof, bore diameter and wall thickness would seem to be the way to make that determination, all of which are unknown facts.

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I'd be happy to stuff a 3" magnum in and let you proof test it ?

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How about a 2.5" proof load at 13,000 psi fired 2x in each barrel, fired from a safe distance via a string?

That would be how CIP would establish safety.

For a learned batch of enthusiasts you guys sure dont go long on facts to assist this gent in determining the safety of his gun.

Yes it's Belgian crap but its also a family heirloom. I'm sure if it was established to be safe this fellow would enjoy shooting it occasionally.

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