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#547472 06/03/19 11:52 AM
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A friend just gave me a beat up old single shot with the name "Shattuck's Perfection" as a banner on the buttplate. No other information stamped on the gun anywhere except for the serial number.

I told him I was virtually sure it was one of the Crescent store brand guns and that I'd look it up. Shattuck did not appear in the Crescent list, so I googled it and discovered a new (to me) gunmaker.

Shattuck Manufacturing Company was an actual gunmaker in the 1880's and produced single-shots like the one I have, often with 'nickel plated' actions, as well as pistols and about a thousand sxs guns. They were located in Hatfield, MA. If anyone is interested in another obscure maker, Google has some information.

It doesn't appear to be a shooter, but it is another curiosity to toss in the closet. Anybody ever heard of Shattuck?...Geo

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From the appendix to Bob Hinman's "The Golden Age of Shotgunning": Hinman has Shattuck in business from 1878-1908. As noted above, mostly inexpensive guns. "In 1899 offered a hammerless double barrel with twist barrels at $25." Sounds as if that must have been their top of the line gun. He adds that the firm was previously Hyde & Shattuck.

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Geo,

Shattuck manufactured 3 different Hammerless SxS models. And several different single-shots.

Some info here:
http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbt...8607#Post458607


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Thanks John for the reference to your 2016 Shattuck thread. I'm sure I read it then, but the name meant nothing to me and it didn't ring a bell either when Keith gave me the gun Saturday night at dinner...Geo

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I have been waiting to start this very topic to try to piece together information about the Shattuck gunshop but I am glad to see it just started!

C.S.'s older brother DeForest Shattuck was my great great grandfather and was the shop foreman and inspector in Hatfield. DeForest's son, Barnard Shattuck, was a machinist at the factory.

My father (Barnard Shattuck) and I (James DeForest) have been researching the archives trying to piece together a solid, fact based history of our family's gunshop. We have 15 pistols/guns in our collection, including serial number 1 of the American 8 gauge shotgun and two SxS's (s/n 2271 and 5916) - I'm always looking for more quality examples.

I also have the only known example of C.S. Shattuck's original trade brochure listing all the models and configurations from September 1st, 1896. 1896, incidentally, was the first year C.S. advertised for his new "Double Hammerless" model. The other models were "New Top Lever," the "Perfection Side Snap," the "American Side Snap," and his most popular "American" (which had been on the market since 1881). Later on there were the Shattuck's "Perfection" (possibly just a renamed "New Top Lever") as well as the "New American Side Snap."

Unfortunately, C.S.'s records were lost after his death and he had no offspring. My great grandfather, Barnard Shattuck, was the closest thing he had to a son; however, he died around 1946 and most of the information we have from him was passed down orally to my now deceased grandmother (Margaret Shattuck) to my father.

I would really appreciate any help the community could lend me to preserve this slice of history. My intent is to first build a website specifically for C.S. Shattuck firearms and hopefully have enough information to write a book.

Thanks in advance for the help.
Jim"] Quoted from John Eurom's 2016 thread
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Jim, if you are still posting here and still collecting your family's shotguns, I'd be happy to pass the one I have along to you...Geo

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Geo, Jim should be watching the posts but send him a PM and it might get you connected quicker. If you don't get a reply, let me know. I think I have his email address.

That Keith is a good friend. I need to plan a trip up to visit the two of you.

John

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I did send PM when I posted above. He has not been online here in some time...Geo

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I had heard the name Shattuck many years ago in reference to a Big Goose gun. I believe it was an 8 gauge but may have been a 10. A single barrel in either case. I far as I can recall I never saw one of them, had just heard the name.


Sears listed a single barrel 10 gauge Goose gun in their 1908 catalog with a 36" twist barrel & weight of 9 lbs. It had a top snap action with rebounding hammer & the illustration shows a removable hinge pin with of lever type for removal.

I do not know if Shattuck built this gun for them or not. I seem to recall in an earlier catalog, perhaps around 1902 they listed a Single 8 gauge.


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from Shattuck Catalog [ca. 1901]




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   Got your PM Geo - thanks! I check in the forum occasionally to see what all is going on but it has been a while!

   The family made seven different single barrel models over the years. From your description, it sounds like you have a "Perfection Top Lever" (which was a new model for the early 1900s and had the new "nitro safe" barrels). Also available from circa 1893ish was the "Perfection Side Snap" which was made until the factory closed. Most examples are in 12 gauge; however, there was also a 16 gauge option. Barrels were available in decarbonized steel for $6,fine london twist for $7, and laminated steel for $8 - add another 50 cents if you wanted an auto ejector!

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