Looking for 25xxx, 26xxx very early Fulton Hammer gun s/n
Posted by David Williamson on June 21, 2012, 11:36 am
In the responses I have received for both Syracuse hammerless and hammer and also Fulton serial numbers for hammer guns, I am trying to determine when Fulton actually started gun production. |
Serial number 25470 c.1888-89 is a Syracuse gun, has L.C. Smith Maker, Syracuse, N.Y. on top of barrels. The next serial number I have is 26351 c.1889 no writing on barrels, square lug.
All Syracuse hammer guns including Quality F, the name L.C.Smith was engraved on the side plates. The convex ribs on the bottom of the receiver were large. The long side plate connecting screw was rounded and most had engraved marks on them. The barrel lug had squared corners, the checkering was 22-24 lpi, and the serial number was on the trigger guard. The for-arm tip has an ebony inset. Lastly, the name L.C. Smith Maker was on the top of the barrels.
Serial number 26351 does not have L.C. Smith Maker on barrels, does have engraved name on side plates, does have 24 lpi checkering, does have squared barrel lug. I do not have the information if it has the serial number on the trigger guard, and the shape of the convex ribs. Hopefully the owner will let me know.
Serial number 26644, has the rounded barrel lug, engraved L.C. Smith on side plates, no barrel markings, checkering isn't as fine and the convex ribs are narrow.
With no name on the barrels would seem to me that these are true transition guns. And whether Syracuse started making changes in 1888 before selling to John Hunter is only a guess, but if made in Syracuse why no name on barrels.
In exchanging emails with Tom Archer, he and I both agree that Fulton had to have started earlier than 1890. The blank pages of history between 1888-1890 are gone. I do have a Syracuse 1889 reprint catalog, but it is basically the same as an 1888 one.
Our guess is that Fulton started in either 1888 or 1889. The serial numbers that I am looking for above would help to determine this with the description of the gun.
Thanks and hopefully we can fill in the missing years.