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Re: Original Gun Case
I've seen no evidence that any of our gunmakers actually made cases; but they did offer a variety of case options to their customers, and sometimes placed a maker's name or label on the case. I believe cases were made by period trunk and case makers who were set up with the tooling and facilities to produce them; and can't imagine any gunmaker allocating funds and facilities for a product producing only occasional sales. Further "proof" is found in period hardware store catalogs as all sold a variety of the same or very similar leather shotgun cases associated with vintage American double guns. Vintage gun cases with names of American made double guns are seldom seen. I've seen two mutton leg leather take down case featuring the name L.C. Smith; both having the gold-embossed words "L.C. Smith" on the cover, but am convinced Hunter special ordered such cases on customer request.