Syracuse to Fulton Archived Message
Posted by David Williamson on July 23, 2015, 2:02 pm, in reply to "Re: Jacob Glahn - signed examples"
John Hunter Sr. bought the L.C. Smith Gun Company sometime in 1888. Hunter Arms started in 1889 in an already dilapidated building in Fulton.
Even in the transition from Syracuse to Fulton, guns would still have to be made or else people would look elsewhere for guns.
In my research of Syracuse hammer and hammerless guns, the serial number for Syracuse hammer guns seems to stop around 25,500 although I have 26,937 that has L.C. Smith Maker Syracuse, N.Y. on barrel. Many in-between do not have any makers name on barrels.
Since John Hunter bought the company it makes sense that former workers would continue making guns in Syracuse, but leaving the address off.
Since the records that we have start in 1890 for Hunter Arms, there is no serial numbers for hammer guns until 1894 at serial number 50,001, but in my collecting of serial numbers, I have serial number 25598 Quality F 12 gauge 30 Stub Twist barrels that has no makers name on barrels.
Serial numbers in the range of 26,000, 27,000 28,000, 29,000 are all Fulton hammer guns made prior to 1894 BUT there are no records for these guns. Many of these early Fulton hammer guns have the same attributes as the Syracuse hammer guns, vase shaped ebony tip, fine checkering, good wood.
Also interesting to note that there were no hammer guns made from 1891 to 1893.
There are still many unknowns about these early years at Syracuse and Fulton.