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ever heard of a bluefield clipper ? 12 g shotgun ?

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Numrich Archiver
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Posted: April 21, 2008 05:52 PM
Numrich Archiver
Joined: February 2010
Posts: 161636
Posted: April 21, 2008 06:10 PM

The name of "Bluefield Clipper" was a name used on what are known in the trade as hardware guns(think JC Higgins and Sears). In this case it was used by the Crescent Firearms Co. of Norwich Conn and or distributed by H.&D. Folsom Firearms Co of NYC(a distributer for Crescent) It worked like this. Jim Banther owned and operated a Hardware Store in Outskirts, Ohio. He wanted to sell a few shotguns. a slesmen approached and offered him a deal. Place a minimum order(5 to 15 guns was the norm) and pay for the roll stamp with the name of his choice and Bingo."Banther Bluefield Bangaways Gun Company" was born. There are over two hundred such tradenames listed under the heading of Crescent FA Co. in the Standard Catalog of Firearms. Most will also contain the name of the hardware store that placed the order. In the case of the Bluefield Clipper the name of the seller is not given. Crescent is no longer in buisness, it was bought up bt Savage circa 1930 and there are several stories about the destruction of the companies production records..everything from a WWII Boy Scout paper drive to a suspicious fire. If you use the search block in the forum heading by first clicking "HERE" and then entering and search Crescent, you can enjoy reading the history in some detail..value of the gun is not high, in excellent shape..a couple hundred bucks!