Am trying to get history of a Ward's Hercules Model 11 , serial no. a8780xx. It is marked MADE IN USA 410GA CHOKE It is single shot,tip up, exposed hammer.Can anyone tell me how old it is and value? Excellant wood,very littte pitting,shows no bluing.
The good news is thet being a .410 makes your gun worth double that of of its larger bore brothers.
"Choke" is an immediate clue that he gun is either Crescent or Stevens (most probably the latter).
The bad news, and there are piles of it, is that...
A trade branded gun will never have much collector interest. A single such as yours is a utility item at best. Utility singles enjoy little market respect and carry low values if a buyer can be located.
Larger bore utility singles run from $35.00 on up to perhaps $100.00 in rare cases. Your .410 will start at about double the low figure, but probably won't top out much above the higher.
The Numrich cross over list, lists the Hercules Model 11 .410 as being a Harrington and Richardson model "Topper 48". Most of the rest of Nords reply is right on target. The modest value does not reflect on the quality of the shotgun, only on the fact that there is little collector interest.