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Posted - 12/19/2009 :  8:15:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone provide any pertinent information on an antique, F. Dumoulin & Co, 12 guage, double-barrel shotgun? This shotgun has " Belgium Twist" stamped on the top divider strip. The model numbers are either 2356, 2354, or 2346 with D C following. The barrel is length is 32". The overall length from tip of barrel to butt plate is approx 65" to 66".
I would like to ascertain the date, model, or estimated value then and now. Thanks.

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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  12:35:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It would be best if you could post quality photos of the shotgun, including all markings on the watertable and undersides of the barrels.

This link has instructions for posting photos in the forum.

Although Dumoulin is a noted Belgian firearms manufacturer and would have likely manufactured a high quality shotgun. Most Belgian Damascus barreled shotguns made between the late 19th Century and the German occupation of Belgium in 1914, are utility grade guns whose only value are as decorators nowadays. Because they are unsafe to shoot with modern high pressure ammo.

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Ned Fall

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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  12:35:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
F. Dumoulin & Co was a Belgian gun maker from 1894 to 1930. You can confirm this by looking on the bottom of the barrels under the forearm for Belgian proof marks consisting of the letters "ELG" in an oval with a crown over that. Most F. Dumoulin made shotguns were imported into the U.S. between 1889 and 1914 when World War One cut off exports from Belgium. The guns were inexpensive (cheap) utility grade shotguns and were sold through importers in the U.S. The guns were made to the specifications of the times, had damascus barrels and were designed for the ammunition in use at the time which was either black powder or early low pressure smokeless powder and had short chambers. They were not designed for more modern high pressure smokeless powder, 3 inch shells or magnum shells or steel shot. My advice is don't attempt to shoot the gun. Value? Value of course will depend on the guns condition, the amount of original finish remaining on the metal and wood as well as the mechanical condition . Value for one of these old imports can range from a high of about $175 to a low of less than $10 for a rusty rotten incomplete piece of junk fit only for a fire place poker. zMost sell in the range of $50 to $100.

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