View Full Version : Richards Shotgun

10-23-2005, 4:58 PM
<><> I don't have very much info,,,
but a friend of mine has a Black
Powder shotgun that says 1855,,,
Richards,,,12 ga. on it... He says it's
in good shape...

I know thats not much info,,, but
does anyone know anything about



<><> Raspy <><>

10-30-2005, 7:33 AM
From what I gathered but I could be wrong:
"Richard" was a trade name used on Belgium made shotguns imported for sale by H&D Folsom of New York. These guns are of little collector value and are sold as shooters and/or curios.

W. Richards shotgun is either of English or Belgium manufacture. If the barrel markings include an oval with the initials E over L G, the shotgun is manufactured in Belgium. If the barrel markings include a crown, the gun is English. Westley Richards produced guns in Birmingham England circa 1814-1897. The agents for this gun in this country were J. Palmer O'Neil Co. in Pittsburgh Pa. W. Richards Belgium was a house brand shotgun for the H & D Folsom Arms Co. 312-314 Broadway New York, NY


10-30-2005, 8:16 AM
<><> vega,,, Thanks very much for that info...

I printed your response out so I can show it to
my friend... Maybe he can see if the other
markings are on the shotgun,,, and determine
just what it is...

Again thanks,,,


<><> Raspy <><>

10-30-2005, 10:28 AM
Sure, anytime. I just hope I got it right.


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