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« on: February 19, 2013, 02:52:46 PM »

I recently inherited a double barreled percussion gun with "BI Hart NY" stamped as the maker. Unfortunately it has the left lock missing- looks great from one side lousy from the other!  Anyone have information on this gun manufacturer company or person? I believe it might also be "BI Hart and Bro" late in the 1800s....
Thanks for any input 
aka california eddillon
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 05:26:52 PM »

Volume II of Swinney's New York Firearms Trade lists no BI Hart.  Wm A. Hart of Fredonia, NY was a talented maker and importer.  He had a brother, S. Smith who was also involved in the gun trade.  Wm A Hart was in the trade 1820 to 1827.  His name re-appears in North Carolina.

In memory of Capt. Frederick H. Dillon, Commander 235th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Company.  MIA October 10, 1943.  His brother, Private Daniel B. Dillon, 85th Division, KIA northern Italy September 23, 1944.
Steve Collward
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 07:34:56 AM »

 Swinney/Rowe's NYS Firearms trade Vol.5, pg. 208-11 lists the following:
  "Hart & Bro. in New York City 1853-1865"
  "Hart, B.J. & Bro. New York City 1847"
  "Hart, B.F. New York City ? 1855-?1865"
  "Hart, B.L.,  New York City"
  "Hart, Joseph, N.Y.C., 1850".
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 08:32:54 AM »

Thanks that's a great start to find out more. Greatly appreciated
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