Author Topic: Come across a gunmaker "BI Hart of NY"?  (Read 2181 times)

kipk9

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Come across a gunmaker "BI Hart of NY"?
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:52:46 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 

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Re: Come across a gunmaker "BI Hart of NY"?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 01:26:52 AM »
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.
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Re: Come across a gunmaker "BI Hart of NY"?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 03:34:56 PM »
 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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Re: Come across a gunmaker "BI Hart of NY"?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 04:32:54 PM »
Thanks that's a great start to find out more. Greatly appreciated