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February 2019 Newsletter
For 12 years our newsletter has gone to more than 20,000 Firearms Collectors, Enthusiasts, Historians and Professionals Worldwide. We now reprint over 6000 Vintage Gun Catalogs, Books and Manuals from the 1840s to the 2000s 
See all the New Additions (scroll down) this month!!
Calls From The Wilds
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Before the EPA we had Pop Sci...
EPA Suggestion
Those Pesky Ants...
peaky ants
Mom, these seats smell funny!
...actually, if you read it this is a pretty good idea, clean too
Seats smell funny
And to think those clowns at GM discontinued the Pontiac...
Thanks to Al Raitano


A Home Depot Credit Card and...
a Chainsaw Does Not a Logger Make!
(to drop a tree properly you have to notch it to aim the fall)

Chainsaw Does Not a Logger Make
 Thanks to Jim Buchanan 


Things You May Not Know
  1. A strawberry isn’t a berry but a banana is.
  2. Avocados and watermelon are berries, too.
  3. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
  4. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
  5. Carrots were originally purple.
  6. McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
  7. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  8. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.
  9. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
  10. Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.
  11. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground, so they are legumes.
  12. Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.
  13. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.
  14. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
  15. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
  16. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.
  17. “Spam” is short for spiced ham.
  18. Popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
  19. Apples, like pears and plums, belong to the rose family.
  20. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world.
  21. “Canola” is short for “Canadian oil.”
  22. And no matter what color Froot Loop you eat, they all taste the same.
Thanks to John Campbell


New Additions

 All the contributors who, over the years, have lent us originals, scanned their originals for us and even sent us money for the project are the backbone of what makes us successful. This month we want to thank Ed Cornett and Mike Carrick for their generosity!
Abby and Rob Mouat
We Need Advice About a Pressing Problem
We are soon going to be forced to deal with a problem we didn’t think would become critical but the passage of time makes it so- our website probably needs to be replaced by a more modern version. The problem is that our existing website is ten years old and it cannot be made to work with handheld devices (the page won’t resize for the small screen) also, it can't be updated and so, when it breaks it may be fatal. Finally, the shopping cart, which can’t be replaced, cannot keep up with postage rates and posting options which costs us considerable loss of revenue.
This situation isn’t new to us, we began looking into fixing, updating or replacing our website in 2014 and to date we have made no progress despite interviewing seven companies and hiring three of them which, as it turned out, could not do the job. We’ve wasted a lot of time and not a little money in our search.
It looks as if the new website will cost upwards of $25,000 and frankly we don’t want to spend that unless we have to. Over the last 15 years we’ve gone to a great deal of trouble to devise a website that is capable of a remarkable amount of cross referencing.
Because people use our website differently than other websites, our customers browse from one thing to another rather than searching for a particular title, we had to add some functionality unusual in eCommerce sites. We populated our site with carefully indexed and categorized publications. We think it is important to retain that functionality, so a new website would have to be equally complex. Explaining the behind-the-scenes workings of our website to developers is more challenging and expensive than you might think.
Would you please help us by giving us your opinion about our website-cornellpubs - the good and the bad please:
1. Do you use the drop down menus on the side of our pages?
drop down
2. Do you find the cross indexing on the right of many manufacturer pages useful?
cross indexing
3. Can you manage to navigate the website as it stands with your phone or tablet?
4. What problems have you found?
5. Do you have any suggestions or improvements if we do a new website?
We would really appreciate your feedback about this before we splurge. You can click here send us an email (if your browser is set up to do that) or just hit "return" to send the whole newsletter back. Please let us know, we really need the feedback. Thanks, Abby and Rob
Rants and Raves
Although this exchange doesn't really rise to the level of a rant it does illustrate a problem we are facing with our "antique" website. It that can provoke irate responses like this: 
Hello Mr. Lowe - our postal rates have increased and it will cost $10 more to ship this item. I will send you invoice to pay so this can be mailed to you. If you prefer a refund and cancel this order let me know. Regards, Abby
Hi Abby - I have just found this E mail lurcking in my spam folder which I guess explains the non appearance of my order. I am a trifle disappointed by your note :
1.  at the time of placing my order I couldn't find the your postage rates anywhere on your website - in fact I didn't see them until the final stage at making payment.  None of my E mail receipts tell me how much I was originally charged for post but at a guess around $18 or $20.  That seemed high at the time of placing the order and was genuinely more than I expected.  Certainly another $10 looks extremely high in comparison with other recent purchases I have made from the US.
2.  it seems to me that it's the seller responsibility to ensure the postage rates charged to customers is correct at the time of placing the order.  Having been responsible for many businesses in the past I cannot imagine any situation where I could tell a customer who had made and paid for an order in accordance with our business price list , that he would have to pay more to get his goods !  In fact in the UK that would be a breach of contract.
3.  you sent me an E mail on 7 Dec confirming my order (no mention of a problem)
4.  this is my third significant order with you and, having recommended your website to a number of contacts, I would have expected a bit more latitude. 
5.  Disappointing though this may be to you, I have to say, this should be your cost.
In order to secure my order I have paid the extra $10 but under protest at the way this has been handled - its not a good advert for your business. Stuart Lowe (UK)
Dear Stuart,
I understand your note and if were we a “regular business” you might have a solid argument. However, we are not a normal business at all. Rob and I are into our seventies and run Cornellpubs ourselves with no outside help as a hobby of sorts and a service to our many friends around the world. We have scanned, digitized and thereby preserved over 6000 old firearms catalogs, books and manuals that, for the most part, are available nowhere else and we have done all this on a shoestring budget. We keep prices as low as we can while attempting to maintain some degree of professionalism.
Our website is now almost ten years old and is hopelessly out of date. We have tried for several years to identify a website builder who can replace (the site is too old to be “updated”) our site at an affordable cost. We have been unsuccessful. This brings me to your complaint. The problem, you see, is that with 6000 publications, each with a different weight and size, there is no way our obsolete shopping cart can calculate correct shipping. Overseas shipping is outrageously expensive so all we can do today is try to take a stab at shipping as a percentage of the order cost, something that is highly inaccurate because our prices haven’t been “homogenized” or raised since we began fifteen years ago. If the shipping paid at the website doesn’t cover the cost of sending the package overseas I ask for more money.
So, if what I do is “breach of contract”, well, I don’t really care. Less business is actually less work and although we like to keep busy I’m sure you can appreciate that slowing down a bit at our age isn’t too unreasonable. I can cancel your order and refund your payments if you wish.
Cheers, Abby

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 Mike Carrick's "I Have This Gun" (December 2018)
German Training Rifle
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Letters From Readers
The Internet Browsers we all use to look at emails – Firefox, Edge, Opera etc – have all decided to truncate or cut off the bottoms of long emails. While there is a tiny note at the bottom allowing you to retrieve the rest of the email we decided to reduce the number of Letters from Readers to shorten this newsletter. Rob and Abby
Dear  Rob and Abby Mouat, No rush at all, and thank god for people preserving wonderful catalogues as you both do. Many thanx and god bless, Marcus Webster.
Thanks Marcus, Abby
Hello. I am viewing your Mossberg 1957 Rifles and Shotguns Catalog and wondering if you have one from 55 or 56 when the Mossberg 190 was introduced. And being no expert, maybe I am wrong on this intro date. If you have another brochure like this that speaks to the "new" 190 model then I am interested in that item. Thank you! dantomo1 (ebay)
Dear Dant... It was advertised as "New" in the Mossberg 1954 Guns Catalog that we reprint in color. See this:   See the index for M190. ABBY for cornellpubs
(Dear Abby) ref: Colt 1985 AR-15 A2 Sporter II, HBAR & 9mm Rifle & Carbine Manual . How close to the original size is this reprint? general_longstreet
Dear General... To be perfectly honest I don't remember but it is certainly not exactly the same. I scanned the original about ten years ago and with passing time and advancing age the size evades me. Also, we do these as just manuals, not as display pieces so although they are very respectable copies they won't pass close inspection. Cheers, Abby for cornellpubs
(Dear Abby) Ok thanks for your reply. I purchased one of these rifles not too long ago. It was a previously owned rifle and came with no owners manual. The rifle looks extremely clean so I was wanting to try to recover what publication’s came with the rifle when it was new. I realize this is nearly an impossible task and since I don’t have the original box it is probably a dumb idea anyway.
 Hi, I know it is a long shot, but I am young collector of antique Stevens decoys and I know that Schoverling, Daly & Gales sold Stevens Decoys in the 1890s.  I was curious if you could see if this catalog lists any decoys and possibly send me a picture or something.  I'd like to buy it if it has any references to Stevens Decoys.  It may just say decoys with removable heads or something of that nature. Thank you so much for your time. Regards, Travis Bryant
Dear Travis, there is a small drawing of a decoy of unidentified manufacture. Rob
(Dear Rob) Does it say anything? or is there any way I can just get a small snip of the drawing/ad? Thank you so much for looking. Travis 
Travis, No, I’m sorry we sell complete catalogs, to extract a page would cost you more than buying the whole thing. Rob
Thank you Abby for another promptly filled order, delivery and high quality reproductions.  You just cant do better than this vital service you and your husband provide for the collector, researcher, lover of firearms and their history. We love you in St. Lou.   Rocky
Dear Rob, I have a number of pertinent snarls about the mild pink and blue suede shoes approaches for young ladies buying their first three pastel colored .380's Autos for keeping by the bedside in case of break in or home invasion. My argument is that these fashionable pastel toned pistols are bloody dangerous as they can be taken for toys by children and  very confusing for responding Police Officers - is it a toy or is it real ?  Too late, I made a mistake "Bang ! Bang !" -and someone is deader than dead, maybe a badly supervised child  - or a Police Officer. Pastel colored guns are for the Sugarplum Faeries. James Blackford
Dear James, there is a lot of sense in what you say. Children mistaking a firearm for a toy, a policeman hesitating a second too long when confronted with a pink revolver. I guess I agree with you, no one needs a pastel gun.
 Hi, ref: Squires, Henry C. 1876 Catalog of Guns and Implements. I have no way of seeing what is inside this catalog, but would there be any chance to send me the pages that are decoy related so I can see. I was made aware that the Stevens Brothers or Harvey A. Stevens started running ads in the Forest and Stream catalog and also sold his decoys at Henry Squires up until the 1890s possibly until 1905. Would you have any way to help me out? I’d love to have one of these for my collection. Thank you so very much. tkopperl11 (ebay)
Dear tkopper11- This catalog contains no reference or pictures of decoys. We do have other Squires catalogs we reprint but I don't think they are on ebay. Every catalog has an index of contents in the advert. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
(Dear Rob) Is there any chance you have the 1891 catalog? I know for sure Henry Squires was selling decoys at that time so it might be a better shot. I’ve looked everywhere online hoping to find an archive of the books. I guess there is no way you could email them to me to see which ones I want to print?
Dear tkop... I'm sorry, we gave up sending "just the page that shows..." years ago. We just could not support the preservation project selling pages. Now, I looked more closely at the Squires 76 and it does have a drawing of four decoys labeled "decoy ducks". The Squires, Henry C.- Sportsmen's Supplies 1891 Catalog (NY) has a number of illustrations of ducks but no decoys. Now, to tell the truth, we reprint of 6000 old gun catalogs and manuals but only about half are on eBay and there is no way to search by the word "decoy" so ebay probably isn't the best place to try to find what you are looking for, it is just too clunky.... Rob for cornellpubs
Hi, I would be interested in getting the whole thing printed, not just a few pages, etc. I am just trying to figure out if any Harvey Stevens ads appeared in the squires catalogs. I know he sold his decoys at Henry Squires store, but I’ve never seen any copies of the catalogs. There is another catalog from 1891 that supposedly had over 200 pages with all sorts of stuff ranging from bicycles to guns, etc. I believe it was called volume 2. The only one I found on your website is of the 1891 42page version.
(DearAbby) ref: Dupont Smokeless Powder Information 1909 Including Scientific Rifle shooting. does this have load data for Winchester 35 WCF ? wilbu_jerr (ebay)
Dear wilbu... Yes it does. We also reprint all the IDEAL - ALL CATALOGS (New Haven, CT) from 1892 on and many other for reloading. Abby for cornellpubs
Hi, ref: BSA c1911 (UK) .410 Shotguns . This looks like an interesting item. Will you post to the UK? Kind regards. David (Ebay)
Hi David, We reprint many BSA - BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS catalogs, but we do not ship outside the US through ebay after too many bad experiences. So, it you want a copy I'm afraid you will have to find our website. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs
(Dear Rob and Abby) sell a book on how to locate a serial number on rifles? john p.glen
Hi John, I've never seen such a book probably because there have been tens of thousands of different rifles made over 200 years and the serial number, if there was one, could be anywhere. You don't mention what kind of a rifle you have so no joy there either. Also, until 1968 many rifles didn't have serial numbers. Try looking under the front or rear stock if not apparent on the receiver. Cheers, Rob
(Dear Rob and Abby) I few months ago I purchased a reproduction of the owner’s manual for a Browning 1950s (circa) FN Trombone Rifle .22 Manual-Catalog. I was hoping you might have a similar reproduction of the owners manual for a Hammerli Single Action Army Revolver know at "The Virginian". The gun was only produced for a few years in the mid-1970's. It was manufactured in Switzerland. Please let me know if such a piece is available. Regards, Bob Neely
Hi Bob, Sorry, no joy there, I don't see we have one at the store we have on eBay. Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs  (ebay regs won’t allow us to direct people to our website where we have thousands more books, catalogs and manuals not listed on ebay (not listed because it is too expensive or because they don’t allow that particular type of publication)
Hello, I have been looking for books/manuals on John Moses Browning’s designed pistols, 1900/ 1910/  both in .32acp do you ship items to the UK.  Regards, Neil
Hi Neil, We do, but because our shopping cart is ancient postage isn't always calculated properly once you get into heavy books. Most small manuals are fine but we would tell you if things need adjustment and then you can cancel if you wish. Anyway, order online and Abby will be in touch if need be for an adjustment. Cheers, Rob
Hi Abby, We recently ordered 5 Savage catalogs. Upon receipt we realize they are re-productions. Does your company have any original Savage catalogs for sale? Roy & Jenny Smith 
Dear Roy and Jenny, Abby and I have scanned and processed over 6000 old gun catalogs as part of our retirement work. To answer your question I suppose we do have originals of the ones we scanned but where among the thousands of archives I have no idea. Once scanned we just pack them away in no order so I'm afraid we can't help you there.
Good news is that there are hundreds of original Savage publications for sale at Gunbroker but because we also sell there please look for the description of the item that tells you it is a reprint (description is just below the title). This is an example of ours, note the large type description says “reprint” Cheers, Rob
Dear Rabbi Robert Thomas, Thanks so much for your order and support for our efforts to preserve over 6000 old firearms and manufacturing catalogs, books and manuals… Please see all our reprints at our website.  Cheers, Rob and Abby Mouat, Cornell Publications
Dear Rob and Abby, You are very welcome! Thank YOU for making all of these manuals available. It is a huge benefit for us. These will become part of the library that we use to keep my collection of WWII weapons and armor running. You can see more of my collection here:
Armor Organization
Be well!
Rabbi Rob
(Check out the events planned for Ohio to commemorate the 75 D-Day landings.)
Hello, I am looking for a unicorn!! A tell all Crescent history and identification book. I get so many in here to repair and cannot identify them most of the time. Can you recommend to me what you have that pertains to Crescent and predecessor company’s? Regards,  Jim Fishel
Hi Jim, Well maybe we can help a little... if you put "crescent" in the search bar at the top of our web pages you will get a list of all the catalogs Crescent appears in and there is some company history attached to the description of a couple of the titles. Cheers, Rob
Dear Rob and Abby) I'm looking for a particular 1980's catalog from JC Earl offering a Thompson submachine gun for sale. It would be one of those listed in the guns for sale" section. The particular gun is a model of 1928 A1 made by Savage (Bridgeport) and serial numbered S-541758. I own a couple early 1970's catalogs that I ordered in my youth but this particular gun I was told was offered for sale in the mid 1980's,and thought to be in the 1986 catalog. That said, I also have bought a few catalogs from you and know you make faithful repros of everything you sell. As these catalogs are difficult to find nowadays IF this catalog offers that serial numbered Thompson's for sale I'd be interested in buying a copy from you but hate to buy just to see if the gun is in there. Note: I currently own this gun and as such am interested in the information as part of the gun's history. Can you let me know please, if this serial numbered gun is in fact, in this catalog? Thanks. John Anderson
One other note: I'll eventually turn up my copies of the earlier catalogs and if I do is there a chance you might want to reproduce those? I also have several versions of British Thompson training manuals from WWII. I know you do repro one of these but there are several versions. Let me know what you might be looking for and I'll see if I have it. Never hurts to ask. One was the 1973 Blue version ($1.50) with the corner folded and torn off but he rest of the catalog was in great shape last I looked at it. This included the MGM collection as well asa Midas Thompson for sale and is supposedly considered the rarest version of Earl's catalogs.
Hi John, I'm afraid you are out of luck, they didn't seem to put serial numbers in their adverts; not surprising really. But sure when you find your catalogs, I would like to hear what you have, I appreciate the offer. By the way, to keep ebay happy that sort of offer is best made through our website. Cheers, Rob
(Dear Rob) Thanks...appreciate that and will dig that stuff out this spring. Incidentally, did you ever do a reprint if a Smith & Wesson model 76 submachine gun manual? I think there were two, for early and late guns. I in one right in the middle so might be interested in either if you gave them. Cheers! John
(Dear Rob) I spoke with a friend who mentioned my gun in that J CurtisvEarl catalog and he said it wasn't a listing with a serial number, but a photograph of my gun with the serial number visible. Those old black and white pics were high contrast and I recall great detail in those that I looked at and owned. My friend said there was a picture. Oops! Continued.... Picture was on pg 17 of the 1986 catalog but his notes didn't say if it was the first or one of the two revisions. Wondering if your copies (being second generation scans) are of the revision with my gun and are contrasted enough to show a serial number on a small image? I'm on the road now headed south for a few weeks to visit relatives but will probably order a copy when I get back home. Thanks. John
Hi John, We do have a booklet on the m76 but I don't think it is on eBay. This isn't the right venue for this sort of continued communication anyway. Have a nice trip! Cheers, Rob for cornellpubs.
Hi John, it is in the J Curtis Earl's Machine Guns 1986, just as you said. I missed it. Rob
(Dear Rob and Abby) ref: AK-47 Instruction and Safety Manual (semi-automatic) This item doesn't have any information about taking the AK a part, it says it does when advertised but doesn't. I'd like a postage return sent to me for return and refund my account. Thank you.
Dear bri3748... Thanks for your note. How odd. Did you receive the manual pictured (I'll attach a photo of pages 6 and 7)? If so, don't pages 4-6 cover disassembly and 7-9 reassembly? But not to worry, we guarantee our products unconditionally so I'll ask Abby to refund your money. But check again and let me know if we sent you the wrong manual so we can send the right one. What did you get? Rob Mouat
(Dear Rob) 6-7 pages are as you say 7-9 the same. I am looking for a book or diagram that show all the parts nuts,pins,washers so I can take the gun completely apart but I'd like a diagram showing me how to put it back. I can do most of what 6-7 already say. Sorry if I am being a pain.
Dear bri3748...  I see. What you are looking for is what they call an armorer's manual and, to be honest, I've never seen one for an AK47; in English at least. Even the Army training handbook only gives takedown, dismantle and reassembly, not how to remove every screw. We print to order and have no way of keeping an inventory of returned items so just chuck it if it is of no use. Rob
Rob & Abby thank you for returning my money. Am very sorry I have been a pain. bri3748_tvqxa1y (ebay, of course)
Dear Abby, I ordered and received 1942, 1954 & 1956 Winchester component parts catalogs. The 1942 catalog page 66 is blank, meaning there is no print or page number.  I don"t know if there was a printing problem or the master catalog page is blank. The page was on Winchester sights witch i am interested in. I would like to have the page. Please reply.  Thanks, Mark Carter
Hi Mark, The page was blank in the original (see original scans attached). I suppose if it might have had something to do with the government and WWII? Cheers, Abby (the missing pages from catalogs always seem to contain essential information for the buyer. If this one was supposed to have critical sight information perhaps they were all sent to the gumment, the sights, that is.)
(Dear Abby and Rob) ref: Charles Folsom 1884 Guns and Sporting Goods: FOLSOM, H & D - ALL CATALOGS (NY, NY) Hi, can you tell me if any of the knives shown are switchblades, can I see a picture of them if so? Thanks Mike (ebay) galvanic1882
Dear Mike, Below is a list of catalogs we reprint with switchblades but we don't send picture, we sell whole catalogs reprints (I sent him the list from the “specialty” section of the website- quite a long list). Rob
(Dear Rob) I’m looking for pictures of Korn patented switches? Any of those have Koran’s in them? galvanic1882
Mike, I'm sorry, that is way beyond the scope of research we can offer at ebay. Besides I wouldn't know "koran" from a carving knife and few publications identify the maker of such products in their catalogs. Cheers, Rob Mouat
(Dear Abby and Rob) Is "reproduction" printed anywhere on you catalogs? screy73 (ebay, of course)
Dear screy… Our logo is on the back of most catalogs and says "reprinted by Cornell Publications" and the website link.
Hello Abby……….  Earlier  today I placed an order for two vintage catalogues for
shotguns. After I hit the submit order button I got a message on your website saying that I would receive an email receipt shortly. I have not received that email yet, and I am concerned that my order may have gotten lost in your system. I would appreciate getting that confirmation email and receipt in the very near future. Thank You…………. Steven Kumpan
Hi Steven, Sorry to be confusing, the email goes out when the order is put in the program for printing which I did this morning. You should have received the email by now. Cheers, Abby
Hello, I was just wondering if the AKAH (German) - ALL CATALOGS reprints you sell is a complete catalog including all the clothing and dog equipment pages, or just the gun catalog / supplement?  I collect working dog items and would like to show the dog equipment pages to people at events without bringing out actual period catalogs, so it would be useful to know if the pages with police and sport dog equipment are included.  Thanks,  Chris
Hi Chris, There is quite a long section about dogs (Hund-Article) in the 1935. Other German catalogs have dog items too. Put "dog" in the search bar to find them. Cheers, Rob
(Dear Rob and Abby) Good evening, or morning for you, I have quite a predicament. My Godfather had a Stevens .410 from Chicopee Falls Mass USA. As he has passed away handing that shotgun down to my dad, my dad wants me to restore it and acquire everything I can about the shotgun. Here’s everything I can decipher, the barrel says 410 bore, patent August 12 1913, and the barrel also has 12 MM stamped in it. The receiver only says Stevens Arms Company Chicopee Falls MASS USA. when I removed the fore grip (the wood on the barrel) it had 892 EQ stamped into it. When you remove the wood but stock, on the newly exposed metal (I suppose some would call it a receiver) it has D23 K stamped into the metal. All my researching doesn’t seem to bear fruit, what model it is, when it was made, where to acquire an owners manual, or heck where to get replacement parts. It’s in decent shape and I am sorry if this isn’t in your wheel house but I don’t know where to start. Please, anything you can give me to figure out any of the questions I have would be greatly appreciated. What is it how old is it where do I get an owners manual and really everything related to this would be great. Michael Pohlman
Michael, You don't mention the action or number of barrels so I don't have much to go on. The part numbers aren't much use. Can you send a picture, perhaps I can match it up? I doubt there is a manual available but possibly a parts catalog and a sales catalog. If I recall correctly Stevens didn't put serial numbers on 410s until later so that doesn't help and serial number records are spotty anyway. There are several dealers in old gun parts and they can be found at your website under parts suppliers. Cheers, Rob
(Dear Rob) Thank you for getting back to me, the only numbers stamped in three places is 893 EQ.
Dear Michael, Yes, 893eq, so you said. If you get a picture that would help if you don’t know the barrels or action, Rob
(Dear Rob) Sent a couple pictures. Thanks. (Michael)
Michael, The pictures you sent feature part numbers (893) as far as I can tell. They don't seem to match anything I can relate to them. But, once again, I need to know what sort of gun you are asking about. To do that a nice clear picture of the receiver and another of the whole gun might help. If you know, the size of the bore or gauge is also pertinent- .410 is it? Cheers, Rob
Dear Abby . . . and Rob, I hope that winter is treating you well. So far it has been a non-event here in Kentucky to the degree that our ducks still have not made it this far south!  
I have en route to me a Francotte, VL&D New York with Damascus barrels, so I suppose it must be close to 1900. Its grand curiosity is that it has a selective single trigger of a kind I have never encountered. I could not ferret out any reference to single trigger with your search . . . so I wondered if you might know or have a search that might tell us if/any of the VL&D or such might have some reference to it. With all best and thank you! Ross
Hi Ross, Good to hear from you, Happy New Year. Your Francotte will remain a curiosity for a bit longer. None of the Detmold catalogs we have carry a SST and neither do the A&F through 1941, Damascus or steel. VL&A didn't carry Francotte in Chicago. Sorry I wasn't more help. Cheers, Rob
Rob, Many thanks for the research. This one is really fun, a high quality side-plated gun with a trigger selector in the shape of a shell on the left side of the top lever! Makes it all good fun, All best and thank you! Ross
Good Morning Rob, Thank you for your search. With more information the gun actually has an Infallible single trigger and I am pretty sure Francotte did not make on in the early period. It appears that Shoverling D&G were the main source of them. I have on order now their 1912, which appears to be the first one with the trigger in it. Also a couple of new to me VL&D with a selection of Francotte guns which will be welcome knowledge. Thanks again for everything all best to Abby as well, Ross
The End.
Rob and Abby
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