Original U.S. Belgian-made Double Barrel 12ga. "The Universal" Shotgun Presented to Railroad Guard - Dated 1893

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. Occasionally we get in wonderful old civilian arms such as this from the late 1800s. This is a lovely Double Barrel 12 gauge Hammer Shotgun marketed as The Universal, which is marked on the right side plate as well as the center strap of the barrel section. While sold in the U.S., like many presentation-grade guns, this shotgun was actually made overseas, in the Belgian city of Liège, as indicated by the E / L G in an oval proof under the barrel. It is also stamped BELGIUM. Serial number 36213 is marked on the underside of the barrel section, and on the receiver under the barrel.

The shotgun has patent dates on the right lock plate, and is dated 1893 on a small presentation plaque behind the trigger guard inscribed:-

OCT. 3. 93.

The vendor when we purchased this told us that Hubbard Bros were a Rail Road Security Company operating in the Mid West from the 1880's into the early 1900's. This was most likely presented in recognition of long service to the company, possibly a retirement gift.

Condition of the shotgun is very nice, and this would make an excellent display piece over any fireplace. Shotgun functions correctly, and does not have any issues that we can see. The wood stock has a nice amount of curl to it, with lots of the original checkering still present. The Barrel section is marked LAMINATED STEEL, an is in very good condition.

Fully cleaned and now in terrific display condition


Year of Manufacture: circa 1893
Caliber: 12 Gauge Shotgun
Cartridge Type: Centerfire
Barrel Length: 30 Inches
Overall Length: 46.5 Inches
Action type: Top Break with Side Action Lock
Feed System: Single Shot

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