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American Arms Co.

Name Street Town State From To
American Arms Co. 103 Milk Street (sales office) Boston Massachusetts 1861 1897
American Arms Co.   Chicopee Falls (manufactury) Massachusetts 1861 1897
American Arms Co.   Millwaukee (Manufactury) Wisconsin 1897 1904


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There are no testified records, when the American Arms Company was founded. At least in 1853 George H. Fox was the owner. In 1865 either the company was renamed to American Tool and Machine Co. or a new company with this name was founded. In 1867 there was a company named American Nut and Arms Co. which could be the successor or American Tool and Machine Co. or a new company.

Anyway, in 1870 there was again an American Arms Company. It seems that American Arms Company was dissolved in 1873. A second or third American Arms Co. was established in 1877 and a third or fourth one in 1890. Fox was pricipal owner of these companies. Therefore we can assume that financial problemes lead to bankrupts and to a reorganization as a new company under with the same name.

Handguns

.32 short r.f. caliber, over, .22 short r.f. under, 3" double barrel, over-under pistol, H.F. Wheeler's Patent, the barrels has to bee rotated manually. Combination calibers .22 r.f. in one barrel and .32 r.f. in the other barrel. Produced between 1866 and 1878. Production is estimated at about 3500.
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.32 short r.f. caliber, over, .32 short r.f. under, 3" double barrel, over-under pistol, H.F. Wheeler's Patent, the barrels has to bee rotated manually. Both barrels was for .32 short r.f., produced between 1866 and 1878. Production is estimated at about 1500.

.32 short r.f. caliber, over, .32 short r.f. under, 2 5/8" double barrel, over-under pistol, same as above but with birdhead grip

.41 short r.f. caliber, over, .41 short r.f. under, 2 5/8" double barrel, over-under pistol, H.F. Wheeler's Patent, the barrels has to bee rotated manually. Both barrels was for .41 short r.f., produced between 1866 and 1878. Production is estimated at about 400.

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Some of thes over under pistoles were marked PAT. OCT. 31, 1865 - JUNE 19, 1866 and AMERICAN ARMS Co. BOSTON, MASS. on the other side. On later production WHEELER'S was added to the Patent dates. The serial number is on the bottom of the butt and inside of the grips. An assembly number (two digits with a letter prefix) was often stamped on the face of the recoil shield.

.32 short caliber, 5 shot double action revolver, top break, 3 1/2" barrrel, blued or nickeled

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.38 S&W caliber, 5 shot double action revolver, as above

.32 S&W caliber, 5 shot double action revolver, top break, 3 1/4" ribbed barrel, hammerless, blued or nickeled, hard rubber grips, marked AMERICAN ARMS CO. BOSON/PAT. MAY 25, 1886 and PAT. PENDING on the top strap. Later models were marked PAT's MAY 25'86/Mar 11'89/June 17'90

.38 S&W caliber, 5 shot double action revolver, markings and features as above

.38 S&W caliber, 5 shot single action revolver, top break, spur trigger, marked AMERICAN ARMS COMPANY BOSTON MASS. made from 1883 to 1887

Longarms

10 and 12 gauge, double barrel shotgun with hammer, "Fox Modl Swing Out", 26", 28", 30" and 32" twist, Damascus or laminated barrels, made from 1879 to 1884

10 gauge caliber, double barrel (side by side) shotgun, hammerless, Whitmore Patent

12 gauge caliber, double barrel (side by side) shotgun

12 gauge caliber, double barrel (side by side) shotgun, hammerless, Whitmore Patent

12 gauge caliber, single shot shotgun