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Meriden Fire Arms Co.

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Meriden Fire Arms Co.   Meriden Connecticut 1895 1915


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It is very likely that Meriden will be withdrawn from my site as I've found the following information. When true the company was only founded at the beginning of the 20th century and then good by.

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The Meriden Firearms Company was formed when Sears Roebuck purchased the Andrew Fryberg & Sons firearms manufacturing plant in 1903 and moved the plant and machinery to Meriden, Connecticut, circa 1904. The company started manufacturing firearms circa early 1905. Around 1906 Sears acquired a Savage-held patent for the Model 15 slide-action .22 rifle that was not introduced until 1913. During 1918 Sears announced that the Meriden Firearms Company would discontinue the manufacture of sporting firearms.

In the early 1900's, Winchester stopped selling firearms to Sears and Roebuck's discount mail order house because they considered Sears discounting of prices to be demoralizing all firearms prices and causing general discontent in the trade. Most firearm manufacturing companies at the time agreed with Winchester, but only Winchester took any type of action. In November of 1904, Winchester announced that it would no longer sell to the Sears and Roebuck Company and they cancelled all unfilled orders. The Meriden Fire Arms Company was started by Sears and Roebuck's because of the Winchester's refusal to sell firearms to them. The Meriden Model 10 was first listed in the Sears and Roebuck Spring 1910 catalog priced at $2.19. The Model 10 was made on a rolling block action with a color case hardened frame of malleable iron, a 22" barrel, and a walnut forearm and butt stock. The Meriden Model 10 was discontinued in 1917.

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Pocket Pistol, Shotguns and Rifles

.32 S&W caliber, 6 shot target model pocket revolver, 3" barrel
Target left side

.32 S&W caliber, 5 shot pocket revolver, round barrel in various lenght, marked MERIDEN FIREARMS CO. MERIDEN, CONN. USA, double action, nickel plated, rubber grips, made from 1895 to about 1915

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right side
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.38 S&W caliber, 5 shot pocket revolver, round barrel in various lenght, marked MERIDEN FIREARMS CO. MERIDEN, CONN. USA, double action, nickel plated, rubber grips, made from 1895 to about 1915

.38 cal. left side
.38 cal. right side
.38 cal. from top

Trademarkes:
Eastern Arms Co.