I couldn’t find the Erastus Corning biography, Berrry Hill Books (Oriskany Falls) had just about every other local NY title you could ever want except that.
I did pick up “The Gun Collector’s Handbook Of Values” for 1961-62 and although no Colt Shotguns were listed a photo of their Double barrel Cartridge Sporting Rifle is somewhat similar in amount of drop of the stock. The bottom profile of shotgun stock is straighter than that of the rifle but the top profile is very similar. What is more striking though is the triggers and guard look almost identical. The rifle (1880) is listed as having a hard rubber butt plate, the shotgun I have has a metal one. I would have to say if it is a Colt, and I’m beginning to really lean that way (thanks again manhattan), then it’s probably an “1878 Hammer” because there are hammers there.
Still have not heard from anyone at Ithaca, Rockwell Museum or Corning Inc., but since I mailed them on thurs. evening my guess is they just didn’t get around to it before the weekend. Corning Inc. has a library with mostly info. on glass but also corporate history as well, so I might be able to find out something during my fall vacation, if I get one. Hoping to find a picture of the 1878 Shotgun to compare. Oh yeah also bought “Guns and Gunning” signed by author Paul Curtis for $5, just thought it’d be interesting if I ever get around to reading it. As for the Colt sight they seem to want a picture and money (you weren’t kidding about that price list). I’ll look around a little more before sending to them.
As for birding I’ve got about 6 or 8 of my father’s friends staying with me for part of next week for turkey hunting. There are virtually nil Pheasants in this area and the Grouse is sparser here then in other parts of the state. Pheasants seem to love the western part of the state more than our area, turkeys are still kind of scarce out there though (N of thruway, S of L. Ontario). So if you want upland birds you’re better off heading out between Rochester and Niagara Falls. Gotta love those Brownings for upland hunting.
Tenacious, like a coonhound tracking a poodle in heat.