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Unread 11-29-2023, 08:07 PM   #11
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The Baker Gun & Forging Co. Model 1897 hammer guns --

Baker Hammer Gun Grade D Twist.jpg

Baker Hammer Gun Grade D Damascus.jpg

and the early hammerless guns -- A & B Grades and the Paragon Grade were offered in 10-, 12- & 16-gauges.

Baker A-Grade, February 1906 The Baker Gunner.jpg

April 1905, The Baker Gun Quarterly, Paragon.jpg

The new R Grade, introduced in 1906, was only offered in 12- and 16-gauge -- from the February 1906, The Baker Gunner --

R-Grade, February 1906, The Baker Gunner.jpg

but the S-Grade introduced at the same time also in 10-gauge --

S-Grade, February 1906, The Baker Gunner.jpg

For 1907 the R-Grade got the engraving of Jolly's new toy --

R-Grade, February 1907, The Baker Gunner.jpeg

S-Grade, February 1907, The Baker Gunner.jpeg
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What a beautiful gun Bill, and a wonderful heirloom.
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Very nice for your first Baker. If you could bring it to Ernie's this year I'd love to fondle it. Great story Bill.
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Bill, I am so glad you like your gun. It is the best R Grade Damascus I have found in 50 years. For others, I am downsizing and have several Bakers available, including 16, 20, 12, and 10 gauges. Also have drillings by W H Baker, W H Baker and Co., and L C Smith Maker. Thank you, Drew, for salvaging my website. When one clicks on the Index , you need to click on the subject, then click again . Lots of information. Darylh1942@gmail.com
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Bill, I am so glad you like your gun. It is the best R Grade Damascus I have found in 50 years. For others, I am downsizing and have several Bakers available, including 16, 20, 12, and 10 gauges. Also have drillings by W H Baker, W H Baker and Co., and L C Smith Maker. Thank you, Drew, for salvaging my website. When one clicks on the Index , you need to click on the subject, then click again . Lots of information. Darylh1942@gmail.com
Daryl and others,

I took the old girl out this afternoon and shot a round of Skeet with it. I used my 1/2 ounce low pressure (5500 psi) loads.

Jim DeMunck was with me and he shot it also. He likes shooting low house from station #7 and waits til the bird gets over to the high house and then shoots. Breaks the bird most of the time with his 5/8 ounce loads from the left Full choked barrel.

The gun performed flawlessly.

Nice to have the gun back where it started life from.

Call me a Happy Camper/Customer.
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Neat gun Bill you don't often see Barker's in nice condition, congratulations!! Say hello Jim next time you see him.
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Pictured below is a picture of the barrel flats of the R grade Baker with damascus barrels that I got from Daryl H. discussed above.

Note the C'C in an oval or are those a partial D'D in an oval? Forward of that is an "E"

I'm hoping Dr. Drew can offer his expertise on these barrels. (Thanks Drew.)
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Neat gun Bill you don't often see Barker's in nice condition, congratulations!! Say hello Jim next time you see him.
Craig, Baker made about 175,000 guns with a relatively small percentage in the higher grades. I have owned maybe 150 over the years, keeping the best and most interesting . Really good condition guns do exist.
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Bill: The barrels are 3 Iron and that is actually the 'JJ' mark of Joseph Juleinond of Nessonvaux which we've found on other R grade guns.

Scroll down about 2/3 here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...66tEXntqw/edit

I've got a Juleinond salesman's sample here toward the bottom
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...sIjmr8uy8/edit
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Pictured below is a picture of the barrel flats of the R grade Baker with damascus barrels that I got from Daryl H. discussed above.

Note the C'C in an oval or are those a partial D'D in an oval? Forward of that is an "E"

I'm hoping Dr. Drew can offer his expertise on these barrels. (Thanks Drew.)
I think it is J.J. in the oval. You are right we need Dr. Drew for this question.
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