Many years ago, my father-in-law gave me an old double-barrel, rabbit-ear shotgun which I promptly put away in storage. I broke it out (after 20 years in a case) and looked it over.
Here's what I have:
Remington's first double barrel, Model 1889, matching serial numbers on barrel and receiver (84XXX). Last produced in 1908. I believe it's a 12 ga (not marked that I can see), possibly 16 ga. I'm pretty sure it's Grade 1 (decarbonized steel barrels?) or Grade 2 (Damascus barrels) as the higher grades all offered engraving of some sort and this one has none.
The gun is complete. One firing pin is broken (Probably dry-fired once too often; have the pieces). Hammers and double triggers work fine. Stock is complete with a minor crack at the receiver and on the bottom someone appears to have made some notches and carved on it a bit.
Not in promo condition but still intact. None of the original blueing is evident. While I realize that refinishing antique guns is taboo, if it has no real value, I think it would look nice restored and hanging in a rack.
I wiped it down with oil and put it away until I can find out more about it.
Thanks msgt/ret. That's the site I used initially. I corrected the final year and "decarbonized" steel barrels.