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Enterprise Gunworks 1878 .325 1/4 Stock Kentucky Rifle

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Enterprise Gunworks 1878 .325 1/4 Stock Kentucky Rifle

The book "American Gun Makers" says this about Enterprise Gunworks:
ENTERPRISE GUN WORKS— 136-138 Wood St., Pittsburgh, Pa. Established 1848 by Bown & Tetley. In 1862 James Bown became sole proprietor; in 1871 his son William H. Bown was admitted to partnership and the firm became James Bown & Son, until at least 1879. Firm trade mark was "KILL" over a buck deer. Rifles bearing the Enterprise Gun Works marks are known marked "BROWN & HIRTH, " successors to James Bown & Son. The following extracts from "Industries of Pittsburgh 1879." "For more than thirty years the name of Mr. Bown has been identified with the gun business in the Iron City, The Enterprise Gun Works having been established in 1848 by Bown & Tetley. In 1862, Mr. James Bown became the sole proprietor, and in 1871, Mr. Wm. H. Bown, his son, was admitted and the firm became James Bown & Son, under which style it has continued to the present day. They occupy three floors of the large double tore, 30×60, at Nos. 136 and 138 Wood street, employing twenty- six skilled workmen, and their weekly pay-roll amounts to about $275. Their stock, which is full and complete in every variety of Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Fishing tackle, Sportsmen’s articles in General . . . While they are large manufacturers of rifles, Rifle Barrels, Shot Guns, etc., they also deal extensively in the best articles of foreign and American make . . . Mr. James Bown was born in England in 1823 and at the age of ten years came to this country with his parents, and in 1843 became a resident of Pittsburgh. Mr. Wm. H. Bown was born in the Iron City and
has never lived in any other place."