06-11-2004, 08:00 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Ted Hatfield made his SxS shotguns in only a few configurations , but in about six grades . I can't seem to lay my hands on a catalog but as I remember them they began with a case colored receiver , 20 gauge with 26 inch barrels and ic/mod . The stocks were of ascending grades of curly maple, hand rubbed with an oil based formula that was handed down in the family according to Ted . As you went up in grades , gold inlayed birds adorned the receiver and the engraving became more profuse . The thing that always got my attention was the spiral rings of the beautiful curley maple . The stocks were real lookers but of course maple is problematic for stock makers and has many shortcomings . The actions were made in Italy and the barrels as well if I'm not mistaken.
The other thing that Hatfield was known for was his squirrel rifles . Flintlocks and percussion , .36 cal to .44 if memory serves . I know that Hatfields went out of business in the 70s . They last had a shop in St. Louis where they finished stocks etc. and performed final assembly . I think the economy in the 70's got 'em because the guns were quite well made except possibly for the choice of the extra hard maple stocks prone to splitting etc.
If you really need info as to the quality , value , and specifics of the Hatfield guns a possible place to begin would be with "Neil" , the gunroom manager at Jaqua's Fine Guns in Findlay, Ohio . Neil is as knowledgable about shotguns as anyone in the country . Jaqua's is on the web for a starting point . Good luck....Tom