Typical "Guild Gun" a nicely made, pre-war, German, boxlock side-by-side shotgun, bearing no maker's name at all. (The lettering at the breech end of the barrels refers only to the steel formulation.)
"Guild Gun" - Deriving from the concept of the "Masterpiece" required of applicants to submit to their guild for formal admission to the trade, a generous (but inaccurate) term used to describe a (usually Belgian or German) gun with no maker's name to be found anywhere. Before World War II, thousands of provincial gunsmiths would purchase unbranded finished guns and/or semi-finished components from larger gun factories and build individual shotguns for customers, some engraved with the retailer's name, some with no makers' name at all.
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