Gunmakers' Touchmarks

A craftsman's signature stamp, discretely placed to identify his work.  The following is a selection of touchmarks and other makers' characteristic signatures 

    Tom Burgess, Metalsmith. B with the date.

   Jules Bury, Belgian gunmaker

    Norman B Fashingbauer, Stockmaker. Stamped under buttplate

    Chad Fossum, custom stockmaker at Shiloh Sharps

       Josef Fugger, Engraver (signature)

    Alfred Wyss-Gallifent, late master gunmaker, Warrington, PA

       Dale Goens signature; and signature checkering pattern

    Gary Goudy, master stockmaker, normally stamped inside the barrel channel

    Martin Hagn, full-charge gunmaker and designer of the Hagn falling block action. (Touchmark stamped as a cartouche in a dollop of inset gold)

    Stephen R. Heilmann, metalsmith and stockmaker (characteristic markings)

    Darwin Hensley, stockmaker.

  Steven Dodd Hughes, metalsmith and stockmaker (touchmark stamped as a cartouche in a bit of inlaid gold)

       Rudolph Kornbrath, engraver (signature)

    Joseph Manton, London gunmaker. (Touchmark stamped as a cartouche in a dollop of inset platinum)

       John Martz, builder of custom Luger pistols (MSTR: Martz Safety Toggle Release on left; touchmark, on right)

     Leonard Mews, stockmaker

    Peter Nelson, English gunmaker

    Robert G. Owen, gunmaker and stockmaker (his "signature" arrowhead)

   Sedgeley, Philadelphia

    Thomas Shelhamer, stockmaker; independent and to Niedner Rifle Co.

      William Sukalle, barrelmaker. Top of barrel marking on left. Under chamber touchmark on right.

    Doug Turnbull, restoration specialist

    Herman Waldron, metalsmith (characteristic markings)

    Alvin A. White, engraver (touchmark stamped as a cartouche in a bit of inlaid gold)



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