Just wondering the value of a WP Wonder A224153 16 gauge in excellent condition
The trade name White Powder Wonder was used by a number of companies. It was used by the Cescent Fire Arms Company, The W.H. Davenport Arms Company, The Meriden Fire Arms Company - Fyrberg type single, and the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company
Many of them were produced for Sears, Roebuck & Co.
The White Powder (WP) Wonder was made around the last turn of the century. In so far as I can tell from on-line sources, all were single shot.
The "white powder" refers to smokeless powder. For shotguns, this was usually a cream colored (white) powder that looked a little like large grain soap powder. It was very light in weight for its bulk. It was made by DuPont to be loaded with the same dipper as an equivalent load of black powder.
The WP Wonder was not expensive, under $5.00,but it had a drilled solid barrel rather than the Damascus barrels put on the "better" shotguns. So in this case, the cheaper gun was actually stronger.
They were interesting in their day, but have virtually no collector value and probably should not be fired. Today's loads are too powerful for those old guns, even if they were made for the smokeless powder of 1900.
Sources: http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45230 http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index? qid=20080911204910AAJjNPn
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