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#338923 - 09/21/13 02:08 PM Eduard Kettner
lc12 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/13
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I'm looking for information on a German 16 ga. SxS. Barrels are marked Eduard Kettner Coln-Suhl and Mark Rhenus with serial#24291 and the word Nitro. The gun is a sidelock with fancy floral engraving, cocking indicators, and sideclips. If someone provides posting directions, I can send photos. Thanks in advance

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#338952 - 09/21/13 05:19 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: lc12]
Gunwolf Offline
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Registered: 07/13/11
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Loc: Bonn, Germany
If you are able to read German, Look here:

http://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettner_(Unternehmen)

They built own guns in Suhl and traded with all kind of
guns and hunting outfits.
Those Suhl made guns were well made nice guns.

Kind Regards,
Wolfgang

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#339032 - 09/22/13 11:24 AM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: lc12]
Der Ami Offline
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Loc: East Alabama
Eduard Kettner was mostly a dealer, trading in guns built by others.If the word Nitro is in "block"letters, it was proofed in Suhl(and likely made there);if it is in "script",it was proofed in Zella-Mehlis( and likely made in the area).Photos would be helpful.
Mike

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#339043 - 09/22/13 12:23 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: Der Ami]
lc12 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/13
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Thank you for the replies. Please bear with me. This is my first attempt at posting a photo. I can post more if this works.
[image]http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t297/welderman_07/Kettner9_zpsa9da219a.jpg[image]

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#339048 - 09/22/13 12:46 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: lc12]
lc12 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/13
Posts: 7
Well, that worked partially. Lets try this second photo.
[image]http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t297/welderman_07/Kettner5_zpse59149a9.jpg[image]

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#339153 - 09/23/13 10:19 AM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: lc12]
Gunwolf Offline
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In the pre WW II aera they made very fine guns. Had their own gun production in Suhl at that time. Have a look here:

http://www.feine-jagdwaffen.de/Waffengalerie/Flinten

and search for "Kettner"

Best Regards,
Gunwolf

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#339222 - 09/23/13 05:46 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: Gunwolf]
Der Ami Offline
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Gunwolf,
Please note the Kettner in your link is a Franz Kettner, not Ed. There is a good "write up" of these two firms in "Waidmannsheil"or "Waffenschmied", both publications of the German Gun Collectors Assn.
Mike

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#339225 - 09/23/13 06:16 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: lc12]
Gunwolf Offline
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Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 498
Loc: Bonn, Germany
Mike, the Ed. is the Eduard Kettner in my link!
Raimey wrote The whole family history here:

http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbt...e6172d7d6ab57c4

Best Regards,
Wolfgang

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#339292 - 09/24/13 12:30 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: Gunwolf]
Der Ami Offline
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Registered: 07/04/12
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Loc: East Alabama
Gunwolf, maybe I missed something, but the Kettner I found in the link was a very nice Franz Kettner Taubenflinte for sale. Raimey's link pretty much said the same as I, that Ed.Kettner firm was mostly a dealer,dealing in guns made by other Suhl makers( they did have to have a meister on staff).As always, I can be wrong.
Mike

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#339310 - 09/24/13 03:17 PM Re: Eduard Kettner [Re: Der Ami]
lc12 Offline
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Registered: 09/19/13
Posts: 7
The Kettner you describe is a beautiful piece of work, but I suspect it is from a more recent decade, possibly a more recent century. The Kettner I am interested in appears to be a pre-WW1 weapon. I have a copy of a business card printed in 1913 that describes the Eduard Kettner facility at Hohestrasse 67. It sure gives the appearance of a factory. The words say "Koln-Suhler Mechanisch-Gewehr-Fabrik.It gives the appearance that Eduaed was a serious gun maker and not only a retailer of other people's guns. Sorry, I am German challenged and can not read the links you have provided. Best Regards

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