I am in possession of an Abercrombie & Fitch #137 (pics) rifle of which I am trying to identify the origins of.
The 30-06, Springfield bolt action rifle has, allegedly, been in my families possession since around 1929/30 with the background story possibly attached to one of the great white hunters ( Maj. W. V. D. Dickinson, A. S. Waller, Esq., J. H. Barnes, Esq., and/or H. R. Stanton, Esq.) pictured in this post. These men were involved with the African location shoots of the 1931 MGM movie “Trader Horn”. (link) https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/13517/trader-horn/#notes
My family member is credited as one of the associate photographers, Robert (Bob) Roberts on the movie.(link) https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/13517/trader-horn/#credits
As the story goes, Bob was given the rifle by one of these mentioned hunters !!
Some research into the origins of #137 has revealed. Griffin & Howe records for Abercrombie & Fitch sold guns start in 1929. The rifle I am in possession of predates G&H records.
Continued research has linked me too this post. In the hopes that additional information can be gathered.
If anyone reading this post cares to post some info on where/how to continue the search ?
Would be much appreciated.