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Von Lengerke & Antoine in Chicago and Von Lengerke & Detmold in New York were well know and respected arms and sporting goods merchants. Bob Christensen wrote a very thorough article for Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine (articles in Vol 4, No. 1 and Vol 4 No. 2 are available from about the Von Lengerkes. Essentially, the story was that VL&D was formed in 1882 and VL&A in 1892 and were operated each by a Von Lengerke brother. Both companies were sold to Abercrombie & Fitch in 1928 but only VL&A continued to operate under its own name. In fact, VL&A survived in Chicago until 1959 when it too became an A&F store. The VL&D operation was folded into A&F in 1929 just in time for the Great Depression.

If you own a gun made between 1901 and 1976 you may be able to research the original purchaser through the records on file at Griffin & Howe for Abercrombie & Fitch and Von Lengerke and Detmold - Click Here for more information and a list of available makes.

SHOT BY HIS EMPLOYER; Head of H. & D. Folsom Arms Company Under Arrest. Says Second-Hand Revolver Was Accidentally Discharged --- Peter Koller, Wounded Man Now in Hospital.

A few minutes after 7 o'clock Justus Von Lengerke of the firm Von Lengerke & Detmold, arrived at the station house in company with Magistrate Meade. The Magistrate fixed Mr. Folsom's bail at $5,000 and Mr. Von Lengerke qualified as Folsom's bondsman. The trio then left the station house together. Read the whole story.