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Published January 4 2007
“MERIDEN, Conn. — This is a story about a Meriden shotgun, made for Czar Nicholas II, the last czar to rule Russia.
The gun was on its way to Russia when World War I broke out and it was returned to its maker in Meriden, the renowned Parker Brothers. The czar never saw it. Eventually, a new buyer was found.
… Now the gun has resurfaced, and will be up for auction in early March. It is expected to attract bids from $225,000 to $325,000.”