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Old 09-07-2020, 03:56 PM

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Can anyone give me a idea what a original Markham Chicago could be worth, i ran across one that appears to be all there has a few cracks in the wood more from drying out after 130 years than abuse, just trying to see if there $200 or $400 guns now and yes i know, there worth as much as someone will pay but its the 1st one i have ever seen since leaning more into air than powder. Thanks for any responses.
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Try an airgun forum

Since you haven't received a reply, you might want to try, which I understand is the Yellow Forum replacement, or
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:33 AM
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What an interesting and primitive looking air rifle Shagg. Snip from Blue Book of Airguns. I wouldn't trust the pricing but it's a data point.

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Previous manufacturer located in Plymouth, MI circa 1887-1941. Purchased by Daisy Manufacturing Company in 1916.
The Markham Air Rifle Company has been credited with the development of the first commercially successful toy BB airgun. Dunathanís American BB Gun (1971) reported two BB rifles with the Challenger name as the first models made by Markham. However, the gun listed there as an 1886 Challenger actually represents only a single patent model without any markings and almost surely not made by Markham. The second gun, listed as an 1887 Challenger, actually was marked "Challenge" and was made in small numbers, but, again, probably not by Markham. There seems to be no justification for referring to either one under the Challenger name or as Markhams. The Chicago model, which appeared about 1887, made mainly of wood, probably was Markhamís first real model.
The story of how the company grew to producing over 3,000 guns per day in 1916 is one of the great stories of airgun development and production. However, the company did little promotion and eventually was absorbed into the emerging airgun giant, Daisy. The history and models of Markham-King and Daisy became inseparably intertwined for a quarter of a century. Although Daisy ownership began in 1916, the Markham-King models continued for decades and the sub-company gradually became known as King. In 1928, Daisy officially changed the company name to King. The advent of WWII probably caused Daisy to issue the last King price list on Jan. 1, 1942. Much of the model information in Dunathanís book has now been superseded, but this pioneering work absolutely is still required reading.
There are many variations of the early Markham air rifles. All minor variations cannot be covered in this guide. Variations may include changes in type or location of sights, location and text of markings, muzzle cap design, etc.
The authors and publisher wish to thank Robert Spielvogel and Dennis Baker for their assistance with this section of the Blue Book of Airguns.
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