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Re: Question for Mr Hosmer

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 24 February 2009, at 10:13 a.m., in response to Question for Mr Hosmer, posted by Edmund Blesch on Tuesday, 24 February 2009, at 9:02 a.m.

Ed,

Fiirst of all, let me congratulate you for "discovering" a VERY simple and direct way for presenting a picture to a forum whose software does not provide for same. I'm sure others will follow suit.

As to THAT M66, I'd suspect it has been refinished (perhaps cold-blued) at some time, perhaps by someone who did not know they were originally bright. Case-coloring is not particularly durable, and will fade. The block and strap were originally oil-blackened - the strap still shows a hint of this coloration, but the inside of the block does not, so that specimen has apparently been cleaned - at least in spots - as well. Also, you can see from the "soft" edges that the metal has been handled quite a bit.

Truly pristine rifles, showing a lot of color, blackening, and original "bright" from the M1865-70 period are, IMHO, VERY hard to find, and any attempt to re-create the original finishes from that period will likely produce unsatisfactory results. Most collectors wind up with arms having a soft steely gray, with the goal of finding the sharpest edges they can.


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