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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 24 November 2010, at 10:24 a.m., in response to Re: Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 11:00 p.m.
Actually, what I MEANT to say was that a grossly mismatched lock COULD possibly be evidence of having once been in percussion, since the re-converter might not have been able to find a properly dated lock.
A word here - MOST of the surviving military flintlocks - of all models - WERE once changed to percussion, and, when collecting was less sophisticated (say the '20s to '70s) than it is today, reconversion to flint, now HIGHLY frowned upon, was rampant. If the work was very well-done, only an expert can detect it. If you do have an orignal flint (and I'm NOT saying you don't) you are quite fortunate.
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