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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 9:29 a.m., in response to Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield, posted by D Leat on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 8:54 a.m.

My comment was NOT directed at YOU, at all, it was simply an old curmudgeon's rant against what I perceive as a VERY poor job of labelling by the SA Museum. Sadly that is NOT a unique occurence. People such as yourselves, seeking knowledge from a prestigious institution, deserve better.

Yes, of course, after 40+ years of specialized collecting, one does know pretty well the location of the more common marks, as well as most of their meanings, but I would NEVER put-down a person who honestly tried.

What does annoy me, and I've expressed it recently, are those who ask a question which leads to more questions before an answer is possible, and, because they then have to put THEMSELVES out a bit, the matter is dropped. Just part of the bad manners of our "I want it NOW" generation.

Interesting to speculate as to how the musket (probably altered prior to the Civil War) got to Canada that early.


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