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Re: serial number range
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 7 December 2010, at 9:27 a.m., in response to serial number range, posted by Wolfgang Dicke, Germany on Tuesday, 7 December 2010, at 6:32 a.m.
Unless there are some contradictory issues not yet made evident, and without seeing the arm, that would seem to be at least a plausible explanation, assuming of course that the assembly is original. A short comb stock with dated cartouche would be at the least, unusual - the last digit pretty well has to be a "7" - "6" doesn't exist, and "8" would be wrong.
In some ways it is easier to discuss carbine nunbers than rifles, since they were not in "continous" production, and some observable divisions occur.
1877 was a very low-production year - SA was only open for six months, and "irregularities" abound. WAY more 1877 cartouches have been observed - especially on rifles - than should occur per the tables, even up into the high 80xxx's, where it "should" be 1878. In fact, off the top of my head, I do not belive that I have ever seen an "1878" cartouche on a carbine.
Those 4500 carbines made in 1877-1878 have long been considered "transitional" since that is where such items as narrow-inletted long comb stocks, and filled-arch narrow breechblocks are found. Is your block (which is not the earliest type) high or low arch? Does the stock bear "dings" from the swivel?
This sounds like an interesting piece to perhaps be pictured in the collector notes section on the home-page?
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