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Re: 1884 lockplate

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, at 9:41 a.m., in response to 1884 lockplate, posted by Blaine Clark on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, at 3:34 a.m.

If the work is ALL old, then it would have some value as a 19th century artifact. It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between Bannerman and Bubba.

In any event, the value, and demand, would be considerably less than what was (or at least appeared to be) an SA-made piece.

FWIW, receiver 40008, falling as it does between 39980 and 40045) PROBABLY was originally on a carbine, though the lock has clearly been swapped by someone. Does the barrel have proofmarks? How well do the witness marks align?

I have an example of a Bannerman (1883 plate) cadet rifle in my collection, as a curiosity, but only because I obtained it for a very modest price and I did not seek it out.


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