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Re: Starred Carbine serial 175729*

Posted by jeff anderson on Monday, 12 September 2011, at 8:56 p.m., in response to Re: Starred Carbine serial 175729*, posted by steven gabrielli on Monday, 12 September 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

The patina on this one is very nicely matching, and I have no doubt that this has been together for a good long time. I do not seen any signs that there has been any sanding or polishing on those rear proof marks. I have not removed the stock to look at the metal surface under the wood. Since those stamps were put on by a man holding a single stamp, and whacking with a hammer each time he needed to add one more mark, I don't have much problem with a mis-strike. But then again, my experience is more connected with civil war guns such as Enfields, where most have five stamps, usually out of line, often light on one side or the other. I am sure these marks on the 1873 are not faked, but there might be some damage is the area of that bottom mark. There is a fair amount of that color case left, faded and silvered out, but present, on the appropriate parts - not enough to call this Fine, as Steve says, but still this is not a no-finish gun, and so getting close to Antique Fine condition. Thanks for your good comments and information. Jeff Anderson


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