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Re: Rock Island Metcalfe
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 5 December 2013, at 3:06 p.m., in response to Rock Island Metcalfe, posted by John Flynn on Thursday, 5 December 2013, at 11:22 a.m.
Many/most of the high-end SA items appears to be from Dick Branum's collection. Knowing him, that may well be an authenticated ORIGINAL Metcalfe rifle, as opposed to the usual assembled specimens (such as my own) seen 99% of the time today.
In a lot of cases it IS just a SWAG as Tom says, but, every once in awhile you get a VERY knowledgeable consignor who knows what he wants. Or, at Cowans, you have Jack Lewis, who knows the guns.
AFAIK, Dick Branum is still alive and handling this himself - which is the very best way to have it; the problem is steeling yourself to parting with your treasures. Don't ask how I know.
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